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.

Clean Up Day April 21, 2018

Clean Up Day April 21, 2018

Clean Up Day April 21, 2018 8-10am

Join in helping with Downtown’s Spring Cleaning!
We will be pulling weeds and dusting off downtown to look good for residents and visitors.
Meet in front of Ukiah Valley Conference Center, 200 S. School St, to pick up supplies and organize.
Bring gloves, garden tools and the family. Some supplies provided. Groups, individuals, clubs all welcome.
Refreshments provided.
More info: 707.462.6789 or

Comedy Alley Feb 17, 2018

Comedy Alley Feb 17, 2018

Comedy Alley Feb 17, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

The 2018 Comedy Alley Season continues on Saturday, February 17th when the Ukiah Main Street Program presents an All-Star Line-Up of critically acclaimed comedians. Comedy Alley is held at the Ukiah Valley Conference Center in Historic Downtown Ukiah. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show starts at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are now On-Sale and can be purchased in advance for the discounted price of $18.00 at Mendocino Bounty or Dig Music. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the evening of the event for $20.00. Comedians for February show are Jeff Applebaum, Ian Williams and Ngaio Bealum.

The 2018 Comedy Alley Season is made possible thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, which include Eagle Distributing, Barr Family Chiropractic, WOW Smiles and Park Falls Dental and Redwood Ford. Additional support provided by Thurston Auto Plaza, Price Waterman, KWINE & MAX Radio, Ukiah’s Super 8 Hotel, DFM Home Audio Video, KOZT “The Coast”. For more information about this and other upcoming Comedy Alley shows visit our website at or call the office of the Ukiah Main Street Program at (707) 462-6789.

Ian Williams Bio

Ian Williams first stepped onto the comedy stage in Chicago in the mid ‘80s after graduating from college. By the end of the decade, he had appeared on MTV, A&E, Showtime and Star Search and moved to San Francisco. Williams took a break from full-time work at the end of the ‘90s and emceed events throughout the Bay Area. He also married and help raise 4 kids. Now, he has returned with a fresh perspective!

Jeff Applebaum Bio

Jeff made his national TV debut on CBS as a comedian on the “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” He has also appeared on Comics Unleashed and Comedy.TV, Byron Allen’s nationally syndicated Entertainment Studios program, ABC-TV, America’s Got Talent on NBC and opened for and performed with comic legends Robert Klein, Mort Sahl, Richard Lewis, Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, Kevin Pollak, Elayne Boosler, Jimmy “JJ” Walker, and more. He’s also a frequent guest on KGO Radio, AM810 in San Francisco, CA Jeff was cast by Sandy Hackett, the late Buddy Hackett’s son, to play the principal role of Joey Bishop in the long-running musical tribute “The Rat Pack Is Back,” in San Francisco, Chicago, and Las Vegas. Jeff is also credited and appears in the blockbuster film “The Pursuit of Happyness,” starring Will Smith.

Ngaio Bealum

Ngaio Bealum Started as a street performer at San Francisco’s Pier 39, quickly moved indoors, and became a San Francisco Favorite. A finalist in the San Francisco International Stand Up Comedy Competition, his great storytelling ability, combined with hit razor sharp wit and engaging stage presence never fail to leave any audience howling with laughter. He has appeared on ABC, MTV, BET, Comedy Central (most recently on The Sarah Silverman Program), and many other television shows like Byron Allen’s Comics Unleashed and Merv Grifin’s Crosswords. He is also a regular guest on The Doug Benson Podcasts. Ngaio is constantly on the road, and has headlined comedy clubs and performed at music and arts festivals all over the country. He can also be found on twitter: @ngaio420