Rhan Wilson (center) and Rick Zeek talk about the newly opened Treasures Roadhouse where a stage and seating can accommodate live music shows and other stage productions next to the Five Mile House on Freedom Boulevard. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)
CORRALITOS — The newest performance venue in South County may not be the largest, but it opens the doors to nearly limitless opportunities.
Treasures Roadhouse recently opened on 2908 Freedom Blvd. at the Five Mile House area in Corralitos. An open house event will be held Nov. 9 from noon to 9 p.m.
Described as a space for musicians, by musicians, it’s not only for the musically inclined: The space can be used for any creative outlet, whether it be an art exhibit, poetry reading, theater production, rehearsal, birthday party and more.
Treasures Roadhouse is the brainchild of Bourn Archer, with the help of Santa Cruz musicians Rhan Wilson and Rick Zeek and acoustic engineer Tim Prince.
“We’re all musicians and we know what we want to have for us to play,” Wilson said.
The 4,300-square-foot building, which can hold an audience of 100, features an elaborate sound system and a 400-square-foot stage. The location previously housed Curves, a women’s gym.
Archer owned Aptos Burger Company in the Rancho Del Mar Shopping Center, but it closed in June in anticipation of Safeway’s expansion.
He planned to relocate the restaurant in the Five Mile House area and “reinvent it,” but he was unable to because two restaurants, The Cadillac Cafe and El Azteca Mexican Restaurant, are already there.
Not to be discouraged, Archer instead decided to pursue his other interest: music.
“It’s awakened an old passion in me,” he said. “If I never have to say ‘is this for here or to go’ again, I’ll be a happy man.”
But perhaps he won’t be able to completely forget about Aptos Burger Company. The walls of the back stage “green room” are literally painted green, reminiscent of the former restaurant.
Also, the room is filled with several restaurant booths, shipped over from Aptos Burger Company.
Working with Wilson, Zeek and Prince since May, Archer was able to transform the empty room into the “small, intimate space” that it is today, he said.
Because the windowed front entrance looks out to the busy and noisy Freedom Boulevard, the musicians constructed a wall inside the building, effectively blocking out the noise and the light.
The windows will eventually serve a purpose, Wilson said, with an upcoming schedule of events at Treasures Roadhouse as well as elsewhere in the county being displayed on them. It will be perfect for those waiting at the nearby bus stop, he said.
The name “Treasures” came when Archer was deciding on a direction for his reinvented Aptos Burger Company.
When that plan fell through, the name stuck.
“It’s about the people that come through here,” he said. “This is the chest.”
Treasures Roadhouse currently holds “Music Live,” which is a series of Sunday night performances that have featured Bill Walker, Al Frisby, Richard Stockton, Patti Maxine, Andy Furman and more. Gail Rich Award recipient Pipa Piñon has taught several singing workshops there, as has Wilson, who offers classes on most Saturday afternoons.
With ample parking available, Wilson said Treasures Roadhouse will also bring business to nearby establishments. For example, those who see a show at the venue might stop by for dinner at El Azteca.
“Let’s make all of these businesses thrive,” he said. “It’s a win-win situation.”
The mission now, Zeek said, is to promote the space to local artists.
“There’s a whole South County that needs to know there’s a space for them,” he said.
For renting information, visit www.treasuresroadhouse.com or call 288-0677. The open house event on Nov. 9 will feature open mic performances and an opportunity to tour the space.
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