Downtown Business Association president leaving Auburn

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One of Downtown Auburn’s business activists is closing her office and leaving the area. Rebecca Toedter, owner of All About Design and president of the Downtown Business Association, said this week that she has taken a job at Emeritus Vineyards in Sonoma County. “I’m really sad to be leaving Auburn and my friends, clients and Downtown colleagues,” Toedter said Monday. “They’re all characters that make our community so bright and vibrant.” Toedter and Tina May, both graphic designers, opened All About Design in 2003. The two were friends from high school, graduating from Placer in 1994. During the past two years, Toedter has run the business alone. She’s been involved in the DBA for about four years, serving on the board before becoming president. One of her favorite memories will be her work with the wine festival. “I really loved doing the wine festival,” she said. “I’ve co-chaired that event with Teri Gibson for past two years. That was really a lot of fun.” She leaves her imprint on Auburn not only through her work in the DBA, but in the logos, print advertising and Web sites she and May created for numerous local businesses. One of those clients is Jim Bril, owner of Downtown’s Monkey Cat restaurant. “She does all the business cards, brochures and menus for Monkey Cat,” he said. “She’s the best.” Bril, vice president of the DBA, has worked closely with Toedter in promoting Downtown during the past year. “I think she did a wonderful job in getting different events into Downtown,” he said. “The wine festival was one of the biggest accomplishments. Teena (Wilkins) from Viña Castellano was also involved in that. The event raised a tremendous amount of money.” Bril also credits Toedter for keeping everyone up to date on the progress of the Streetscape project. “I’m excited for Auburn to have it,” Toedter said about Streetscape. “It will be nice to have utilities that work, having things updated — and having a place to go to socialize and gather.” Toedter, who leaves Jan. 1, will maintain her business through her Web site. She’ll be handling PR, marketing and design for the winery and “probably scrubbing barrels, too,” she said. Bril will take over as president of the DBA in the new year. — Gloria Young