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CONTENTS

March 2021

Issue No. 239

Features

Departments

Something Worth Reading

Round Town

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40 2021 Readers Poll by hayley mattson

The Best of North SLO County celebrates all the winners chosen by local readers of all our North County publications.

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Taste of Americana by barbie butz

A St. Patrick’s Day menu that will give you a taste of Ireland with the traditional Soda Bread, Irish Coffee and a good old fashion Irish toast!

Just Baked

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Libby Ryan shares competing on Food Network’s Chopped Sweets and adapting to running a business during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Natural Alternative: Understanding Your Microbiome Paso Robles Chamber: Be a Tourist in Your Hometown The General Store: Local Field Trips = New Goodies San Miguel: San Miguel is Growing! Come Visit Safely

Taste of Paso

Sip & Savor: Italian Varietal Wines Shine in Paso

Oak Leaf

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SLO County Office of Education: What a Budget Session

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Directory of Local Houses of Worship

Last Word

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Directory to our Advertisers

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It’s Happening On Main Street: Happy Springtime

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Publisher’s Letter

Paso Robles Magazine Manifesto

Cider Creek by camille devaul

Business owner Brad Daugherty takes matters into his own hands and forms a small business coalition due to California’s ever-changing guidelines.

On the Cover

Best of 2021: Street Side Ale House, located in Paso Robles and Atascadero winners of Best of North SLO County for Best Restaurant Pivot / Adaptation, Best Overall Specialty Foods, Best French Fries, Best Mocktail, Best Appetizer, Best Guy’s Night Out Spot, Best Girl’s Night Out Spot, Best Bar, Tavern, Pub, or Tap House and one of the winners of “What Locally Owned Business would you like to win a $500 shopping spree at?” Congratulations! Photo contributed by Street Side Ale House

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Publisher’s Letter

Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome, and know you can do anything if you just don’t give up. ~ Unknown

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s we share with you the winners of our 8th Annual Best of North SLO County Readers Poll, we took a moment to reflect on where we were a year ago at this time. Less than fifteen days after we went to press with our March 2020 issue, the entire economy came to a screeching halt. All the well-made plans that we had going into the year were no longer relevant. All that mattered was doing our part to “flatten the curve” and save precious lives. Our business immediately suffered, as did many others, and we had to adjust and restructure. We evaluated what we needed to make it through six months and trudged forward the best we could. We are proud to look back and know that we made it through without missing one print date. Honestly, we didn’t know if we would make it even a month. But we did, because of the incredible support from our advertisers even during this unprecedented time of change and uncertainty. We made it through because of you, our loyal readers and subscribers, whom many sent emails and letters to check in and offer support. We made it through because of our incredible team of dedicated professionals who shifted and adjusted as we navigated our way through the unknown. We made it through because we were never alone, and for that, we will be forever grateful that we get to live in the best place on Earth. Last year we shared that we have the best of humanity here in our communities, and we were overwhelmed by the response for all our local businesses. This year we can say that not only are we blown away once again, but touched by all the love we see our community members give to one another, even during the most challenging of times. Each month we are dedicated to sharing with you the people that make up this beautiful place we all call home. From the very start, it has been based on a very simple understanding of writing something worth reading, and our community makes that easy by continuing to do things worth writing about. It is important that we stay true to our word and dedicated to our mission “to make communities better through print,” which is why you will find our company manifesto in the last word. We adopted the manifesto as an inspirational guide back in 2018, and after the year we have all endured, it was important to us to share it with all of you. As we continue to walk through this pandemic, it is a good reminder to be gentle with one another. We may each see the world a little differently, but remember we are all in this together; because together, we are all so much more. We hope you enjoy this month’s issue of Paso Robles Magazine. Much love, N ic & Hayley

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Hayley Mattson

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Fairgrounds was hosting the annual” Cattleman’s Western Art Show and Sale.” These are just a few of the many events Paso hosted year after year. In this most challenging year, our Businesses have found a way to hang-inthere through creativity and hard work. If you have the character to hang-inthere when it’s tough, you will develop or acquire every other characteristic necessary to WIN in this game of life! This explains why Paso Businesses are so special!! There are so many untold stories about the businesses that have sacrificed to bring joy to others while staying open themselves. There is no better exercise for your heart than reaching down and lifting people up. I just discovered that Wanita, owner of “Once Again Alterations” in Paso, is creating Teddy Bears for nurses (men and women) who are working with COVID patients in hospitals and clinics. These are the special people who work multiple days at a time and then have to isolate themselves before returning home to their own families. Wanita’s Huggable Teddy Bears are created from leftover materials, so they are all made of different fabrics, colors, and designs. They are delivered with matching face masks for the nurses that include a special headband so the mask buttons behind the head instead of hanging from the ears. Hugging is the truest form of giving and receiving, even if it’s from a 19” Teddy Bear. Wanita, you have a beautiful heart!! Paso Robles Downtown Main Street Association is available to answer questions and give directions. Stop by and pick up current magazines, brochures and get information about Downtown. You can call (805)238-4103 or email info@pasoroblesdowntown.org. As we move out of winter and into spring, we see change all around us. Change is the law of life. Those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backwards. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it is going to launch you forward into something Great!! So be ready!! 

