MJ’s Guide to Local Online Shopping
When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Go Shopping – Remotely
In these tough times, it’s important to support local businesses while also practicing social distancing. To that end, when the COVID-19 pandemic first hit California and changed life as we know it, the Montecito Journal changed its local events listing page to a Grab & Go section featuring local restaurants that remain open for takeout and delivery. But many other types of local businesses also offer online shopping in addition to their brick-and-mortar locations, and this flexibility will hopefully keep our local stores open and their employees working. With that in mind, we now offer the following guide to local businesses that remain open for both online ordering and pick-up as well as delivery services for local customers.
“I had somebody come in to return an online order and she looked around and said, ‘I just want to stay here and shop, it’s so happy,’” store manager of J. McLaughlin Diana Romero said. The woman called her soon after to book an appointment, one of the ways J. McLaughlin has pivoted during stay-at-home orders. For the time being, business is conducted through phone or FaceTime appointments, emails, and virtual sip & shops which donate a percentage of sales in that time period to a local charity. They also offer curbside pick-up, no contact home delivery and complimentary shipping and gift wrapping. “I just delivered something to Casa Dorinda through their security guards,” Diana said. It was a shock for Romero when J. McLaughlin, a clothing and accessories retailer of 150 boutiques, decided to close its doors. Client outreach was the initial answer, using the company’s intricate database to search local customers and find out their specific interests. “I used that to promote the sale we’re having right now, which is for forty percent off for some of our spring collection,” Diana said. She’s also posting new arrivals to Instagram as much as possible. Aside from browsing online, Diana places stacks of the April and May catalog outside her door and as you flip through the pages, you may recognize the backdrop. Both catalogs were shot in Santa Barbara and Montecito, the first time the Brooklyn, New York-based company styled a photoshoot out West. The catalog was shot by part-time Montecitan Matt Albiani who co-owns Mate Gallery and Mate Men’s Shop with partner Ron Brand. Diana also leaves poppy flowers near her door for people to take with them. According to Diana, flowers, catalogs, and personal shopping is “just a way to lift everyone’s spirits and create a little normalcy.”
To make an appointment or place an order, customers are encouraged to contact Diana through email at firstname.lastname@example.org, to text or call her personal cell phone at (805) 320-8784, and one can also call the boutique at (805) 770-3100 to leave a message.
1253 Coast Village Road, Montecito
One of five Wendy Foster boutiques throughout Montecito, Santa Barbara, and Los Olivos, Angel Montecito is the Coast Village Road touchstone for all things Wendy. Though each boutique operates with separate buyers and aesthetics to match a varying customer base, all have joined together to create an online shopping experience with over three hundred styles from all five locations currently available. “This is a service that we have never offered before, so it’s been a wild, yet rewarding ride taking our business online and assisting customers virtually,” brand director Michaela Donahue said. Wendy Foster boutiques – which include Wendy Foster Montecito, Wendy Foster Sportswear, Wendy Foster State Street, Wendy Foster Los Olivos, and Angel Montecito – are offering 30% off every purchase with the code SHOPLOCAL at checkout along with complimentary shipping and local delivery for orders over two hundred dollars. Local delivery and pick-up are available upon request. Hop on the easy-to-navigate website and find Wendy’s signature “soft and strong” attire as well as hats, handbags, summer scarves, and jewelry (some jewelry even includes a gift with purchase). The Wendy Foster brand has been a cornerstone of Montecito style since the ‘seventies and Wendy and her staff are “beyond appreciative of the outpouring of support from local shoppers as well as our friends from all over the country.” The collection of Wendy Foster curated styles can be found at wendyfoster.com/shop and shoppers are encouraged to check back often for new styles which are added daily. “The best way to reach any of our stores is by emailing email@example.com or filling out the contact form on our website,” Michaela said. “We are also available by phone Monday through Friday from 10 am to 2 pm at (805) 565-1599.”
