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Downtown Kiosk Available for Lease

Currently the Penny Ice Creamery, the Downtown Kiosk outside of Bookshop Santa Cruz will be available to lease in the Fall. The City of Santa Cruz is now accepting applications from businesses interested in leasing the space. 

The kiosk program began in 1993 with the goal of incubating small businesses and providing an additional source of positive activity on the streets. Since then, there have been many successful businesses that have leased kiosk spaces and many that have gone on to larger locations. Most recently, Dina Torres, owner of Cafe Campesino located in the kiosk just down the street from the Del Mar Theatre, expanded her business to include a full scale restaurant, Jaguar, on Soquel Avenue. 

Whether you are a new business looking for a location or an existing business wanting to expand into an additional spot, this 60 square foot space is a great opportunity for any business interested in an affordable space downtown. The kiosk can be used for food-based businesses or retail uses.

Rent: $200-$500, depending on monthly sales.

Security Deposit: $750

Utilities: Electricity is included in rent. Water is not included, and garbage pick up must be arranged by the tenant.

Hours: The Kiosk must be open seven hours per day between 6:00am and 12:00am. The Kiosk must be open six days a week Memorial Day through Labor Day, and five days a week the remaining months. Days of operation must include weekends year-round.

View the Space Available Listing

We are accepting applications now through Wednesday, September 27th at 4:00 pm. Applications must be submitted in hard copy to 337 Locust Street, Santa Cruz CA 95060. 

Applications must include:

  • Kiosk Lease Application Form (download below)
  • A Business Plan
  • Three Years of Income Taxes
  • Statement of Finances

Download the application form below. Only completed applications will be considered.

Kiosk Lease Application Form

Need help with your business plan? Visit our Business Plan resource page or consider working with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). SBDC provides free confidential 1-on-1 support and can help you through any part of the business start up process.  


Questions? Email EconomicDevelopment@cityofsantacruz.com or call (831) 420-5150

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