The Downtown Association’s 28th Annual Beautification Awards were held on Wednesday, March 1 at the SLO HotHouse. The event honored Downtown businesses that have enhanced and renovated existing spaces or done a commendable job with a new establishment. Award categories include tenant improvements, signage/awnings, merchandising, and maintenance, among others.

Design Committee members Landy Fike, Ryan Brockett, Karen Kile, Bruce Fraser, Dominic Tartaglia and Brent Vanderhoof assisted Committee Chair Marshall Ochylski in candidate selection, jurying, categorizing, and presenting the awards. Top honors include the prestigious Mayor’s Award, this year given to Cal Poly Lofts, the Chairperson’s Award given to SLO HotHouse, and the Executive Director’s Award given to Monterey Street/Chinatown.

Also new this year were physical awards designed and created by the Daedalus Chapter of Alpha Rho Chi, a professional architecture fraternity at Cal Poly. Students Regan Dyer, Ben Johnson, Jackson Sheridan, and Zack Moore created the awards using laser cut reclaimed scrap materials, designed to evoke the materials & process of construction in Downtown San Luis Obispo.

The Downtown Association would like to extend a sincere thank you to Mayor Heidi Harmon for presenting the Mayor’s Award, to the members of City Council that were able to attend the evening’s festivities, and to the Design Committee for their tireless work in selecting candidates and producing this year’s event. We also want to thank the vendors who donated food and drink, including Chamisal Vineyards, BarrelHouse Brewing Company, Giuseppe’s Cucina Rustica, & Madonna Inn. Thank you for your support of our event, and congratulations to our 2017 Beautification Award Winners!