If you like having locally-owned businesses in town, now is the time to use your purchase power to support them. That occasion restaurant where you celebrated a friend’s birthday or boutique shop where you bought a baby shower gift, or the antique store where you found the perfect frame—they need you now.

It’s been over a month since California Governor Gavin Newsom issued the statewide stay-at-home order on March 19, 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 family-owned eateries, breweries and services. This week, we continue our series promoting local business purveyors, providing the community with the information they need to support their neighbors and to keep Carpinteria’s business community strong.  

Roxanne’s A Wish and a Dream

Carpinteria’s famous quilt shop, Roxanne’s A Wish and a Dream, has the supplies local sewers need to make protective face coverings that are effective and good-looking. Roxanne’s is offering contactless drive-up sales or shipping of their eye-popping patterned fabric, elastic, thread and all other supplies. Their latest offer: five-yard bundles of quality cotton fabric for $30.  

Quarantine quilting and clothes-making are also a great stress relief for many. Roxanne’s has a wide selection of fabrics and patterns for different projects, including colorful Hoffman Me +You fat quarter rolls. Roxanne’s also has supplies for knitting and embroidery. All of their embroidery pattern kits include an iron on transfer, an easy to trace design copy and a simple stitch guide

Roxanne’s has project supplies for almost any fiber crafts project that you can dream up!

Roxanne’s is now offering to mail purchases, along with curbside pick-ups. Visit roxannequilts.com, the store’s Facebook page, or call (805) 566-1250.

Chocolats du CaliBressan

Jean Michel and Jill Carre have been making fine chocolates for over 30 years. The Capinteria-based business has closed their store front for now, but continues to sell boxes of chocolates at the Renaud’s counter in Gelsons, Santa Barbara and is happy to take online orders for pick up in Carpinteria or delivery shipped anywhere.

The decadent treats can end your meal with a high note or elevate your cup of coffee or glass of wine in a symphonic pairing. Not sure what to order? The Grand Amour heart box has 30 pieces ($74.00), perfect for a family or for a couple looking to add romance to their “quarantine.” The chocolate macadamia nuts are so good they’re “addictive” and many locals say that the truffles and Buddha’s are their favorites.  

To order your box of Chocolats du CaliBressan, visit chococalibressan.com or call (805) 684-6900.  

Whimsy Antiques

Alan and Karen Clark, owners of Carpinteria’s vintage home and garden store, Whimsy Antiques, have had to close the shop’s doors, but continue to offer customers curbside pick-ups of items they advertise on social media (check out @whimsyantiques on Instagram and Whimsy Antiques on Facebook). The Clarks have also offered to ship items and gift certificates.  

Whimsy’s Linden Avenue store windows often tell the story of the season and the Clarks are keeping that going. They’ve filled the window boxes with lots of spring flowers and the message “Keep Calm and Carry On.”   

A preferred stop for Southern California interior designers, Whimsy features an eclectic mix of vintage items, collectables and antiques that bring character and charm to home and gardens throughout the region.    

Whimsy is bursting with treasures, and the Clarks are ready to help customers find the items they’ll love. Contact them via social media, whimsyantiques.com or by phone at (805) 684-7211.

Zookers Restaurant

The 2015 Carpinteria Burger Madness champion, Zookers Restaurant, has been continuously serving their farm-to-table dishes and wine and beer offerings for take-out and delivery throughout the stay-at-home order.

Zookers chefs have a creative seasonal menu that features fresh local organic produce, fish and sustainably raised meats such as Watkin Ranch locally pasture raised beef, Nyman Ranch pork, Jidori chicken and other high-grade meats. And if you’re a glutton for the Zookers lunch and dinner specials, no worries, the restaurant is still offering daily chef specials from their creative cuisine, which are some of the most popular items on the menu.  

Zookers has been family owned and operated by Jeanne Sykes and Chef Brent Monsour for the past 19 years. These days, they are offering curbside pick-up and delivery. Add a bottle of wine to-go to your order and receive 20 percent off the wine.  

To see the Zookers menu and order, visit zookersrestaurant.com or call (805) 684-8893. Zookers is located at 5404 Carpinteria Ave.

Virtual counseling

Lifelong local to Carpinteria Vickie Gonzales has been a licensed marriage and family therapist for 17 years. She has a private practice in Santa Barbara and teaches in the Alcohol and Drug Certificate program at Santa Barbara City College. During the challenging times of the pandemic, Gonzales is offering telehealth/online therapy to new and regular clients. Gonzales is specialized in grief/loss, addiction and anxiety.

“Given that I am also from the community, I am acquainted with the uniqueness that is our community,” said Gonzales, “We have been through much over the last few years, including the Thomas Fires, Montecito Debris flow, and numerous tragic losses of our loved ones. We are strong amidst our scars and I want to be here to help if I can.”  

To learn more about Gonzales’ telehealth counseling, email mywellness@live.com or call (805) 895-5172.

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