West Alameda Business Association
1509 1/2 Webster Street, Suite B, Alameda, CA 94501, California 94501

(510) 523-5955

Façade Grant Program Re-opened for Local Businesses
The City of Alameda has re-opened a popular economic development program to help local business and property owners spruce up their storefronts and improve the appearance of the City’s retail districts. Under the Façade Grant Program, business and property owners may be eligible for 50/50 matching grants for exterior painting, new awnings and signs, and other façade improvements. Past grantees include Phnom Penh House, Neptune’s, China House, and the historic Alameda Theatre, among others.

Changes to this year’s program include:
  • Increased grant amounts: up to $5,000 for signs and awnings; up to $10,000 for paint or historic and marquee signs; up to $15,000 for architectural improvements
  • Quarterly application deadlines, to provide clarity and set expectations for the approval process
  • A new signage promotion: starting in January, all signs will be eligible for 80/20 reimbursement (instead of 50/50)

To be eligible for a façade grant, the commercial property must be located in one of the following areas:
  • Webster Street Business District
  • Downtown Alameda Business District
  • Historic Stations (Grand, Mastick, Bay, South High St., Chestnut, Morton, Versailles, Willow, Fifth Street, Caroline, High Street North or Stanton)
  • Retail buildings near gateways into Alameda

For more information, please visit http://alamedaca.gov/business/facade-grant-program or contact Amanda Gehrke, Management Analyst, at (510) 747-6896.
2nd Annual Veterans Job & Resource Fair
In honor of Veterans Day 2017, the USS Hornet Museum is hosting a 2nd Annual Job & Resource Fair for veterans, military families and active military soon to be transitioning to civilian jobs. This event is an opportunity to meet face-to-face with top Bay Area companies from a cross-section of industries ready to hire. Even if you are not familiar with a company or hiring agency, still visit their booth as they may have the right job waiting for you at their corporate office despite being, for example, a retail company. Visit our website before the big day to see which employers are participating. Bring copies of your resume, pens and confirmation of your registration. Come ready to be interviewed. Registering is important for faster on-boarding and to give us an accurate head count for refreshments and supplies. Your registration provides an opportunity to tour the ship in between seeing recruiters, as well as admission on Saturday, November 11th for Veterans Day. Due to security reasons, please do not bring large bags or backpacks if at all possible with you. Please share this opportunity with other veterans and military spouses you know looking for work. Thank you. FAQs Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event? I.D. required to match name on registration. Bring your military card or form DD214 (if you still have it), just in case an employer or service provider asks. You may register at the door but we strongly encourage advance registration so we know you are attending. What are my transport/parking options getting to the event? Free parking lot in front of the ship, including many handicap stalls. There will be a free shuttle from the College of Alameda to the ship. How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Outreach@uss-hornet.org. For more information about the museum, visit www.uss-hornet.org. Dress code? If at all possible, dress professionally as if going on an interview. If planning to explore other parts of the ship beyond the Hangar Deck, we discourage wearing open toe shoes for your safety as reaching those decks or levels will require using a ladder. Is there a free shuttle? Yes! Michael's Transportation (one of the employers participating) will run a free shuttle on a continuous loop between the Admin Building of the College of Alameda to the Hornet and back again. This location is near the corner of Webster Street and Atlantic Avenue, a major stop for buses in Alameda.
Fall Vintage Fashion Faire at Alameda Point
This year's theme: 1940's Film Noir.... Looks To Die For Come and experience a vintage fashion extravaganza with over 50 booths showcasing a wide array of women's & men's clothing, couture, jewelry, accessories, textiles, fine linens and more. Since 2010, your source for vintage fashions from every era! Don't miss this exciting event featuring timeless fashion from every decade including the Victorian & Deco eras, the fabulous 40's & 50's, and the glitzy 60's, 70's & 80's inspiring today's fashion designers. 6PM – 10PM **** Friday NIGHT 10/13/17 Early Buy Party: 40's Film Noir Party! Come decked out in your vintage attire from every era and especially 40's style *$15 ticket purchase readmits to the entire Saturday show beginning at 10am Film Noir 40's Costume Contest at 7:30 PM on Friday night 10/13 with prizes for all entries. Grand prize: $100 Voucher, good for any booth at the Vintage Fashion Faire and more prizes... Live music by Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums Featuring Carmen Getit Cocktails poured by Stookey's Club Moderne (No Host Bar) SATURDAY SHOW ~10/14/17 10 AM – 5PM, ONLY $5 The entire Saturday show is ALL AGES, 16 & under free with paid adult admission. FREE PARKING More info at: http://alamedapointantiquesfaire.com/test4-fashionFaire-1.php
Bath Teas - Make and Take Workshop at Feathered Outlaw
Tailor your own personal bath tea blend to soothe what ails you! Be it anxiety, insomnia, the need for an uplift, headache; there's naturally incredible and vast array of essential oils from which to choose. Join us for our a fun and intimate DIY workshop with The Herbal Gypsy herself: Melissa Rivers! There will be refreshments, including beverages & lite bites. Space is limited to 12 people; please RSVP soon to reserve your seat! Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at the Feathered Outlaw, 1506 Webster, Alameda. It's the perfect wind down from your week and your finished bath tea will be 100% natural, composed beautifully, and made by you, for YOU! We won't be using any artificial ingredients, just the best that nature has to offer, extracted with care, and ready to envelop your senses. Treat yourself or a loved one to this intimate and fun workshop! ______ About Herbal-Gypsy: Herbal-Gypsy Bath & Body is a line of natural and whenever possible, fair trade & organic luxurious skin and body care products, made to reconnect each customer with the simple yet brilliantly effective ingredients that nature has to offer. With an emphasis on providing everyday extravagance, Herbal-Gypsy products are made with love, and made to love your body, naturally.