E&J Gallo grabs a taste of Central Coast vintage
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La Entrada project takes toll on other businesses in area
The La Entrada mixed-use development on lower State Street is poised to reshape the downtown Santa Barbara retail landscape, but the massive construction project has left some businesses in its dust. The northbound lane reopened on July 1 on the State Street section that bridges downtown and the waterfront, but the relief came too late Read More →
Oil company wants to expand Orcutt drilling despite pipe closures
Since Plains All American Pipeline shut down Lines 901 and 903 in May after the Refugio oil spill, Pacific Coast Energy is one of only a few oil producers in the county able to get its product to market. The Orcutt-based business, which operates under its Los Angeles-based parent company Breitburn Energy, is trying to Read More →
Niven family’s wines showcase potential of cool Edna Valley
The temperature was just 77 degrees on a July afternoon when I visited Niven Family Wine Estates in Edna Valley, the coolest wine appellation in California, according to a Southern Oregon University study. The family’s 1,000-plus-acre Paragon Vineyard is just four and a half miles inland from Pismo Beach. The cooling ocean breezes make for Read More →
Dubroff: Small Business Saturday adds up for Orcutt’s Mark Steller
In a year where Black Friday disappointed the big boxes and Cyber Monday was not as strong as online giants might have liked, Mark Steller is happy about the smaller scale results that Small Business Saturday delivered for Orcutt’s Old Town Market. I first met Steller in August when he was our North Santa Barbara Read More →
SLO developers expand regional impact
San Luis Obispo-based real estate and development firm PB Cos., started in 2011 by partners Ryan Petetit and John Belsher, has gone from a single deal to build a few homes to a collection of projects valued at more than $300 million.