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Adams Avenue Business Association

Webmaster's Note: Our condolences to the friends and family of Marco Anguiano who passed away 08/24/2005.


On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Adams Avenue Business Association, I want to welcome you to the 33rd annual Adams Avenue Roots Festival. While you're here, we invite you to visit the antique stores, bookshops, coffee shops, restaurants, and many other businesses located along Adams Avenue.

The "Avenue" features a wide array of distinguished services and goods. We provide a sensible, neighborly alternative to shopping at the malls and big box stores. We hope you'll come back often to sample our one-of-a-kind bistros, courteous car services, rare books, delectable pastries, distinctive fabrics, and trendy taverns.

We also want to highlight a few of our successes on Adams Avenue. With the help of our City Councilmember Toni Atkins, the San Diego City Council, the guidance of our Board of Directors, and the cooperation of business and property owners, the AABA has completed several key public improvement projects on the Avenue. Some of these include:

  • Storefront Improvement Projects: Living Art building (Ohio and Adams), Ogden building (Oregon and Adams), Timeless Collectibles (Hamilton and Adams), Adams Plaza (between Mansfield St. and Hawley Blvd.).
  • Sidewalk Repairs: These were completed along the south side of the 3200 block of Adams Avenue. The AABA also received a $705,000 Community Development Block Grant through Councilmember Atkins to complete sidewalk repairs west of 33rd St. along Adams Ave. This work should begin in the spring.
  • Maintenance Assessment District: The AABA won the vote of area property owners to assess themselves a small yearly fee to pay for the maintenance of trees and lights in underserved areas of Adams Ave. The AABA will install shade trees and antique lights in the near future from 33rd St. to Texas St. along Adams Ave. and on 30th St. from Adams Ave. to El Cajon Blvd. The AABA has saved funds for several years to buy the trees and lights and pay for their installation.


The AABA also markets Adams Avenue to our neighborhood, greater San Diego, and the region with special events and projects designed to gain and retain customers by "branding" Adams Avenue. These events include the Adams Avenue Roots Festival, Taste of Adams Avenue, San Diego-Adams Avenue Antique Street Faire, Holiday on the Avenue, and the Adams Avenue Street Fair. We also publish the Community Business Directory and the Adams Avenue Antiques Directory.

The Adams Avenue Business Association wants to recognize the following individuals who passed away recently, but played an important part in advancing the mission of the AABA.

  • Ellen Duplessie, co-founder of the San Diego Troubadour, which doubles as the event program for the Roots Festival and the Adams Avenue Street Fair. Ellen also served on the Street Fair Music Committee for the last two years, helping to select the music acts that made the Street Fair a destination for music lovers.
  • Brian Rangeley, poet, writer, and editor of On the Avenue, our special events program prior to the San Diego Troubadour. Though wheelchair bound, his energy was boundless and professional.
  • Charles "Chuck" Rucker, artist and business owner of Charles Rucker Gallery on Adams Avenue as well as an innovative artist and mentor.

Marco Anguiano
Executive Director
Adams Avenue Business Association

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