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Shop Small / Shop Local

Throughout the Holiday season, you can support Downtown San Rafael’s small businesses and entrepreneurs and encourage local friends and residents to “shop small” in both Downtown and the West End Village. We’re also encouraging consumers to ‘dine small’ by grabbing a bite or a drink at a local eatery or brew pub or to relax…

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Dressing Up Empty Store Windows

The BID and Downtown San Rafael Arts District have joined  forces to showcase local artwork and dress up empty retail spaces. Please get in touch with our team to suggest additional locations. In our first project, artist Lynn Sondag created whimsical fall trees that blend beautifully with the surroundings. See her work at 1200 4th Street,at the corner…

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West End Pilot Lighting Project

Downtown San Rafael Kicked Off the West End Pilot Lighting Project on 4th Street between G Street and Shaver at this year’s West End Village Celebration event on Sunday, November 4th. Downtown San Rafael has always been known for its charming lights, and now the West End will join the party with the overhead lights…

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Shop Small / Shop Local

Throughout the Holiday season, you can support Downtown San Rafael's small businesses and entrepreneurs and encourage local friends and residents to "shop small” in both Downtown and the West End Village.

We’re also encouraging consumers to ‘dine small’ by grabbing a bite or a drink at a local eatery or brew pub or to relax with our health, beauty and time-saving services.

By shopping local and small, and using local services, the majority of the money stays within our community.

Shop Small & Local provides us an opportunity to honor and celebrate the hardworking folks that are creating jobs, fueling the economy and enriching our lives, and preserving our unique culture in San Rafael.

The BID Annual Meeting was held on

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Generously hosted by Annie Bowman and Staff at Sunrise Home.

Members mingled with neighbors and Board Members and heard the BID Annual Report highlights as well as 

Presentations by:
Director of Homeless Planning, Andrew Henning, https://www.cityofsanrafael.org/departments/homelessness/

City of San RafaelSgt. Carl Huber, Supervisor of the Downtown Foot Patrol, SRPD  

https://www.srpd.org

Karen Strolia, Director Marin County Downtown Streets Team

http://streetsteam.org/san-rafael

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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December 12th

Downtown San Rafael

Dressing Up Empty Store Windows

The BID and Downtown San Rafael Arts District have joined forces to showcase local artwork and dress up empty retail spaces.

In our first project, artist Lynn Sondag created whimsical fall trees that blend beautifully with the surroundings. See her work at 1200 4th Street,at the corner of B.

Special thanks to:

• artist Lynn Sondag
• materials sponsor Dominican University
• realtor Dirck Brinkerhoff, HL Properties
• owner Chen Properties, LLC
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Comment on Facebook

Nice work Lynn Sondag!

Looks fantastic!

Awesome

That’s awesome. I grew up in that store!!! James L Callan & Sons Jewelers

I love it. Looks great💕

Lovely 💛 can you come do our windows ?

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December 7th

Downtown San Rafael

Check out this awesome guitar wall at the new location of Bananas at Large at 1654 2nd Street, San Rafael. ... See MoreSee Less

Check out this awesome guitar wall at the new location of Bananas at Large at 1654 2nd Street, San Rafael.

 

Comment on Facebook

Fabulous

Wow!

November 29th

Downtown San Rafael

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November 29th

Downtown San Rafael

Lucky RAFFLE Winners: (Thanks to the generous businesses below who donated prizes for
Shop Local Saturday!)

Proof Lab $50 Gift Card Nori Fithian
20/20 Optical $250 Credit Frames & Rx lenses
Maria + Adelson Meckler
Bellissima Salon 20% off Products Duncal Deming
Double Rainbow Free Sundae Mel Cohen
El Perol REstaurant $25 Gift Card Ever Bierle
Friends Books . $20 Gift Card Sandy Campodonico
Gold Rush Jewelers . $50 Gift Card Marisa Toriggino
$50 Gift Card Ashlee Murphree
Mike's Bikes Comp Bike tune up ($120 value)
Liz & Dan Clark
Pleasures of the Heart $30 Gift Certificate
Leslie Gambon
Red Devil Records $20 Gift Card Taylor Weil
Rumor Has It 1 Free Interior design consultation
Annie Longley
All Season Soccer $25 Gift Certificate Heidi O'Doherty
$25 Gift Certificate J. Enrique
T & B Sports $50 Gift Card Amy Blevins
$50 Gift Card Kristen Kozolowski
Iron Springs Pub $25 Gift Certificate Adel Ahmed
Rebound Bookstore $25 Gift Certificate Barbara Leistico
Tempest Salon A lavender roll on essential oil by
doTERRA Cecily Gonzalez
Folk Art Gallery $25 Gift Certificate Marilyn Lease
Gathering Thyme$25 Gift Certificate Roger Giovannetti
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November 24th

Downtown San Rafael

SHOP SMALL + SHOP LOCAL!

Check out all the Raffle Prizes and offerings today:

Gold Rush Jewelers Two $50 Gift Cards
Mike's Bikes Comp Bike tune up ($120 value)
Pleasures of the Heart $30 Gift Certificate Hot Apple Cider & Cookies. 50% off sale rack!
Proof Lab $50 Gift Card 20% off Proof Lab Brand Apparel
Red Devil Records $20 Gift Card
Rumor Has It 1 Free Interior design consultation
All Season Soccer 2 $25 Gift Certificates
T & B Sports 2 $50 Gift Cards
Iron Springs Pub $25 Gift Certificate
SR Luggage Center
$50 off $350 spent on Briggs & Riley, 20-40% off select Tumi styles
Rebound Bookstore $25 Gift Certificate Hot cider, cookies & truffles, 10% of $20+ purchase
Tempest Salon
A lavender roll on essential oil by doTERRA
Products: 20% off hair, 30% off select skincare, FREE samples
Folk Art Gallery $25 Gift Certificate 10% of Sat. 11/24 sales to benefit Camp Fire victims
Bloom 1/2 off everything (except jewelry)
Gathering Thyme $25 Gift Certificate
20/20 Optical $250 Credit Frames & Rx lenses $100 off complete pair frames with Rx lenses
Bellissima Salon 20% off Products
Double Rainbow Free Sundae 10% off with $50+ receipt from Downtown business
El Perol REstaurant $25 Gift Card
Friends Books $20 Gift Card Gift wrap, cider, cookies, art book specials & sale
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Comment on Facebook

Its so dead. Please come out and shop local. It means the world to small businesses. 💕

November 19th

Downtown San Rafael

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