Downtown SLO News

Downtown SLO is pleased to announce that Bettina Swigger, who has successfully helmed Festival Mozaic for eight years, has been hired as the new Chief Executive Officer. Swigger will begin leading the organization starting October 16, 2018 and will work closely with Chief Operating Officer......

Only two more shows left this season! September 7 – The Mother Corn Shuckers September 14 – Our season ends with Moonshiner Collective Chamisal Vineyards | Firestone Walker Brewing Co. | Jean Marie Cidery available for purchase. Don’t forget to valet your bike for free at......

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, August 15 at 9 AM! Downtown SLO’s 2nd annual Sip ‘n Saunter! Sip ‘n Saunter will take place on Friday, September 28 from 5-8 PM at multiple Downtown venues. Click here to learn more and buy tickets....

Deadline extended! We are looking for artists to design our 2018 annual Holiday Parade poster. The theme this year is “Vintage Holiday”. The submissions deadline has been extended until September 14 at 4 PM. Please read the complete submission requirements and RFP right here....

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......

We are hiring! We are currently looking to fill an Events Manager position as well as a Front Desk & Retail Manager position. Both positions are full time with benefits and begin immediately. Please find detailed job information as well as how to apply on......

Rachel Maiorino is stepping up as Chief Operating Officer while we search for a new CEO. Chief Executive Officer Dominic Tartaglia has stepped down from his role at Downtown SLO to pursue a career in law enforcement. As the Board of Directors of Downtown SLO......

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......

To hear Sara Peterson talk about opening up Scout Coffee Company is a lesson in humility: it seems impossible that the location was secured by parking fortuitously in front of an empty storefront on Garden Street, and that Scout Coffee Company was opened with a......

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......

Fresh Picked Concert Series is back at the Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market! Kick off the season with the hot, fun, original Afro-Caribbean dance music of Zongo All-Stars on May 3. Our full lineup: May 3 | Zongo All-Stars June 7 | Drive-In Romeos July 5......

See who won! We hosted our 29th Annual Beautification Awards on Wednesday, April 11th at the SLO HotHouse. Over two-dozen businesses were chosen by Downtown SLO’s Cultural Arts Committee to be awarded for their improvements towards keeping Downtown beautiful. The various categories included: New Construction,......

Downtown Business Spotlights

Toney Breault of F. McLintocks opens with a funny memory with his father. “Years ago, my dad said, ‘Son, we need to make more money on the BBQ. Figure out how to BBQ an artichoke.” Toney pauses, then smiles. “I hate artichokes.” Despite his disdain......

Haley Pavone knew she had a seminal idea on her hands when she was badly injured by a friend’s stiletto during an event, and wondered why heels couldn’t be converted to flats in a pinch. “I looked at one of my high heels, and put......

Uncover truths about your body and your mind with Dr. Gene Kranz at The Body Mind Solution. Originally from Southern California, Dr. Kranz found a home in the Central Coast after going to school at UCSB and living in Oregon. He completed his credentials at......

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......