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Hidden Treasure...

Posted on: Tuesday, June 7, 2011

We're so happy to introduce one of our new blog contributors, our friend and employee Kim! Kim knows what's up. She'll be here from time to time sharing the latest and greatest finds in our little charming town, San Luis Obispo. Trust me, this is a column that you don't want to miss out on! -S.

"Something we understand at Ruby Rose is that we are indeed hidden. We're hard to find, off the beaten path, yet full of one-of-a-kind “treasures” which just might be the perfect piece that you’ve been looking for.

Have you ever heard your little inner voice saying, “I want to tell all my friends about this place, but I kind of want to keep it to myself too.”? I’ve been guilty of that, but part of the joy of finding something special, is sharing it with those we love, knowing they will enjoy it too.

So in an effort to keep myself in check, and not keep the good stuff to myself, I dropped by Stewart & Clark Fine Foods to pick up some goodies to share with everyone at Ruby Rose last Friday. Tracy Fleming, the Owner/Chef, was happily at the front counter, writing up the daily specials on her chalk board. I was delighted to find a new batch of her melt in your mouth Chocolate Truffle Cookies and an assortment of her yummy handmade marshmallows. Knowing that they sell out, I had to think fast...which was hard to do, as I was caught off guard by the sight of cinnamon rolls fresh out the oven. Drat the summer diet! Truffle cookies and the Toasted Coconut Marshmallows, there, I decided. But wait, I was taking a gamble picking the coconut, because I heard a small tweet from a little bird which told me that Stephanie only likes chocolate. So, just to be safe I picked up a bag of the chocolate chip marshmallows...OK, so I picked up two bags.

Since I am a coffee snob, and I hadn’t had my morning cup yet, I ordered a double shot espresso. I can declare that Tracy has barista skills. She might not be trained, but she can pull a smooth shot. I LOVE good fresh baked goodies and a great cup of coffee.

A little hard to find the first time, Stewart and Clark is located at the end of Fiero Lane behind the Fed EX (at the back of the building). It’s worth searching for!" -K.

Stewart & Clark Fine Foods
The Fiero Café
709 Fiero Lane Suite #35
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Monday-Friday 7:30-4:00
(805) 541-2300

Yard Sale Rants and Raves

Posted on: Monday, June 6, 2011

"Yard-saling" is a very important part of a junkers's kind of like our Mondays. There is so much anticipation on what you will find. A new cd? Designer shoes that you wouldn't dare to pay full price? A new dining set? The assortment is endless! On this day, we met up at the shop and set out early.


It's important to pick up the necessities...
We know that our hosts of this first sale have been crazy because they are moving so we knew this would be appreciated.

Cambria is a beautiful town and is our destination. We love the far-away feel.

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In the garage, everything was prepped beautifully--all arranged by like items and priced and fairly!

We pay, pack up, and we're done!

One of us is happy to go to grandmas. :)


At the shop we unpack, check out our lovelies and start to price out the load.
They all find a new home and are ready for show!

This outing was so fun--good friends, coffee by the beach, good finds and great weather. The thing to remember about "yard-saling" is that you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you get to the prince, right? Keep a positive attitude and carry on!

The Good Stuff

Posted on: Saturday, June 4, 2011

The silly stuff, sometimes it is what makes memories.


We were off to San Francisco for the weekend after some busy weeks, meaning, that there was no time to even wash the car! On this particular trip there would not be a campground, but a valet at the front of the hotel in Union Square. For our family, this is big stuff.

We pack, grab coffee, put in the new Gaga cd, and hit the drive-thru car wash!
This is when we start to get giggly. Waiting for the greeen light.
Gaga singing, us laughing, and the soap 'a spraying.
Don't forget to wash behind the ears!
Rinse cycle.
Ahhh, the dryer.

Off we go, this is the good stuff!

The Ruby Review: Something Borrowed

Posted on: Thursday, June 2, 2011


Something Borrowed: 2 stars

Probably because I am a teenage girl who spends the majority of her free time seeing movies, I get really excited when I see a trailer for a romantic comedy. This movie had promise- cute John Krasinski, some other hot guy, generally entertaining Kate Hudson, and personal favorite Ginnifer Goodwin, all wrapped up in a silly plot about best friends and the man they both love. But I was sadly disappointed. Friends have disagreed but I found the film unrealistic and frankly, depressing. Simple summary of the movie is this: Goody two shoes lawyer Rachel (Goodwin) is in love with her best friend Darcy's (Hudson) fiancée, with whom she went to law school with. She waits around for him to tell her she's his one true love, while lying to her best friend since childhood about having an affair with him. Is there not any other man in New York for you Rachel? You have to steal back your true love from your best friend? High point was Krasinski being adorable and sweet as always. Don't go see it. But in a few months, when you are at the video store in your sweatpants looking for a typical romantic comedy, by all means, rent it.

