Shop, Sip & Stroll

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Written by Theresa-Marie Wilson

Theresa-Maria Wilson has been a journalist covering the North Coast and South County area for over 20 years. She is also the founder of Cat Noir CC and is currently working on a novel.

June 16, 2021

The Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce will hold its second “Shop, Sip and Stroll” event on Wednesday, June 30 at 5:30 p.m. in Downtown Morro Bay as part of the “Morro Bay is back in 2021, and better than ever” campaign.
Chamber Membership Director, Lynsey Hansen, “has organized an event designed to bring residents of Estero Bay and SLO County together to reconnect with one another and with business owners who have worked so hard to keep their doors open throughout the pandemic,” reads a news release from the Chamber.
Hansen said, “Our community did such a great job supporting local businesses over the last 15 months. We want to make sure that ‘Shop Local’ support is here to stay.”
The event is an open house where participating businesses will have goodies available as people stroll through Morro Bay’s quaint, frozen-in-time, Downtown.
Participating businesses will have beer, wine and spirits and musicians will perform throughout the route. Some vacant storefronts will be open “to invite aspiring entrepreneurs to explore the business opportunities Morro Bay has to offer.” The event is free and open to the public.
A list of Shop, Sip & Stroll participants is available on the Chamber’s Facebook page at or check the Chamber website, for the complete details
The Chamber is also working on some special events for July for the North Morro Bay and Quintana Road business districts, which looks a bit under siege with the City’s Water Reclamation Facility trenching work diverting traffic around on Quintana.
Another new program, the “Property Walk and Talks” series the Chamber launched during the pandemic via Facebook Live, will also “continue to highlight the many unique small businesses within the Morro Bay community.
“The series will place focus through the early summer on the Quintana area during construction of the new water pipeline; businesses are open and ready to deliver the same exceptional service they always have. Property Walks are hosted live by Chamber CEO, Erica Crawford, and can be viewed, along with previous walks, on the Chamber Facebook page at

Scout Coffee Co. to Open on Poly Campus

San Luis based Scout Coffee Co. will bring its scratch-made pastries and craft-roasted coffee to the yakʔitʸutʸu neighborhood on Cal Poly’s campus for the opening of the 2021-22 academic year.
The locally owned coffee company recently agreed to partner with the Cal Poly Corporation and open its third San Luis Obispo location next to the Cal Poly Welcome Center in yakʔitʸutʸu.
“We are so excited to have this opportunity to be a part of the campus experience,” said Scout Coffee Co. Owner Sara Peterson. “We feel honored to represent the family run, local businesses of SLO and to bring that bit of hometown feel directly outside the door of so many students.
Scout will offer their signature HoneyCo Coffee Roasters coffee, a brew that Alton Brown of the Food Network called “scientifically perfect.” Owners Jon and Sara Peterson opened HoneyCo Coffee Roasters in January 2015 and have since been featured in The New York Times, Sunset Magazine, The Guardian, The Venue Report, AAA Westways Magazine, Sweet Paul and more.
Alongside the award-winning coffee, Scout will offer an extensive menu of fresh baked goods including morning buns, muffins and scones as well as an almond blackberry jam croissant, ham and cheese croissant, giant cookies and multiple short bread options will be available. For those looking for something more substantial, Scout has many other options including avocado toast, fruit and yogurt parfait, chia pudding, Liege waffles, and a buttermilk biscuit with salted honey butter and jam.
In addition to its coffee, teas and delicious food, Scout Coffee Co. is known for its inspiring spaces that locals have come to love since they opened their first Garden Street location in 2014.
“The inviting spaces that Sara and Jon are able to create are exactly what our students have been asking for — that and the coffee of course,” said Corporation CEO Cody VanDorn. “We’re happy to bring them to campus and take another step towards enhancing the student experience.”
Cal Poly Corporation is funding the buildout of the space, with total capital expected to exceed $1 million. The investment is one of many, including the $28 million renovation of Building 19, in the Corporation’s 10-year commercial services plan.

Senior Transportationin LO is Back

The Los Osos Cars and Ride-on program have brought back the Transportation for Seniors service on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Folks can go one-way ($2) or round-trip ($4) to anywhere in Los Osos. Be sure to call 805-541-8747at least one day in advance to schedule your ride.

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