Friday, October 22, 2021

Retail Store News

Santa Barbara Office Conversions Increase

The former Macy's building (now called the Ortega Building, as it takes of most of the first block of West Ortega Street), is being repurposed as Class A office space. The building is undergoing a total makeover, and the...

San Ysidro Pharmacy Gets New Owner

The San Ysidro Pharmacy, a staple of Montecito's Upper Village since 1954, was recently sold to its bookkeeper. The new owner and many local residents were determined to keep the store independent and locally owned, and were able to...

Empty Stores Continue to Increase at La Cumbre Plaza

More than a third of the stores at La Cumbre Plaza on upper State Street remain empty, as the pandemic has worsened the economic environment for retail stores. Of the forty-four stores in the main part of the shopping...

Downtown Retail Vacancies Set Record High

Vacant storefronts on State Street were already increasing when the Covid pandemic struck. Since then, many more stores in Santa Barbara have closed permanently. It's unclear how long it will take, if ever, for all the spaces to get...

Open for Business! A Directory for Greater Santa Barbara Area

COVID-19 has not been easy for anyone, and it has hit especially hard on small businesses. This pandemic will come to an end, but it remains unclear whether all the local businesses of the community make it out on...

California to allow haircuts, salon services outdoors amid coronavirus spike

(The Center Square) – Several types of salons, along with barber shops, can offer outdoor services as long as certain safety guidelines are met as the state continues to grapple with the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, California Gov. Gavin Newsom...

Newsom orders statewide shutdown of indoor activities at bars, restaurants, other businesses

(The Center Square) – California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered all indoor operations statewide to shut down for restaurants, bars, wineries, theaters, zoos, museums and cardrooms as the number of new coronavirus cases continued to climb through the weekend. The latest...

Streets Closed to Cars, Open to Pedestrians

5 miles of roads on the Eastside of Santa Barbara have been blocked off to motor vehicles. This is part of the city’s efforts to promote alternative transportation options, such as biking and walking, across the city. At volutpat diam...

Drive-In Movie Theater Opens

A drive-in movie theater has opened on the Westside of Santa Barbara. The Foldger’s Sports Complex, which has been left unused during the pandemic, was converted to a theater with the simple addition of a large screen. Movies will...

Nordstroms Closes Downtown Store

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City Closes Main Street, Lets Restaurants Take Over Sidewalks

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Tourism in City, County Declines

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California Announces Four Rounds of Funding For Small Businesses

California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA), part of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), announced today, March 3, four new funding rounds for the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program following Governor Gavin...

Re-start Loans Available for Goleta Businesses

Goleta-based businesses are encouraged to apply for ReStart Loans up $25,000 each to provide support during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Goleta contributed $200,000 to support the small business loan program administered by Women's Economic Venture (WEV). Goleta ReStart...

Goleta Launches On-Line Site for Permits & Licenses

For the first time ever, you can now apply for and track permits and licenses online using the City of Goleta’s new Magnet Permit Tracking System Public Portal. The City launched the new user-friendly, intuitive Public Portal today, March...