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They brought the house... they brought the FUNK house to their July 2nd, 2015 date with the Campbell Summer Concert Series.

We also have some photos from that concert if video isn't your thing.
Campbell Summer Concert Series 2015 Photos

Here's the full lineup of all nine shows of the 2015 season.
2015 Campbell Summer Concert Series Schedule

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Here's a little bit of history for your Throwback Thursday via Palazzi Salon's Facebook page. In 2013, a number of historic building plaques were installed courtesy of a grant from the Rotary Club of Campbell. There's five of them in all. You can see a full list of them here: http://www.campbellrotary.org/2013/05/campbell-historic-plaques/

Did you know that the Palazzi Salon was once home to the Campbell's Country Women's Club? Learn more about this and other historic structures in downtown Campbell!

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Boston based photographer, Kimberly Maroon, recently got a chance to visit with the wonderful Bob the Cat of Recycle Bookstore in Downtown Campbell and she wrote and took photos of her experience. She also picked up a book too. Welcome to Campbell Ms. Maroon!

She wrote: At first glance Campbell seems like your regular run-of-the-mill suburb. Strip malls and quiet neighborhoods of two-story homes with backyards. One of my first nights there, I went for a walk downtown looking for dinner and anything to do. Yes! Finally, something that reminded me of my neighborhood…

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Summer Sale at Simply Smashing!

Posted on June 27th, 2015 by SimplySmashing

Enjoy 25-60% off during Simply Smashing's Summer Sale, now through July 3, 2015. Not only are we still rocking the 60% off section but, thrown in with that bargain, take 25% off the lion's share of our distinctive apparel! No joke, most of our fab frocks are marked down and we have some special savings in the accessories department, too.

Please note: Simply Smashing sale policies apply.

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Campbell has lost another icon and Downtown Campbell has lost one of its most supportive boosters from years past when Downtown Campbell was a sleepy avenue that shut down and became a ghost town at 5pm every day. It's hard to believe, but those days are really not that long ago.

Betty Deal, your deeds will be remembered and your passion for improving things for business and the community in Campbell will live on. Thank you for all of your help and steadfast support for all those years. You were there and you will be missed.

The Campbell Chamber has a endearing tribute to Betty here:

There will be a memorial service to celebrate Betty's adventures at Darling Fischer Memorial Chapel in Downtown Campbell on Monday, June 29th at 11:00am.

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Campbell Farmer's Market Wins Best in Silicon Valley 15

Posted on June 20th, 2015 by sheldon

Once again, the very popular Campbell Farmer's Market took top billing in a best of readers poll. The Farmers' Market that takes place in Downtown Campbell every Sunday from 9am to 1pm was voted as the Best in Silicon Valley 2015 by the readers of the San Jose Mercury News.

Downtown Campbell's year round Farmer's Market is well loved for the community atmosphere and fresh produce grown locally by California Farmers. It's also known for being a great place to people watch and shop for more than just your usual groceries. People come for the craft vendors, live music, coffee, breakfast at one of our restaurants, and for the casual shopping atmosphere.

If you want proof, here's a photo album for you to look through of the Campbell Farmer's Market. Better yet, come on down and enjoy it in person.

This past weekend on June 13th and 14th, Zoe Miller participated in a fundraiser for the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation to raise money for childhood cancer research one cup of lemonade at a time. Her lemonade stand was located outside of Recycle Bookstore for several hours each day. The goal was to raise $400 from the two day event. Her eventual tally totaled up to $1030.82. WOW!

Downtown Campbell salutes your efforts, Zoe!

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Second Saturdays June 2015 Video Capsule

Posted on June 13th, 2015 by sheldon

Did you miss 2nd Saturdays in Downtown Campbell today? We can't bring it all to you, but there's a 4 minute video capsule of the musical entertainment we had lined up on the Ave today.

You'll want to play it with sound.

  • BiPolar Bears cover Friday I'm in Love by the Cure
  • Pat Nevins does a mean Neil Young
  • P.S. Acoustic Duo gets help with Sweet Caroline

The P.S. Acoustic Duo part starting at 1:35 is a lot of fun.

The Olive Bar: Olive Oil and Balsamic Tasting Events

Posted on June 13th, 2015 by DCBA

In addition to offering a wide variety of extra virgin olive oils, aged balsamic vinegars, and organic virgin coconut oil, The Olive Bar is happy to book a private group tasting event at our store for your next gathering of friends, associates, clients, etc. Learn why extra virgin olive oil is so healthy for us and find out if you like a mild olive oil, a medium bodied one, or the robust like the Europeans! Our experienced staff will share ideas of how to pair olive oil and balsamics, and you can taste the pairing and experiment.

Book a group workshop, bring a few appetizers and some wine, and have a party at our shop - it’s fun! Call the store's manager, Didi, to book one of these events now: 408-370-1901 or [email protected]

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KWENCH Juice Now Open in Downtown Campbell

Posted on June 12th, 2015 by sheldon

Treat your body well and your body will treat you well. The objective of KWENCH is to provide a fresh, healthy drink, free of additives. They are NOW OPEN in Downtown Campbell with their second location.

428 E. Campbell Ave.
Campbell, CA 95008

KWENCH Juice was inspired by the founder's struggle to provide fresh healthy and nutritious juices for her father who was terminally ill with cancer and could not ingest solid food. Unable to find juices made from freshly cut fruits and free of preservatives and other additives, she began to prepare her own juices to give her father the healthier alternatives she was unable to find.

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Things are changing in Campbell and there's a chance for Campbell residents to be heard about how we stay rooted in our strong community traditions while also being a vibrant modern place to live, work, and play.

