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Posted on: Monday, June 20, 2011

We love our location, it's off the beaten path. We are located off the 101 just right outside of 'downtown'. We like to call our area Slo Ho. Recently, we had a lovely customer that is 90 years old, born and raised in San Luis, tell us that she had never heard of Walker St....not promising in our book.


Some people say that they use Walker as a 'short cut' to avoid a few lights on Higuera. We are one buisness among many in this area, we are all locally owned, there is plenty of parking, and have regular customers that keep us company. We are in the parking lot of Quality Fabrics, down the street from Ben Franklins sandwich shop, and we would love to meet and greet you!


One more time, we are now open on Fridays also, and if you see the doors open during our non-regular hours, come on in, you are certainly welcome!

As one of us says, we love Slo Ho, because we don't have downtown manners!

What's Not to Love! Part II.

How did you like part one of the house tour? You've seen the beauty of most of the space but I wanted to share images of the little private area off to the side of the house that could easily be's a little garden and most definitely a labor of love. Here is a peek at the secret garden!


Speaking of gardens, the garden in the movie "It's Complicated" with Meryl Streep was a favorite of mine, remember it? It was a perfect combination of kitchen garden and cutting garden. Another favorite was Tasha Tudors. I know she passed a few years ago, but does anyone know what became of her property? Gardens are like anything else, it doesn't matter how large or small they are, it's about the love that is put into it and the energy that it brings to us.

What's Not to Love! Part I.

Posted on: Friday, June 17, 2011

We are so lucky to have THE most amazing, talented people come through our doors. Lucky for you, we talked one of them into letting us take a few pictures of her open, warm and beautiful surroundings.


One of the many things we love about this space is that it is a perfect example of modern, vintage and current styles.


Another is COLOR! Color on the pillows, walls, on vases and art, it's a breath of fresh air.


Another favorite, that I am so envious of, are the floor to ceiling french doors that invite the inside out and the outside in.


This husband/wife team has endless amounts of food, wine & entertaining talents so this outdoor kitchen is used to its potential.


Stay tuned for part II!

Three Wise Guys

Posted on: Friday, June 10, 2011

From time to time we all need inspiration. Usually we go looking for it, and sometimes, it finds us. In the last couple of weeks, inspiration found me.

I wouldn't say that I'm a huge Oprah fan, although I am a fan. Knowing that Oprah's stint was coming to an end, I tuned in to the last few weeks of her show...she is Oprah after all. I was hit with inspiration from her.

(Image via Cohabitaire)

This inspiration was from a poster that hung in Oprah's dressing room which had been given to her by a guest she interviewed, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor. Dr. Taylor wrote a book after suffering a stroke that affected the left side of her brain. The poster simply said "take responsibility for the energy that you bring into this space". Simply taking responsibility for your life, the energy you create for yourself and the energy that you bring to others...brilliant and something to be more aware of!


The second stream of inspiration hit during the Ralph Lauren interview (of course). Oprah seemed as in awe of the man as some of us are here at Ruby Rose. She asked him how he went about creating his image and how it came about. His response was profound. Something to the like of, "It wasn't something I created, it was and is the way I live my life and you always need to keep a clear vision of it."

I was also moved by the a film I finally got a chance to rent--180° South. It had been on my must-watch list for some time.

I love love loved the movie. Besides Ralph, Mary Randolph, Chanel etc., I have always admired Yvon Chouinard and all that he has accomplished. His clear vision and the way he lives his life is something to aspire to. Written on the front of the movie, his quote was "the adventure begins when things go wrong'". So true, on many levels. How many memories are made up from a perfectly planned and executed trip?

So, it has been a good couple of weeks. I was flooded with inspiration by a few words of wisdom from a couple of my favorite people. These words are not just simply words but words that these people live by, and I will now do the same. Inspiration found me then, where will I find it this next?

The Father's Day Weekly Six

Posted on: Wednesday, June 8, 2011

What should you get him? We have options!

Was he an athletic dude?

Did he bowl in his day?

Do you want to let him know how much he measures up?IMG_1003

Does his tools need organizing?IMG_1031

Does he like to paint, draw, or doodle?

Does he feel he needs to be heard?

We've got you covered!

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

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