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Upcoming Events & Downtown News

Meet Your Neighbor: Salon B

886 4th Street, San Rafael

Owners: Bishlam and Amy Bullock

What’s the hardest lesson you learned in starting a business?

To not run my business all the time. It’s hard to take my hands off the wheel sometimes, and let it evolve the way it wants to. The business will tell you what it needs…

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West End Village Celebration “Family Fun Day” Sunday November 3, 2019 11:00am-7:00pm

Downtown San Rafael: 4th Street between H Street and Shaver Kid’s activities and live bands all day! The West End Village will again be the destination for local families to enjoy community spirit, kid’s arts and crafts activities (in partnership with several local non-profit organizations) and all-day fun that is the foundation of the West…

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Annual Member Meeting/BID Mixer Thursday, September 26 from 5:30-7:30 pm at Istanbul Rug

Annual Member Meeting/BID Mixer Thursday, September 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM Hosted by Ogi Teker at Istanbul Rug, 1504 4th Street We will be sharing our 2019 Annual Report and Board slate. Miriam Karell, the SBDC Director will speak on workshops relevant to your business and Digital Marketing Strategies. Come meet your Downtown neighbors for a social evening of fun and information.

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Trick or Treat on 4th Street: Saturday, October 26 • 1–3pm

Trick or Treat on 4th Street! Fourth Street, Downtown & the West End Village (from Lincoln to H Street) Bring your little ones in costume for treats from participating merchants all up and down Fourth Street, Downtown from Lincoln to the West End Village, look for the poster and balloons. San Rafael City Plaza (at…

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Meet Your Neighbors

Introducing a new feature, where you’ll find the stories of members of the Downtown San Rafael business neighborhood.

Owner, San Rafael's Salon B, Bishlam Bullock

Meet Your Neighbor: Salon B

September 12, 2019

886 4th Street, San Rafael

Owners: Bishlam and Amy Bullock

What’s the hardest lesson you learned in starting a business?

To not run my business all the time. It’s hard to take my hands off the wheel sometimes, and let it evolve the way it wants to. The business will tell you what it needs…

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Watch the Downtown San Rafael BID website for member interviews. If you’d like to be featured or suggest someone else, please contact Sharon at folkart@thefolkartgallery.com

It’s easy to get highlighted. We’ll interview you, take some photos or use yours, and share your story on our website for all to see. We’ll get to know one another better and the writeups will become a lasting and growing piece of our community.

Downtown San Rafael Garages Free on Weekends

Free-Parking-Map

Don't forget to tell your customers in person and through your social media and emails about the Free Parking on Saturdays and Sundays! FREE WEEKEND PARKING is in the A Street and C Street Garages, thanks to the Parking Department's pilot program. Let's keep it going by getting good participation! Win-Win.

Second Fridays Art Walk, Farmer's Market, Sidewalk Sales, Brew & Wine Crawl, Small Business Saturday, Parade of Lights & more.
Parking meters, garages and lots. Employee & Resident Parking. Monthly Permits, Frequent Parker Cards, Parking Apps & Electric Vehicle Charging Stations. Smart Train & Public Transit.
Our Mission. Meet the Staff, Board of Directors and find meeting agendas and minutes. Get involved.

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September 18th

Downtown San Rafael

Come celebrate the Latinx community and culture in San Rafael in honor of Hispanic heritage month at our Downtown farmers Market!!! Thursday, September 19th, 6-9pm

AIM Farmers Markets, in partnership with the City of San Rafael - Government, Canal Alliance, Bank of Marin, Viva el Cine Program and the Mill Valley Film Festival, will host a night of music, dance performances, food, community resources, and kids chalk art zone at the farmers market! Special musical guest is Mambo Soul, and the Ballet Folklorico Netzahualcoyotl will be performing at though out the evening. Come dine al fresco or take home street style foods: Yucatan and El Salvadoran, to name a few, plus Mexican-style local roasted corn, Madrid-style churros, and Argentinian-style empanadas. Get to know your California Latinx farmers and take home seasonal produce. Our markets accept CalFresh/EBT and WIC vouchers and will provide a market match of up to $10 for fruit and vegetable purchases for EBT cardholders.

¡Ven a celebrar la rica comunidad y cultura latinx en San Rafael, en honor al Mes de la Herencia Hispana! AIM, en asociación con la ciudad de San Rafael, Canal Alliance, Bank of Marin, el programa Viva el Cine y el MVFF42, organizará una noche de música, espectáculos de danza, comida, recursos comunitarios y una zona de arte para niños, en el mercado de agricultores. ! El invitado musical especial es Mambo Soul, y el Ballet Folklórico Netzahualcóyotl se presentará por la noche. Ven a cenar al aire libre o llévate comida casera al estilo de la calle: Yucatán y El Salvadoreño, por nombrar algunos, además de maíz tostado local al estilo mexicano, churros al estilo madrileño y empanadas al estilo argentino. Conozca a sus agricultores latinx de California y llévese a casa productos de temporada. Nuestros mercados aceptan cupones de CalFresh / EBT y WIC y proporcionarán una igualación de mercado de hasta $ 10 para compras de frutas y verduras para los titulares de tarjetas EBT
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Come celebrate the Latinx community and culture in San Rafael in honor of Hispanic heritage month at our Downtown farmers Market!!! Thursday, September 19th, 6-9pm

 AIM Farmers Markets, in partnership with the City of San Rafael - Government, Canal Alliance,  Bank of Marin, Viva el Cine Program and the Mill Valley Film Festival, will host a night of music, dance performances, food, community resources, and kids chalk art zone at the farmers market! Special musical guest is Mambo Soul, and the Ballet Folklorico Netzahualcoyotl will be performing at though out the evening.  Come dine al fresco or take home street style foods: Yucatan and El Salvadoran, to name a few, plus Mexican-style local roasted corn, Madrid-style churros, and Argentinian-style empanadas. Get to know your California Latinx farmers and take home seasonal produce. Our markets accept CalFresh/EBT and WIC vouchers and will provide a market match of up to $10 for fruit and vegetable purchases for EBT cardholders. 

