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Paso Robles
The Blenders is a local treasure trove
 Offering a unique blend of clothing and cosmetics
For nearly 50 years, The Blend- ers, located in downtown Paso Robles, has created a sense of com- munity and passion for fashion, sk- incare, and cosmetics among locals and visitors. The Blenders remains true to its namesake by offering
a ‘blend’ of unique items, special orders, and beauty consultations to the San Luis Obispo community. The Blenders was opened by Barbara Lewin in 1974, offering Merle Norman Cosmetics, clothing, accessories, coffee and tea, and miscellaneous products that drew people into the store to find the perfect holiday gift or enjoy a hot drink and peruse the products. Her daughter, Lori Alpert, was part of
her sales team and daily business ventures at The Blenders while engaging in her career in whole- sale apparel, and after the 2003 San Simeon earthquake, became partners with her mother until Barbara’s passing in 2019.
“The most
rewarding aspect
of working at The
Blenders are the
customers. After
almost 50 years,
our customers are
not just custom-
ers, they become
friends. Having
a business in this
community that is part of my heri- tage is a blessing. Carrying on my mother’s legacy is fulfilling and I sure have some big shoes to fill! But I hear her guiding me every day,” said Lori. Mom was driven, pas- sionate, engaged in the community, and a great salesperson. I learned
a great deal from her. We each had our strengths that we brought to the business.”
Carrying wonderful skincare and cosmetics products and offer- ing complimentary makeovers with Merle Norman Cosmetics, which are manufactured in the USA, is an integral component of The Blend- ers. Just a sampling of the Merle Norman Cosmetics products of- fered are skin care collections for all skin types with the latest technol- ogy. Also included are permanent and seasonal colors and palettes
for lips and eyes, Merle Norman’s foundation with dermatologist-sug- gested ingredients such as zinc, and products geared toward anti-aging.
“The Merle Norman motto is ‘try before you buy’ which is the
concept we uphold at The Blenders. We encourage anyone looking for new skincare or makeup to come in and try before replenishing. We customize your regime to fit your needs, focusing on skincare first so that your makeup highlights the best you," said Lori.
“We would like the community to know how grateful we are for your support over the years. We have become a destination commu- nity and we have a lot to offer. The Blenders offers a different selection
than the other wonderful stores and if we don’t offer what you are looking for, we definitely refer to the other busi- nesses. Shop local and sup- port the local businesses,” Lori said.
Whether you are look-
ing for new skincare products or a fun new
clothing item The Blenders offers a unique selection of your retail needs. Real women, real sizes! We celebrate beauty in all ages, shapes and sizes!
The Blenders’ lifestyle clothing is selected with customers in mind. For those who travel, for special occasions, or just to spice up the wardrobe, The Blenders should be your first stop. Be sure to check out their amazing selection of acces- sories and handbags.
The Blenders also offers ear piercing.
To stay connected with The Blenders about new arrivals or sales, follow them on Facebook and on Instagram at theblenders. merlenorman.
The Blenders is located at 538 12th St in Paso Robles. Open Mon- Sat from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Sun. For more information visit or call (805) 238-5554.
—Sadie Mae Mace
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 A fully interactive children’s museum in the heart of downtown Paso Robles
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