New Times Best Of 2014

New Times Media Group: Best of SLO County 2014 Gateways &emdash;
This just in: we won Best Antique Shop in SLO County! New Times just printed their annual Best Of Reader's Poll, and we get to hold our title for another year. Click through below to see all of San Luis Obispo's best- pay special attention around page 45 for our little shout out!
Thanks to everyone who voted for us, and to all our fans for your continual love of vintage and support of local biz's like ourselves. Three cheers for SLO County!

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It's been a very full week with us at the rose...

(1) The week started out with one of my besties helping me out at the shop. After work we felt like we deserved a treat, so we did! Scout Coffee is San Luis's newest coffee house and we especially like their lil milkshakes. A perfect size for a refreshment.

(2) Road trip south...our most awesome crew covered us for the day so that we could extend our trip! First stop is one of our favorite boutiques, Plenty, in Santa Ynez. We follow them on insta (@plentyboutique) and the dresses they have been posting lately made us high tail it down...and we didn't come back empty handed!

(3) Second stop was another favorite shop, Wet Sand. It is in Ventura and is a curated surf lifestyle shop - we love their clothing, jewelry, and other casual living necessities.

(4) After a good nights' sleep in a friends' trailer - home away from home when in L.A. - we shopped the Rose Bowl for boots, clothes, purses, and jewels. We try not to let all of the other amazing merchandise keep us from focusing on the task at hand, but it is very hard.

(5) Back to San Luis to rest up so that we could hit the road for a very important appointment with one of our favorite suppliers! The mister and I hit the road again (very early) to pick from a container that was loaded in Texas. We love our new items and they should hit the store next month....stay tuned!

(6) All this work, we needed a bit of play! Yep, Bingo was it's name-o. A handful of us got our game on and had a lot of laughs. Next time we hope to win!! 

Yep, that was just one week. Oh boy. How has your week been? Do anything exciting?

P.S. In case ya missed it:

Snapped: SLO Street Style

Our town is full of locals with an eye for style, so we took it upon ourselves to show them off! Snapped, SLO Street Style posts will highlight the daily fashion in San Luis Obispo that grabs our attention as well as our camera. Work it, SLO!

Springtime means fashion takes a turn: jackets are optional, sandals stay on in the evening, and everyone bares a little more. And our streets are no different! Here is Genoa, a Cal Poly student, with her colorful nails and accessories, including a sweet Brandy Melville bra!












Here is Kelly, she works at Rosetta in town. We found her strolling Farmer's Market with her bunches of greens.



These darling girls work down the street at a local clothing store, Ambiance: Mikaela and Emily.






Lizzie's style earned her our bohemian mama title-not to mention she really is a mom!






Right in step with the blooming wildflowers, Sierra, a music school teacher, rocks a cute sunflower dress while humming down the street-with perfect pitch of course. Are you next? Wear your best sunny style and we'll keep our eyes peeled for you!


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We had a lot of fun documenting a few weeks ago that we decided to bring you another installment of Ruby Around Town! 

1. Breakfast with 3 lovely girls! 

2. Another well loaded truck headed back to the shop, come check out the goods.

3. Doesn't this van make you happy?!

4. One of my favorite things - an outdoor flower stand! 

5. A photo shoot with Michelle Roller Photography. We will share her amazing snaps here soon, stay tuned!

6. My dream car (well one of them).

What's new with you? We'd love to hear in the comment section :)

Ruby Around Town



Welcome to the first installment of Ruby Around Town where we document exceptionally wonderful weeks! Here are some fun things that we did:

  • Pop tarts at Sally Loo's - there is always a new and delicious flavor every Wednesday. They fly off the shelf fast, so get there bright and early. 
  • It was a good mail day: the Anthology Magazine & the Free People Catalog arrived, talk about a snail mail score!
  • Still pinching ourselves that we get to hang with Mary Emmerling and Ann Lawrence at High Noon, Mary has written 20+ books and edited at House Beautiful magazine, Country home to name a few...Ann is a designer in Santa Fe, New Mexico and has worked with some amazing people. The dinner conversation was epic!! Did you read about our trip to Arizona?
  • Romp Shoes did a photoshoot at the shop with some props - we love helping out local businesses whatever way we can!

 How was your week? We hope it was a good one!