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between probiotics and improved health, including positive effects on depression and anxiety, intestinal & digestive health, as well as immune support. As stress and long-term use of certain medications may cause intestinal permeability or “leaky gut,” certain nutrients can support repair of gut lining and reduce inflammation. Enzymetica’s GI Recovery contains superfoods and L Glutamine to promote gut healing resulting in optimal energy, gut function, and recovery from digestive upsets. Whatever your health issue may be, supporting your ‘microbiome’ is essential. Visit The Natural Alternative and let my amazing team help you choose from a wide variety of pre and probiotics, digestive enzymes, and supplements to support a healthy gut lining. Dr. Formulated Probiotics are on sale now 30% off at The Natural Alternative. You are what you “eat, digest, and assimilate! “ Wishing you the best of health! Bobbi & the Team at The Natural Alternative

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ave you ever wished there was one central place to find out what’s going on in Paso Robles? Good news, there is! The Visitor Center is located in the heart of downtown and offers one-stop shopping for information about all things Paso. Events, activities, itineraries, and ideas for experiences throughout the area that might not be on your radar can all be found at the Visitor Center. Have friends or family coming into town for wine tasting? Come in and check out our collection of 2 for 1 wine tasting cards. Planning a group event such as a reunion or wedding? Stop in and let our staff assist you in gathering information to put in welcome packets for your guests. Somehow missed getting the Paso Magazine in the mail or need extras because someone you know is featured in it? We carry those (and dozens of other publications), too! And that’s in addition to resources for everything from plumbers to party planning professionals. Being in the Visitor Center reminds me of the theme song to Cheers. “Where everyone knows your name.” Our friendly staff engages with every person who comes in and often find that after the first visit, locals choose to make it a regular stop when they’re downtown. When you’re here, you might run into someone you know or make new friends as you engage with visitors from other states and countries. In fact, one of the best experiences we’ve had recently was a local who happened to be in the Visitor Center gathering information to send to friends from out of town when a couple from England came in to get advice about their trip. Listening to our staff give recommendations, the Paso resident became involved and offered additional insight. Thirty minutes later, they exchanged emails and phone numbers and planned to get together before the couple headed back to London the following week. You never know what you’re going to find when you’re here or who you’re going to meet. If you haven’t come in to say hi, you’re missing out on an invaluable opportunity to learn more about Paso Robles and the hidden gems that surround you. We encourage you to stop in and say hello, and look forward to your visit. 

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e miss field trips. Driving to a craft show, meeting the maker in person. And nothing makes you love the Central Coast more than spending a few days somewhere else. We love the diversity and art and noise in LA, for example. (And if you are ever able to grab a table at Night + Market Song, you will be rewarded with the loudest and most extraordinary Thai meal of your life.) We feel energized by these trips, though we are always very content to head back North on the highway. But with no traveling outside the county, for now, we’ve been seeking out inspiration locally, finding new partnerships, and digging in deeper to relationships we already have. One such partnership is with Marisa Daniels at Botanica 805, a true artist of natural ingredients and pure, lovely scents. Both her Balancing and Revitalizing Bath Salts fly off the shelves, and we’ll be adding her Calm Bath Salts to the mix soon. Marisa donates to Trees for the Future, which means that every time you buy one of her candles, a tree gets planted. (So, of course, we’ve decided to bring in her candles this Spring, as well a healing salve that’s just perfect for our washed-them-

twenty-times-today hands. ) A new maker in the store who is new to California altogether is Maven Leather, created by artist Emma Thieme. Originating in coastal Maine in 2015, Maven now enjoys two locations: a seasonal boutique in Cherryfield, Maine, and a year-round studio and gallery in Cayucos. We happened upon Emma’s shop on a day when she was closed, but she graciously opened up just for us. A former dancer, Emma is slight of build, but she’s fierce with her tools, and we couldn’t help but touch every single, special piece in her studio. There was a lot of ooh-ing and ahh-ing before we picked some simple and hearty leather wallets, as well as hanging plant holders that aren’t like anything we’ve seen. (First batch almost sold out in a weekend, so dang it - had to head over to the beach to grab some more.) Thrilled to be working with these two wonder women who are right here in our own backyard. Until we can hit the road again, here’s to local field trips! And a HUGE thank you for choosing us as a Best of North County. Truly grateful. XX General Store Paso Robles

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s we start to see the light after a long winter with the pandemic, San Miguel is ready to welcome locals and tourists to visit safely. The Mission San Miguel is closed, but masses are celebrated outdoors in the inner garden. San Miguel’s restaurants and wineries are open once again and happy to have visitors. A shared sentiment throughout is that they miss having people in their businesses not just for the sales but also for the social aspect. In a time where take-out food and wine tasting by mail has helped many businesses stay open, they are really missing the sense of community and catching up socially with local people and meeting tourists. Be sure to come and visit and let them know what you have been up to! Last year 46 new homes in town connected to the district’s services, and our estimated population has grown to 2,621. Currently under construction is four townhomes, with plans to build eight more. On the Bluffs, there are nine lots available for new builds. In addition, there is an approved “track map” for a project that could bring in 38 new homes. Other potential future projects could add 200-300 households in San Miguel.

