Home for the Holidays: Lower Coast Village Road
By Kelly Mahan Herrick and Jeff Wing   |   November 28, 2023

by Kelly Mahan Herrick and Jeff Wing The first in a four-part series on shopping locally in Montecito, we’re throwing some light (and a lot of love) on our shade-dappled Lower Village: Montecito’s Coast Village Road and beyond, which has long been a shopping and dining destination for locals, visitors, and lucky accidental tourists. We […]

Birthday on the Backcourt
By Richard Mineards   |   November 2, 2023

Santa Barbara warbler Katy Perry celebrated turning 39 in grand style – showing off her pickleball skills against British actor fiancé Orlando Bloom at the inaugural Light Up the Court event for her Firework Foundation, which she founded in 2019 with her sister, Angela Lerche. Racketeers galore turned out at the Montecito Club for the […]


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Ghost Village Road
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   October 31, 2023

Coast Village Road’s popular trick-or-treating event, Ghost Village Road, is happening next week, from 3 pm to 6 pm on Tuesday, October 31. The event attracts  roughly 2,000 costumed kids and their parents each year. Many of the Lower Village’s business owners report they will take part in the festivities, passing out candy and other […]

Citizen of the Year Announced
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   October 24, 2023

Save the date for Saturday, November 4, for the 38th annual Montecito Association Beautification Day. Themed “It Takes a Village,” this year’s event is shaping up to be a super successful event, after several years of COVID-induced, pared-down versions of the popular volunteer event. “We’re back! And we are thrilled that so many people and […]

A Friend for All Friendship Center’s New Executive Director
By Joanne A Calitri   |   October 10, 2023

Kathryn Westland is the new executive director for the Friendship Center Adult Day Services (FC) in Montecito. This is the first appointment to the position since Heidi Holly, who held the position for 38 years and retired earlier this year. Westland worked at the FC as program manager from fall 2017 through January 2021, and […]

Montecito Country Mart Happenings
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   October 3, 2023

Montecito Country Mart is preparing to welcome two new businesses: the Mart’s anchor grocery store, Vons, has been under construction the last 1.5 years to be rebranded as Pavilions, which officially takes place this week with a ribbon cutting and grand re-opening. The store boasts expanded produce and bakery departments, a new floral department, expanded […]

Montecito Wellness Opens
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   September 26, 2023

A new functional medicine clinic has opened in the Upper Village: Montecito Wellness Clinic, owned by Montecito mom and integrative doctor Dr. Talina Hermann, launched publicly last week with a grand opening this past Friday. “It’s always been my dream to open a clinic here,” Hermann told us last week as she geared up for […]

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    By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   September 19, 2023

    Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF), a local nonprofit organization providing support for families battling childhood cancer along the Central Coast, has announced a major milestone as it enters its 21st year of operation: TBCF is now able to extend its age eligibility to 21 years.  For the past two decades, TBCF has been a place […]

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    By Steven Libowitz   |   August 22, 2023

    The Music Academy (MA) didn’t waste any time finding a successor to Scott Reed, who announced last spring that the 2023 Summer Festival would be his last as president and CEO after 12 years at the helm. Less than a week after the final symphony concert at the Granada earlier this month, the Music Academy […]

    The New York TMZ: Reports of Montecito Being Exclusive to the Newly Wed and Nearly Dead Turn Out to Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
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    By Paul Vercammen   |   August 1, 2023

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