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This holiday season, the Paso Robles Daily News would like to encourage community members to shop locally and support local businesses – the preferred outlet during this gift purchasing season. Did you know that nearly two-thirds of the money spent at locally owned businesses across the nation is reinvested in individual communities? When shopping with local merchants – whether looking for that perfect gift or finding a perfect hotel for holiday visitors – more of your money stays close to home and will help support the parks, recreation facilities, libraries and other aspects of the area that make this community a great place to live.

“Shopping locally helps all the small businesses that bring something unique to our community,” said Norma Moye, president of the Paso Robles Downtown Business Association. “The businesses do so much for our community throughout the year and help with so many events; by shopping locally we can pay things forward to those businesses.”

With the holiday shopping season in full swing, the following are offering their usual blend of hospitality and warmth along with extended hours and one-of-a-kind items to make this gift-giving season a jolly one.

Paso Robles Main Street Association – Shop Local Campaign

There is perhaps no other organization in town that supports keeping shopping dollars local better than the Paso Robles Main Street Association — and this is never more evident than during the holiday season. As an alliance of merchants, business owners, stakeholders and community members, Main Street is committed to preserving and bolstering a thriving downtown while serving the Paso Robles community.PR-Main-St-ODP-PRDN-Lighting

Just in time for the holidays, the Annual Holiday Craft Bazaar on Nov. 27 will feature a variety of booths stationed throughout Downtown City Park with arts, crafts and handmade goods from local purveyors; admission is free. “The Holiday Craft Bazaar has become a tradition in our community,” says Main Street Executive Director Norma Moye, “and it is a wonderful way to support local crafters. While you’re there, visit some of the creative shops downtown and stay for lunch. In addition, there are several local businesses throughout Paso Robles that have great deals this holiday season.”

Be sure to stick around for the Downtown Lighting Ceremony on the evening of Nov. 27 when we welcome Mrs. Claus to turn the switch to turn on the lights to the park trees at 6 p.m. — all are invited to share in the holiday joy with live music, candlelight caroling, free cookies, and hot chocolate. “It’s our special gift to the community and a way for everyone to celebrate the joys of the season together,” says Moye.

Additional upcoming events include the 54th Annual Christmas Light Parade. Its theme is “A Christmas Wish” and it will be Saturday Dec. 5 at 7p.m. The 29th Annual Vine St Victorian Showcase is Saturday, Dec. 12 from 6-9 p.m. Stroll down historic Vine St, enjoy the lights, entertainment, Scrooge, refreshments and show. Thw 25th Annual Victorian Teddy Bear Tea is, Saturday, Dec. 19 from 2-4 p.m, Kids dress up a bear and enjoy tea with elves, Santa and the Snow Queen. It will be held at the Paso Robles Park Ballroom. Get tickets early for this event.

For more information, including additional holiday events and local vendors, call (805) 238-4103 or visit

Decorate for the holidays at Casa Rustica

home-show-cornerPaso Robles has a new “must visit” attraction, located in the heart of downtown. Casa Rustica features handcrafted furniture, artwork and accessories with a California Revival/Ranch flair.

A tour through the Casa Rustica furniture gallery yields unique hand produced pieces from all over the world including beautiful lines crafted in California. Cowhides, nailheads, wrought iron and rustic details complement the custom upholstery sofas, sectionals, chairs and ottomans.

The Paso Robles wine region features a mix of home styles as blissful as a North County sunset. Designing for this unique area includes the California Ranch vibe and many styles like Coastal Influence, Old World Allure, Vineyard Farmhouse, Romance and Opulence, and Urban Wood and Metal.

Furniture from Casa Rustica can be individually created including sofas, loveseats, sectionals, with or without built in sleepers and, matching chairs and ottomans. There are leather accent hides to choose from as well as tailored or plush fabrics. There are pine and hardwood table, console and bookcase customization options too and the Casa Rustica Design Studio features in house designers to help with all aspects of the design process.

Casa Rustica is dedicated to keeping the selection fresh and exhilarating. New pieces arrive often. The price point is exciting too, and Casa Rustica works with trucking companies that can deliver one or several pieces, to accommodate out of town shoppers that wish to take their Paso Robles experience home with them.

“We welcome dreamers, artists and lovers of super cool stuff, to get inspired to create the home they always wanted” says Michelle, an in-house designer. “It’s major to help someone take their ideas from a thought form into a tangible outcome… something gorgeous that results in a happier, healthier home for them!”

Casa Rustica’s owners, long time Paso Robles residents Peter and Amparo Carbajal, ask the question “Home is so important… why compromise when we can customize?” Visit them at 1336 Park Street or call (805) 296-3430.

