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The idea for Carpinterian Michael Levin’s new business, The Happy Little Loaf, was formed while Levin was traveling in Europe early last year. 

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Courtney Reynolds, local artist and designer behind Napkin Apocalypse and Trashboy, has designed two shirts for Carp Skate Foundation. Both are available for sale at carpskatepark.org and all proceeds will go to building the Carpinteria Skate Park. 

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Esau’s Café on Linden Avenue is among the few businesses in Carpinteria that has endured the test of time. On their website, they tell the fantastical story of the restaurant’s origin: 

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“I think the best advice I got was to relocate to the USA, because this really is the land of opportunity,” Gerry Lamberti, an engineer and CEO of SuperSprings International, emphasized. “I just love this country for that reason. If you’ve got a good idea and you work on it, things fall into…

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It took the entire phone interview with Ben Mascari, owner of Carpinteria Beach Co., to comprehend the scale of his businesses. Although Carpinteria Beach Co. is less than a year old, his T-shirt company, Serigraph Resort Wear, has been in operation since 1987, working with resort accounts t…

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Farm Cart Organics owners Katie and Jason Lesh have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $48,000 to open their new restaurant, The Good Plow, on Carpinteria Avenue. The restaurant owners are calling on the community to contribute to their Kickstarter – which has a range of rewards for do…

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Ten years ago, cupcake shop Whodidily – then located on Coast Village Road in Montecito – closed, despite enjoying a thriving business for four years. Former CEO and owner Wendy Jones had been featured on Food Network and catered to an exclusive clientele. 

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Carpinteria’s newest family-owned shop, Santa Barbara Hives, is owned by beekeepers Barnaby Draper and Ashley Farrell. The two fell in love with beekeeping years ago and now have 600 hives from Carpinteria to Santa Ynez. The new store, located at 516 Palm Ave., sells handmade honey – in avoc…

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Juice N’ Things, a family-owned juice shop located at the corner of Carpinteria and Linden avenues, will celebrate its grand opening on June 5. The shop is now open every day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

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Late last summer, Space Home and Garden opened on Carpinteria Avenue right next to Angels Antiques, run by Zelda Prune and Wayne Babcock. When the neighboring Coastal Views News changed offices, Prune and business associate Jonathan Brandon of Goleta’s Garage Gems transformed the former news…

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When most people think of art, drawing and painting comes to mind. But for Carpinterian artist Ally James – a current art student at UCLA – art comes in the form of metal-welding, the practice of using wire to fuse together pieces of metal. 

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The county of Santa Barbara, in partnership with the Santa Barbara Foundation, have announced the Emergency Business Assistance Grant Program, a relief program that consists of two components: microenterprise business assistance and small business assistance grants. 

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Established by the new American Rescue Plan Act, the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) will provide $28.6 billion to restaurants that lost income during the pandemic. Registration for the RRF began on April 30 and the application window opened on May 3. 

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Rachna and Nole Cossart opened the Apiary in 2015, but they had been working toward their vision for clean and locally-sourced alcohol for a while before the Carpinteria Avenue cidery and meadery opened its doors. The Cossart’s goal to create healthier drinks that used conscious ingredients …

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It was the pottery that started it all. Or maybe, the silver? Mary Beth Radley has worked in the antique industry for over two decades, even before opening Homestead Antiques & Trading Co. on Linden Avenue in 1998.

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Opening a wine tasting room in Carpinteria was no quick endeavor for the folks behind Rincon Mountain Winery, located in the west end business district of Carpinteria Avenue. Owned by Jill and Edward Darren Siple, Rincon Mountain Winery’s grapes take three years to mature from the time they …

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Coastal View News readers may know Alena Steen for her columns, where she shares insights on gardening and sustainability and tells of her work as coordinator of the Carpinteria Garden Park. In addition to that work, Steen and her husband Danny Shimoda are the founders of Night Heron Farm, a…

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Since 2012, Rick Mancilla and his son, Rick, have been filling cups of coffee and sparking conversation at The Worker Bee Café on Linden Avenue. Picture a guy or a girl entering the restaurant and having a bad morning. They sit down, Mancilla gives them a cup of coffee and starts to chat. “M…

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At first glance, woodworking and music don’t have much in common. But according to Matthew Glasgow, head carpenter at Roberts Custom Interiors and owner of Glasgow Woodworks, the two disciplines overlap.

