Karyl Lammers Greets Guest from Around the World

Essential Essence

Downtown Paso Robles has always been one of my favorite places. As the Downtown Ambassador since September, I’ve greeted more than 300 visitors and residents. After talking with people from all over California, USA, and the world, it’s universal “Everyone Loves Downtown Paso.”

I hear “We love this downtown. It’s clean, friendly, safe and filled with wonderful businesses. Please don’t change a thing. Don’t get too big and lose the small-town charm.”

Downtown businesses keep people returning. We have such a variety and I am discovering even locals are not aware of everything available. Every month I will highlight a couple of businesses. Bobbi Conner, owner of The Natural Alternative Nutrition Center opened her store in 1995; offering the highest quality supplements, personal care products, teas, essential oils and more! Stop in at 1213 Pine Street and let her friendly, experienced staff show you “what better feels like.”

We have a great specialty shop, Sealed with a Kiss, at 1306 Pine Street. For 12 years, owners Dana and Karen Williams have offered unique greeting cards and gifts. If you are looking for One-of-A-Kind greeting card, business cards, invitations, announcements or “personalized” stationery, Karen can create what you want with outstanding customer service!

Around the World

A German woman visiting her family was at the corner of 11th and Pine looking north. She says,” This is a wonderful place.  It makes me feel at home, not like a visitor.”

A family of four from Temecula visited for the first time; falling in love with downtown and considering moving their bakery to Paso. They noticed some empty stores and asked for start-up business information. I took them to Main Street Office for the information they needed.

A young couple stopped at the kiosk on the corner of Park and 12th Street. He is from Thousand Oaks, she San Francisco. They meet in Paso for weekends as often as they can; enjoying our restaurants, tasting rooms and the theatre.

I met a group of young people from New York, Florida, Ohio, Texas and California. All cousins here for Grandpa’s 80th birthday celebration.  Grandpa was here from Calistoga, but Paso is his favorite place.
These are only a few adventures. It is so much fun greeting people visiting downtown, hearing their stories and that they love having an Ambassador welcome them and provide assistance. They tell me they enjoy not dealing with an electronic device, but a friendly, smiling face. This is truly “The Best Job in Town.”