Shop Hop By The Bay

Shop Hop by the Bay is a group of fourteen quilt shops who work together to promote our love of quilting and sewing. We work together to bring our love of fabric to our customers and to promote quilting and sewing to those who have never ventured into this creative process. We are passionate about what we do and celebrate this passion with our annual Shop Hop by the Bay.

Two of this year’s quilt shops are in Niles!

  • Color Me Quilts, 37495 Niles Boulevard
  • Not Just Quiltz, 37831 Niles Boulevard

Pick up your official Shop Hop Passport at any participating store, and come visit us!

For more about Shop Hop By The Bay, visit the web site at:

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Rubber Ducks in Niles!

Ducks for Bucks
The Ducks for Bucks benefit race is a great way to support Niles! On Saturday, April 23rd, thousands of little yellow rubber ducks will race at Lake Elizabeth in the 22nd Annual Ducks for Bucks race, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Fremont. Festivities start at 11am. Duck race starts at 1pm.

Take A Quack At A Brand New Car & Other Great Prizes

By sponsoring a duck, you’ll be entered to win a brand new car, $2,000 in cash, and other great prizes, provided by race sponsors. Ducks are $5 each, or buy 5 ducks for $25 and get a 6th duck free.

Buy your tickets at Niles stores

Buy your tickets at Niles stores to benefit Niles Main Street Association! Look for the yellow ducks in the windows of participating stores in Niles. More information is also available from these stores.

More prizes in the Niles Business Raffle

By sponsoring your ducks at Niles stores, you will also be entered in the Niles Business Raffle, with a chance to win even more great prizes! The raffle will be held on April 17th, and is separate from your chance to win at the main Ducks for Bucks event.

About the Race

(Description provided by Ducks 4 Bucks.)

Every year for the last 21 years, thousands of rubber ducks have been released into Lake Elizabeth for the annual Ducks for Bucks Race benefit. This year our goal is to sell entries for 8,000 rubber ducks. Compliments of the Sanitation Department, a dump-truck will release the ducks at the Lake Elizabeth boat launch, into a previously cordoned off section of the lake. Using their high-powered fire hoses, the Fremont Fire Department will slowly herd the ducks into the chute passage which narrows to a size where only one duck at a time can enter the trap. As each duck enters the trap, the number on the bottom of the duck is recorded along with the race placement order. These numbers are radioed back to the boat house where they are entered into the computer and associated with their Race Entry form number which will identify each winner. Prior to the race, random duck numbers (1 per each 500 ducks entered into the race) are pre-selected as potential winners for the Great Grand Prize (car). This selection is performed by a third party company who is contacted after the first duck enters the trap to validate if it is among the pre-selected numbers. If the first place winning duck number is among the pre-selected duck numbers, that duck will win the Great Grand Prize. Otherwise, the 1st Place winning duck will receive the Grand Prize of $2,000 and the car will not be awarded. The next 10 winning ducks will receive the prize associated with their placement order in the race (2-11).

Winners need not be present to win. Several years ago our first place winner lived in New Jersey and we simply mailed her the check. Each winner will be contacted by phone after the race. If unable to reach by phone, they will be contacted via email as well.

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Extended Holiday Shopping Hours

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! The businesses in the downtown district of Niles have collectively agreed to open for extended hours during the holidays, for your convenience! Most shops will remain open until 7:00pm on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Come on down, and do your part for the local economy by doing your holiday shopping right here in town! Make every Saturday a ‘Small Business Saturday’.

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Festival of Lights Parade

Can you believe it’s that time of year already?? Well it is, and The Festival of Lights Parade will take place the Friday after Thanksgiving, November 25th. The Tree Lighting will be at 6:00pm and the parade starts at 6:30pm.

The streets will close at 4:00pm on Niles Blvd. from J St. to Hillview; 2nd. Street will remain open; all side streets from J to Hillview will also be closed for the parade. We will have parking behind the large parking lot, but those that park there will not be allowed to leave until the Police open the streets.

We still could use volunteers, and we really need DONATIONS, so if you could, please help!! This is year 15 for the parade, and we, the Niles Merchants Association, hope you and your family enjoy this special event.

Any questions or concerns, please call Marie Dear at 510-552-6034.

Note: This event is sponsored by Niles Merchants Association, not Niles Main Street Association. Please ensure that you direct your parade questions or donations to Marie at the number above.

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Niles Holiday Shopping Help

Niles is not just antiques. Our merchants have a passion for the unique, the special, the stuff you won’t find at the mall. You could spend a day in our town and likely find all you need for Christmas gift-giving and entertaining! And you can do it at a leisurely pace! Come up for a lunch of soups, salads, and gourmet sandwiches at Joe’s Corner or The Nile Cafe.

After lunch, hit the boulevard for “Santa browsing.”  Send Dad and the kids over to the train depot, where they can spend some time at the railroad museum and at the model railroad layouts at the passenger depot and freight station.

To end the day, plan to have dinner at one of our unique eateries. There is Cici’s Italian Ristorante, where you can get a great calamari steak and a piece of chocolate cake that will knock your socks off!  If you have a more eclectic palette, step into the Vine Restaurant for dinner inside or out on the (heater-warmed) patio, and gnosh on some “New American” cuisine accompanied by their wine, beer and sake/soju cocktail menu. Or, if you are craving some Continental fare, head up to Papillon Restaurant on Mission for some rack of lamb and maybe a flambe’d “bananas Foster”!

