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If you are a person of color and have a story to share about your experience in this current time of pandemic stress and societal turmoil, the Campbell Historical Museum and Ainsley House Foundation wants your help with an ongoing project.

You don't have to live in Campbell to participate.

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Let's get to 80% Campbell! Fill out your 2020 Census today at http://my2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020 to respond to the 2020 Census. If you live in other cities, this message is for you too. We need to get as complete of a response from Santa Clara County as possible to maintain or improve current funding levels.

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California's Covid-19 re-opening guidelines for businesses have been updated and now reorganized into four risk level tiers that are expected to remain stable. Under the revised system, restrictions have been loosened to allow barber shops and hair salons to re-open with modifications.

The restrictions have only been loosened for hair salons and barber shops. Other beauty, wellness, and fitness services can still only be performed in outdoor settings until we reach a lower risk tier.

Santa Clara County is currently at Tier-4 (Widespread), but we're not too far away from dropping down into Tier-3 (Restricted). After we all lost discipline for a few months, we've been doing a much better job of keeping the infection rates trending the right direction and if we can keep being careful for a few more weeks, we might be able to drop into Tier-3 by the end of September.

Thank you to all of you who have been diligent about wearing masks, avoiding risky activities, and maintaining social distance.

What Would Tier 3 Mean

Tier 3 would be huge. Tier 3 would mean skin care, massage, and fitness studios can resume at least some indoor services again and restaurants will be allowed to offer limited indoor seating.

The Blueprint for a Safer Economy

If you'd like to learn more about the various risk tiers and what that means for our businesses, take a look at the newly released Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

What to Expect at Salons

First, please remember that salons and barber shops have been mostly closed for many months and there may be some hiccups as everyone gets used to returning to a more normal work environment under completely abnormal conditions. Then also keep in mind that as much as we want to just enjoy what simple luxuries we're able to have, things are not normal. Everyone will be learning how to operate their businesses differently from what they were used to back in March.

Hours may be erratic, especially in the initial weeks. Nobody really knows how much demand they need to fill so expect hours to change from week to week for a while until things stabilize. Some places might take some time to return to full staffing or may not be able to offer some services.

You may be asked to take a temperature check and to wash your hands upon arriving. Please come alone. You will need to wait outside until your appointment is up. Of course, you will need to wear a mask.

Please also call ahead to schedule your appointment. Demand is likely to be high in the first weeks so there may not be any room for you if you decide to just walk in.

Downtown Campbell Business Directory

Have you tried the Bagel Bar before? How would you like to win a dozen of their unique bagels made fresh daily for free? That's one of the prizes for our next Downtown Campbell Survival Project Drawing next month! There are other great prizes too, including a $50 gift card of your choice to any of our retailers, $25 card to Opa, or five $10 gift certificates to Blue Line Pizza.

To enter, you just have to email us a receipt from any Downtown Campbell business from Aug 8 - Sept 6 to [email protected]. BONUS: This month we’re awarding double entries for retail receipts!

For full contest details, please see this post:
https://www.downtowncampbell.com/news/2020/08/survival-project-august-2020-retail-extra-bonus-round...Read More

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Downtown Campbell Retail Guide for the Dog Days of Summer

Posted on August 20th, 2020 by sheldon

It is the dog days of summer like never before in 2020. The heat is blah. The pandemic that won't go away is blah. The smoke and wildfires is terrifying, worrisome, and blah. Well, we picked out some fun things you can get in Downtown Campbell that just might cheer you or someone else up a little. Even better is that most of these items are products that you can order online from our retailers, have delivered curbside, or pick-up with minimal contact.

In case you need another reason to check out some of our retail shops this summer, any purchase of $25 or more at one of our retailers will get you a 10% discount at over a dozen Downtown Campbell eateries when you present your receipt upon ordering through August 31st.

Campbell Love: The Great Restaurant Rebate of 2020

Posted on August 14th, 2020 by DCBA

We hope you're hungry because for the rest of the month of August, we're showing some Campbell Love.

Campbell Love is our great restaurant rebate of 2020 in Downtown Campbell. A bunch of our eateries have banded together to give you a discount of 10% off your food bill if you support one of their retail shop neighbors with a purchase of $25 or more. All you have to do is make a your purchase at one of the retail stores listed below between August 14th and 31st and show your receipt when placing your order at your eatery of choice.

Also, don't forget to send in a photo of both your retail receipt and your food receipt to enter our monthly prize drawings.

