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Downtown News

City of San Rafael Offering Trespass Letter to Help Businesses with Unlawful Lodging

The City of San Rafael currently offers business owners the opportunity to complete a Trespass Letter to help with individuals that may be unlawfully lodging on your property. The City of San Rafael and its homelessness team understands that this is a sensitive topic and by doing this it allows trained professionals the opportunity to…

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Espin Electric Bikes Grand Opening, August 16th!

A HUGE Welcome to Espin Electric Bikes, located at 1447 4th Street, Ste B.  Their Grand Opening will be August 16th-20th, open 11am-6pm. Espin Electric Bikes is committed to bringing accessibility, sustainability, and fun to your morning commute, weekend adventures, daily errands, and more! Our comfortable, easy-to-mount step-through frames ensure a smooth, safe ride no…

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Folk Art Gallery Retiring after 35 years!

From Sharon Christovich, the owner of Folk Art Gallery. “After 35 years in business in Marin County, the time has come to close our colorful storefront in San Rafael and move completely online to and to our new Instagram Shop @thefolkartgallery at the end of August 2022. As a special thank you to you, our longtime friends…

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First Federal Savings & Loan of San Rafael Has Moved!

First Federal Savings & Loan opened for business on Fourth Street in San Rafael nearly 60 years ago. In 1987, the First Federal headquarters moved to 1030 Third Street in San Rafael and our administrative functions remain there today. In July of 2022, we relocated the San Rafael branch to 998 Fourth Street. There are…

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Girl’s Night Out at Pleasures of the Heart, Wednesday, July 23rd!

Grab your bestie, sister, or neighbor or come alone and join us for a fun night on Wednesday, July 27th at 6:30 pm! Limited seating to 15 people to provide a more private evening.  $10 fee per person. Email or call at (415)482-9899 to reserve your spot. This is a women-only event. They will provide 1 glass…

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Belrose’s 60th Anniversary Celebration! July 31st

“It will be 60 years ago this July 4th at 10 am that the dreams for “The Belrose” began for it was that very moment that our mom and dad entered their new “church building” and our mom said, “David, we’re about to own a theatre, now what are we going to do?” and the rest…

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Happy Birthday Rebound Bookstore!

The Rebound Bookstore invites you… to celebrate our birthday! 17 amazing years of firing up your imagination!   Thurs. July 7th, Fri. July 8th, Sat July 9th   BUY 3 BOOKS, GET ONE FREE!   11:00-5:00 –Hepa-filter in operation– (Masks are appreciated)

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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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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.