Glamour House to Close
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   July 22, 2021

One of Montecito’s longest running businesses, Glamour House, will close at the end of the month. Owner Ann Picciuto calls the closure of the intimate apparel store a “happy ending and a new beginning.” She and her husband, Rick Gehrke, sat down with us earlier this week.  Picciuto took over the long-standing Upper Village fixture […]

Aquatic Jewels Opens in Upper Village
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   July 1, 2021

A new aquarium store has opened in the Upper Village, in the space formerly occupied by Stationery Collection. Aquatic Jewels is owned by longtime aquarium enthusiast Dottie Allen and her business partner Mark Amescua, who opened the shop in late April. “We’ve always wanted to open a shop here in Montecito, and when this space […]


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Lemondrop Opens in Upper Village
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   June 17, 2021

“When life gives you kids” is the catch phrase for a new store in Montecito called Lemondrop, located in the Upper Village. Owned by Montecito mom of four, Ana Rudnicki, the new shop caters to the pre-teen or “tween” set: kids between the ages of 8 and 14. “I know I am not the only […]

It’s a Match: Montecito-Developed App Connects Hairdressers, Clients Around the World
By Alexandra Goldberg   |   June 10, 2021

When a local Santa Barbara hair stylist envisioned an ideal post-COVID world, he saw back-to-back appointments for flourishing small businesses like his own.  The pandemic proved disastrous for small businesses across the globe, many forced to lock their doors for months, missing out on street passersby or walk-ins that expanded clientele. With the brewing return […]

Rick Caruso Accepting Bitcoin for Retail, Rentals, and Resorts
By Joanne Calitri   |   June 3, 2021

Rick Caruso — founder and chief executive officer at Caruso, the owner/developer of Montecito’s luxury resort The Rosewood Miramar Beach, philanthropist, and USC Board Chair — is now taking on cryptocurrency in what is being listed as a real estate industry first, with the exception of ManageGo, a cloud-based real estate company in New York […]

A New Beginning: Husband’s Closet Spurs Kate McHale Jensen Clothing Line
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   June 3, 2021

Montecito alum Kate McHale Jensen has opened a brick-and-mortar shop in Santa Barbara to house her four-year-old sustainable clothing company, KMJ. It was nearly 12 years ago that Kate was on the cover of this newspaper after opening a Coast Village Circle studio and showroom to debut her first fashion foray, a line of fit […]

Montecito Dental Relocates
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   May 27, 2021

After nearly 25 years in business, Montecito Dental Group, the largest and longest running dental practice in the Santa Barbara area, has relocated to two different offices, after leaving their longstanding home in Paseo Mariposa on Coast Village Road. The practice has opened in Santa Barbara at 3714 State Street (in the new Estancia development), […]

  • ‘Craving Community’: Kate McMahon Returns to Coast Village Road
    By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   May 27, 2021

    Local fashion fixture Kate McMahon is back on Coast Village Road, opening a pop-up in Montecito Country Mart to offer her full clothing collection called Covet. McMahon took a multi-year hiatus from the brick-and-mortar retail scene, focusing instead on selling her luxury knitwear — including her famous sweaters — online. “It felt like the right […]

    Hot Diggity Dog! Adventurous flavor combos elevate an American classic at Dave’s Dogs
    By Claudia Schou   |   April 29, 2021

    Ask a New Yorker about the ideal hot dog and they’ll likely say it’s a Nathan’s dog slathered in mustard and covered in sauerkraut, wrapped in tin foil. Another extreme might be the kind of exotic sausages – rabbit and rattlesnake, anyone? – served at hipster-friendly eateries like Wurstküche in Los Angeles. Whatever your passion […]


    Last Days at Read ‘N Post
    By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   April 29, 2021

    Read ‘N Post at Montecito Country Mart will host an informal all-day “final fling” this Saturday, April 24, with free light refreshments and “a chance for us to say ‘thank you and best wishes always’ to our customers and friends,” said Jan Hendrickson, principal owner of the beloved shop. “Read ‘N Post has had more […]

    Turner Medical Arts Opens on Coast Village Road
    By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   April 22, 2021

    Dr. Duncan Turner, longtime Santa Barbara-based gynecological surgeon and women’s health advocate, has moved his practice to 1250 Coast Village Road, upstairs from Village Properties, The Warner Group, and Synergy Lending. “We are thrilled to be here, and to be able to offer our services more conveniently to our Montecito patients and those further south,” […]

    Gorjana Opens in Montecito
    By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   April 15, 2021

    Contemporary jewelry store Gorjana has opened on Coast Village Road, bringing its popular mid-priced and fine jewelry to Montecito. Founded in 2004, the Laguna Beach-based jewelry brand is owned by wife and husband team Gorjana and Jason Griffin Reidel, who set out to build a casual jewelry line that was “quintessential California.”  Originating from the […]

    Read ‘N Post Says Goodbye
    By Joanne Calitri   |   April 15, 2021

    For 35 years, Read ‘N Post (RnP) has been our town’s local meeting spot for posting your mail and packages, finding the perfect card for any occasion, stationary supplies, and the largest ongoing racks of real glossy high-end magazines from around the world. Due to unforeseen expenses incurred from our over one-year lockdown and other […]

    Poof! The Magic Castle Cabaret is Gone
    By Richard Mineards   |   April 8, 2021

    Two years after it opened, the owners of Montecito’s Magic Castle Cabaret Milt and Arlene Larsen are moving on, I can exclusively reveal. “The Cabaret has been closed for a long year and we are not getting any younger,” laments Arlene. “When we started, we seemed a lot younger. “After talking it over for many […]