Last month I wrote about the new store coming soon to downtown Summerland, decrying what I saw as frivolous offerings on the website. Turns out it was the wrong Field and Fort or Fort and Field.

Google Summerland Field and Fort and the first thing that comes up is Fort and Field, an altogether different business offering those party things I mentioned. A Summerland reader kindly pointed out the mistake.

There was no actual website for the new store, but there were lots of Instagram photos. Along with the information that the store would feature antiques, vintage, bespoke, home and garden and a café! Coming soon, it said. And hooray for that!

Instagram photos were attractive and intriguing. Cushions and designer chairs, linen napkins, burlap bags printed with the Summerland name, barrel-aged balsamic vinegars, an antique dial phone, a Nespresso machine, “one of the most important corners of our design studio kitchen.”

It looks like we can look forward to the arrival of an interesting and attractive new store at Summerland’s east end soon!

Heating up Summerland

The former much beloved Café Luna is about to be transformed into an exciting new business. Only a few hurdles remain before Chef Nikki Dailey of Heat Culinary can open a cooking school in the building.

I met Nikki when her big black Heat food truck parked in downtown Summerland during the artist studio tour. While I was chowing down on one of her fabulous tacos, she told me about her ambitious plan to open a cooking school in the Luna building. She currently operates a thriving Heat Culinary on Carpinteria Avenue.

Nikki has already secured contingent leases for the Café Luna site, but must go to a public arena meeting for final approval. This is a necessary bureaucratic step since the usage would be new concept for the site.

Chef Nikki is effervescently enthusiastic about the cooking and serving of fresh food and especially about doing it in Summerland. If all goes well, she anticipates a winter opening date—possibly sometime in February or March.

Heat Culinary Summerland plans to offer two cooking classes a day, food truck service, teambuilding classes and music on the deck nightly. They already do private event catering, but are expanding into offering corporate catering, so they will keep the Carp location active, too.

The website for Heat Culinary describes their cooking classes as educational and entertaining and geared to everyone from experienced home cooks to novices who don’t know how to boil water. They feature state-of-the-art cooking equipment and a “well-stocked pantry.” Classes for 8-12 students are immersive and hands-on, and apprentice cooks get to eat what they’ve created.

Other possibilities may be in the offing. Espresso? Wine on the deck along with music? Nikki is full of ideas for the future. But first, final approval. I’m hoping Summerlanders will get behind this unique new enterprise and voice support when the public arena meeting comes up.

Lookout Park upgrades coming soon

A dramatic upgrade to Lookout Part is very much in the works, according to Jill Van Wie, Capital Division Manager for County Community Services. Summerlanders and other park users have been waiting a long time for the improvements to the east end of the park that will expand the site’s recreational possibilities.

Van Wie was the one who was able to work with landscape architects and the community to break through a logjam and achieve an attractive design that pleased everyone. Several earlier designs just didn’t close the gap between what would work best for both the Summerland community and visitors.

The current plan will include open space, picnic areas, a bocce ball court and walks and seating designed to exploit the site’s stunning ocean views. Available as a reservation area for larger parties, the site will also bring the county a bit of needed cash.

 

According to Van Wie last month, the county was putting together a bid packet for the project, with the expectation that it will go out to bid by early to mid-September, with completion anticipated in the spring of 2020. Yay! The Summerland Citizens Association should throw a big party!

Coastal Cleanup Day, Sept. 21

Summerland beach users and beach lovers are urged to join the effort to de-trash our long, lovely beach on the official Coastal Cleanup day on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to noon. This worthy project, sponsored by the California Coastal Commission, extends to heavily-used beaches along almost the entire California coast.

Please show up with trash bags and gloves at the beach entrances at Loon Point and Lookout Park to pick up litter and plastic and help restore our beach to its natural state.

One good thing: Wise words from my friend Grace Rachow—Just be a part of what is and what we can touch and observe...and be grateful for what is good.

 

Fran Davis is an award-winning writer and freelance editor whose work appears in magazines, print and online journals, anthologies and travel books. She has lived in Summerland most of her life.

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