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Local Love: Sally Loo's Wholesome Café

Posted on: Tuesday, February 1, 2011

This magical café is located in the railroad district of San Luis, and is run by the uber-talented husband and wife team Brandon and Jen Manuele. The vibe that they have created comes from their attention to detail, as they are committed to providing the best in local produce, organic spreads, and local talent. I can't even begin to properly describe their amazing baked goods, panini sandwiches, quiche, homemade soups, etc. Oh, and we haven't even mentioned the coffee yet! When you stop by be sure to try the "The Ray of Freakin' Sunshine"--an espresso drink basking in steamed milk, infused with the essence of a fresh orange--mmmmm, so good. A personal fave of mine is the Coco-Mo (it's on the secret menu so ask a barista the next time you're in!). And I can't leave out how incredible their teas and chai's are, oh my! You have to check this place out. Visit their BLOG to see what is going on over at the café. --S.

I forgot to mention that their café is named for their cuddly and lovable pit bull, Sally Loo.

Check out the interview below for a more intimate conversation with owner and brilliant artist of fine cuisine, Jen Manuele.


Ruby Rose: How would you describe your establishment?

Sally Loo's: The neighborhood café we've always wanted. Our homey lil' community.

*above images by Jen Manuele

RR: What is your biggest reward and challenge?

SL: The biggest reward is the crazy amazing web of friends and community we get to have. I probably wouldn't have met you [Stephanie] if not for the café! Crazeballs! Little things like helping throw an event grow into great friendships.

RR: When and where did your love of baking come from?

SL: My love of baking came by osmosis from my amazingly talented mom. My skill set was put to practice in college when my friend Bryant and I would watch the Food Network and we would make dinners together.

RR: You have a successful photography business under your belt and a thriving café--so accomplished at such a young age. What drives you?

SL: It wouldn't have been possible without my parents. They have nurtured my gifts and dreams and lovingly not put up with half-assed living. They continue to help us thrive with their support. Brandon and I are a crazy couple that together take risks we wouldn't dream of if we weren't together. We are just dreamers stupid enough to try.

RR: What was your reaction to SLO being voted "the happiest place" in the country?

SL: My reaction was "Shhh! Don't tell!"

RR: If we didn't find you at the café, where would we find you?

SL: If not at the café I'm probably around the corner at our house. When we do get off the block it's to the beach or Ruby Rose!

RR: What is your guilty pleasure?

SL: Indian food buffet, taking friends to dinner, geeky kitchen gadgets, luxurious salts and vinegars, sneaking off to the city or beach, and going to the Palm Theatre. For Brandon, it's surfing, flea markets, and tools.

images by Jennifer Young of I ART U

RR: What inspires you?

SL: My HAWT friends. The talent! It's insane! My friends could and probably will rule the world! Also, Iphone photos, Iron Chef, Alton Brown, Sally and Banjo kitty, long long drives, train rides, children's imaginations, and traveling to other places.


1804 Osos Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 545-5895

The Weekly Six!

Posted on: Wednesday, January 26, 2011

1. globes-vintage, new, and abused--dream about adventures...
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2. kids boots-about $20 and under--lots of personality in these boots.Recently Updated9

3. skirts-we can't keep them in stock! pair them with a sweater, a tee, or boots--so easy and springy!
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4. the little beaded sweaters-timeless!

5. scarves-so european, so colorful, and so fun! $6 each.
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6. garden chairs

Quote of the Week

Posted on: Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Spied by The Rose

Posted on: Thursday, January 13, 2011

Great styling going on over here at The Rose as well as from our recent trip to the Rose Bowl Flea.

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During this cold week, we spied a lot of fair isle sweaters, boots, tights, wraps, and denim. The picture of the khaki/brown boots are worn by our friend Deena that sells at the Rose Bowl. She is always in booth T3 and has a wonderful collection of vintage clothing at good prices.

If I am not mistaken, that cool chick with the cart looks a lot like our stylist Hilary...and it looks like she is wearing a new jacket. Isn't she supposed to be shopping for the store?

Sunday with Ruby at the Rose Bowl

A question we get asked a lot is, "where do you get all your stuff?"

The Rose Bowl Flea Market is where we find a lot of our vintage clothing, leathers, boots, linens, etc. all in one swoop. The flea takes place in Pasadena on the second Sunday of every month.

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When you enter The Bowl there are a few vendors that have new merch, but the main body of the flea is filled with antiques, vintage home goods, accessories, collectibles...basically everything imaginable. We usually head toward the back where there is mostly clothing, accessories, and mid-century inventory. It is a bit overwhelming at first as there is so much to see! We try to focus on one booth at a time and scope out our style and price.


Occasionally there are celebrity sightings; this week we spied Tori Spelling and Heidi Klum. This particular weekend there were a lot of film crews. It seems that junking is in fashion.

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Ruby found this booth with designer shoes and she had to drag me away! I'm still thinking of those Jimmy's...

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Pretty much whatever you had when you were younger and have now sold, or the things your parents never bought for you but you always wanted, is here at the Rose Bowl Flea for your bargaining.

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Lately, we have been paring down at our house so it is more cohesive throughout...but when I saw the Janis Joplin poster, something came over me and I had to have it. Fifteen dollars later, it was mine! Now...where to put it???

The Weekly Six!

Posted on: Wednesday, January 12, 2011

1. Lovely white skirts--layer them or they are classic on their own.

2. Dresses. Can we own too many?

3. This little fabric bag could have been from the 60's as well as current--perfect with the little black dress.

4. Joan & David lace ups--these are definitely made for walkin'.

5. This sweater was spied a month earlier at the flea but it was priced a bit high so we passed. All month, it was thought of over and over and over. Forward to last Sunday, the search was on. After rows and racks, ahh...there it was! And here we have it with its little tag that says it was handmade by "Marge".

6. Lucky Brand snap down.

Local Love: BROOKS Woodcraft & Farris Lighting and Electric, Inc.

Posted on: Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Unfinished furniture for junkers-yes way! What has been a family business still is, although Chad and Lyle from Brooks Woodcraft have put their own spin on their store these past few years. Behind the chain-link fence are all kinds of antique, vintage, and gently used furniture.

The fun thing about this place is that there are so man eras and styles represented--indoor/outdoor, mid-century, newish, oldish, and get it! Also, part of the charm of their store is the stories and tid-bits to be learned from Chad and Lyle, as they grew up in SLO.

Located in the back corner is Ferris Lighting, which is invaluable to us antiquers, as they carry parts, lighting, and do repairs. And last but not least is Lyles love of birds, chickens, and animals--you'll notice his corner with feed and such. This comes from his years involved with 4-H.

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BROOKS Woodcraft & Farris Lighting and Electric, Inc.
2087 Santa Barbara
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 544-2505

The Weekly Six!

Posted on: Friday, January 7, 2011

It's been a while...and we've missed you. Here is the first weekly six of 2011!

1. Someone was very inspired by the movie they saw over the holidays, True Grit. The wild west meets Walnut Grove. Leather and lace.

2. Beautiful and comfy blankets--campfire, pic-a-nic, snuggles, and a good nights sleep.

3. Watering cans--lovely galvanized cans in all sizes.

4. Black and white photos--lovely for projects, card making, or supplementing your family pics.

5. Kids jackets at great prices.

6. Broken in Converse tennies--11 bucks or 9 for kids.

we're open tomorrow (saturday, january 8th)! 10am-2pm.

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