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Keeping Small Biz Smiling

Keeping Small Biz Smiling

Check out this amazing interview from the Voice of San Diego featuring             North Park Main Street alum, Liz Studebaker! Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do for North Park!!! Keeping Small Biz Smiling Around the city’s commercial neighborhoods, someone’s responsible for keeping small businesses happy. That means everything from maintaining the community’s reputation as a nice shopping and street fest destination to negotiating with the city to ensure policies are in place to make business owners’ lives a little easier. In San Diego, that someone is Liz Studebaker. After a stint in Sacramento at the helm of the the Midtown Business Association, Studebaker came back to San Diego to fill a new position as advocate for the city’s Business Improvement Districts. I chatted with her on this week’s podcast to find out how exactly that translates to the average San Diegan’s experience, and how you’ll be able to tell if she’s doing her job well. Click here to Listen! View the full article here:



  SAVE THE DATE! FESTIVAL OF ARTS 2015 IS SATURDAY, MAY 16 Spend the day with your family and friends exploring the historic North Park neighborhood at the 19th Annual North Park Festival of Arts presented by San Diego County Credit Union. This annual free festival has grown into a local tradition that includes amazing local art, exciting live music and dance performances, eco-friendly activities, vendor booths and fabulous food. On the forefront of the art scene, the North Park Festival or Arts celebrates all types of art forms including creative works displayed on Ray St., and a live art element with over 40 competing artists. There will be something for everyone, including the kids. Our hands-on Kids Art Block offers children the chance to participate in a variety of interactive activities designed to stimulate and inspire their imaginations and create their own masterpieces. Come thirsty to the Craft Beer Block and sample brews from San Diego’s favorite breweries. All proceeds benefit North Park Main Street, the non-profit organization committed to the revitalization of the North Park Business Improvement District. GET INVOLVED! FOOD Vendor Application NON-FOOD Vendor Application Craft Beer Block Donation Form Musician / Performer Form BECOME A SPONSORmore

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday

This year’s Small Business Saturday will be a day to remember with live music, raffles, and special guests! Saturday, November 29 beginning at 11am Special Events Hosted at: Simply Local – grand opening event with live jewelry making &  painting demos Bash! Event Boutique – the vendor boutique, a multi vendor pop-up shop Paw Pleasers – pet adoption event + jewelry sale The Vis-u-al Shop – art bazaar + trunk show Heaven Sent Desserts – custom north park cupcakes + $25 for $20 deal URBN Coal Fired Pizza – urbn makers trunk show Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream – children’s art contest finale Kaleidoscope – entire store on sale + complimentary refreshments Subterranean Coffee Boutique – 25% off The Girl Can’t Help It – special sale rail outside + 10% off inside Glimpse – 40% off sale Urban Solace – 10% off food bill House of Hair – free bang trim San Diego Art Institute – studio supply liquidation sale + featured guest artist cyndie lyons will be selling original glass artwork Splash – free $10 gift card with the purchase of any gift card of $75 or more + 10% any bottles of wine to go along with a complimentary gift bag for any bottles over $50more


North Park Mainstreet

North Park Mainstreet and 30th

North Park Main Street is a Business Improvement District (BID) in San Diego, California and is a joint program of the City of San Diego, the San Diego BID Council, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is primarily a volunteer based organization. The North Park BID is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the revitalization of the North Park neighborhood in San Diego. To do such, it follows the Main Street Four Point Approach TM, Design, Economic Restructuring, Organization and Promotion. North Park Main Street embarks on many ambitious and worthy endeavors, all aimed at bringing new life and a lasting vitality to North Park.


Sustainable North Park Mainstreet

North Park Farmer's Market

The Sustainability Challenge:

In 2009, Wayne Donaldson, California’s State Historic Preservation Officer, challenged North Park Main Street to become the state’s first Sustainable Main Street program.

Community leaders embraced this challenge and later that year convened a group of local stakeholders to develop the framework of a sustainability plan in North Park. Working in partnership with volunteer professionals at Platt/Whitelaw Architects, OBR Architecture, and Zagrodnik+Thomas Architects, NPMS drafted a
set of goals & objectives for a Sustainable North Park Main Street Program:

  • Maintain the cultural and historic
    integrity of the built and social environment;
  • Increase resource efficiency and
    conservation within the District;
  • Increase internal community
  • Provide a setting for a sustainable
    green economy.

The Implementation Plan: (Download 18 MB PDF)
A volunteer effort over eight months enabled North Park Main Street to secure a grant from the State Office of Historic Preservation to develop the Implementation Plan, which is to be used in a number of ways:

  • Using individual buildings as precise case studies, this Plan is intended to be used as a handbook for Main Street Sustainability Program Staff to educate and
    inspire building owners and business operators about how they can participate in the broader vision of a green North Park.
  • By demonstrating the discrete components of a sustainability program, the Plan can be used by North Park Main Street to generate interest in potential funders to implement the various components of the plan.
  • By illustrating the vision of coordinated public investments in the right-of-way,the Plan serves as a handbook for the public agencies and community advocacy groups who oversee and implement public works.
  • Designed with “open architecture”, the publication is intended to be a living, growing document that can be augmented with additional digital building models, completed projects, or community proposals.
  • The appendices serve both as technical manuals and as on-going records of the accomplishments of the district toward meeting its sustainability goals.