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A Brilliant Boutique Collaboration

Posted on June 25th, 2014 by DCBA

When It's A Girl Thing, a high end fine jewelry and accessories consignment boutique and winner of The Mercury News "Best in Silicon Valley" suddenly lost their lease, owner Cindy Sanders called on her friend and fellow boutique owner Deb Rohzen, purveyor of unique new apparel and adornments at Simply Smashing! in Downtown Campbell. The two seasoned boutique owners set about finding a solution to this conundrum...the result: It's A Girl Thing has popped up at Simply Smashing!

Cindy has brought the best of the best of her stunning wares to Simply Smashing - a boutique within a boutique, if you will! It's the best of both worlds: high end designer bags and baubles, and Simply Smashing style all under one roof. The Quintessential Boutique Experience just got brilliant, daaahling! Come and visit us at 241-B East Campbell Ave. in Downtown Campbell....Read More

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Take the Short Survey for Campbell Historical Museums!

Posted on June 19th, 2014 by DCBA

The Campbell Historical Museum & Ainsley House is seeking feedback from the public, Museum visitors, Ainsley Garden event participants, and Museum members about programs and services offered by the Museum. Feedback from these surveys will be used by Museum staff to prepare for an August 5 City Council Study Session which will help inform the Civic Center Master Plan.

Each survey is 10 questions or less, should take no more than 10 minutes to complete, and are completely anonymous.

Please take the surveys that apply to you. Surveys must be completed by June 25, 2014. Your feedback is important and appreciated!

http://www.cityofcampbell.com/museum...Read More

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Hi Everyone,

I owe you all a long belated update on Sundown Cinema. As many of you know, last summer we lost our permission to use the parking lot that had been the home of Sundown Cinema for nine years running and we put together a plan to move the movie series to a nearby location. The spot that was highest on our list was the Orchard City Green, which is the courtyard area between Campbell's City Hall and the Campbell Library.

Over the course of the past year, we've been in a back and forth discussion with the City of Campbell over the use of this space for Sundown Cinema. The conversation has been productive and we were making progress toward getting an agreement in place, but the process was taking longer than we expected and time was running out. It was getting to the point that by the time that we expected to have a proposal approved by the City Council, our lead time for making preparations would have been shorter than we were comfortable with considering the magnitude of the changes that we're dealing with.

This means that we'll again be without movies in Downtown Campbell this summer, but we haven't given up. Our new plan is to have the terms that we were seeking for this year applied to next summer and get the proposal approved by the City Council by the end of summer to give us plenty of time to make preparations for 2015.

Unfortunately, our road back was made harder recently when we learned of the death of our AV technician and most dedicated volunteer, Ken Morgan. To remember him, we'd like to share a few thoughts with the people he spent his Friday evenings with for 5 summers (2 as a fan and 3 as our AV Technician).

Ken Morgan had an interesting way of signing his emails. Like a lot of people, his email signature listed credentials and titles that he held, but then it was followed by this: "Certified Crazy Person. I started life with nothing, I still have most of it left."

That was indeed a fitting summary of him. Ken Morgan didn't seem like he had much money, but he also never seemed to be in want of it. He was a shaken up bag of odds and ends and always had some unusual story or thought to share. He had a thing for classic cars, but not the kind of classic cars you're thinking of. He was an affictionado of the Ford Pinto. Yes, as in Ford "KA-BOOM" Pinto and he owned several (most of them didn't work anymore).

When his mom passed away recently at an advanced age, it freed him from his duties as a caregiver and he shared some of his retirement plans with us in an email. He wanted to go to The Capri Swarm (he made the effort to italicize that), an annual event for owners of Mercury Capri's. Then he'd help plan a high school reunion before moving to Hawaii to live out the rest of his days on a sailboat and teach Ai Chi in a tide pool.

Ai Chi is aquatic Tai Chi. I'm still not sure what that is,...Read More

The Downtown Campbell Business Association is proud to announce that many Downtown Campbell businesses have landed in the top-three lists of finalists for The Metro's Best of 2014 categories! And their names (in alphabetical order) are....

