Biz Buzz: Ex-home to SLO dance classes for sale

The building that formerly housed the Academy of Dance in downtown San Luis Obispo is for sale, with an asking price of $2.95 million.

Vacant for six months, the building owner opted to sell after few potential tenants showed interest in the more than 4,000-square-foot space at 672 Higuera St.

Academy of Dance owner Lori Silvaggio operated her dance classes serving 800 students out of the multistory building for 22 years before moving to a larger space off Broad Street on the city’s outskirts. Her new location has triple the amount of space and has undergone a $2 million remodel to become a “world-class facility,” Silvaggio said.

The building has an option for residential space on the top floor.

—Dawn White

Local bank donates to children’s dental clinic

Mid-State Bank & Trust Foundation recently donated $5,000 to the Partnership for the Children of San Luis Obispo County, which supports and operates the nonprofit children’s dental clinic La Clinica de Tolosa.

Mid-State Bank & Trust Senior Vice President/Regional Manager Linda Minton presented the check to Martin Craven, the Partnership for the Children Foundation board president.

Clinic director Barbara Nicholson said the money will help pay for vital dental services to children from underserved families who live in San Luis Obispo County.

—Sarah Arnquist

Patricia Haaker of Central Coast Eye, who has worked at the firm for 27 years, has been accredited as a certified ophthalmic executive, which means she has demonstrated the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to manage an ophthalmic medical practice.

—Dawn White

Kenneth McCall, a senior financial consultant with Pismo Beach-based Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, recently completed an advanced retirement planning program held by University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Mc-Call joined the firm in June 1995 and serves members between Solvang and Paso Robles.

—Tonya Strickland

Cahoots Catering Co. recently developed “Recipes from the Central Coast’s Premier Catering Company.” Written by owners Lisa Jones and Jim Subject, the 172-page, full-color cookbook features more than 80 of the North County firm’s recipes and suggested wine pairings. For more information, visit

—Tonya Strickland

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