Tag archives: boutique

Alice Tran: Tough as Nails
By Jeff Wing   |   March 12, 2024

In the war’s aftermath there were hundreds of thousands of scores to settle, and the new government wasted no time getting down to business. Former army officers, religious leaders, those who had worked for or with Americans or the old government; they were all asked to register with the new authorities, who would call them […]

A Homer Run
By Richard Mineards   |   December 20, 2022

Good things do indeed come in small packages as fashion entrepreneur Terry Pillow, 70, amply proved when he opened his 200-square-foot bijou boutique Homer Montecito on Coast Village Road, a tiara’s toss from Tre Lune, selling beautiful bridle leather bags ranging in price from $2,600 to keyrings for just $85. Terry, who formerly worked for […]

New Rocking Racks
By Richard Mineards   |   November 29, 2022

Local fashion designer Catherine Gee has opened her eponymous 2,400-square-foot flagship boutique in La Arcada. Around 150 guests turned out for the opening bash, which showed off a host of all-silk wares she has been designing since 2015. Catherine became known for her core slip dress style and has since grown the brand into full […]

Cashy’s Playground Opens
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   April 12, 2022

A new pet boutique catering to dogs will softly open this weekend on Coast Village Road, next to Folded Hills Wine Tasting Room. The boutique is the brainchild of New York City transplant Caroline Martel-Miller, who landed in Santa Barbara with her husband about a year and a half ago. “I’ve always dreamed of having […]

Juniper Moves to Coast Village Road
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   August 12, 2021

Upper Village clothing and accessory boutique Juniper has moved to the Lower Village, next to Sakana in Coast Village Walk. Owner Marie Ferris, who originally hails from the East Coast, moved to Montecito in 2017 to open the store after operating a successful boutique in Del Mar for more than 16 years. Ferris’s well-known Del […]

How Four Local Boutiques are Making it Work
By Megan Waldrep   |   December 17, 2020

Retail shops were some of the first businesses to close when the pandemic hit. Yet they’ve slowly opened up inch by inch as regulations allowed, finding new ways to connect with customers. The silver lining to the world’s current state is a forced creativity it has spurred in us all. For business owners, the pandemic […]

Montecito Country Mart Welcomes New Stores
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   August 27, 2020

Two new shops have popped up at Montecito Country Mart, just in time for the last few weekends of the summer shopping season. Studio C is a brand-new concept from C Magazine founder and editor Jennifer Hale, who, along with her team, have curated an array of California-made items including ready-to-wear clothing, bathing suits, beauty […]

Viva Oliva
By Claudia Schou   |   August 20, 2020

Keeping Your Pandemic Pantry Up to Date Having a well-stocked pantry during the pandemic is crucial for those days when there’s nothing in your fridge and you’re reluctant to brave long lines at the grocery store. Whether you’re tossing together pasta and clams or a home cooked bean salad, somehow shopping your pantry makes life […]

New Skincare Shop Opens on Coast Village Road
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   July 16, 2020

A new skincare boutique has opened on Coast Village Road, featuring a skin analysis system that is new to the industry. Seda Custom Skincare, located at 1125 Coast Village Road, develops personalized skincare products for women, men, and children. Customers learn which personalized skin care products are best suited to their individual profile through an […]

Virtual Visual Arts, Plus Chances to Actually Visit
By Steven Libowitz   |   May 7, 2020

This issue arrives on May 7, which, in normal times, would have been a time for art lovers to gather downtown on lower State Street and nearby blocks to partake in the gallery, museum, and boutique self-guided tour known as 1st Thursday. That would’ve meant huge crowds jamming the two big open spaces at Sullivan […]

Silverhorn Plans New Designs for Post-Coronavirus Era
By Nick Schou   |   April 9, 2020

Although it had to close its design studio on Coast Village Road and boutique shop inside the Four Seasons Hotel a week ago, Montecito’s Silverhorn Jewelers isn’t letting the coronavirus epidemic stall its preparations for the future. “All our employees are working from home since we are listed as an unnecessary business,” says Anne Luther, […]

Marcus Opens on Coast Village Road
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   January 23, 2020

Nearly two years after the closure of Silverhorn in the iconic building at 1155 Coast Village Road, a new clothing, home, and accessory boutique, called Marcus, has opened its doors in the space following an extensive remodel. Owned and operated by celebrity entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis, and his wife, Bobbi Lemonis, the Montecito location is the […]

What the World Needs Now
By Steven Libowitz   |   July 25, 2019

The Shopkeepers – the Funk Zone boutique that describes itself as ”Curious Goods for Curious People” and offers an inviting tag line of “We hope you visit and shop often, stay as long as you like, and leave feeling better than when you arrived” – hosts an evening of enriching conversation, book signing and networking […]

Baske Opens on Coast Village Road
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   April 4, 2019

Saturday, March 30, marked the quiet grand opening of Coast Village Road’s newest retailer: Baske California, a locally-owned boutique that caters to both women and men. Created by husband and wife team Dave Sumares and Nana Baek, Baske – which represents a combination of their respective last names as well as evoking a feeling of […]

Giuliana Montecito
By Lynda Millner   |   March 14, 2019

There’s a new kid on the block. That would be Giuliana Montecito. Before, it was named Giuliana Haute Couture. It’s a charming boutique in the upper village near Via Vie restaurant and next door to what was Lana Marme’s at 1485 East Valley Road Ste 3. The new family owned shop creative director Mandana Mir […]

Wendy Foster
By Sigrid Toye   |   December 20, 2018

Outside Wendy Foster‘s signature store in Montecito’s upper village, the tables were completely occupied, but I was lucky enough to find a spot under a tree dressed in the colors of the fall season. From my perch, I could appreciate the park’s green lawn, the tables nearby under which a few furry friends had made […]

Star in Her Eyes
By Richard Mineards   |   September 6, 2018

With our tony town’s main rue, State Street, having a record high of 38 empty storefronts in July, Santa Barbara resident Erica Brown is determined to buck the trend. She is opening her first retail boutique, Dylan Star, inside of Salon U, owned by crimper Michael Romo, at State and Islay. The store is an […]

Antoinette Moves Location
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   August 16, 2018

After 43 years, Antoinette Boutique in Coast Village Walk has moved! Still in the same shopping center, Antoinette is now located between Occhiali and Sakana, in the space formerly occupied by Dance Fever Studio, which closed last month. “We are thrilled, and it’s a really good move for us,” said longtime manager Marissa Fritz. “It’s […]

Clothes Encounter at Loveworn
By Jon Vreeland   |   July 5, 2018

One of the latest additions to the American Riviera’s most eccentric neighborhoods celebrated their one-year anniversary last week. Loveworn, a dual-owned clothing store on the southern end of Anacapa Street, down where the city meets the sea in the Santa Barbara Funk Zone, carries attire for the authentic and chic individual, one who holds a […]

Allora Celebrates Five Years
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   July 5, 2018

This weekend, Allora by Laura, the women’s clothing boutique on Coast Village Road, will celebrate five years in business with an anniversary sale to thank loyal customers. “It’s truly been our great passion,” said owner Laura Dinning, who runs the store with the help of her daughter, TJ Breidenstein, and their employees.  The mother and daughter duo, who […]