Shopping Santa Claus Lane | By Leslie Dinaberg
Santa may be gone*, but the shopping scene is alive and well on his namesake street in Carpinteria. Tucked just south of Montecito, amid the soothing sounds of the sea—and occasional toots from the train—the eclectic Santa Claus Lane is home to an impressive variety of charming shops displaying everything from garden goodies and home decor to surf supplies and casually elegant clothes.
A unique shop “where shelter and nature converge” into distinct art and home accessories and furniture.
1. PORCH, 3823 Santa Claus Lane, 805/684-0300, porchsb.com.
Original artwork plus a design and consign business makes this an ever evolving treasure trove for the fashionable home.
2. Ze Bird, 3825 Santa Claus Lane, 805/318-1818, zebirdsb.com.
This clothing and accessories boutique embodies the casual elegance of the Santa Barbara lifestyle.
3. Hawthorn, 3817 Santa Claus Lane, 805/684-6474, facebook.com/hawthornpadarobeach.
The Garden Market
This tranquil little bistro is a great place to relax in the outdoor garden, or shop for unique gifts and treasures.
4. The Garden Market, 3811 Santa Claus Lane, 805/745-5505, gardenmarketsb.com.
This design showroom offers flooring, stylish lines of furniture, lighting, accessories, window treatments, wall coverings, upholstery and more.
5. Reed Interiors, 3821 Santa Claus Lane, 805/684-7583, reedfloors.com.
A chic boutique carrying women’s clothing, jewelry, handbags, accessories, eyewear, art and gifts.
6. Hummingbird, 3823 Santa Claus Lane, 805/684-5800, hummingbirdcarpinteria.com.
a-Frame Surf Shop
Whether you’re looking for surf lessons, the latest in surf gear or the coolest in clothing and beach wear, they’ve got you covered.
7. A-Frame Surf Shop, 3785 Santa Claus Lane, 805/684-8803, aframesurf.com.
Holiday on the Lane
Santa may have retired, but he’ll be back for a visit at the Santa Claus Lane Annual Block Party on Saturday, December 13 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
*The jolly red giant moved to Oxnard in 2003.
Originally published in Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine, Winter 2014/15.