Downtown Alameda Business Association

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:  

 

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).

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