pssssssssst....they LYS's in Omaha have both!
they are not the same thing though. Malabrigo is a lot softer.
i got your PM btw and forgot to reply (i am very easily distracted it seems)...tell your friend you want to do the LYS crawl in Omaha on Saturday! there are two great ones within blocks of each other. the other is in Benson (midtown Omaha if you don't know) and nice but not my favorite even though she did teach me....just not as much stock.