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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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CA Gold Ballroom has a new studio manager, Bonnie Marie Garcia. Garcia has been dancing since the age of 13 and has trained with the top choreographers, coaches and trainers from around the world. She moved up the ranks in the competitive American Rhythm Dancesport arena gaining a ranking of…

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After over three years at Via Real Physical Therapy, Dr. Omar Flores is now a co-owner of the practice. Dr. Flores received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of the Pacific and has been practicing for eight years. He is also a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (C…

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Carpinteria cannabis grower Calyx Peak’s Josh D Farms won first place in the Mixed Light Flower Category (greenhouse flower) at the Emerald Cup. The Emerald Cup is a world-renowned cannabis competition that draws over 35,000 people annually.

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Sixth generation Carpinterian, Christine Brown, has launched Kind Cup, a patent-pending newly designed menstrual cup. Kind Cup uses locally sourced, dye- and toxin-free, high quality materials that keep costs down while reducing waste and was created by Brown with the help of a small group o…

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While some businesses struggle to stay afloat, others hit a home run right off the bat. That’s the story with Jack’s Bistro & Famous Bagels, one of Carpinteria’s most popular gathering spots. Loyal customers make weekly, daily and twice daily visits to the Carpinteria Avenue location, in…

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On Dec. 18, Matt LaBrie, co-owner of the old Austin’s Hardware property in the 700 block of Linden Avenue, presented his team’s vision for the area to the Rotary Club of Carpinteria Sunset. The proposed dog-friendly development would include a combination of retail, restaurants, shared work …

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The Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce has announced the awardees for 2019 Large and Small Businesses of the Year. Beth and Grant Cox of Cox Enterprises have been awarded Large Business of the Year and Mike and Kathy Dawson of Big Red Crane have been awarded Small Business of the Year. B…

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Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) has announced that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) will designate Santa Barbara County as “in attainment” with the state ozone standard—a first-time achievement for Santa Barbara County, which is now one of only 14 counties…

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A portion of proceeds from Westerlay Orchids’ October sales of the patented Pink Diamond Orchid will benefit the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Santa Barbara and the many women who rely on the center for care. Westerlay donated $5,800 to the organization.

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Ever wanted to buy your buddy a drink to celebrate their birthday or anniversary but aren’t there to take them to the bar? GYDO-Get Your Drink On, a local Carpinteria-based company, hopes to solve that quandary.

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Pacific Coast Business Times has reported that Carpinteria-based tech giant, LinkedIn, has purchased its campus in a $30.4 million acquisition. The 6410 Via Real property includes 87,000 square feet of office space on 15 acres. Owned by Microsoft, LinkedIn is one of the five largest employer…

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Haile Carmona, owner of Oaxaca Fresh on Linden Avenue, grew up on an agave farm in Oaxaca, Mexico, where his family made mescal, a popular liquor similar to tequila. In 1990, he came to Santa Barbara and five years later he entered the restaurant business as a prep cook. Starting from the bo…

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Carpinteria-based entrepreneur and third-generation flower cultivator Peter Persoon has developed a natural grown rose bloom that produces botanical scents for months. Persoon’s Natural Fragrance Rose is a sustainable alternative to chemical-based scented candles and diffusers.

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If luck is where opportunity meets preparation, then Dr. Teresa Mayhew has been lucky indeed. On the day she received her doctorate degree at the Southern California College of Optometry in 1987, a friend and colleague invited her to join his practice in Carpinteria. The ensuing 32-years, sh…

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Katie Lewis, known as the HydraFacial Expert in the 805, has set up shop on Carpinteria Avenue in the Sante Pilates Studio. Lewis is a HydraFacial expert who began her career as an esthetician 13 years ago and now gives luxury spa experiences at the Biltmore Four Seasons and in her Carpinter…

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For over a decade, Traveling Pants toy store and gently used clothes shop has been the go-to joint for local parents as well as families on vacation with young children. It’s the place to go for the perfect gift—even last minute on the way to the party—for those perfect little people we know…

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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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