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Attention beer and beef lovers: Tanner Jack's restaurant has installed a new micro brew system to help customers wash down the famous barbecue. The Arroyo Grande-based business recently began fermenting its first barrel of micro brew and will be granted a full liquor license shortly. In addition to the quality brews and cocktails, Tanner Jack's offers all-you-can-eat tri-tip on Mondays and all-you-can-eat ribs on Tuesdays. Tanner Jack's is located at the Craig's Center on the Mesa at 2796 S. Halcyon Road in Arroyo Grande. For more information, call 440-8848.

Get your bling on Indian style. San Luis Obispo-based jewelry store Charmz is now featuring one-of-a-kind designs by The Renu Kreations jewelry line. Renu, a native of India, said her inspirations come from places like the Taj Mahal, the Ajanta Ellora Caves, and old carvings found in temples and mosques. Renu buys materials directly from the source, does all of the design and handcrafting in house, and sells the jewelry directly to customers. Visit Charmz at 733-B Higuera St. in SLO. Renu also offers design consultations by appointment. For more information, call 545-0105.

Respectable surfing north of the Cuesta Grade? It's hard to believe, but it's true. Mobley's Board Shop in Atascadero recently partnered with Esteem Surf Company. Esteem now has three San Luis Obispo County locations. Stop in for high-quality men's and women's clothing, surf and skate goods, eyewear, watches, and other alternative sports products. Don't feel like spending anything? Try to get the gear for free. Esteem sponsors a top-notch surf team with a roster loaded with Central Coasters including Joe Ball, Christian Domingues, and Bobby Morris. For more information, call 544-SURF.

With construction nearly complete on the new hilltop-perched SLO United Methodist Church, which will replace the one burned by arsonists on Easter morning 2001, friends of and members of the church are meeting on the morning of Dec. 13 to help plant plants around building. Among the 100 or so trees and shrubs to be planted are dozens that have been grown in containers by parishioners over the past year in anticipation of the event. Planting will occur in shifts, and the public is invited to help. "There's a lot to do besides digging some holes," said Joe Sabel, a retired Cal Poly agriculture professor who's organizing the effort. "We're going to have a planting party." For more information, call 544-1056.

The California Mid-State Fair is now accepting nominations for the 2008 Hall of Fame, honoring people who've shown passion, dedication, and commitment to the fair. To nominate someone, send a letter explaining the nominee and their relation to the fair via e-mail to or fax to 239-1050. Nominations are due by Dec. 18, and inductees will be announced on Feb. 8.

Staff Writer Kai Beech compiled this week's Strokes. Send your business news to

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