Home Tour Sponsors

Our sponsors make it possible for the Society to bring you the Home Tour -- and we ask that you in turn support our sponsors. Please scroll down to learn more about these community-minded businesses. Our two PLATINUM sponsors are listed first:

Martinez Home Tour

Shell Martinez Refinery

The Shell Martinez Refinery processes over 160,000 barrels of crude oil per day into high value products such as the gasoline which we need to fuel our automobiles. Most of the crude is delivered by pipeline from oil fields in the San Joaquin Valley. Approximately 800 people work at the Refinery. In addition to being the town's largest employer, the Refinery seeks to be a good neighbor, to support the community that it serves, and strives to minimize its impact on the environment. The Shell Public Affairs Department at (925) 313-3288 stands ready to answer any of your questions. Or please visit the Refinery's website or facebook page or Martinez blog.

Cole Real Estate

Cole Real Estate

Cole Real Estate is a proud supporter of the Martinez Historical Society and its Martinez Home Tour. Amber Cole and her 9 real estate agents also stand ready to help you -- whether you wish to list and sell your house -- or whether you are looking for that perfect new home to move into. Visit their conveniently located office at 3237 Alhambra Avenue #2 in Martinez. For the exact location of the office, click on this map. You can also telephone Amber and her staff at (925) 228-4411. And you can also visit the Cole Real Estate website.

And these are the GOLD sponsors:


West Berkeley Design Loop

If West Berkeley has the highest concentration of independent home improvement merchants in the Bay Area. You can remodel a room or build a home from the ground up with the resources we offer, and furnish it too! From lumber to roofing, plumbing and lighting, flooring and furniture, you'll find it all here. The Design Loop is a group of local merchants, teamed up to give you an unparalleled home improvement shopping experience. Each of us is an expert in our field, eager to advise you on your latest project. We are located along a convenient path of travel, accessible from I-80 via the Ashby Avenue, University Avenue, or Gilman Street exits. Click here for a map.  We work together in the spirit of "co-opetition"- helping you to find the best solution for your project. If one of us doesn't have what you're looking for, most likely another member on The Loop does.


 City of Martinez

City of Martinez

The Martinez Historical Society thanks the City of Martinez which provided a grant to assist the Society put on this year's Historic Home Tour. The grant was made through the City's community groups funding program which provides limited funding to non-profit organizations which are providing important services to the citizens of our town. A joint objective of both the City and the Martinez Historical Society is the restoration of the Old Train Station. The Martinez Historical Society has been setting aside the funds raised by the Martinez Home Tours to assist in this process, and hopes to create a new Museum in the historic Station.

And these are the SILVER sponsors:

Allied Waste Services 

Republic Services
(formerly Allied Waste Services)

If you live in Contra Costa County, Republic Services is probably your "garbage company". The company's website can be consulted for a comprehensive description of the services which Republic provides. It is primarily known for its high quality solid waste collection service. And Republic Services also protects our environment by picking up our recyclables so these materials can be reused instead of added to our landfills. In addition, Allied Waste also picks up our yard waste. You can also consult Republic's website and click on "Hazardous Waste" to determine the locations where you can safely drop off hazardous waste (batteries, CFL bulbs, paint, motor oil etc.) or electroniz waste & appliances or pharmaceuticals and needles. In summary, Republic conducts its extensive operations in a safe, ethical and environmentally conscious manner and dedicates its resources to improving the quality of life for residents within the communities it serves.

CRI/Criterion  Catalyst Plant in Martinez, California    

Shell Martinez Chemical Company

The Shell Martinez Chemical Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Shell Group. It is located at 10 Mococo Road in Martinez, northwest of the intersection of Highway 680 and Marina Vista Avenue. The Plant manufactures several industrial chemicals that support the high living standards of advanced societies. The Plant's chemicals are used by other industrial facilities to manufacture such useful items as detergents and plastics. The plant provides employment to almost 100 people. Plant Manager Nicola Maher and her staff are committed to making Martinez a better place to live and work. They are steadfast supporters of the Martinez Historical Society and its Historic Home Tour. If you have questions about the Catalyst Plant, please telephone (925) 313-8600 or visit the Shell Martinez Chemical Company's website.


