November 2017

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From the Desk of Kate Schwab,  Marketing & Communications Director

Did Somebody Say "Shopping?"

The first-ever Small Business Saturday, launched by American Express, took place on November 27, 2010. It was a day dedicated to helping small businesses get more people through their doors on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and encouraging people across the country to support small, local businesses.  
In 2016, an estimated 112 million consumers reported shopping at small businesses on Small Business Saturday, marking a 13 percent increase from 2015.
  As the daughter of a small town store owner, I'm fiercely supportive of Small Business Saturday. In fact, with the dozens of local shops, spas, tasting rooms and restaurants in Downtown Santa Barbara, I'd venture to say this day was invented with our downtown community in mind.
We're hosting Holiday Horns (900 State, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm) for rousing brass Christmas music, and we'll have balloons and giveaways - come join us for
Small Business Saturday, November 25th!

Downtown SB Members: click here for your Small Business Saturday participation form.  

Presented by:  
Your December Update
1. Let's start with a shout-out to our Holiday Parade sponsors!
 Thanks to:
Presenting Sponsor Consumer Fire Products, Inc.; Montecito Bank & Trust and The Towbes Group, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, American Riviera Bank, Kimpton Canary Hotel, Sonos, Metropolitan Theatres, Marborg Industries, Union Bank, Pinkberry. 
Interested in Sponsorship? CLICK HERE
to view balloons still available.
Please direct all Sponsorship questions to:
Maggie Campbell:
Lisa McCorkle: 
3. Downtown SB Members: The Holiday Window Decor Contest
The perfect opportunity to show off your decorating skills! Heads up: if you thought the Halloween Window Decor contest was competitive, get ready for the battle we call the Holiday Window Decor contest.  The Award of Excellence is highly coveted, with the winner displaying the award plaque for the entire year.
Click here for contest participation form.
4. Volunteer for the Parade! 
We couldn't produce this hometown Holiday Parade without the help of our amazingly dedicated and jolly volunteers! Interested in being an important part of the 65th Annual Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade? Contact Jenna Raimist to sign up or with any questions  
(volunteer shifts are between 4:30 to 8:30 pm). 

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

November 2017

Thursday, November 2
(5:00-8:00 pm)
Una Noche de Estrellas
Saturday, November 11
(6:00 pm-9:30 pm)

Thanksgiving Day 
Thursday, November 23  
DSB office closed, 11/23 and 11/24

Saturday, November 25   

La Arcada Christmas Walk
Wednesday, November 29
(5:00 pm to 8:00 pm)

1114 State Street at Figueroa

December 2017
1st Thursday  
Thursday, December 7
(5:00 to 8:00 pm) Friday, December 1 (6:30 pm)  
Thursday, December 15 
Holiday Window Decor Judging 

Christmas Day 
DSB Office closed, 12/25 and 12/26 

New Year's Day 
DSB office closed 1/1/18  

Halloween Window Decor Winners 
The Downtown Santa Barbara Decor Committee fought with the tenacity of zombies to narrow the field down to the top three decorated locations, adding categories to showcase the amazingly terrifying window displays on (and off) State Street.  
And the winners are:

One of many scary scenarios at Reicker, Pfau, Pyle  & McRoy LLP. 

1st Place, Haunted Hall of Fame to Reicker, Pfau, Pyle & McRoy LLP (1421 State): Trust us...go look. The guys and "ghouls" of this top-of-the-district law firm went all out. Around corners, up the stairs, perched at the receptionist's desk and festooned all around the offices, you'll see all sorts of effects, frights, goblins and lots of cobwebs. Well worth the trip up State Street! 
2nd Place, Dark Magic Award to Occhiali (7 W. Canon Perdido): Sporting cool shades, this witchy trio is all about the "Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and caldron bubble."
3rd Place, Scariest Award: James Joyce (513 State): You dare slip past the horror-crowded window only to find yourself in a spooky crematorium/bar!   
Don't Look Under the Bed Award to Sanford Winery Tasting Room (1114 State #26): The whimsical, colorful hand-created monsters filling the tasting room's huge window look innocent enough, until you find them tucked beneath your bed some night...
All Hallow's Eve Ball Award to Renaissance Consignment (1118 State) Dressed in Halloween finery, the (headless, of course) window models vie for the attention of the fellow perched in the black throne, all skull and bones. 
Ghost Award:  The Red Piano (519 State) - This award is presented to a business that slips under the door (like a ghost) by not officially signing up for the contest, but the judges were drawn like a fly to a web by the gigantic spider perched atop the red piano above the front door, glowing eyes and all.
Brewing a bit of Dark Magic at Occhiali. 

