About The Neighborhood

Adams Avenue runs through the craftsman communities of Normal Heights, Kensington, Antique Row and University Heights. Up until the 1950’s San Diego’s first trolleys serviced the neighborhood. The area’s renowned walkability allows residents and visitors alike the opportunity to take in historic landmarks and nature trails. Overlooking Mission Valley and easily accessible from both Adams Avenue exits on the I-805 and I-15, this business district combines the best of San Diego’s past with a thriving modern scene spread along a two and a half mile corridor.



The canyon rimmed district is known for its vintage character and neighborhood celebrations. Scores of restaurants line the avenue offering culinary favorites from around the world. The area’s pubs and coffee houses provide for intimate settings and local character. Shop keeper’s focus on customer service and distinctive shopping alternatives. The Adams Avenue Street Fair and Adams Avenue Unplugged are San Diego’s largest free music festivals and occur on the final weekend of every September and April. Taste of Adams Avenue, held every year at the end of June, provides the opportunity to sample the Avenue’s finest flavors from over 30 food and beverage establishments.



Of course, what really makes the Adams Avenue neighborhood special are the people who live, work, and play in the community. Come and experience a small-town vibe in the heart of the country’s eighth largest city. Relax with friends at popular dining and drinking establishments, shop for one of a kind treasures, and come take in the sights and sounds during one of the world class community festivals.


For valuable contact information on 600 Adams Avenue businesses check out the Business Directory tab, and for details and dates on upcoming Adams Avenue events, check out the Events tab of this site.

About The Business Association

The AABA is a nonprofit corporation that formed in the early 1980’s for the purpose of revitalizing and marketing the Adams Avenue business corridor. The AABA has worked to improve the neighborhood’s economic conditions through its own activities and in partnership with local businesses and property owners, private companies and public or government agencies. The AABA is overseen by a Board of Directors comprised exclusively from member business owners located within the Adams Avenue Business Improvement District boundaries.

The Business Improvement District, or BID, is a neighborhood-based zone initiated by the City of San Diego in conjunction with local business boosters. As part of its economic development and neighborhood revitalization strategy, the City established BIDs in San Diego’s historic commercial areas. Each registered business license holder within the 2 1/2 mile long Adams Avenue BID is assessed an annual fee that helps underwrite activities designed to promote the area. The AABA is under contract with the city to administer the BID program. The AABA leverages these base BID fees into additional dollars and service through a varied and integrated work plan.

The mission of the Adams Avenue Business Association is to promote and increase commercial activity within the Business Improvement District



Ryan Altman
Community Wellness Collaborative

1st Vice President

Dave McPheeters
Zac’s Attic

2nd Vice President

Nicky McGreevy
Align Pilates


Doug Generoli
Adams Avenue Car Wash


David Harding
Edward Jones

Russ Vuich

Property Owner

Tony Carrillo

Carillo Auto

LT Lanhan

Dink’s Barber & Supply

Mick Ward

The Ould Sod

Lisa Johnson

Top Dog Wash & Groom

Derith Mason

Artistic Florals

Meredith Walton

Heights Optometry

Rachel Strueber

Salon Bordeaux

Devon Jina

Heights Market



Tasks: event planning, marketing, member relations.
** 2nd Thursday after the Board Meeting each month, 8:00AM

Business Planning & Development

Tasks: support public improvements, promote new development, expand and diversify economic base, banner projects, maintenance, storefront improvements projects, public right of way issues.
** 3rd Tuesday each month, 8:00AM


Tasks: fiscal oversight of the AABA, ensure compliance of financial reporting requirements with regular, and periodic review of financial documents.
** 3rd Friday each month, 8:00AM

Board Meeting
** 1st Tuesday each month, 8:00AM


Tasks: prepare for Board meeting, direct monetary and human resources (staff) to events and tasks.
** Wednesday before Board meeting, 8:00AM