¡Ven a celebrar la rica comunidad y cultura latinx en San Rafael, en honor al Mes de la Herencia Hispana! AIM, en asociación con la ciudad de San Rafael, Canal Alliance, Bank of Marin, el programa Viva el Cine y el MVFF42, organizará una noche de música, espectáculos de danza, comida, recursos comunitarios y una zona de arte para niños, en el mercado de agricultores. ! El invitado musical especial es Mambo Soul, y el Ballet Folklórico Netzahualcóyotl se presentará por la noche. Ven a cenar al aire libre o llévate comida casera al estilo de la calle: Yucatán y El Salvadoreño, por nombrar algunos, además de maíz tostado local al estilo mexicano, churros al estilo madrileño y empanadas al estilo argentino. Conozca a sus agricultores latinx de California y llévese a casa productos de temporada. Nuestros mercados aceptan cupones de CalFresh / EBT y WIC y proporcionarán una igualación de mercado de hasta $ 10 para compras de frutas y verduras para los titulares de tarjetas EBTImage attachment

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We'll be there!

Sounds wonderful!

Very exciting! We are looking forward to it!

September 3rd

Downtown San Rafael

Thank you to all who joined us for the Summer Sidewalk Sale on August 24th! Such a fun day in Downtown San Rafael! ... See MoreSee Less

August 23rd

Downtown San Rafael

Join us tomorrow! Saturday 24, at 11am- 5pm.

Stroll Downtown San Rafael to the West End Village and discover bargains, treasures and fun! Local businesses will offer discounts, sales, giveaways, demos, special events, music, refreshments and more. FREE PARKING at the A St. & C St. garages and the West End parking lot. More info and participating merchants list on our website! 🛍🛍 #downtownsanrafael #marinca #marincounty #sanrafaelca #sanrafael #marin #shoplocal
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Join us tomorrow! Saturday 24, at 11am- 5pm. 

Stroll Downtown San Rafael to the West End Village and discover bargains, treasures and fun! Local businesses will offer discounts, sales, giveaways, demos, special events, music, refreshments and more. FREE PARKING at the A St. & C St. garages and the West End parking lot. More info and participating merchants list on our website! 🛍🛍 #downtownsanrafael #marinca #marincounty #sanrafaelca #sanrafael #marin #shoplocal

August 19th

Downtown San Rafael

https://marinmagazine.com/a-local-guide-for-fermen…
Downtown San Rafael may be the Bay Area’s newest beer bastion. The State Room Brewery, Iron Springs Public House, and the Tavern on Fourth with 18 NorCal selections on draft — the city center is bubbling (and burping) with Marin-made brew, and the recent openings of Tam Commons Tap Room & Kitchen, at Fourth and C streets, and Pond Farm Brewing Co. in the West End give beer hounds and hopheads a mile’s worth of malted marvels to choose from.
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https://www.marinmagazine.com/a-local-guide-for-fermented-fun/
Downtown San Rafael may be the Bay Area’s newest beer bastion. The State Room Brewery, Iron Springs Public House, and the Tavern on Fourth with 18 NorCal selections on draft — the city center is bubbling (and burping) with Marin-made brew, and the recent openings of Tam Commons Tap Room & Kitchen, at Fourth and C streets, and Pond Farm Brewing Co. in the West End give beer hounds and hopheads a mile’s worth of malted marvels to choose from.Image attachment

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Met a guy from Libations -- worth checking out. Great dog too--hi, Cleo!

You forgot Pond Farm downtown.

August 9th

Downtown San Rafael

Sidewalk Sale is coming up soon! Join us for bargains, treasures and lots of fun! ... See MoreSee Less

Sidewalk Sale is coming up soon! Join us for bargains, treasures and lots of fun!

With proceeds from May Madness this past May we, The Downtown San Rafael Business Improvement District And the San Rafael Elks Lodge had the opportunity to donate to Camp Chance. Camp Chance is a program for under served youth in our community created by the San Rafael Police Department with collaboration from the Marin County Sheriff's Office, The Novato Police Department, and the Marin County Office of Education.

In the first picture we have From Left to right, the director of the Downtown BID, Eda Loche, Jaime Ortiz from Bank of Marin and President of the BID, Bob Meier from San Rafael Elks Lodge, and Rick Lewis May Madness producer and owner of Gold Rush Jewelers, presenting San Rafael Police Chief Diana Bishop with two checks that will all go to benefit Camp Chance.

"The 20th annual Camp Chance was held July 8th -July 12th . With your generous donations, the San Rafael Police Department and Marin County Sheriff’s Office hosted 72 underserved children from Marin County at Walker Creek Ranch. During the week, the children were kept busy with crafts, games, and gardening. In addition to the program delivered by the counselors from Walker Creek, the Campers were treated to presentations from the police department and sheriff’s office. The campers were able to see demonstrations from our K-9 handlers, SWAT team, and Crime Scene Investigators. The California Highway Patrol was gracious enough to fly their helicopter, H-30, over for a show and tell. On Thursday the kids were taken to Limantour Beach for a day of fun in the sun and sand. This was the first time some of these kids have been to the beach! " - SRPD

https://campchanceconnect.org/
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