Another downtown tradition is the FREE Pancake Breakfast on Thursday, July 26 from 7:30 to 10:30 in the City Park. The breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage, OJ and coffee is FREE, but there is a catch! You must have a ticket! Tickets will be available at downtown businesses from July 5 to July 25. Look for the sign in the windows. This 26th annual event for our community is presented by major sponsors, our Main Street Association and the Mid-State Fair along with the El Paso de Robles Grange #555, Paso Robles Waste Disposal and the Gomer family, Ranchita Canyon 4-H, Paso Robles 4-H, Chaparral 4-H, Suburban Propane, Cahoots Catering, Steve Cichorsky (sound)…. and Chester Rougeot.
Attractions for family fun include Harris Stage Lines hayrides, the Rawhide Express Train, and Pacific Animal Productions.
Bookmark pasorobledowntown.org for the happening all year long!

Downtown Daydreaming!

By Karyl Lammers

Everything is changing with time. “They say I am old fashioned, and live in the past, but sometimes progress progresses too fast.” Downtown Paso Robles is the place to be these days. If you are one of those people who haven’t taken the time to stroll around town, you are missing out. Slow down and join the people here for the first time. They are delighted with their new discovery. We have frequent visitors who enjoy shopping, eating and just being here. In surveying the downtown businesses, I have learned that business is divided between loyal residents and visitors from all over. Visitors make up the majority of week-end business, while locals are in and out all week long. That means there are a lot of locals helping keep our downtown alive.
Remember when we had to come downtown? We still have the nicest shops around. All the wonderful people I meet downtown cannot be wrong. The shops are owned and staffed by your friends and neighbors, so it feels like home. If you haven’t been downtown lately you are unaware of everything available to you. We even have a hometown pharmacy. Remember when you got personalized service, where you are known by your name? It’s back and called Brooklin Oaks Pharmacy at 597 12th Street; owned by Brooks Balaris. She’s at the pharmacy every weekday, ready to help you with your prescription and pharmaceutical needs. It’s easy to have prescriptions transferred, stop in and ask Brooks. You can even park out back and use the back door. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own and you know what you know. And you are the one who’ll decide where to go.” I recommend downtown Paso Robles for the best of everything. You owe it to yourself!