Holiday window decorators recognized in downtown San Luis Obispo

The San Luis Obispo Downtown Association has announced the winners of its annual holiday window decorating contest.

Paper Sky earned first place; Sugar Daddy’s Bake Shop took second; and B. Anthony & Co. Jewelers garnered third. Best in theme, which was “Dreaming of a Downtown Holiday,” went to EcoBambino.

The contest was also held online to include a People’s Choice award, which this year went to Cal Poly Downtown. The shoe boutique Romp also earned an honorable mention.

Other participants included: Ahshe Day Spa & Salon, Ambiance, Bello Mundo Café, Beverly’s Fabrics, Bliss Body Spa & Salon, Coalition, Fosters Freeze #95, Garden Street Goldsmiths , Heart’s Desire Soap Co., HepKat Clothing & Beauty Parlor, Ian Saude Jewelry & Lifestyle, Jules D. , Kevin Main Jewelry, Kwirkworld, Moondoggies Beach Club, Novo Restaurant, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Roxanne’s Birkenstock, Stephen Patrick Design, The BladeRunner Salon & Day Spa, The Sock Drawer, Turn to Nature, and Vintage Etc.

Judges were Pam Seeley, Bob Seeley, Landy Fike, John Forsberg, Julie Towery, Lynn Hessler and Brent Vanderhoof. (Fike is an advertising representative for The Tribune).

n  Tribune staff report

Tigerlily Salon and Spa was to move this past weekend from 670 Higuera St. to 659 Higuera, the space formerly occupied by Leon’s Bookstore, which closed in 2008.

Owner Larella Ellsworth said the 3,200-square-foot space is twice the size of the current location and will offer more room to provide services, including hair styling, facials and spray tanning. Tigerlily opened for business in 2005.

-         Julie Lynem

 REC Solar, a San Luis Obispo-based designer and installer of solar electric systems, is celebrating its fifteenth anniversary this year. The company was founded in 1997 by Judy Staley and Fred Sisson, and now has more than 800 employees with 17 offices in six states, according to a recent news release.

REC Solar is a subsidiary of Mainstream Energy Corp.

REC Solar has installed 118 megawatts of solar in both residential and commercial projects—consisting of more than 8,700 installations in 16 states.

From 1997 to 2006, REC Solar installed five times as many megawatts of residential than commercial solar. But as of recent months, the company has installed twice as much commercial as residential solar overall.

-Tribune staff report