On June 16 at 6pm, the Campbell City Council and the Planning Commission will be holding a joint study session to discuss mixed use construction in Downtown Campbell. This discussion will also be televised and viewable at a later time.

Topics that will be covered include the bar/restaurant to retail ratio and ideas that can make an already thriving Downtown even better.

The session will take place on June 16th starting at 6pm in the Campbell City Council Chambers. The public is invited to attend. This is an ongoing discussion. You can find meeting minutes from past sessions here:

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A Summer of Change for DowntownCampbell.com

Posted on June 6th, 2015 by sheldon

As you might have noticed, the photos in the masthead for DowntownCampbell.com have finally changed after being the same for far too long. This is just the start of some welcome updates that you'll be seeing to this website throughout the course of this summer and into the fall.

The screenshot that we've attached to this post is what the DowntownCampbell.com website looked like in 2004. That was the first generation of downtowncampbell.com in its current format as a collaborative platform with news and information from many different businesses and community interests.

Much has changed in Downtown Campbell since those days. It's hard to believe, but in 2004, Downtown Campbell was still a place where you went if you were trying to score a find on an antique or you wanted to pick up rodeo wear. For 2004 and for many years after that, the Downtown Campbell website was rather advanced. It's worked well, but it's time to catch up with the times and again be the kind of site that other districts want to copy.

A lot of changes have already been made under the hood over the past six months and soon you'll start to see more noticeable new additions that will help us create a more unified experience of Downtown Campbell between the website and its various social media properties. You might not be able to tell from just looking at the website, but we have active Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts for those who prefer to get their information one way or another.

This will take time though. Despite appearances, Downtown Campbell doesn't have a big operating budget. We're the "Little District that Could." We're run by volunteers and people doing things in their spare time. Everyone punches above their weight to make all of this happen. That's ok with us though. This is one of the reasons why we are what we are.

If you have any suggestions for improvements that you'd like us to take into account, please email us at [email protected].

We've Got the Warriors Games on in Downtown Campbell

Posted on May 8th, 2015 by sheldon

Warriors fans we've got the game on in Downtown Campbell! Throughout the 2015 NBA Playoffs, you can come Downtown and keep up with the latest action at many of our restaurants, bars, and shops. Here's just a partial list of places that will have the game on. Some places may not have audio on.

Khartoum (Bar)
Special: Buy a $10 Warriors glass and draft beers are 1/2 off during Warriors games!

Tessora's Barra di Vino (Wine Bar)

Spread (Deli)

Liquid Bread (Gastropub)
Sound on in back patio seating only.

El Guapo's (Restaurant)

Willard Hicks (Restaurant)

Opa's (Restaurant)

The Socialight (Restaurant)

Blue Line Pizza (Restaurant)

Campbell Brewing Company (Brewpub)

The Spot (Bar / Nightclub)

Update on Sundown Cinema in Downtown Campbell for 2015

Posted on May 5th, 2015 by sheldon

This is Sheldon Chang, one of the organizers of Sundown Cinema. I’ve been putting off writing this message because it’s not the message that I wanted to be writing at this time of year.

We’re going to be without summer movies in Downtown Campbell for another year. The reason this year is mostly due to personal reasons for me. Sundown Cinema is a huge commitment as an organizer and I wouldn't be able to fulfill the role I would need to fill to make it happen and happen in a way that I want it to. This is especially the case since we would need to get used to running the movies series in a new location.

I can’t really say one way or another what the possibility for summer movies looks like next summer except that it’s something I still very much want to see happen and something that my co-organizer, Jim Aspinwall, would like to see happen. We face some pretty stiff challenges in getting the movies rolling again, but the desire is still there so we're not ready to say we're done yet.

A number of people have asked how they could help to increase the chances that we'll be able to do this next year. The main thing that we're missing are people who have the skills and the commitment to help with the technical end of things. These are things like setting up and running the sound and projection. The ability to commit for at least five or even all ten weeks of our usual ten week run is very important. It doesn't do us much good to have a core person drop in for one or two nights.

We'll also need to restock our list of volunteers for all positions so if you might be able to help as a greeter, concessions person, clean-up person, etc.; I'd like to invite you to sign up for the Sundown Cinema mailing list. When we want to call for volunteers, we'll hit up that email list to see what we've got.

The list of volunteers also extends to replacing or sharing the duties for both me and Jim. I'm the event organizer and administrative lead. Jim Aspinwall is the tech lead. If the idea of being one of our main organizers appeals to you, let us know directly at [email protected].

This will be our third summer without movies after there were nine straight years of a full summer movie schedule between us and the original organizer of Sundown Cinema. Keep your fingers crossed and hope that the stars line up right next year.

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Simply Smashing Super Sale!

Posted on May 1st, 2015 by SimplySmashing

At Simply Smashing Boutique, our amazing spring and summer styles keep coming and we need to make more room. So our spring sale just got real...Super Real!

Our crazy cool (not to mention sizable) selection of sale styles are now only $39-$89. That's up to 85% off! All seasons and most of our designers are represented in the sale. Our Super Sale starts April 29, 2015 and ends May 11, 2015. Don't miss it.

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Canvas Nights in Downtown Campbell!

Posted on April 23rd, 2015 by TheArtBeat

The Art Beat is pleased offer Canvas Nights the second weekend of every month! Our instructor will guide you step by step to create an amazing masterpiece! Absolutely no experience is necessary. So grab a friend, family member, coworker or neighbor and come down to an actual art studio for a relaxing evening with art and music.

$35 per person for the evening.
Reservations are required.

Family Night is ages 7 & up. Children under 15 are $25!

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