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In the January Community Services District (CSD) Board meeting packet, the Machado Wastewater Treatment Facility Project Update included an analysis of land parcels that could be developed and connected to the district’s services. According to that analysis, the San Miguel CSD could be serving a population of 5,331 by 2035 and 5,720 by 2040. The Machado Wastewater Treatment Facility is on track with a new expansion to keep up with the town’s current and future usage. Originally built in 1985, then expanded and upgraded in 2001, the state requires further development to meet projected demand. Kelly Dodds, the Director of Utilities, is working with the district’s engineer to secure grants and funding for the project. The Rios-Caledonia Adobe (est. 1835) has a new gateway entrance thanks to the Friends of the Adobes volunteers’ efforts and a beautification grant. Even though it is closed to the public at this time, volunteers are working on a new display describing the Salinan people’s story and installing the original 1908 safe from the Thralls & Metzler General Store that was donated.

San Miguel’s Fire Department gained four new paid-call personnel in 2020. Currently, they are in training and participating in department activities. The fire department responded to 329 calls in 2020, compared to 301 calls in 2019. The breakdown of 2020 calls is Medical calls 69.3 percent, Fire related calls 10.3 percent, Vehicle Accidents 10.5 percent, and other 9.9 percent. Thanks to Chief Roberson and Assistant Chief Young, the San Miguel Fire Department received a new fire engine, updated medical equipment, and tools. The new 2020 Pierce Model 34-F Type III Wildland Firefighting Apparatus is primarily used for local wildland fire response. However, it will also support out-of-district fire services, which contributes to the fire department’s funding. The San Miguel Laundromat has installed solar panels and the first electric car charging station at 1141 Mission St, and the post office now has parcel lockers in the lobby so that packages can be picked up even after hours. As you can see, San Miguel is growing; come visit, stay or live with us…all at a safe distance, of course. 

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8th Annual Best of North SLO County Readers Poll! All the winners are extremely appreciative of your vote and for considering them your absolute favorite. As you look through the pages to see who won, know that they are the Best of 2021 because you, our readers, chose each and every one of them. As a community, it is important for us all to remember that our small businesses are a part of what makes our community and economy thrive. They are our family, friends, and neighbors, and they have had to pivot and adjust throughout the pandemic just to survive and keep their dream alive. With the 8th Annual Best of North SLO County, we celebrate all of the winners together with you. We thank you for supporting all of our small businesses, for participating in our Readers Poll, and for being the best readers in the world. We would not be able to do any of this without you.

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Taste of Paso

Sip & Savor

Italian Varietal Wines Shine in

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ho knew? Our local wine region loves Italian varietals. Not only do these grape varieties thrive in Paso Robles, but winemakers are also crafting exceptional wines that make Italian wine lovers feel at home. Gary Eberle, Paso pioneer, and vintner who first planted barbera in 1975 at then Estrella Winery, is willing to go even further. Sitting in the tasting room of his namesake winery, he swirls the dark red wine in his glass and makes this statement “I genuinely believe barbera is one grape we do better than Italians.” Stephy Terrizi, viticulturist and co-founder of Giornata Wine, recalls a recent comment from an Italian visitor sipping Giornata’s nebbiolo at her tasting room in Tin City. “This tastes like home,” the woman said. “We are not trying to copy what Italians do, but do respect tradition,” notes Terrizi. While sangiovese, the traditional variety of Tuscany, has long been popular in Paso as a varietal wine or blended with cabernet sauvignon, there are varieties such as barbera, nebbiolo, aglianico, montepulciano, nero d’Avola, and dolcetto among the reds and falaghina, fiano, malvasia bianca and arneis among the whites planted in Paso and parts of Monterey and Santa Barbara Counties — varieties native to Italy’s Piedmont, Tuscan, Abruzzi, and Campania regions.

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Eberle offered us his 2017 sangiovese, which he calls an easy-drinking bistro wine. “But this,” he said, holding up a glass of barbera, “is a serious wine, not just a quaffer.” Inspired by Piedmont’s exalted Barolos and Barberocos (made from the nebbiolo grape), Dave Caparone was the first vintner to plant nebbiolo (in 1981) and sangiovese (in 1982) in San Luis Obispo County, followed in 1988 by aglianico, which marked the first planting of this variety in the U.S. “Italian varieties do well in a warm climate,” Caparone commented while seated at his eponymous winery in San Miguel. “I didn’t know then when I planted, but it was an educated guess,” said the 81-year old selftaught vintner. Caparone tasting included the 2016 nebbiolo, evocative of rose petal aromas; the 2017 sangiovese, effusive of strawberry notes; and the 2017 earth-driven, well structure aglianico (native to Campania). Chris and Adrienne Ferrara founded Clesi Wine in 2015 on their 30-acre ranch in the Templeton Gap appellation, with a total of five acres planted to montepulciano and sangiovese; sagrantino and dolcetto varieties were added later. For other varieties, Ferrara seeks out the best fruit from Paso and Monterey County vineyards for his 2,500 annual case production. Adrienne, who teaches wine business classes in Cal Poly’s Department of Wine & Viticulture, offered a

