The DSMA is dedicated to making our Downtown a place where creative, passionate, community-minded people can come together and make art. Our Downtown Art Project has already created murals and yarnbombs–but we aim to do much more! Our latest project, the Meter Garden is about fund-raising for future public art Downtown.
Join the Celebration! The 2nd annual Downtown San Mateo SummerFest is coming on June 21 & 22nd. During the first weekend of summer, B Street becomes home to hundreds of exhibitors, artists, community groups and tasty treats! Also featuring two stages, a community block, and activities for kids!
Held on the last Tuesday of every month, these get-togethers encourage women in the local business community to meet, talk about their business and socialize. Often we are so busy running our day-to-day business that we forget the opportunities of networking with another shop owner or merchant down the street.
What people are saying about Downtown San Mateo . . .
I grew up in San Mateo. I love the community and diversity of people. Downtown San Mateo is a great place to start a business, to keep it going, and be able to stay in business for the long-term.
~Sharona Sasounian, Owner Sharona’s Chocolate Shop
Downtown has a lot to offer creative, independent entrepreneurs. It has convenient access to all points of the Bay Area, a growing star-up industry, and historic buildings that add to its character. San Mateo is a community with soul.
~Ryan Moztek, Atlas
Downtown San Mateo offers everything small start-ups need. It's a bike friendly community, convenient to all points of the Bay, and the train station is within walking distance. We are never more than a block away from a delicious bite to eat. Any start-up should consider Downtown San Mateo.
~Erin McKean, Co-founder Reverb
We moved here from Burlingame in 1990 to expand and grow the business. We have a loyal customer base, are known for our selection of sashimi grade fish, have a take-out restaurant next door, and an authentic Japanese restaurant on the 2nd floor. Downtown San Mateo is a friendly community.
~Ryuko Suruki, Owner Suruki Super Market
We fell in love with the location; the restaurant is just a few blocks from the movie theater and a parking garage is next door. During lunch we draw customers from within San Mateo, neighboring communities and nearby businesses. In the evening the dynamics change; nearby residents generate a lot of foot traffic and bring activity.
~Steve Spieller, Owner B Street & Vine
We've been in Downtown San Mateo since 1992. It's just a great place to be. The people are what make San Mateo what it is. You enjoy your day-to-day interactions. It's a unique, nice group of people.
~Ed Durrand, Owner Taqueria Le Cumbre
The cross-section of generations and ethnicities in Downtown San Mateo is invigorating. A variety of tech entrepreneurs, families, retailers, and well established professionals make up the downtown community. Together they provide dynamic energy, synergy, and creative thinking. The conglomeration of all these different groups creates a bustling downtown environment.
~Kate Oppenheimer, General Manager Equinox
Downtown is busy! We have a lot of foot traffic, more so than Burlingame. Having the train station right downtown pulls an amazing amount of traffic from the City and the South Bay.
~Gary Moore, Owner Talbots
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