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Tucked along the business strip that shares a wall with John Wullbrandt’s mural, “World’s Safest Beach,” you’ll find the Carpinteria Cotton Co. For 30 years, fashionable fans have flocked to this boutique to shop its latest clothing selections. Cotton Co.’s distinct style grabs hold and tran…

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It’s Monday and you’ve just sat down to your computer. You place your coffee mug in its usual spot and settle in. Your phone rings and as you stretch your arm to turn off the ringer, your elbow brushes the mug, toppling it onto your laptop.

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Paul Souza spent the summer of 1993 backpacking through Europe. His first job back in Carpinteria was at Galaxy Graphics, a small screenprinting shop in the quiet lane behind Carpenter’s Chapel, originally opened by Peter Small in 1972.

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Many challenges can arise when turning a passion for cooking into a food business. Recipes you know and love suddenly become unfamiliar as you increase measurements and seasonings to prepare food for an audience too big to fit around the dinner table. Meals are tested, then tested again. Fla…

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The Pacific Coast Business Times has named Marisol and Caroline Alarcon’s Alarcon Legal & Reliant Notary Services small business of the year. All of this year’s Latino Business Award winners are included in the Business Times’ June 21 print edition of the annual special report, which fea…

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A gathering of about 50, generally older (think 60-plus) Carpinterians heard Tina Fanucci-Frontado, Dr. Margaret Peterson, Liz Rogan and representatives from Glass House, Autumn Brands and Cresco farms extol the health benefits of the ancient and medically proven cannabis plant.

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The Carpinteria-based insurance and member benefits company AGIA Affinity has received the Gold Award for achievement in marketing. The award was presented at the 2019 PIMA Insights conference in recognition of the outstanding effort to conserve existing customers through multi-faceted membe…

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A man and woman walk into Sandcastle Time on Carpinteria Avenue and search the jewelry-filled counters, looking for something new. A curious looking ring grabs their attention—the antique-styled one in the back row. Jocelyn Jones, owner of the shop, brings it out from the display. The lady s…

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The quote, “If you tell the truth, you never have to remember what you said” is attributed to Mark Twain in 1875, and it’s a sentiment that Ryan Reed, owner of Coast Supply Co., counts as the best business advice he’s received. His uncle passed along these words the first time Ryan was asked…

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Sales associate Darcy Feinstein and SOAP owner Daniel Case enjoy a moment in front of the boutique at 910A Linden Ave., which, coincidentally, celebrated 20 years in business on the eve of National Small Business Week, on Saturday, May 4. Ongoing festivities will continue with “Champagne Sat…

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Colson’s Auto Repair has been family owned and operated for 70 years. The current owner Frank Colson Jr., or simply “JR,” learned a lot from his father Frank Colson who opened the shop in 1949. Having wandered the shop since he was able to walk, JR grew up with the company.

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Pepperdine Graziadio Business School has named Hunter Turpin of Carpinteria the Outstanding Full-Time MBA Student for 2019. Turpin was selected for his high GPA and his outstanding leadership in the classroom. Turpin holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Colorado and exp…

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Anh and Ha Ngo have sold their family business, Linden Laundromat, after 41 years of ownership. The Ngo family moved to Carpinteria in 1975, after fleeing Saigon when it fell at the end of the Vietnam War. Three years later, they purchased the laundromat at 887 Linden Ave., working long hour…

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What do you get when you cross a former venture capitalist, marriage educator, rancher, 18-wheel trucker, food service contractor and medium-security prison counselor? You get Kevin Twohy, co-owner of Rincon Fitness USA.

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After nine years as a financial advisor with Edward Jones, Gaea Verneris has opened her own business, Legacy One Financial, in partnership with LPL Financial, the nation’s largest independent broker dealer. Taking a holistic approach, Verneris helps clients to build personalized strategies—e…

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In 1973, Stanley Martinez started as a courtesy clerk at Jordano’s supermarket, now Albertsons on Casitas Pass. Martinez, born and raised in Carpinteria, went on to have a 46-year career in the grocery business, the bulk of which he spent as a store director for Albertsons, first in Carpinte…

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California Gold Ballroom Dance Studio showed off the school’s choreography at the “Ballroom Blitz” mixer and performance hosted by the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 27. The studio, located at 4647 Carpinteria Ave., is an elegant new fixture in town with a world class floatin…

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Pacific Health Foods is a third-generation Carpinterian-owned business which opened its doors in 1991. It’s a business you may know well—so well, in fact, you might already have a hole-punched smoothie card tucked in your wallet. The natural food store on Linden Avenue is equal parts town me…

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After providing eye care in Carpinteria for over 30 years, Dr. Teresa Mayhew has moved her office location and joined a father-son team, Dr. Steven R Kleen and Dr. Steven M. Kleen, to form Carpinteria Eye Care, 1013 Casitas Pass Road. The newly constructed clinic opened in January and offers…

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"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." ― Virginia Woolf

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Every business has their own strategy, a secret formula to keep the doors open every day. So how do your favorite Carpinteria businesses do what they do? Good question. In this monthly column, we’ll explore just that. Take Suzie Schneider of PacWest Blooms, for example. She’s the design and …

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Agilent Technologies Inc. is a global leader in life sciences, diagnostics and applied chemical markets and will receive this year’s Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce Large Business of the Year Award at the chamber’s annual Community Awards Banquet.

