City of Redwood City April 2016
Issue No. 1
In This Issue

Upcoming Downtown Events
Magic Lantern 3-D Show

April 5, 12, 19, & 26
Courthouse Square
8:30 pm and 9:30 PM

Opening Day - April 16
500 Arguello Street
8 Am - Noon

Almost Mother's Day Kids Concert

May 7
Courthouse Square
11:00 AM



Coming Soon

2225 Broadway Street

Top 25 Sales Tax Generators



(In alphabetical order)


Airport Home Appliance*

Boardwalk Auto Center

Boardwalk Chevrolet

Carlsen Porsche

Carlsen Subaru

Chevron Service Stations

Costco Wholesale

Davies Appliance Store*

Enterprise Car Sales

Ferrari Silicon Valley

Granite Rock Company

Honda Redwood City

Hopkins Acura

Land Rover

Lyngso Garden Materials

Oracle Corp.

Peninsula Infiniti

Putnam Lexus

Roberts & Brune Company

Safeway Stores

Target Stores

Thompson Toyota

Towne Ford Sales

Towne Mazda*


*New to Top 25






Hi There!
Before we get started on this month's newsletter, I wanted to take a few moments to introduce myself.  I am Catherine Ralston, the new Economic Development Manager for the City of Redwood City. 

I started working with the city in February and in my short time here, I have fallen in love with Redwood City.  The great restaurants, stores and activities of downtown provide a new adventure for me every time I step out of the doors of City Hall.  I am enjoying discovering the different sides of Redwood City from the Port to the hillsides. 

If you see me around town, please stop and say Hi!  I would love to hear what you want to see in Redwood City - different types of restaurants, different stores to shop at, or different activities to do with your family.  I can also be reached at or 650-780-7204.
Shop Downtown Redwood City
Each month, I will be focusing on a different retail store in our downtown area that provides a unique shopping experience for you to enjoy.  This month we recognize Aili Ice Floral Designs.  This floral Design studio and boutique celebrated their Grand Re-Opening last month after being closed for several months due to a fire in a next door restaurant. 

Aili Ice ("Eye-Lee Ice"), a Bay Area native, comes from a lineage of designers and studied various art forms prior to establishing her floral desi gn style and studio in 2003. Her visual aesthetic focuses on natural and found elements as well as unusual vibrant floral design.
Aili opened her flagship floral concept store and art gallery in downtown Redwood City on April 25, 2014. After 11 years in business, she found the perfect space, among the revitalized energy of Redwood City's downtown retail area. The gallery features her own artwork, as well as the art of local painters, photographer, sculptors, jewelry designers and high quality candy vendors. The space is also available for rental for small parties, live    music and events.

In both her floral design studio and her Boutique, Aili brings a level of sophistication, imagination, confidence and style to every 
 creation.  So take a moment to stop by her shop located at 2363 Broadway Street or check out her website at

For more Downtown Redwood City shops and information, visit
Dining Out!
Dow ntown Redwood City is home to numerous amazing restaurants.  From Thai cuisine at Bangkok Bay to Mediterranean cuisine at Zadna, you can travel around the cuisine world without ever leaving the comforts of Downtown.  And what a better way to try out some of these great restaurants, than participating in Redwood City Restaurant Week taking place April 21-27, 2-16.  Participating restaurants will be cooking up a special multi-course, dinner prix fixe menu for this week only. From long-time local favorites to award-winning newcomers, Redwood City restaurants have something for every palate.  For more information about restaurant week and to see participating restaurants and menus, go to redwoodcityrestaurant
Stanford Entrepreneur Bootcamp
The City of Redwood City in partnership with Stanford University is excited to announce that applications are being accepted for the next session of Entrepreneurial Boot Camp.

Delivered over three, two-day modules, Entrepreneurship Boot Camp is a customized educational program for local Redwood City entrepreneurs, innovators, and business leaders. The sessions are taught by world-renowned faculty from Stanford Graduate School of Business and presented in partnership with the City of Redwood City. This program will provide participants with the tools every entrepreneur needs to manage and finance growing enterprises, including: how to evaluate business ideas, diagnose and solve business problems, and determine strategic growth opportunities. Participants will also hone leadership skills necessary for managing innovative organizations.

If this sounds like the right kind of catalyst for your company and your career, you are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit Completed applications must be submitted by June 15, 2016 at 5:00 pm.  Space is limited to only 40 participants so be sure to submit your application early.
Around the Town
Redwood City Innovative Businesses Recognized

SAMCEDA held their annual
Innovators: Awards of Excellence on March 11, 2016 at the Oracle Conference Center.  This year, six companies from throughout San Mateo County were recognized for their innovation and entrepreneurship- a defining characteristic of Silicon Valley and pillar of the knowledge-based San Mateo County economy. This year two Redwood City companies were recognized.

Carbon 3D harnesses light and oxygen to continuously grow objects from a pool of resin, offering consistent and predictable mechanical properties ready for commercial use.

Fit3D develops,manufactures and sells 3-D body-scanning technology and software services, aiming to motivate people towards healthy lifestyles.

Congratulations to our Redwood City Innovative Businesses of 2016!