About SAA and Membership:
- How and why to join – with the “Registration” button (Start)
- Current Board of Directors and Structure (Middle)
- Legacy Directors – Monumental Contributors (Fin)
Our Mission: The Solano Avenue Association is dedicated to promoting and improving the Solano Avenue business district and to building community spirit and identity through events, marketing, and aesthetic enhancement. Founded in 1974, we are a non-profit organization comprised of professionals, restaurateurs, retailers, organizations, and individuals located within one block of Solano Avenue in Albany or Berkeley, and San Pablo Avenue in Albany.
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Partial Benefits Include
The Solano Avenue Gift Card / Scrip Program: We sell over twenty-five thousand dollars worth of gift cards annually. Non-profits get them at ten percent off. They can be used at over 60 locations on Solano Avenue.
The Solano Avenue Email Groups: We promote events to our “SAA events” email group. News, public safety warnings and more are sent to our “SAA membership” email group of 500 plus. Make sure that you (and your staff) are receiving our emails.
We are a voice for independently owned (not “small” business): You are not small to us! We perform many behind-the-scenes activities during and including attending Albany and Berkeley Council and Commission meetings. We coordinate with the Albany and Berkeley Police Departments to help maintain a safe environment on the Avenue, synchronize a volunteer trash pick-up and work with the SAA membership to coordinate other functions on Solano Avenue.
Our flagship event, the Solano Avenue Stroll serves as host to 250,000 locals and out-of-towners every second Sunday in September. No other form of advertising can guarantee to bring this many people across your doorstep. Your SAA membership, and investment into the Solano Avenue Stroll – gives you the unique promotional opportunity and community connection that the Solano Avenue Stroll represents.
Solano Avenue Association Board of Directors
The Solano Avenue Association is composed of approximately 200 members, 13 volunteer Directors, and one paid staff-member, the Executive Director and Events Manager. The Solano Avenue Association Board of Directors meets on the second and fourth Tuesday morning(s) of the month. We typically meet at the Mechanics Bank – Albany Branch; they are kind enough to host us. 801 San Pablo Avenue at Washington, 8:30 am. contact us to request an agenda by or for copies of meeting minutes, or if you would like an email forwarded to the current Board of Directors. We are always looking for people willing to participate.
(left to right: Peggy and Richard Smith; Rafael Rangell; Tod Abbott; Rebecca Dupuis; Jim Wong; Allen Cain; Al Caruso; Jason Bellevue; Jennifer Hansen-Romero; Debbie Perkins-Kalama)
Board of Directors 2016/2017
President – Jennifer Hansen-Romero,
Winkler Real Estate Group
Vice President – Jason Bellevue
RAF Investment Services, Inc.
Secretary – Jan Snidow
The Mane Alley [Salon]
Treasurer – Jason Alabanza
Mechanics Bank – Albany
Past President – John Cowee
Albany Resident (previously KNA Copy Centre)
Mechanics Bank – Albany
Better Homes and Gardens
Peggy and Richard Smith
YMCA – East Bay Area
Full Orbit Web and Marketing
Staff: Allen Cain
Executive Director and Events Manager
Our Board of Directors roster from past years:
Our annual/printed newsletter to the membership
Thank you to the following people who have made a monumental contribution to the Solano Avenue Association. (Please see also the “Brief History of the Solano Avenue Stroll“). (4/19/12: This list is a “work in progress”. Any suggestions you have to complete it and or make it more accurate would be welcomed. Please also see our “Program Credits” page.)
Carl Brodsky (TileShop); Dolly Walker (Walker’s Pie Shop); Emmett Eiland (Oriental Rug Dealer); Ira Klein (Iris); Kathy Lee (Lee Graphics); Lee Brown (Northern CA Savings / where Mechanics (1801) is); Lisa Burnham (Thousand Oaks Merchant Association); Robert Cheasty (Cheasty and Cheasty); Rosemary Burns (Northumbrian Antiques,); Sue Johnson (Sue Johnson Lamps)