Posted on: Sunday, May 29, 2011

"Earth laughs in flowers" --Ralph Waldo Emerson

It was a very long drawn out that I cursed, one that was too wet to get into the soil, one that is adios! So much happy happens in spring--green hills, Easter celebration, and yep, the garden takes hold!The "Big Payoff" is what i like to call it! Ralph, the earth is laughing!


With all the to-do lists that are constant, it seems that the garden is never at the top, but I have realized it is oh-so-necessary for the soul. This is the first year that help needed to be called in! Between my husband and I, we managed to revive and nurture our garden. Here's a peek.....

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the new rose that just arrived, creamy white with a chartreuse inside.

the queen of the garden

IMG_0614 sweet sweet peas

I think this is a form of vibirnum

the last of the lilac and snowballs for the season

and let's not forget some of the wildlife taking refuge!

What's growing in your garden?

The Ruby Review: I AM

Posted on: Thursday, May 26, 2011


I Am: 4 stars

My mother and I needed something to do this Mother's Day and like many afternoons we ended up at the Palm. I wasn't exactly sure what this movie was about based off the rotten tomatoes summary, and after seeing it I know this was because it is an extremely hard to explain documentary. I know that may sound precocious but even I, as a movie reviewer myself, don't know quite how to explain the story. Basically, famous director Tom Shadyac (Ace Ventura, Liar Liar) was in a nasty bicycle accident and after going through a bout of depression caused by his concussion, he decided to abandon his materialistic life, in search of what is wrong with human nature and how we can fix it. Recently in my English class we read The Lord of the Flies, the novel in which William Golding expresses how man is ultimately evil. And this movie gives a more positive view on us humans. Not that we are without flaws, but that it is in our nature to be loving, compassionate people. Definitely a mind blowing film, not one for those looking for a laugh. Low point of this movie was not actually related to the movie at all but instead was the man sitting next to me who incessantly tapped his popcorn from the bag into his mouth. Shame on you, dude. Shame on you.

The Weekly Six

Posted on: Wednesday, May 25, 2011

This week's six is spotlighting spring fashion!

1. This lacey Anna Sui dress is so sweet and sexy!

2. By now you know of our love of long flowy dresses, fresh from the 70's, this one is cut perfectly and is so ready to rock the spring and summer of '11.

3. This floral Free People dress is so easy to wear and can go everywhere! We really must learn to hide the VW keys.

4. Orange--so classic while so current! This beautiful number was picked out at the local flea.

5. Braided leather headbands embellished with feathers (made by one of our beautiful customers). They won't last long!

6. Ok seriously, hide the keys!!

Posted on: Thursday, May 19, 2011

It seems like there isn't a week that goes by that someone doesn't ask, "Do you ever watch that show with the pickers?". American Pickers! Well, we've seen it and it is very entertaining. It's funny though, a lot of it is similar to what we do in this crazy business...a lot is very different too.


On this particular day, it felt very similar. The morning started out at Sally Loo's, chatting over a cup of joe with my friends Barbara and Natellie. As the conversation went on, we began talking about a cute lil' trailer that our mutual friend Tamara had just adopted. Barbara expressed how much she would love to find one to adopt. I had just had a conversation with a gentleman in Nipomo that said he had a trailer for sale--it sounded cute and affordable. We made a call to him and he said to come on over. So we grabbed John (my husband) for operational outlook and drove up.

We were greeted by the gentleman, had some small talk (he has some amazing things), and were off on an adventure. A long walk...around a gate, through another gate and around the bend..


...and there she was, peeking out! She was darling! The trailer had been used as an office, so it was semi-gutted, although the original appliances and table were in still in tact.


If they adopt it, it will need quite a bit of restoration, but it will be many possibilities! We'll keep you posted. -S.

The Not So "Weekly" Six

Posted on: Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Ok, so we try around these parts. But sometimes we don't manage to get the "weekly" six out. This week we did! Enjoy!

1. Mr. Wise Guy

2. A perfect little three drawer dresser, or organizer, or catch all, or night stand...

3. This suitcase has been all over the country, from Biloxi to Burmingham to Long Beach. Hmmm, where will you take it??

4. Industrial stools. These two are adjustable by height and by the back rest. I imagine they've been involved in some pretty important creative meetings. Good juju here.

5. Two beautiful chairs--original mohair, nice texture and just enough wear to show their years.

6. Once again we want to take you back to the 70's. I remember my beautiful and coveted Gunne Sax dress, long blond hair flowing, dates lined up on Saturday nights, Three Dog Night on the radio...oh, wait, that may have been my best friend Elke Bartlett.
We have a handful of original maxi dresses from years past, ready for a new life amongst technology, alternative music and electric cars.IMG_3520IMG_3524IMG_3522
images by jennifer young of i art u

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