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Santa Claus is Coming to Park Street!

Shoppers and diners of all ages,… have your photo taken with Santa and then share it with your family and friends!   * Bring your camera and/or cell phone

Santa Claus will be roving in the Park Street Business District on Saturday, December 13 and Saturday, December 20 from Noon to 4:00pm. 

In addition to greeting folks on the street, Santa is scheduled to make special stops at a number of businesses so that kids can tell Santa their holiday wishes and receive special treats:

Santa on Park Street in Alameda

Saturday, December 13

1:00pm  Julie's Coffee & Tea Garden 1223 Park Street

2:00pm  We Are Hair 1343 Park Street

3:00pm  Park Street Plaza 1419 Park Street

 

Saturday, December 20

1:00pm  Tucker’s Ice Cream 1349 Park Street

2:00pm  Lola’s Chicken Shack 1417 Park Street

3:00pm  Lost City Antiques 1519 Park Street

posted 12/4/14 

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Welcome New Businesses!

The Park Street Business Association welcomes the following new businesses to Alameda’s historic downtown shopping district:

New Businesses:

Alameda Cinema Grill

Alameda Cinema Grill2301 Central Ave

Banh Mi Shop, 2353 Santa Clara Ave

DLJ Business Services, 2532 Santa Clara Ave #343

Helios Images, 1242 Park Street #B

Banh Mi Shop, AlamedaKirsten Fairbanks, 1500 Park Street #9

Little Psychic Shop, 1407 1/2 Park Street

Sabai Salon & Blow Dry Bar2515 Santa Clara Ave #102

The Pop-Up Shop, 1350 Park Street #A

New Associate Members:

M&M Antiques and Collectibles2307-D Blanding Ave

Detect All1805 Clement Ave, Suite D

Island Pets, www.alamedaislandpets.com

In the Works:

Alameda Grocery, 2536 Santa Clara Ave

All In One Fitness, 2317 Santa Clara Ave

Alameda Island Brewing Company, 1716 Park Street

Angela's Kitchen, 1613 Park Street - postponed due to arson fire

Crispian Bakery, 1700 Park Street #120

Divine De-Lites, 1419 Park Street

Kayla Nail Salon, 1532 Park Street

Tootsies Alameda, 1350 Park Street #A

Town Tavern, 1437 Park Street

If you know of a business that is not listed above, please give the PSBA office a call at (510) 523-1392.

updated 12/12/14

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This Week's Happenings
in the Park Street Business District

Event Highlights
December 8-14

Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, 2317 Central Ave
Classic Film Series: Miracle on 34th Street
Tues, December 9; various times
Wed, December 10; various times
Movie-goers of all ages are invited to step back in time for a vintage movie experience with some of the best films ever made. See them in the style and grandeur of the restored 1932 Historic Alameda Theatre! More info: www.ShopParkStreet.com/theatre

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Artistic Home Studio and Boutique, 1419 Park Street
Ladies Night: Fused Glass Jewelry, Wine & Chocolate
Thur, December 11; 7:00-9:00pm
Bring a friend and enjoy a night out making jewelry, tasting chocolate and other refreshments! Learn to make several pieces of beautiful fused glass jewelry. Art glass, tools, and chocolates will be provided. You bring laughter and sense of creativity! Fee: $30. More info: www.ArtisticHomeStudio.com

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Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave
Motown Bingo
Thurs, December 11; 7:30-9:30pm
Get ready for an unforgettable evening of music, dance and dramatic reversals of fortune all mixed up in this funkalicious Bingo extravaganza. Featuring 10 rounds of performance art spectacle, live entertainment and soulful songs, with celebrity ball callers and more special guests. Only $25 for 10 Games and the chance to win cash prizes up to $200. Sponsored by OMM Homes. More info: www.rhythmix.org

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Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave
Mini Masterpieces Second Friday Reception
Fri, December 12; 6:00-9:00pm
Come enjoy the show and know that you are supporting local artists with your purchase of these very small and budget-friendly items. Offering various small works in range of media, these pieces are perfect gift giving items for the holidays. More info: www.rhythmix.org

Art Party: The Modern Wreath Fri, December 12, 7pm – 10pm "Modern Wreath III" a collaborative show by Alameda artists coming to Julie's the end of November.

