CONCERTS IN THE PLAZA

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The weather is warming up with summer just around the corner and San Luis Obispo’s Concerts in the Plaza will be returning soon. The San Luis Obispo Downtown Association and Sunset Honda have just announced this year’s line up, marking the 22nd year of weekly free concerts during the summer held in the beautiful Mission…

Farmers Markets: Offering Local Fare and Fun!

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  Growing up on the Central Coast one of my favorite things to do was to go to the local farmers markets. Where else can you sample cuisine from multiple local restaurants, listen to a variety of local musicians, and get your grocery shopping done all in one place? Make it a family or friend’s…

Giuseppe’s Cucina

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  Giuseppe’s Cucina in Pismo Beach began as a Cal Poly Senior Project hatched by Giuseppe (Joe) DiFronzo. He took what was a simple assignment and turned it into a bustling restaurant with customers gladly lining up to wait an hour or more for dinner and everyone hosting their corporate and family events in his…

THIS JUST IN! San Luis Obispo County Ranked in the Top 10 for Well-Being!

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As mentioned in this morning’s Today Show broadcast, Gallup-Healthways released their annual report ” The State of American Well-Being 2016 Community Rankings” and guess who ranked as the 7th “Happiest, Healthiest Community” in America? Our little County right here on the Central Coast. The report measures how residents of 189 U.S. cities feel about their…

MONARCH BUTTERFLY GROVE, PISMO BEACH

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  There are so many wonderful things to enjoy around Pismo Beach — and so many are free to the public. Not the least of which is the Monarch Butterfly Grove on the border of Grover and Pismo Beach — have you ever been?  The Grove is really easy to get to — right off…

PHIPPS STUCCO REPAIR

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As the song goes, Rain is a good thing – and boy do we know it here on the Central Coast. We spent most of the last five years wondering why the rain seemed to just skip or pass us by – but thankfully this season we have been blessed with a relative deluge, refilling…

THOMAS HILLS ORGANICS

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It just so happens that right behind our Paso Robles office sits a gem of a restaurant – opened in 2009 by an inspired local organic farm owner, Thomas Hill Organics has become a staple of the North San Luis Obispo County restaurant scene. A restaurant with a passion for farm-to-table that was established long…

D.A.D.S TILE AND GROUT RESTORATION

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  Several years ago I replaced the carpet in our home with travertine floors to both give our home a facelift and cut down on the normal carpet maintenance. It has been a dream – and only requires a cleaning and sealing once a year (sometimes I can even stretch it longer). My success with…

NARDONNE’S LA FAMIGLIA PIZZERIA

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Having lived in Los Osos since 2000, I’ve seen many changes. One of my favorite additions is Nardonne’s La Famiglia Pizzeria.  Located nearly a block from the back bay, Nardonne’s offers amazing food and great beer. Nardonne’s offers seating indoors and on their patio. They also have a bonus kiddo-distraction — an arcade room for…

CHERRY LANE NURSERY

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Just outside the Village of Arroyo Grande lies a quaint little nursery that I love to visit all year round called Cherry Lane. It feels like home — and that is in large part because it is a family-owned and operated business where you can relax and enjoy your shopping experience. All the plants, trees,…

Cambria Christmas Market

Three years ago our family discovered the magic that is the Cambria Christmas Market and it immediately became a family tradition. Designed with traditional German Christmas Market’s in mind, this is truly a fantastic event. There are local musicians, from classical trios to acoustic guitar to trendier tunes – something for everyone. Vendors sell hand-crafted…

Smith Alarms & Electronics

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“Keeping it Local®” is the mantra of Smith’s Alarms & Electronics. They provide the Central Coast with high tech security systems, surveillance systems, fire alarms and even home theater systems. They can help you leverage modern technology to keep your home, business and family safe. From entry level products like “Ring”  — a video doorbell…

Arroyo Grande Meat Company

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The quaint Village of Arroyo Grande is well-known for the many little businesses that dot Branch Street and its off-shoots. There is one business in particular that my family holds near and dear to our hearts — the Arroyo Grande Meat Company owned by Henry & Julie Gonzalez.  We frequent this business many times throughout…

Choose Your Trot!

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Stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, spinach-au-gratin, green beans with fried onions, home-made rolls AND the crown jewel – the TURKEY … ah that great holiday we hold dear is just around the corner. But before you tuck into that calorie-laden, once a year meal you can do something for the community and offset a few…

Flour House in San Luis Obispo

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Stroll the streets of San Luis Obispo and you’ll have so many options it is almost hard to choose! Enjoy historic architecture, shop in the wide variety of boutiques, visit the art galleries or the Mission and just in downtown you can easily fill a day of activities!  And when you’ve built up an appetite…

Pismo Beach Pumpkins on the Pier!