The Holiday Stitch Market

The Holiday Stitch Market is here! It's only $1 entrance fee at Grace Church (1350 Osos Street, on the corner of Osos Street & Pismo Street). 25+ local vendors will be selling their handmade crafts and goodies - this is another great opportunity to shop SLOcal this holiday season! The Stitch Market will be open the next few days: Thursday December 5th 4 p.m. - 10 p.m., Friday December 6th 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday December 7th 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Vintage Holiday Shopping Guide

We've put together a nice shopping guide for you this holiday season so you can check everything off your vintage shopping list! Plaid Friday (11/29), Small Business Saturday (11/30), the Junking Trail (11/29 + 11/30), 10th Annual Cowgirl Christmas (11/30). Remember to shop local and shop vintage :) xo, Ruby Rose.




10th Annual Cowgirl Christmas



Support local + small businesses this Saturday November 30th from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Trinity Hall (6565 Edna Road) for the 10th Annual Cowgirl Christmas! Hey, why not do some wine tasting while you are at it? Clairborne & ChurchillSextantPiedra Creek are all within a half-mile radius! Drink local + shop local! The following vendors and crafters will be there:

Accent by Design ~ Jim Churchill
All Around Rope Design ~ Rick Klein
All in for Alison ~ Sabrina Garibay
Aloette Skin Care ~ Kristen Jones
Ammo Wear ~ The Bartletts
Andrea's Jams & Jellies ~ Andrea Manderscheid
Arbonne ~ Julie Powell
Author Jenna Elizabeth Johnson ~ Jenna Johnson
Barn Star Soaps ~ Meghan Sheen
Be-Do-Ni Arts ~ Loretta Nez
Bitterwater Road ~ Julie Kuhnle & Jani Kasfeldt
BombShell Betty Shop ~ Jodi Douglass
Boot Purse Barn ~ Chris West
Buckaroo Chunk Wood Grills ~ Tom King
Buckin' Cow & Wanna Buck ~ Cindy Soberano
California Cashew Brittle ~ Amy Hinden
Carissa Country Store ~ Emily Palmer
Catchers of the Sun ~ Cynthia Youngern
Celebrate Every Day Photography ~ Missy Schwartz
Central Coast Cowgirls Drill Team ~ Faith Cortez & Yolanda Goldammer
City Girl Country Charm ~ Lacey Chrissakis
Chicsak ~ Sally Buchanan
Cowgirls Country Outpost ~ Ally Krueger
Creative Clutter ~ Sandra Hopkins
Crimson Heart Studios ~ Cindy Dubbers
Crossed by Gypsy Soule ~ Janel Flook
Cattle Coozies ~ Sara Schultz
Cherry Tape ~ Sherry Logan
Cookie Lee ~ Jennifer & Amy
Coop & Barrel ~ Jennifer Rodriguez
Corbett Canyon Crafts ~ Mallory Furtado
Country Treasure Box ~ Kim Poletti
Coyote Ridge ~ Diana Saulsbury
D & N Designs ~ Nate & Destini Bisio
Elfin & Isla ~ Lara Levy
Flores Family Blankets ~ Ashley Flores
Garden Street Art ~ Jamie Tyler
Gemstone Gypsy ~ Glenna Valenzuela
Glitter Farm ~ Jenny Karp
Guts N Grit ~ Randi Kampen
Gypsy Cowgirl ~ Jennifer Carey
Head Trip ~ Glory Vanhorn
Heart House Creations ~ Russ Harrah
Hernandez Bit & Spur ~ Joe Hernandez
Horse N Beyond ~ Pam Bobson
It Works ~ Melissa Mann
Jewelnanza ~ Kimber Bogue Black
Jewel Kade ~ Melissa McConaghey Thomas
Julietta's Natural ~ Julie Grimes
K. Donlon Designs ~ Kerry & Dave Bowen
KC Crafters ~ Christi Millsap
KL Kustom Kreations ~ Krystie Hinkle
La Bella Olives & Gourmet Foods ~ The Sackmanns
Lia Sophia ~ Leslie Gottesman
Life After Love Boutique ~ Hogla Garcia
Little Outlaw Creations ~ Michelle Alexander
Little's Bowtique ~ Lillianne Delapaz
Love, Chrystal ~ Chrystal McNeil
Lyn & Lee ~ Cassandra Erpenbach
Mason and Lace ~ Lacy Lewis
Mikes Trains & Hobbies ~ Mike Marple
Minabazar ~ Jamil Rana
Nana Bandanas Leatherworks ~ Sally Donaldson
Native Herbs & Honey ~ Violet Cavanaugh
Norwex ~ Vanessa Pronge
Old Finds New Shine ~ Lisa Vincent
Ontiveros Wine Barrel ~ Donna & John
Origami Owl ~ Michelle Alexander
Painted Trails Farm ~ Carol Mallory
Pamela's ~ Pamela Amrine
The Pampered Chef ~ Cathy Solkshinitz
The Crafty Hubby ~ Chris Rogalla
Partylite Gifts, Inc ~ Kasondra Zamora
Photography by Jimmy de ~ Jim deBrauwere
Plexus Worldwide & Heart 4 Health Massage ~ Katrina Pobst
Polly Jane's ~ Polly Fitzgerald
Pozo Fence Post Art ~ Janice McBride
Pure Necessities ~ Taryn Warrrecker
Recycled Denims ~ Heidi Clark
Rita's Rainbows ~ Cassy Goehner & Mary Holliday
Roost ~ Susan Ammirota
Rustic Treasures ~ Sarah Nowlen
S. May Creations ~ Sarah May
Scentsy ~ Corey Triplett
Sea Horse Sea Glass ~ Nancy Hair
Sew Chicks ~ Nicole Saenz
Star West Designs ~ Heather Alspach
Swissjust North America ~ Nicole Miller
Tastefully Simple ~ Rhonda Collins
The Craftsman Way ~ Michael Cheer
31 bags ~ Amy Weber
Trento's Treasures ~ Kim Garrett
Tupperware ~ Wendy Knapp
Tuscan Road Designs ~ Holly Louen
Two Sisters and a Horse ~ Cathy Watson
Unique Boutique ~ Ashley & Becky
Vaqueros & Vino ~ Rindy Andrews
Vintage Bliss ~ Amy Hendricks
Western Sunset Trading Post ~ Susi Griffiths