Please note, participants are subject to change without notice.

Did you know that we now have convenient 24-minute “Curbside Zones” setup along all of the cross streets to Downtown Campbell to make it easy for you to drop in and out to pick up orders, get curbside deliveries, or grab takeout? Look for these green signs that are placed on top of the normal parking signs.

We’ve also published a new parking map on downtowncampbell.com to help you understand your parking options with Campbell Ave closed to automobile traffic. Nearly all of the lots in Downtown Campbell are still accessible. You can get to them from the cross streets.

The main road is only closed to make more room for you to spread out in our more socially distanced downtown. Shops and eateries are open 7 days a week!

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The Road is Closed, but we're OPEN in Downtown Campbell

Posted on August 12th, 2020 by sheldon

Downtown Campbell IS OPEN 7-days a week. Don’t let our road closure fool you.

It’s only the road that’s closed to allow more room for pedestrians. We are open for shopping, curbside service, takeout orders, and outdoor dining. Weekday afternoons are pretty quiet so if you want to grab a peaceful lunch and pick up a few items without bumping into people we particularly recommend Wednesday thru Friday afternoons as the best times. Most shops and restaurants are open those times and foot traffic is light.

Be sure to take advantage of the special 24-minute Curbside Zones if you just want to do a quick drop in and out. Most parking lots around Downtown Campbell are still open.

Parking and Curbside Pick-up Zones in Downtown Campbell

Posted on August 11th, 2020 by DCBA

Here's an interactive map to help you understand the latest changes to your parking options in Downtown Campbell with the July 31st closure of the main strip to auto traffic. East Campbell Avenue is currently closed to through traffic, but the cross streets remain open to cars. Please note that some of the on-street parking on the cross streets are now reserved as 24-minute short term "Curbside Zones" for people picking up takeout orders and getting curbside delivery from shops.

Click on icons for more information about parking at that location.

Light blue rectangles indicate approximate area of 24-minute Curbside Zones.

Survival Project August 2020: Retail Extra Bonus Round

Posted on August 8th, 2020 by sheldon

We want you to enjoy the additional space we've made for you to shop in Downtown Campbell by giving you some extra rewards for doing some socially distanced shopping at our retail stores or for ordering from them online through our Sip Mall.

Here are the prizes on tap for the August 2020 round of our monthly prize giveaways:

Purchases must be made between Aug 8th and Sept 7th to qualify.

Special Retail Bonus for August 2020

Every purchase you make from that's over $25 from any business listed in the Retail category of our business directory is worth double points. You will get FOUR entries into the prize drawings for retail purchases made online or at the store. (Purchases under $25 are worth single entries.)

More Ways to Enter

There are additional ways to enter. Please see the Downtown Campbell Survival Project Page for full details about our monthly contests and learn more about how you can enter by sharing our social media or doing other things....Read More

As of July 31st, the main drag in Downtown Campbell between Ainsley Park and Third Street has been closed down to east/west traffic to allow all permitted businesses on East Campbell Avenue to expand their operations out into the street. Businesses located on East Campbell Avenue can expand outdoor business operations with an approved Encroachment Permit from the City of Campbell. Access to the public parking lot at Ainsley Park is open for curbside pick-up and public parking. More information is available on the City of Campbell's website.

If you like this no traffic setup you can help ensure its successful implementation by doing the following:

  • Support our retail businesses. Many of them take a hit when the street is closed.
  • Enjoy our outdoor dining options responsibly. Come with just your household members and keep your social distance with everyone else.
  • Wear a mask at all times except when you're eating or drinking.

Safety is going to be a large portion of whether this is judged to be successful. With the street closed to through traffic, there'll be more elbow room to allow you to get some fresh air in Downtown Campbell while keeping your social distance, but it's still going to be up to you to do the safe thing so the street closure can continue.

We're doing much better with masks these days, but there's still a lot of people who only wear their masks when they are absolutely required to. Please just wear it when you're anywhere on the main drag. It just makes life easier for everyone. It's just too easy to bump into people when there are people milling about Downtown Campbell and nobody wants to come down here so they can play dodge ball and be on constant alert for people who are walking around without a mask and not keeping their distance.

When you keep your mask on, everyone else can let their guards down a little and just enjoy their time out enjoying a few comforts. There are also a lot of people who are avoiding Downtown Campbell entirely because there are too many people without masks. We need people to feel safe in our downtown so our businesses can survive....Read More

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