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Category Archives: Business

Some Thoughts on #GivingTuesday

by lesliedinaberg on November 27, 2017

  By Leslie Dinaberg, Managing Editor Tuesday, November 28 is designated as #GivingTuesday, when those who are able are urged to make donations to support local nonprofits. Now entering its sixth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving—as a counterpoint to Black Friday and Cyber Monday buying—that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy and […]

House of Clues is a Great Escape From the Ordinary

by lesliedinaberg on August 30, 2017

Escape room games are super popular and Santa Barbara finally has its own one-of-a-kind venue: the House of Clues, 629 N. Salsipuedes St., 805/229-9179, TheHouseofClues.net. Co-owners Assel Abdrakhmanova and Oscar Zevalos (they also have a third partner, Whitman Heining) were designing props and sets for themed events and escape rooms for outside clients when they decided to create their […]

Cocktail Corner: August Ridge Vineyards Opens Tasting Room in La Arcada

by lesliedinaberg on August 5, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg A little gem of a tasting room recently opened its doors in La Arcada.  August Ridge Vineyards, a family-owned winery ten miles outside of Paso Robles in Creston, specializes in Italian varietals (Sangiovese, Barbera, Nebbiolo, Pinot Grigio, Primitivo and more). The winery was started by John Backer and Jill […]

Cocktail Corner: Brave & Maiden Tasting Room Breaks Ground

by lesliedinaberg on August 2, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg Brave & Maiden Estate recently broke ground on its new winery and tasting room, which will be located on the winery’s 60-acre estate along Refugio Road in Santa Ynez. The sustainably farmed vineyard takes its name from the “Legend of Nojoqui” (pronounced Naw-ho-wee), an indigenous incarnation […]

First Person: Sullivan Goss Gallery’s Nathan Vonk

by lesliedinaberg on July 17, 2017

Preserving the Legacy, Embracing the Future By Leslie Dinaberg The link between Burning Man’s annual bacchanal festivities and Sullivan Goss Gallery’s 30-plus-year legacy of celebrating important 19th-, 20th– and 21st-century American art may seem tenuous, but it was a visit to Burning Man that first sparked Nathan Vonk’s interest in art and the friends he […]

Cocktail Corner: Local Restaurants Earn Wine Spectator’s Top Honors

by lesliedinaberg on July 14, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg As if there were any doubt that Santa Barbara County is Wine Country, Wine Spectator recently honored 20 local restaurants with their highest honors for excellence. “Wine Spectator‘s Restaurant Awards recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to […]

Local Lowdown: Strolling Santa Claus Lane

by lesliedinaberg on June 21, 2017

A beachside street dubbed Santa Claus Lane—named after the iconic statue of St. Nick that greeted visitors for more than 50 years, until it was moved in 2002—boasts epicurean delights and local wines, plus a tranquil garden to while away the hours at Garden Market, while Padaro Beach Grill is a great spot for kids […]

Local Dish: Angel Oak Celebrates its One-Year Anniversary

by lesliedinaberg on June 21, 2017

Believe it or not, it was about a year that Angel Oak first opened its doors, offering a unique twist on the traditional steak and seafood concept—not to mention that killer ocean view!  The signature restaurant of Bacara Resort & Spa celebrates its one-year anniversary with a community party on June 25. To showcase Angel Oak’s appreciation […]

Local Dish: The Gathering Table at Ballard Inn

by lesliedinaberg on May 24, 2017

The Gathering Table at Ballard Inn is the new restaurant concept from Chef Budi Kazali, who has owned the property with his wife Chris Kazali since 2004. Ballard Inn has always been highly regarded for its romantic ambiance and award-winning cuisine, but the new restaurant and decor offers a much more fun, casual and inviting experience. Rather than a […]

Local Lowdown: Happy 50th to Chuck’s of Hawaii

by lesliedinaberg on March 9, 2017

Surprisingly little has changed since owner Larry Stone opened Chuck’s of Hawaii in 1967. The staff still wears Hawaiian shirts, the menus are still painted on Lancers wine bottles (Stone did the originals himself), the steaks and seafood are still solidly good, the Tiki Torches still burn brightly on upper State Street and the Mai-Tais are […]