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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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Tom's Toys Storefront
Attractions + Entertainment, Family, Support Local

Meet Your Neighborhood Toy Shop | Q&A with Jillian Wahlquist of Tom’s Toys

Tom’s Toys has been bringing children joy through their expansive toy collection for decades. Their iconic neon sign, castle turret and free gift wrapping are just a few of the things that set this special local toy shop apart. We sat down with Vice President Jillian Wahlquist to learn more about the company’s long history, ...
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Arts + Culture, Support Local

Meet Your Neighborhood Event Planner | Q&A with Amber Karson of Karson Butler Events

Amber Karson has had a knack for planning events ever since she was a kid, throwing Christmas parades with her twin sister, Emily Butler in their one-stoplight town in Northern California. As adults, Amber and Emily have planned and executed corporate and social events all over the globe — fulfilling Karson Butler Events’ core mission ...
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Eat + Drink, Support Local

Meet Your Neighborhood Restauranteur | Q&A with Steve Bland of SLO Provisions

Whether you’re looking for a picnic lunch, need to pick up a bottle of wine or are planning a five-course Thanksgiving dinner — SLO Provisions has you covered. Partners in life and business, Steve Bland and Dwyne Willis started SLO Pro just five years ago, though many locals can’t imagine the Mojo area without their ...
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SLO Sweets Chocolate Truffles
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Meet Your Neighborhood Candy Shop | Q&A with Miranda Battenburg of SLO Sweets

With a company mission like “Make Memories Here”, it’s no wonder SLO Sweets shops are filled with nostalgia of childhood candy dreams. Miranda Battenburg and her husband opened the old fashioned candy stores more than 13 years ago and have aspired to help customers reminisce on past memories centered around a particular candy — which ...
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Junk Girls
Attractions + Entertainment, Support Local

Meet Your Neighborhood Makers | Q & A with Jenny and Melissa of Junk Girls

Jenny Kompolt and Melissa James started Junk Girls in their garage in 2009 with the goal of inspiring others and bringing more creativity and joy into their own lives. We sat down with Jenny and Melissa to learn more about switching from the corporate tech world to art, their secrets to tapping into creativity when ...
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Eat + Drink, Support Local

Meet Your Neighborhood Pizzeria | Q&A with Laura Ambrose of Woodstock’s Pizza & Backyard

Since 2001, Jeff and Laura Ambrose have owned the San Luis Obispo Woodstock’s, along with the other California restaurants. Much has changed in the nearly 20 years of ownership and even more since Jeff originally started working for Chuck Woodstock back in 1980. Woodstock’s now has eight locations on the West Coast and the SLO ...
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