Business news: The Cork & More will remain open, Barton Health plans improvements and more (updated) |

Business news: The Cork & More will remain open, Barton Health plans improvements and more (updated)

Jack Barnwell
The Cork & More on Al Tahoe Boulevard will remain open while it speaks with potential buyers. Jim and Kim Warlow, the current owners, announced last month they were retiring in November after 40 years of business.
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South Lake Tahoe’s business community has seen change over the last few months. Some businesses are closing their doors, others are opening or changing locations, and policies are being addressed by local government.

Cork & More stays open

The Cork & More on Al Tahoe Boulevard stopped plans to close on Nov. 1.

Co-owner Jim Warlow said that after news and media attention about the 40-year-old business closing surfaced, several potential buyers came out of the woodwork.

“Much to the pleasure of the community, we decided to keep The Cork & More open through the holidays,” Warlow said. “We’re actively trying to move this business to new owners.”

Warlow and his wife, Kim, announced a month ago they would be retiring. While the shop was up for sale in February, there was little interest until recently. Warlow didn’t disclose the identity of the interested purchasing parties.

The Cork & More sells quality wine, cheese, coffee, deli goods, and a host of other gourmet goods. It also acts as a full-fledged catering service, with Kim Warlow decorating wedding cakes by hand.

“The response for closing was really overwhelming and more than I was prepared for,” Warlow said. “We’ve been doing this for so long, and we offer things not many other places in South Lake Tahoe offer. It’s a shop that every community needs.”

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Barton Health, city agreements

The city of South Lake Tahoe agreed Tuesday, Oct. 20, to help Barton Health issue $20 million in bonds for hospital improvements and projects.

The city faces no financial liability. However it will act as a “conduit” for Barton Health to access non-exempt tax bonds, according to assistant city manager Mark Carlson.

“This will save Barton a significant amount of money,” Carlson said.

The city and Barton have engaged in six similar arrangements in the past, and it will cut interest rates by between 1.5 and 2 percent.

Dr. Clint Purvance, Barton Health’s president and chief executive officer, said the money will be used on a new parking garage, the Robert Maloff Center for Excellence and medical equipment.

Barton Health already broke ground on the parking garage and relocated temporary parking in the footprint of the Center of Excellence. It also received a $10 million donation from Lisa Maloff to help with costs.

The city additionally agreed to sell Barton Health 80,333 square feet of development rights for $500,000 to help build the new center and parking garage. Development rights came from approximately 194,754 feet the city gained when it reduced the width of its airport runway.

Barton Health will use 49,669 square feet for the center, and retire 30,663 square feet from active development under Tahoe Regional Planning Agency guidelines.

The center is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

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Posh Finds to celebrate one year

Posh Finds in the Swiss Chalet Village turns 1 years old on Oct. 30.

The used women’s clothing store opened in 2014.

“I like nice clothes, but hate to pay retail and to drive out of Tahoe to get them,” said owner Krystal Garcia. “At Posh Finds, we make sure that all of our clothing is of quality and in season; then we make sure we deliver the best customer service we can.”

Posh Finds will celebrate its anniversary on Oct. 30 from 4-5:30 p.m.

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Focus on Interiors

Focus on Interiors, a South Lake Tahoe fabric and custom sewing business, relocated to 868 Emerald Bay Road, next to Connie’s Clothesline and across the street from SUP Tahoe and South Shore Bikes.

Owner Linda Spivack said she moved from James Avenue due to location and rent. Spivack opened her business in 1990 in Tahoe City as Cloth Cottage, and she operated in various locations over the years, including Carson City.

Spivack sells a wide array of fabrics, vintage art, light upholstery and does custom designs.

“This location was affordable and I think I’ve found the right place,” Spivack said of her new spot.

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