Hagin's Automotive
Hagin's Automotive

Hagin's Automotive is a full-service auto repair facility which is qualified to repair and service all domestic and imported cars, trucks and SUV's -- using parts that are equal to or exceed the standards of those parts originally used by the manufacturers. Hagin's Automotive employs highly qualified & skilled ASE Certified Service Technicians and will back up their workmanship with a 24 month or 24,000 mile warranty. Should the unforeseen happen and your car develops problems, Hagin's will make it right. Hagin's is a Dealer Alternative with local roots in the community and a history of car repair experience dating back 50 years. Hagin's is located at 3725 Alhambra Avenue as indicated in this map. Check Hagin's website for more information including car care tips and a complete list of services that it provides to vehicle owners. Hagin's supports the Martinez Historical Society and its historic home tour so please consider utilizing Hagin's services for your vehicle repair needs.

Shell Western States Federal Credit Union

Now Serving the Entire Community

The Shell Credit Union now serves everyone who lives, works or worships in Martinez or Pacheco. Though the Credit Union was chartered in 1947 to serve the employees of Shell Oil Company, it has since acquired a community charter which enables it to serve everyone in our community. The Credit Union is ready to offer you an array of financial services including checking & savings accounts, vehicle loans, credit cards and IRA accounts. Credit unions are not-for-profit financial cooperatives so instead of paying dividends to stockholders, they return their earnings to their members (customers) in the form of higher interest rates on deposits, lower fees, and lower loan rates. Please visit the Credit Union's website. And then drop into their office at 1700 Pacheco Blvd in Martinez -- across the street from the Shell Clubhouse. See map.

Les Schwab Tire of Martinez
Les Schwab Tire of Martinez

At Les Schwab, every purchase of car, SUV or light truck tires comes with a tire warranty including free services that give you more for your money. Our world-class warranty, among the industry’s best, is good at any of our 450+ Les Schwab Tire Centers.  Every tire sale is backed by this warranty which includes free inspections, free flat repairs, free rotations and rebalancing, and other services worth hundreds of dollars. It’s part of doing the right thing for our customers, since we opened our first store in 1952.

Whether you’re looking for the right tires and wheels package or think there’s something wrong with your shocks, we can help. Check our website for the services we can provide to you.  Stop by or call ahead for an appointment for trustworthy service that gets you in and out quickly.  Our telephone number is 370-6382.  We are conveniently located at 3800 Alhambra Avenue as indicated on our map.

Les Schwab Tire of Martinez
Community Focus

Community Focus is an independent community newspaper, distributed to more than 50,000 homes and businesses in Pleasant Hill, Martinez, Walnut Creek, Concord, Lafayette and Pacheco.  The LARGEST circulation of any local paper!   Community Focus Newspaper covers: City News, Seniors, Local Sports, Chamber News, Education, Community Events, Community Calendar, Real Estate, Food and Gardening, Book and Restaurant Reviews.

The Focus website is a community hub featuring a digital edition of each issue with links to advertisers’ websites, a business service directory,  a free interactive community calendar and links to social media where articles and events can be shared with friends. Contact us at: 925-335-6397 or info@ourcommunityfocus.com. To place an advertisement, call Reba Bower at 925-348-1724.


Bay Alarm

Organic Mulch, Soil and Compost

Ecomulch offers you the following products:

  • Organic and color mulch
Wood chips / bark
Topsoil / compost
Erosion control products
Sheet mulch
Urban lumber, slabs and beams

Ecomulch, a family-owned company, will enable you to feel good knowing that you're ordering products from a company that re-purposes locally collected urban trees that would otherwise end up in the landfill. This method helps keep our Earth clean and landfill's a little less full. The trees that Ecomulch recycles are those that our parent company, Hamilton Tree Service Inc., generates as it does its work. The conversion and re-use of this green tree waste has enabled Ecomulch to create products that are environmentally preferable and ecologically friendly. And both the raw materials that we use and their processing occur right here in the San Francisco bay area (including Martinez). For more information, please visit the website. Ecomulch also has a Facebook page. You can also telephone (925) 228-1673 or email the company at myecomulch@gmail.com.