23 Skidoo
Best Vintage Clothing

A Bellagio
Best Italian Fine Dining

Aqui Cal-Mex
Best Dining Value
Best Family Restaurant
Best Margarita
Best Mexican Restaurant - West Valley
Best Burrito - West Valley

Blue Line Pizza
Best Pizza
Best Happy Hour - West Valley

Bombshell Boutique
Best Clothing Boutique

Brown Chicken Brown Cow
Best Use of Goat Cheese

Campbell Chamber of Commerce's Boogie on the Bayou
Best Local Festival - West Valley

Campbell Chamber of Commerce's Oktoberfest
Best Holiday Celebration
Best Local Festival - West Valley

Campbell Furniture Gallery
Best Furniture Store

Campbell Historical Museum
Best Small/Quirky Museum

Cardiff Lounge
Best Dance Club
Best Dive Bar - West Valley

Ciano's Modern Latin Flavors
Best New Restaurant

Frost Cupcake Factory
Best Cupcakes
Best Bakery - West Valley

Gabrielle's Bridal Atelier
Best Bridal Shop - West Valley

Heroes Comics Cards & Toys
Best Comics Store

The Jewel Box Jewelers
Best Jewelry Store

Katie Blooms
Best Irish Pub
Best Karaoke

Khartoum Lounge
Best Karaoke - West Valley

Liquid Bread Gastropub
Best American Restaurant - West Valley

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The Downtown Campbell Business Association (DCBA) is pleased to award the honor of 2013 Volunteer of the Year to Deb Rohzen, owner of Simply Smashing Boutique.

Deb, one of the founding members of the DCBA, serves on the DCBA's Board of Directors, organizes and promotes the 2nd Saturday and Sidewalk Sale events, is part of the group that coordinates the annual Color Me Spring Fashion Show, and is a good friend to her neighbors.

We'd like to share with you Deb's heartfelt acceptance letter to the DCBA, so you can learn more about the kind of volunteers that power our district.
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When it comes to Downtown Campbell, I am in for a penny-in for a pound. I have been a patron of Downtown Campbell businesses and services since the 1980s and when I was compelled to open a boutique of my own, Downtown Campbell, with its unpretentious, small business, small town community vibe, was my first choice for location. So, in November of 2000, I jumped in with two feet, opened my first boutique location at The Courtyard, and never looked back.

Right away, I joined the Downtown Campbell Business Association and, working with other merchants, set out to revitalize our little Downtown, put it on the map and keep it there. We would close our business doors and walk the avenue, armed with our ideas and raising funds to afford our downtown events, which eventually evolved into what we now know as First Fridays. Yes, in those days, it was just a handful of merchants who pulled money ($20 here, $50 there) out of our pockets to make things happen - that's what I am talking about!

As my own business evolved, so did Downtown Campbell and the DCBA - adding such events as Art Walk, which has evolved into our 2nd Saturday Sidewalk Stroll event, Sidewalk Sale, Color Me Spring-A Fashion Event and, of course, our twice-yearly Downtown Campbell Wine Walk events. Downtown Campbell has grown up into a hip, artsy place-to-be and I am grateful to be in the mix at all, let alone part of the grass roots organization who makes it happen.

After thirteen years and three different boutique locations along E. Campbell Avenue, I believe I am one of the longest standing merchants in Downtown Campbell (still far behind our DCBA matriarch, Ms. Sally Howe) and, yes, I am proud. Whatever I do as a Downtown Campbell merchant and DCBA/Board member, is a labor of love and wouldn't matter a bit if not for the collective efforts involved.

I love what I do and I love where I do it. I have resided in Campbell, off and on over the past 30 years and, in fact, have just recently come back to live in Downtown Campbell - just blocks from my business. It is safe to say I consider Downtown Campbell my home...nothing makes me happier than to live, work, dine, shop and be an integral part of this "Little...Read More

Frost Cupcake Factory's Flavor Calendar for Spring 2014 is now available on our website, and do we have some special treats for you! Among our new spring flavors are...

