Biz Buzz: Wine shop gets a makeover

Central Coast Wines has a new look and new inventory to go along with it.

The 12-year-old retail shop at 712 Higuera St. in San Luis Obispo closed its doors for about five days in October to undergo an extensive remodel that cost about $50,000.

Owners Bob and Dianna Ritchie bought the store more than two years ago from the original owners. They say the business has grown well in that time. “Sales have gone up 37 percent over the last two years,” Ritchie said. “The store was 12 years old. It needed updating. There was 12 years’ worth of wine stains on the carpet. We painted, put in new fans, lights and hardwood floors, and just gave it an updated look.”

New wines have also been added. “Not only do we have an extensive cellar of vintage wines from ’98 to 2010 but we’re now offering international wines from places like Chile and Argentina as well as wines from Northern California, Oregon and Washington,” Ritchie said. “But our focus is still local.”

To celebrate its 12-year anniversary and remodeling, Central Coast Wines will host a grand reopening on Nov. 20.

— Stacy Daniel

Call America has a new name

San Luis Obispo-based telecommunications company Call America Inc. has changed its name to Utility Telephone. The name change comes five years after the company was acquired by Stockton-based Utility Telephone.

Utility Telephone has 22 employees at its San Luis Obispo office.

— Stacy Daniel