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Yogis find their balance on Linden Field with Carpinteria Community Yoga with Kelly. 

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Did you know that Summerland is classified as a food desert? According to Leslie Person Ryan, owner of Sweet Wheel Farm, “the last grocery store closed down six years ago. Our only local access to food is either from a convenience store or fried. This coupled with low income creates the food…

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The Frink siblings make their annual summer visit to Fosters Freeze after riding their bikes from the State Campgrounds. On Aug. 23, Fosters Freeze will serve its last twisty cone on Carpinteria Avenue. The classic burger and ice cream joint will close next week after 60 years in business.

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With their Box of Orchids program and community outreach initiatives expand, Carpinteria-based Westerlay Orchids has hired Grace Hanna in the role of ecommerce specialist. During Covid-19, the company partnered with both local and national industry organizations to gift thousands of orchids …

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Starting this week, the Gym Next Door is offering fitness classes on the Carpinteria Woman’s Club lawn. Jessica Kolbe is also offering Qi-Gong at the Woman’s Club. 

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After the second Covid-spurned shutdown of personal care services such as salons, barbers, massage and nail parlors, new state guidelines were issued on July 22 allowing local agencies to permit some of these services in outdoor spaces.  

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Did you know the building of the iconic little burger shack, The Spot, was built in 1914? It’s one of the oldest buildings in Carpinteria, second only to The Palms. Though the building has stood for over 100 years, Jesse Bustillo, a self-proclaimed jeans and T-shirt kind of guy, is just its …

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James Eichler gets his reps in at Rincon Fitness, where they’ve reconfigured their gym equipment for outside workouts. The 20-year-old Cal Poly student has been quarantining with his family at home and looks for outside activities whenever he can.

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After 71 years, Colson’s Garage on 6th Street will close permanently on Friday, July 31. First opened by Frank Colson and now owned by Frank’s son JR, the shop has been owned and operated by the Colson family since 1949. 

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KopSun founders Leigh-Anne Anderson, Tina Fanucchi-Frontado and Amy Marie Orozco have announced that they are closing KopSun, the Carpinteria-based cannabis information and health resource. “Due to current times and after much consideration,  we have decided to bring our work with KopSun to …

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Santa Claus Lane’s Porch announced that they will be closing their Padaro Lane Village shop and moving to 2346 Lillie Ave. in Summerland in September. To prepare for the move, Porch is holding a moving sale that begins on Friday, July 24. Store hours are Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

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Finding authentic Argentinean empanadas in Carpinteria has been easy since Luis Gutman opened Che Empanadas in Carpinteria Row alongside the brewLab and Apiary. Gutman moved from Argentina at the age of 21 and brought with him a family tradition of cooking Argentinian, Spanish and Italian fo…

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Approximately six months ago, Don Risdon of Risdon’s 76 Service on Via Real discovered a device that had been attached to his gas pumps by thieves to capture customers’ credit card information. In response, he installed $100,000-worth of new pump mechanisms with state-of-the-art security enc…

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With daylight hanging in the sky till nearly 9 p.m., a sidewalk meal at the newly opened Little Dom’s Seafood on Linden Avenue, takes on a Mediterranean feel.

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Eating green doesn’t have to mean giving up meat. Next time you shop at the local farmers’ market, make sure you visit Jeronimo Brown of Casitas Valley Pastures for organic, locally sourced poultry and pork. “I focus on the animals that make sense to be raising in this environment,” said Bro…

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Sisters Patti Boyd, left, and Susan Ochoa, right, have opened the doors to their new shop Lost & Found at 905 Linden Ave. The gift and sweets shop offers coffee, bakery goods, unique gifts and art by Lety Garcia. Shop hours are currently Wednesday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday…

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Carpinteria-based artist and innovator Benjamin Anderson has launched a new company, HandiGuru, a lightweight, refillable wristband designed to carry a variety of gels and lotions for easy, on-the-go access. Replacing bulky bottles that can leak or get lost at the bottom of a backpack or pur…

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The Ventura County Rapid Response Covid-19 Business Assistance Grants Program, developed by the county of Ventura in consultation with the Economic Development Collaborative, Women’s Economic Ventures and the Ventura County Community Foundation have opened an application cycle for grant fund…

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On Friday, June 26, Events by Rincon will open the Rincon Beach Bar located at the Rincon Beach Club, 3805 Santa Claus Lane. The new outdoor dining experience will feature tables in Rincon’s spacious garden, signature dishes, local craft beer, wine and specialty cocktails. Rincon is offering…

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Turn down the alley at Rockwell Dry Cleaners to find the small-but-mighty Rockwell Printing Inc. Inside, the room flows effortlessly from one printer to another, machines humming from morning until evening, and the space is impressively tidy and organized, or, as owner Bill Dayka said, “it’s…

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If you like breakfast all day, you’ll be tickled to hear that IHOP on Casitas Pass Road has reopened inhouse dining. The classic diner has a wide range of sweet and savory meals from eggs and pancakes to sandwiches and steaks. Gluten free? Not a problem, IHOP has a full gluten-friendly menu …

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Bank of America has committed $1 billion to help local communities address economic and racial inequality accelerated by the pandemic, with an aim to assist people and communities of color that have experienced a greater impact from the health crisis.  