Chocolate Wasted: Chocolate cake filled with chocolate ganache, topped with our chocolate mousse buttercream frosting and rolled in chocolate flakes.

Banana Cream: Yummy banana cake filled with vanilla pudding, topped with chantilly frosting, and then rolled in nilla wafers

Matcha Latte: Matcha green tea cake topped with Matcha green tea chantilly frosting.

For more information, please visit our website or phone us at 408-866-YUMM.

The City of Campbell's Civic Improvement Commission announces its annual Poster Contest open to all 5th grade students residing in Campbell or attending a public or private school in Campbell.

With the recurring theme of What I Love about Campbell, participants are asked to creatively illustrate people, places, or things within Campbell that they enjoy. (This can include Downtown Campbell!) Submissions will be evaluated and rewarded based on neatness, legibility, and adherence to the contest’s theme through representation of Campbell, as well as on grammar and spelling.

All poster entries must be submitted by Monday, April 1, 2014 to the City Manager’s Office at City Hall, 70 North First Street, Campbell, CA. To see a complete list of poster contest rules, please click here.

Prizes, including the grand prize of a new mountain bike donated by Wheel Away Cycle Center in Campbell, will be awarded for the top posters selected. The poster winners will be invited to the May 8, 2014 Civic Improvement Commission meeting at which time the awards will be presented.

All poster entries will be on display throughout Downtown Campbell as part of 2nd Saturday on May 10.

The Campbell Historical Museum & Ainsley House encourages you to participate in the planning process for the new Civic Center Master Plan! The first public meeting was held on March 12, 2014, and there will be more to come, so please keep an eye on downtowncampbell.com.

An online survey is available through March 25, 2014 to gather additional input. You do not have to be Campbell resident to take part. Please click here to participate and let your voice be heard. The Master Plan will include future plans for the Historical Museum and Ainsley House.

The annual Bunnies and Bonnets Parade in Downtown Campbell is a family and community affair held on the day before Easter following the City of Campbell's annual Easter Egg Hunt. In past years, the parade has featured marching bands, baton dancers, classic cars, bagpipers, floats, dog clubs, and other assorted things of interest that make up the Campbell area community.

The parade is now approaching its 16th anniversary and we're seeking participants to help us make this year's parade the best one yet. If your group, club, or organization would like to march/participate in this year's parade on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 12pm, please download the 2014 Parade Application Form and return it by Friday, April 4, 2014.

Participation is free for the general community and $50 for commercial floats. The parade will not be judged and no prizes will be awarded. This is all just for fun!

Want to help publicize the parade? Download the parade flyer!

The Spirit of Campbell, opening on March 1, 2014 at Campbell's historic Ainsley House (300 Grant Street), features historic and contemporary photography exploring the city’s unique identity. The exhibit will be on view through June 30, 2014.

History, architecture, nature, and people contribute to the identity of a community. The Campbell Historical Museum invited amateur and professional photographers to submit images that capture the essence of Campbell. Participating photographers include Terrie Anderson, Jennifer Biggerstaff, Jason Brickman, Patricia Dennis, Alfiya Ganieva, Charles Gibson, Arian Hormozi, Will Lawrence, Robert Laws, Melissa Masinter, Mark Moore, Bill Noyes, Smita Radhakrishnan, Alex Sokolsky, and Roxanne Tuttle. Their work will be exhibited along with with historic photographs from the museum collection.

Visitors to the exhibit are invited to vote on the contemporary photograph they feel best represents the spirit of Campbell. The winning entry will be accessioned into the museum’s permanent collection.

The Ainsley House is open by guided tour Thursday - Saturday, 12pm-4pm, with the last tour departing at 3:15pm. Admission is $6 general, $4 for seniors, and $2.50 for youth.

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The Campbell Historical Museum announces that Rock Bottom Brewery of Campbell's annual Fire Chief Ale Promotion, starting February 25, 2014, will raise funds for the care and conservation of over 400 fire department-related items at the Campbell Historical Museum.

