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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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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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