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Category: Arts + Culture

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Arts + Culture

Celebrating Multicultural Holiday Traditions on the Central Coast

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and downtown SLO is full of life and holiday cheer! Across downtown, you’ll find beautifully designed banners celebrating the diversity of cultures and traditions found here on the Central Coast. Here’s a sneak peek of each of the festive banners, along with some insight about the rich ...
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Arts + Culture

Exploring Art in SLO’s Public Spaces

If you’ve noticed something a little more vibrant about SLO lately, it’s not your imagination. There is literally art everywhere you turn. On street corners. On walls. At parking garages. Even when you look down at your feet, there’s art.  We believe art should be accessible to everyone, and not just exist for only one ...
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Arts + Culture, Support Local

Meet Your Neighborhood Fair Trade Market | Q&A with LynAnne Wiest of HumanKind Fair Trade

HumanKind Fair Trade is not like most retail stores you’ve been into. As a nonprofit and fair trade marketplace, the shop’s goal is to provide income to artisans and farmers in the developing world. This small brick and mortar in downtown San Luis Obispo is making a big difference — and we sat down with ...
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Arts + Culture, Support Local

Meet Your Neighborhood Arts Supplier | Q&A with Shauna Jellison of Art Central

Art Central is more than just an arts supply store, it’s also a gallery, a classroom and a place for artists of all walks of life to come together. Longtime employee and a talented artist herself, Shauna Jellison, has worked alongside owner Etty Pacifico since 2013. We sat down with Shauna to hear how the ...
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Arts + Culture, Support Local

Meet Your Neighborhood Mother-Daughter Duo | Q&A with Natalie & Laura of Apropos

Laura Bjorkland and Natalie Risner took their love for mother-daughter shopping dates to the next level when they opened Apropos together in 2002. Natalie grew up in Laura’s first store, Up Your Alley, which sparked her love for fashion and led her to study at FIDM in San Francisco. Once she moved home after college, ...
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Arts + Culture, Support Local

Meet Your Neighborhood Music Store | Q&A with Dan & Kathy of Grand Central Music

Grand Central Music has been around for decades bringing professional and amateur musicians together to play, teach and learn from each other. Dan Ernst has been part of Grand Central Music for nearly twenty-five years, going from an employee to owner with his wife, Kathy. We sat down with Dan and Kathy to talk about ...
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Arts + Culture, Eat + Drink, Family

Buy Local Bonus

Calling all shoppers! The City of SLO has launched a brand new Buy Local Bonus program that rewards you for shopping local. It’s really pretty simple — shop in-person or online at your favorite local businesses, save your receipts and turn them in to receive a $20 gift card to another local business! Now that’s ...
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Arts + Culture, Attractions + Entertainment, Support Local

Meet Your Neighborhood Fashionable Francophile | Q&A with Marianne Seaborne of Maison Marianne

Marianne Seaborne has loved the French lifestyle ever since she was a child when her family would spend their summers traveling Europe. Now, she runs Maison Marianne, a boutique in the heart of Downtown SLO that gives homage to European styles and designers, while also focusing on sustainable and ethically sourced fabrics. We chatted with ...
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Arts + Culture, Support Local

Meet Your Neighborhood Event Planner | Q&A with Amber Karson of Karson Butler Events

Amber Karson has had a knack for planning events ever since she was a kid, throwing Christmas parades with her twin sister, Emily Butler in their one-stoplight town in Northern California. As adults, Amber and Emily have planned and executed corporate and social events all over the globe — fulfilling Karson Butler Events’ core mission ...
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Arts + Culture, Family

Holiday Gift Guide for the Sustainability Junkie

Back to basics with these (mostly female) makers working their craft right here in SLO. SLOcally Made pop-up SLOcally Made is a woman-run collective of 25+ local makers and artists who have come together to bring form, identity, and purpose to the concept of shopping local this holiday season. The artists have reimagined traditional trades ...
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