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Halloween is going to be tricky this year – literally. For parents of young children who still enjoy dressing up and trick-or-treating, the fact that this year’s spook-fest falls on a Monday is no laughing matter! While many of you will still trot your ghouls and goblins around on the actual holiday, it will be…

J and J Home Design & Staging

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Although we love how HGTV has educated home sellers on how to de-clutter, amplify their curb appeal and prepare their home for optimal market position – sometimes that isn’t always as easy as it looks. The fairytale portion of those shows is when the home is “finished” and all of a sudden this flurry of…

Cambria Scarecrow Festival

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Where Whimsey Runs Rampant If you are looking for something fun, free and fantastic to do this month I highly recommend taking a drive to Cambria for their annual Scarecrow Festival. The whole town — including San Simeon and Harmony — take part in the festivities for the entire month of October.  Stroll through the…

79th Annual Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival – Bridging Our Past to The Future

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Mark your calendars and make sure you come to this year’s Harvest Festival in the historic Village of Arroyo Grande. This year marks the 79th annual Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival with the theme of “Bridging Our Past to The Future”. This year’s Fall Fest will be held September 23rd and September 24th. It is the…

FrutiLand El Casa del Sabor – The best flavors from Mexico City.

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Having lived here my entire life, I can tell you that driving down Grand Avenue with one of my long-time friends can be a walk down memory lane. And sometimes old memories die hard. That place was such-in-such and that was an empty lot, etc. etc. We tend to refer to businesses by names they…

Country Copy

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Looking for a great printer service person from Nipomo to Paso Robles? I just used Country Copy – Office Machine Service & Sales. Gideon Gal came to my office just one day after I called him, he was on time for the appointment and repaired my HP Laser printer on the spot, quickly and efficiently…

St. Patrick School Raffle – 5 Chances to Win $500

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1 Free Raffle Ticket for Every 9 Purchased! Support Jack Boyer & St. Patrick School with Raffle Ticket(s) – Please use the pull-down to choose how many tickets you’d like. 10 Tickets (1 free) $45.00 USD20 Tickets (2 free) $90.00 USD30 Tickets (3 free) $135.00 USD40 Tickets (4 free) $180.00 USD50 Tickets (5 free) $225.00…

Zorro’s Café & Cantina

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This restaurant has been featured before – but has changed so much in five years it deserves a second look. This is our favorite family weekend spot. The place where we kick off the weekend with a yum-o fresh meal to get us ready for a paddle, a bike ride or a day at the…

Need your garage door serviced? Call the best – Grover Beach Door!

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So a few weeks ago I’m backing out of my driveway trying to leave for work. I click the button on my garage door opener and watched the garage door begin to close, only to reverse and go back up again. I stopped the car and hit the button on the remote once more…. and…

Stone Soup Music Festival & Street Faire

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Grover Beach is a happening little beach town all year long but come August of every year, it is a rockin’ town with their fantastic Stone Soup Music Festival & Street Faire.  The dates this year are Saturday, August 27th from 10am-9:30pm and Sunday, August 28th from 11am-5pm.  Some streets are blocked off near Ramona…

Threading – Top Eyebrow

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thread·ing THrediNG/ noun 1.a process in which unwanted facial hair is removed by using twisted cotton thread to pull the hair from the follicle. If you’ve tried waxing and it was not your style, or tweezing and “ouch” that wasn’t for you – there is a fabulous alternative for unwanted hair removal right here in…

Happy to welcome “Hapy” to Pismo Beach

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For the past several months I had heard whispers here and there about a new restaurant coming to Pismo Beach. It was to fill the void next to Orchard Supply, left there when a spa retailer moved on to another location. Now I’ll admit that a strip mall restaurant isn’t usually something to get super…

Concerts at the Cove-Avila Beach Resort

Our beautiful county is so full of places to go, landscapes to enjoy and venues for events.  One of our favorites takes place for a concert venue is at Avila Beach Golf Resort-Concerts at the Cove.  Otter Productions, Inc. is pulling in some great entertainment you do not want to miss. This outdoor venue features…

Arroyo Grande Community Hospital – Hello Human Kindness

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Arroyo Grande Community Hospital (AGCH) is a pillar of our community, a professionally operated facility with world-class service. in a survey of patients, 9 out of 10 would recommend AGCH to friend or family member. AGCH supports our community by providing state of the art technology, great physicians and professional staff. AGCH is supported by the Arroyo Grande Community…

Some Spice in the Village! Villa Cantina.

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In our family there is and has always been a quest to find what qualifies as “good Mexican food” for my mother. She can eat Mexican food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. She will try hole-in-the-wall Tacquerias and taco bars in the rear of grocery stores. She has even been known to purchase and eat…