Each month, we send a set of questions to our featured business owners and then share their answers with our readers. For August, we reached out to Vicky and Pedro Vargas, owners and operators of Vino Vargas; Wyatt Wicks, owner of Wyatt Wicks Finish Carpentry, and Lisa Maccagno, owner of The Secret Garden Salon.

Pedro is the winemaker at Vino Vargas and Vicky is a certified sommelier; they focus on small lot, single vineyard, handcrafted wines. As a local, custom wood designer, Wyatt takes pride in providing carpentry at its finest at Wyatt Wicks Finish Carpentry. Lisa is not only the owner of The Secret Garden Salon, she’s also a nail technician who works alongside hair stylists Christina Gordon, Liz McMahan and Brooke Montalvo as well as esthetician Laurie Wheeler. 

Here’s what Vicky and Pedro, Wyatt, and Lisa had to say…

PASO Mag: Lisa, what are the top three aspects of your business?

Lisa: Connection: Laurie, Liz, Christina and I have been co-workers and friends for as long as 20 years and we are celebrating Brooke’s one year anniversary at the salon. A large percentage of our clients have been coming to The Secret Garden since it opened in 2000; we have a real connection to each other and our community. Caring: We care about our clients and helping them take care of themselves is what we excel at. We strive to make every client feel great when they walk out the door! Community: Our salon offers a comfortable atmosphere where local residents of all ages can feel welcome. We do not have high pressure products sales or gimmicks, we just provide great service!

Lisa Maccagno, owner of The Secret Garden Salon, poses with hair stylists Christina Gordon, Liz McMahan and Brooke Montalvo and esthetician Laurie Wheeler.

Lisa Maccagno, owner of The Secret Garden Salon, poses with hair stylists Christina Gordon, Liz McMahan and Brooke Montalvo and esthetician Laurie Wheeler.

PASO Mag: Do you have a slogan or motto for your business?

Lisa: Yes – Simply Beautiful! We enjoy providing quality services so our clients look and feel their authentic best.

PASO Mag: What are some of your favorite reasons for doing business in Paso Robles and the surrounding areas?

Lisa: I enjoy meeting the new people who have moved to the area in recent years. They love getting area insight; it helps them build a life in their new hometown. Reminiscing with our longtime residents can be just as fun. The people make it enjoyable.

*For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (805) 239-9060 or stop by The Secret Garden Salon at 935 Riverside Ave., Ste. 7A in Paso Robles; be sure to check out their Facebook page @thesecretgardensalon.

PASO Mag: Vicky and Pedro, what are the top three aspects of your business?

Vicky and Pedro: Delicious wines served for tasting within the working winery building that boasts beautiful views of the vineyards and hills of West San Miguel. Grapes are sourced and more than 80% are grown within 15 miles of the winery. Limited production wines – totaling approximate 1200 cases/year – are sold primarily to wine club members, who enjoy quarterly wine club pick-up parties, with catered food and live music. Guests are served personally by us and we provide an informative tasting experience and tour of the winery.

Vicky and Pedro Vargas, owners and operators of Vino Vargas, enjoy their jobs ... but never too much.

Vicky and Pedro Vargas, owners and operators of Vino Vargas, enjoy their jobs … but never too much.

PASO Mag: Do you have a slogan or motto for your business?

Vicky and Pedro: Yes – Live life, savor every drop!

PASO Mag: What are some of your favorite reasons for doing business in Paso Robles and the surrounding areas?

Vicky and Pedro: We live in beautiful wine country with a small town vibe. It’s the perfect destination for wine tourists, and it’s situated halfway between LA and SF.

*Vino Vargas is located just 2.3 miles from Mission San Miguel at 950 Indian Dune Road. For more information or to schedule a tasting appointment, call (805) 369-1440 or see www.vinovargas.com or @vinovargaswine on Facebook.

PASO Mag: Wyatt, what are the top three aspects of your business?

Wyatt: We focus on doors and trim work, cabinetry, and furniture. The former owner of the shop, Mike Scanlan, is currently working alongside me and we make a great team. We provide custom carpentry at its finest and we love coming into our customers’ space and help them make it exactly what they’ve always imagined.

Wyatt Wicks, owner of Wyatt Wicks Finish Carpentry shows off some of his handiwork.

Wyatt Wicks, owner of Wyatt Wicks Finish Carpentry shows off some of his handiwork.

PASO Mag: Do you have a slogan or motto for your business?

Wyatt: Yes – Quality Above All.

PASO Mag: What are some of your favorite reasons for doing business in Paso Robles and the surrounding areas?

Wyatt: I was born and raised in the Paso Robles area and I have always considered it my home. I like the atmosphere and the people who live here. It’s my goal to supply quality and craftsmanship in wood working to the North County for many years to come.

*For more information, call (805) 434-3755, stop by 3850 Ramada Drive, B3 in Paso Robles, or see wyattwicks.com or the Wyatt Wicks Finish Carpentry Facebook page.

If you know of a local business that deserves some time in the spotlight, contact the PASO Magazine at 239-1533 or publisher@PASOMagazine.com.