Read below for updated info and happenings on Adams Avenue!

Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s 3rd Annual Adams Avenue Spirit Stroll on Small Business Saturday, November 25th. Thank you to all the businesses that made this event a great success: Adams Avenue Book Store, Back From Tomboctou Gallery and Imports, Cal Coast Bicycles, Heights Optometry, Home Start Thrift Boutique, Kiko and Sven, La Loupe Vintage, Liquid Eden Holistic Center, Maven, MRH Interiors, Little Dame Shop, Rove, Tibet Gift House, Air Conditioned Lounge, Beerfish, Cantina Mayahuel, cucina SORELLA, DiMille’s Italian Restaurant, El Zarape Restaurant, Kensington Club, The Ould Sod, Polite Provisions, Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant, The Rabbit Hole, Rosie O’ Grady’s, Sycamore Den and Zac’s Attic!

Upcoming Events – Save the Date

Come join us for Holiday on Adams Avenue, Sunday December 10th in Kensington Park from 1-4 pm. Bring your kids to see Santa as he arrives in his reindeer-drawn carriage. Santa is available to hear wishes for the holiday season. A snow field and snow play are provided for younger children with adult supervision. Free ice cream and hot chocolate provided by Moosie’s Ice Cream. Bring your mittens!

The AABA’s Annual Breakfast Meeting is Jan. 30 at 8 am at El Zarape Restaurant, 3201 Adams Avenue. Come socialize with your business neighbors and sample breakfast cuisine prepared by El Zarape chefs. Join our New Year’s tradition as we toast to Adams Avenue’s ongoing revitalization and elect the 2018 slate of nominees to serve on the AABA’s Board of Directors. The cost of the breakfast is $10 (cash or check) at the door, and please RSVP no later than Jan. 25 to [email protected] if you will be in attendance.

Other community events and news:

Mid-City Little League (MCLL), the oldest little league in San Diego and one of the oldest in California, is looking for sponsors. Please consider sponsorship of the league which helps girls and boys ages 5-14. Without regard to ability to pay, MCLL ensures that every boy and girl who wants to play gets to play. Feel free to mail your donation to: Mid-City Little League, 4979 East Mountain View Drive, San Diego, CA 92116.Please direct questions to Kevin Kelly, Sponsor Coordinator at 760-498-5623 or [email protected].

30th Street Focus Group

AABA members on or near 30th St.: we need your input for a study looking at the potential realignment of 30th St. to better accommodate bicycles, pedestrians and public safety. There will be a focus group/workshop held Weds. Dec. 6th at 3:30 pm at the Air Conditioned Lounge, 4673 30th St. We need the local business communities’ opinions regarding the 4 or 5 alternative plans under consideration by the Mid City Community Parking District and the City. The meeting is designed to solicit your input as to the potential alternative designs and how they might impact your business. The workshop is led by Circulate San Diego, one of the consultants on the study. The meeting should last 60-75 minutes. Thank you for your consideration.

Staff Change at AABA

The AABA is sad to lose Paige Newman who is going on to other career ventures. We wish her the best. In turn, Craig Burns, her replacement, will be welcomed with his 18 years of experience helping manage the Adams Avenue Street Fair and assisting at all of our other special events. As a 20 year Normal Heights resident, Craig knows the business district and area very well.

Avenue Wide WIFI

We wanted to follow up on the proposal offering free WIFI access within the Adams Avenue Business Improvement District boundaries from Vista Drive in Kensington to Arizona Street in University Heights and within a block north and south of Adams Avenue.
The WIFI proposal will provide an extra benefit or incentive to consumers to patronize our Adams Avenue business locations and to allow individual businesses and the AABA to mention the service while marketing or promoting Adams Avenue businesses. This WIFI service proposal is not meant to replace your existing Internet used for business transactions but is rather a second WIFI connection for consumers.
West Coast WIFI, the company we are partnering with, is offering two free hours of WIFI connections per consumer per day. After the two hours, consumers may opt to purchase additional WIFI per hour or on a weekly or monthly basis. These additional WIFI charges will enable West Coast WIFI to provide the two hours of free service along Adams Avenue.
Individual businesses may advertise on the West Coast WIFI landing page either through a business directory listing or with banner ads. Whether or not you choose to advertise with West Coast WIFI, your business would receive the free WIFI service as long as West Coast WIFI is able to generate enough monthly revenue to provide the service. We will be seeking one property or business per block willing to install a 12 inch plastic antenna. The AABA is beginning to set up appointments with interested business and property owners wishing to find out more about the WIFI service. Please contact the AABA office at 619-282-7329 to schedule an appointment.