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After 26 years, Margie’s Diner chain keeps trucking along

By   /  Friday, August 3rd, 2012  /  Columns, Restaurants  /  Comments Off on After 26 years, Margie’s Diner chain keeps trucking along

Meet Margie Johnson, the woman behind one of the most successful restaurant enterprises in the region.

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Four Scolari’s stores to close; developer buys three properties

By   /  Thursday, April 12th, 2012  /  Central Coast, Latest news, Real Estate  /  Comments Off on Four Scolari’s stores to close; developer buys three properties

Scolari’s, a chain of regional grocery stores founded in the Central Coast more than three decades ago, is closing its four tri-county locations within the next 60 days. The real estate under three of the properties, in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles, has been sold to NKT Commercial, a San Luis Obispo-based Read More →

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Dole buys natural snack company

By   /  Friday, March 2nd, 2012  /  Latest news, Tri-County Public Companies  /  Comments Off on Dole buys natural snack company

Dole Food Co. has bought Mrs. May’s Naturals, a family-run company that makes natural snacks such as fruit-and-nut bars and freeze-dried fruit. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Westlake Village-based Dole said Mrs. May’s had 2011 revenues of about $16 million. Mrs. Mays was founded in 2002 by brothers Augustine and Michael Kim, Read More →

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Santa Barbara Public Market close to signing tenants, starting construction

By   /  Friday, November 4th, 2011  /  Columns, Restaurants, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Santa Barbara Public Market close to signing tenants, starting construction

Over the last year, the developer has been doing indoor work on the old grocery story building and has “curated” tenants for what will be called the Santa Barbara Public Market.

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A niche on the shelf: Specialty food companies thrive

By   /  Friday, October 28th, 2011  /  Features, Small Business  /  1 Comment

Two of the Tri-Counties’ quirkiest food producers are proving that bigger isn’t necessarily better.

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Healthy and growing: B.R.A.T drink gears up for national expansion

By   /  Friday, September 23rd, 2011  /  Features, Small Business  /  Comments Off on Healthy and growing: B.R.A.T drink gears up for national expansion

B.R.A.T, a “feel better” drink based in San Luis Obispo, is seeing sales and distribution grow.

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Fired up in Edna Valley: Ray’s Own Brand expands

By   /  Friday, September 2nd, 2011  /  Features, Small Business  /  Comments Off on Fired up in Edna Valley: Ray’s Own Brand expands

San Luis Obispo-based sausage maker Ray’s Own Brand recently signed a deal with national food distributor McClane.