Downtown Martinez - The last 12 months

Over the past year we have seen a tremendous amount of growth in our Downtown with the addition of multiple new businesses, expansions, and even our own baseball team!

Here are a few of our new additions!

Five Suns Brewing

Craft beer paired with local favorites from neighboring restaurants

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Del Cielo Brewing

Craft beer, small bites, and community events.

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Knots and Found

House plants and accessories including hand made macrame wall art and hangers

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Function and Fringe

Hand made jewelry, bohemian style clothing and furniture 

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Lucid Vitality

Fitness and Wellness Studio


Taco Daddy's 

Classic and unique tacos including their popular rolled tacos

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Troy Greek Cuisine

Downtown Martinez is the 5th location of this popular restaurant!


The Mud Room

A skin care treatment and eyelash extension studio


Two Jay's Pizza

Pizza made from scratch daily. Whole pies or by the slice.

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Yogurt Pizazz

Tons of flavors and toppings. Open 7days a week.

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Cuff and Collar Home Kitchen

Organic and sustainable homestyle food. Unique beer and wines.

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Downtown is the Heart of the Community

Have you heard the buzz and felt the energy that is growing in downtown Martinez?

Many of us have believed that downtown could again be a destination and again attract new businesses and clientele. And now, finally, all the hard work by Main Street Martinez, the City of Martinez, the Chamber, arts groups and businesses has finally been realized. Now we are experiencing the excitement of watching the downtown take shape and become a more vibrant place with thriving businesses.

It is so great to see the revitalized and remodeled buildings and the new businesses that have opened in the past few months. Every week, I receive emails or phone calls from people who want to locate a business here. They have heard the buzz about our progress and they want to be a part of it!

A healthy downtown is an indicator of community economic health. A thriving downtown is something everyone in the community can take pride in. They brag to their friends and family and want to bring them downtown to show them what a great place it has become.

If you have time, look at local real estate listings, almost always they include images of downtown, and mention the history, and charm that exists downtown as a reason to purchase or lease a home here. Realtors have always known the importance of a healthy, thriving downtown when it comes to home values.

Downtown rehabilitation work stimulates the local economy. Labor and materials for the earthquake retrofit work and building rehabilitation are very often from businesses within the city.

Local businesses support the community, schools, and sports teams. And, for every $100 spent at a local business, $68 stays in the community vs. $43 for every $100 spent at a non-local business.

Downtown is the heart of the city. It is where the community gathers, enjoys parades, and other community events.

Downtown and city history can attract tourism. And downtown is where arts and culture thrive.

If you want to learn more about opening a business here or if you have spare time and want to volunteer with the many events and projects that Main Street Martinez is working on, or if you just want to talk about what is happening downtown, please email me at or call 925.228.3577

We’ll see you around downtown!

Leanne Peterson, Executive Director
Main Street Martinez

Spring Available Property Tour scheduled

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Join us for our 2nd tour of downtown Martinez available space for lease or for sale. If you are interested in opening a new business or relocating an existing business, you won't want to miss this opportunity to look at the property and to meet with existing business owners who will be on-hand to give you a guided tour and answer questions about doing business here.

Click here to register!

We look forward to meeting you!

Downtown Martinez Merchant's Forum is Tonight!

Network with your fellow business community while you enjoy beverages and hors d'oeuvres from Creek Monkey Tap House.

Special Guest!
Nicole Olazabal

Assistant Director of Outreach and Marketing

Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership @ JFK University

Monday, March 7
Creek Monkey Tap House
3rd Floor
611 Escobar St. 

Looking forward to connecting!

Main Street Martinez does Oceanside!

