Just a little over a month to go and the County plans to have our downtown Walkability Project finished, weather permitting. The beautification of our downtown will go hand-in-hand with our new look. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is for all of our businesses districts and property owners to make every effort to enhance their store fronts and buildings and seriously consider new awnings and signage. Consider purchasing a street banner. Street Banner Application on this site.
It’s time to end the era of non-stopping and non-shopping in El Sobrante. We can complain all we want, but the future of our business districts depends on all of us. How do we start? We begin with businesses, residents and property owners joining our Chamber. Your membership fees will enable us to provide improvements to supplement what the County can’t afford to do.
Our Downtown, Appian Way and Valley View business districts are unique in their own structures with the possibility of each business attracting customers with their own creative and individual design. Your Chamber is outreaching to major franchises to consider occupying some of our vacant stores. With sufficient funds we could possibly afford an archway entering our town.
We are looking into a “Merchant Watch” Program to give a free community workshop on how to protect your business. Did you know they have peep hole cameras inside of doors now and there are correct sizes of screw lengths so doors can’t be kicked in and door knobs that cannot be easily picked? As a Chamber member, one of your benefits would be a discount on surveillance and security equipment and we are exploring this benefit. In our April Newsletter, we will have additional information on this workshop.
We have successfully distributed over 2,000 copies of our free El Sobrante Business Guide to Shopping, Dining and Services in El Sobrante. We have made corrections, updates and recommendations. A second edition will be available in May.
A “CELEBRATION ” is in store upon completion of our downtown Walkability Project and in the near future Appian Way will be the focus of a County project.
Please support your Chamber, our local businesses and “look out” for each other!
Marie Carayanis, President
El Sobrante Chamber of Commerce
Chamber Office: 510-223-0757
Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.