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                & Field Trips

Field Trips Driving  Parking
Public Transportation Where to Stay Where to Eat

Alameda is located across the bay from San Francisco. You might not know this but Alameda is an island in San Francisco Bay. It is separated from the rest of the east bay by an estuary and across the estuary is Oakland. Alameda is among things, the home of a former Naval Air Station (do you remember it being mentioned in Star Trek IV?) and is currently the center for research into electric cars. Visit AlamedaInfo.com for all sorts of info on our town.

Field Trips

If you have a group of people interested in visiting the shop at the same time we ask that you give us a call in advance to set this up. While it's not required that you do so, it does help us determine if we need additional staff for your visit. We like to know what day you have in mind, how many people in the group will be coming and a time during the day we can expect you if it's a very large group.

Be sure to allow enough time for shopping, especially if you are scheduling a multi-stop trip for your group. When you let us know how many people are coming we can give you some guidelines based on your groups' size. We can also give you recommendations on places to eat should you require that information.

Directions

You can reach us easily by driving (through the Webster Tube) or by public transportation. We're about 35 minutes away from the SF Airport, about 20 minutes from the Oakland Airport or 5 minutes from the Oakland Amtrak station.

Google Maps - NIAH

Map of our 2433 Mariner Square Loop address:

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We have created a PDF version of the map so you can print it and get a sense of where we are in relation to our previous address.

Map with directions form our previous Clement Avenue location:

New Location Map

From our previous location on Clement:

If you are front of the Clement shop address take Clement to Grand where the street dead ends. Turn left onto Grand, then right onto Buena Vista. Continue on Buena Vista to Constitution Way. Stay in the right lane and when the street splits just before the Webster Tube entrance continue to the right onto Mariner Square Drive. At the stop sign (Mariner Square Drive & Marina Village Parkway) look across and to your left and you'll the Mash Office complext (big redwood tress). Go straight after the stop and our complex and parking lot will be to your left just past the stop sign.

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Driving

We're at 2433 Mariner Square Loop, Suite 102. The building is at the corner of Mariner Square Drive, Mariner Square Drive & Marina Village Parkway (yes it is confusing). We are one block from the new Alameda Landing Shopping Center and Target store. These directions get you onto the island through the Webster Tube. See the paragraph below them for what to do after you exit the tube.

From San Francisco
Take the Oakland Bay Bridge toward the east bay (80 East). Once across the bridge stay in the far right lane and take the 880 South ramp. Take 880 South to Broadway (Alameda Exit). Turn right onto 5th at the bottom of the exit (follow the signs to Alameda). Continue on 5th until you reach Broadway, taking the left jog into the Webster Tube.

From Berkeley, Marin and points north
If you're coming from Marin take the San Rafael Bridge toward Oakland. Take 80 West until you reach the 580/80/880 merge. Stay in the lanes marked for 880 South (San Jose). Take 880 South to Broadway (Alameda Exit).  Turn right onto 5th at the bottom of the exit (follow the signs to Alameda). Continue on 5th until you reach Broadway, taking the left jog into the Webster Tube.

From Contra Costa
Come through the Caldecot tunnel (Hwy 24 West). When the freeway splits take the 980 Downtown Oakland portion. Exit at 11th/12th Street staying on that street until you reach 5th, where you turn left. Continue on 5th until you reach Broadway, taking the left jog into the Webster Street Tube.

From Pleasanton/Livermore
Take 580W to Hwy 238 and head toward San Francisco then get onto Hwy 880N. Take 880 North until you reach Broadway (downtown Oakland and Alameda exit). Stay in the left lane, turning left at Broadway and then an immediate left into the Webster Street Tube.

From San Jose
You'll need to get to 880 Northbound (880 crosses 101 in San Jose). Take 880 North until you reach Broadway (downtown Oakland and Alameda exit). Stay in the left lane, turning left at Broadway and then an immediate left into the Webster Street Tube.

From the Peninsula
Come across either the San Mateo or Dumbarton Bridges and get onto 880 Northbound. Take 880 North until you reach Broadway (downtown Oakland and Alameda exit). Stay in the left lane, turning left at Broadway and then an immediate left into the Webster Street Tube.

After you exit the Tube

Once you exit the Tube, you have two options:

a) take a right at Willie Stargell Way (look for the In & Out Burger), then a right at Mariner Square Loop (where the Safeway Gas Station is). When you reach the end of  the street you'll have the Target Store on your left. The street sign straight ahead says Mitchell. Our complex is across the street to the right. You can either park in the lot you see or turn right on Mariner Square Loop (the street changes names), then left on Mariner Square Drive (the next stop sign) and use the courtyard side parking lot.

b) stay in the left lane exiting the tube and turn left onto Marina Village Parkway. You'll continue past the shopping center that's on the left for several blocks. Just past the Extended Stay America hotel is a stop sign. Look across the street to the right and you'll see our Mash Office complex. Turn right and then left into the courtyard parking lot.

We have an entrance on both sides of our building and our unit is right by the two large stands of redwood trees.

