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Downtown News

Mandatory Recycling and Organics Law for our Businesses

Starting January 2022, all California businesses will be required to compost organic waste properly. The law aims to reduce harmful methane emissions from landfills that contribute to climate change and global warming. Please visit Cal Recycle’s website for more information on the new law. How do I comply? NOTE: if you received a Courtesy Notice of Violation…

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Fundraiser for Royal Ground, Thursday, June 30th!

What: Fundraiser for Royal Ground When: Thursday June 30 from 6pm to 10pm Where: Libation Taproom & Bottle Shop – outside on B Street between 3rd & 4th Why: Libation will be graciously donating the proceeds of the sale of the beer served on-street at the event – huge props to Ryan at Libation!   Here are some…

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New ABC Law in effect July 1, 2022

A new law, California Assembly Bill 1221(AB 1221), also know as the Responsible Beverage Service Training Act, will mandate that any on-premise alcohol server and manager must have a valid RBS certification from an ABC accredited RBS training provider & pass an online ABC administered RBS exam within 60 calendar days from the first date…

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Discover Properties Available for Lease in our Awesome Downtown

Are you looking for commercial spaces in Downtown San Rafael?  LoopNet has you covered! You can search sale or lease listings by type (retail, office, industrial), or don’t select type to get everything, and you can set your location area. We’ve simplified the process for you, so click the link below and discover the new…

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Downtown San Rafael Loves @LifeInSanRafael

We found @LifeInSanRafael on Instagram.  Their photos and stories beautifully focused on how to Play Local, Eat Local, and Shop Local in Downtown San Rafael. But who are they?  Who is behind these magnificent and frequent posts that showcase the color and desire that make San Rafael the best City in Marin?  Follow them on…

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Dine Under the Lights in Downtown San Rafael

Click Image below for Entertainment Scehdule Thursdays 6-10 pm starting May 26th & both Thursday & Friday in the West End The Dining Under the Lights program is returning! It will run every Thursday in Downtown and the West end with an extra Friday night block party in the West End, weather permitting. Thanks to…

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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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Downtown San Rafael Garages Free on Weekends


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.