June 2017

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From the Desk of Kate Schwab,  Marketing & Communications Director

"Change is the Law of Life" ~John F. Kennedy

As a fan (and resident) of Downtown Santa Barbara, I love strolling along State Street. It's an amazing street - in fact, one of America's Great Streets, according to the American Planning Association designation awarded to the City of Santa Barbara in 2014.
With the results of the Downtown Retail Study coming next week, we're already seeing small but resolute changes on our great street, and it is heartening. We do have vacancies to contend with - no use pretending we don't. But the better news is, stores are closing in one location - but moving to larger locations. Both Skechers USA and MAC Cosmetics moved to the 800 block. "It's a larger space with much better lighting for our use," says Kat Shay, General Manager of MAC. "With two entrances, it's much more open." Evangelina Boutique, open just about a year, is shifting to a larger location in Paseo Nuevo, next to California Pizza Kitchen.
Speaking of Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants (and well-earned awards), the management team there is the proud winner of a Gold Award from the International Council of Shopping Centers, for their "College Night Out" event last September. Along with a variety of unique events (raise your hand if you saw "Let it Snow" last Christmas), Paseo Nuevo has introduced a pop-up shop program to provide even more promotional opportunities to local businesses. This allows businesses to pop-up for a day in the common areas, creating new and exciting shopping experiences every week.  "We are fortunate to be able to adjust to the changing retail climate, offering first time business owners the opportunity to incubate their concept in a shopping center environment," says General Manager Kristen Weidemann. "We can provide extra services to our tenants, like marketing, events, security and valet parking, that help offset our retailers' start-up costs and assist in their success."

Local Mermaids Pop-Up Shop, at Paseo Nuevo.

And regarding change...the staff of Downtown SB is losing Cassidy Brewer, our fabulous Marketing & Events Manager - she's packed up her tutus, yoga togs and the Office Baby, and moved back to Colorado. Seems some changes are harder to handle than others.
Here Comes Summer Solstice!
Saturday, June 24th, State & Cota (noon)

Summer Solstice News: 

  • Local artist Caroline Hambright is the winning designer of the Summer Solstice t-shirt and poster context, for her artwork, "Solstice System." The Solstice Parade theme is: Unity.
  •  1st Thursday Open House at the Community Arts Workshop (CAW)
     Featuring DJ Darla Bea, Drumming & Dance with Gueria Gaston and Friends, plus an opportunity to participate in Solstice float building on site! (Beer & wine available for purchase.)
    (Thursday, June 1, 5-8pm, 631 Garden St.)

  • Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce After Hours Event at CAW
    Open House, interactive art, live music, dance + food & beer and wine! RSVP to the
    Chamber. (Thursday, June 8, 5:30-7:30 PM)
  • Solstice Workshop is Open
    Join us at one of our new art classes or join a float/ensemble to be part of the Solstice parade, class schedule here.
  Check out classes - Workshop is located at 631 Garden Street is open W-F 3- 8 PM; Sat & Sun 12 - 6 PM.   New Online Application to participate in the parade! Drop by and explore the creativity! 
  • Watch the parade like a Rock-star
    Treat yourself to VIP seating ($50) and you'll know you helped make one of Santa Barbara's biggest events of the year possible.
Contact Workshop Operations Director Robby Robbins at workshop@solsticeparade.com  or Workshop Phone: 805-448-0935, if you have questions about being in the parade! 
Upcoming Events

Heads up - here are the events Downtown Santa Barbara is hosting
for the next two months, and YOU can participate!  

June 2017  
Thursday, June 1    
(5:00-8:00 pm)

State Street Mile
Sunday, June 4
Pedregosa to De la Guerra Streets
(9:00 am to 10:30 am) 
 Sat, June 10: Crystal Serenity 
Fri, June 16: The World 
Sat, June 17: The World 
  Santa Barbara
June 23, 24, 25 
Alameda Park

Summer Solstice Parade 
Sat, June 24 (noon)  
Cota to State Streets

Summer Solstice Parade! 

Presents: 1st Thursday 

Downtown Santa Barbara comes alive once a month, for  1st Thursday , 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.  
June's theme is "The Good Ol' Summertime."
  • Anthropologie (1123 State) celebrates new work by local artist, Mary Spacapan in "Light does not need permission to shine."
  • It's that time again! Head to the Community Arts Workshop (631 Garden) for a Summer Solstice Workshop Open House: dance class, make a mural or work on your parade float! 
  • Kimpton Canary Hotel (31 W. Carrillo), along with Golds Gym, features a free heart chakra discussion with Chloe Lenow (5:45pm), followed by yoga (6-7pm) on the Canary rooftop.
  •  Meet local author Rich Grimes and local illustratro Cathy Quiel, signing and discussing their new children's book Heather and Buddy Go to School, at Lady McClintock Studios (1221 State).
  •  Art for the AgesInspiring Skies at The Garden Court Community (1116 De la Vina St.) showcases creative works people ages 3-100 and includes drawings, paintings, photography, sculpture and more.
  • SlingShot Gallery (220 W. Canon Perdido) presents a show featuring Paul Weber and his colorful depictions of America's favorite pastime - you'll wish you were at a ballgame.
  • Enjoy live bluegrass and local brews featuring the music of Peter Feldman and the Very Lonesome Boys, with works on exhibit by local artist, Katie Leigh Curry, at Christ Presbyterian Church (36 E. Victoria). 
  • "Heartlines" is the book signing and art show for the transcendental pilgrimage of poetry and art by Marley Korzen, at Bread & Butter (1114 State, #17, by the red phone booth in La Arcada Court).
Back for a return engagement - Santa Barbara Trombone Society! This group of players from throughout Santa Barbara county will hoist their 'bones to serenade you with their
massive library of tunes. (Marshalls Patio, 900 State)    