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Abbey Cappa of Carpinteria gave a key presentation at Plexus Worldwide’s “Super Saturday” Training Forum in St. Louis, Missouri on Jan. 12. Cappa is among a small number of Plexus Ambassadors (independent sales representatives) chosen to present to a crowd of hundreds at Plexus Worldwide’s “…

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There was magic in the air last month when California Gold Ballroom Dance Studio held its grand opening “Ballroom Blitz,” a spirited holiday showcase of different ballroom dance styles. The event, held on Dec. 15, included a ribbon cutting hosted by the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce…

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Island Brewing Company has joined an historic wave of over 1,000 craft breweries nationwide to brew a collaboration beer to raise money for people affected by the Camp Fire. All participating breweries will brew Butte County Proud Resilience IPA and donate 100 percent of the sales to the Sie…

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“Rain or shine, the progressive party on Santa Claus Lane will go on,” said Joyce Donaldson of the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce before the Padaro Beach Village shops’ party began on Dec. 5. Indeed, it was an afternoon of light rain and merriment as stores along the lane served cook…

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“Rain or shine, the progressive party on Santa Claus Lane will go on,” said Joyce Donaldson of the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce before the Padaro Beach Village shops’ party began on Dec. 5. Indeed, it was an afternoon of light rain and merriment as stores along the lane served cook…

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A panel of expert judges at the 2018 Tasting.com World Beer Championships at the Beverage Tasting Institute awarded Island Brewing Company’s Starry Night Stout 93 points out of a possible 100, for a Gold Medal and an exceptional ranking. “Ebony color. Aromas of German chocolate cake, leather…

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For the fourth consecutive year, Westerlay Orchids has raised funds for the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Santa Barbara (BCRC), bringing the floral shop’s total donations to just over $89,000 since 2015. For over 20 years, the BCRC has served the Santa Barbara area, providing free educati…

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Described as a cannabis information and health resource, KopSun is akin to a personal consultant for the cannabis lifestyle. The new venture provides in-depth information on cannabis, its health benefits, consumer products, industry news, pertinent legal matters, and a portal for purchasing …

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On Thursday, Sept. 20, the Seaside Makers Collective will open at 961 Linden Ave., in the former En Plein Air storefront. Seaside Makers is a curated collection of artisan made gifts for bath, body and home. “I wanted to highlight an important part of our community that was missing in downto…

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Carpinteria has been home to Rori’s Artisanal Creamery since the company first began eight years ago, with store fronts in Montecito, Santa Barbara and Santa Monica. Rori’s will now have a hometown ice cream shop in downtown Carpinteria at 751 Linden Ave., taking over the space that has been…

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The Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce will host a Legislative Breakfast on Friday, Nov. 5, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Rincon Beach Club. Featured speakers include Assemblymember Monique Limon and the 2019 Santa Barbara County Teacher of the Year Mandi de Witte.

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On Sept. 10, BEGA North America announced that it would increase its minimum wage to $15 per hour, effective Sept. 2, 2018. BEGA President Don Kinderdick stated “BEGA North America is dedicated to its associates. As valued team members, we understand how essential they are to our success. We…

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In honor of Carpinteria appreciation month, employees and brand ambassadors from Blue Planet Eyewear spent a day in August picking up litter at the beach. Since initiating the Random Acts of Kindness program this spring, the company has completed six projects, including helping to make a pla…

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After owning design and gallery businesses on Linden Avenue since the 1980s, Leigh Sparks will close En Plein Air this month. Sparks will continue to paint landscapes and a selection of her works will be offered at a new collective makers’ space set to open by the end of this month in the En…

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Chef Randy Graham has released the delectable new “Ojai Valley Make-Ahead Cookbook.” The cookbook features easy-to-make vegetarian meals that can be either refrigerated for the next day or frozen for use later in the week. Recipes include Meaty Nut Loaf, vegan Chik’n Enchiladas and a Jollof …

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After 16 years of providing locals and tourists with an eclectic array of vintage and beach-themed gifts, the 7th Street Whimsy has closed its doors. The shop owner cited the mega hit from the winter as the direct cause. The shop was closed for two months and after a lackluster summer, the b…

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The Hayes Commercial Group released its second quarter 2018 Midyear Review of South Coast commercial real estate. According to the report, activity in Carpinteria was subdued in the first two quarters, with just three commercial sales. In Summerland, the former Cantwell’s Market building at …

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The Carpinteria-based PlanMember Securities Corporation has been named for the third time to the Financial Times “Top 300” registered investment advisers list. The honor places PlanMember in an elite group. With over $5 billion in RIA assets under management (AUM), $11 billion in broker/deal…

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The Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Evolation Yoga on June 18 to celebrate the opening of the Carpinteria location. Aiden McNellis, center, son of co-owners Astrid and Kevin McNellis, helped hold the ribbon. The McNellis’ own and manage Evolation with Zefea S…

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Carpinteria’s Chocolats du CaliBressan is this year’s winner of the Women’s Economic Ventures People’s Choice Award. The award honors entrepreneurs who, when faced with disaster, showed the resilience necessary to stay in business, or chose to give back and help others. Though Jean Michel an…

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The Carpinteria Valley Chamber has been celebrating National Small Business Week with a #meetmeincarpinteria campaign hosted at several local businesses.

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In recognition of National Nurses Week, May 6 to 12, GranVida Senior Living and Memory Care spotlights their longtime nurse Patricia Garcia. Garcia has been with GranVida since the first day they opened their doors to the Carpinteria community. She has been with the residents through the Tho…

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Spring is in the air and with it comes a new beer from Island Brewing Company—a special release of a single batch brew, the Hibiscus Sunrise Pilsner. The local brewery joined many other breweries around the country participating in the Pink Boots Collaboration Brew, a women-empowering craft …

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