Downtown SLO News

April 10, 2020 | 8AM-10AM Downtown SLO Office, 1135 Chorro Street Our 2020 Business Education Series features dynamic speakers giving you tools and inspiration to grow your business and better serve your customers. This session focuses on Hospitality and Retention. Joe Brown & Rhys Thom......

TherHappy OPENED IN DECEMBER 2019 793 HIGUERA, SUITE 11 www.youneedtherhappy.com With a pilates base, owner Natalie Garay believes she can help mothers recover fully from childbirth, no matter how long ago it was. The business name comes from her physical therapy practice, individualized pilates exercises,......

Established in 1996, this event is the largest free concert series in San Luis Obispo County. Concerts in the Plaza takes place every Friday evening from 5 – 8 PM. The 25th Anniversary season runs from June 12 – September 11, 2020. Selected bands will......

CONCERTS IN THE PLAZA ARTIST REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL Downtown SLO request proposals from an artist or graphic artist with fine art skills to create the artwork for the 25th Annual Concerts in the Plaza poster. Background Concerts in the Plaza is a beloved San Luis......

As we move into a new decade, a new year, and with so many new businesses in Downtown San Luis Obispo (a whopping 46 since January 2019, 32 of which are locally-owned!), Downtown SLO, the organization, is also looking to turn over a new leaf.......

January 10, 2020 | 8AM-10AM Downtown SLO Office, 1135 Chorro Street Our 2020 Business Education Series features dynamic speakers giving you tools and inspiration to grow your business and better serve your customers. This session focuses on Hospitality and Retention. Charles Babinski has spent the......

TAKE A BITE OUT OF JANUARY! Indulge in SLO CAL Restaurant Month, starting January 1-31, 2020*! Participating restaurants will offer special prix-fixe menus of three courses at $30-$40 per person or other special offerings....

Santa’s House in Mission Plaza Celebrate the holidays and join Downtown SLO as we open Santa’s House on Friday, November 29, 2019 at 10 AM! Children who visit Santa receive a complimentary activity book, toy, and candy cane. Pictures are also available for purchase: $5......

Thank you to everyone who participated in and watched our 44th Annual Holiday Parade in Downtown San Luis Obispo! Our theme was Holidays Around the World, and we loved seeing the creativity and imagination in all of the floats. Congratulations to this year’s float winners!......

Holiday Window Decorating Contest Show your cultural holiday spirit, light up downtown, create interest in your business, and win prizes! The Cultural Arts Committee invites businesses with storefront windows to create a festive and beautiful Downtown this holiday season. This year’s Holiday Theme is “HOLIDAYS......

Shop and Dine Small on Saturday, November 30, 2019 * Downtown SLO and American Express are pleased to once again present our Passport Program on Small Business Saturday! Shoppers who make a purchase at participating Downtown businesses receive a stamp on their Passport. Returned and......

Downtown Business Spotlights

A San Luis Obispo institution for nearly 40 years, Woodstock’s Pizza recently reopened after a significant remodel and expansion that includes several new seating areas, an additional entrance, a renovated bar area, new kitchen equipment, several large screen televisions, shuffleboard, and more. With an additional......

Created by Cal Poly student Rafael Pintor and sold at the Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market, Atsá Foods superfood bars serve a unique twist: the key ingredient of Atsá bars is organic, wild-harvested piñon nut, grown commonly in indigenous communities. Rafael started the company with a......

The new Cider Bar located in The Creamery is now serving house made cider, beer and wine – as well as selections from across the globe. Co-owners Kevin McLaughlin and Roy Bruder formed the idea when the partners met at Spike’s Pub and saw an......

Downtown Perspectives

Communication & Content Manager Zoya Dixon sat down with former San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce CEO Ermina Karim for an interview reflecting on her time at the organization and all things related to Downtown. Here’s highlights of their chat, edited down for size and......

Over the span of my life I have grown acutely self aware with regard to how my actions in the space we call Earth relate to other sentient beings and our shared environment. Growing up as an outdoorsman and rancher, I have spent a large......

Brick and mortar retail shops have been taking a beating recently, as online retailers take change consumer spending habits. Too often these retailers glorify free shipping and faster delivery, but rarely talk about the removal of the human experience and benefit of shopping with trusted......