Biz Buzz: HealthPlus Rx plans to double store size

Dana Nelson, the San Luis Obispo pharmacist and owner of HealthPlus Pharmacy, is planning to double the size of his pharmacy in University Square on Foothill Boulevard.

The expansion will demolish and then rebuild the interior spaces between the current pharmacy shop on one end of the strip mall to the Bank of America at the other end, Nelson said.

The in-between tenants — Special Olympics, SLO Kickboxing, Maly’s, and Traditional Tattoo — have already moved to new locations or intend to move in the next 60 to 90 days, they say.

The expansion will give HealthCare Plus a meeting room, a demonstration kitchen, four doctors’ offices, a compounding area, an infusion therapy room, fitting rooms for medical braces and skylights to make the store “as sustainable as possible,” Nelson said.

He is hoping to have completed the renovations by the end of the year at a cost between $500,000 and $750,000.

Nelson has been operating HealthPlus Pharmacy for 23 years. He and his wife, Catherine Asper, also own the Cambria Village Pharmacy.

Special Olympics has moved to 1171-A Toro St., near the old French Hospital, in San Luis Obispo.

Traditional Tattoo has relocated across the parking lot in the shopping center next to the California Pita Pit.

Maly’s, a wholesale distributor of beauty products, is reopening as Salon Centric at 3121 S. Higuera St., a location twice its current size, according to its manager, Denise Florez.

SLO Kickboxing is still looking for a large warehouse-type space where they “don’t disturb their neighbors,” said co-owner Scott Lighty.

— Melanie Cleveland

Certificate for Ancient Peaks

Ancient Peaks Winery’s estate Margarita Vineyard recently earned sustainability-in-practice certification for meeting at least 75 percent of the Central Coast Vineyard Team’s comprehensive standards for sustainability, as verified by an independent contractor.

The Central Coast Vineyard Team is a nonprofit group of growers, wineries, consultants and researchers that promotes sustainable winegrowing.

Sustainable practices at Margarita Vineyard include deficit irrigation, natural cover crops, wildlife corridors, rotational groundwater usage, the use of compost tea in place of synthetic fertilizers, avoidance of tillage practices that might cause soil erosion and natural management of vineyard pests by promoting habitats for native predators.

Margarita Vineyard resides on 996 acres of the historic Santa Margarita Ranch and is planted with cabernet sauvignon, merlot, zinfandel, syrah, sauvignon blanc and other varietals.

It is one of more than 20 vineyards regionally to achieve the certification.

— Julia Hickey