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Heather Minnoch

Heather Minnoch Information Specialist

Number of Years in SLO:
21

Why did you come to SLO?
My husband and I actually went to high school in Santa Maria, so when my company told me I could relocate anywhere in California I jumped at the chance to move back to the Central Coast. San Luis Obispo was our first pick and my husband was able to telecommute with his company in the Bay Area. Everything worked out perfectly!

When did you join the Chamber?
Summer 2018

Favorite SLO Fun Fact:
Did you know SLO is home to a “Moon Tree”? This giant Redwood tree can be found in the Mission Plaza near the Broad Street bridge. When it was just a seed, it orbited the moon in the Apollo 14 Kitty Hawk command module in 1971. It was later germinated and planted right here in SLO, July 1976.

What is the #1 thing you recommend people to do on their first trip to SLO?
Begin with an early hike up Cerro San Luis, have coffee at Scout Coffee, shop downtown and lunch at Mint + Craft. Wind down the day with happy hour and snacks at Libertine (they brew sour beers), or have a cocktail at Sidecar and dinner at Buona Tavola.

Tip for experiencing SLO like a local:
Wander through the historic district of San Luis Obispo. Catch a movie at the Palm Theatre (they have the BEST popcorn in town!). Or, catch a concert at the historic Fremont Theater.

Dusty Colyer-Worth Visitor Center Manager

dusty@slochamber.org 805-786-2767

Years in SLO: 30

What brought you to SLO?
I was born and raised in North County SLO, a 5th-generation Californian. I moved away for school but returned to live and work in the city of SLO—home is where the heart is!

When did you join the Chamber team?
I joined the Chamber as an Ambassador in 2013 and moved into my role as a staff member in February 2016.

Favorite SLO fun fact:
We always hear about the “Seven Sisters” in regards to our fantastic mountain range, but there are actually NINE Sisters! Black and Islay Hill often get left out as the two shortest. There’s also a 10th Sister that we don’t even talk about since she lives well underwater.

What is the number one thing you recommend people do on their first trip to SLO?
Besides stopping in the Visitor Center to get oriented? It may seem silly, but take a leisurely day in Downtown. Tour the Mission, walk along the creek, pop into Novo from the Creekside entrance for a glass of wine and then exit through the front to wander the Higuera Street shops.

Tip for experiencing SLO like a local:
Don’t be in a hurry! We call it the SLO Life for a reason. Kick back, slow down, don’t try and do everything in a single day. Go for a wine-tasting weekend, not just a day—pack a picnic and spend a spell at one location rather than trying to hit four wineries in a day.

Jessica McLin Information Specialist

Years in SLO:
26

What brought you to SLO?
I was born and raised here. My parents met at Cal Poly and started our family in San Luis Obispo. 

When did you join the Chamber team?
2015 

Favorite SLO fun fact:
One-third of our population is college students. 

What is the number one thing you recommend people do on their first trip to SLO?
Arrive on, or stay until Thursday night and experience the Downtown Farmers’ Market. 

Tip for experiencing SLO like a local:
Get outside! Take a hike, walk on the beach, pack a picnic—between the weather and the scenery, we always have a reason to be outdoors.

Haley Black Information Specialist

Years in SLO:
23  

What brought you to SLO?
I was born and raised here, actually! My family moved out here almost 50 years ago on both sides, one side from Nebraska and the other from Utah. I can definitely say I am grateful they did. 

When did you join the Chamber team?
July 2017

Favorite SLO fun fact:
Amelia Earhart stopped at Cal Poly in 1936 to have her Boeing 100 aircraft repaired by their students.  

What is the number one thing you recommend people do on their first trip to SLO?
I like the Mission Plaza, especially during spring. Not only do you have the historical Mission and the history center there, but you can walk by the creek and find a restaurant with an amazing view. 

Tip for experiencing SLO like a local:
Have a drink at Black Sheep’s back patio.

Sue Miers

Sue Miers Information Specialist

Years in SLO:
2.5

Why did you come to SLO?
To retire at the beach.

When did you join the Chamber team?
January 2016

Favorite SLO Fun fact:
The people who live and work here REALLY ARE happy, nice and friendly.

What is the number one thing you recommend people do on their first trip to SLO?
Stroll downtown and have great Italian food, tri tip and Doc Bernstein’s ice cream.

Tip for experiencing SLO like a local:
Hike in the Irish Hills

Patty Rupprecht Information Specialist

Years in SLO: 32

What brought you to SLO?
I went to Cal Poly and met my husband in the dorms. We lived in the LA and SF areas after graduation, and we thought someday we would like to retire to SLO. We decided why wait for someday? We moved back in 1990, and we continue to live and work here very happily. 

When did you join the Chamber team?
Summer 2014

Favorite SLO fun fact:
The doorway to the Mission was built big enough to accommodate people bringing in their horses.

What is the number one thing you recommend people do on their first trip to SLO?
Taste the tri tip!

Tip for experiencing SLO like a local:
Go to Luna Red for happy hour drinks and tapas, head up the street to the Palm Theatre to see a movie and then come back down to Giuseppe’s for dessert.