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Capone’s Speakeasy, 1400 Park Street
Stompy Jones
Fri, December 12; 8:30-11:00pm
Swing/Jazz/Blues. No cover; dress code; 21+. More info: www.caponesalameda.com

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Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave
Tom Armstrong & The Branded Men
Fri, December 12; 8:30pm
Christmas Special! Honky Tonk & country music. No cover. More info: www.speisekammer.com

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Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak Street
San Francisco Shakespeare Festival - "As You Like It"
Sat, December 13; 2:00pm
All are invited to join Rosalind, Orlando, Celia, and Touchstone as they escape to the forest of Arden. The play’s thought-provoking family dynamics are a sure delight for audiences of all ages. More info: www.alamedaca.gov/library

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Bead Inspirations, 1544 Park Street
Santa's Workshop
Sat, December 13; 4:00-6:30pm
Join us for a free fun social event so you can make space and time for your creative spirit - and prepare for the holidays, too! Make something special for the loved ones in your life… bring in a project you've already started, or an idea or two of what you might want to create. More info: www.beadinspirations.com

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Capone’s Speakeasy, 1400 Park Street
Bay Tones Jazz Trio
Sat, December 13; 8:30-11:00pm
An evening of jazz featuring Emily Ann. No cover; dress code; 21+. More info: www.caponesalameda.com

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Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave
29th St. Swingtet
Sat, December 13; 8:30pm
Gypsy jazz, swing, be-bop, Latin blues, and touches of pop music. No cover. More info: www.speisekammer.com

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Pippi & Co., 2544 Santa Clara Ave
Wrap Party
Sun, December 14; 11:00am-1:00pm
Create custom wrapping paper & packaging by using watercolor, washi tape, dried flowers, stamps, pom poms, tassels, ribbons, and more! This workshop is ideal for adults and also appropriate for kids (10+). Class fee: $35. More info: www.pippaco.com

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Calendar of Events

The Park Street Business District is the commercial, civic, and cultural center of Alameda. There's always something happening here! To receive news about events and happenings in the district, follow us on Facebook and Twitter

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WEEKLY EVENTS:

Tuesdays; 10:00am-Noon, New Mothers Support Group
Tot Tank
, 1413 Park Street

Wednesdays; 4:30-7:30pm, D&D Encounters
D20 Games
, 2311 Santa Clara Ave

Wednesdays; 5:00-7:00pm, Craft Wine & Beer Tasting
CRAFT Beer & Wine
, 2526 Santa Clara Ave

Wednesdays; 6:30-7:30pm, Wednesday Fitness Rides
Alameda Bicycle
, 1522 Park Street

Thursdays; 5:00-7:00pm, Get Crafty Night
Julie's Coffee & Tea Garden
, 1223 Park Street

Thursdays; 10:00pm, Karaoke Night
The Hobnob
, 1313 Park Street

Fridays and Saturday Nights, Alameda’s Got Talent
Alameda Theatre & Cineplex
, 2317 Central Ave

Fridays; 8:30pm, Zydeco Music & Dance
Eagles Hall
, 2305 Alameda Ave

Fridays; 9:00pm-12:30am, Karaoke
Club House
, 1215 Park Street

Saturdays; 11:00am-1:00pm, Pokemon League
D20 Games
, 2311 Santa Clara Ave

Saturdays; 2:30-4:30pm, Weekly Wine Tastings
Farmstead Cheeses & Wines
, 1650 Park Street

Daily; 1:00-5:00pm, Fused Glass Drop-In Studio
The Artistic Home Studio & Boutique
, 1419 Park Street

 


Shop Local Saturday #ShopAlameda – November 29

Shop Local Saturday AlamedaMake local businesses a part of your holiday tradition and let our merchants help you find your holiday gifts, jewelry, clothing, toys, wine, and much more!

We invite you to join us for Shop Local Saturday on November 29 (the day after Black Friday) when businesses throughout Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street District will be offering special discounts, contests, and other fun activities.

Downtown Alameda offers an eclectic collection of shops and restaurants. By shopping or dining at a small business in Alameda, you’re not only showing your support for local businesses but you’re also investing in our island community and preserving Alameda’s unique charm.

Enjoy “Shop Local Saturday” business specials, treats, and happenings in Downtown Alameda on November 29. View the current list of participating businesses:
www.facebook.com.

updated 11/24/14

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Lost City Antiques:
Discover Treasures from the Good Old Days

Congratulations to Lost City Antiques for celebrating their grand opening Wednesday, November 19 at 5:30pm! You’re invited to join them in celebrating this exciting event — ribbon cutting, free drawings, food & beverages to be served!

Lost City Antiques, Alameda Lost City Antiques is located at 1519 Park Street and run by owner David George along with over 20 dealers/vendors. Some of the vendors are well-established and have been there for more than 15 years.

