The former owners of a longtime South County nursery have opened a new business at a new location in Grover Beach.
Ron’s Nursery had closed earlier this summer at 1207 S. 13th St. after a bank foreclosed on the property and the owners filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. It had been open for 27 years.
The new business — called Ron’s — opened Sept. 3 at 850 W. Grand Ave., and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
“We’re going in a new direction,” said Peggy Carlock, who with husband Ron owns the business. She declined to talk about the previous shop, instead focusing on their new venture featuring gifts, home décor, plants and furniture.
The shop will also offer plant care and an outdoor nursery. The previous business included a 5,000-square-foot showroom and nursery grounds. The new shop is smaller, though the exact square footage was not available.
“I was delighted that he was back,” Grover Beach resident Marsha Bolyanatz said Wednesday. She said she’s visited Ron’s Nursery since moving to the city from San Luis Obispo in 1992. “A stroll through Ron’s is indeed a massage for the spirit,” she wrote in a letter to The Tribune.
— Cynthia Lambert
Madonna honored for shelter work
Phyllis Madonna was recently honored with the Louis Tedone Humanitarian Award for her work to aid the Women’s Shelter of San Luis Obispo as well as other philanthropic and business efforts.
The award is given annually by the French Hospital Medical Center Foundation. Past recipients are developer Rob Rossi, rancher Steve Hearst, Dr. Ke-Ping Tsao and dentist Jac Pedersen.
In March, Madonna performed in the 23rd annual Phyllis’ Musical Revue, a fashion and variety show that each year has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the shelter.
The foundation’s fifth annual hospital gala raised $153,000 that will be used for programs offered at the hospital. Of that total, $30,000 will be set aside to fund 300 free mammograms for women who need them and cannot afford such screenings.
— Tad Weber
Pacific Eye has moved its North County operations from offices at 1020 Vine St., Paso Robles, and 1050 Las Tablas Road, Templeton, to a larger, consolidated facility at 220 Oak Hill Road in Paso Robles.
Ophthalmologists Adam Abroms, Christopher Hulburd, William McRee, J. Brent Oldenburg and Mark Sherman will continue to see patients at the new office.
Pacific Eye has offices in Paso Robles, Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, Pismo Beach and Santa Maria, and also operates Optical Concepts in Santa Maria and Pismo Coast Laser Vision Center in Pismo Beach.
— Julia Hickey
The San Luis Obispo County YMCA has installed Mandy Leastman, CFO of Founders Community Bank, as its new president, and has appointed four new directors to its board.
Leastman has a degree in business administration from Cal Poly and has been involved in community banking for more than 20 years.
New directors include Pacific Gas and Electric Co. Area Manager Patricia Wilmore; Shandon Elementary School Principal Dan Peverini; YMCA Facility Member Representative Tara Teitge; and Lee Johnson, vice president of consulting for Collaboration, LLC.
— Julia Hickey