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Why buy second-hand furniture?

In San Luis Obispo, the month of June is unofficially Moving Month. Freshman are moving out of dorms, graduating seniors are giving away everything, and those who can’t stand their roommates are splitting their own separate ways. During this special month, Craigslist is on fire and a comfortable leather couch is a hot commodity!

Just last week I was in search for the perfect office chair for my new apartment. After looking at all the ritzy-glitzy options, I realized that it would cost me an arm and a leg; two things I just can’t get rid of yet! Therefore, my next option was to browse on Craigslist and compete with thousands of other savvy bargainers. As I was leisurely glancing through a dozen or so listings my heart fell in love with the one! It was definitely many years old and had a black leather backrest, black cloth seat, chrome base and frame, with dark stained walnut arm rests. I immediately emailed the owner and met with her the next day. As I arrived to the correct address, Richard and Annette (husband & wife) warmly greeted me. The chair belonged to Richard’s father who had recently passed away. He had a big influence in his life and this chair was in his office since the 1980′s.

The lesson I learned from this experience was that buying furniture this way can be so much more meaningful than to walk into a store and grab it off the shelf. Besides the significant financial benefits of buying used, I will never forget the stories that Richard told me about his father, and will remember him with every time I swivel.

+ M. Farid Shahid

antique chair

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The Importance of Local Produce

We are fortunate enough here at ConsciousBuild to be able to work right in the middle of Downtown, San Luis Obispo. Every Thursday evening from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm our Downtown hosts an incredible farmer’s market. It occurs every week – year round, unless it is raining. Calling it a farmer’s market is probably doing them injustice, because it is so much more than a market. Every few blocks there are bands and performers playing, there are dozens of restaurants catering their best foods, many local businesses and organizations sharing their products and ideas with you, and to top it all off there are countless booths of local farmers selling fruits, vegetables, nuts, and more!

Here at the Central Coast we truly pride ourselves in local produce and local business. Lets go over two reasons why local produce is so vital in a community.

1. Local produce is fresher and more nutritious. When your produce doesn’t have to travel halfway across the country, farmers can select items based on flavor, not just shelf life. Also, many products at the farmer’s market don’t contain pesticides and preservatives for this very reason.

2. Local produce helps keep dollars in our community. I recently met a Cal Poly student studying agriculture while working at a local farm. Combining farm work and studying books was tough for him, but because of his job he was able to pay for most of his college education. When you buy from local businesses you help create and maintain jobs for those who live here.

Next time you are making your grocery list, skip that stressful drive to the grocery store. Instead, come relax at the Farmer’s Market and grab a bite to eat and all your produce, all while listening to some local jams.

+ M. Farid Shahid

 

 

Photo Courtesy of www.kenrockwell.com
Resources: www.centralcoastgrown.org/resources/buy-local/
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RED Studio Foundation Goes Live

Our Non-profit sister organization has successfully launched this week. Though they are still pending as a 501c3 with the federal government, they are accepting donations to help move their cause to educate communities and university students in public interest design. Please visit RED Studio Foundation’s new website for more information as to how you can get involved.

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RED Studio is Accepting Applications for Summer 2013 and Will be Becoming 501c3 Non-profit!

Its been a wild couple months for ConsciousBuilders, and we are happy to say that the RED Studio Foundation has submitted an application for 501c3 non-profit status! March 1st marked the first day that the RED Studio will be accepting applications for summer 2013. This will be an exciting time for RED Studio and ConsciousBuild. ConsciousBuild will be cheering from the sidelines as it’s little brother grows.

Thank you for all the support and stay connected on Twitter or Facebook to learn more about how you can help the RED Studio Foundation with fundraising and support.

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ConsciousBuild to Exhibit at Central Coast Bioneers

This coming weekend, October 19-October 21, ConsciousBuild will be among the many exhibitors to participate in this year’s Central Coast Bioneers. Our team will be manning a booth from Friday morning at 9am until Sunday evening at 6pm. So come by and ask as many questions as you can about our company and our sustainable vision for the future of the SLO Community and abroad!

Also, check out this great article written by our very own Victoria Carranza for Central Coast Bioneer’s Blog.

Central Coast Bioneer’s Schedule!

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ARCH. After Dark will be first of many Architectural Gallery Shows to coincide with SLO’s Art After Dark

In an effort to not only celebrate the opening of our new office in SLO, but to through a party in honor of the wonderful work our clients are trying to accomplish with ConsciousBuild, we will be opening our doors October 5th from 6pm to 9pm. Wine, food, music, art, and architecture will grace the walls of 1239 Garden Street in downtown San Luis Obispo and all are invited. CEO Matthew Linden, VP Andrew Goodwin, and Directors Serhino Espinosa and Allen Root will be on hand to talk about all the amazing blessings that are building up in our wonderful company.  Come on by!

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