downtown sloSince January 1, 2019, Downtown SLO has welcomed 22 new storefront businesses into their BIA (Business Improvement Area) this year. Ranging from retail to restaurants – from specialty fair-trade chocolates to a tattoo parlor – there’s something for every kind of customer to enjoy. Downtown has a healthy mix of local and nationally-owned shops, but a grand total of 17 of these 22 new businesses are locally-owned.

“Downtown San Luis Obispo is a destination for many reasons“ said Chef Nicola Allegretta of Mistura, 570 Higuera Street. “People who are traveling are looking for a retreat, something different than a big city feel. We have it all here; beaches, wineries, hiking and with the new hotels opening up Downtown we’re able to host so many more people to support new business. We opened Mistura here because more people are coming to Downtown from all over the world.”

“I’ve had my eye on Downtown for a while,” said Kaya Singh, Owner of SLO Brow Bar at 781 Higuera. “There’s no better spot for foot traffic.”

New businesses are opened monthly by a wide range of people who recognize Downtown San Luis Obispo as a great place to do business and connect with the community here. Hardworking doers and dreamers celebrate the unique walkability, tree-lined streets, world-famous Thursday Night Farmers’ Market, and the neighborhood feel.

All monthly New Downtown Business Reports (January 2019 – June 2019) can be found at with new reports coming each month.


Anastasia’s Jewelry

Asian Bistro SLO

Basalt Interiors


Downtown Baby SLO

Girl Scouts of the Central Coast Office

Ike’s Sandwiches

Joliene Bakery

Le Petit Paris

Maison Marianne



Pippa and Ky

Rogers Jewelry Co.

San Luis Taqueria

Seabreeze Cupcakes & Sweet Treats

Sequoia Sandwich Company

Sheila Kearns Chocolate & Confections

SLO Brow Bar

Summerland Co.

True West Tattoo

Withco Coffee.

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About Downtown SLO

Downtown SLO is a 501 (c)(6) nonprofit founded in 1975 whose mission is to foster an economically vibrant Downtown. Downtown SLO serves the community by working on initiatives like parking and beautification efforts, coordinating special events and the weekly Farmers’ Market, supporting economic activities and examining Downtown issues.