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Real Estate advisor Jedd Hewitt has joined the Epstein Partners at Keller Williams Realty. Hewitt brings a wealth of knowledge on the housing market from Carpinteria to the Santa Ynez Valley. Hewitt and his team are experienced working with clients to achieve first-time home buying, investme…

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Nicole Garay, the artist behind Sola Ceramics, grew up watching her family make art. With grandparents and great-grandparents who paint and draw, a father who is a pen and ink artist, a mother who does oil painting and other artisans in the family, Garay had no shortage of inspiration. After…

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Carpinteria Athletics is one of the most recognizable businesses in town. You know the place. The gym right next to the post office? Yeah, that gym. Owner Jonathan “Jonny” Jacobs has made it home for the last 12 years.

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After 18 years helping clients in the Carpinteria/Santa Barbara market, Nancy Hussey has joined Compass, a technology-driven real estate company. “With innovative tools and exclusive programs, Compass empowers us to redefine the buying and selling experience for our clients,” said Hussey. To…

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Carpinteria-based Kind Cup has released its second sustainable menstrual cup product, a small cup designed as an entry-point for younger users and those new to menstrual cups. Like the original Kind Cup, launched in November 2019, the new small cup is designed and manufactured within two hou…

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The Schneider family has been an integral part of the Carpinteria community for many years. Their family business, PacWest Blooms, provides event coordination services for weddings including floral arrangements. In the past few months, they’ve pivoted their business model to organizing pop-u…

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Visitors to local surf shops in Carpinteria and Santa Barbara have likely noticed the small batch goods of Ocean Jewel, handmade jewelry by Janey Cinzori. Cinzori’s unique craft style is inspired by her coastal travels and experiences. “Much of my jewelry is inspired by the beach and nature,…

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The shell crown got me. A beautiful headband adorned with what appears to be glass beads, an array of peachy pink shells (the good, mermaidy kind), and quartz crystals lined with a soft white braided trim to cushion the part that wraps the head. I pick up the tag to check the cost, expecting…

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Carpinteria based Autumn Brands has launched a new product, a locally-crafted salve made with potent THC and CBD. Oils for the salve are gently extracted from Autumn Brands’ 100% pesticide-free cannabis flower in a unique process that preserves the essential healing plant elements. 

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On a bright Friday morning, I pulled into the parking lot of Island View Nursery, past natural rock fountains, vibrant “Sticks on Fire” succulents and lush green foliage. I asked the friendly guy behind the outside counter—a structure that resembles a small temple—if the owner Nacho Mendez w…

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Delgado’s Mexican Restaurant’s sister location Pepe’s in Goleta recently experienced a fire and had to close temporarily. To make the best of the situation, some of the staff from Pepe’s visited Delgado’s to show the Carpinteria team how to work the “trompo” or spinning top used to make the …

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Brenda Tan is a columnist and a freelance writer. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in English, Writing and Literature, and Art History with an emphasis in Museum Studies at UCSB. She can be reached at brendatan321@gmail.com.

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When people think of polymers, they think of earth clay pots and hard ceramics. However, far from rigid, polymer clays are extremely versatile and can take on many forms. Carpinteria-based artist Jeanne Carr works plasticine-based polymers into a myriad of forms from her signature handbags t…

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Ocean Ranch Organics started at the Ojai farmers market seven years ago. Founder Kim Redman was a plant-based chef who specialized in organic cuisine at a yoga retreat center. During her 20 years as executive chef, she created the granola recipes that would later become her signature products. 

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The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce, from Goleta to Carpinteria, will host a virtual State of the County Address on Friday, Dec. 11, from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

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Wildfires we can’t control, but house fires we can do our best to prevent. Although California’s wildfire season generally runs from May until October, home fires are at their highest in the fall and winter months, December and January being the peak. Which brings us to the most unusual busi…

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Pacific Health Foods has been nourishing Carpinteria for many years and has become the community’s go-to spot for healthy, organic produce and supplements. Working alongside the health food store owners, Whitney and Nathan Noll, is the store’s spirits buyer, Amy Stanfield, who believes in th…

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Growing up, supermom entrepreneur Taylor Bush never pictured herself as a business owner, but today she is the sole owner of Seastrand Apparel, Carpinteria’s beloved local boutique on Linden Avenue. 

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At 32-years old, Alex Frecker owns and operates a 40-acre organic farm with only a small crew of six or seven full-time workers and a handful of people who run the markets. “We have an incredibly efficient crew that does amazing work for our size,” he commented. “In this business … you gotta…

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Guanajuato is a colorful city in the heart of Mexico with jaw-dropping Spanish colonial architecture and a history of being one of the most lucrative silver-mining regions of the 16th century. Guanajuato is where Maria Romero is from, co-owner of Reyes Market. Along with her husband, Salvado…

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