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Upcoming Events & Downtown News

Meet Your Neighbor: Friends Books

How long has the bookstore existed? We’re going into our 12th year. The same group of people who work at the store now were the ones who started out years ago, doing sales on the library lawn and in the library meeting room. What is the purpose of the store? We support library programs. After…

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alterTheater presents Ghosts of Bogotá by Diana Burbano

Get Tickets Here AlterTheater is opening their new play at 1200 4th Street, the old Rafael Jewelers corner. Folks can “Window-Shop Theater” as they walk by from January 29th – February 23rd and you and your customers can take in a show after work. Thanks to Chen Properties for offering the space! Join the BID,…

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Overhead Criss Cross Tivoli Lights Coming to 4th Street

Our West End pilot lighting project was a resounding success. The BID has continuously championed these overhead lights and are very excited to announce that they will now extend all the way east down Fourth Street to the Smart Station, updating the look, brightness and vibrancy of our Downtown. Watch for the installation to begin soon…

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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

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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, with stories of our Downtown San Rafael business neighborhood.

Pam Dixon, Co-manager Friends Books San Rafael

Friends Books

How long has the bookstore existed?

We’re going into our 12th year. The same group of people who work at the store now were the ones who started out years ago, doing sales on the library lawn and in the library meeting room.

What is the purpose of the store?

We support library programs. After our expenses, 25% goes into savings for our future library and 75% is available for funding library projects. For example, we support the children's summer reading program—an $18,000 project that’s now expanded to adults.

Watch our website for more BID 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 write-ups will be a lasting and growing archive 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!!!

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December 10th

Downtown San Rafael

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Shop Local in Downtown San Rafael with Free Parking!

December 7th

Downtown San Rafael

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November 30th

Downtown San Rafael

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