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Sip, Savor, Discover: Whiskey Stroll Returns!

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | February 17, 2022
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It’s back! Sip and stroll your way through our historic downtown district tasting premium small-batch whiskeys paired with yummy bites at the 4th annual Downtown Alameda Whiskey Stroll. Enjoy an evening filled with food, drink, and entertainment while learning about the unique styles of Northern California distillers and local chefs. The popular event returns on Friday, March 4, 6:00-9:00pm.

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The Alameda Strolls are a great way to discover new places and support local businesses. Ticket holders will visit twelve unique downtown shops and spaces to taste small-batch whiskeys from a fantastic selection of Northern California distilleries. And while at each stop, guests will enjoy a savory or sweet bite perfectly paired with each whiskey. 

This year’s Whiskey Stroll features a number of new businesses. First-time distillers include Ammunition Wine + Whiskey, Bardstown Bourbon Company, DuNord Social Spirits, and Young & Yonder Spirits. To keep things interesting, CRAFT Beer & Wine will once again be hosting a “Mystery Pour.” And as a bonus stop, Mommy’s Trading Post is offering samples of ‘Monday’ — a zero alcohol whiskey created for those who like to enjoy a cocktail without the alcohol.

Additionally, new retailer Magpie & Thorn will be host to a local chocolatier who is adding whiskey from the paired distiller to their tasty creations. And amazing street tacos from the newly opened Casa Revolución Taqueria will be served in LF Cochrane and Associates “secret” courtyard.

Ticket prices include a collectible tasting glass, whiskey tastings at more than twelve unique downtown businesses, a delicious bite at each location prepared by a downtown eatery, a commemorative guide, as well as goodies and prizes from downtown businesses.

To get the night rolling, there will be live music on Alameda Ave for downtown visitors to enjoy. The musical stylings of JimBo Trout feature a good-time gumbo of bluegrass, rock+roll, ​honky-tonk, and old time blues. Plus, the acoustic band Root will performing classics and everyone’s favorites on Dragon Rouge’s patio, located near the Park Street Bridge.

Tickets are on sale now! Ticket prices are $55 until February 27 and increase to $65 after that date, if still available. But take note, the Downtown Alameda Whiskey Strolls have sold out every year. All participants must be 21 and over.

To purchase tickets and to learn more about participating businesses, go to www.AlamedaStrolls.com.


Here’s a little more info about participating businesses:

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Share the Love on Valentine’s Day

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | February 1, 2022
Downtown Alameda gift ideas for Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day is February 14. When purchasing gifts for your sweetheart or that special person, share the love by shopping & dining with your local businesses.

Downtown Alameda has everything you need to curate the perfect Valentine’s Day experience. While chocolates and flowers may be the norm for Valentine’s Day, there are also plenty of unique gift ideas to be found.

For a fun gift to go with that bouquet of flowers, check out the variety of gifts at places like Books Inc., Daisy’s, Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, Sumbody, and To Herb With Love. Or what about some new red sneakers from Airloom Deluxe?

Special sweets are always appreciated on Valentines Day, from heart-shaped cookies to artisan cakes. Stop by our local cafes and bakeries for a divine desserts from Crispian Bakery, Feel Good Bakery, The Preacher’s Daughter Bistro, and Tucker’s Ice Cream.

For a romantic night out, make plans to share dinner and drinks with your sweetheart at one of the many fine restaurants in Downtown Alameda. Options include indoor dining, outdoor dining, and take-home meals from places such as Alameda Cinema Grill, Alley & Vine, Angela’s Kitchen, East End, Speisekammer, Spinning Bones, The Park Street Tavern, and The Star on Park.

Dinner at home? Complete the evening meal by picking up a bottle of wine or bubbles at Alameda Cellars, Bonne Vie, CRAFT Beer & Wine, Farmstead Cheeses & Wines, or Park Street Wine Cellars.

Lastly, tickets to the 4th Annual Whiskey Stroll can make for a wonderful surprise. You and your sweetheart can sip and stroll the downtown district tasting premium small-batch whiskeys paired with yummy bites. Tickets for the March 4 event are available at www.DowntownAlameda.com/whiskey.


