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After 10 years in downtown San Luis Obispo, Beary Cute Bears recently moved to a new location on 3596 Broad St. The shop will have a teddy bear hospital for on-site emergency bear repairs and more space to host "Stuff Your Own Bear" birthday parties. For more information, call 544-6711.

The largest cycling event in America--the Amgen Tour of California--will cruise through San Luis Obispo on Feb. 21. But fans of the event don't have to wait until after the holidays to get official Amgen merchandise. Log on to and browse through an array of race gear, including jerseys, hats, T-shirts, and pins. For cycling fans who want more than racing accessories, Amgen also offers attendance at exclusive events, such as a team dinner, a cyclist meet-and-greet, and a ride along. The 650-mile course, which starts at Stanford University in Palo Alto and ends in Pasadena, will run from Feb. 17 to 24.

Want a funny-looking animal that produces serious profits? If you answered yes, then you may want to travel to the Santa Ynez Valley and do some shopping at the Silver Sun Alpacas Ranch. Located on five acres among California's famous wineries, Silver Sun Alpacas offers alpaca breeds with the finest bloodlines. The ranch will be open every Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. until April. In addition to the domesticated species of South American camelids, the ranch offers scarves, socks, gloves, sweaters, and other soft, alpaca-fiber accoutrements. For more information, call 637-0637 or visit

Intern Angela Watkins and Staff Writer Kai Beech compiled this week's Strokes and Plugs. Send your business news to [email protected].

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