Jane is a family affair in the best sense. Jane Chapman runs the friendly, comfortable dining room with her parents, Mark and Margaret Huston, who have operated the Montecito Café together for 28 years. When the family decided to open a second restaurant, they named it after Jane’s grandmother Jane.
When you visit Solvang, you have to indulge in a few Danish diet busters, like sausage, pastries and aebleskiver. Later, when it’s time for something green, fresh, and healthy, Fresco Valley Cafe is waiting.
American restaurateurs are great at segmenting the market. Hipsters, sports lovers, college crowds, families with kids, sophisticates - there are restaurants for every group but hardly any that can satisfy them all. Benchmark Eatery on State Street is the rare exception.
When Bob Bryant opened his 900 square-foot jewelry store in 1965, he probably couldn’t imagine that fifty years later, the business would still be there serving some of its’ original customers, along with their children and even grandchildren. But Bryant & Sons, Ltd. remains in the same location in State Street’s historic El Paseo shopping area, with son Mike leading it since 1981. After a half-century of helping people celebrate and commemorate special occasions, Bryant & Sons, Ltd. will spend 2015 celebrating its own golden anniversary.
Going out for pizza usually means either a sit-down restaurant where pizza makes up part of the menu, or a pizza “joint” where you order at the counter and then eat amid simple surroundings. Patxi’s Pizzeria, the new Santa Barbara addition to a family of 14 restaurants that began in Palo Alto ten years ago, offers a third way. Chef and co-founder Patxi Azpiroz treats pizza as restaurant food and creates a restaurant experience to match, with great food and caring, customer-centric service amid cool digs in a historic building on lower State Street.
Paper and printing have long linked Frank and Marlene Bucy, the owner-operators of Santa Barbara’s premiere print shop, folio press & paperie/Wootton Printing. They met each other 21 years ago in a local print shop; Frank worked in the graphic design department, and Marlene frequented the store. They hit it off, married three years later, and honeymooned in Italy, swooning their way through the fine stationery stores of Florence.
It’s hard to get far these days without hearing someone proclaim the uniqueness of X, Y or Z. The claim is often unwarranted, sometimes silly and just as often, flat-out untrue. Kalyra Winery makes no such claim, but it could, because it is. Start with the name, an Australian aboriginal word that translates as “a wild and pleasant place.”
Originally a railroad and stagecoach town, Los Olivos still retains an old-fashioned charm with it’s Victorian storefronts and the mid-town flagpole where everyone loves to meet. Strolling would be the perfect word to describe your pace, for there are art galleries, boutiques, garden shops, and two dozen wine tasting rooms and wine stores to keep you happy, along with an award winning restaurant to keep you full.
Walk into ten-year-old Holdren’s Steaks & Seafood for dinner – named favorite steakhouse six times by readers of the Santa Barbara Independent, and you’ll feel as though you’ve slipped from the heart of State Street into a cool old-school corner of New York or San Francisco. It starts with the room itself.
Wall space gallery is excited for its first exhibition of 2015, showcasing gallery artist Bootsy Holler (March 3 - April 26) and her ten year journey to examine an intangible family history. A story of a time and place, filled with the secrets they hold. This complex web of truths and half truths we weave is at the heart of this narrative, filled with ideas of who we are and how we fit within the confines of our own lineage.