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Arts + Culture, Support Local

Meet Your Neighborhood Fair Trade Market | Q&A with LynAnne Wiest of HumanKind Fair Trade

HumanKind Fair Trade is not like most retail stores you’ve been into. As a nonprofit and fair trade marketplace, the shop’s goal is to provide income to artisans and farmers in the developing world. This small brick and mortar in downtown San Luis Obispo is making a big difference — and we sat down with ...
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Outdoor + Recreation, Support Local

Meet Your Neighborhood Climbing Gym | Q&A with Kristin Horowitz of The Pad Climbing

The Pad Climbing Gym started out nearly twenty years ago as the country’s first nonprofit bouldering gym, but it took until the pandemic for co-founders Kristin and Yishai Horowitz to get their business where they’ve always wanted it to be. Between running multiple businesses and training her dogs, we found time to sit down with ...
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Arts + Culture, Support Local

Meet Your Neighborhood Arts Supplier | Q&A with Shauna Jellison of Art Central

Art Central is more than just an arts supply store, it’s also a gallery, a classroom and a place for artists of all walks of life to come together. Longtime employee and a talented artist herself, Shauna Jellison, has worked alongside owner Etty Pacifico since 2013. We sat down with Shauna to hear how the ...
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Family, Support Local

Meet Your Neighborhood Wellness Center | Q&A with Natasha & Ryan of Sloco Health + Wellness

When their business had to close at the beginning of the pandemic, co-owners Natasha Prybyla and Ryan Heath spent their newfound down time rebranding Sloco Health + Wellness. They focused their energy and efforts into transforming their spa to a wellness center with an emphasis on treatments that don’t require close contact, like cryotherapy and ...
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Arts + Culture, Support Local

Meet Your Neighborhood Mother-Daughter Duo | Q&A with Natalie & Laura of Apropos

Laura Bjorkland and Natalie Risner took their love for mother-daughter shopping dates to the next level when they opened Apropos together in 2002. Natalie grew up in Laura’s first store, Up Your Alley, which sparked her love for fashion and led her to study at FIDM in San Francisco. Once she moved home after college, ...
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Arts + Culture, Support Local

Meet Your Neighborhood Music Store | Q&A with Dan & Kathy of Grand Central Music

Grand Central Music has been around for decades bringing professional and amateur musicians together to play, teach and learn from each other. Dan Ernst has been part of Grand Central Music for nearly twenty-five years, going from an employee to owner with his wife, Kathy. We sat down with Dan and Kathy to talk about ...
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Eat + Drink, Support Local

Meet Your Neighborhood Caterer | Q&A with Brian Appiano of Rib Line

During his time on the Central Coast, Rib Line’s Brian Appiano has gone from cooking for his fraternity brothers at Cal Poly to running a catering business and four restaurants — including The Switch, a recent venture into a rotating pop-up kitchen space. Rib Line is a local favorite, serving everything from the region’s famous ...
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Eat + Drink, Support Local

Meet Your Neighborhood Executive Chef | Q&A with Ryan Fancher of Hotel SLO

Ryan Fancher got his start in the restaurant industry at the young age of 15 right here on the Central Coast. Since then, he has traveled all over the country learning and working with some of it’s best chefs, and has now made his way back to the Central Coast as the executive chef at ...
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Arts + Culture, Attractions + Entertainment, Support Local

Meet Your Neighborhood Fashionable Francophile | Q&A with Marianne Seaborne of Maison Marianne

Marianne Seaborne has loved the French lifestyle ever since she was a child when her family would spend their summers traveling Europe. Now, she runs Maison Marianne, a boutique in the heart of Downtown SLO that gives homage to European styles and designers, while also focusing on sustainable and ethically sourced fabrics. We chatted with ...
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Attractions + Entertainment, Support Local

Meet Your Neighborhood Creative | Q&A with Sadie Rogers of SLOcally Made

Sadie Rogers dreamed up the idea for SLOcally Made in 2017 when The San Luis Obispo Collection asked her if she wanted to fill the old Muzio’s space (where Junkgirls is now). With not nearly enough inventory to fill the few hundred square foot storefront, she reached out to 17 other creatives. Fourteen said yes, ...
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