tasting lineup that included the 2019 jasmine-scented malvasia bianca, so seductively perfumey you’d be tempted to dab it behind your ears. We savored two full-bodied reds, the 2017 nero d’Avola (native to Sicily), ushering a rush of red fruits with bracing acidity and the smoky, earthy 2017 aglianico. Both wines should please the palate of a cabernet sauvignon fan. “People come to us looking for Italian wines, especially people who have been to Italy,” noted Stephy Terrizi, seated on the front terrace of the couple’s Etto Pastificio Italian market in Tin City. The 4,000-case “fatto a mano” (hand-crafted) wines made by Brian are produced from their four-acre vineyard in the El Pomar appellation and sourced from Paso’s Luna Mata vineyard. The lineup ranges from sangiovese, aglianico, and nebbiolo to such refreshing, high acid whites as trebbiano (native to Abruzzo) and friulano and ribolla-gialla (both from Italy’s Friulli region). When Janis Pelletiere Denner acquired her 16-acre ranch, it came with an existing vineyard planted to Italian varieties. “It was fortuitous,” Denner recalled. Her six-wine Italian portfolio includes nebbiolo, sangiovese, aglianico, lagrein, the primitivo clone of zinfandel, and montepulciano (native to Abruzzo region). Other Paso wineries with a notable Italian-wine portfolio include Fratelli Perata, Broken Earth, Pear Valley, Lusso della Terra, Castoro Cellars, Bovino, Pianetta, and Field Recording. 

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Taste of Americana

From the Kitchen of

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hen I was growing up, my mother never let March 17 go by without a celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Everything in our house “turned green” with her decorating. She loved the day, and the fact that her maiden name was O’Haver added more reason to celebrate. She always wanted to travel to Ireland, and indeed, she did finally get there. Our St. Patrick’s Day menu always included Soda Bread, and through the years, I’ve found a couple of different recipes that I like. This first one is best served the day it’s baked, but it can also be made up to two days ahead and stored whole, at room temperature, in a sealed paper bag or wrapped in parchment. I serve it with “Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter.” Start your Irish menu with some Kerrygold Dubliner Natural Cheese” and crackers. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Cheers!

Rye Soda Bread Ingredients: … 1½ cups whole milk … 1/3 cup apple-cider vinegar … 2½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting … 1 cup rye flour (not dark) … ½ cup unprocessed wheat bran such as Bob’s Red Mill … 2 teaspoons kosher salt … 1¼ teaspoons baking soda … 3 tablespoons caraway seeds … 1 cup currants or golden raisins, or a combination … Salted butter for serving

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine milk and vinegar in a bowl; let stand until curdled and thickened, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together both flours, bran, salt, and baking soda; stir in caraway seeds and currants and raisins if using. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture; add milk mixture and stir together, starting in the center and working outward, until a sticky dough forms (do not over-mix). Transfer to a generously floured work surface and, with floured hands, form a cohesive ball. (Do not overwork the dough.) Pat ball into a 7-inch-wide domed round and transfer to a baking sheet. Cut a 1-inch-deep X with a floured knife across the top of the round. Poke holes from the top through to the bottom of dough with a wooden skewer at 1-inch intervals (about 28 holes total). Bake 30 minutes. Turn bread upside-down; continue baking until cooked through and loaf sounds hollow when tapped on bottom, 15 to 18 minutes more. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely before slicing and serving with butter.

This next recipe is for Brown Soda Bread and will add variety to your breadbasket. Irish Brown Soda Bread Ingredients: … 8 oz. white flour … 8 oz. wholemeal flour … 1 teaspoon baking soda … 3 teaspoons baking powder … 2 teaspoons salt … 1 beaten egg … 2½ cups of sour milk … Beaten egg or milk (to glaze)

Directions:

Sift together the dry ingredients. Mix the milk and egg and stir in. Mix, then knead on a floured surface until smooth. Shape into a round cake and place on a greased sheet or into a greased loaf tin. Make a deep cross on the cake and brush with glaze. Bake in a hot oven at 375 degrees. For 35 to 40 minutes. Note: About halfway through the baking time, check to see if the cake is browning. If so, cover with a sheet of foil to keep it from browning too much.

End your celebration of St. Patrick’s Day with this famous Irish beverage. Irish Coffee

Warm a stemmed whiskey glass. Put into it sugar to taste. Add strong, very hot coffee to within 1½ inches of the top, and stir well. (Remember to place a teaspoon in the glass before adding the coffee to avoid cracking.) Add whiskey to fill up to ½ inch below the top. Hold a teaspoon with its curved side up across the glass and pour one teaspoon of lightly whipped cream over it. Do not stir, but drink at once. (And start again!)

“May your songs be merry, and your smiles be bright. May your laughs be many, and your heart be light. May love and friendship warm your home. May luck move in to stay. May every morning be the start of another happy day. May you have health, faith, and strength to give life all your best. And may St. Patrick’s Day and all your days, be very richly blessed.”