The stately brick building that houses Lost City Antiques has been used as an antique store under several different ownerships for the past 30 years (including Park Street Antiques). But the building itself is much older than that – it was built in 1897, most likely as a mercantile.

Today, the immense building showcases three levels packed with an amazing assortment of antiques, collectibles, and vintage clothing.

David George likes to jokingly tell folks that admission to the antique store is free. He also avows that your visit is guaranteed to bring back many fond memories of the “good old days.”

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posted 11/17/14


Sabai Salon & Blow Dry Bar:
Grand Opening of Alameda’s First “Blow Dry Bar”

Sabai Salon and Blow Dry Bar, AlamedaAfter nearly four months of construction and planning, Sabai Salon & Dry Bar is celebrating their much anticipated grand opening on Saturday, November 15.

Sabai Salon is an upscale, full-service hair salon offering high quality beauty services. Stylists are knowledgeable and equipped to combine Western and Eastern techniques to create a great experience which will leave you feeling invigorated and ready for the world. The word SABAI (“suh-BYE”) refers to comfort and relaxation.

Owner Tik Coleman is a licensed cosmetologist and massage therapist with training in the original Thai massage “Wat Po.” Tik is also known for her excellent haircutting and styling techniques. Her new posh salon is attracting both locals and socialites for top-notch “blowouts” -- shampoo/dry/style treatments to help you look your best for any function, from super straight “Be Calm” to big curl “Be Sassy.”

Treat yourself to something new… first time clientele receive 20% off! (Walk-ins are welcome.)

Sabai Salon & Blow Dry Bar is located at 2515 Santa Clara Avenue, Suite 102. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 9:00am–7:00pm; other times by appointment.

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posted 11/12/14


Welcome New Businesses!

The Park Street Business Association welcomes the following new businesses to Alameda’s historic downtown shopping district:

New Businesses:

Alameda Jiu-Jitsu and Yoga Alameda1502 Park Street

Therapy Home, AlamedaAlameda Personal Training2414 Central Ave

Capone's Speakeasy, 1400 Park Street

Pippa & Co.2544 Santa Clara Ave

Studio D, 2329 Santa Clara Ave

Therapy Home1428 Park Street

Walgreens, 1600 Park Street

Xuan's Beauty Salon2313 Santa Clara Ave #A

New Owners:

Aphrodite's Closet, 1419 Park Street

Gim's Chinese Kitchen2322 Lincoln Ave

updated 11/10/14

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Shop & Dine For Alameda Classrooms

Alameda Adopt A Classroom Shopping DayThank you to everybody who contributed to this year's fundraiser!

Downtown Alameda merchants are proud supporters of the local community and the enrichment of our young students. On Wednesday, November 5, businesses in the Historic Park Street District hosted a shopping day for AEF's Adopt A Classroom program.

Our goal was to raise $2,000 -- enough funding for four Alameda classrooms.

We are proud of our downtown businesses for joining together to donate a portion of their sales to Alameda's teachers and students!

The following retailers are donated a portion of all purchases to the Adopt A Classroom program:

Artistic Home Studio & Boutique, Alameda Aphrodite's Closet (1419 Park Street) - 5% of all purchases

Artistic Home Studio & Boutique (1419 Park Street) - 10% of all purchases

Bead Inspirations (1544 Park Street) - 10% of all purchases

Daisy’s (1347 Park Street) - 10% of all purchases

Monkey Bars (1339 Park Street) - 10% of all purchases

Lost City Antiques (1519 Park Street) - 10% of all purchases

Pixies & Peony (2305 Santa Clara Ave) - 5% of all purchases

Tracy Zollinger L.Ac (2424 Blanding Ave, Ste 102) - 10% of all purchases

We Are Hair (1343 Park Street) - 10% of all purchases

The following food and drinking establishments are donated a portion of all purchases to the Adopt A Classroom program:

Alameda Natural Grocery at Marketplace Alameda Natural Grocery (1650 Park Street) - 5% of all purchases

Cafe Q (2302 Encinal Ave) - 15% of all purchases

East End (1650 Park Street) - 10% of all purchases

Julie’s Coffee & Tea (1223 Park Street) - 10% of all purchases

Lola’s Chicken Shack (1417 Park Street) - 5% of all purchases

Tucker’s Ice Cream (1349 Park Street) - 10% of all purchases

Learn more about "Shop To Adopt" and the Alameda Education Foundation's Adopt A Classroom program: www.parkstreetbusiness.wordpress.com.

updated 11/10/14

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Power Box Art:
Take a Self-Guided Tour

Power Box Art in AlamedaTake a stroll through the historic Park Street district and celebrate Alameda’s newest public art. You’ll be delighted to see that local artists have transformed the ordinary into the extraordinary. Ten utility boxes have been re-energized and are now covered by whimsical graphics that reflect ways the community can reduce its carbon footprint.

