May 2017

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From the Desk of Kate Schwab,  Marketing & Communications Director

Remembering Mr. Towbes 
By now, we all know Michael Towbes, beloved Santa Barbara resident and philanthropist, passed away in mid-April. There's no need to list all he's done for our community and Downtown Santa Barbara specifically - you've read all about it, or perhaps you knew or even worked with Mr. Towbes.
 More than just about anyone else, he touched lives throughout the City and County of Santa Barbara. We all probably have one or two or six degrees of separation from him and his many contributions.

Like most of us, I met Mr. Towbes at various ribbon-cuttings/grand openings/mixers. I'm sure he would never be able to pick me out of a crowd, but I'm proud to say we shared a moment together - however briefly - one amazing day. Michael Towbes was awarded the Downtown Organization Citizen of the Year in 2003, the same year I was named the George Gerth Volunteer of the Year.

One photo, one shared moment - it makes for one great memory, and the honor was all mine.

Michael Towbes, 1929-2017
Small Business is Backbone of Downtown SB 

It's Small Business Week (April 30-May 6) and we love celebrating the small businesses that make up so much of our downtown experience. Our Small Business Saturday promotion, started two years ago, has grown by leaps and bounds, with more and more small businesses joining our local efforts on the Saturday after Thanksgiving to highlight and support our local small businesses.  
Did you know:
  • Small businesses create most of the jobs in Downtown Santa Barbara? In fact, according to the Small Business Administration, small businesses create 64% of new private sector jobs in the U.S.
  • Small businesses are changing the world, with small businesses creating patents and innovating at a rate 16 times higher than larger businesses.
  • Small business is the path to the American Dream: with greater economic disparity and the loss of many blue collar jobs, today more than ever small business ownership is a path toward a middle-class lifestyle. This helps explain why almost 30% of small businesses are owned by minorities, and 14% of small business ownership in America is immigrants.

 There are many small businesses in Downtown Santa Barbara that provide

needed jobs, sales tax, and vitality for our City:

here's to you this Small Business Week - thanks for all you do.

Downtown Retail Study Update 

Here's an update from our State Street Retail Study currently underway, which will provide a set of recommendations and strategies to re-tenant our downtown corridor. This Study has a defined focus area between the 600 and the 1100 blocks of State Street, and will include a full analysis on the customers we are missing: our trade area residents.
Its findings and recommendations will be available in June, and our Board will be working with the City of Santa Barbara and local stakeholders to both respond to and implement the strategies for a successful retail merchandising plan for State Street.
 Here is some early trade area analysis that includes both demographics and psychographics about the customers that live in our trade area, from our consultants at Downtown Works:

Downtown Santa Barbara's 50th Anniversary Gala  

We only get to celebrate our 50th Anniversary once - and we did it with style and grace! Thanks to all our sponsors and supporters. Enjoy the Gala video about our history on our homepage.


Upcoming Events

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

May 2017  
Thursday, May 4  
(5:00-8:00 pm)

 Thu, May 4: Crystal Serenity 
Thu, May 18: Celebrity Infinity   
Premier Car Show
Sunday, May 21 (10:00 am)
State Street 
June 2017  
Thursday, June 1
(5:00-8:00 pm) 
 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

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.  
May's theme is "Transportation/CycleMAYnia."
  • Bread & Butter (1114 State #17) presents a modern fiber art show. Designs by local artist: Heidi Pullman.
  • "Find joy in the unexpected!" Nell's Whimsical clayful art at Fuzion Gallery & Boutique (1115 State) is fun, funky, and sometimes functional.
  • Divine Inspiration Gallery (1528 State) presents the magical realism, fantastical paintings of Cynthia James, "Crypto Flora."
  •  Cathy Quiel adds illustration work to her esteemed Submerged series at Lady McClintock Studio (1221 State).
  • Santa Barbara Historical Museum (136 E. De la Guerra) exhibits California Missions watercolors by Edwin Deakin and others, which made a profound impact on saving the beautiful edifices.
  • Te Amo Jewelers (811 State, Suite G) presents "Green on Light Blue" by Olga Hotujac, a collection of contemporary abstract paintings featuring her bold use of color and texture.
  • Carol Simon creates joyful paintings based on her travels, collected in a series titled "Whimsical Impressions" and exhibiting at Pacific Western Bank (30 E. Figueroa).  
Mezcal Martini returns to welcome Cinco de Mayo in style! This Latin jazz band blends the musical styles and rhythms of Cuba, the Caribbean, Mexico and the U.S. with improvisation, infectious grooves and scintillating horn lines. (Marshalls Patio, 900 State)  
Santa Barbara Guitar Collective brings you the rich musical heritage that is World Music, offering everything from intricately arranged classical guitar ensemble pieces to upbeat, artistic expression of traditional, dance-rhythm music and masterful improvisations. Enjoy rumba, tango, gypsy, Latin jazz, and more! (SBMA Corner, State & Anapamu)

Robbie & Mike of SB Guitar Collective. 

Sunday, May 21 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm)

Free admission for spectators

Estimate attendance: 30,000 people 

Live music, local bars, and restaurants

Refreshments available

Plenty of parking at nearby city parking lots

Awards presentation at 3:00 pm


Upcoming Solstice Events- You're Invited: Energizing Events Downtown !
May 10th ( 5:30 - 10:00 pm): Pascucci Dine Out (729 State) - all proceeds support the parade and workshop, just show up for dinner and be waited on by local celebrities!
May 19th (6:30 - 10 pm): Solstice Sunset Soiree at the Impact Hub (1117 State). Tickets $20 includes live music and performances, a free drink and great local eats! Please RSVP here.
June 8th (5:30 -7:30 pm): Chamber After Hours event at the Workshop (631 Garden). Live music, food and drinks, art making and workshop tours!

Non-Profits to Know:

New Beginnings Counseling Center 

"Providing psychological counseling and supportive services to low-income families and individuals in the Santa Barbara community."

New Beginnings Counseling Center creates a psychologically healthy community. The organization provides quality, affordable counseling services, life skills and outreach programs, striving 
to help provide a fresh start to all those who seek to better their lives.

 New Beginnings Counseling Center's mission is to provide quality, affordable counseling, shelter, case management, and education that strengthens our community and provides our clients with the ability to lead healthy and productive lives. 

 New Beginnings' programs include:
Counseling Center
Health Access and Care Coordination Project
Life Skills Parenting Program
Safe Parking Program
Supportive Services for City of SB Housing Authority
Supportive Services for Veterans and Their Families 
Here's What's New Downtown: 
Something's Fishy is now Hibachi Steak House & Sushi Bar (500 State) block from Savoy Cafe & Deli, you'll find Savoy Wines...Perfume Plus Outlet (911-1/2 State) offers a wide selection of designer fragrances...Happy 7th Anniversary to Peanuts Maternity & Kids (9 E. Figueroa)!...Silvergreens is now Kyle's Kitchen (791 Chapala) - try their great burgers!... Distinctive Art Gallery is showing off a new website...The Grand Opening for Ama SeaBeauty, retail showroom and FaceBar beauty clinic, is Sat, May 13th...
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
Cassidy Brewer
Marketing & Events Manager   

Jenna Raimist
Marketing & Events Coordinator 
Cindy Arroyo  
Office Manager
Chloe Brooks
State Street Team 

And I Quote: 
"There are three major issues now that are becoming important,
 not only for cities, but for all mankind:
 mobility, sustainability and social diversity." 
~Jaime Lerner      
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