Martinez Business Beat, Dec. 5, 2018

Holiday Boutique Continues Through Dec. 16

The Martinez Arts Association seventh annual Holiday Boutique will be selling arts items, jewelry and other handcrafted gifts through Dec. 16 in the former Southern Pacific Railroad Depot at the end of Ferry Street in the downtown shopping district.

The Boutique is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Businesses Participating In Kiwanis Club’s See’s Candy Sale

The Martinez Kiwanis See’s Candy Sale will be taking place through Dec. 24at several participating businesses. Money raised through the candy sales will be used for scholarships for local students as well as for nonprofits.

Les Schwab Tire Center, 3800 Alhambra Ave., once again has provided the club with space to sell the candy. Shoppers may make purchases from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

The Barber Pole in Francis Plaza, 1124 Arnold Drive, also is providing the club with candy selling space. Hours are 10 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.

Candy will be sold daily during business hours while supplies last. It also may be ordered for delivery by calling Kiwanis President Denis Smith, 510-773-4343.

Fightkore Site Of Second Annual Boxing Extravaganza Fundraiser For Martinez Schools

Fightkore Gum, 816 Main St., is the site of the second annual Feet First Foundation Boxing Extravaganza Fundraiser for Martinez Schools and Toys for Tots collection, at 5 p.m. Dec. 8.

The event will raise money for the Feet First After School Boxing Program in Martinez schools.

Activities include live boxing, discussions on how Feet First is helping Martinez Youth build confidence and develop strong character, refreshments and drawings.

It will support the U.S. Marines’ Toys for Tots by asking attendees to bring a toy to receive a 50 percent discount on admission.

Hosts are Sean and Christian Sharkey, and among those appearing are athletes Tino Avila, Andy Vences, Angel Cordon Jr., Jason Harrison and Jonas Lewis.

Sponsors are Everlast Boxing, Kinders Barbecue, Urban Barber College, Martinez Chiropractic, ITR Boxing, GLT Signs and Vanguard Real Estate Group in addition to Fightkore Gym.

Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for youth, and those tickets will be discounted 59 percent for those bringing an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots.

Those with questions may visit or call 833,339-9111 Extension 1.

Martinez Chamber Business Mixer Dec. 12

The next Martinez Chamber of Commerce Chamber Mixer will take place at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at Carlton Senior Living, 2770 Pleasant Hill Road, Pleasant Hill. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

The Chamber of Commerce will close for the holidays from Dec. 24 through Jan. 1, 2019. Regular business hours resume Jan. 2, 2019.

Junk 2 Gems Grand Opening, Ribbon Cutting At Olde Towne Antiques

Junk 2 Gems will have a grand opening Dec. 13 and a ribbon cutting Dec. 14 in the Old Towne Antiques and Mercantile’s second floor, 516 Ferry St.

The grand opening will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 13, noon to 7p.m. Dec. 14 and 15 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 16.

The ribbon cutting will take place at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 14.

Afterwards, the new shop, which operates as a pop-up, will be open once monthly a couple of days.

Santa Beer Crawl Dec. 8

Main Street Martinez’s Santa Brew Crawl, for which attendees may dress in Santa suits or ugly Christmas sweaters, will take place at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8.

Santas, sweater-wearers and other participants will be able to sample craft beer at stations inside multiple Main Street businesses. Tickets are $30 through Dec. 1, and $35 Dec. 2 to 7.

If available, those at the door will be sold for $40 cash only.

Tickets are being sold online at

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