Free guide maps of all ten Power Box Art locations are now available at businesses located in the downtown area. Look for a map at one of your favorite businesses to learn about the inspiration that artists injected into these wonderful designs.

Power Box Art is a partnership between Alameda Municipal Power, the Park Street Business Association, and Rhythmix Cultural Works.

In the spirit of community, each transformer is sponsored by a downtown business: Alameda Collision Repair, Alameda Island Brewing Company, Alameda Natural Grocery, Berg Injury Lawyers, The Marketplace, Mason Management, Ole’s Waffle Shop, Rhythmix Cultural Works, Rich and Rose Krinks (Broker and Associate Realtor, Harbor Bay Realty), and Tucker’s Ice Cream.

For more information, visit www.alamedamp.com/art.

posted 9/12/14

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Pocket Guide to the Park Street Business District

Downtown Alameda Business DirectoryAre you wondering how many different types of businesses are in Alameda’shistoric shopping district? Have you ever wondered how many restaurants are in the district, or how many beauty salons are located in the Park Street Business District? Maybe you’re looking for a unique gift store or a re-use boutique.

Ask for a free copy of the 2014 Park Street District Shopping Guide & Business Directory at your favorite business in downtown Alameda.

With over 450 businesses located Alameda's historic business district, you might discover something new!

posted 4/9/14

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Pledge to be an Alameda Island Shopper

Shop Local Alameda Island Shopper campaignThe businesses in the Park Street Business District are an important part of our community. They support our local economy year-round. When you start making plans for your holiday shopping, we hope you will think of Alameda’s historic downtown area first for your shopping itinerary.

Take the Alameda Island Shopper Pledge and make an effort to shop local during the holiday season!

Read more about the "Alameda Island Shopper" initiative: 
http://alamedaca.gov/economic-development/shop-local

posted 12/9/13

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In the Media:

 Best of Alameda 2014:
Park Street is Alameda’s Best Shopping District (and more)

Best of Alameda 2013, Alameda MagazineCongratulations to all the Park Street District businesses that have been selected “Best of Alameda 2014.” As usual, there are a lot of them -- a total of 44! So it’s no surprise that Park Street was once again selected by island dwellers as the Best Shopping District in Alameda.

Taking top honors for individual awards are a number of well-established businesses that received multiple "Best of Alameda 2014" awards: PappoScolari’s Good Eats, La Penca Azul, and Lucky 13.

Some of Downtown Alameda's newest businesses certainly weren't overlooked either: American Oak, CRAFT Beer & Wine, Greens & Grains, High Scores Arcade, Juniper Tree Vintage, Mama Papa Lithuania, Redux Studios & Gallery, Seven Salon, and Subpar Miniature Golf.

To view an alphabetic list of ALL the Best of Alameda 2014 winners located in Alameda's downtown Park Street Business District, visit: 
www.parkstreetbusiness.wordpress.com

posted 7/15/14

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Park Street featured on CBS’s Eye on the Bay

Some of the District’s hometown businesses were recently featured on CBS Channel 5’s “Eye on the Bay.” Stops included Alameda Marketplace, Alameda Museum, Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, Jon’s Street Eats, Ole’s Waffle Shop, Toy Safari, Tucker’s Ice Cream, and Zen Restaurant.

If you missed the original episode shown on May 19, 2011, you can view it on this page: 
Eye on the Bay - Day Trip Alameda (5/24/12)

posted 5/25/11


The Park Street Business District is California's Gold

Huell Howser made a stop in Alameda back in 2009. The Alameda episode of California's Gold features Ole’s Waffle ShopAlameda Theatre & Cineplex, and Tucker's Ice CreamWhile strolling along the sidewalk of our historic downtown, Huell exclaims in his distinctive Southern accent, "Look at the windows! Look at the work!... The architecture!" as he points out the buildings that are home to We Are HairBurma Superstar, Daisy's, and Books Inc.

If you missed the original episode, you can view it on the California Redevelopment Association's YouTube page. It's also available for purchase on the Huell Howser Productions website.

posted 1/9/13

 

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