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advocate for members

The BID stands for downtown businesses

Supporting San Rafael's downtown is our only job

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Upcoming Events & Downtown News

Shop San Rafael Proclamation

Thanks to the San Rafael City Council for this recognition given in November 2019. City of San Rafael Proclamation supporting Shop San Rafael WHEREAS, Local businesses are the City’s economic engines that make up an essential part of the economic health of the City of San Rafael, and contributes to a vibrant and active street…

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Our BID MVP!

A huge thank you to our outgoing president, Jaime Ortiz, from Bank of Marin.  Jaime has served as BID President for the past three years, creating a cohesive, cooperative and effective organization. He did it while also being an active in the Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Chamber, and several more organizations. We salute…

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2019 Annual Meeting/Report

Download 2019 BID Annual Report

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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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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.

Past Events & Downtown News

2019 Shop Local Saturday • November 30

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

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West End Village Celebration: Sunday, November 3, 2019 • 11–7

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Meet Your Neighbors: Rebound Bookstore

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Member Mixer Thursday, June 27 at Bogie’s Too from 5:30-7:30pm

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The 1st Annual Downtown San Rafael Hops and Vines Stroll

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Summer Sidewalk Sale – Sat. August 24, 11am-5pm

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

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Panel Q&A / Beautification Report

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BID Mixer on Thursday, February 28 from 5:30-7:30pm at T&B Sports

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Clean & Green Day

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Spring Sidewalk Sale – Sat. April 13, 11am-5pm

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2019 May Madness Scheduled for May 11, 2019

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West End Pilot Lighting Project

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Dressing Up Empty Store Windows

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Shop Small / Shop Local

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Parade of Lights • Friday, November 23rd

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Summer Sidewalk Sale – Saturday, August 18, 10am-6pm

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Shop Small / Shop Local Saturday, November 24 • 10–6

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BID Mixer and Annual Membership Meeting Nov. 1

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 30+ BID Members joined the fun at Iron Springs Mixer 6/20

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Parking Director speaking at Iron Springs Mixer – June 20th 5:30

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May Madness 30th Annual Classic Car Show and Parade

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Downtown’s 4th Street Bank of Marin to Host Chamber of Commerce Mixer

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McRoskey Mattress Co. Opening Pop Up Store in Downtown San Rafael

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December 17th

Downtown San Rafael

We are so pleased to announce our first Downtown Public Menorah Lighting! We will be celebrating the first day of Chanukah in our City Plaza with Chabad of Marin, Rabbi Rice, will be lighting the first candle.
Please join us!!!

Date: Sunday, December 22

Location: City Plaza; Fourth Street

Time: 4:30pm – 6pm
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We are so pleased to announce our first Downtown Public Menorah Lighting! We will be celebrating the first day of Chanukah in our City Plaza with Chabad of Marin, Rabbi Rice, will be lighting the first candle.
Please join us!!!

 Date: Sunday, December 22

Location: City Plaza; Fourth Street

 Time: 4:30pm – 6pm

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Ashleigh Emerick, maybe T would like this!!!

Eric

December 10th

Downtown San Rafael

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Shop Local in Downtown San Rafael with Free Parking!

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Downtown San Rafael

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Downtown San Rafael

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