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Business

Bake It 'Til You Make It

Just Baked Cake

By Camille DeVaul

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he economic trickle effect of COVID knows no bounds and is nearly endless, with the wedding industry being one of the hardest hit. A wedding cancellation is so much more than just the venue. It means canceling catering orders, DJ, rental equipment, flowers, attire alterations, the list goes on. Just Baked Cake Studio and Bakery in Paso Robles, like other bakeries, received a significant hit from wedding cancellations in 2020 that are now trickling into 2021. Libby Ryan, the owner of Just Baked, explained, “The thing that has hurt us the most is the loss of our weddings; we had $71,000 in weddings moved to this year. I thought that it was bad last year until this year hit, and then everything that moved started to just completely cancel.” Libby had 126 weddings move from 2020 to 2021. And now, in the last month, she has seen 27 weddings cancel or reschedule to 2022. Like everyone else, Libby had to make some tough business decisions early in the pandemic and close her bakery in Santa Margarita during the first two-week lockdown. When she realized the lockdown and COVID weren’t going anywhere anytime soon, Libby and her staff got creative. “We had to pivot. We started doing deliveries, and since everyone had their kids at home, we were doing DIY cake kits, DIY cookie kits to stay busy and we were surprisingly busy that entire time and what we found was everyone was still celebrating their birthday. Whether it was smaller, drive-by, or

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whatever, they were still celebrating.” Then on August 1, 2020, she opened her second location of Just Baked in the brand new Paso Market Walk on Spring Street, which was just voted “Best Local Project Completed” in the North SLO County Readers Poll for 2021. “With our opening at the Market Walk, it’s been great. We were very well received within the community, but there are so many other restaurants in there that were not getting the foot traffic that we were anticipating because nobody’s coming in to eat because they can’t eat inside. That’s been very frustrating for us,” Libby shared. Due to shutdowns and not enough foot traffic, Libby decided to close her Santa Margarita location for retail. She still has two part-time staff making cookie dough at the site to be baked at their Paso Robles location. Despite all of 2020’s woes, there was one pretty spectacular thing that happened. In February 2020, Libby was invited to compete on Food Network’s Chopped Sweets hosted by Scott Conant, American celebrity chef, restaurateur, and frequent host and judge of many Food Network competition shows. During Chopped Sweets, Conant challenges four pastry chefs to create desserts using random ingredients with an extremely tight time limit. Chefs competed in three rounds showcasing a different technique in each one: candied, baked, and frosted. After each round of competition, one pastry chef is eliminated from the competition. The last chef standing gets to claim the $10,000 prize!

“I was really proud of myself to be with these three classically trained pastry chefs, and I just didn’t want to go home first,” Libby said. Libby made it to the end of the competition but unfortunately lost to pastry chef Monica Glass. “It was an amazing experience. I had so much fun, and I would love to go back and do it all again,” Libby explained. Little did she know that when she returned home after filming last year, her life and business would change dramatically due to COVID-19. In order to make up for the loss of wedding revenue, which accounts for one-third of her business, Libby and her team of 11 employees are taking as many custom orders as they can. They have been working hard regardless of how many times they have to pivot with restrictions and changes. Starting at 8 am every morning, breakfast is served at what Libby calls her little “secret breakfast club”! Just Baked is also the only bakery in the county with KETO options as well as gluten-free and vegan options every day. And for the second year in a row, Just Baked received “Best Bakery” and “Best Cake” in North County for the Best of North SLO County 2021. Libby and her team remain positive and hopeful for the future. After the episode aired, Libby said she was blown away by all the support, “I couldn’t have done any of this without all my clients and, of course, this amazing team by my side.”  Just Baked Cake Studio and Bakery is located inside the Paso Market Walk at 1803 Spring Street, just a few blocks from Downtown. Visit justbakedslo.com.

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RESILIENCE THROUGH PERSEVERANCE

The Business of Survival

BRAD DAUGHERTY Forms Small Business Coalition Due to California’s EverChanging Guidelines By Camille DeVaul

Brad Daugherty owner of Cider Creek Bakery (top photo on the right) with his two sons Wade and Logan. Daugherty shares his challenges he faced while navigating through the pandemic. Contributed photos.

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n December 3, 2020, California went into a regional lockdown, which included San Luis Obispo County under the Southern California region. This second lockdown forced retailers to operate at 20 percent capacity and restaurants to revert back to takeout only. When Brad Daugherty, owner of Cider Creek Bakery in Paso Robles, learned about this second lockdown, he contemplated his next move. “I laid in bed one night just going ‘I don’t know what I’m going to do.’ If I have to close my doors again, I’m going to lose this place. To-go orders were just not enough to sustain [us],” Brad shared. Brad and 10-15 other business owners in North County went back and forth with each other on what to do until 3 a.m. that night. Brad suggested that the business owners hold a meeting to discuss their options. What should they do? When Brad met for that meeting, he expected 10-15 people to attend. When he showed up, to his surprise, there were 40 San Luis Obispo County business owners. That was when the San Luis Obispo County Small Business Coalition (SLOCSBC) was formed. Now, the coalition is made up of 130 businesses and counting. Brad explains the coalition as, “An outlet for people to express what’s going on. Talk about their experiences and gain knowledge so they can share their experience.” One example Brad gave was, “Say somebody had ABC come to them, that business owner will share their experience with everybody, that way everyone knows what to expect.” Most people fear the unknown, especially when it comes to their business. The coalition has become a support system for business owners in SLO County. It is a group where the owners can share their experiences, fears and receive feedback and advice from one another. Brad explained that the coalition helps lower businesses’ anxiety, fear and feel more confident in opening their business if they want or have to. When asking Brad about how he has kept Cider Creek Bakery afloat throughout the pandemic, he says he did it by simply staying open. “By staying open -- I played their game in the beginning. March, April, and May were rough, rough months,” Brad said. Cider Creek Bakery had a record year of sales for 2019 and, based on sales for Jan. and Feb. 2020, was on track for being another record-breaking year for sales. During California’s first lockdown, issued on March 19, 2020, Brad had to lay off eight