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Traveling Pants toy and clothing store has reopened with regular hours Tuesday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. “We have plenty of gently used clothing for the growing kiddos,” said Susan Solano, store owner, “We also have a nice selection of used books, puzzles and other educational items.” 

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After the county issued the greenlight to hair salons and barbershops to reopen, Yudith Salon customers rushed to make appointments to freshen up their dos. With stylists and customers wearing face coverings throughout the salon, Carpinterians have been keeping Yudith stylists busy providing…

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The stay-at-home order has made most of us aware of how we want to improve ourselves, our homes and what lies just beyond our windows. Enter Dave Hunsaker, the owner of Dave’s Organic Gardening. His 20 plus years of experience with lawn and gardens dates back to a landscaping business in Aus…

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Mother’s Day was a boon for business at SOAP, the charming Carpinteria boutique. Owner Daniel Case helped customers with customized gifts by way of curbside delivery, home delivery, store pick up and shipping. Case welcomes telephone orders and the shop is open by appointment. One customer a…

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St. Joseph’s Resale Shop has reopened its doors for donations and shopping. Social distancing rules apply, and all patrons and employees must wear masks, but the beloved nonprofit thrift store on El Carro Lane is happily serving Carpinterians again.

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“We’re pretty much operating like normal, except for grooming,” Jose Navarro said, head groomer and brother of Alley Pets owner, Alex Navarro. “We’ve stopped while we figure out a safer way to handle pets without too much interaction between us and the customer for their safety and ourselves.”

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We are now in month two of California Governor Gavin Newsom’s statewide stay-at-home order, redefining—albeit temporarily—Carpinteria’s small business community. At CVN, we remain committed to supporting Carpinteria’s small-town beach character—its eclectic mix of mom and pop shops and famil…

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In times of economic insecurity, minor crimes like theft and vandalism tend to rise. A local security company has started offering free security checks to Carpinteria businesses during the Covid-19 shutdown. With most of their regular clients in hospitality, Taurus Protection Inc.’s contract…

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The foundation of Carpinteria’s small-town beach character is its eclectic mix of mom and pop shops and family-owned eateries, breweries and services. As the streets empty out, these businesses will struggle to stay afloat. As long as this crisis continues, CVN will be providing information …

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The foundation of Carpinteria’s small-town beach character is its eclectic mix of mom and pop shops and family-owned eateries, breweries and services. As the streets empty out, these businesses will struggle to stay afloat. As long as this crisis continues, CVN will be providing information …

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Its springtime and flowers across Carpinteria Valley are in full bloom in one of the nation’s largest cut flower producing regions. But, as the historically busiest time of the year approaches—Easter and Mother’s Day holidays—Carpinteria’s flower growers have been crippled by the coronavirus…

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The story of Delgado’s, the traditional Mexican restaurant on Carpinteria Avenue, goes back four generations to when the Delgado’s Grocery and gas station opened in the 1950s near the current building, just down the street.

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Paul Sulzman joins the California Gold Ballroom team of certified professional dance instructors. Sulzman began his dance career as a dancesport competitor. Traveling to England and Wales, he competed in the International Style Waltz, Jive, Tango, Foxtrot, Rumba, Quickstep and Cha-Cha, placi…

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On Feb. 28, the Carpinteria-based construction management software firm, Procore Technologies, Inc., announced that it had publicly filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) signaling that it will be preparing a proposal for an initial …

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A reader sends a halo to Dr. Smith, Brook, Marco, Connie and Liz and everyone at the Animal Medical Clinic on Casitas Pass Road. “We are grateful for your high level of professionalism, empathy and care throughout the years.”

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It’s the little yellow house on Linden Avenue. The one under leafy trees and a lawn outstretched with “reincarnated treasures.” The Laughing Buddha Thrift is a thrift shop with furniture, clothing, kitchenware, jewelry and accessories to dress your home or yourself. The shop was founded six …

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The Food Liaison is now selling a new product, a bottled hot sauce made by Glass House Farms Pantry with Carpinteria-grown chili peppers. One hundred percent of all proceeds from sales will be donated to The Howard School to support their preschool to eighth grade programs.

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Westerlay Orchids has taken another step towards lowering its carbon footprint. The Carpinteria-based nursery is partnering with the Santa Barbara-based Por La Mar Nursery to introduce “Locally Grown” gardens. “Locally Grown” gardens offer a collaborative, artisanal mix of locally cultivated…

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The owner of Carpinteria’s Glass House Farms and president of CARP Growers, Graham Farrar, has put his Santa Barbara cannabis dispensary to work in supporting the Freedom Warming Centers of Santa Barbara County (FWC). FWC serves a critical role in sheltering homeless individuals when weather…

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The World Financial Group has a new office in Oxnard where four Carpinteria women—Vicky Gutierrez, Danielle Fine, Areli Martinez and Maria Gutierrez—will be offering financial planning services. The new office allows the women to expand their ability to educate families on financial planning…

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Entering Giannfranco’s Trattoria, a local mom-and-pop Italian restaurant on Linden Avenue, patrons are met with smiles, white linens and a touch of glamor to make Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack proud. The name itself is a familial blend: Chef Giovanni Contreras combined his first name with h…

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