28 Feb Karson Butler Events
Though twin powerhouse Amber Karson and Emily Butler may be from the tiny Northern California town of Biggs, their business has brought them all over the globe: with offices in both San Luis Obispo and Washington, D.C., Karson Butler Events is perfectly poised to access both East Coast and West Coast markets as well as international clients. It’s a point of pride for them both: Emily, who manages the D.C. office, has a big globe with stars to indicate all the places they’ve worked, like India, Iceland, and Portugal. Amber is a Cal Poly grad who manages West Coast business and also the retail component of the company. Housed in the striking Ah Louis Store at 800 Palm Street, the building is the perfect manifestation of the sister’s shared passion for bringing authenticity, history, and beauty to their luxury-events business. The store has allowed them to have a presence locally and serve a much broader audience; in the spirit of Ah Louis, Amber and Emily refer to the shop as the “entertaining general store”. They sell party supplies, greeting cards, entertaining essentials, hostess gifts, holiday decor, and offer event linen rentals. Last fall, they launched a helium balloon bar for specialty balloon bouquets at the request of customers. Says Emily: “This is a place where people can come and socialize, get a bit of entertaining advice, and pick up a gift to celebrate any occasion big or small.” Amber adds: “This corner was a vibrant part of SLO’s history and we wanted this store to be in the same spirit.” As such, they are continually adding new services to their company, like community classes in cocktail making or wreath building. Karson Butler also brings in other vendors, like bakers and florists, to collaborate on one-stop pop-up shops to make shopping for loved ones easy and fun for special occasions.
Karson and Butler teamed up nearly 10 years ago after stints in finance and marketing, respectively; appropriately, they celebrated the one year anniversary of the shop opening on Small Business Saturday this past November 25. Karson Butler Events at the Ah Louis Store is open everyday except Monday. Hours on weekdays are 11 AM until 6 PM and weekends 11 AM to 5 PM. Learn more about them at karsonbutlerevents.com.
Karson Butler Events at the Ah Louis Store
Emily Butler and Amber Karson, Owners
800 Palm Street