Biz Buzz: Eco-friendly children’s store opens in SLO

Children’s store EcoBambino recently opened at 863 Monterey St. in downtown San Luis Obispo. EcoBambino features babies and children’s products that are free of BPA, phthalates, lead and PVC.

The store is owned by sister-in-laws Ariana Spaulding and Amanda Spaulding, both of San Luis Obispo. Ariana Spaulding got the idea for the store when she was looking for natural products for her son, and resorted to “shopping online for things I’d preferred to have purchased locally.”

The women plan to host informative sessions for parents about topics such as baby carriers, cloth diapering, breastfeeding and green living.

The newly renovated and redecorated 2,500-square-foot store was designed in part by local graphic designer Pierre Rademaker; its products can also be found on the EcoBambino e-commerce website.

— Julia Hickey

Twin Cities hospital gets new radiologist

Twin Cities Community Hospital recently hired Eleze Armstrong to lead its radiology department.

Armstrong is a graduate of Addington School of Radiology in South Africa. She most recently served as the director of radiology at Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital in Hollister, and is a member of the adjunct faculty of Foothill De Anza College.

— Julia Hickey

Nonprofit forum builds skills

The 2010 SLO County Nonprofit Collaboration Forum, a daylong networking and skill-building event for nonprofit staff, board members and volunteers, will be held Thursday at the San Luis Coastal Adult School in San Luis Obispo. It’s also open to the public.

The forum will address skills in three areas important to creating and sustaining strong organizations: technology-driven communication and social networking, volunteer management, and designing and implementing collaborative projects.

Registration, $45, includes a copy of the book “Collaboration Soup: A Six-Step Recipe for Co-Creative Meetings and Other Conversations,” as well as a light breakfast and lunch. Register online at or visit for workshop information and speaker biographies.

— Julia Hickey