Downtown SLO’s 29th Annual Beautification Awards were held on Wednesday, April 11th 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, Bruce Fraser, Emma Saperstein, Aracelli Astorga, 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 San Luis Obispo City-County Library; the Chairperson’s Award, given to Mo’s Smokehouse BBQ; and the Executive Director’s Award, given to Old San Luis BBQ Co.

Tenant Improvements: Corporate/Franchise: Merit
Poké Bar SLO, 1075 Court Street, Suite 130
M•A•C Cosmetics, 874 Monterey Street, Suite C-102
Tenant Improvements: Corporate/Franchise: Excellence
Amazon–SLO, 1007 Monterey Street
Tenant Improvements: Office, New: Excellence
1135 Santa Rosa, 1135 Santa Rosa Street
Tenant Improvements: Office, Remodel: Merit
PMSM Architects, 560 Higuera Street, Suite C
Tenant Improvements: Hospitality: Merit
Vegetable Butcher SLO, 712 Marsh Street
Libertine Brewing Company, 1234 Broad Street
Tenant Improvements: Hospitality: Excellence
Mint + Craft, 848 Monterey Street
Tenant Improvements: Retail: Excellence
Baxter Moerman Jewelry, 1128 Garden Street
New Construction: Excellence
La Esquina Taqueria, 1049 Nipomo Street
Hotel Serra–San Luis Obispo, Garden & Marsh
AT&T– Spring Mobile, 760 Higuera Street
Bronze Sun Spa, 667 Marsh Street, Suite B
Diane’s Beachwear, 787 Higuera Street
Dune, 641 Higuera Street, Suite 101
Mee Heng Low, 815 Palm Street
Moon River Salon and Spa, 750 Higuera Street
Nourish, 1126 Morro Street
San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce, 895 Monterey Street
SLOFLY, 845 Higuera Street
Twig & Arrow Salon, 720 Marsh Street
Luna Red, 1023 Chorro Street
Sperry Flour Building, 1000 Higuera Street
Green Award:
Water Wise Project, 888 Morro Street (in front of SLO REP)
Executive Director’s Award:
Old San Luis BBQ Co., 670 Higuera Street
Chairman’s Award:
MO’s Smokehouse BBQ, 1005 Monterey Street
Mayor’s Award:
San Luis Obispo City–County Library, 995 Palm Street

Top award winners were also presented with physical awards created by the Cal Poly Alpha Rho Chi professional architecture fraternity, Daedalus Chapter. Students involved were architecture students Xian Chris Li, Olivia DelBono, Tiffany Chang, and Jason Gong. Awards were created using a synthesis of reclaimed plywood and acrylic materials with laser cutting technology, making for a minimal but elegant design.

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 San Luis Obispo City-County Library 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, Libertine Brewing Company, Mint + Craft, Luna Red, Poké Bar SLO, Old San Luis BBQ Co., and Cowboy Cookie N’ Grub. Thank you for your support of our event, and congratulations to our 2018 Beautification Award Winners!