Tag archives: Leslie Person Ryan

Society on the Summerland Businesses’ Block Party
By Joanne A Calitri   |   August 8, 2023

The 38 businesses on Lillie Avenue in Summerland joined together for a block party and to invite the local adjoining towns to get to know them. The event took place Saturday, July 29, from 11 am to 5 pm, all along the avenue. Walking the approximated 7/10th of a mile route, you’ll find a variety […]

Summerland Farm Faces its Moment of Reckoning
By Jeff Wing   |   July 4, 2023

A farm is a lovely thing – a pastoral slice of heaven that restores the soul, reconnects the bewildered human to unbridled nature, and just incidentally pushes food out of the dirt. It is the darndest thing. “You see a lot of lettuce. We’ve got broccoli, cauliflower, kale…” Our gesturing tour guide today is the […]

Farm to Paper to Open in Summerland
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   June 7, 2022

Two months after closing – and attempting to sell – her longtime Montecito stationery store, Letter Perfect, owner Leslie Person Ryan is prepping to open a new iteration of the shop, Farm to Paper, in downtown Summerland, just steps away from the small, open-air farm cart she operates on Lillie Avenue. The shop is located […]

Letter Perfect Moves
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   March 29, 2022

Montecito’s Letter Perfect owner Leslie Person Ryan has relocated the stationery shop from its longtime location on Coast Village Road, moving temporarily to a showroom on Garden Street in Santa Barbara. Person Ryan tells us she is actively in negotiations to reopen a larger store by April, but cannot yet release the new address or […]

Letter Perfect Still Seeking Buyer
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   March 15, 2022

Montecito’s Letter Perfect owner Leslie Person Ryan says she is still seeking a buyer for her 38-year-old stationery and gift store on Coast Village Road. After two failed escrows, Person Ryan is hoping to find a buyer who will be as passionate as she is about stationery, letter writing, and gracious correspondence.  Letter Perfect, located […]

Letter Perfect for Sale
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   January 25, 2022

Montecito’s Letter Perfect at 1150 Coast Village Road is for sale, and owner Leslie Person Ryan is ideally seeking a buyer who would like to keep the 38-year-old business as a stationery and gift store, saying the shop, located prominently in the Villa Fontana shopping center, next to Montecito Deli, has unrealized potential.  Ryan, who […]

An Angelic Evening
By Richard Mineards   |   December 7, 2021

Santa Barbara’s Veterans Memorial Building was socially gridlocked when 600 guests turned out for the first Thanksgiving dinner organized by Adam’s Angels, a 20-month-old nonprofit founded by Montecito realtor Adam McKaig and fellow resident Crystal Iverson. “I couldn’t do anything with real estate during the pandemic, so I asked if I could help during this […]

Summerland Farm Prevails
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   November 16, 2021

Escrow closed earlier this week on a 6.84-acre property at the top of Temple Street in Summerland; the property has been the subject of much community discussion over the years, as its fate was uncertain until about two months ago, when the Carpinteria/Summerland Unified School District, which has owned the property since 1955, accepted a […]

Can Summerland’s Sweet Wheel Farm & Flowers Raise Enough Cash to Purchase Plot From School District?
By Nick Schou   |   June 24, 2021

For the past year, Leslie Person Ryan has been leasing a six-acre plot of land in Summerland from the Carpinteria Unified School District (CUSD). At her nascent farm located on a grassy hilltop with stunning mountain and ocean views, Ryan, the owner of Sweet Wheel Farm & Flowers, who owns additional agricultural acreage in Orcutt, […]

Farm to Cart – Fresh Food and No Long Lines
By Claudia Schou   |   August 27, 2020

Local food activist and Sweet Wheel Farm & Flowers owner Leslie Person Ryan is on a mission to solve the “food desert” of Summerland. The think-outside-the-box purveyor of all things grown from the earth offers fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs, baked goods, wildflowers, and specialty foods made with ingredients from her garden. Person Ryan operates two […]

Pilot Organic Agriculture Program
By Leslie Westbrook   |   June 11, 2020

The Carpinteria Unified School District at their May 12 board meeting approved the leasing of a portion of the Whitney acreage that has been in limbo as a potential new campus site for Summerland School for as long as I can remember. Leslie Person Ryan’s Organic Sweetwater Farms (OSF) will be planting four acres of […]

People of Summerland: Gordon Morrison
By Leslie Westbrook   |   June 11, 2020

Every Sunday evening at 7 pm Gordon Morrison, bagpiper, husband, father, and VP of Engineering at Freedom Photonics, steps onto the porch of his family’s Summerland house and plays the bagpipes as the sun sets. It’s a comforting lament during these difficult times. I asked Morrison our usual “People of Summerland” questions. I also sat […]

Montecito Journal Hosts Zoom Call with Local Politicians and Business Owners
By Nick Schou   |   April 23, 2020

Last Friday morning, around 100 people joined a Zoom conference call hosted by Montecito Journal Editor-in-Chief Gwyn Lurie and Publisher Tim Buckley. The goal of the call was to generate ideas that could help businesses bounce back from the loss of revenue stemming from social-distancing restrictions that were set in place by California a month […]

Sweet Wheel Farm & Flowers
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   June 13, 2019

Leslie Person Ryan, the owner of Letter Perfect on Coast Village Road for 35 years, ventured into Summerland at the end of 2018, opening the Summerland Center for the Arts, a shop, gallery, and gathering space on Lillie Avenue. Last week she added a mobile produce shop to the Center, called Sweet Wheel Farm & […]