Friday, October 22, 2021

Retail 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...

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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...