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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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Evolation Yoga has moved its studio from Summerland to Carpinteria. The new studio at 5320 Carpinteria Ave., Suite F, will offer 35 to 40 classes per week, including hot, warm, non-heated flow and kids classes. Evolation Yoga originally opened in Buffalo N.Y. before relocating to California.…

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The Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce has released The Guide for 2018-19. The annual directory of businesses and nonprofit organizations is a one-stop resource for information on Carpinteria. This year’s edition of The Guide features emerging technology companies and spirited entreprene…

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Anyone paying attention to the emergent cannabis industry has noticed that a side spotlight now shines brightly on CBD oil, a hemp product widely touted for its medicinal qualities. Local fisherman-turned-businessman Andy Perry recently launched his own line of CBD oil for topical use. Unlik…

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Ocean Oaks Day Care, a private childcare facility operating in the Carpinteria foothills since 1986, closed its doors last week due to lease issues. Founder Mary Ann Ertl-Doop and her aides have cared for hundreds of Carpinteria children over the years. Many of the children Ertl-Doop took ca…

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As Southern California natives, Brent and Suzi Freitas are no strangers to floods. Santa Barbara, Montecito and Carpinteria saw 2018 come in with a roar, proving us stronger and more resilient than we could have possibly imagined. For the Freitases though it was the El Niño of 1998 that drow…

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The culmination of a long-held vision, Kevin Twohy and his wife Louisa opened Rincon Fitness with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce, Carpinteria Mayor Fred Shaw and other community members on March 2. Focusing on creating a facility with quality…

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Doctors Robert Berkenmeier and Janice Sugiyama opened their Carpinteria dental practice in order to move their 18-month-old daughter, Erin, out of Los Angeles and into a safe, tight-knit community. Thirty years and an idyllic Carpinteria childhood later, Erin has returned to Los Angeles whil…

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Walking into GranVida Senior Living and Memory Care is like stepping across continents and into an elegant European hotel—tasteful art on the wall, wainscoting, shined wooden railings up the stairs, newspapers and magazines on the tables, a stone fireplace and a friendly “hello” from the kin…

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Severe ash damage from the Thomas Fire, worsened by leaks from the powerful rains that caused the debris flows, forced Gina and Blake Andrews to close their Linden Avenue shop, Bon Fortune, for the past two months. Cut off from Carpinteria from their home in Santa Barbara, the Andrewses were…

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Carpinterian Kevin Twohy is a remarkable man whose life history full of twists and turns recently led to ownership of Carpinteria’s newest gym, Rincon Fitness USA.

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Ryan Zick of Carpinteria recently joined the Santa Barbara law firm Price, Postel & Parma as an associate attorney. Zick’s practice involves general business litigation, as well as real estate and education law.  Prior to joining PPP, Zick was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Peter …

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The holidays are a time for connecting with friends and family, and reflecting upon life’s gifts that we are most grateful for. One of these gifts came to me by way of 1950s teen idol Tab Hunter. Tab Hunter was in Carpinteria last March for the showing of a documentary about his life at the …

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Last Saturday afternoon, Carpinteria’s newest commercial venture, Heritage Goods & Supply, held an opening worthy of the descriptor “grand.” Hundreds of celebrants poured through the new shop, enjoyed refreshments from The Apiary and M Special, visited with mules and chicks, and toe-tapp…

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When I first escaped the stress of Los Angeles by beating a hasty retreat to Mayberry By The Sea, a.k.a. Carpinteria, I asked my roommate, where do I go to get a haircut? She answered matter-of-factly, “Oh, go see Janet! In fact, if you want to know anything about what’s going on in town, as…

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It’s been a little over two weeks since Spark 45 branched out with its new location on Carpinteria Avenue, and news of the new exercise facility is catching on like the recent wildfires. “Over the first two weeks, I’ve had 10 to 12 classes that have been full already.  On my second day open,…

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“The couple that does dentistry together stays together” might not be the most common version of the expression, but it certainly seems to ring true for doctors Robert Berkenmeier and Janice Sugiyama who celebrated the 30th anniversary of their Carpinteria dental practice with a recent ribbo…

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When it opened three years ago, The Food Liaison was mainly a catering company for creative California fresh cuisine that had a lunch counter to serve overflow dishes and provide a public interface. “People would walk in and ask, ‘This is a restaurant?’” said co-owner Jason Rodriguez. It was…