Complimentary local deliveries may be arranged Monday through Friday by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Skype/FaceTime consultations are available to discuss styles. Free shipping on purchases over $200.
1221 Coast Village Road, Montecito
Fine linens, towels, and soaps with 15% off soaps for locals with free local delivery and free shipping for orders over $300. For product information, please telephone or email email@example.com.
Exquisite quality wines made in the Santa Barbara region available for curbside pickup at the winery for customers and wine club members or $10 flat shipping in U.S. The winery offers bottles on special in the “Spotlight” section of their online wine shop. Skype or FaceTime concierge service of wines is available. Reach out to Barrett@fessparker.com to connect.
Santa Barbara’s most popular cannabis dispensary remains open for business, with online ordering and both expedited pickup and delivery available to Montecito residents.
Fess Parker Winery
Renowned family owned and operated winery offers curbside pickup at the winery for customers and wine club members or $10 flat shipping in U.S. The winery offers bottles on special in the “Spotlight” section of online wine shop. Skype or FaceTime concierge service of wines is available. Reach out to Barrett@fessparker.com to connect.
Glamour House Intimate Apparel
Serving Montecito since 1965, this shop offers sophisticated and elegant lingerie, nightgowns, pajamas, robes, and leisurewear.
Imagine Artful Things
Contemporary gifts and wares for all occasions, with up to 30% off all purchases for local residents. Curbside pickup or complimentary local delivery is available. Please contact the shop directly to arrange a personal shopper and video consultation.
Curated luxury essentials for the wardrobe and home with up to 25% of on best-selling styles. Complimentary same-day delivery for Montecito residents based on inventory and staff availability. Virtual appointments are available. Please reach out to Rissa at 949-533-1625.
Liquor & Wine Grotto
Operated by certified Sommelier Brian Brunello and Jason Herrick, this shop on Coast Village Road is Santa Barbara’s premier wine destination and remains open for business. For homebound or self-isolating Montecito customers, delivery is also available.
This boutique shop offers imported furniture and chic home decorations along with travel-inspired clothing and accessories.
Mountain Air Sports
Whether you’re in the mood for kayaking, fishing, rock climbing, trail hiking, skiing, or skateboarding, this shop, operating in Santa Barbara since 1975, has you covered. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Norvell Bass Cleaners
Founded in 1933, this green technology-based dry-cleaning service boasts two locations in Montecito and Santa Barbara and will pick up your laundry at your door and return it to you so long as you live anywhere between Goleta and Carpinteria.
Raoul Textile Store
Raoul Textile Store’s newly launched website is an elegant and evolving presentation of the Raoul aesthetic, offering shoppers a glimpse at Sally McQuillan’s sought-after textiles as well as a selection of chic and sophisticated decorative art, furnishings, lighting, and home accessories. Curbside pickup or complimentary local delivery is available through May. Virtual textile/decor consultations via Skype/FaceTime may be arranged by calling the shop.
Third Window Brewing
Purveyor of fine, Belgian-inspired craft brews made with local ingredients. Tap list available online with free deliveries from Goleta to Carpinteria and free shipping within California on orders over $50. Preferred pricing on to-go orders for crowlers priced at three for $30, which have been popular as a way to sample new beers on tap. Reach out to the craft brew master Kris@thirdwindowbrewing.com to connect.
Wendy Foster Montecito & Sportswear
Wendy Foster’s contemporary/sportswear women’s clothing and accessories boutique offers 30% off all purchases with code SHOPLOCAL at checkout. Complimentary local deliveries may be arranged Monday through Friday by contacting email@example.com. Skype/FaceTime consultations are available to discuss styles. Free shipping on purchases over $200.
William Laman Furniture and Garden Antiques
Sophisticated and functional antiques, accessories, and garden décor on sale with free shipping available on select items online. Deliveries may be arranged by staff based on availability. A virtual consultation and curbside pick-up may be scheduled by calling the store directly.