Downtown Business Spotlight is a virtual interview series, where we chat and get to know our Santa Barbara business owners. Join us for this interview series in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Independent, each Thursday at 3 PM.


TOPIC: Back to the Screen and Stage

Join Charles Donelan in conversation with David Corwin (Metropolitan Theatres), Benjamin Goedert & Shannon Kelley (Santa Barbara International Film Festival), and Kathryn Martin (Santa Barbara Symphony) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.
Did you miss the last Downtown Business Spotlight?
Watch it below!
Hear Tyler Hayden in conversation with Catalina Esteves (Cat Therapy), Isabelle Gullo & Christopher Harris (CARE4PAWS), and Rich Block (Santa Barbara Zoo) in last week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.
Santa Barbara: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
- A Virtual Dialogue Series
Join Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation this spring for a free, five-part virtual dialogue series hosted on Zoom Webinar featuring some leading minds in the history, methodology and practice of principled urban development.
The City of Santa Barbara is exploring ways to revitalize its downtown core and provide more housing to meet our workforce needs as well as statewide housing requirements while remaining committed to keeping Santa Barbara’s character. How should we respond to the interrelated and multifaceted challenges Santa Barbara currently faces?
Throughout this series participants will learn how other, similar urban and suburban communities reached and implemented successful pragmatic solutions, how Santa Barbara developed and maintained its unique character, and how a better understanding of the history of that character development, coupled with some important lessons learned elsewhere, can help inform us about how we should respond to Santa Barbara’s urban development demands of today as well as prepare for the challenges of tomorrow.


Understanding Yesterday:
Architectural History & Theory
March 24, 2021 · 6PM
Faced with new challenges, including state-required housing mandates, the City of Santa Barbara is looking for ways to revitalize its core and provide more housing for a growing population. Architectural historian Dr. Dennis Doordan & Deborah Schwartz, Chair of Planning Commission, will provide a historical perspective on the urban development of Santa Barbara in the context of the revival of interest in traditional urbanism in the United States.
The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion featuring prominent local voices and leading minds in the history, methodology and practice of principled urban development, as well as an opportunity for audience Q&A. 

State Street Promenade Market
Thursday, March 18, 3 - 7:30 PM
Roar & Pour - Thursdays @ 6pm (Weekly)
Outside the Good Lion/Granada Theatre

Join The Granada, Opera Santa Barbara and The Good Lion on Thursday nights for live music, food and drink. Experience the festivities of live music on State Street while sipping on a Pisco Resistance cocktail or sampling items from the Current Hits menu. Limited seating available for dining.

3/25: OSB Jazz Trio: Andy Langham, Santino Tafarella & Kevin Winard