Biz Buzz: New tasting room to host unique art and wine palate

One North County mixed-media artist hopes to create a multifaceted venue for wine and art with the construction of his new 3,000-square-foot wine tasting room in southern Paso Robles.

Artist Dale Evers is building seven wine-pouring spaces as part of his 10-acre Dragonfly Gardens development — a venue with outdoor sculpture displays and working art studios at 3055 Limestone Way.

Construction of the tasting room began a year ago, he said, and is the first phase of a $20 million development slated for completion in April 2010. The second phase is set to begin afterward, with plans for additional business spaces for coffee roasters, olive oil vendors and a kitchen and patio area. An expansion of the gardens with trails is also in the mix, he said.

The tasting booths, starting at rents of $1,000 per month, are being marketed as a stepping-stone for wineries producing roughly 200 cases per year.

“The idea is to provide a place and an experience where people come, relax, enjoy the gardens, witness working artists fulfilling their muse and taste up to seven different wines,” Evers said of the development.

— Tonya Strickland

Spencer to sit on local bank board

American Principle Bank recently announced that John M. Spencer, the owner of Spencer’s Fresh Markets, has been appointed as a member of the bank’s board of directors.

Having lived on the Central Coast for more than 50 years, Spencer began his career in the local grocery business as a bagger in his teen years and opened his first store in Santa Maria in 1996. He now has five stores from Santa Maria to Atascadero, and is a member of the chambers of commerce for Santa Maria, Arroyo Grande, Morro Bay, Atascadero, and Grover Beach. American Principle Bank is located at 4051 Broad St., Suite 140.

— Julia Hickey

Dentist relocates to San Luis Obispo

Dentist Christopher Stellpflug recently relocated to San Luis Obispo from the Central Valley to partner with Dr. Ron Brunick at 956 Walnut Ave.

Stellpflug holds a bachelor’s degree from UCLA and received his dental degree in 1999 from University of the Pacific in San Francisco.

Stellpflug has maintained active memberships in various associations, including the American Dental Association, California Dental Association and the American Equilibration Society.

— Julia Hickey