This week, I’d like to start off on Webster Street, which is soon to be home to a brand-new cafe in the space that was once occupied by Tillie’s, at 1500 Webster. It’ll be called Cafe Jolie. More to come soon on this one. In the meantime, if you happen to be shopping on Webster – and they’ve got a whole host of shopping options, listed here – parking’s free on weekends through Christmas.
Next, we’re off to Alameda Towne Centre (Corner of Park and Otis; 521-1515), which is hosting a Santa Photo Contest on their Facebook page. Here’s how it works: Post your pics with the shopping center’s Santa on their Facebook page, and you could win $25. (And while you’re there, it’s seriously worth becoming a fan, because you get all the updates on new stores coming to the center, plus coupons, events, contests and more.) Incidentally, this is Santa’s last week at the shopping center (here’s there ’til Christmas Eve), so if you want to pay him a visit or get your child’s picture taken with him … well, there’s no time like the present, is there? Santa’s hours vary; check the center’s website for details.
Looking to put a two-wheeler under the tree this year? The folks over at Alameda Bicycle (1522 Park Street, 522-0070) can hook you up – literally, with a free U-lock, light set and helmet worth $120 if you purchase an adult bike at their store. And if you buy a kid’s bike – including a 12″ or 16″ bike that’s eligible for the store’s generous trade-up program – you’ll receive any one of those items, gratis. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Meanwhile, the folks at Blue Rectangle (1355 Park Street, 337-0750) have got a neat new gift item for you to check out: Pillows made from vintage silk scarves. They’ve got a host of unique gift items, in fact, including one-of-a-kind blank journals, plus a fresh selection of vintage clothes, daily. And they’ve got free books for kids (one per child, yes they have to be there, and no, you don’t have to buy anything). Sweet! Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.
By the way, congratulations are in order for Blue Rectangle and 3 Wishes Cards and Gifts (1428 Park Street, 523-4438), which just earned “Best Retail Business” honors from the Park Street Business Association.
And speaking of 3 Wishes, here’s a coupon for $10 off any purchase of $50 or more. The store’s extended holiday hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
For one more weekend only, the Alameda Theatre and Cineplex has got “Ye Olde Alameda Dickens Christmas Promenade,” which starts at 6 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The promenade will be populated by carolers, dancers and Victorian characters, and an Olde World Santa on Saturdays and Sundays. And you’re invited to get in the spirit by showing up in your finest Dickens attire.
And last but not least … For 30 years, Boy Scout Troop 11 has been collecting your pre-owned Christmas trees, post-holiday. They’re at it again this year. For just five bucks, they’ll take your unflocked trees from your home, run it through a wood chipper and give the chips to Ploughshares Nursery. (And the ticket they give you has a two dollar coupon for Papa Murphy’s on the back.) The big day is January 9, 2010. Click the link above to sign up.
Don’t forget: The Island is also raising money for charity this holiday season. If you support The Island by subscribing this month, we’ll donate half your subscription charge to charity.
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