Spring: Nature’s Way of Saying “Let’s Party!”

Paso Robles was cold in January with fewer visitors than usual. Early February was the exact opposite with record breaking heat and crowds. There are always days when visitors and locals have time to stop, visit and share stories with me.

Many travelers come to San Luis Obispo County to visit family and friends. Downtown Paso Robles is high on their list of “must see” places. A girl and her mom were visiting their sister/daughter late in January from Minnesota. They were enjoying the nice weather, but excited to get home for the Super Bowl. I met a lovely couple from Maryland attending a family wedding. They could not get over the heat and the fact they were so over-dressed. I enjoyed people and their stories from Brazil, Germany, Canoga Park, San Diego, Portland, Washington, New Mexico, San Luis Obispo, Templeton, Santa Monica and yes, even Paso. I keep a daily journal of people and
places. These are only a few.

When the streets are quiet, the shops and restaurants are crowded. The Blenders, one of the first boutiques to open in downtown is owned by a mother and daughter team, Barbara Lewin and Lori Alpert. They work side by side to provide the best fashion, Merle Norman Cosmetics and a pleasant experience to their customers. Judy Bryan helps on Thursday and when needed. Stop by 538 12th St. for a complimentary makeover and a fun shopping experience.

One of Downtown’s newest shops is “Gatherings Emporium” located at 1335 Park St. where every purchase gives back to the community. Their motto is “Re-use, Re-purpose, Re-cycle and Pay It Forward.” There is something for everyone and a portion of your purchase benefits local nonprofits.

I meet so many visitors from all over world, locals from all over the county and a whole lot of friends I haven’t seen for years. Every day is a new adventure on the streets of one of the favorite downtowns in America!