A Letter from the President of GABA

GABA    The Greater Alameda Business Association (GABA) has begun to host celebrations for its new members. Above, right to left, GABA representatives Natalie Gelman and Cheri Corfey welcome new member Sharon Alva of Compass Real Estate.

The Greater Alameda Business Association (GABA) is dedicated to the growth and prosperity of independent businesses in the City of Alameda. 

The weather has finally turned and the crisp, cool mornings are here. And we all know what that means: shopping. As the holiday season approaches, you’re likely to hear these words: “Shop Local.” The City of Alameda is doing a shop-local campaign called “Island Shopper” to promote Alameda small businesses by shopping and dining in Alameda. This is great news because it helps keep tax dollars and jobs in Alameda while creating a sense of community.

But Island Shopper applies not only to holiday purchases. It applies to all kinds of businesses: legal and financial services, insurance, construction, marketing and real estate, entertainment, health and wellness. If you and your family are year-round Island Shoppers a great place to find the businesses you’re looking for is GABA’s website’s membership directory at gabaonline.org/member-directory. Start thinking that can everything you need can be purchased right here in Alameda. 

The GABA November mixer is set for Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts (FBCA), 1601 Paru St., at 5:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend; it’s a great place to meet Island City businesses. FBCA is a wonderful GABA member that displays artworks created by local artists. The current exhibition, Simple Pleasures features such simple pleasures as sunsets, coffee, smiles, music, love, friendship, fireplaces, pets, children, childhood memories, storytelling, picnics, hiking, holding hands and gardening.

FBCA’s signature gallery features images from Zacatlan by Paul Feinberg and Erica Norelius. Come check out the art and discuss the images and current events with fellow Island City businesspeople. GABA mixers take place the last Thursday of each month and are open to everyone.

Our GABA star of the month is Kelly Lux, State Farm Insurance Agency. At nearly every event in the Island City, you’ll see someone from Team Kelly Lux helping out. The teammembers drive for Alameda Meals on Wheels and help out all over town. Kelly and Team Kelly Lux can offer all kinds of insurance, including: auto, home business, property, life and health. 

Kelly’s office is located at 564 Park St. across from South Shore Center.