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Written by Estero Bay News

January 28, 2022

Free Professional Photos at Women’s Week Event

At Here Table, San Luis Obispo’s Annual Women’s Restaurant Week, kicks off their first event series in 2022 with free professional portraits and mixer events. Women in the food and beverage industry are invited to attend either the South County event held on January 31, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at The Creamery Marketplace in SLO or the North County event held on February 1, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Pelletiere Estate Vineyard and Winery at their restored AirBnb, The Farmhouse.

At both events, women in the food and beverage industry will have the opportunity to connect and get an extra boost of confidence in front of the camera! Attendees will have their photo taken by local professional photographers who are passionate about supporting female entrepreneurs in our community. Each attendee will walk away with 2-3 professional digital headshots. All at zero cost to the participants. 

“We believe it’s important for women to put their best foot forward and to give them the opportunity to obtain a portrait that allows them to stand out,” said Michelle Barrera, Founder of At Her Table. 

Those interested in attending the event can register by visiting athertable.com/events/ and request to reserve a timeslot while availability lasts.

“This event not only fulfills the practical need of providing a (free) professional headshot for women to use on their social media, website, or in press kits, but it also gives an opportunity for women to connect, collaborate and most importantly support each other,” adds Kristin Casillas, co-owner of Órale Taqueria and organizer of At Her Table.

The local creatives who have come together to make this happen at zero cost to the participants include Stacy Magaña of Active Coffee Co, Chloe Fertel of Joliene Bakery, The Creamery Marketplace, Janis Denner of Pelletiere Estate Vineyard and Winery, Sheila Kearns of Sheila Kearns Chocolate & Confections, Sarah Leader of Sarah Kathleen Photography and Persephone Unleashed Retreats, Samantha Josette of Samantha Josette Photography,Caili Wilk of Caili Wilk Photography, Hugo Martinez of Hugo Martinez Visuals, and Stephen Heraldo from Heraldo Creative Studio.

At Her Table brings together more than 100 San Luis Obispo County women-owned and co-owned businesses in the food and beverage industries for a seven-day celebration. AHT members and partners/supporters will be featuring special menu items, virtual classes, and discussions that encourage open conversation about the stories of local female industry leaders! It will take place from Sunday, March 6 to Sunday, March 13.

Businesses will receive 100% of the sales, and the community is encouraged to donate to an emergency fund for members to support their restaurants and staff during emergency situations such as medical emergencies. risk of business closure or natural disasters. 

New Street Parking Apps in Downtown SLO

Paying for parking on downtown San Luis Obispo streets could be a whole lot easier. Drivers who use street parking can now use any one of four mobile apps to pay for the space.  

Visitors to downtown can now use ParkMobile, Park Smarter, PayByPhone, as well as the previously available HONK mobile apps, to pay for on-street parking. In addition to these four mobile apps, community members can still pay for parking using the City’s pay stations located on every block downtown.  

“Drivers may already have one of these apps installed on their mobile devices, which is why we partnered with these specific app companies to offer a fast, easy and digital way to pay for parking,” said City Parking Programs Manager Gaven Hussey. “Anyone can still pay for street parking using our pay stations as well. To save money, try biking, walking or riding the bus to downtown. If you choose to drive, you can also save money by parking in one of our three public parking structures, where the first hour is free and the daily maximum parking fee is just $6.” 

Use your mobile device to download any of the four apps from the Apple AppStore or Google Play Store. Street parking is enforced Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., including holidays. Rates may vary depending on where you park and which app you use. 

For more information, visit www.slocity.org/parkingguide. 

Rock Harbor Wins 

Rock Harbor Marketing (RHM), a Morro Bay-based advertising and marketing agency, was awarded the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department’s anti-tobacco public awareness campaign at the close of last year.

In their continuing efforts to promote smoke-free air and a tobacco-free environment for all people in San Luis Obispo County, the County Public Health Department’s Tobacco Control Program (TCP) is tasked with educating, advocating, and developing policy to achieve a tobacco-free community that enhances the health of San Luis Obispo County.

“Helping to create a tobacco-free community is a mission near and dear to my heart,” said Travis Ford, president of Rock Harbor Marketing. “My Dad passed away a few years ago from severe complications after a lifetime of tobacco use. Sadly he never had the desire to quit. If I can help spare even a few of my friends and neighbors from going through a similar traumatic end-of-life experience, then everything we’re doing here will be worth it. It’s scary how the tobacco industry uses bright colors, fun flavors, and tech devices to hook our youth on nicotine. If we all work together, we can spread the word to make sure every parent is aware of how the tobacco industry profits for a lifetime of use by hooking kids on flavored nicotine.”

To learn more about the county tobacco control program, go to slocounty.ca.gov/Tobacco. For more information about Rock Harbor, go to rockharbormarketing.com.

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