From the Desk of the Executive Director

Photos courtesy Maurice Ramirez Photography    Last month Alameda’s Mini Maker Faire brought more than 2,500 people to Alameda Point. The historic buildings of the former Naval Air Station provided an inspiring background for the many creative people who attended.

There is always a lot happening on the West End. The West Alameda Business Association (WABA) had an extremely successful Mini Maker Faire on Sunday, July 8, at Alameda Point. The City of Alameda in partnership with WABA and the Downtown Alameda Business Association (DABA) created an opportunity for families to explore what “makers” make. More than 2,500 people attended 70 maker exhibits with most of the makers from Alameda. The planning for the 2019 Mini Maker Faire is already in progress. 

Friday the 13th not unlucky for West End
Friday, July 13, witnessed three back-to-back events that drew more than 2,500 people to the West End.

  • Rotary Club of Alameda partnered with the East Bay Regional Park District to host the second of a series of three Concerts at the Cove. The third and final concert is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Aug. 10, with the band East Bay Mudd playing classic soul and rhythm and blues.  
  •  The West End Arts and Entertainment District teamed up with WABA to host an inaugural night market featuring music, crafts, beer-and-wine and food trucks and hula hoops for the kids.  
  • Alameda Landing finished its summer concerts with music from Retroactive.

Many families made it a full evening and attended all three events. 

Changes on Webster Street 

  • The Alameda Financial Partners Credit Union, 1528 Webster St. officially closed July 31; the credit union’s South San Francisco office is now managing the Alameda accounts.   
  • Beacon Business Bank, 1442 Webster St., will relocate to a new spot in Alameda when its building is sold. 
  • The building that houses Katsu Sushi House, 1465 Webster St., has come on the market, as well as the home of Santos Liquor, 1431 Webster St., at the intersection of Webster Street and Taylor Avenue. 

WABA is compiling a list of possible uses for these and other properties on Webster Street. Send your comments to

West End bank appoints manager
Beacon Business Bank recently announced that it has appointed Maria Gallo as vice-president and manager of its Alameda branch, 1442 Webster St. Gallo comes to Beacon from California Bank & Trust in Oakland where she also worked as vice-president and manager. 

Gallo’s prior banking experience includes management positions at Fremont Bank, Bank of America, California Federal, Mechanics Bank, American Builders Mortgage and Citi Corp. She hold a Bachelor of Science in business management from the University of Phoenix. 

Photos courtesy Maurice Ramirez Photography    In another case of East End meets West End, Jennifer Serr, a local maker who works in textiles at the The Sewing Room off Park Street, taught sewing techniques to budding young makers.
Courtesy photo    Maria Gallo takes over as Beacon Bank’s branch manager this month.