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Ah Louis Store

800 Palm St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3217
+1 805-543-4332
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Lovely retail store inside

If you are looking for a special gift for a friend, need party supplies that are above the rest or... read more

Reviewed 16 March 2017
ladybug96
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Templeton
splendid old structure

okay, so i love historical architecture. it just really speaks to me. i pass this building... read more

Reviewed 10 February 2017
SydneyofSanLuis
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San Luis Obispo, California
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Landmark building was started in 1874 as a grocery, general store, employment office, bank, post office and pharmacy serving the growing Chinese population of San Luis Obispo.
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  • Very good20%
  • Average26%
  • Poor0%
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800 Palm St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3217
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+1 805-543-4332
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

If you are looking for a special gift for a friend, need party supplies that are above the rest or are looking for event planning. You must go to KarsonButler located inside. You will not be disappointed!

Thank ladybug96
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Reviewed 10 February 2017

okay, so i love historical architecture. it just really speaks to me. i pass this building regularly when i walk to my various haunts in the old town. the interior has the floor to ceiling built in shelves that you would find in an old...More

Thank SydneyofSanLuis
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Reviewed 2 February 2017

The Ah Lewis store is very old and has been there for ages. The building is interesting as are the things sold there. In past years the Ah Lewis store was almost always closed, rarely open. However, just recently it has been open almost every...More

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Reviewed 7 December 2016

The store is no longer Chinese theme, it is an event shop that sells wonderful things for weddings, birthday parties, etc. I wasn't even shopping for an event, but bought an adorable market notepad (magnetic notepad you can put on your fridge to list your...More

Thank domsimonian
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Reviewed 29 November 2016

I attended a school just up the street from the Ah Louis store in the 90's. I saw a lady attending to the shop when it was closed. since then, I have never seen anyone inside of the store. As a local, I notice the...More

Thank TheBestApplianceGuy
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Reviewed 15 November 2016

I'd say call to see if it is open, but when it is, lots of really nice gift items. My Mom bought some blue, ceramic Temple Dogs about 7-10" tall, beautiful.

Thank momraz2002
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Reviewed 23 May 2016

This is one of the first asian buildings in Central California. As I remember the literature, it was the first Chinese store that catered to the workers that arrived here in droves in the 1850's, 60's and 70's. There were some opium activity going on...More

Thank RPata
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Reviewed 18 April 2016

The Ah Louis Store is a beautiful old shop that has been in SLO for many years and is part of a few Chinese buildings in the same area.

Thank 923robertaf
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Reviewed 24 July 2015

All that remains of the Ah Louis Store is a building and a plaque. Built in 1885 Ah Luis was a merchant and business man. My memories of the store from the 1970’s recall it being a store with odd imported curios. Today it is...More

Thank CharleySays
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Reviewed 20 April 2015

It is worth visiting the corner of Palm and Chorro streets near the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa for a quick look at the exterior of Ah Louis Store, the first Chinese store in San Luis Obispo County. Nicely maintained, the two-story redbrick building...More

Thank Rumples
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