Marijuana businessman evicts Old Town Market in Orcutt

By KAREN VELIE

Orcutt’s iconic Old Town Market is closing, the tenants evicted by marijuana mogul Helios Dayspring, who recently purchased the building.

After more than 70 years, locals will lose the only grocery store in Old Town Orcutt. They may, instead, have a marijuana retail shop in their future.

“There are people in our community who don’t drive, they rely on this store,” said neighbor Chuck Williams.

Unaware the owners of the western style building on Clark Avenue were selling the property, Mark and Wendy Steller, the owners of the Old Town Market, were stunned when they received an eviction notice to vacate the property within 90 days after the end of the shelter at home order.

Since late last year, multiple marijuana business owners have showed interest in opening retail pot shops or delivery businesses in Orcutt. At this time, none have been approved.

Dayspring, however, has been successful at garnering retail permits in Morro Bay, Grover Beach, and San Luis Obispo. A handful of Dayspring’s former employees and a partner, allege Dayspring has plied local officials with cash and free cannabis to secure the coveted permits.

Tony Brocking, a former employee of Dayspring, said his former boss boasted he had paid public officials.

“Dayspring told me he paid the mayor (Grover Beach) $100,000,” Brocking said. “He was guaranteed a spot.”

While working to secure permits, Dayspring regularly donates money to local nonprofits, including the Central Coast Aquarium in Morro Bay, Exploration Station in Grover Beach, Rise in San Luis Obispo, and more recently, multiple nonprofits in Northern Santa Barbara County.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to support our local communities, NHC (Natural HealingCenter) has made substantial gifts over these past few months to several local nonprofits, including Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast, The United Way of Northern Santa Barbara County, and Blochman Union School District,” Dayspring announced in a May 3 email.

Helios Dayspring, on the right, donating $10,000 to a school district.

Dayspring has not returned requests for comment.

On April 14, Stacy Wooten, a consultant who works for Dayspring, filed articles of organization for Orcutt Holdings LLC, listing Dayspring’s home address on Los Osos Valley Road in San Luis Obispo County as the business address for the limited liability company. Four days later, a statement of information was filed with the state, listing Dayspring as the owner of the LLC.

On April 24, Orcutt Holdings LLC purchased the Old Town Market building and several other parcels for $1.6 million. A week later, Dayspring sent the Stellers and eviction notice.

On May 3, Dayspring also announced plans to open a retail pot shop in Orcutt.

“NHC has decided to apply for a retail location in Orcutt,” Dayspring said in his announcement. “Santa Barbara County has created a rigorous new process that will allow six cannabis retailers to apply and ultimately secure a permit to operate in one of the six specific zones in Santa Barbara County. And because this will be a very competitive process, our loyal customers and patients will be a valuable resource in helping us receive the approval of Santa Barbara County.”

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2 Comments about “Marijuana businessman evicts Old Town Market in Orcutt”

  1. S/A Awesome Update says:

    Thank CCT for this most interesting update on the local, money laundering, drug trafficking, Human Trafficking, Gun running, $$$ is King

    Watch for the next move

  2. Kent says:

    So lets see who else is in the “Muck” VERTEX GROUP, LLC / Lion Eye, LLC / Lion Eye Distributions, LLC /Lion Eye Farms, LLC / and many many more affiliated names are the same,

    Stacey Marie Wooten
    Elizabeth Story Long
    Helios (Bob) Dayspring
    Jo Saaty
    Keith Jarrett
    Yang Zhong
    the address they are using are either the USPO, of UPS Stores all being monitored especially the 3564 Sagunto St. # 761, Santa Ynez which is the US post office not a office, then you have another fake address as it is a USP Store at 1305 N “H” Street, Lompoc, CA this is a local UPS store more phony addresses but they can not hide from the Long Arm of the Law.

    As they all have names linked together in “Marketing”, Sales”, “Farming”, “Distribution” ie trucking firms, farms, sales, entertainment all connected to Drugs, Trafficking, and oh so much more. Here are Santa Barbara APN numbers in trouble 099-210-060, 099-210-69

    7301 Domingos Rd., Lompoc, CA 93436
    305 3rd St., Solvang, CA 93463
    1305 N “H” St Box #A204, Lompoc, CA 93436 (UPS Store)
    3564 Sagunto St. Box 761, Santa Ynez, 93466 this is the United State Post Office not fooling the Feds here.
    3860 Higuera # 104, San Luis Obispo, CA Creekside Mobile Home park…you can run but U can not hide they are listening and watching your every move….

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