employees, and the bakery’s sales were down 50 percent. In April of 2020, Brad received his Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan and used it to bring back most of his staff. When the PPP money ran out, Brad knew he had to stay open to keep his business. Since May, he has remained open with a full staff of 16 employees. “I’ve kept my doors open. I’ve put myself on every county watchlist. There hasn’t been an enforcement agency that hasn’t had contact with me,” Brad stated. Cider Creek Bakery has remained open with social distancing, masks, and sanitization procedures. In December 2020, sales ended up beating the bakery’s 2019 record year sales. Now for January, the bakery is operating at 80 percent sales. When asked what he thinks the rest of the year will look like with COVID regulations and sales, Brad says he’s not sure what could happen. But he does know what he will be doing. “I can tell you what I’m not going to change here -- I’m not going to change how I’m operating. I can’t control what the public does. Whether they come through my doors or not but they will be open -- They literally will have to force me to close this time,” Brad said.

If I have to close my doors again, I’m going to lose this place. To-go orders were just not enough to sustain [us]. Brad explained that businesses like his that don’t require a liquor license have been left alone for the most part with no significant threats. So why does Brad continue to push back? “This fight is for every business that is being crushed by our government, especially those that have recently been targeted by ABC (Alcohol Beverage Control) and threatened to have their liquor licenses suspended,” Brad explained. Brad says he and the SLOCSBC are very close to filing a lawsuit against the California Governor or the State of California. The SLOCSBC is essentially fighting for businesses’ Right to Earn a Living Act, which states, “The right of individuals to pursue a chosen profession, free from arbitrary or excessive government interference, is a fundamental civil right.”  Anyone interested in joining the coalition can contact Brad Daugherty at brad@protectpaso.org. You can visit Cider Creek Bakery at 205 Oak Hill Rd in Paso Robles or online at cidercreekbakery.com.

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common topic with our district superintendents, charter directors, school boards, PTAs, Rotary Clubs, and community groups is the California state budget. The best explanation about the California budget I have heard is that the budget is a process rather than a product. This year is like no other I have experienced in my 35 years of service. In January of 2021, three bills were introduced in the House of Representatives that total $461 billion for education. The legislation is called the “Save Education Jobs Act” and was first introduced last year but did not move forward. The package also includes the Learning Recovery Act of 2021, which distributes funding to school districts to address learning loss and extended learning opportunities, much like the governor’s proposal for $4.6 billion in the state budget. The California budget is a combination of phases, including developing the Governor’s Budget, the Legislature’s enactment of the budget, and the executive branch’s administration. Each of these phases contains all the ramifications and influences of political interactions, relationships with federal and local governments, public input, natural events, legal issues, the economy, initiatives, and legislation. In short, the state budget is a complex, multi-faceted, and ever-changing process, similar to the process of making sausage. COVID-19 has changed this process and should prove to be a topic of accounting classes, graduate seminars, and history books. Our State Constitution requires that the governor submit a balanced budget to the Legislature by January 10. The governor’s $227.2 billion budget proposal in January began a 6-month long process finalized with an approved 20212022 budget. This year’s proposal includes $14 billion in programs to assist workers and businesses impacted by the pandemic and reopen schools. That includes nearly $5 billion Newsom will ask the Legislature to approve before the June budget completion. Newsom predicts $34 billion in what he calls “budget resiliency,” or a combi-

