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From the Desk of Kate Schwab,
Marketing & Communications Director
New Year, New Plans
With the holidays behind us and 2017 already stacking up to be one of our busiest years ever, the Downtown Santa Barbara staff has scrounged up a few minutes to count our blessings -
and our 2016 milestones and accomplishments:
Annual Awards Breakfast: 1 (
congrats again to Citizen of the Year, Community Arts Workshop)
1st Thursdays: 12 (
with new and unique participants each month)
Board of Directors meetings: 11 (
plus one Board Retreat)
Committee meetings: 54 (
and thanks to all our volunteers!)
LIVE Art & Wine Tour: 1 (
save the date for 2017: Thursday, May 25th)
Annual Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade: 1 (
2017 date: Friday, December 1st)
Office Baby: still just the one ~
Happy New Year, Kaia Brewer.
But rest assured - we are not resting our our laurels. We're excited about plans for our huge
50th Anniversary Gala (Wednesday, April 12th), our upcoming Retail Study, the second LIVE Art & Wine Tour (details TBD), new members, fabulous
s and much, much more. It promises to be an amazing year and we're looking forward to you joining us!
Downtown Santa Barbara Retail Study
Unique restaurants, great shopping, amazing cultural venues...and to be honest, more than a handful of empty storefronts. The staff at Downtown Santa Barbara sees it too - and we're working on doing something about it.
We recently convened a number of our existing retailers - national and local - and reached consensus that something must be done to protect our future and ensure that we continue to receive a strong return on our investments in Downtown Santa Barbara.
We are now taking a more active role in understanding and potentially helping guide and improve our overall retail mix. The shopping experience on the street must remain strong for everyone's best interests, regardless of whether they are the property owner, the tenant,
or the real estate agent.
With funding from a variety of sources (property owners, non-profit community organizations, a major utility company, our conference & visitors bureau, plus others), we have contracted with downtown works, a consultant firm that specializes in working with downtown organizations at the local level, to study, evaluate, research and develop an appropriate retail study.
Downtown Santa Barbara is, as always, focused on the success of our members, and the continued vitality of our downtown district. Please stay tuned - we're looking forward to the results of the
Retail Study, and to sharing what we learn with all of you.
Announcing the Holiday Parade Winners!
What may sound like a simple little gig - judging the bands, dance and performance groups and entries of the
64th Annual Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade Presented by Consumer Fire Products - is actually not an easy task. With 93 entries to view with a critical eye, the Parade judges had their work cut out for them. Without further ado, here are the "Holiday Under the Sea" winners:
Best Dance Ensemble:
La Boheme Professional Dance Group (runner-up: Dance Network)
Best School Cheer/Dance Team:
Dos Pueblos High School Cheer (runner-up: Santa Barbara High School Cheerleading)
Best Performance Group:
Most Spirited Entry:
Adelante Charter School
Most Creative Use of Parade Theme:
Santa Barbara Youth Music Academy
Best High School Band:
Dos Pueblos HS (runner-up: San Marcos HS)
Best Junior High School Band:
Goleta Valley JHS (runner-up: Santa Barbara JHS)
Best Elementary School Band:
Goleta Union Elementary (runner-up: SBUSD Bravo Elementary)
Kenney Construction, Franklin Elementary School, Girl Scouts of California Central Coast; Santa Barbara Police Activities League (PAL)
Congrats to the Holiday Window Decor Contest winners:
"Holiday Under the Sea" Window at Kaleidoscope Flowers
Heads up - here are the events Downtown Santa Barbara is hosting
for the next two
months, and YOU can participate!
Downtown Santa Barbara comes alive once a month,
, the monthly art crawl on Downtown Santa Barbara streets and historic paseos! Look for art, music, dance, poetry, demos, lectures, book signings and more - free for all participants.
January's theme is "Inspire Me."
Join furniture designer Jay Keefrider for a glass of wine and a peek into the
Keefrider Custom Furniture (434 E. Haley) woodworking studio to see handcrafted stunning works in wood.
Lady McClintock Studios (1221 State #6) showcases Pamela Larson's grand collection of vivid paintings full of emotions and feelings with hints of the past.
Look for "Amour de la Provence," iconic Provencal France landscapes by Olga Hotujac, at Te Amo Estate & Fine Jewelry (811 State in Paseo Nuevo).
What do you dream your new year will bring to light the way for the new day? Find out at Casa Gallery @ Voice Magazine (23 E. Canon Perdido), with "New Light, New Year."
Sullivan Goss (11 E. Anapamu) celebrates the opening of two exciting exhibitions including Ken Bortolazzo,one of American's foremost kinetic sculptors.
Head to Santa Barbara Museum of Art (1130 State) for a Special performance: Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano (5:30 pm).
Distinctive Art Gallery (1331 State) hosts a photo exhibition by local photographers, including Craton, Haynes, Louy, Muench, Owen, Reierson and Sipress.
A Santa Barbara Sculptors Guild and Abstract Art Collective join exhibition, with many genres and materials represented, at Faulkner Gallery (SB Public Library, 40 E. Anapamu).
Yes You Can Dance Salsa! To prove it, join the free pop-up Salsa Dance Class at Marshalls Patio (900 State). Music provided by CycleMAYnia Boom Boom and Carpinteria Open Streets. Find The Brazilian Cultural Arts Center of Santa Barbara at the SBMA corner (Anapamu & State), presenting the dynamic Capoeira (Brazilian martial arts) and Brazilian dance performances featuring acrobatics, fast kicks and musical accompaniment.
Non-Profits to Know:
Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care
"Santa Barbara's only non-profit, locally-based, in-home provider of professional healthcare and personal care services."
The mission of VHNC is to provide compassionate and trusted care for all. Now in their second century of caring for those in need, they continue to provide high quality, comprehensive home health, hospice and related services necessary to promote the health and well-being of all community residents. Founded in 1908 as Visiting Nurse Association, they conducted 140 visits in their first month. They celebrated 100 years of caring for the community in 2008 with 59,005 visits serving 2,944 clients. in 2011 VNHC opened Serenity House, an 18-bed inpatient hospice house.
Main Office: 512 E. Gutierrez Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Loan Closet: 602 E. Montecito Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Here's What's New in Downtown Santa Barbara:
...You know it, you love it, you use it, and now
is a DSB Associate Member...The littlest barbershop in town is back in business as
Wolf's Head Annex
(27 1/2 Victoria)...Find stunning handcrafted works in wood at
Keefrieder Custom Furniture
(434 E. Haley, Suite C)...Sequel Salon (13 W. Anapamu) is open and ready to make you look fabulous...
Downtown Santa Barbara
Board of Directors
The Towbes Group
*Executive Committee members
Santa Barbara Arts
Santa Barbara Frame Shop
Brush & Associates
The Shade Store
*David de L'Arbe
Santa Barbara Travel Bureau
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Law Office of William Duval
Hotel Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
American Riviera Bank
Holdren's Steaks & Seafood
Visit Santa Barbara
Distinctive Framing 'n' Art
Distinctive Art Gallery
IGF Partners, LL
|Dr. Anne Petersen
Santa Barbara Trust for
Pacific Western Bank
Nectar and Aldo's Italian Restaurant
Santa Barbara Independent
SB Center for the
Opal Restaurant and Bar
Downtown Santa Barbara
"The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book,
waiting to be written."