Shop Alameda! (With coupons!)
We’ll start again on Park Street, this time at 3 Wishes Cards and Gifts (1428 Park Street, 523-4438). They’re offering you $10 off any purchase of $50 or more through the end of 2009 if you present this handy coupon:
Just print and cut along the dotted line and you’re good to go! 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.
I also wanted to let you know that our friends at Alameda Bicycle (1522 Park Street, 522-0070) are now offering $120 in free goodies when you purchase an adult bike at their store. That’s a U-lock, a light set and a helmet with the purchase of any adult bike. 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.
Did you know that Blue Rectangle (1355 Park Street, 337-0750) has got free books for kids? When you stop in to shop, your child can pick a book from the free book box at the back of the store, where the children’s books are located. There’s no purchase necessary to take advantage of the offer. (And while you’re there, be sure to ask them about The Children’s Book Project, to which Blue Rectangle has so far contributed more than 40,000 free books. The books go to children, parents and teachers.) The store also puts out a fresh selection of vintage clothes daily – and they buy back clothes from the 1960s and older. And they report that their one-of-a-kind blank journals, which we told you about last week, are flying off the shelves. So if you want one, you need to get there, fast. 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.
While you’re shopping Park Street this weekend, be sure to stop by the Alameda Theatre and Cineplex for a little holiday fun. They’re hosting “Ye Olde Alameda Dickens Christmas Promenade” starting at 6 p.m. Fridays and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays this weekend (December 11-13) and next (December 18-20). 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.
Easing on down the road a bit, Alameda Towne Centre’s got great toys this holiday season at the Kidstown Toy Shop (2210-D South Shore, 748-0112). The shop, which is located between Santa’s house at the center of the mall and Starbucks, has an assortment of the brand-name toys that are on every child’s wish list plus hard-to-find toys for collectors. They’ve got an assortment of Disney dolls and toys, Barbie, Bratz, Cabbage Patch Dolls, My Little Pony and Littlest Pet Shop toys, Hot Wheels, Tech Deck, North Pole Express trains, Halo action figures and a great selection of Star Wars figures and collectibles. And while you’re there, you can enter a drawing for a Wii. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
And last but not least, the folks at the West Alameda Business Association are hosting an event that truly reflects the spirit of the season. From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday, December 12, you’re invited to a Day of Giving and Community Tree Trimming Party at the corner of Webster Street and Pacific Avenue. They’re asking participants to bring an ornament to decorate the tree, which will be donated to a local non-profit for use next year. While you’re there, you can enjoy treats from Island Bakery, sing holiday carols, and make your donations to the Alameda Food Bank and One Warm Coat. The tree was donated by Hawthorn Suites.
By the way, 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.
And if you’ve got a sale, line of holiday products or event you’d like included in our weekly Shop Alameda column, which will run through the holidays, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 910-7785.