Downtown Alameda business are open with care.For a list of our fabulous restaurants and shops, visit : www.DowntownAlameda.com/explore.

2021 in Pictures: Celebrating Local Businesses

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | January 19, 2022
Lauren's Closet shop owners

Thank you for continuing to support local businesses. It’s been incredible to witness the strength and creativity of our community.

As we move forward into the new year, we want to take a moment to celebrate and reflect on the accomplishments of the past year… a year of rebounding, adapting, and persevering. We saw businesses reopening, new businesses welcoming customers for the first time, and established businesses celebrating milestone anniversaries. (And downtown restaurants served lots of delicious food too!)

We hope 2022 continues to be filled with brighter days for all.

To celebrate the achievements of our local businesses, here’s a look back at your favorite Instagram posts in 2021:

2021 Year In Review: Timeline of the Top 10 Instagram Posts

Thanks to all who contributed photos to our social media pages by tagging #DowntownAlameda in your posts!

**Spoiler Alert** Pictured here is the #1 most liked/commented post from last year. Back in March 2021, Lisa Oyen celebrated 30 years of being in business on Park Street. Congratulations to Lauren’s Closet!

Alameda Restaurant Week 2022 Features Island Delights

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | January 7, 2022

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the sharp rise in COVID cases and the resulting staffing shortages for many dining establishments, Alameda Restaurant Week has been postponed to March 25th – April 3rd, 2022. The new dates are in alignment with Oakland and Berkeley Restaurant Weeks, which have also been postponed.


There is no better way to explore a city’s unique dining scene than Restaurant Week. And Alameda is no exception. Join us March 25 – April 3, 2022 for a ten-day event celebrating the culinary delights of our island city. Alameda Restaurant Week is back for a 5th year with more than 40 participating restaurants and bars!  

Explore the diverse variety of restaurants that prepare exceptional ethnic and American fare throughout Alameda, from casual eateries to upscale dining rooms. Visit places you’ve always wanted to try and rediscover old favorites. Whatever you crave, you’ll find it in Alameda.

In celebration of restaurant week, participating restaurants are offering special menus, discounts, and signature fare for dine-in, carryout, or delivery. In addition to indoor dining, many of the local eateries provide comfortable outdoor seating in patios and parklets.

And after dining with any of the fabulous restaurants, be sure to enter the AWR2022 raffle for a chance to win some great prizes. Over $1,000 in prizes are available and it’s easy to enter.

So go ahead… enjoy Alameda Restaurant Week 2022 and celebrate the cuisine that makes Alameda a trending culinary hotspot.

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New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (Jan. 2022)

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | January 2, 2022
Casa Revolucion Taqueria logo

Here’s to the start of a new year! We’d like to introduce the newest Downtown Alameda businesses to Open With Care… and others that are in the works. Find what you need in the way that works for you, whether it’s in-store visits, ordering out, arranging for an appointment in advance, or online experiences.

Kindly remember that all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must wear face coverings when indoors in public settings. Thank you in advance for remaining kind, supportive, and respective when doing business in the district.

New Downtown Businesses:

Axum Auto Sales, 1927 Park Street
Pre-owned, late model vehicles at competitive prices.

Artsy Color Lounge, 1421 Broadway
This is where the magic happens! Aana is a creative hairstylist and hair educator.

Body Mind Chiropractic, 1415 Broadway #29
Dr. Ashanna is passionate about working with patients so that the body, mind, and heart are all healing together.

Casa Revolución Taqueria, 2520 Santa Clara Ave
Enjoy fresh, reasonably priced Mexican food. The handmade corn tortillas, tacos, and salsa bar are a standout at this cozy location.

D.H. Charles Engineering, 2515 Santa Clara Ave #210
A professional and experienced staff of engineers and CAD drafters dedicated to providing construction engineering services to contractors.

New Owner:

The Local, 1333 Park Street

More Businesses in the Works:

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