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 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.  

Santa Barbara Soups

Locally owned Santa Barbara Soups features deliciously healthy and easy to prepare soups by Carpinteria business owner Alanna Wiltshire. The artfully packaged non-perishable meals are great to stock up on to reduce trips to the market. All Santa Barbara Soups products are made from nutritional ingredients, fiber-rich legumes, grains, quinoa, vegetables and high-quality spices and are gluten free, dairy free, soy free and vegan.  

“We at Santa Barbara Soups are a quality first, family owned business based in Carpinteria,” said Wiltshire. Find Wiltshire’s soups on the shelves of area stores such as Pacific Health Foods or buy direct from santabarbarasoups.com


Owner of SPARK45 Fitness and Physical Therapy, Danielle Bordenave, is offering virtual fitness classes at all levels. “We have a virtual walking workout, general fitness, silver fitness, and Lagree (off the Megaformer) class,” said Bordenave who has implemented a sliding scale on cost, from $5 to $20 per class.  

For physical therapy, SPARK45 is seeing critical clients (post-op, new injuries) and starting next week, based on Medicare CMS guidelines, will be able to start seeing more clients. In addition, the studio is doing tele-physical therapy through Zoom. Clients can pay for sessions using Blue Shield, Anthem Blue Cross, Cigna or United Health Care insurance and it is covered just like office visits.  

“We have always and continue to practice excellent cleaning and hygiene to keep everyone safe in the office and studio,” said Bordenave. “We continue to only see clients one-on-one, and we have spaced clients out to avoid any overlap in scheduling.” Sound like what you need to stay healthy from home? Head to spark45.com to see class schedule, and for physical therapy, contact Danielle Bordenave at danielle@spark45.com or (805) 275-3000.

Fosters Freeze

Your local hub of classic California burgers and shakes is open and taking orders! Call in and pick up your meal from Fosters Freeze on Carpinteria Avenue. Fosters’ menu includes real milk soft serve ice cream, twisters, onion rings and fries.

From the Big Boss burger to the Krispy chicken sandwich to the $3 hot fudge Oreo parfait, Fosters is full of fan favorites. Ice cream flavors include Oreo, M&M, Butterfinger, Reese’s Cup, Snickers and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. And don’t forget the toppings.

Carpinteria’s Fosters Freeze will close for good this August, so enjoy it while you can.

Fosters Freeze is located at 5205 Carpinteria Ave. See the menu at fostersfreeze.com and call in your order for pickup at (805) 684-3602.

Carpinteria Wine Company

Owners of Carpinteria Wine Company, Jane and Frank Dambach are keeping wine glasses full and meals properly paired throughout the stay-at-home order. The storefront is open from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday with a curbside pickup encouraged.

Carpinteria Wine Company offers the best wines at prices competitive with Trader Joe’s, Costco and local supermarket chains. “We are a no-nonsense, low-overhead, discount wine shop open to the public,” say the Dambachs on the company website. The shop boasts an impressive selection of the best wines from California, Oregon and Washington as well as selections from around the world.  

Call ahead and your order will be ready for pickup upon your arrival. To schedule curbside pickup, call (805) 684-7440 to order and pay by credit card over the phone.

Carpinteria Wine Company is located at 4193 Carpinteria Ave. Visit their Facebook page (facebook.com/carpwineco) and website (carpinteriawineco.com) for updates.

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