Go Small, Get Vintage (& win $50!)

Don't worry about cutting Thanksgiving short this year to stand in line to shop: avoid a people traffic jam, starting off the season frustrated and tired, instead of merry and bright. Sleep in the day after, get all dolled up, and go to small businesses in your area. Find a lovely for your loved one as you leisurely stroll through the holiday shopping season.


We are all to familiar with the hustle and ordeal Black Friday has become. Recently, we discovered a small initiative to take back our post-Thanksgiving shopping, known as Plaid Friday. Here is how they describe the concept:
The name Plaid Friday was conceived from the idea of weaving the individual threads of small businesses together to create a strong fabric that celebrates the diversity and creativity of independent businesses. Plaid Friday is the relaxing and enjoyable alternative to the big box store “Black Friday,” and is designed promote both local and independently owned businesses during the holidays.
Can't make it in Friday? Not to worry, Small Business Saturday (check out their Shop Small campaign) spotlights small businesses, too! In a season centered on celebrations with friends and family, we want to celebrate with our dear customers, too. So if you find yourself here in San Luis Obispo on Friday or Saturday, November 29-30th, Shop Small & Plaid with us. And to celebrate, every purchase you make here at Ruby Rose during these two days enters you into a drawing for $50 store credit! Vintage items already come attached to so much love, so spread gifts unique and local, Santa would be proud.

Snapped, SLO Street Style: November

Our town is full of locals with an eye for style, so we took it upon ourselves to show them off! Snapped, SLO Street Style posts will highlight the daily fashion in San Luis Obispo that grabs our attention as well as our camera. Work it, SLO!

Some say we on the Central Coast do not have seasons-it is pretty perfect year round-but this past month, there's a crisper breeze, the leaves have begun their change, and we are dressing accordingly. And we spied these ladies mirroring nature's color palette this season...


Not quite ready to swap her sandals for boots just yet, Michelle still kept warm with heavier, woven textures. We love this outfit so much, we had to see it in triple time.

These girls had just the bags and shoes to pair with their knits and laces.


We snapped this cute mother-daughter combo as they strolled into our shop, the long maxi paired with hat and jacket make for a great cool city look. Thanks to you all each for letting us highlight your style, will you be next?

Lucky Copycat

For this Copycat round, we pulled looks from the current issue of Lucky magazine which could easily be worn on San Luis Obispo's streets (and are available in store this week).


our inspiration | Lucky Magazine
our challenge | Kendra Glazebrook








Fall officially landed here at the store, with a cozy rainy day. This means more magazine perusing, a cozy wool sweater, and warm drink in hand for the rest of the afternoon...