These are our BRONZE sponsors:

Connolly & Taylor Chapel

Our professional staff at Connolly & Taylor has years of experience caring for families from all walks of life. We are leaders in our profession, with dedication to service and professional integrity.  When we sit down with a family, our shared goal is to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. We offer them a wide variety of services and products, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions. Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future.   As to the past, our firm traces its roots back to 1921 when our first facility was dedicated. Today, we pride ourselves on being current with the major changes in funeral service trends. To learn more about us, please visit our website, drop by the chapel, or call us at (925) 228-4700.


Schroder Insurance Services

Schroder Insurance Services is proud to serve the insurance needs of Walnut Creek, Martinez, the East Bay, and all of California. Our company was founded in 1933 by John T ‘Ted’ Schroder. It is a third generation family-owned insurance agency that prides itself on offering competitive rates and personalized service. Let us help you find the right auto, home, life and commercial insurance to meet your personal needs. Please visit our website or telephone us now at 925-934-6789 for a quick, competitive quote! Or drop into our office in Walnut Creek. Click here for a mapl. We look forward to helping you finding the insurance you need at a price you can afford.

 Leading Edge Pest Management

Leading Edge Pest Management, Inc.

Leading Edge Pest Management, a woman owned company, uses the most advanced and effective control methods to eradicate termite, beetle and fungus problems from homes, apartments, buildings and churches. We combine biological, chemical, cultural, mechanical and physical control methods in a way that minimizes economic, health and environmental risks. Our inspections will identify pests and the conditions contributing to the pest problems, and we then decide what actions are necessary. Our warranties are some of the best in the business. This is another reason why we are called "LEADING EDGE". For more information, visit our website. You can also telephone our Pleasant Hill number at 634-4834 or our toll-free number at (800) 471-5555. Or send an email to WhatBugs@aol.com.


Michael Brionez, Realtor

Let’s Talk Real Estate! It’s always a great way to start a lively conversation these days. I'm Michael Briones and I moved to the Bay Area in 1991. I have lived in San Francisco, Emeryville, Pleasant Hill and Martinez. I understand why the Bay Area is truly something special, and I enjoy assisting buyers and sellers from both sides of the ‘tunnel’. There are so many benefits to both locations! You can be sure that I will respond quickly to your needs, always return your calls in a timely manner, and do everything possible to make your real estate transaction as stress-free as possible. Please visit my website or give me a call at 510.798.5403.


Future Sponsors

If your organization would like to become a sponsor of the Martinez Home Tour, please refer to our
Table of Sponsorship Benefits.

We also invite you to look at an example of how the HIstorical Society publicly recognizes and thanks the sponsors for their support. This is the ad that the Society places in the Community Focus each year. Click on the ad to enlarge it:

Community Focus

The Society also thanks its sponsors through periodic posts of appreciation on Facebook. The Facebook posts also encourage the fans of the Society to do business with sponsors.

We now offer the convenience of online sponsorship purchases. Just click the button below:

Contact John Curtis by email if you have correctionc or additional information for this page.


What is a Sponsor?

Local non-profit groups, such as the Martinez Historial Socity typically provide services to the community on modest budgets. Therefore the work is usually done by upaid volunteers who donate their time and expertise to make the community a better place to live.

Local companies typically do their part by supporting or "sponsoring" certain activities or events undertaken by non-profit groups. Sponsorship can consist of:

Donating funds.
Providing volunteers who are employees of the business.
Providing in-kind services or materials.


The companies on this page all make it possible for the Historical Society to keep down the ticket price you pay to attend the Home Tour. You can express your gratitude for the generosity of the corporate sponsors by directing business to them when possible. Companies with a growing customer base typically remain successful and are able to continue their sponsorship activities in the community.
Martinez Historical Society