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

(510) 523-5955

2nd Friday Artwalk in Alameda
5/14/2016 1:00:00 AM UTC - 5/14/2016 4:00:00 AM UTC
Webster Street, Alameda, CA 94501, California, 94501

The West End has always lent itself, quite naturally, to Arts & Entertainment with Live music, festivals and multi-media art shows.  This month's 2nd Friday Artwalk is being held Friday, May 13th and on our very own Webster Street. Restaurants, bars, salons, and other retail spaces have joined respectable art galleries and studios in this once a month celebration of the arts. Businesses such as the Fireside Lounge, Cookiebar, Hairtech, 1400, WesCafé, West End Crepe and the newly re-opened Chicha Bistro have agreed to showcase artwork Friday 5/13. There will be over 15 craft vendors and live musical acts who will be setting up shop in front of some of the local businesses.  The participation from Webster St. merchants join east end galleries & businesses, Studio 23, 3Dot Gallery, The Alley, Redux Studios & Gallery, and The Frank Bette Center for the Arts, Alameda Island Brewing, Lucky 13 & Vintiq to showcase artwork.
 
Jessica Warren, Wesley Warren, Sara Edge, Dave Sylvester, Sandy Russell, and Jack Gonzales are just some of the local artists who have been involved in the vision of this community event. They believe art can create and inspire any and all communities as well as empower them. With music, food, friends and family that enjoy art and entertainment, Alameda's 2nd Friday Artwalk is just one more way Alameda’s West End is becoming more lively and vibrant.
 
For maps, registration and more information about 2nd Friday Artwalk in Alameda please visit fridayartwalk.com.
 
In conjunction with this 2nd Friday Art Walk There will also be a very special Beer Camp Across America tap event at The Fireside Lounge.  
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has partnered with 6 regional brewing teams to create an incredible collaboration: 31 brewers together making 6 different beers for a one time only release. The Fireside will be pouring all 6 five gallons of BCAA beers. Come in for tastings of all of these very special collaboration beers and stay for the after event live music with Alameda’s own The Saloons & The Jilters!
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