The Economic Restructuring Committee is back after a holiday break! Last week Leanne, Terry, and I were fortunate enough to attend the California Main Street Alliance Conference in Oceanside, CA. It was an inspiring week and we came back with a huge “to do” list! Some projects big and some projects small - Our priority will continue to be to attracting new businesses. We are currently working to develop new business incentives that the City of Martinez will hopefully adopt. Smaller projects include a new Downtown Martinez app (coming soon!), hosting another available property tour on April 24th, expanding our Sunday Farmer’s Market and Friday’s on the Main, and hosting a variety of educational workshops called “Business Boosters” designed to continue to strengthen our existing businesses. 

Here's an example of how our new app will look:

Oceanside is a beautiful town and great example of a successful Main Street! They host a market every Thursday night with over 190 vendors!

And of course we had a little fun while we were there!

Oh Happy Day!

Main Street Martinez is proud to announce the first annual seasonal Ice Rink in Downtown Martinez. This 45 day event offers a unique opportunity to promote your business. Centrally located in downtown Martinez within a public parking lot. Easy walking distance to shopping, dining and entertainment.

Skating will kick off the Holiday Season mid November 2015 through mid January 2016 Planned hours of operation are Monday through Thursday; 4:00pm-10:00pm, Friday’s; 3:00pm-11:00pm, Saturday’s: 10am-11pm Sunday’s and Holiday’s; 10:00am-9:00pm.  Group and private skating lessons, private parties, field trips, birthday parties and corporate parties will be on Monday’s & Tuesday’s

Thousands of people of all ages, from Martinez and surrounding areas will enjoy this unique opportunity again and again throughout the season.

"Urban Century" Screening at Creek Monkey Tap House


"After decades of decline due to suburban sprawl, downtown communities all across the country are once again becoming vibrant, desirable destinations to live, work, and play, Examining this current rebirth of Main Street through the lens of several towns, including Flint, MI and Joplin, MO, Urban Century takes a refreshingly hopeful look at how these places from our past are becoming the key to our country's future. This isn't a story about saving Main Street, but about how Main Street just might save us. Whether it's economic downturn, climate change, or a glowingly unhealthy population, could the solutions to our biggest problems be as simple as returning to our urban roots?"

The documentary was shown to our members at our annual meeting on Tuesday July 21st and to the public on Wednesday the 22nd. Both nights had decent attendance and the film left both groups feeling very inspired. We even recruited some new volunteers and committee members!

We will be showing the film again at the Campbell Theater on September 29th and 30th. Reserve your ticket by clicking the link below.


-Candice Gliatto, Economic Restructuring Committee Chair

Available Property Tour a Success

This past weekend we held our first open house for our downtown available space. We showcased the properties listed below and among our guests were potential breweries, a wine bar, an independent grocer, restaurant, commercial kitchen/incubator kitchen, natural childbirth/ nursing support/mother and baby retail store. We were thrilled to meet these potential downtown businesses as they would all be a great part of the Downtown Martinez experience.

 721 Castro St. 
725 Castro St. 
733 Castro St. 
737 Castro St. 
626 Main St. (former Bank of America building) 
938 Main St. (former McDonald’s building) 
701 Escobar St. (former Bow Rack building) 
535 Main St. (several office suites) 
610 Court St. (3 office suites)

Beautiful, newly renovated retail spaces on Castro Street

Beautiful, newly renovated retail spaces on Castro Street

Inside 626 Main Street, the former Bank of America building

Inside 626 Main Street, the former Bank of America building

Candice Gliatto -

Chair of Economic Restructuring Committee and owner of Citrus Salon, Downtown Martinez

Social Media Marketing Workshop

Although our group was small we had a great class. We covered all the basics of social media marketing - The importance of marking, what networking sites are right for your business, creating an attractive profile, building your audience, being likable, posting content, creating an event, organizing your posts and managing your time, paid advertising and understanding analytics.  We will be holding the class again along with new, shorter classes that will be held on weekday evenings. All education will be listed here on our education page. Thanks to all who joined us and to Creek Monkey Tap House for providing a great space for us to work.

