Last night's mixer at the Acerogami Bar, or as the locals call it, "Glass House Bar", was a huge success. Sponsored by the Pomona Chamber of Commerce and Valley Vista Services the downtown was alive with the who's who of Pomona. Guests included, among the many dignitaries; Assemblywoman Norma Torres, Mayor Elliott Rothman, Councilmembers Atchley, Lantz, Soto, and Saunders. Chamber president Ricardo Delgado, Executive Director Frank Garcia,Board members Andre Robinson and Adrianna Robledo, DPOA President Carolyn Hemming, Board members Cathy Tessier, David Armstrong, Don Church, Jason Abboud, just to name a few.
Sakura Ichi provided the catering with plenty of food to go around. The ambiance is subtle elegance with steel scultures, handmade tables, stools and bar, made of steel. A full wall is dedicated to a masterful mural by artist Tom Pathe.
The night's event was well attended by an estimated 200 people. A great turnout!
The host and proprieter, Perry Tollett, unfortunately was ill and couldn't attend his own party. The buzz was so positive that Perry will be seeing many of these people back for a long time to come.
This Saturday, January 31, promises to be a beautiful day with great weather. Should be a perfect day for strolling E. 2nd St. between Garey and Gibbs. There you will find over 70 antique and collectible sidewalk vendors as well as over 200 dealers in the antique stores set up and ready to sell! This is a great venue which comes along every 3 months. It's a must see event! Early shoppers find the best bargains, but even late comers can pick and choose from a wide variety antiques, jewelry, books, clothing, bric brac , and all manner of collectible and unusal, one of a kind items. It runs from 8 AM to 3PM. Come on out and have a great time!
This Saturday, January 31 is an excellent night to visit Downtown Pomona! There will be a lot going on. Last Saturday Art Walk will be in full force. If you missed the Second Saturday Walk you can still catch the many shows featured in the Art Colony.
The Farmers Market will be open at Thomas Plaza from 5PM to 9PM. Fresh produce from Certified California farmers, organic fruits and vegetables, crafts, food, live entertainment, and more. This Saturday night we will also feature a "Cruise Night", open to all show cars, and car clubs. The cars can be seen in the parking lot behind Thomas Plaza, between First and Second Streets.
It promises to be a fun evening. Come to downtown, we'd love to show you around!
Now here's something you don't see every day. Taking time out from a busy schedule, Mayor Rothman took the time to play a quick round of ping pong with Sally Egan Sunday evening. Turns out he's pretty darn good at it too. While we don't know the score, the mayor won!
The winner of the first annual chili cook-off at the dba256 wine bar and gallery is,....(drum roll here), Dano! Along with a trophy comes bragging rights for the next year! Congratulations Dano!
This year's cook-off judges were David Allen and Larry Egan. The judges tasted and re-tasted the entries.., all entries were worthy of an award ! The tasting was blind, the judges had no idea who's chili they were tasting. A big thank you to David for taking time out of his day to participate.
There were two other winners as well; Second place went to Colin, coincidentally co-owner of the dba256, and the People's Choice award went to Tibbi, Pomona's beer guru. Apparently the gang at dba256 really know their chili. There were several entries, all of them winners!
At Monday night's Pomona City Council meeting final approval was given for the "Tequila Bar" (actual name unknown at this time) to be installed at the S.E. corner of 3rd and Thomas downtown. It promises to be an exciting addition to the downtown with upwards of 200 brands of tequila available. It will also feature entertainment, finger food, and sumptuous desserts. Should you fall in love with any of the brands, they will be licensed to sell you a bottle of your favorite "to go".
It is heartening to see new businesses in the downtown, especially during these difficult times. It just reinforces what most downtowners already know; Downtown Pomona is poised to be "the place" to be. In the past few months alone no less than six businesses have opened or announced their intention to do so. Very exciting indeed!
Just a reminder to attend a couple of events this Saturday. 1) The First Annual Chili Cook-Off at the dba256 wine bar, located at 256 S. Main St, 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. 2) Also from 5PM to 9PM the first showing ever at the 50Buck Gallery at Holt and Gibbs. Hope to see you all at these events!
2009 promises to be a banner year for Downtown Pomona. With so much happening, it's no wonder people are "discovering" the Downtown all over again. Last night's Art walk was just one of many new and exciting discoveries. With 25 galleries open and diplaying some the area's finest artists, the Art Colony's 2nd and Last Saturday Art Walks are a "must see" for everyone.
You can feel the anticipation and excitement in the air at every gallery. There is so much to see that it's difficult to see it all in one evening. That's why there is now a Last Saturday Art Walk.
So come to Downtown Pomona and discover the many ameneties; restaurants, night clubs, Art Walks, Antique Fair, Farmers' Markets, and much much more.Come Downtown, we would love to show you around!
Last night marked the inaugural of the Second and Last Saturday Farmers' Market at Thomas Plaza, in the heart of Pomona's Art Colony, sponsored by the DPOA (Downtown Pomona Owner's Association). With little fanfare or marketing, the event was a success! Over 700 people attended the family friendly event featuring organic and certified farmers. Crafters, food vendors and Downtown merchants took part as well.
Many of the vendors and farmers from the Wednesday night market participated. The market offered live entertainment, this night featured American Jazz. Just the right mood for the evening.
Several local "dignitaries" visited...among them were Cathy, Jerry, and Victor Tessier. David Allen from the Daily Bulletin (oh, by the way David will be a chili cook-off judge this coming Saturday at the dba256). Also seen at the market were Council members Rodriguez, Atchley, Saunders, Lantz, and somebody told me Danielle Soto was there. Good thing they all showed up separately, we don't want any violations of the Brown Act.
The DPOA would like to thank everyone who came. We hope you had a good time and will come again. The next Saturday night market will be January 31, 5PM to 9PM. We'll have live music, this time from the 50's and 60's (not the performers, just the music), and a car show. So come on out, support the Downtown, and have some fun connecting with friends, family and neighbors.
Calling all downtown Pomona business owners, bartenders, locals, firefighters and police (you know who you are).
The dba256 is hosting their 1st annual chili cook-off, Saturday, January 17, 2009. For those of you who brag that you make the best chili ever, here's your chance to prove it!
Bring your award winning chili to the dba256, 256 S. Main St. at 11:00 AM, Saturday January 17, 2009. Please bring it ready to go, preferably in a crock pot.
Judging will begin at 12 noon.It is rumored that David Allen from the Daily Bulletin, and Larry Egan from the DPOA will be the judges. David, of course, is a epicurean expert, and Larry just knows what he likes.
A trophy will be awarded to the winner, certificates to runners-up.There will be drink specials, and of course some very fine chili to eat.
So, if you think your recipe has what it takes to win the coveted "Best of Pomona" chili award, join in the fun!
There is no charge for entries, so what have you got to loose.For more information contact the dba256 at (909) 623-7600 and speak with Ron, Johnnie, Dano, or Tibbi.
Two of the Art Colony's own, Amy Bystedt and Sally Egan, extend an invitation for all to view their photo exibit entitled "Let Them Eat Steak" at the new 5iftybucks Gallery, located at 213 Holt Ave.(in the American Legion parking lot), Pomona. Opening reception is Saturday, January 17, 2009, 5PM -10PM.