CONTACT:                             Shannon Riley, Deputy City Manager
City of Ukiah
300 Seminary Avenue, Ukiah CA 95482
Phone: (707) 467-5793;



Ukiah, CA. January 9, 2019.  – The proposal to merge Visit Ukiah, the Ukiah Main Street Program, and the Greater Ukiah Chamber of Commerce will continue to move forward, having taken formal steps to evaluate the support of their members and leaders.  Following several months of discussions and a town hall meeting in October, an official vote was conducted of the memberships; the results showed nearly unanimous support for the merger.

With similar missions and often-overlapping board members, these three organizations have been exploring new ways of working together and consolidating resources.  To facilitate the merge, an Executive Board consisting of an equal number of representatives from each organization has been developed and will begin meeting in January.

The primary goal of the merged entity will be to preserve and enhance the most effective programs of each organization by creating additional staff support and eliminating redundancies.  By sharing overhead costs, resources can be more effectively targeted toward the members and missions.

While the logistics of the merge are addressed, each of the organization’s regular activities, events, and programs will continue to move forward.

Background Information:

The Greater Ukiah Chamber of Commerce is a member-based nonprofit organization that focuses on the promotion of businesses Valley-wide through networking opportunities and special events.  They also manage a scholarship program for local high school students and helped bring the Mendocino County Construction Corps to our area.

The Ukiah Main Street Program is a nonprofit organization that focuses on historic preservation, strengthening businesses, and increasing economic vitality in the historic downtown.  Part of their funding comes from business licenses within the Downtown Improvement District and the remainder comes from events like Taste of Downtown and Pints in the Plaza.

Visit Ukiah is the area’s visitor attraction program and is managed by City of Ukiah staff and a volunteer board.  This entity focuses on marketing and promotion of the Ukiah area, particularly in the Bay Area and other parts of Northern California, and includes advertising in major magazines and representation at travel and leisure trade shows.  Funding for Visit Ukiah comes entirely from the transient occupancy tax (bed tax) collected from Ukiah hotels.

Open Sundays in December

The merchants of Downtown Ukiah pride themselves on being small business owners. It takes a lot of hard work, time, and dedication to run your own business. Being open on Sundays is a pinnacle part of our Downtown area; giving consumers the opportunity to have a relaxed shopping experience over the weekend.

This December, the above merchants have committed to being open on Sundays for your shopping and dining pleasure. We can guarantee that you can get a special something for everyone on your list for the holidays. Whether it be clothes, shoes, jewelry, gift cards to your favorite eatery, or Downtown Dollars, make Downtown Ukiah your one stop shop for your holiday needs.

Thank you to our merchants Liv, Black Oak Coffee, Jax, Habitat, Mode Boutique, Stan’s Maple Cafe, Bona Marketplace, Shoefly & Sox, Boutique 120, Grace Hudson Museum, Brevado, Dragon’s Lair, Sword & Board, Mendocino Bounty, Little Brown Bear, Patrona, Bead Fever, Mendocino Barkery, Ukiah Brewing Company, McNab’s Mens Wear, and Mendocino Book Company.

Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt!

Funny little mystical creatures with magical powers have been spotted in Downtown Ukiah. It’s said to be good luck and they bring good fortune to those who see them.

​They can be tricky because they don’t all look the same and they like to hide. If you see an Elf hiding on a Shelf at one of our Downtown Ukiah merchant locations, ask the shopkeeper for a sticker, place it on your game card. When game board is finished, turn it into the ice rink to claim your prize! There are 50 tickets to be claimed!! (Limit one ticket per game board)

They like to hide in the shelves and around the stores and shops in Ukiah’s downtown area. So keep your eyes open for these sneaky little Elves! Ends Dec. 01.

A huge thank you to our merchants who have chosen to participate; Three Sisters, Mendo Baby, Mendocino Barkery, Mendocino Book Co., LIV, Jax, Studio on State, Triple S Camera, Ukiah Trophy, Brevado, Bona Marketplace, Chop Chop, McNabs Mens Wear, Boutique 120, Shoefly & Sox, Patrona, Copper Thimble, Mode, Schat’s Bakery, Hair Co., and Craftsman Estate Jewelry & Pawn.