Biz Buzz: Carlocks sell their venerable Los Osos bakery

After nearly five decades as a fixture in Los Osos, Gary and Barbara Carlock have sold their family bakery to a businessman and baker from Los Angeles.

The deal was finalized on Tuesday, the new owner of Carlock’s Bakery, Meng Phou, said.

The bakery has been in the Carlock family since 1961. After almost 50 years in the business, the owners felt it was time for a change.

“Gary is over 70 years old and has bad arthritis,” new owner Phou said. “I have no plans to make any changes to the business.

“I will keep everything the same. All employees will keep their jobs,” he added. “Nothing will change, the product, the quality, the workers, it will all be the same.”

With a history as rich and sweet as the cookies, cakes and pastries that are baked there, the shop at 1045 Los Osos Valley Road has been a favorite stop for locals and tourists alike.

Phou said the deal to buy the bakery has been in the works for several weeks. On Tuesday the business was officially turned over to him.

Gary and Barbara Carlock will continue to work at the bakery to help ensure the transition goes smoothly.

Phou would not disclose how much he paid for the bakery, but he did say that Gary and Barbara Carlock were happy with the deal and looking forward to enjoying life.

— Stacy Daniel

Dance teachers form own studio

Three former teachers from American Dance, Leslie Baumberger, Stacy Estrada and Rose Patti, have formed CORE Dance Company of the Central Coast.

The teachers decided to form CORE—which stands for Creative Original Raw Energy—when American Dance of San Luis Obispo closed in August following the retirement of studio owner Lissa Beck.

CORE, which has a company of 38 dancers ranging from ages 6 to 18, has been practicing and offering classes for the public in the studio space of Street Heat Dance Company at 223 Granada Drive in San Luis Obispo.

On Monday, CORE moved to its own space at 3422 Miguelito Ct., Suite 140, in San Luis Obispo.

The company specializes in what Baumberger called a “ballet-based jazz program.”

— Julia Hickey