- PHOTO BY STEVE E. MILLER
- LOOKING GOOD: Ambiance, the women’s clothing and accessory store, has expanded to a second location in downtown Paso Robles. Manager Camilla Burns (left) and Naomi Hanson will be there to help you look your best.
After an internal battle with myself, the financially responsible angel on one shoulder convinced me to leave my wallet in the glove compartment. For a minute, I thought I was looking for the familiar logo of a clothes hanger spelling out the word Ambiance as I would see in downtown San Luis Obispo, but the boutique’s new Paso Robles location sports a larger, bolder logo. Right on the corner of 13th and Park streets, Ambiance is very easy to spot.
Welcomed within seconds of arrival, shoppers are greeted with a smile and a friendly hello. Although the boutique has only been open for four weeks, the manager and buyer, Camilla Burns, says business has been “brisk.”
“We have been very well received in the community and local people are excited to have an additional shopping destination,” Burns said.
Brought on board to Ambiance by the owner and buyer, Kannyn January, in December of last year, Burns has spent time learning the ropes of running a business. Burns admits she is partially responsible for the idea of a Paso location, and was willing to take on the challenge.
“I’ve always loved this space, this particular space,” Burns said, “and when I found out it was becoming available I approached Kannyn and said, ‘Paso is ready for Ambiance.’ So we just got the ball rolling.”
Although Paso Robles has a few of the same customers as Ambiance in SLO, their newest location is targeting a more mature clientele. Brands and selections are similar; however, the Paso store is shopping for a less collegiate style. Shoppers can find brands in Paso that can’t be found at the first location. Major brands—such as Michael Stars and Wildfox Couture—have been bestsellers and have even sold out in the small time the boutique has been open. Other brands exclusive to Paso are J Brand and Rich and Skinny Jeans, as well as Calleen Cordero shoes, jewelry, and purses.
Aside from the new merchandise, Burns is most excited to spend more time with the locals of Paso Robles.
“I feel emotionally and personally invested because I live in Paso Robles and I know the people that live here,” she said.
Burns has big hopes for the new location and said expansion is inevitable. This corner store has a small second floor, large enough to house boxes upon boxes of shoes, more space for clothing, and a small home goods area.
The newest location of Ambiance is 1301 Park St. (on the corner of Park and 13th). It’s open Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m and Sun 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Heritage Oaks Bank donated their first of an ongoing contribution to the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education (SLO COE). The bank will quarterly collect donated funds from their “Banking on Our Kids” (B.O.O.K) program, which allows customers to sign up for a special debit card triggering a $.05 contribution for every transaction the customer makes. The money then will be distributed to local schools in the customer’s area. To participate in the B.O.O.K. program, a customer must have a deposit account and must also request the special B.O.O.K. debit card. The B.O.O.K. debit card can be used as a normal debit card and provides the contributions to the customer’s local county office of education. For more information, visit your local Heritage Oaks Bank location or go to heritageoaksbank.com.
Intern Tally Meyers compiled this week’s Strokes. Send your business and nonprofit news to firstname.lastname@example.org.