The mural gracing Island Auto Sales. Photo by Janice Worthen.
November 29 is national Small Business Saturday, a day to shop local and express gratitude for the small businesses that add character and variety to our lives. Almost every person I have interviewed has told me Alameda is charming, and I think the businesses one finds here are a large contributor to that charm. What better way to give thanks for this beautiful Island life than to keep one’s money in Alameda, not only for the holidays but year round?
With the addition of a new winery, Building 43 Winery, and Rock Wall Wine Company’s ability to now stay open later during the summer months, Spirits Alley appears to be on the brink of a growth spurt.
After a long and frustrating renovation of the old A-1 Vacuum & Sewing location on Park Street, Sergio Silva of Team Silva Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and his wife, Rebecca Trissell of Yoga Alameda, are planning to open their his-and-hers studio Tuesday.
Sunday Crafternoons have returned to Alameda South Shore Center’s Modern Mouse.
Party Warehouse, a longtime bookend of the Park Street business district, is closing on June 28 after 16 years as the Island’s party supply store.
Hobbled by the recession, the former Pillow Park Plaza furniture store at 1419 Park Street is once again a busy, all-in-one shopper’s paradise.
Fans of Rosenblum Cellars’ prized zinfandels and Rhone varietals will only be able to sample the winery’s 50-plus wines “next to the docks in Alameda” for a few more months.
Rosenblum’s owners announced Monday that when the lease on their current East Bay visitors center on Main Street expires in June, they’ll be vacating their Island home of 27 years for Oakland’s Jack London Square.
Amidst many relatively new shops and restaurants on and surrounding Park Street – hopefully keeping people shopping in our city – is one that truly stands out with its own tremendous bit of East Bay history.
Google may be expanding its private transit service for employees from the streets of San Francisco to the waters of San Francisco Bay.
Daisy’s owner Barbara Mooney starts buying Christmas ornaments for her Park Street boutique not too long after the New Year’s Eve ball has dropped.
“Somebody said, ‘What do you do for Thanksgiving?’ I said, ‘I enjoy my kids, because the day after, they become employees,’” Mooney quipped.
While much of the attention paid to the holiday shopping season is focused on major retailers and the deals they’re offering on “it” gifts to entice customers, holiday sales are equally critical to the small, independent retailers whose shops populate Alameda’s Park Street shopping district.
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