Lund’s, the specialty gift shop in the Village of Arroyo Grande, is closing after more than 17 years in business.
Owners Bob and Margareta Lund said the recession finally took its toll on the store, which sold gift baskets, fine wines and home furnishings in the 1,600-square-foot shop at 133 E. Branch St.
The business has four part-time employees.
“It’s a really traumatic moment for us,” Bob Lund said. “It’s been a deteriorating situation for several years, and it’s just gotten worse.”
However, Lund said that he and Margareta, who moved to the Central Coast from the Bay Area to open the business in 1993, are thankful for the opportunity to serve patrons through the years and help the Village grow.
“We looked at all the cities on the Central Coast, and there was something about the Village that really attracted us,” Lund said. “It was a little bit run down at that time, but it was a gateway to wine country, and there was potential for improvement and beautification. It has happened, and it has been wonderful to be a part of that growth.”
After the store closes, Lund, executive director of the Arroyo Grande Village Improvement Association, will continue to be involved in community activities. Margareta plans to find a new outlet for her jewelry and art.
“I can’t think of anything nicer (than) to have spent the last 17 years in this community,” Bob Lund said.
Lund’s will host a sale starting at 10 a.m. Thursday. Customers who visit the store daily will be able to earn points and win prizes.
Regular store hours will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
The shop’s final day will be April 2.
— Julie Lynem
County picks new ag commissioner
Deputy Agricultural Commissioner Marty Settevendemie will move up to head the department, effective March 6.The Board of Supervisors chose Settevendemie for the job Tuesday in closed session. His title will be Agricultural Commissioner and Sealer of Weights and Measures. His starting salary will be $107,827 plus benefits.
His department has a $5.2 million annual budget and 48 employees.
Settevendemie replaces Robert Lilley, who retired in December and applauded the choice.
“Over the past eleven years, Marty has demonstrated leadership and a commitment to the department’s mission,” Lilley said. “(He) recognizes the current economic and regulatory challenges local agricultural and other business operations face.”
Board Chairman Adam Hill said the board chose Settevendemie in part because they felt he could “strike the important balance between advocate and regulator.”
Settevendemie has worked for the department since 2000, beginning his career as an inspector and biologist.
As deputy commissioner, he was responsible for pest prevention programs, including pest exclusion, detection, management and eradication, nursery standards, seed law and plant export certification.
Settevendemie is a graduate of Cal Poly, with a bachelor’s degree in forestry and natural resource management.
He has done field research for testing of agricultural pest control materials and regulatory monitoring of commercial fishing operations for the federal Department of Commerce.
— Bob Cuddy