Paso Robles Trading Day
& Kids Flea Market
Saturday, August 25
Who doesn’t love a bargain? Especially when it’s an unexpected treasure found on Paso Robles Trading Day and the Kids Flea Market! On Saturday, August 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Downtown Paso City Park becomes North County’s biggest yard, bazaar, rummage and garage sale! Booths will feature antiques, vintage collectibles, glassware, furniture, garden art, crafts and lots of second hand stuff. This event is free to attend, but bring your wallet for all of the unique finds.
OK, parents! Here’s your chance! Tell your kids to clean their rooms and make summer vacation spending money! The booth fee for Kids Flea Market is only $5 for kids from the 3rd to 8th grade only. There must be adult supervision and merchandise must be kid’s items priced at $10 or less. For vendor booth registration, download application at pasoroblesdowntown.org.
Pajama Party Movie!
Sunday, September 9
Flash back to 1969 for the western comedy, Support Your Local Sheriff, starring James Garner. Your $10 ticket for the Sunday, September 9 showing at 7p.m. at Park Cinemas includes popcorn and soda. PJs are optional but encouraged (cozy and comfortable) for fun! Join in on the pajama contest to win fun prizes. Movie night is a popular fundraiser for Main Street which is sure to sell out! For tickets, call Main Street at 805-238-4103 or visit the office at 835 12th Street #D.
Taste of Downtown
Saturday, September 15
From 11 to 4, over 40 restaurants and wine tasting rooms will offer scrumptious samples and tastes for the 21st Annual Taste of Downtown. Visit our popular, established eateries as well as the new ones, yet to be discovered. Contact Main Street to purchase your $25 Taste Pass and map of restaurant and wine tasting rooms.
Chalk it Up in Style!
Arte de Tisa!
Saturday, September 15
The 16th annual Arte de Tisa is sponsored by the Paso Robles Art Association. The sidewalk chalk art show on Pine Street across from Studios on the Park begins Saturday, September 15 at 8:00 a.m. Chalk and art supplies are provided, but sidewalk space is limited, so artists … come early! By the time Taste of Downtown begins at 11 a.m., the sidewalk turned artist palette will be transformed with bright color, shapes and images that might inspire the artist in you! The goal of PRAA is to fund scholarships for local art students. Visit pasoroblesartassociation.org for membership and donor information. Explore the Arts by visiting their gallery at Studios on the Park.
By Karyl Lammers
Main Street Ambassador
Downtown Paso Robles is alive and well. Every day of the week, people are enjoying themselves. One young couple walking north on Park Street was having so much fun discussing the changes in Paso since they graduated from high school in 2010. They returned for a wedding but had just left the Carnegie Library and the Bearcat Alley exhibit. They were giddy and excited to tell me about the changes they see, but mostly how they are so glad Paso still has that small-town feel; no parking meters, great restaurants and friendly people everywhere. It was a great home coming!
I visited with a group of six from Monterey, Wyoming and Orange County for a few days of wine and fun. We met at the kiosk on the corner of 12th and Park Streets which by the way is the perfect stop for up-to-date pamphlets on local businesses and events. One couple frequents Paso often; sharing us with their friends. The ladies were shopping and the men headed for a good place to have a beer and watch soccer. Many comments were made about our town’s charm, good food and great wines while walking everywhere with no parking meters to check on.
Occasionally a tour bus arrives near the City Park for lunch and a shopping break. Recently I met several different groups from Texas, New Mexico, Ohio and North Carolina. The majority tells me how impressed they are with friendly people everywhere; you just don’t find that in too many places any more. These encounters always remind me of a message I once heard,
“Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we
stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.”
I enjoy highlighting a business each month as a reminder for our residents to shop downtown. While there are many shops on 12th Street, there are others west of Spring Street, too. This tip is for the ladies: the only women’s consignment boutique in Paso is “New with Tags” located at 585 12th Street in The Courtyard.
With many years of consignment experience, Wendy Berti offers pre-loved and sought-after brands of top-quality clothes, jewelry and accessories at more than half off the original retail price. Wendy’s customers come from all over the county for the selection and quality she carries.
Anyone who tells you money and shopping downtown doesn’t buy happiness hasn’t discovered our happy place …
Downtown Paso Robles.