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.

 

Enjoy a day of revelry in Downtown Alameda in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday, March 17. Put on some green attire, gather some friends and prepare to embark on a cultural journey. In addition to the abundant plates of traditional corned beef and cabbage, diners will find culinary treats such as corned beef sliders, Reuben sandwiches, pints of Guinness and all-day drink specials.

Here are a couple of recommendations for celebrating Irish-American culture in Downtown Alameda:

More than 400 umbrella-less participants took advantage of the clear skies overhead last Friday evening as they strolled along Downtown Alameda’s Whiskey Stroll route. Ticket holders visited 11 unique businesses to savor perfectly paired bites from local downtown chefs paired with premium whiskeys from around Northern California. 

To find out about events happening in Downtown Alameda, join the email club at www.downtownalameda.com.

 

Sometimes, “what’s old” is more interesting than “what’s new.” That’s the case with the great buildings on Park Street.

Prior to 1864, Alameda was home to just a few small farmhouses scattered around the peninsula. With improved railroad transportation came hubs of commerce along the train routes, including the historic Park Street District. By 1905 more than 150 ornate commercial buildings lined the downtown streets. But, as time progressed, many of the older buildings were either torn down or converted into something else. 

February and March provide an opportunity to celebrate and recognize the contributions of people who have had an impact on Alameda’s history and society.

Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month, is an annual observance in February that helps us recall important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. Women’s History Month in March highlights the contributions of women.

 

Three new members officially started their terms on the Downtown Alameda Business Association (DABA) 2019 Board of Directors in January. Otto Wright, Eric Olney and Joe LoParo were elected by the membership at October’s annual meeting and join existing board members who were re-elected or are completing a second year of their terms.

 

Events and activities are abundant in Downtown Alameda, from the newer Downtown Strolls to the ever-popular annual street fairs. Go ahead and mark the calendar now for these fun happenings:

Downtown Whiskey Stroll, March 1
Ticket holders will stroll through the historic downtown district tasting premium small-batch whiskeys crafted by Northern California distilleries paired with locally prepared bites at ten unique pouring locations. Tickets go on sale Feb. 1!

 

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.

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