Biz Buzz: New old look for Masonic lodge

Renovation restores venerable structure to its original, pre-World War I appearance

December 28, 2010 

The King David’s Lodge at 859 Marsh St. in San Luis Obispo has a new look.

The structure has undergone a major facelift that has restored the historic building to its original 1913 appearance.

The wood-framed building, known in recent years for its long-term commercial tenant, Law’s Hobby Shop, and now for occupants Founder’s Community Bank and Central Coast Surfboards, underwent a modernization in the mid-1970s.

In 2009, the awning above Law’s Hobby Shop was torn down in anticipation of the construction project.

The new pediment is a neoclassic arch reminiscent of the 1913 facade.

The $70,000 project was paid for with rental income collected by the lodge from its tenants.

King David’s Lodge No. 209, Free and Accepted Masons was founded in 1870. In 1913, The Hall Association and Lodge constructed the building at 859 Marsh at a cost of $70,000.

— Stacy Daniel

Maternity store finishes expansion

Simply MaMa has recently completed a 1,200-square-foot expansion of its downtown San Luis Obispo store to offer a wider selection of baby and pregnancy items.

Located in the Mission Mall at 746 Higuera St., Simply MaMa sells maternity clothing, breastfeeding equipment and postpartum and baby products.

Owner Kathleen Huggins opened the store in 2002 with about 800 square feet of floor space. The new store includes a nursing mother’s corner with a changing area, nursing chairs and a baby scale.

Huggins has been a lactation counselor for 30 years and authored seven books on breastfeeding.

— Stacy Daniel

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