Biz Buzz: Enjoy fresh fish by handy subscription

In a nod to the so-called locavore movement, which promotes community-supported agriculture and locally grown foods, Marjorie Hurd of Arroyo Grande has launched a company that allows customers to order fish on a subscription basis.

Starting Thursday, customers can order fish from Morro Bay fisherman Mark Tognazzini. Subscriptions for three months are $75 for two people.

Tognazzini catches a variety of fish from rock cod to swordfish, and Hurd will bring the catch to a designated spot at Clark Valley Organic Farm in Los Osos (and another site still to be determined) for customers to pick up on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. She plans on providing recipes to her customers as well.

The fish, she said, will be so delicate and sweet, “it won’t need a lot of enhancement, it stands on its own.”

While county residents have begun to order vegetables directly from local farms, Hurd said she may be the first to provide locally caught fish this way to the county.

To reach Hurd, call 481-5827 or e-mail her at

— Melanie Cleveland

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CoastHills Federal Credit Union recently announced its 2010 Board of Directors. Hugh Rafferty of Santa Maria will continue to serve as board chair. Re-elected to a three-year term were Chuck Scheithauer of Santa Maria, Shirleen Sladek of Santa Maria and Pete Reed of Atascadero. Other officers include Dr. Robert McIntire, Bill Anders and Ted Eckert.

CoastHills serves more than 65,000 members in Northern Santa Barbara County and San Luis Obispo County with 11 branches and a full-service call center.

— Julia Hickey

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Eileen and Shane Beattie have opened Canterbury Tails Dog Resort, a hotel for dogs, at 6970 Benton Road in Paso Robles.

The hotel features spacious individual dog houses on two acres of land, each featuring a private patio and modeled after an English village.

“It’s like a little Disneyland,” said Eileen Beattie, who previously worked as a kitchen designer at Lowe’s in Paso Robles.

The hotel can accommodate up to 24 dogs and offers nightly rates starting at $38 and day care for $17, with options including lavender baths, home-cooked meals and walks into the countryside.

The Beatties employ one full-time veterinary technician, Nancy Sheer, to care for dogs with special health needs or in recovery from illness.

— Julia Hickey