From Oakland Airport or within Alameda
As you leave the airport follow the signs to Alameda. Once on Doolittle you'll pass the golf course and go across the bridge into Alameda. When you are across the bridge the street becomes Otis - stay on Otis until it dead ends at 8th. Turn right on 8th and continue as the street jogs and changes name to Constitution Way. Stay in the right lane and when the street splits just before the Tube entrance continue to the right onto Mariner Square Drive. At the stop sign (Mariner Square Drive & Marina Village Parkway) go straight. The complex and parking lot will be to your left just past the stop sign.
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Public Transportation

BART/BUS

We are close to a BART station - 12th station in Downtown Oakland (City Center). The bus route that gets you closest to the shop is #31. Coming into Alameda the stop is across the street from us at Mariner Square Drive and Marina Village Parkway. Leaving the island it's 1/2 block up the street by the Extended Stay America. Map & Schedules for 31.

There is also the Estuary Crossing Shuttle and Alameda Landing Shuttle which operate during commute hours from a variety of locations in Oakland and the ECS has room for bikes (a great way to get through the Tube).

TRAIN

If you decide to take a trip by train we are about 8 minutes from the Oakland Amtrak station at Jack London Square) or 15 minutes from the Emeryville station. You can catch a taxi at either station.

FERRY

You can also take the ferry from San Francisco to Alameda. The primary ferry, Alameda/Oakland Ferry operates between Alameda (Main Street) - Jack London Square (Oakland) - San Francisco (Ferry Bldg) and San Francisco (Pier 39 Fisherman's' Wharf).

AC Transit no longer has a bus that services the ferry landing in Alameda. The closest bus route is the #31, which is a few blocks walk from the ferry terminal. If you like to walk, we'd be about a 20 minute walk from the ferry landing. Or we're a short taxi ride away. Be sure to arrange for a taxi before boarding the ferry for Alameda as they don't have cabs waiting at the ferry landing.

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Parking

We have plenty either in the two lots attached to our complex or street parking along Mariner Square Drive. There are no meters in this area. We do not have dedicated Handicapped parking. The flatest surface for a walker or wheelchair is to park in the lot behind building #2417 and come in the entrance on the Mariner Square Loop side of the building (which is unlocked during store hours). If you're shopping at Alameda Landing, 1 block away, it's a short walk to us.

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Where To Eat

There are a number of restaurants and sandwich shops within walking distance or a short drive of the shop. From personal experience we can recommend the following:

Walking distance @ Alameda Landing:

  • In & Out Burger
  • Habit Burger
  • Chilpotle
  • Panda Express
  • Cream
  • SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza
  • Famous Dave's BBQ
  • Firehouse Subs
  • Tava Kitchen

These are driving distance.

  • Subway (@ Marina Village)
  • Wescafe (coffee, tea, quiche, sandwiches & salads plus a great patio!)
    510-522-7200, 1536 Webster Street
  • Cafe Jolie (bistro - serves beignets!)
    510-523-4500, 1500 Webster Street
  • Katsu Sushi House
    510-749-8461, 1465 Webster Street
  • East Ocean Seafood Restaurant
    510-865-3381, 1713 Webster Street

Closer to Park Street (the main street in Alameda)

  • Little House Cafe (coffee, tea, pannini & salads plus a great little outdoor area)
    510-864-4044, 2300 Blanding Avenue @ Oak Street
  • Dragon Rouge (Vietnamese)
    510-521-1800, 2337 Blanding Avenue @ Park Street
  • La Penca Azul (mexican)
    510-769-9110, 1440 Park Street
  • Tucker's Ice Cream
    510-522-4960, 1349 Park St
  • Burgermeister
    510-865-3032, 2319 Central Ave
  • Asena Restaurant
    510-521-4100, 2508 Santa Clara Avenue
  • Kamakura Japanese Restaurant
    510-521-9121, 2549 Santa Clara Avenue
  • Panera (South Shore Shopping Center)

These are just a few of the places we like. There are quit a number of restaurants on Park Street, which is 2.5 miles away. You'll find pizza, Italian, Cuban, Mexican, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Burmese, sandwiches, etc. South Shore Center at the top of Park Street (right by the bay) also has Panera, Chilpotle, Jamba Juice, 5 Guys, Applebee's and a few others including Burger King and McDonalds.

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Where To Stay

If you are planning to stay overnight in the area here are some places we can recommend in Alameda.

Hawthorn Suites
1628 Webster Street
Alameda, CA 94501
1/2 mile from the shop.Has great rooms and DSL! Mention the shop to obtain a corporate rate. 510-522-1000
Hampton Inn & Suites
1700 Harbor Bay Parkway
Alameda, CA 94502

Located by the Oakland Airport in the business park. They do offer a free shuttle service to many locations within Alameda.
510-521-4500
We've not stayed in any of these hotels, but they are national chains in the area.
Homewood Suites
1103 Embarcadero
Oakland, CA 94606
Located on the estuary separating Alameda from Oakland (on the Oakland side). It's a 5 minute drive to the shop. 510-663-2700
510-663-2701

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