Downtown SLO News

If you’ve ever visited Santa’s House, attended Concerts in the Plaza, or just meandered through beautiful Mission Plaza, you were the beneficiary of Kenneth Schwartz’ legacy. His impact on San Luis Obispo was significant. Read more about his life and accomplishments HERE. This is but......

Cheers to another year Downtown SLO! This has been an exciting and dynamic year for Downtown SLO, the organization. We moved into a new, accessible storefront office space, welcoming a new CEO and several new staff positions, expanded programs, tested new initiatives, and worked tirelessly......

Downtown Perspective – September 2019 By: Bettina Swigger, Downtown SLO CEO Last month Cal Poly students arrived back on campus and back to Downtown. I had the pleasure of going incognito during WOW, the annual Week of Welcome in which students lead their peers around......

The Carrisa OPENED IN SEPTEMBER! 736 HIGUERA STREET www.thecarrisa.com SLO Brew has brought a fresh concept to their Downtown location on Higuera Street. Originally home to The Carrisa Cattle Company in 1905, the building housing the renewed restaurant has lodged many other businesses. The Carrisa......

You’re Invited! Join us at the brand-new Hotel SLO for Downtown SLO’s Annual Report in this informative and entertaining program. The board of directors and staff of Downtown SLO will share accomplishments from the past year and look ahead to 2020. The program will feature guest speakers from the City......

Friday nights in Downtown San Luis Obispo mean one thing – cool music, good libations, and great company in a casual atmosphere. Our 24th annual season of Concerts in the Plaza wrapped up on September, and we say goodbye to summer after 14 amazing weeks of......

The Holidays are coming! We know it’s only August but we’re already getting ready for our 44th Annual Holiday Parade and Downtown Holiday Happenings; including Santa’s House, Business Window Decorating Contest and more! The poster for these events is the most visible public element of......

Coming to Concerts in the Plaza this week… Join Downtown SLO and Sunset Honda for the 24th season of Concerts in the Plaza as welcome Truth About Seafood to the stage!  Thank you to Band Sponsor Bill Gaines Audio for bringing this band to Concerts this year.......

Coming to Concerts in the Plaza this week… Join Downtown SLO and Sunset Honda for the 24th season of Concerts in the Plaza as welcome The Mother Corn Shuckers to the stage!  Thank you to Band Sponsor McCarthy’s Irish Pub for bringing this band to Concerts this......

CAPTAIN BILL’S SUBS OPENED AUGUST 12, 2019! 1074 HIGUERA STREET www.captainbillsslo.com Captain Bill’s Subs began in Phoenix, Arizona when Bill Whalley was working at The Submarine Factory. After a transformative encounter with a shoplifter and an elderly woman, Bill became “Captain” Bill and changed the......

Coming to Concerts in the Plaza this week… Join Downtown SLO and Sunset Honda for the 24th season of Concerts in the Plaza as we welcome Resination to the stage!  Thank you to Band Sponsor Frog and Peach Pub for bringing this band to Concerts this year. Woodstock’s Pizza SLO | Libertine Brewing......

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......