Candice Gliatto -

Chair of Economic Restructuring Committee and owner of Citrus Salon, Downtown Martinez

First Networking Forum a Success

Last Thursday we hosted our first Downtown Martinez Small Business Networking Forum at Creek Monkey Tap House.

We went over all the coming events and how to market towards the specific crowd each event brings. For example, The Bay Area Craft Beer Festival -  On the day of the event running promotions or highlighting the parts of your business that would attract the craft beer enthusiast would be wise, but how do you know what this crowd tends to like? At the forums this information is gathered and presented so our Downtown Martinez businesses can plan ahead and fully take advantage of the large crowd their exposed to at these events.

James Patton of GLT Sign Solutions gave a very informative presentation on effective branding and it's importance for small businesses. He will also be leading us through the rebranding of Downtown Martinez which we talked about briefly at the forum and will continue to work on with our community.

Photo by Nicole DiGiorgio, Sweetness and Light Photography

Photo by Nicole DiGiorgio, Sweetness and Light Photography

The last item on our agenda was a discussion about evening and weekend hours. Recent studies have shown that 70% or retail sales transactions happen after 6pm. We provided our merchants with tips on how to ease into  taking on these extra hours and make them successful. This topic turned into a great group conversation where we all came to the conclusion that we have to expand our hours as a group, offering a wide variety of services and products to attract a larger crowd. This topic will stay on our agenda for future forums so we can track the growth of evening sales.

In conclusion, the forum was a success. I believe the business owners left feeling energized, inspired and ready to try something new. Our next Networking Forum will be held in July.

Photo by Nicole DiGiorgio, Sweetness and Light Photography

Photo by Nicole DiGiorgio, Sweetness and Light Photography

Photo by Nicole DiGiorgio, Sweetness and Light Photography

Photo by Nicole DiGiorgio, Sweetness and Light Photography

Photo by Nicole DiGiorgio, Sweetness and Light Photography

Photo by Nicole DiGiorgio, Sweetness and Light Photography

Photo by Nicole DiGiorgio, Sweetness and Light Photography

Photo by Nicole DiGiorgio, Sweetness and Light Photography

Candice Gliatto -

Chair of Economic Restructuring Committee and owner of Citrus Salon, Downtown Martinez

Still working away...

It's been some time since I've blogged about our progress but that doesn't mean we haven't been busy working on all of our current projects and upcoming events. On February 18th we presented at the city council meeting and all council members we supportive and enthusiastic about all of our projects!

Our first Networking Forum is right around the corner.  It will be held at Creek Monkey Tap House on March 5th from 6:30-8:00pm. Our first speaker will be our own, James Patton of GLT Signs. He will be teaching us the importance of branding your business. In addition to Jame's presentation our agenda includes general Downtown updates, upcoming events and how to use them to promote your business and how consistent and convenient store hours effect your bottom line.

In addition, I'm happy to announce that we have 3 new businesses Downtown! Main Street Deli (open),  Martinez Athletic Club (opening April 1st) and States Coffee. (coming soon)

Candice Gliatto -

Chair of Economic Restructuring Committee and owner of Citrus Salon, Downtown Martinez

ER Committee Reports to MSM Board

Last night I shared the progress of our current projects with the Main Street Martinez Board of Directors. We spent most of our time going through website. All the board members were excited and supportive of all the projects!  

Candice Gliatto -

Chair of Economic Restructuring Committee and owner of Citrus Salon, Downtown Martinez

Business Visits - Day 1

This past Tuesday, Ben, Tony, Terry (Main Street Martinez President) and I set out to do our first round of business visits as the new ER committee. Our plan is to visit each Downtown business every other month and touch base with them on how their business is doing, share news about upcoming events and education and offer help in anyway we can. 

The main item on our visit agenda was to introduce ourselves and share some of the projects we've been working on. These include the available property tour, the quarterly business owner's forums and We provided our merchants with informative articles about branding a business and effective retail display and introduced them to our Pinterest, which is filled with great ideas and articles for small businesses. 

