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

(510) 523-5955

Santa Meet & Greet and 2nd Friday Holiday ArtWalk
12/9/2016 9:00:00 PM UTC - 12/10/2016 5:00:00 AM UTC
Webster Street, Alameda, CA 94501, California, 94501
Celebrate the holidays on Webster Street, Friday December 9th!
This year the West Alameda Business Association will be joining the 2nd Friday ArtWalk on Webster to present a Santa meet & greet at the Financial Benefits Credit Union from 1-5pm to be followed by a special edition of 2nd Friday ArtWalk on Webster and a Holiday Night Market from 5-9pm at the Hawthorn Suites, we hear Mr. & Mrs. Claus will also make an appearance at the Holiday Night Market!
 
The ArtWalk will take place from Central to Pacific on Webster.  There will be upwards of 25 craft artists placed in front of “art hosts” businesses, Hair Tech, West End Crepe, Wescafe’, The Shamrock, Cookie Bar, The Fireside Lounge, a “Pop- Up” gallery at Calafia Taqueria and Gallery 1553.
 
Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus, carolers, kids games, hot cocoa & cider, face painting by Alana Dill, a photo area and more craft artisans will be bringing holiday cheer at the Hawthorn Suites Hotel.
 
Local Craft Artisans include:  Art by Sachiko, Nu Spirit Designs,
t-SHop Studio, Crate Big Ideas, Pens of Whimsey, Manino Leather, Karri Jose, Pallavi Lal, Arleen Andrea, Rose Kyocera, Designs by Mo, Dani Robison, &Entertainment Studios, T-Hiro Designs, Shane Shelton, Little Planets Jewelry and many more!!!  Gallery artists showing at art host locations include many local artists including students from Alameda Academy, Island, Encinal and Alameda High Schools.
 
A super fun addition to this event is an ArtWalk stamp card raffle.  You can pick up your stamp card at any of the Art Host locations. Once you have stamps from ALL hosts and crafters on the evening of the event, you turn in your card at the WABA booth located at the pacific lot to receive your raffle ticket. Raffle prizes include gift cards to local restaurants, massage certificates, items from participating crafters, target cards and more!
 
 
Accepting Consignments for new store coming to Webster Street
J Couture is coming to 1513 Webster Street with Fashion, Accessories & Consignment items this Fall. Beginning today, J Couture will start to accept consignments. Please send information to consignments@jcouturealameda.com.
Interested in the Façade Grant?
SpeedPro East Bay wants our fellow Alameda Businesses to know that we support the Façade Grant Program awardees! As you may know, the Facade Grant program helps businesses in the area of Webster Street Business District, Downtown Alameda Business District, and Historic Stations, improve their signage.  You could be eligible for 50/50 matching grants and when you're ready, we can help you spruce up your storefront. Whether it's raised lettering, lit signs, blade signs, window graphics, or printed exterior wall murals, we are your local small business sign shop! Give us a call for a quote at (510) 246-8643 and ask for Ed or Nicole. About the Yoga & Martial Arts photo: SpeedPro East Bay worked with this Facade Grant awardee to provide their raised lettering and back lit sign.  We also assisted with their front window graphics. City of Alameda's Façade Grant Program Re-opened for Local Businesses 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.
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.
Webster and Posey Tubes Closed for Life and Fire Safety Inspections
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced that it will close the Posey and Webster Tubes for life and fire safety inspections as follows: The Posey Tube, exiting Alameda, will be closed as follows: Saturday, August 12, from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. the following morning. Sunday, August 13, from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. the following morning. The Webster Tube, entering Alameda, will be closed as follows: Saturday, August 19, from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. the following morning. Sunday, August 20, from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. the following morning. Questions or information about the Tube closures should be directed to Eroluis Oseguera, Caltrans, Tunnels & Tubes, at (510) 286-3947.
Hot August Nights mixer at Alameda Landing
Free to all! Food, drinks and music by the TearJerkers for WABA's August mixer. Come join us! At the Courtyard next to SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza and the same street as Famous Dave's - Alameda, CA, Firehouse Subs Alameda Landing, See map here: http://shopalamedalanding.com/map Ages 21+ Co-sponsored by Vestar Property Management, we will be outdoors again at Alameda Landing for Hot August Nights on Wednesday, August 23rd from 5:30 to 8pm Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2029809347045021/
Proposed Changes Affecting Local Businesses
On September 19, 2017, the City Council will consider adopting a revised Alameda Municipal Code section 4-4 re: disposable foodware. The revised ordinance would require food vendors a) to provide straws to customers only upon the customer’s request, and b) to use reusable, recyclable, or compostable to-go food ware. This item’s legislative history can be found here and here.   Alameda food-vendor businesses will receive a mailer from Public Works in August inviting them to provide input on the proposed ordinance changes to the City Council at the September 18 meeting.   WABA is seeking input from members: Would you support or oppose the City of Alameda requiring that food vendors only provide straws to customers upon the customer’s request? Would you support or oppose the City of Alameda requiring that food vendors use to-go food ware that is reusable, recyclable, or compostable? Does your association board have any input to share on the attached ordinance revisions? Contact Liam Garland, Acting Director for Alameda Public Works, at LGarland@alamedaca.gov.
Join Mike's Paddle and Athleta for a Trunk Show
Everyone is invited to stop by Mike's Paddle for an exclusive look at all of Athleta's made for water and sun clothing collection. There will be snacks! If you choose, you can join Athleta Influencer and Mike's Paddle instructor Nicolette Tura for a specialty class on the water from 10am-12pm. If you join the class you will be given a special goody bag and a raffle ticket for a chance to win Athleta's beloved Pacifica 2.0 UPF 50 protected rashguard - Perfect for Paddleboard and being out in the sun! More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/251915411975694
Fundraiser for Planned Parenthood
80's party at The Fireside Lounge, 1453 Webster Street, Alameda Cover $7; Doors open at 8PM