The Park Street area has some new merchants -- Alameda Bagels & Donuts, as well as Honey Salon and Vena Salon on nearby Santa Clara Avenue. But the business district is losing some popular shops.
Party Warehouse, 1125 Park St., is closing its doors at 6 p.m. Saturday. Business partners Dona Candela and Robert Spencer are retiring.
"We've been business partners and longtime friends from 1970," Candela said. "We opened our first store in Oakland in a building that was a warehouse. We had a total of 10 stores in the Bay Area."
The Alameda location, the last that the pair opened together about 16 years ago, is the final shop to close.
"We loved having a business here," Candela said. "I'm going to keep coming back and walking around Park Street. I enjoy the ambience, and it's a great place to have a business."
Meanwhile, the owner of Dog Bone Alley at 1342 Park St. says that everything must go.
"We're having a closing sale, with no firm date on when we will close our doors. It'll be when the inventory is sold," said owner Elizabeth Pinkerton.
Pinkerton adds that she closed her sister store in Danville a few years ago. She's been in business in town for 10 years and is looking "to move in another direction."
"It's been a joy to serve pets and pet parents of Alameda, and I appreciate how supportive Alamedans have been through the years," Pinkerton explained. "The business and Park Street have been great."
At the nearby Alameda Free Library on Oak Street, a presentation on the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco's latest exhibit is set to take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on July 9. The new museum show, "Gorgeous: Beauty Can Be Boring" brings together more than 72 eye-catching pieces from the collections of the Asian Art Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
The pieces were made over the past 2,000 years by dozens of cultures, and the show's artworks "may be beautiful to the viewer ... bizarre and challenging," event organizers say. The show will be at the Asian Art Museum through Sept. 14.
Photographer Manjot Bal shares her work at the Main Library through July 26 on the second floor. Bal's images stimulate "both the eye and the mind," according to the library, and some photos are accompanied by her written perspectives on them. The artwork will be on display through September.
Also at the library, visitors can enjoy photos from the "Alameda on Camera" exhibit, held recently at the nearby Frank Bette Center for the Arts. Photographer Juan D. Cruz focused on people enjoying the early morning at the beach, Steve Elbert was intrigued by shapes and shadows of a man walking his dog, and Karen Braun Malpas converted photos of the estuary and other areas into creative cloth-based designs.
The idea for this collaboration between the library and Frank Bette Center came from Ruth Belikove, who co-organizes the "Live at the Library" concert series each year. After visiting the "Alameda on Camera" show right before it ended in May, the art lover said, "These should be up at the library for the community to enjoy."
Janet Levaux also writes the Alameda Journal Blog at www.ibabuzz.com/alamedajournal.