Downtown Alameda Business Association

The City of Alameda kicked off the holiday season with a festive celebration at City Hall last Saturday. City officials, the poets laureate and several musical performers entertained a festive crowd. Children enjoyed free candy canes and visits with Kris Kringle himself. Following the event, merchants in downtown Alameda invited revelers to warm up on the Hot Cocoa Crawl. Throughout the season, Santa Claus will be dropping by locations on Park Street, Webster Street and South Shore Shopping Center. That jolly, old elf in the red suit sure does get around.

 

The second annual Alameda Restaurant Week returns to the island as part of the California Restaurant Month campaign to promote California’s culinary experiences. This year more than 40 restaurants throughout the Island are taking part, with dozens of eateries located conveniently in Downtown Alameda. 

From Thursday, Jan. 17 to Sunday, Jan. 27, diners will support Alameda’s dining scene while having fun visiting local restaurants.

 

The City of Alameda and the Downtown Alameda Business Association are interested in input regarding spending the $750,000 grant recently awarded to the city from Alameda County’s Homeless Emergency Aid Program, or HEAP, authorized by Senate Bill 850. This grant money must be used for emergency homeless services.

City staff has been asked to present ideas to City Council within the month. This is a promising opportunity to make a meaningful impact in addressing homelessness in the downtown district and on the Island as a whole.

A great big thank you to all the participating businesses and artists who graced Downtown Alameda with their creative and awe-inspiring artistry during the holiday window contest. Thanks to the panel of judges who visited each and every window display and had the difficult job of choosing winners. Congrats to one and all.

 

Take a stroll downtown and enjoy all the wintry, whimsical wonder that is on display. From Shop Late Thursdays to the popular Hot Cocoa Crawl, downtown merchants have plenty to offer for a festive shopping experience. 

 

From Small Business Saturday to the popular Hot Cocoa Crawl, downtown merchants have plenty to offer for a festive holiday shopping experience. Let the merchants in Downtown Alameda help supply unique gifts, jewelry, clothing, toys, books and more!

Plus, shopping downtown is even easier since parking at all meters will be free all day on Saturdays through the end of the year. 

Thanks to everyone who celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show with the Downtown Alameda Business Association (DABA) this past Saturday (see story on page 1). DABA appreciates all the hard work of the committee, volunteers, sponsors, community partners and merchants who were the perfect hosts of this annual event. If you missed it, check out more photos at www.downtownalameda.com.

 

Alameda will celebrate the Silver Anniversary of the Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show presented by General Auto Parts and NAPA on Saturday, Oct. 13. More than 400 classic vehicles of all types will be lined up along Park Street, from Encinal Avenue to Buena Vista Avenue — roadsters, coupes, hot rods, muscle cars, antique trucks and more. The free one-day event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and offers fun for the entire family. 

 

About a year after its launch, the ReThink Disposable program is really building momentum: 25 businesses have been certified (18 of them in the downtown district), 13 are in the process of being certified and 24 more businesses have signed up. 

Attractive building façades (or storefronts) support and encourage local businesses. They can have a significant effect on the attractiveness and marketability of the surrounding area. To encourage business owners to reinvest in the downtown and neighborhood business areas, the City of Alameda offers 50/50 matching grants to assist them in restoring or beautifying their façades.

Each business owner or property owner makes a commitment to finance 50 percent of the cost of improvements. Improvements can include:  

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