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Shop to Adopt:
Wednesday, November 5

Alameda Adopt A Classroom Shopping DayDowntown 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 are hosting a shopping day for AEF's Adopt A Classroom program. To date, 15 shops are participating by donating a percentage of their sales from the day. 

Our goal is to raise $2,000 -- enough funding for four underfunded classrooms.

Get a start on your holiday gift buying and help make an impact on Alameda's youth! Eat, drink, and shop to support Alameda classrooms on November 5!

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

Artistic Home Studio & Boutique, AlamedaAphrodite'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 donating a portion of all purchases to the Adopt A Classroom program:

Alameda Natural Grocery at MarketplaceAlameda 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, 5pm-close

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:

updated 10/28/14

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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

posted 9/12/14

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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 Jiu-Jitsu and Yoga Alameda, 1502 Park Street

Alameda Personal Training2414 Central Ave

Banh Mi Shop, Sandwiches & Gelato, 2353 Santa Clara Ave

Capone's Speakeasy, 1400 Park Street

Helios Images, 1242 Park Street #B

Little Psychic Shop, 1407 1/2 Park Street

Pippa & Co., 2544 Santa Clara Ave

Studio D, 2329 Santa Clara Ave

Therapy Home, 1428 Park Street

Walgreens, 1600 Park Street

Xuan's Beauty Salon, 2313 Santa Clara Ave #A

New Associate Members:

M&M Antiques and Collectibles2307-D Blanding Ave

Detect All, 1805 Clement Ave, Suite D

New Owners:

Aphrodite's Closet, 1419 Park Street

Gim's Chinese Kitchen, 2322 Lincoln Ave

In the Works:

Alameda Grocery, 2536 Santa Clara Ave

Alameda Island Brewing Company, 1716 Park Street

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

Divine De-Lites, 1419 Park Street

Kirsten Fairbanks, 1500 Park Street #9

Sabai Salon and Dry Bar, 2515 Santa Clara Ave #102 - Grand Opening Nov 15

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 10/27/14

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This Week's Happenings
in the Park Street Business District

Event Highlights
October 27 - November 2

Books Inc., 1344 Park Street
Meet the Author: Craig Johnson
Wed, October 27; 7:00pm
Join speaker, author, and associate pastor of Ocean Hills Covenant Church in Santa Barbara, Laurie Short, for a special meet-and-greet signing to celebrate her latest inspiring and transformational book, “Finding Faith in the Dark: When the Story of Your Life Takes a Turn You Didn't Plan.” More info:

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Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, 2317 Central Ave
Classic Film Series: Night of the Living Dead
Tues, October 28; various times
Wed, October 29; 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:

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Capone’s Speakeasy, 1400 Park Street
Ribbon Cutting
Wed, October 29; 5:30
Please Join Our Honorable Mayor, Marie Gilmore and the Alameda Chamber of Commerce for a special ribbon cutting and mixer, hosted by Capone's Speakesy to welcome them to the community. More info:

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Alameda Museum, 2324 Alameda Ave
History Talk
Thur, October 30; 6:30pm
“Six Short Blocks That Are Long on History: A Century on Post Street from the Gold Rush to the 1950s,” Robin Seeley talks about the history and architecture of her Alameda neighborhood. Free for Museum Members, $10 for others. More info:

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Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave
Le Jazz Hot Trio
Thur, October 30; 8:30pm
Vintage guitar jazz in the vein of Django Reinhardt. No cover. More info:

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Pippi & Co., 2544 Santa Clara Ave
Halloween Photobooth
Fri, October 31; 3:00-5:00pm
Join us on Halloween for a special pop-up photo session with Megan Small Photography. We will be creating a ghoulish backdrop for kids, pets, and big kids (adults) to get their photo taken while showcasing their costume. Trick or Treat! Fee: $30. More info:

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Capone’s Speakeasy, 1400 Park Street
Best Dressed Halloween Costume
Sat, October 31; 8:00-Midnight
Come hangout with us at Capone's Speakeasy dressed in your halloween costume, and see if you'll be announced as one of two lucky winners! Psssssssst, we're giving away TWO BRILLIANT prizes you don't wanna miss!! No cover. Dress code; 21+. More info:

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Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave
Tom Armstrong & The Branded Men
Sat, November 1; 8:30pm
Honky Tonk & country music. No cover. More info:

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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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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


Sunday Fund Day:
Fundraiser for Angela’s Restaurant

Sunday Fund Day for Angela's Restaurant in AlamedaA fellow PSBA member lost his business in the arson fires before it even had a chance to get off the ground. Saboor Zafari, the owner of Angela’s Restaurant, has been a generous supporter of Alameda non-profit organizations as well as the community at large for many years. Now he needs our help!

A fundraiser to help re-establish Angela’s Restaurant and bring the community together is taking place in Downtown Alameda on Sunday, October 26. Numerous restaurants, bars, and eateries will each be offering a special item for the day, of which all proceeds will go to helping Saboor replace all that was lost in the fire.

Please help get the word out and plan to attend Sunday "Fund Day" in Downtown Alameda.

