15 degrees c wine shop ventures out

jrobillard@thetribunenews.comOctober 24, 2012 

Templeton’s 15 degrees c wine shop and bar is moving from the Trader Joe’s shopping center to the heart of town, offering the business greater visibility, owner Ali Rush Carscaden says.

On Saturday, she closed the shop on Rossi Road, where it’s been for five years, and is prepping her new location at 624 S. Main St. for a Nov. 1 grand opening.

The new shop — between Martin’s on Main hamburgers and the Presbyterian church on Main Street — will continue to offer 15 degrees c’s 500-wine collection that emphasizes local winemakers and features brands from around the world. New for the business are extended hours, more menu items, a temperature-controlled wine room, and a larger bar and outdoor area.

More beers will be on tap, and there will be homemade mozzarella as well as 40 different types of cheese to choose from.

The décor “has a rustic feel to it, complete with sliding barn doors and a horseshoe-shaped bar,” and it will keep with a wine theme, said Carscaden, a Cal Poly graduate and a certified sommelier. The bar’s top is made from recycled concrete and wine bottles, while the base is adorned with recycled cork.

Partnerships with other small local businesses will continue. Carscaden will still use Hush Harbor in Atascadero for fresh bread and feature Pier 46 oysters on Friday nights. She’ll also work with Main Street neighbors Nature’s Touch to bring in fresh vegetables, and Clavo wines, where she plans to hold seminars on various wine topics. Also, local artists’ works will be displayed on the walls.

She doesn’t plan to immediately hire beyond her current six employees but hopes to in the future.

Carscaden signed a three-year lease for the 1,280-square-foot, first-floor spot in a new retail and office complex. She would not disclose her business’ profits or the amount she has invested in the move and upgrades.

So far, 15 degrees c doesn’t have any neighbors in the new two-story, two-building complex.

According to Steve Carroll, who owns the buildings with his wife, there is “pretty good interest,” but he wouldn’t identify potential tenants. There is about 2,000 square feet of retail space and 4,000 square feet of office space, Carroll said.

Carroll’s business, San Luis Obispo-based Carroll Building Co., is doing the construction, which is also set to be complete by Nov. 1. He would not disclose costs.

Back on Rossi Road, 15 degrees c’s exit leaves another spot empty in the small Vineyard Center that saw Joebella Coffee Roasters close its cafe a few months ago to focus on its business in Atascadero.

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