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A premium on historic Oxnard: Barkley buys Bank of A. Levy site

By   /  Friday, April 18th, 2014  /  Real Estate, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  No Comments

Al Barkley, left, and his son Griffin and wife Rebecca inside the historic Bank of A. Levy builing in downtown Oxnard. Al and Rebecca purchased and refurbished the property at 143 W Fifth St. and now lease it the family firm, Barkley Insurance & Risk Management.

A historic bank building in downtown Oxnard is now home to Barkley Insurance & Risk Management, a 20-year-old family firm.

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Location, location is key to drought outlook for region’s vintners

By   /  Friday, April 18th, 2014  /  Agriculture, Central Coast, Small Business, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  No Comments

California’s production of wine grapes is likely to decline this year after record yields in 2012 and 2013, but it’s uncertain whether the booming Central Coast will join in the slide.

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Artisan food vendors flock to Santa Barbara Public Market

By   /  Friday, April 11th, 2014  /  Latest news, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  No Comments

Frederic and Dana Blaudeau, managers of  The Culture Counter in their soon-to-open space in the Santa Barbara Public Market. Their shop sells cheese, charcuterie and other artisan foods from around the world. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

Vendors will offer sustainably and humanely-raised meat and poultry; vegetable and fruit juices pressed on site; fresh seafood; cheeses and salumi; cupcakes and cakes; olive oils and vinegars; and a wine and beer tasting bar.

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Turn of fate on 9/11 spurred dramatic career shift to winemaking

By   /  Friday, March 21st, 2014  /  Central Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off

Peter Work and his wife, Rebecca, quit corporate East Coast careers after the Sept. 11 terror attacks and moved to Santa Barbara County to become winemakers.  (Tom Bronzini / Business Times photo)

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Peter Work and wife Rebecca watched from the Newark, N.J., Airport as the twin towers of the World Trade Center went crashing down in a cloud of dust and debris.

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Eberle Winery to retain founder as ambassador, hold production steady

By   /  Thursday, March 20th, 2014  /  Top Stories, Tourism, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off

[EDITOR'S NOTE: This story, originally published on March 20, was updated on March 31 with additional reporting.] When Paso Robles viticulture pioneer Gary Eberle was unexpectedly ousted as general manager at Eberle Winery in January, it sounded like the new majority partners had some radical changes in mind to boost profits. Eberle told several media […]

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Sanford, free of debt, looks to future at Alma Rosa Winery

By   /  Friday, February 21st, 2014  /  Central Coast, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off


Richard Sanford, free of a crushing debt burden, says he is excited about the future of Alma Rosa Winery and Vineyards and his role there, even though he has lost ownership.

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Dry weather plagues Ventura County strawberries

By   /  Sunday, January 26th, 2014  /  Agriculture, East Ventura County, Latest news, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off

Strawberries are sorted before being frozen at a packing plant in Oxnard. The fruit is the most valuable crop in the Tri-Counties. (courtesy photo by Cheryl Giacopuzzi, via the Museum of Ventura County's Agriculture Museum)

Oxnard strawberry growers lost an average $10,000 to $15,000 per acre worth of crop last year because the berries died off prematurely in dry weather, and farmers could be in for a repeat of that scenario this year.

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