We had a great visit at Attic Child where we spent about 30 minutes talking with owner, Fred. Fred has been on Main Street over 20 years and has found it to be a great place to conduct business. We discussed his praises and concerns and Fred gave us some great suggestions. Fred and I will meet later to work on his social media advertising. We chatted with Arash of Barrel Aged and Barrelista.  Being a member of the ER committee he was up to date on our current projects but still spent some time talking with us about his experience in operating his two businesses downtown. He is looking forward to the business owners forum.

Unfortunately many of the businesses were either too tied up to talk with us or the owner wasn't in and our time was running out. We had been on the streets for two and a half hours and we had only covered half of Main Street. We came to the conclusion that we needed a better strategy. Next time out we will break up into two teams to cover more ground and have a printed flyer or newsletter to leave with merchants in the case that they are unable to talk with us. I'm working on the newsletter this weekend and we'll hit the streets again early next week. I'll let you know how it goes!

Candice Gliatto -

Chair of Economic Restructuring Committee and owner of Citrus Salon, Downtown Martinez


Current Projects

Now that you're familiar with our committee members we'd like to share our current projects. Here's what "in the kitchen" at Main Street Martinez.

  1. Quarterly Business Owner Forums - The first forum will be held at Creek Monkey Tap House on March 5th at 6:30pm. Our goal is to present business owners with information about upcoming events and city happenings, provide education and inspiration for marketing,  branding, budgeting- basically share any information we can that would benefit their business. This would also serve as a great opportunity for merchants to network. 
  2. Available Property Tour - On March 20th and 21st from 10am-2pm we will be hosting our first available property tour. We are inviting prospective business owners to come check out our available space and meet the property owners in person. We'll be advertising the tour throughout various commercial realtors, newspaper, loop net, craigslist and all forms of social media.
  3. - Stay tuned as this site continues to grow!
  4. Downtown Martinez Brochure - An informative packet highlighting the benefits go doing business in Downtown Martinez.
  5. Downtown Business Outreach - In an effort to better connect with our business community we will be carrying out regular business visits. Our goal is to share information from this site, evaluate needs, update merchants on upcoming events and do anything in our power to provide merchants with the tools they need to conduct a successful business.

We are looking forward to connecting with all of our existing and prospective downtown merchants!

Candice Gliatto -

Chair of Economic Restructuring Committee and owner of Citrus Salon, Downtown Martinez

New Economic Restructuring Committee Members

The Main Street Martinez Economic Restructuring Committee has taken on new leadership and committee members. We'd like to take a minute to welcome our new committee members and thank them for their dedication to business development and economic growth in Downtown Martinez!

  • Candice Gliatto, Committee Chair, Owner of Citrus Salon
  • Leanne Peterson, Director of Main Street Martinez
  • James Blair, Owner of Creek Monkey Tap House
  • Arash Pakzad, Owner of Barrel Aged Bar and Restaurant and Barrelsta
  • James Patton, Owner of GLT Sign Solutions
  • Nicole DiGiorgio, Owner of Sweetness and Light Photography
  • Ben Borselino, Owner of Calfit Martinez
  • Tony Rishell, Martinez resident and prospective property owner
  • Linda Meza, Martinez resident
  • Anna Gwynn-Simpson, Director of Strategic Planning and Community Development City of Martinez

  • Dina Tasini, Planning Manager, City of Martinez
  • George Bell, Martinez Resident

Candice Gliatto -

Chair of Economic Restructuring Committee and owner of Citrus Salon, Downtown Martinez

Main Street Martinez Reinvents Economic Restructuring Committee

The Main Street Martinez  Economic Restructuring Committee is actively working on new projects to strengthen business in Downtown Martinez. Follow us here to keep up with our current projects and business development downtown.

Candice Gliatto -

Chair of Economic Restructuring Committee and owner of Citrus Salon, Downtown Martinez