nation of reserves and discretionary surplus, with $15.6 billion coming from the state’s rainy day fund. Even amid the coronavirus pandemic, Newsom’s $227 billion spending plan marks a record-high budget proposal. Keely Bosler, director of the Department of Finance, admitted, “We got it wrong [last] April about how deep the recession was going to be.” One interesting requirement is that if the budget year’s proposed expenditures exceed estimated revenues, the governor must recommend the additional funding sources to mitigate deficit spending. Under the governor’s policy direction, the Director of Finance issues instructions and budget preparation guidelines to agencies and departments. This effort typically gets underway even before the Legislature has passed the budget for the current fiscal year. Our local State Senator, John Laird, is an experienced legislator and will be an integral part of the budget appropriations. Even though the government uses terms such as “Zero-Based Budgeting,” “Management by Objectives,” and “Total Quality Management,” the process is essentially incremental budgeting with some lobbying added for good measure. The current departmental level of funding is considered a base amount adjusted up or down by change proposals. According to the Department of Finance, the general goal is to resolve budget issues at the lowest level possible. Departments should clear their proposals through agency-level hearings, and the Department of Finance generally attends the hearings. For non-agency departments, recommendations are presented directly to the Department of Finance. Issues not resolved between departments and Finance staff move to hearings conducted by the Director of Finance. The most sensitive issues ultimately land on the governor’s desk for Winston Churchill a decision. The Department of Finance coordinates printing the Governor’s Budget Summary, containing goals and objectives for the following year after finalizing decisions. The budget summary portion is a detailed presentation of each department for the past, current, and future budget years. The State Constitution also requires that the Governor’s Budget contains a Budget Bill itemizing recommended expenditures introduced into each Legislature house before June 15. Of particular interest for our county are the proposals to expand the educator workforce pipeline. A goal of my administration has been to promote “Future Careers that are Locally Grown.” Several of the grants proposed by the governor complement my research on Recruitment and Retention, validate our work on apprenticeships, and if awarded, will benefit our county for generations. For additional information, please contact the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education. It is an honor to serve as your County Superintendent of Schools. 

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DIRECTORY of LOCAL HOUSES of WORSHIP The following listing of area houses of worship is provided by the partnership between Adelaide Inn and PASO Magazine. We hope to include all houses of worship in the Paso Robles, Templeton, San Miguel, Shandon, and Bradley areas. Your congregation is welcomed to send us updates and information to make our list complete and accurate. If you have information, please send an email to publisher@pasomagazine.com or call 805-239-1533. Please include your name, address, phone, service times, and name of spiritual leader of your congregation. Thank you, and stay blessed.

ATASCADERO Awakening Ways Spiritual Community 9315 Pismo Ave. 10 a.m. at the Pavilion Rev’s Frank & Terry Zum Mallen Congregation Ohr Tzafon 2605 Traffic Way Service: Fridays, 7:30 p.m. Rabbi Janice Mehring (805) 466-0329

CRESTON Creston Community Church 5170 O’Donovan Road Service: 9:00 a.m. Pastor JD Megason

LOCKWOOD True Life Christian Fellowship Lockwood/Jolon Road, across from the school in Lockwood Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Erick Reinstedt (805) 472-9325

NACIMIENTO Heritage Village Church At The Don Everingham Center Heritage Ranch Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Brad Brown (805) 712-7265 Hill Top Christian Fellowship 2085 Gateway Drive Heritage Ranch Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor Jack Little (805) 239-1716 Oak Shores Christian Fellowship 2727 Turkey Cove Rd., at the Oak Shores Community Clubhouse Service: 8:30 a.m. Pastor Jack Little (760) 304-2435

PASO ROBLES Apostolic Assembly of the Faith of Christ Jesus 2343 Park St Bilingual Services: Services: Thursday 7 p.m. Sunday 2 p.m. Pastor Miguel Alvarado (805) 610-2930 Bridge Christian Church Centennial Park Banquet Room 600 Nickerson Dr. Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Tim Mensing (805) 975-7178 Calvary Chapel Paso Robles 1615 Commerce Way Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Aaron Newman (805) 239-4295

Christian Life Center Assembly of God 1744 Oak St. Service Times: 10:30 a.m. Youth Ministries: Monday 7:00 Home Groups during the week Preschool: Christian Life Early Learning Ctr. Pastor Guy Drummond (805) 238-3366 Christian Science Services 17th & Chestnut Streets Service: 10 a.m. Sunday & 2nd and 4th Wednesdays 7 p.m. (805) 238-3833 Church of Christ 3545 Spring St. (Corner 36th & Spring) Service: Sunday, 11 a.m. Evangelist Bob Champion (805) 286-5875 Sam Hogan (310) 602-9516 Delbert Arthurs (805) 238-4412 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1020 Creston Rd. Service: 9 a.m. (805) 238-4216 Missionaries: (805) 366.2363 Covenant Presbyterian Church 1450 Golden Hill Rd. Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Dan Katches (805) 238-6927 Belong Central Coast 905 Vine St. meets @ NCCF Service: Sunday 3 p.m. Senior Leaders: Pep & Angie Robey (661) 205-7853 Family Worship Center 616 Creston Rd. Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Patrick Sheean (805) 239-4809 First Baptist Church 1645 Park St. Pastor Michael R. Garman Services: 8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Discipleship 10 a.m. (805) 238-4419 First Mennonite Church 2343 Park St. Service: 11 a.m. Pastor Romero (805) 238-2445 First United Methodist 915 Creston Rd. Service: 11 a.m. Pastor Josh Zulueta (805) 238-2006 Grace Baptist Church 535 Creston Rd. Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor Gary Barker (805) 238-3549 Highlands Church Corner S. River and Niblick 215 Oak Hill Services: 8:30, 9:45 & 11 a.m. Pastor James Baird (805) 226-5800