1st Thursday  

Presented by: Montecito Bank & Trust   

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. November's theme is Giving Back.
  • Bar 29 (1134 Chapala) presents original photography by Ben Pecorari. Born and raised in Santa Barbara where his passion for photography began, Ben toured the country with his band, capturing the candid and poignant moments of life and music on the road.
  •  Enjoy local wine, hors d'oeuvres, and live jazz music performed by Tom Etchart & Friends at Christ Presbyterian Church (36 E. Victoria). On exhibit "Sacred Streets," a collection of portraits of people living on L.A.'s Skid Row by artist Jason Leith.
  •  On exhibit at Early California Antiques (1331 State): Andres Aldrin paintings and woodcuts.
  • Fuzion Gallery & Boutique (1115 State) celebrates the end of prohibition, showing some early films that blazed the way including "Reefer Madness" (in conjunction with Santa Barbara International Film Festival).
  • Join Giannetti Home (1309 State) to view original paintings from the private collection of Steve Giannetti, as well as appetizers from Jane Restaurant.  
  • Meet and mingle with artists as they complete large-scale canvasses in one day at this pop-up location of Silo118 Gallery (927 State).
  • Yes Dance (705 Paseo Nuevo) honors Santa Barbara's Artist and First Poet Laureate, Barry Spacks, hosting an art exhibit of more than 50 of his original paintings.
  • It's back! The Yes Store's (627 State) seasonal pop-up of artists come together each holiday season to offer handmade one-of-a-kind gifts for holiday shoppers, celebrating 50 years!.
The Salt Martians are a four-piece all-acoustic bluegrass band based in Santa Barbara. Their enjoyment of playing together - from Bill Monroe to the Byrds - is otherworldly!
(Marshalls Patio, 900 State) 
Mission Canyon brings to life songs and good memories with acoustic instruments and vocally rich arrangements. From Americana to Motown, they specialize in instrumental solos, and harmony. 
   (SBMA Corner, Anapamu & State) 
Mission Canyon, performing at the SBMA Corner.

Non-Profits to Know:

Peoples' Self-Help Housing  

"The mission of Peoples Self-Help Housing is to provide affordable housing and programs leading to self-sufficiency for low-income families, seniors, and other special needs groups on California's Central Coast."

Peoples' Self-Help Housing is a national award-winning non-profit organization that creates affordable housing and self-sufficiency programs on California's Central Coast -- San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties.
The Holiday Toy Parade (formerly Stuff the Bus) continues the joyous tradition of providing gifts for children living at People's Self-Help Housing properties in Santa Barbara and Goleta. On December 13th, PSSH staff will celebrate the generosity of the community with a State Street Parade, an MTD Holiday Shuttle and the ever-popular Gift Wrapping Party.  

Peoples' Self-Help Housing - Holiday Toy Parade, December 13, 2017
Community West Bank, 1501 State Street
9:30 Festive Refreshments  
9:50 All Aboard the MTD Holiday Electric Shuttle
10:00 Parade Begins
Parade Stops for Toy Pick Ups
10:05 Starbucks, 1235 State Street
10:15 Marshalls, 900 State Street
10:20 Hotel Santa Barbara, 533 State Street

Milagro de Ladera Apartments, 322 Ladera Street
10:35 Parade Ends
10:45 Remarks and Thank You's
11:00 Gift Wrapping Party
(Donate gifts online here, at the PSSH office, or call 805-548-2348)  

 People's Self-Help Housing Office: 
26 E. Victoria Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 
Here's What's New in Downtown Santa Barbara: 
...Basil's is now open, serving causal Italian cuisine at 608 Anacapa...Created by a mother-daughter team, you're invited to visit SCOUT, a new shop of vintage curiosities and home of uncommon goods (35 E. Ortega)...Announcing a new store coming to State Street: Miniso (733 State) brings its creative home and accessories to Downtown SB...Get your bookmarks ready - the Santa Barbara Public Library announces the title for Santa Barbara Reads 2017: Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel. To see the SB Reads full calendar of events, click here...
Downtown Santa Barbara Staff 
Executive Director

Marketing & Communications Director
Marketing & Events Coordinator 

Office Manager
April Lee
Marketing & Events Assistant

Tim Persson
State Street Team 

And I Quote: 
"What is a city, but the people; true the people are the city."
~Coriolanus III        
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