Martinez Business Beat, June 19, 2019

Informational Forum On Sporting Goods Store Thursday

Brandon Varise, who has applied to open an outdoor sporting goods store on Ferry Street will have a public town hall at 7 p.m. Thursday in Martinez City Hall, 525 Henrietta St., to describe his plans

He described his vision for his building, 604 Ferry St., is for a large, outdoor retail store selling curated outdoor products for fishing, hiking, camping, boating and climbing, a 10,000-gallon aquarium, an indoor rock-climbing wall, a casting pool to test rods and reels, a rooftop shopping area with views of the Martinez waterfront and an indoor shooting range about 12 feet underground as an ancillary feature of the store.

He described the range as a place to teach and encourage responsible firearm ownership in a safe location, as well as a state-of-the-art training place for area law enforcement officers. with a range master on duty and concierge service so customers could store their firearms safely at the site.

Varise also owns 714-718 Main St. that how has a wine bar and creperie. He has created an email specific to his Ferry Street project,

Martinez Chamber Announces New Members

New members of the Martinez Chamber of Commerce are Balco Properties, Freeplay Dogs, Farmers Insurance Montecino Agency, Homage, Ruhe CPA, The Lunchbox Sandwich Shop, MCIA Mike Cortez Insurance Agency, Todd Prince Design, Chairs for Affairs, Morrill Law Firm, Martinez Arts Association, Mason-McDuffie Mortgage Corporation and Slice of Italeigh.

Junk 2 Gems June Market Starts Thursday

Junk 2 Gems June Market will be Thursday through Sunday at OTA Mercantile’s upstairs room, 516 Ferry St.

Hours are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

CASA Information Session Friday

An information for Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children of Contra Costa County will take place at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce, 985 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg.

Information will be provided to those interested in volunteering to advocate for foster children so they receive needed health, education and therapeutic services, positive social and recreational opportunities and consistent support.

Admission is free. Those interested may visit

Passion to the Streets Second Annual Car Show Saturday

The Passion to the Streets second annual Car Show, sponsored by Les Schwab, will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Alhambra High School Parking Lot, at the intersection of Alhambra Avenue and E Street.

Admission for spectators is free and $25 for those who want to enter a car. Music will be provided.

Registration may be done online at, or by calling 925-212-1020 or 925-683-4490.

Proceeds will help homeless students and families living in the Martinez Unified School District.

Entry And Vendor Applications Available For July 4th Parade

Entry and vendor applications for Martinez’s annual Fourth of July Parade, 10 a.m. July 4 on Main Street, are available from Main Street Martinez.

More than 3,000 people are expected to line up to watch the parade.

Participants may decorate tricycles, bicycles wagons, strollers and scooter for the Kids Decorated Bike Parade, which will lead the rest of the entries of groups, businesses and individuals.

Awards will be given immediately after the parade at the judges’ reviewing platform.

There is no cost to enter, but participants except children in the Kids Decorated Bike Parade must register in advance. Applications are available online at

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