Tag archives: retail

A Solution to the Coast Village Road Parking Wars: Who Wins? Who Loses? Restaurants, Retailers, or the Community?
By Bob Hazard   |   September 6, 2022

Coast Village Road (CVR), though ceded to the City of Santa Barbara in 1960, remains an iconic pillar of the Montecito lifestyle. The CVR streetscape offers sophisticated dining, boutique shopping, historic hotels, real estate brokers, drugstores, medical offices, professional services, hair salons, banks, business offices – and yes, even a modern, high-priced combination gas station, car […]

Pedestrian-only Areas in Germany
By Montecito Journal   |   August 23, 2022

I saw a letter by Jeffrey Harding about CVR and removing the parklets. He just wants it to go back to the way it was – this is a mistake in my opinion. I am from Germany originally and know of the commercial value of pedestrian-only areas. Check out some images of this small city […]

Juniper on Coast Village Road
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   February 22, 2022

Unique women’s clothing and accessory boutique Juniper is tucked between Sakana and Occhiali in Coast Village Walk, with owner Marie Ferris offering an array of luxury clothing lines not found in other stores. “I love pieces that are unexpected and unique,” Ferris told us during a recent visit to the shop. “My style is soft […]

Read ‘N Post To Close
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   April 8, 2021

Late last week customers at Read ‘N Post were surprised to learn that the Montecito retail landmark, located in Montecito Country Mart, shared plans to close at the end of April. In business in Montecito for nearly 40 years, Read ‘N Post is a favorite among locals who go to peruse the extensive collection of […]

New Stores at Montecito Country Mart
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   February 11, 2021

Two new stores are calling Montecito Country Mart home as business picks up throughout the Mart following the lifting of the state’s stay-at-home order in January. “People are here, they are shopping and eating, all in a safe way,” says Mart rep Kristin Teufel, who introduced us to the new shops earlier this week.  The […]

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 […]

Home, Sweet Hacienda
By Leslie Westbrook   |   December 3, 2020

Hacienda, by Bonita Lifestyle, the latest incarnation of retail shopping therapy in Summerland by Rita Villa, opened its doors mid-November. Located just down the street from the Summerland Beach Café (and in the same row as Garde on the street behind the liquor store), the shop is the culmination of the many years of Rita’s […]

Retail Therapy
By Joanne Calitri   |   July 30, 2020

The Montecito Country Mart (MCM), located at 1016 Coast Village Road, is home to 21 boutique shops anchored by the Vons grocery store and Union Bank. MCM owner Jim Rosenfield acquired the mall in 2010, reconstructed its original 1960s façade and added outdoor patios to make it an upscale Montecito shopping destination. “I am so […]

Love, love me do. Pleeaassee!
By Ernie Witham   |   November 26, 2019

“How was your experience in men’s underwear?” The email asked. “Were you a) delighted with your purchase b) kind of giddy c) blasé d) not so giddy or e) totally disenfranchised? Your immediate response is requested.” This was about the tenth follow-up I had received from recent shopping excursions. Seems like every time I buy […]

Field & Fort Opens in Summerland
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   November 21, 2019

Nearly two years after the closure of Cantwell’s in Summerland, a new furniture and décor shop, as well as a café, has opened in the prominent building on the eastern end of Lillie Avenue. Field + Fort is the brainchild of Santa Barbara designer Kyle Irwin and his business partner and friend, Susie Bechtel, who […]

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 […]

Couture Collective on Coast Village Road
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   November 8, 2018

This Saturday, November 10, the Coast Village Association (CVA) is hosting a brand-new event to help retailers show off their newest fashion arrivals before the holiday shopping season.  The Coast Village Couture Collective will feature a dozen boutiques and small shops that will offer refreshments, trunk shows, and in-store personal styling. “It’s a great way […]

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 […]

Mama Luma: Children’s Fashion Meets Community Networking Space
By Tim Buckley   |   June 7, 2018

A new local children’s clothing brand, Mama Luma, founded by two UCSB graduates, Ata Sari and Kevin Mahany, will be celebrating the grand opening of its new Paseo Nuevo location this June. Focusing on higher-end girls clothing for ages 1-10, the company has a unique vision that accompanies their business goals. Previously only available to […]

The Future of Coast Village Road, Part 2
By Bob Hazard   |   November 9, 2017

The truly “endangered species” in America is neither the salt marsh harvest mouse nor the Channel Island fox. Rather, it is the ominous disappearance of small, locally owned businesses – particularly in retail — and the erosion of their positive impact on the character of local communities. The Retail Meltdown In the last few years, […]