American Oak, 2319 Santa Clara Ave
Featured cocktails with 100% going toward the fund, 3-5pm

Bowzer’s Pizza, 1330 Park Street
20% of pizza purchases to be donated to the fund,
dine-in Noon-7pm

Cafe Q, 2302 Encinal Ave
20% of all sales will be donated to the fund, 8am-3pm

C’era Una Volta, 1332 Park Street #D
50% of proceeds from all Brunch Cocktails will be donated to the fund, 9am-4pm

East End, 1650 Park Street
$1 from every cocktail purchased will be donated to the fund,
all day

Linguini’s Pizza, 1508 Park Street
$1 from each beer sold will be donated to the fund, 9:30am-6pm

Lola’s Chicken Shack, 1417 Park Street
$1 of every fountain drink sold will be donated to the fund,
all day

Lost Weekend, 2320-1/2 Santa Clara Ave
donation jar at the bar, all day

Monkey King Pub & Grub, 1315 Park Street
100% of all Jack Daniel drinks will be donted to the fund, all day

Pappo, 2320 Central Ave
Purchase raffle tickets for $5 and all proceeds will be donated to the fund,
all day

Sidestreet Pho, 2304 Encinal Ave
Special beer & appetizer pairing with 50% going toward fund,

Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave
Special themed menu with 100% going toward the fund, all day

Plus, more restaurants are pitching in everyday such as TASTE at McGee’s (1645 Park Street, 517-7887) and Tucker’s Ice Cream (1349 Park Street, 522-4960).

Please check with your favorite establishments to see if they have any special items or activities planned for the day. You might even consider making Sunday a true “Fund Day” by strolling through the district and ordering special dishes and/or drinks from a number of businesses.

Thank you for helping to re-establish Angela’s Restaurant!

posted 10/22/14

Unleash Your Creativity
at Artistic Home Studio & Boutique

Artistic Home Studio and Boutique, AlamedaArtistic Home Studio & Boutique in the heart of Alameda is a creative combination of studio and boutique with a focus on home décor arts, teaching, selling supplies, and doing custom work for clients. With numerous 5-star reviews on Yelp and awarded “Retail Business of the Year,” it has become a destination for home arts enthusiasts and novices to explore their creativity.

JaYing Wang and Rachel Gingold — two of the Bay Area’s finest art and craft professionals — started Artistic Home & Boutique in 2013. Together with other instructors, JaYing and Rachel hold classes in glass arts (fused glass, stained glass), mosaics, and decorative painting techniques for furniture and the home. Additionally, they have a youth programs consisting of summer camps and after-school art classes. All classes are held in a stunning, light-filled 1100 sq. ft. studio with gabled and beamed 20-ft high ceilings (the space was originally a historic barn).

In the adjacent boutique, they sell custom-painted furniture, local artisan-made glass jewelry, as well as décor products to try at home, including Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan. (Artistic Home is the main Annie Sloan ‘stockist’ for the San Francisco Bay Area). 

Artistic Home can provide private workshops for groups of friends outside of normal studio hours. The studio space is also available to rent for private parties and events. Birthday, bridal, corporate team building, girls night out… you think of it, they’ll help you host it!

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posted 10/12/14 

Classic Car Show Revs Up Park Street
October 11, 2014

Park Street Classic Car Show 2014, AlamedaThe 21st Annual Park Street Classic Car Show takes place this year on Saturday, October 11. More than 400 classic vehicles will be on display in Alameda’s historic downtown district. Classic cars of every description will line up along Park Street between Encinal Ave and Buena Vista Ave – antique roadsters, coupes, hot rods, muscle cars, and much more. Most of the cars come from the magical decades of the '50s and the '60s, but there will also be plenty of muscle cars from the '70s along with classic beauties from the '20s, '30s, and '40s.

The free event runs from 10:00am to 4:00pm and is fun for the whole family. Entertainment and prizes will be available and DJs will be spinning oldies from the '50s and the '60s.

In addition to the cars and entertainment, many of the businesses in the Park Street Business District will be open. Spectators are encouraged to “Shop Park Street” and explore the unique collections of our stores and enjoy the tasty fare of our fabulous restaurants. (click here to receive exclusive discounts)

More information:

posted 9/29/14

Welcome New Businesses!

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

The ReCrafting Co, 2449 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda

New Businesses:

AEC Living1516 Oak Street #100

Classy Nail Spa1317 Park Street

Jo Anne Yada2315 Lincoln Ave

Lost City Antiques1519 Park Street

Lovely1414 Everett Ave (collaboration with Complements Hair Design)

Mercy and Grace Home Healthcare & Hospice Services1516 Oak Street #104

The ReCrafting Co.2449 Santa Clara Ave

Sakura Sushi Bar & Grill, AlamedaRe-Opened:

Sakura Sushi & Grill2408 Santa Clara Ave (remodel and expansion)

Super Scholars2451 Santa Clara Ave (new location)

New Owners:

Kumon Math & Reading Center2325 Alameda Ave

McGee's Bar & Grill1645 Park Street

Pretty Hair Salon1219 Park Street

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

posted 8/21/14

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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:

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:

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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