Marijuana mogul evicts Old Town Market in Orcutt

May 5, 2020

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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Eyes Everywhere

Helios Dayspring…the Kelly Gearhart of his generation.


kayaknut

Yep, both criminals paying bribe money to elected officials.


TKG

Dayspring has become the scourge of the Central Coast. Hopefully he will bring down Adam Hill and his cronies with him…


normelle

This is very sad and I’m not down with corruption or graft, but it’s too bad cannabis businesses aren’t allowed to sell other products, like liquor stores are. The Old Town could have sold cannabis or the new business could sell needed supplies to locals. (US Govt. studies have shown that cannabis isn’t a gateway drug; in fact places with legal cannabis have less hard drug use, including opiates.)


LameCommenter

The man’s a drug dealer, pushing a Schedule 1 commodity, sometimes a gateway drug. What would we expect, like he’s going to buy a less important property than he covets, or display compassion for the town, or history?


enoughalready

Time to rise up Orcutt! This market is a gem in old town. Played music in the back a few times.


aye-caramba

The slime just oozes from this character. Throwing tons of money at non profits just seals the deal….Escobar style.


Boldguy

“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”

Rumor has that Grover Beach officials were also enticed with Cocaine and Hookers in Vegas!!!

Look what him getting his permit did to that poor dance studio:(

Reminds me of that Back to the Future Movie with the corrupt Biffville!!!

I don’t mind the Marijuana Industry, graft and corruption with weak politicians, not so much:(


Jorge Estrada

A great cartel cover, local boy laundering money while inoculating new customers with the decision swaying weed.


what the

Helios is under investigation by the FBI with Adam Hill. We’ll see what happens.