The Fire Chief Ale Promotion kicks off with a keg tapping on Tuesday, February 25 at 6pm at Rock Bottom's Campbell Pruneyard location, 1875 South Bascom Ave. Fire Chief Ale, a full-bodied amber with a dry, mildly hopped finish, is one of the specialty beers brewed throughout the year by Rock Bottom Brewery. The promotion continues through March 31, 2014, with a portion of all Fire Chief Ale sales donated to the Campbell Historical Museum and the Burn Foundation. Rock Bottom will display photographs and objects from the museum for the duration of the promotion.

Of the 10,000 objects, photographs, and documents in the Campbell Historical Museum collection, over 400 are directly related to the history of Campbell's fire department and paramedics. Rescue 25, a custom 1974 Chevrolet used by Campbell's first firefighter paramedic team, was donated to the City's Historical Museum in 2009 and restored over the course of four years. In addition, the Museum owns a 1917 American-LaFrance Double Tank Chemical Car Fire Engine re-built with parts from Campbell's first fire truck. The Museum collection also includes dozens of photographs of Campbell fire fighters as well as uniforms, equipment, and other fire paraphernalia. The collection, owned by the City of Campbell, is available to researchers by appointment.

For more information about the Campbell Historical Museum and this fundraiser, please phone Julie Carpenter, Museum Specialist, at 408-866-2758.

The Downtown Campbell Business Association would like to remind customers that the City of Campbell has banned the distribution of single-use plastic bags as of January 27, 2014. Recycled-content paper bags or reusable bags may be handed out for a minimum charge of 10 cents per bag (this will increase to 25 cents on January 1, 2015).

The new ordinance does not pertain to restaurants, fast-food places, and nonprofit charitable reuse organizations such as Goodwill. The ordinance also allows retailers to provide protective bags for produce, meat, prescriptions, live fish, greeting cards, and garment bags (dry cleaning) at no charge.

We encourage everyone to bring your own bags when you shop! The City Council hopes the plastic bag ban will reduce pollution, free up landfill space, and protect our environment. For more information, please visit the City of Campbell's website.

The Campbell Historical Museum and Ainsley House invites both amateur and professional photographers to submit photographs that capture the places, people, events, and environments that make Campbell unique. The deadline has now been extended to Friday, February 14, 2014.

The museum plans to exhibit these public entries March 1 - June 1, 2014, as well as historical images from the permanent collection that reflect the people, places, and events of Campbell. If you would like to participate, please e-mail [email protected] for guidelines and an application form. (Please note: the subject heading of the e-mail must read: "2014 Exhibition Application".) Only one entry per person. For more information or questions regarding the exhibition, please contact Anna Rosenbluth at 408-866-2759, or [email protected].

Dan Vorheis, 1952-2014

Posted on January 16th, 2014 by Downtown Campbell

We regret to report that Dan Vorheis, a staff member at Moonfyre Metaphysical and a beloved member of the Downtown Campbell community, died on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 as a result of complications arising from influenza and pneumonia. His gentle, cheerful presence in our community, which he was a part of for many years, will be deeply missed.

He is survived by his brother, John Vorheis; his nephew, David Meininger; his adult children Darcy Johnson and Jereme Vorheis; his best friend and roommate of 30 years, Karen Glenn and her family; and his longtime friend Rockie Arambula.

Any contributions toward the repayment of Dan's medical bills and additional fees would be deeply appreciated by his friends and family. Donations are now being accepted at Moonfyre Metaphysical.

Frost Cupcake Factory's Flavor Calendar for Winter 2014 is now available on our website, and do we have some special treats for you! Among our winter flavors are...

All Shook Up: Moist banana cake filled with chocolate ganache and peanut butter cream cheese frosting.

Cranberry Coffee Cake: Buttermilk streusel coffee cake studded with cranberries and topped with delicious cream cheese frosting, rolled in streusel topping.

S'Mores Please: Graham cracker crust and moist chocolate cake filled with chocolate ganache and topped with toasted marshmallow frosting.

For more information, please visit our website or phone us at 408-866-YUMM.

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