Bookstore, wine bar, coffee house Wise Owl takes flight Monday

Full week of entertainment planned at new Cambria performance venue

ktanner@thetribunenews.comAugust 2, 2013 

A combination bookstore, wine and bar, coffee shop and performance venue opens with a week-long grand opening starting Monday in Cambria.

Wise Owl Cambria owners Lyn Nanni, Eileen Nunes and Jill Knight kept the name of the former wine bar and dress shop at 2164 Center St., previously occupied by Cambria Bicycle Outfitters and, long ago, the late Wilfred Lyons, a historian and longtime Cambrian.

The Wise Owl plans to be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Grand opening events include live music from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Poetry readers are set for 7 p.m. Thursday (San Luis Obispo poet laureate Dian Sousa) and Friday (Celeste Goyer). Book signings are set for 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday (Catherine Ryan Hyde) and at 2 p.m. Sunday (Nathan Shelton).

Food of the “small plates” variety will be served, but it will be prepared offsite in a commercial kitchen by catering chef/food stylist Kari Kuwahara of San Luis Obispo.

Wise Owl’s mission statement says it “is a gathering place of art and soul. Come celebrate life with us and discover more of ‘whooo you are.’”

For details, call 927-8888, go to or email

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