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: Home & Garden

Join Christine Cowles in conversation with Julie Spalluto and Adele Spalluto (Italian Pottery Outlet), Jonathan Brandon (747 Designs), and Hannah Bangs (Idyll Mercantile) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.
Did you miss the last Downtown Business Spotlight?
Watch it below!

TOPIC: Ocean Adventures

Hear Robin Elander in conversation with Skip Abed (Santa Barbara Sailing Center), Greg Gorga (Santa Barbara Maritime Museum), and Maddy Fossatti (Land and Sea Tours) in last week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.

Have your Business Featured in the Solstice Blooming Art Guide in the Month of June

In lieu of this year’s annual Summer Solstice parade and festival a special “Blooming Art Gardens Guide” highlighting all the decorated homes, businesses, and the locations of the Solstice art installations is under development.
To have your business featured, get assistance with decorating from local volunteers and artists, email Jinny at
Deadline to be included in their Blooming Gardens Guide (for free, though sponsorship is welcome) is May 28.

Long time Solstice Artist Claudia Bratton has created a bright and beautiful display at her house on Bath Street, with the help of Solstice Artist Carlos Cuellar, as our first Blooming Garden art installation. Claudia’s home has bloomed early as a demonstration of what a Blooming Garden decorated house can look like! Walk by her home at 1128 Bath Street to see our first Solstice Bloom!
These Blooming Garden art installations will be popping up around town come June, so keep an eye out for all of our colorful blooms. Learn more at:
Your business can also be featured in the Virtual State Street Parade May 20, 21, 22 and June 4 & 5. Learn more and schedule your appointment to be filmed at the link below.
The Arlington Theatre's 90th Anniversary Celebration!

Metropolitan Theatres’ historic Arlington Theatre is celebrating its 90th Anniversary. To commemorate the occasion, the theatre will reopen with a 3-day event on May 21, 22 and 23, 2021.

Three classic films, E.T., Ghostbusters, and Blade Runner the Final Cut, will be shown daily. All tickets are $5 and are on-sale now at and on the Metropolitan Theatres mobile app. Guests will receive a free popcorn with ticket purchase. Daily showtimes are 2:30pm, 5:15pm and 8pm.

Kicking off the day’s events on Saturday, May 22 at 12:30pm will be a free live performance featuring organ music provided by the Santa Barbara Theatre Organ Society with special guest organist Adam Aceto. Aceto will play on the Arlington’s Great Theatre Pipe Organ, a 1928 Robert-Morton “Wonder Morton” of which only 5 were ever made. No tickets are needed for the performance and admission will be on a first come first served basis.
Commemorating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Join SBTHP this month for a free, three-part virtual series celebrating Santa Barbara’s Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. As acts of violence and racism against Asian Americans have escalated across the country, we will come together as a community to explore the historical context for recent events; listen to and support our AAPI friends, neighbors, and business owners; and celebrate the diverse and rich AAPI cultural traditions that help define Santa Barbara.

A Community Conversation

May 19, 2021 · 6PM
Join us as we hear from local business owners who share perspectives on the contemporary AAPI experience in Santa Barbara. The panel features Allison Yin of Shanghai and Wild Lavender, Jill Agonias of Divinitree Santa Barbara, and Tommy Chang of MŌR Doughnuts. As we engage with the experiences of our friends and neighbors, we will explore ways to support the AAPI community and serve as allies when needed. The discussion will be facilitated by Judy Guillermo-Newton, who has over 35 years of experience as an Executive Leadership Coach and Organizational Development Consultant.

Roar & Pour - Thursdays @ 6pm (Weekly)
Outside the Good Lion/Granada Theatre

Join The GranadaOpera 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 enjoying festive State while sipping on a Pisco Resistance cocktail or sampling items from the Current Hits menu. Limited seating available for dining.
5/20: The Academy
The Volunteers in Policing (VIP) Program Has Restarted Downtown After a Hiatus During the Pandemic

Look out for the team in grey shirts. Learn more about the program at the link below or email the Director of Volunteer Police Services for more information at or call: 805-897-2465
Santa Barbara Visual Artists
2021 Summer Virtual Exhibition

May 10 - August 10, 2021
Zoom Public Reception - Meet the Artists
May 13, 2021 · 4 PM

  • SBVA 'Meet The Artist' Interviews, Art Work, Music, and Wine Reception

  • Music by Incandescense - Quinn & Emily Acoustic Duo

For Invitation Zoom Link:
Contact before 5/13 2 PM
State Street Promenade Market
May 20, 2021 · 3 PM - 7:30 PM
State Street between Figueroa & Carrillo Street
Join us this Thursday for another State Street Promenade Market! 
Stop by this Thursday to visit us and check out the 15 artisan vendors as well as the businesses on the 1000 block for a great local night all about supporting local businesses. 
See you at the market! 
Make sure to follow our new Instagram page and email if you would like to become a vendor!