Biz Buzz: Carlton has new cafe and bakery

Malibu Brew Café and Bakery is moving into the former Art Café location in the Carlton hotel in Atascadero.

Malibu Brew Coffee owner Paul Say said he is teaming up with Robert Mora to run the new enterprise.

Say had started looking for another location when he learned the new movie theater and plaza development might take over his current spot on El Camino Real, a block or so away from the Carlton.

The hotel’s general manager, Deena Alexander, is a Malibu Brew regular, he said, and she originally suggested he should look at taking over the bakery at the hotel.

At first he was hesitant, but he realized the cafe could keep the hotel vibrant and be a good spot for locals, Say said. He and Mora have since decided not to close the original location because it caters to different demographics with a drive-through and casual patio seating; the Carlton location is more upscale, he said.

“We’ve been in Malibu Brew for three years, and we’ve grown steadily, so we think of our new location as our sister shop,” Say said. “It’ll be easy for me to run back and forth between them.”

The new cafe, which will offer coffee, fresh-baked goods and light cafe fare, opens Monday.

— Melanie Cleveland

Dance studio opens in SLO

Heidi Asefvaziri, a 20-year-old San Luis Obispo native, recently opened Street HEAT Dance Co., a studio specializing in hip-hop dance classes for all ages at 223-A Granada Drive.

Asefvaziri is a business student at Cal Poly who began teaching hip-hop last year at the San Luis Obispo Academy of Dance. She teaches 16 classes per week at Street HEAT, which features hardwood floors, full mirrored walls and decorative graffiti. To make classes available to lower income students, Asefvaziri offers them for $10 each or $50 per month for unlimited classes.

— Julia Hickey