Downtown Businesses Receive Business Award Recognition


At its annual holiday party in December, the Downtown Alameda Business Association (DABA) presents awards to member businesses in recognition of their contributions to the success of Alameda’s historic downtown. The awards represent splendid examples of the top-notch service provided by businesses throughout the district. The owners and staff are also active in DABA activities and strive to cultivate improvements in our community. 

Congratulations to the 2018 recipients!

Retailer of the Year
Daisy’s, owner Barbara Mooney

Culinary Business of the Year
The Park Street Tavern, owner Christos Frangoulis

Service Business of the Year (tie)
• Honey Salon, owner Jone Stebbins
• West Wind Karate School, instructor Krizten Delossantos

Associate Member of the Year
Nannies Plus, owner Joy Colino

New Business of the Year
The Star on Park, owners Ben Seabury and Susannah Blumenstock

Member of the Year
Otto Wright, owner of The Local

Additional business award recipients
• Rich Krinks, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Drysdale Properties (President’s Award)
• Tracy Goodman, McGee’s Bar & Grill (Block Captain of the Year)
• Julie Baron, Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden (Outstanding Service Award)
• Kyle Conner, Alameda Theatre & Cineplex and Cinema Grill (Outstanding Service Award)
• Donna Layburn, Marketplace and Alameda Natural Grocery (Special Board Recognition)

Look for these award-winning businesses to be spotlighted in future issues of the Alameda Sun. In the meantime, be sure to stop by and congratulate these folks the next time you’re in Downtown Alameda. Here’s our first spotlight.

Member of the Year: Otto Wright
Otto Wright, owner of The Local at 1333 Park St., was selected as 2018 Member of the Year for his all-around interest in both the district and the community at large. During his first year of business he was able to commit time to join downtown association committees, host community events and collect thousands of items for fire victims and homeless teens. 

Otto Wright and his family created The Local as a local, non-corporate coffee shop run by people who love an amazing cup of coffee. It’s a place for the community to gather and enjoy a cup of great coffee. The Local hosts game nights, open mic nights, music events and other engaging community activities. 

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