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Upcoming Events & Downtown News
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…Read More
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,…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
Meet Your Neighbors
Introducing a new feature, with stories of our Downtown San Rafael business neighborhood.
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 email@example.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
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.