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When Folly left its original digs on Carpinteria Avenue last year, fans of the tastefully curated gift boutique mourned the loss. But the black veils can now come off. The hotspot for creative merchandise has reopened in a classic trailer parked at Porch home and garden store, 3823 Santa Cla…

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Fosters Freeze employees Nathaniel Avila and Eduardo Contreras recently recognized a business niche that needed filling in Carpinteria. Fresh fruit stands ubiquitous to Mexico and cropping up throughout Los Angeles and Oxnard didn’t exist in Carpinteria until the two young men got the blessi…

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Carpinteria’s Island Brewing Company recently added to its trophy wall by securing wins in both the Los Angeles International Beer Competition and the San Diego International Beer Competition. “The pace of expansion in craft beer continues to be extraordinary. There’s never been a better tim…

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Most Carpinterians start to think about the California Avocado Festival a few weeks into September, but by mid-March the Avofest office is already humming with work in anticipation of the big event. And this year Rena VanKirk is at the center of that work as the festival’s new Executive Admi…

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Four years after the Carpinteria Library’s Homework Center underwent major renovations, the robin’s egg paint job had begun to look less-than-pristine. Ryan Moore, owner of Lucky Llama Coffeehouse, answered the Friends of the Library request for donations and stepped up to fund a fresh coat.…

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Female entrepreneurs from Santa Barbara and Ventura counties will be honored at the seventh annual Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards dinner on May 5 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Coral Casino. Nominations for the prestigious awards are now being accepted, and the deadline to nominate is Marc…

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Red Hen Cannery’s Heirloom Tomato and Spice Jam travelled north to the 7th Annual Good Food Awards in San Francisco where it won top honors in the Preserves Category. This year, the judges tasted hundreds of preserve entries to identify Red Hen’s winning tomato flavor, and the jam was one of…

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Carpinteria has joined the rest of the nation in its love affair with pho. The increasingly popular Vietnamese soup is the centerpiece of the menu at PhoEvermore, located at 1017 Casitas Pass Road, in Shepard Place Shops. Owners Ron Thai and Pauline Tran opened PhoEvermore last fall and cele…

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Carpinteria’s office rental market posted another unprecedented year in 2016, according to an end-of-the-year report recently released by Hayes Commercial Group, with Procore fueling the expansion. Just four office vacancies, representing 2.3 percent of the market, now exist in Carpinteria a…

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To honor the season of love, Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce will hold its first Best Dressed Window Contest between Feb. 3 and Feb. 14. Local businesses are invited to decorate their storefront window around a Valentine’s Day theme. Judging will take place on Feb. 13, and the winner …

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Carpinteria Wellness Center owner Brian Kane cuts the ribbon at the grand opening of his integrative health center on Jan. 12. Located at 550 Maple Ave., the wellness center hosts several practitioners trained in massage, chiropractic and naturopathic medicine. The ribbon cutting by the Carp…

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Craig Meister and Shelley Nunes will be honored on Jan. 21 as owners of the 2016 Small Business of the Year. The pair of CPAs will collect scores of hugs and handshakes and be lauded before a crowd of 300-plus community members. Then, poof, they’ll disappear for the next three months. It’s t…

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When doors reopen at The Food Liaison in a few weeks, owners say their popular little eatery will be “bigger and better.” The lunch restaurant, catering kitchen and cooking class venue’s expansion will include seating for about 40 people inside and more patio seating as well. “You Carp foodi…

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While Mission Linen Supply receives Carpinteria’s Large Business of the Year award at the Community Awards Banquet on Jan. 21, a look beyond the shining spotlight will reveal why. Those napkins used to dab damp eyes and save formalwear from spills? Mission Linen. Those black and red tableclo…

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The Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed new board members Doug Madey of Procore, and Leo Fortunato of Rabobank, N.A. to the 2017 Chamber Leadership Team. Fortunato is a Carpinteria native with 29 years of banking experience. He is a member of the Carpinteria Lions Club a…

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Carpinteria resident Gloria Kaye, Ph.D., now offers distance-healing services as part of her wellbeing practice. Kaye works with individuals to regain optimal health through natural healing systems perfected over decades. Her in-person techniques to reduce symptoms consist of light pressure …

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