To be sure, Niles is the place to go on “Small Business Saturday!”


The Gift Dilemma
(What Can I Give?)
I am going to a holiday  party and need a hostess gift.
Come to the Saturday Farmer’s Market and nab a holiday gift box from the Sugar Cookie Lady! Or, Thyme for Tea has delicious fudge and fine collectibles, such as English tea sets, that would make lovely hostess gifts.
My sister likes jewelry, but she already has so much. What can I get her that is special? Come shop Corrie Glass! They make unique, special lampwork jewelry that you will find nowhere else! As an added delight, you can watch Wayne Corrie firing hand-blown glass pieces at the back of the store!  You will also find authentic Indian turquoise jewelry at The Turquoise Shop. Don even carries some hard-to-find green turquoise pieces!
My young nephew has so many toys already! What can I get him that is different? How about Tae Kwon Do lessons from the studio on Niles Blvd?  Encourage him to read! My Friends and I has classic children’s book collections.  There are plenty of educational toys at the Early Start Music & Toys shop on H Street.  Another magical shop for children is Gifts to Inspire. Come in and inspire a child!
My wife is tired of diamonds. Where can I get her an emerald bracelet? Chris’s Jewelry carries fine gemstones as well as gold jewelry and an array of estate jewelry.
I want something different to use for holiday decoration. Niles has lots! The Crystal Aerie has a remarkable collection of “Department 56” winter villages that would look wonderful on a mantel or buffet! They also sell Christmas caroler statuettes.  Want a dolled up fish ornament or a pouty-mouthed mermaid ornament for your tree? Come check out the quirky ornaments at Antique Treasures!  Need Thanksgiving or Christmas salt and pepper shakers for your table? Check out the shaker collections at Lost in the Attic!
My brother rides motorcycles. Everywhere. All the time. He has 2 Harleys and a Vespa. Needless to say, he’s hard to buy for. Got any ideas? If you’ll take a look in Keith’s Collectibles, there is a black piggy bank in the shape of a mini Harley-Davidson gas tank. What else could he want???
Have a friend who likes 50’s kitchen kitsch? Bite and Browse has a quirky assortment of old-time stuff that no 30’s to 60’s kitchen would be without! From hand egg beaters to colorful enamel ware and tongue-in-cheek home decor signs, you’ll find it all here!  Timeless Treasures has a fantastic collection of collectible Fiestaware that would brighten any kitchen!
Where can I find a great bike for my teenage son? Gooseneck Bikes sells extraordinary, one-of-a-kind bicycles for both kids and adults. They also can fabricate parts for bikes that need special repairs.
Know someone who is interested in quilts? Niles hosts two quilt shops in town: Not Just Quiltz and Color Me Quilts, both of which offer quilting lessons. Color Me Quilts also offers knitting lessons and hand-made crafts.
My aunt collects transferware. Where can I get some for her? There are several antique shops in Niles that carry collectible transferware, including Lost in the Attic.
My dad has an old Bentley he loves to work on. What can I get him to help him putter on his old car? Just the place! Don’s Antique Auto Parts has been providing nuts, bolts, ignition switches, original hood ornaments, hub caps, and more for vintage Chevys, Fords, Cadillacs, GMs, and others for longer than we can remember. He even ships long-lost parts for Rolls Royces and Bentleys to European royalty. (He had a recent request from Queen Elizabeth for a headlight lens for her ’34 Nash.) When they can’t find it in Europe, they call Don! A gift certificate would make your dad smile!
My daughter is crazy about Walt Disney movies. Where can I find Disney cartoon characters for her room? Crystal Aerie has an extensive selection of  upscale, collectible Disney characters. Come in and browse the mermaids, princesses, flying carpets, and genies!
Have a friend who loves art? Come browse the art at the Fremont Art Association.   Joe’s Corner also displays paintings by local artists. Drop in for a cuppa Joe and take a look!
I like to support non-profits during the holidays. Any ideas for me? Our local non-profit LEAF organization promotes sustainable gardening and hosts community garden plots on the grounds of the California Historic Nursery.
What does Niles offer for my audiophile? Next door to The Nile Cafe is a shop called Needle to the Groove, where you can find actual vinyl records dating back to the 50’s through the 80’s. If your audiophile is looking for the Beatles’ White Album, you just might find it here!  For a more folk vibe, our local troubadour, Michael McNevin, runs McNevin’s Mudpuddle Music where he offers his own CDs, as well as a collection of Etch-a-Sketch art that rivals any other in the Bay Area!
I have a friend with a new baby. What can I get the baby for Christmas? Stop by the Baby Tree Boutique and pick out a gently used toy and check out their hand-made gift cards while you are there. You might even find something for yourself since they merged with the Switch consignment shop! Early Start Music & Toys on H Street not only specializes in toys that are wooden, organic and educational, they also offer music classes for children 0-5 years of age.
My husband complains that our home is too “girlie.” Where can I get a “manly” gift to put under the tree for him? How about a vintage surf board for the den? A Samurai sword to hang over the fireplace? Theater lights for..uh…the garage? You’ll find this and more at Mantiques!







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