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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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Carpinterian Connor Nemetz has launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for his company Breakaway Industries and their new Breakaway Bike. On the first day of crowdfunding, the company was 200% funded.

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In addition to stocking healthy, sustainably sourced food for people, Pacific Health Foods also has the nutritional goods for Carpinteria’s furry friends. Starting this month, Pacific Health is introducing a new line of CBD treats specifically made for pets: Shelter CBD’s beef-flavored dog t…

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Rotary Club of Carpinteria Morning is holding a “Carp Aid Diem” fundraiser to help support local businesses struggling due to Covid-19. Gift cards and certificates to area businesses will be sold to raise lost revenue. Businesses are providing a 10- to 20-percent discount as an incentive, an…

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“When you own a business, the business owns you.” I’m sitting outside of Danny’s Deli & Car Wash, masked and socially distant, with the owner, Danny Kellogg. It’s an early Tuesday morning, the marine layer is thick, and the only other people up, it seems, are the street cleaners with lea…

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Five years ago, Carpinteria High School grads Spencer Navarro and Naren Porter-Kasbati took a chance and opened their own skate shop. At the time, Navarro was working at Powell Peralta and Porter-Kasbati was at the Church of Skatan. They knew the business, they knew skateboard culture and th…

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Chiropractor Dr. Kevin Choo has opened a new practice in Carpinteria offering a variety of modalities for clients. “I’m thrilled to have opened my doors to patients,” said Dr. Choo. “This marks the culmination of a personal mission to return to practice, having suffered a severe injury after…

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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the 50 percent female-owned cannabis company Autumn Brands has pledged a portion of its proceeds to the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Santa Barbara. The company will donate $.50 cents from every jar featuring the pink tamper seal for the month of…

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In 2004, before it became trendy to be green and organic, Kristin Fraser founded the Grapeseed Company. The first skincare line to upcycle grape seed waste from local California vineyards into organic, fresh and natural products made from local ingredients, Fraser says the Grapeseed Company …

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Since Ali Uzuntepe opened the doors of Sade Turkish Coffee & Delights in January in the Carpinteria Business Park next to great neighborhood businesses like Che Empanadas and Juice Ranch, the charming raconteur has been providing the community of Carpinteria with “the authentic taste and…

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Peebee & Jay’s Sandwich Shop has opened a third location in Newbury Park. “Our number one goal in any of our restaurants is to provide fresh, healthy and delicious food that’s prepared quickly and always comes with a smile,” said Jessica Clark, co-owner. Clark’s flagship location in Carp…

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Empower Fitness is offering hybrid bootcamps outside and getting comfortable with the “new normal” of pandemic protocols. The hybrid model has half the class being coached via Zoom, while the other half works out with the coach outside of the Empower Fitness facility at 4180 Via Real.  

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After Stephan “Steph” Franklin of Simply Marvelous BBQ received his master’s degree at Southern Illinois University, a job as a residency director at UCSB brought this South Side, Chicago native to the West Coast. But it was in college that his love for BBQ began.

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Mary Gonzales is well-known by many weekly shoppers at the area farmers’ markets. Offering a refreshing variety of field-grown flowers and medicinal herbs, this farmer has found a niche with her home-grown business, Sweet Mountaintop Farm. 

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In the Fosters Freeze heyday of the 1960s and 70s, there were seven burger, fries and shakes restaurants for families to pop into for a quick meal in the area between Carpinteria and Goleta. The Carpinteria store opened in 1961, and this weekend, the last of the South Coast seven will close …

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Jazzercisers groove to the beat with Connie Fourqurean at a Sunday morning class at 4180 Via Real.

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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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