Holiday Gift Ideas
By Montecito Journal   |   November 21, 2022

A four-carat Colombian emerald set in platinum with diamonds accenting the emerald cut. Silverhorn Design Studio1235 Coast Village RoadMontecito, CA 93108805.969.0442 Unique and luxe Dakota Wine and Picnic Tote, quality made in the U.S. out of cork from Portugal. Paula Parisotto Proenza Schouler Dia day bag in leopard print Italian calf-hair with a detachable strap […]

Coast Village Mesa Burger Closes 
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   September 27, 2022

Mesa Burger owner Chris Chiarappa confirms that his Montecito location on Coast Village Road is permanently closed. “It is with an extremely heavy heart that we are announcing the permanent closure of our Montecito location. We will be forever grateful to all our wonderful guests and the entire Montecito community for their gracious support. We […]


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