Groovy, California alternative psychedelic rock? Check. Retro 60's vibe? Check. Laid back synth-bass undertones, hypnotic vocals? Check and check. Sounds like Moneluv (Mitch Karno, Scott Topper, Michael Robinson and Mark Delgadillo) are back!   (SBMA Corner, State & Anapamu) 

Moneluv performs, SBMA Corner 

Non-Profits to Know:

Youth Interactive  

"A place where teens are employed to explore their creative
 & entrepreneurial talent."

Youth Interactive offers a new kind of educational approach, one that meets the needs of students and the demands of life in a global economy. They create youth-led businesses and mentor students' creativity to help ignite their imagination and provide them with new opportunities to develop the life skills needed to succeed beyond school.

Youth Interactive offers a unique approach, a mix of vocational, creative and real life business skill sets, which is proving incredibly popular with students & delivering quantifiable outcomes.
YI increasingly works with local schools, colleges, universities, businesses, non profit organizations, artists, entrepreneurs, foundations, temporary shelters, city departments, Santa Barbara County Probation Department, Santa Barbara County School District and The California Investment Board to gather the feedback on our program needed to do just that.

Here's What's New Downtown: 

Eagerly anticipating Basil's for casual Italian cuisine, opening in July (608 Anacapa)...Shout-out to both Bar 29 (1134 Chapala) and Somerset (7 E. Anapamu), two Downtown SB restaurants prominently featured in the Restaurant Issue of 805 Living magazine...Newly open on the 800 block of State Street: Skechers USA (807 State) and MAC Cosmetics (819 State)... Spend a purrfect hour or two at Cat Therapy (1213 State, Suite L), Santa Barbara's first and only cat cafe...Congrats to the management team at Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants, the Gold winner in the 2017 U.S. MAXI Awards from the International Council of Shopping Centers, for their "College Night Out" event!...Satellite, a wine bar and cafe, is now open inside Impact Hub (1117 State)...  
Downtown Santa Barbara Board of Directors 
Executive Committee
Matt LaBrie 
LYNX Management

Vice President  
Traci Taitt  
The Towbes Group 
Michael Jordan  
HUB International  
Bob Stout
Wildcat Lounge   

Ginny Brush
Brush & Associates  

Kim Clark 

David de L'Arbe
Santa Barbara Travel Bureau

Joanne Funari
American Riviera Bank 

Tracy Pfautch
Pacific Western Bank

Mark Whitehurst
VOICE Magazine 
Lynn Adams
Santa Barbara Arts

David Beardon
Santa Barbara Frame Shop
 & Gallery
Scott Burruss
The Shade Store 
Amy Cooper
Plum Goods 
Genny Cummings
Indigo Interiors

Roger Durling
Santa Barbara International Film Festival

William Duval
Law Office of William Duval
Tamara Erickson 
Hotel Santa Barbara
Larry Feinberg
Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Allison Griffin 
Sonos, Inc.
Steve Hinkley

Ed Holdren
Holdren's Steaks & Seafood

Kathy Janega-Dykes
Visit Santa Barbara

Laura Knight

Dave Lombardi
Distinctive Framing 'n' Art  
Distinctive Art Gallery
Doug Margerum
Margerum Wine Co.

Maryann Mendoza 

Anne Petersen
Santa Barbara Trust for
Historic Preservation

Randy Rowse
Paradise Cafe

Jill Seltzer 
Ensemble Theatre Company 
Sarah Sinclair
Santa Barbara Independent

Craig Springer 
SB Center for the 
Performing Arts

Tammy Steuart
Metropolitan Theatres 

Tina Takaya
Opal Restaurant and Bar

Randy Weiss
Union Bank

Michal Wiesbrock
Arthritis Foundation

Kristen Weidemann
Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants

Michael Zuckerman
Montecito Bank & Trust
Downtown Santa Barbara Staff 
Executive Director

Marketing & Communications Director
 Jenna Raimist
 Marketing & Events Coordinator

Chloe Brooks
State Street Team  
Erik Krueger
Business Manager

And I Quote: 
"Lively, diverse, intense cities contain the seeds of their own regeneration." 
~Jane Jacobs      
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