Biz Buzz: Vineyard pledges profits to cancer research

J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines has promised thousands of dollars to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, the company announced last week, to honor a member of its family.

The wine company — which has 3,000 acres of vineyards in Paso Robles, Monterey County and the Napa Valley — will donate $62,000 dollars from the sale of its 2005 Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon to pay for mammograms of 500 women in need, to be identified through the foundation.

The wine is named after company founder Jerry Lohr’s late wife Carol Waldorf Lohr, who died in August 2008 of complications from breast cancer.

The Lohr family and its employees decided to designate the 2005 vintage as a commemorative release — promising $2 from every bottle sold to the foundation to help women get mammograms who would otherwise be unable to afford them.

“There is no more fitting tribute with which to both recognize our mother and to champion breast cancer awareness,” company spokeswoman Cynthia Lohr said.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation works to extend women’s lives by increasing awareness of breast cancer through education, early detection and providing mammograms for those in need, officials said.

— Tonya Strickland

New stores opening across from mission

Two new stores, Trio Boutique and Ja Nene Natural Body Products, are opening in downtown San Luis Obispo across from the mission on Chorro Street.

The respective owners, Christy Grierson and Janene Lasswell, say they were attracted to the downtown location on Chorro Hill because of its high visibility.

Trio Boutique specializes in handmade jewelry and “very unique clothing,” mostly tops priced between $30 and $40, Grierson said.

The store also has a section of bridal accessories, jewelry, hairpins, tiaras and veils, and handmade scarves on consignment by Dana Lynn, a school teacher in San Luis Obispo.

Ja Nene’s offers skin care and bath products for people as well as pets. Products can also be customized for individual needs, Lasswell added. — Melanie Cleveland