Pop-Up

Investopedia explains "Pop-Up Retail":

The term "pop-up" refers to the short-term duration of the stores, which "pop up" one day and are gone the next.

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Thank you to Brooks Antiques for hosting us for our Pop-up shop! We set up in the parking lot and had a blast! 

Pop-up shops are popping up all over cities across the country--in store fronts, trucks, and trailers.
With internet shopping and advertising challenges, this has been a really convenient way of getting exposure for small businesses.

Check out a few pop-up shops we've seen!

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Hidden Treasure: Roxanne's Café


Here's the routine--it's 2:00pm, we are super hungry, we waited too long and didn't fill our lil' fridge.
no. 1: Are we going to eat today?
no. 2: Yessirree. What's it going to be?
no. 1: (We go down our regular list of local eateries)
no. 2: OK, I don't care, you pick.
This goes on for another 10 to 15 minutes....
This week, we remembered that a number of our friends have been telling us about this little gem right around the corner--in our hood! Roxanne's Café.  

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Roxanne's is open 11-3 daily and closed on sundays. Perfect, this day is taking a turn for the good.
As we come around the corner, we are enchanted by the seating choices and the atmosphere is so chill and comfortable.  

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The majority of the menu changes daily. There are usually specials, salads, soups and treats.

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On this day, we try the eggplant pita and the romaine boats. They were both equally delicious!
We chose the coconut macaroons for dessert, and as sarah would say, "They were a symphony in my mouth!".

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So far a 2 out of 3--they had a great atmosphere, great food, and SCORE, they made a 3 out of 3 with the staff being not only friendly but informative. I loved the relaxed banter that they had with all of their customers. As I sat waiting (not long at all), it is apparent that this place is a favorite to all that visit it.

Thanks Roxanne, Matt and Claire!

Roxanne's Café is located at 1227 Archer St. in the courtyard of Smiling Dog yoga.

Guest Post by Kim: Hidden Treasure // SLO Toffee Company


Something I discovered years ago at a local Christmas Craft Fair was a special handmade toffee. I looked forward to buying bags of it for myself and as gifts, because it was so good, and I could only get it once a year... it was precious secret. Now mother/daughter Cindy Jones and Kristen Bender have opened SLO TOFFEE COMPANY and my dream has come true, it will be available year round.

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I like to break it into small pieces to try and fool myself into thinking I’ve had about 6 pieces, instead of just 1...but those kind of mind games don’t really work on me so I don’t know why I even try. Cindy says people seem to like the white chocolate, but I don’t know. I’m a chocolate purist and the darker the better, so I tend to stick with the dark chocolate. But for those of you who do prefer white or milk chocolate, there is no need to disagree with me--she makes all 3 kinds, so we can all coexist in harmony while eating our toffee of choice.

We will be sampling the toffee at Ruby Rose on Friday and Saturday, so stop in and give it a try.

A Change of Seasons

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We are forever changing the displays here, usually depending on what we have brought in or if something large has sold. It seems lately that items are moving in and out at a quicker pace.

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This past week week, we brought in so much new inventory that we had to change up the entire place! Luckily, there are a handful of us that find this a fun challenge. It is similar to a puzzle to rework all of our pieces and displays and we ended up working day and night to get it just right.

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What is especially fun this month, is that we have so many different categories, which covers and all of my faves! Some of them being: color, imported, textiles, lighting, clothing, art...

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Donkeys and Lemons: By Kim

I’ve been suffering with writers block…well not suffering to the degree of a bad sunburn or sprained ankle...I was told I just need a bit of inspiration. So to make it easier on myself and ease back into my blog posts, I have decided to write about the 2 things I’m passionate about right now. The sweet faces of donkeys and lemons.

I fell in love with a donkey when I visited Tanzania, there is an abundance of donkeys over there, and when this little donkey looked at me with his huge lovely eyes, I felt like he could see straight into my heart & soul. So when I found a small watercolor of a sweet little donkey a few weeks ago, it was like finding a long lost friend, and now it sits humbly on my desk, with those big eyes gazing at me, I am smitten.

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Now lemons I have been blessed to have around me my entire life in one form or another. One of my friends in grade school loved lemons so much she would cut it into wedges, and suck on them. I like mine a bit sweeter (lemonade, lemon drop candies, lemon bars, lemon meringue pie, coconut lemon crème cake, lemon sorbet...).

