Storefront Shuffle on Coast Village Road

By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   August 22, 2023

There have been a handful of storefront and office space changes on Coast Village Road as of late, including the impending relocation of one of the street’s most prominent clothing boutiques. 

Angel, which has been in its coveted 1221 Coast Village Road space for 25 years, is moving to the Villa Fontana complex, next to Bree’Osh bakery, in the former home of First American Title. Angel is a luxury women’s clothing and accessory boutique that is a branch of the Wendy Foster & Pierre Lafond family of companies. The shop is known for its hip, on-trend offerings, as well as its careful curation of boutique luxury brands. First American Title has moved to 1165 Coast Village Road Unit B, the former home of Home Care Assistance. The Villa Fontana space is currently under construction. 

It is rumored that luxury clothing boutique James Perse, which has a small space at Montecito Country Mart, will be opening a larger location in the former home of Angel. The building is the frontage section of a property that extends to Coast Village Circle and includes a three-story office complex; it sold last year for $17.2M from a family that had owned it for over 50 years. 

Over at Montecito Country Mart, it’s been announced that Mate Gallery will move into the space once occupied by Montecito Natural Foods, which moved to the Upper Village last month. Mate Gallery owners Ron Brand and Matt Albiani have occupied a much smaller space in the Mart for over 10 years. The unique offerings of the beloved shop include Albiani’s own photography, vintage textiles and wares, maritime-themed gifts, and rare nautical finds. No word yet what will fill the original Mate Gallery space. 


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