Life Worth Living Church of God 620 17th St. Service: 11 a.m. Pastor Jim Wilde (805) 238-0978 Live Oak 1521 Oak St. Service: 10 a.m. Pastor John Kaiser (805) 238-0575 New Day 1228 11th St (east off Paso Robles St) Services: Sunday 10 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Pastor Brad Alford (805) 239-9998 New Life Tabernacle 3850 So. Ramada Dr. Ste. D Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Efrain Cordero North County Christian Fellowship 421 9th St. Services: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Steve Calagna (805) 239-3325 Paso Robles Bible Church 2206 Golden Hill Rd. Service: Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Pastor Mark Wheeler Pastor Dave Rusco (805) 226-9670 Paso Robles Church of the Nazarene 530 12th St. Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor Charles Reece (805) 238-4300 www.pasonaz.com Paso Robles Community Church 2706 Spring St. Service: 9:00 a.m. Pastor Shawn Penn (805) 239-4771 www.pasochurch.com Plymouth Congregational Church, UCC Thirteenth and Oak Streets Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Steven Mabry (805) 238-3321 Poder de Dios Centro Familiar 500 Linne Road, Suite D Services Sunday 4:30p.m. & Wed. 7p.m. Pastors: Frank and Isabel Diaz (805) 264-9322 / (805) 621-4199 Redeemer Baptist Church Kermit King Elementary School 700 Schoolhouse Circle Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor Christopher Cole (805) 238-4614 Second Baptist Church 1937 Riverside Ave. Service: 11 a.m. Pastors: Gary Jordon (805) 238-2011

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St. James Episcopal Church 1335 Oak St. Services: 8 a.m. (Rite I) 10 a.m. (Rite II) Reverend Barbara Miller (805) 238-0819 St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church 820 Creston Rd. Weekday Mass: M-S, 7 a.m. Weekend Masses: Saturday - 5 p.m. (Vigil) Sunday - 8 a.m., 10 a.m. (Family Mass) 12:30 p.m. (Spanish) 5 p.m. (Teen) & 7 p.m. (Spanish) Father Rudolfo Contreras (805) 238-2218 The Revival Center 3850 Ramada Dr., Ste. A-3 Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Gabe Abdelaziz (805) 434-5170 The Light of the World Church 2055 Riverside Ave. Services: Everyday, 6 p.m. Sundays 10 a.m. & 5 p.m. Pastor Bonifacio Robles (612) 990-4701 Trinity Lutheran Church 940 Creston Rd. Worship Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Steve Willweber (805) 238-3702 Victory Baptist Church 3850 Ramada Dr. Ste D4 Sundays - 10 & 11 a.m. Wednesday - 6:30 p.m. Pastor Bruce Fore (805) 221-5251 vbcpaso.org Victory Outreach Paso Robles 3201 Spring Street, Paso Robles Ca Services: Sunday,10:30 a.m. Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Pastor Pete Torres (805) 536-0035

TEMPLETON Bethel Lutheran Church 295 Old County Rd. Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Amy Beveridge (805) 434-1329 Celebration Worship Center Pentecostal Church of God 988 Vineyard Drive Pastor Roy Spinks Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. (805) 610-9819 Central Coast Center for Spiritual Living 689 Crocker St. Service: 10 a.m. Rev. Elizabeth Rowley (805) 242-3180 Cowboy Church Family Praise & Worship 206 5th st.

Service: 10 am Pastor Vern H. Haynes Jr. 805-975-8594 Templeton Presbyterian Church 610 S. Main St. Service: 10 a.m. Reverend Charlie Little (805) 434-1921 Higher Dimension Church 601 Main St. 1st Sunday: 1:30 p.m. 2nd - 5th Sundays 12:30 p.m. Pastor Charlie Reed, Jr. (805) 440-0996 Life Community Church 3770 Ruth Way Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Keith Newsome (805) 434-5040 Solid Rock Christian Fellowship Assembly of God 925 Bennett Way Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Jeff Saylor (805) 434-2616 Seventh-day Adventist Church Templeton Hills 930 Templeton Hills Rd. Services: Saturday 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. Pastor Zac Page (805) 434-1710 Vineyard Church of Christ 601 So. Main St. Service: 10 a.m. Evangelist: Steve Orduno (805) 610-4272 Vintage Community Church 692 Peterson Ranch Road Services: 9 & 11 a.m. Coaches: Aaron Porter, Dayn Mansfield (805) 296-1120

SAN MIGUEL Iglesia Fuente De Agua Viva 301 13th St. Services: 10 a.m. & 7 p.m. Pastor Mike Duran (805) 467-5500 Mission San Miguel Parish 775 Mission Street Weekday Mass: 8 a.m. Weekend Mass: Saturday: 5 p.m. English (Vigil) & 6:30 p.m. Spanish (Vigil) Sunday: 7 a.m., Noon & 6 p.m. (Spanish) Father Eleazar Diaz, OFM (805) 467-2131

SHANDON Shandon Assembly of God 420 Los Altos Ave. Pastor Jim Mei (805)226-9737 Spanish Service: Sunday 5 p.m. & Thurs 7 p.m. Pastor Mauro Jimenez

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A monthly look at the remarkable community of Paso Robles and surrounding areas — the Story of Us.

Paso Robles Magazine #239 • Month 2021  

A monthly look at the remarkable community of Paso Robles and surrounding areas — the Story of Us.