Located in beautiful Downtown, San Luis Obispo, EcoBambino’s brick-colored storefront stands out on historic Monterey Street. The 2,500 square-foot space with its squeaky hardwood floor, is filled with natural and eco-friendly products for children.
At EcoBambino, we strive to enrich children’s lives with products that support healthy growth, and inspire thinking, learning, and creativity. We believe in creating a healthy environment for children, while also working to preserve our planet.
The products we carry in our store have been carefully selected using a list of criteria. We examine brands from many angles in hopes of selecting a well-rounded assortment of products to fit into a range of product categories such as Baby Gear, Feeding Supplies, Clothing, Bedding, Toys, Diapering, Furniture, and more. To give you an idea of what we mean, here are some possible questions we ask about a product and its manufacturer before bringing it into our store.
Product: Is it made from natural and renewable materials? Where is it made? Is it free from known harmful chemicals and exceed safety standards? Is it innovative and educational? Does it have longevity (grow with the family?) Is it made in an environmentally safe and responsible way?
Manufacturer: What certifications do they have? How socially responsible are they? Do they work to preserve our planet through financial contribution or other sustainable practices? Do they give back to community organizations?
We care about the products filling our shelves, but we also care deeply about the families who visit our store. We value our customers and want to give them a positive, memorable shopping experience, whether through our website or in person.
It all began in 2006 when EcoBambino’s founder, Ariana Spaulding, heard about the shocking major brand toy recalls due to lead paint in the news. Before then, she had been living in a delusion that all products for babies had been carefully product tested and were safe. She began to analyze everything her infant son was playing with and putting in his mouth. She researched children’s brands and switched her perspective. Rather than just trusting all children’s brands, she researched a brand diligently to make sure they were deserving of attention.
In addition, there was no local children’s store that specialized in more natural children’s products. Ariana felt her community needed a place where families could shop and feel confident about the products that they purchased. After the birth of her second child, Ariana’s passion for the children’s product industry continued to grow. In 2008, EcoBambino was born. Ariana rented a small space upstairs in a historic building in Downtown, San Luis Obispo, and opened up to customers by appointment. She also ran a small web store, and set up a booth weekly at the Thursday evening Downtown Farmer’s Market. After over a year of Farmer’s Markets, she had found the perfect space for an official storefront. Ariana reached out to her sister-in-law, Amanda Spaulding, to continue the journey with her and make the dream of a brick and mortar store a reality. EcoBambino’s current location opened its doors to a thrilled local crowd in September 2010.
After three strong and faithful years, Amanda decided to stay home with her two children, and Ariana now runs the store alongside her passionate and knowledgeable team.
EcoBambino loves to educate, support, and encourage its community’s families through store events and sharing product knowledge. It’s a great day at EcoBambino, how can we help you?
Is it really a big deal to shop local? Let’s look at the stats.
According to a Civic Economics Study in Grand Rapids, Michigan, if you spend $100 at a local business, $68 of those dollars remains in the community, compared to $43 when spent at a large chain store.
Small businesses donate 250% more than larger businesses to non-profits and local community organizations.
Big box stores and large online retailers don’t donate to your child’s school silent auction fundraiser.
Big box stores and large online retailers don’t give hands-on education of their products.
When you can, always Shop Local.