One of my favorite lemon desserts can be found at Le Ciel Crepe Café, and is named The Avila Bay on their menu. The thin crepe is filled with a light airy lemon cream topped with lemon zest, and a nice scoop of vanilla bean ice cream on the side.

I’m also a hug fan of their Chicken Ranch Salad--fresh spring mix, chicken breast, bacon, tomato, and cheddar cheese served with Heather's homemade ranch dressing, which has a bit of dill in it, Yum!

They also make wonderful homemade soups daily. I have tried them all, except for the African Banana. I am told it is delicious; I am not a fan of the banana...but I did see a lot of bananas in Tanzania too. I have just linked the donkey and lemon together via Tanzania.

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LE Ceil Crepe Café

3211 Broad St. #121
Crossroads Center
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

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I think I’ll give you my recipe for Lavender Lemonade. See below.

(image via Sunday Suppers)

Lavender Lemonade

2 Cups Cane Sugar

2 Cups Water

Zest from 2 lemons

8 Fresh stems of lavender (1Tbs. dried lavender)

2 Cups Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice (8-12 lemons depending on how juicy they are)

2 additional cups Water & Ice

In saucepan heat sugar and water together stirring until sugar dissolves and water comes to a boil. When sugar mixture turns clear remove from heat a

Let syrup cool to room temperature. When syrup is cool, add lemon juice and 2 cups additional cups of water.

Serve over ice; add a sprig of lavender and a slice of lemon.

Enjoy!

-K.

Art After Dark

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Here in San Luis we have what's called Art After Dark. On the first Friday of every month, businesses around town host a local artist, showcase their art in store, and serve a little somethin' (sweets, treats, coffee, etc.) for the local community. We were so lucky to have Natellie Saia back for a second time around. Natellie's work is a perfect fit for us, as it mixes in effortlessly with our store.


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The weather was a little chilly, but that didn't bother these guests...they just borrowed a blanket and continued to enjoy!


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The beautiful music by Kendra and Nate was perfect! They came highly reccommended and rightly so! Are they not the most beautiful couple??


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We have a handful of Natellie's art throughout the store for the next few months, just in case you missed the show.


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Images by Jennifer Young of I ART U

Guest Stylist of the Month: Taylor of the Little Deer

We have been a big fan of Taylor from The Little Deer for some time now. She is a fan of vintage and if you have seen and followed her blog, she has a talent for styling, accessorizing and creativity. Our mannequins were in need of some freshness for this new season, so we called on her to spruce us up. It was no suprise as to what she pulled from the racks--vintage, texture, and layers.


This vintage coat with a new dress looks so chic.


A little lacey lingerie with a chunky vintage sweater and little touches of a leather belt and a copper pin is a perfect go-to outfit.


Another favorite--a little lacey dress and beaded cardigan and a beautiful scarf for color!


What did I learn from this experience? Re-look at your inventory whether it be in the shop or in the closet. Maybe it's not an overhaul that is needed, maybe just a fresh look at what you've got, a few accessories and a lot of attitude. Thank you Taylor!

Getting to Know Her...

We are highly anticipating this coming Friday. We wanted our customers and blog readers to get to know Natellie a bit so we decided to ask her a few questions. Her work will be showcased at our store for Art After Dark this Friday, August 5 from 6-9 PM. Come and check out the amazing talent, shop around, enjoy small bites (and coffee and lemonade!), and hang out with the coolest people in town. Can't wait to see you!

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RR: Natellie, we want our customers to get to know you. Can you answer a few questions?

NS: Yes ma'am I'd be glad to...

RR: How would you describe your work?
NS: I would describe my work as capturing objects that I love and words that make me smile.

RR: Who inspires you?
NS: Natalia Fabia, her work is absolutely amazing.

RR: When you are not creating, where would we find you?
NS: Sally Loo's-Duh!

RR: What can you not work without?
NS: I absolutely can't work without music, there has to be something playing in the background, or else I start singing--which, since I work ourtside, the neighbors aren't too fond of.

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RR: What is at the top of your bucket list?
NS: Seeing the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro.

RR: What would we be suprised to know about you?
NS: People would probably be surprised to know that I play college basketball.

RR: Thanks for your time Natellie, can't wait to see your pieces on Friday!!

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