Assets barre fitness holiday special – $55 for first monthAssets-Barre-PRDN-1115_2

It’s healthy, it’s different, it’s one of the latest exercise trends sweeping the country and it’s offered on the Central Coast! Assets barre fitness boutique is one of the only studios worldwide to offer traditional barre fitness sculpting classes along with an exciting new cardio version.

The fundamentals of the barre fitness technique focus on ballet warm up exercises, yoga and some Pilates inspired movements. The fusion of all three practices create a workout that engages all your muscles while targeting the arms, thighs, seat and core through a high intensity, no impact workout. You’ll see changes in your posture within the first three classes and in your silhouette within 10 classes.

Long established as a locals’ favorite work out studio in San Luis Obispo, Assets Barre Fitness is now officially in Paso Robles with a studio located at 736 Pine Street at the Historic Train Depot. Offering intense ballet barre-based workouts designed to tone, lengthen, and sculpt the body, the Assets instructors are offering a holiday special of $55 for the first month of classes. Visit them this Saturday for Small Business Saturday and see their great specials! The store is an exclusive Lululemon retailer. Call for more information at (805) 550-5549.

Enjoy holiday savings from Cambria Inns CollectionCambria-Inns-ad_stayplay

Cambria Inns Collection offers a selection of extraordinary boutique hotels situated off the iconic California Highway 1 and just steps from pristine Moonstone Beach, offer breathtaking ocean views, comfortable accommodations and convenient access to a bounty of area activities including the acclaimed Paso Robles wine region and Hearst Castle. Cambria Inns Collection include the luxurious Blue Dolphin Inn and private Moonstone Cottages, the family-friendly Castle Inn and the warm and welcoming Sand Pebbles Inn.

Looking for a place for your out-of-town guests over the holidays? Or maybe you want to treat yourself and that special someone to a romantic getaway? From Nov. 1, 2015 through Feb. 29, 2016, the Cambria Inns Collection is offering a Local’s “Stay Here, Play Here” promotion that enables guests to receive 25-percent discount on standard room rates, plus a free appetizer with purchase at the Black Cat Bistro. To book the Cambria Inns Collection “Locals Stay Here, Play Here” package, click here, and enter the promo code “MOONSTONE.” Additional senior discount of 5-percent will be applied at check-in with valid ID. Some restrictions apply and subject to availability. Limited Availability. Book Now for the best selection!

Happy Holidays from First Choice Physician Partners

1st-Choice-Physicians-PRDN-xmas15When it comes to medical care, you always want the best for your family. Choose a First Choice Physician Partners physician for your healthcare needs. With nine convenient locations in the area, their physicians provide quality care for the entire family. With locations in Heritage Ranch, Templeton, San Luis Obispo, Pismo Beach and Nipomo, locals can see one of their 21 healthcare providers right where they work or live.

First Choice Physician Partners is committed to enhancing and fostering the health care needs of the communities in which they operate through quality medical care, community education, research and innovative technology.

Launched in 2012, FCPP is a non-profit medical Foundation affiliated with Tenet California, and is now serving five regional communities in California and growing.

Spice up the holidays with Bella Raye

Bella Raye is a Lingerie Boutique located in downtown Paso Robles. It offers a variety of sexy, comfortable, stylish, and properly fitting bras, panties, lingerie, sleep sets, and bridal items.

The shop offers lingerie in sizes ranging from petite to 3x and bras from 30 to 44 band and A to J cup in stock, and brands such as Eberjey, Aubade, Hanky Panky, Else, Felina and Honeydew. The boutique also carries candles, local artisan jewelry, local bath and body care, romance items, hosiery, and pajamas.bella raye paso robles

Bella Raye carries a full line of bridal undergarments, such as bustiers and garter belts. It also has a bridal registry and can accommodate parties such as girls’ nights out, bra fittings and bachelorette parties. For the holidays, they have a selection of festive robes and pj’s. They are making shopping easy this year as well by offering wish lists in the store for women to fill out and leave for their special someone. They will also be hosting a, “Men’s Shopping Night,” on Dec. 17 from 4-9 p.m. with gift wrapping available.

Bella Raye is venturing into new territory by offering hotel delivery of specialty boxes. There are three themes of boxes: “Total Relaxation,” “Romance,” and “The Black Box. The total relaxation box includes a bathrobe, bubble bath, massage oil and more. The romance box includes massage oil, rose petals, lingerie and other couple-related items. “The black box is a little more naughty,” said Owner Coreen Manske. “Customers can make requests and some of the items can vary per box.”

The store is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 565 12th St., a half-block west of Spring Street. For more information, call the store at (805) 221-5623.


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