It’s been nearly 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 tosupport their neighbors and to keep Carpinteria’s business community strong.

The Spot

Pandemic or not, a burger from The Spot hits the spot. The Carpinteria Beach Neighborhood classic is open and serving up its famous burgers, chili fries and Mexican food for takeout. Pair any of those feel-good foods with a milkshake, take your carryout over to Linden Field for a “social distance” picnic and you have yourself the comfort food remedy for the stay-at-home blues.

If you don’t know already, which is hard to believe, The Spot is located at 389 Linden Ave. The takeout window is open 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day. Call ahead at (805) 684-6311.


Stuck at home with your “in the meantime” home pieces? Brighten up that stay-at-home experience with something new that you love.

On Padaro Lane there is a boutique with artisanal goods and wares “where shelter and nature converge.” Whether you’re looking for a potted succulent, hand printed fabric pillows or a set of handcarved wood bowls, Porch’s curated collection of wares are guaranteed to uplift your dwelling.

Porch’s doors have closed, but you can still shop virtually with curbside pick-up and delivery available. See samplings of their products on their Instagram profile at @porch_carpinteria. Call (805) 684-0300 to speak with Diana or send an Instagram message.

Santa Barbara Studio of Music

You might not be able to become a master weaver or learn a new language while sheltering at home, but you can develop or refine your musical skills.

Based in Carpinteria, Santa Barbara Studio of Music has been teaching children and adults all levels of piano for 30 years. Members of the Music Teachers Association of California, teachers Kary Kramer and Sheila Johnson foster a learning experience for playful and serious students who have a desire to learn to play the piano.  

The studio had no trouble switching to virtual lessons last month, and they are currently   accepting new students. Lessons are given through FaceTime or Zoom. To enroll, contact the studio at (805) 453-3481 or

Robitaille’s Fine Candies

Craving something sweet and salty? Look no further, Robitaille’s chocolate sea salt caramels are the simply delicious treat you need. And if not the caramels, the creamy chocolate mints, the homemade fudge, the candy lollipops or the chocolate dipped strawberries.

Robitaille’s Fine Candies is now providing to-go, pick-up, delivery and shipping options for customers. The Linden Avenue store is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., though the candy purveyor recommends calling in advance to confirm hours. Orders can be placed and prepaid over the phone. To order, contact Robitaille’s at (805) 684-9340 or visit

Reyes Market

Did you know Reyes Market’s corn tortillas are handmade-to-order for each customer? It’s just one of the ways the local fav brings authentic Mexican cuisine to the table.

Reyes’ menu boasts traditional guisados like mole with carnitas, barbacoa, chiles rellenos, enchiladas and pozole along with tacos, sopes and burritos all made with fresh ingredients. Top anything and everything with one of Reyes’ homemade salsas for a delicious kick of spice and Vitamin C. (That’s right! Spicy peppers are chock-full of immune-building Vitamin C.)  

The market is still open too. Pick up your bodega essentials, along with beer, cheese and cured meats from the deli counter. Look for a basket of locally grown avocados at a great price near the cash register. Call your order in for curbside delivery or stop in and order at the counter, (805) 684-2212. See the menu at Reyes Market is located at 4795 Carpinteria Ave. and open Monday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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