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:
The Island’s City’s largest event, the Art & Wine Faire, has been a community tradition for 34 years and is a great place to meet neighbors, friends and folks that help make the Island shine. Annually, the Art & Wine Faire presents a wonderful opportunity to not only showcase Alameda’s beautiful downtown businesses and all they have to offer, but also recognize the city’s community associations and hard-working nonprofit groups. Get to know these participating organizations, learn about service opportunities or make a donation.
Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 17. The Island’s downtown district is a great place for families to spend a memorable day with Dad.
Dad will have a blast spending an afternoon or evening in Downtown Alameda. There’s plenty of activities to choose from. Treat Dad to the latest blockbuster movie at Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, challenge him to a classic video arcade game (the kind he played as a kid) at High Scores Arcade or stop in for a round of golf or slot car racing at Subpar Miniature Golf.
Love Our Island Art Walk comes back to Downtown Alameda for a fun-filled evening during the next 2nd Friday ArtWalk. On Friday, June 8, 6 to 9 p.m., Rhythmix Cultural Works and the Downtown Alameda Business Association will present three hours of art and music along Park Street for the third installation of the creative art event.
The Downtown Alameda Spring Festival is a Mother’s Day weekend tradition in the San Francisco Bay Area. The outdoor street fair brings 150 art and craft vendors, mouth-watering festival food, local craft beer and premium wine sales, nonstop live music on multiple stage and an interactive kids’ area to the Island City.
Festival-goers will enjoy a stroll in Alameda’s historic downtown district where unique shops, amazing restaurants and other businesses will also be offering event specials throughout the weekend, making it the perfect place to find a gift for Mom.
WAlameda celebrating Earth Day this Saturday, April 21, at Washington Park, it’s a terrific time to reflect on how the Downtown Alameda businesses do their part to protect the environment and make Alameda a greener community every day.
When it comes to being green, Downtown Alameda has racked up some impressive numbers:
Downtown Alameda is losing a living treasure this month. After more than 60 years in business, Alameda resident and icon Eunice “Pauline” Kelley is closing up shop and retiring. A liquidation sale at 1427 Park St. takes place this entire weekend. (See details in ad on page 9).
At the end of each year, the Downtown Alameda Business Association (DABA) presents awards to member businesses in recognition of their contributions to the success of the downtown district. The owners and staff of the selected businesses are excellent examples of the quality of service one can expect to find throughout the district. Additionally, the award recipients are highly active in DABA activities, continuously participate in downtown events and make an effort to cultivate improvements in the business community.
The Downtown Alameda Business Association (DABA) held its annual holiday party and business awards ceremony for its members on Dec. 7 at the Elks Lodge. The event was hosted by the DABA’s Executive Director Janet Magleby and the association’s Membership Committee: Jennifer Serr (Chairperson), Jone Stebbins, Jessica Lindsay, Jane Watson, Cynthia Schorle, Sara Edge, Stephanie Prothero, and Shalynn Taylor.
Downtown Alameda Business Association (DABA) President Donna Layburn has announced the appointment of Janet Magleby as the organization’s new executive director. In her new role Magleby will oversee DABA’s operational and promotional programs., while developing new programs and events.
“We are thrilled to have Janet join DABA,” said Layburn. “She comes to us with more than 25 years experience in marketing, promotion, PR, and event management.”