I always love stopping by edgeware to see what sort of things they have on display. From hard to find knives to a full suit of armor, they always have very unique items to enjoy. I've used edgeware several times for gifts and have always been impressed with their services. Engraving is done very professionally with a fast turnaround time. And their prices are very reasonable, even compared to online stores!
Takkens has pretty much everything you need when it comes to shoes. The store is stocked with virtually every type of work boot and related apparel. The repair shop is amazing and can repair most any kind of shoe at a very reasonable price. All of the staff are extremely nice as well!
Rip Curl caters to the out of towners looking for a flashy store with big names. They have an amazing selection of both their products and other big names, however the prices are much higher than what you'd pay in a smaller, less over the top store. They do have everything you could ask for in a surf shop which is nice if you are looking for a hard to find item, just don't expect any huge deals here. See my review of Trestle's Surf Outlet if you want to find the best deals on surfing goods in San Clemente!
Boo Boo records is the largest music store in SLO and one of the largest in the area for sure. They carry something from every genre (really, try to find something they don't have!) and for every taste, both new and used. The staff is very very knowledgeable about all types of music and can help you find the perfect album based on your current favorites. They also sell tickets to most concerts in the SLO area which makes for serious one stop shopping.
This is the only costume chop in SLO (if you don't count the goodwill) and wow do they have everything! Honestly, dream up a costume and they'll have what you need (to buy or rent) and usually several styles to choose from. The employees are all very helpful and know where everything is in the store. Just make sure you get your halloween stuff early as it's not uncommon for them to have a 30-45min wait outside the store in the weeks right before the holiday!
My girlfriend loves this store. They have many highend brands and a good selection of each. That being said, the prices are what you'd expect to pay for the labels. The clothes are all very nice, you just can't expect to get any bargains on these brands. However, they do occasionally have sales that can have up to 70% off certain brands, so make sure you ask about them!
Whenever I take my girlfriend shopping she loves to look in here to see what sort of fun stuff she can find. They're always getting in new products and have a large selection of well priced items for everyone. The staff are always helpful and can help choose something if you need to get a gift. Great place for the girls!
Cuesta park is an idle location to have a party of any size. It has a large, well maintained field for playing any sort of sport on. It has a very nice volleyball court with good, fine sand. The playground has recently been redone and has a lot of fun things for kids to do. They also have two horseshoe pits (bring your own shoes). There are 3 areas to reserve and for large groups, they will allow you to reserve the two larger ones together to make sure you have enough space. All areas have BBQs to use and several tables. Since it's a county park, alcohol is allowed (including kegs with a permit). And it's away from any houses so noise isn't a problem!
I love going to this Barnes and Noble thanks to it's amazing location right in the middle of downtown. It's funny because it has a starbucks upstairs and there is a starbucks directly across the walkway from it but they're both equally good and the B&N one is generally less crowded. Great place to grab some coffee and browse some magazines. Make sure to check out the discounted books as you can find some good reading for very cheap!
Just like any college bookstore, the prices for textbooks are high. I rarely buy any of mine here when I can avoid it. However, for Cal Poly merchandise, this is your best bet. They have tons of sales on slow moving items which tend to be anywhere from 20%-75% off! They also have a great selection of Apple computers and accessories with a nice student discount. Not a bad place to get supplies at either.