Supporting local businesses has been a passion of mine for years. Not only do you build a relationship and often times friendship with the business owners, there is a sense of community not present when shopping at large chain stores.
When Shop Small Saturday kicked off a few years ago, I introduced Lola Boutique - Santa Barbara based Women's clothing and accessories to the concept. One of the first Santa Barbara locations to participate, it is thrilling to see so many local businesses taking advantage of the cross promotional opportunities!
The Pasta Shoppe- Opened April 2014 in Santa Barbara's Public Market, founded by Diane Harding, restaurateur.
Camp Canine, Family owned & operated for 30+ years, Doggie Daycare, Grooming, Boarding and training. A huge supporter of local animal shelters including DAWG - Dog Abuse Welfare Group.
It's no secret working with food clients has serious perks, menu sampling, editor lunches and well more menu sampling. The Pasta Shoppe, opened April 2014 in The Santa Barbara Public Market bringing together a team of Internationally Trained team members.
In the rush to get opened, the owner, Diane Harding put together a website herself and after the dust settled we sought to create a simple, clean website highlighting the Pasta and team.
We're excited to be working with Nimita's Cuisine providing Santa Barbara (and lucky subscribers) with delicious, Vegetarian Ayurvedic Cuisine.
Their dedication to the community from participating in local events Sol Food Festival to working with local farmers using organic ingredients. Nimita and her team are helping to build knowledge around healthy eating.
Looking for a food truck in Santa Barbara?
Visit their facebook page for the updates and food truck locations!
Locally you can find Nimita's Cuisine at Lazy Acres Market
Uber & Ride Share Apps.
Valued at about $18bn, the transportation network company Uber is shaking things up for the car service industry. Apart of a new wave of tangible technology which connects riders with on-demand drivers, the startup along with similar ride share applications suchas Lyft have been raved about by users yet criticized for changing cities’ long established transportationservices.
Ride share applications remain a highly favorable alternative to traditional taxis for a number of reasons. Payments are made exclusively through credit cards, the apps save your card details and charges for each ride and cancellation making the payment effortless. The service also offers riders a five-star rating system that the company relies on to fire drivers with frequently poor ratings. Riders can share rides and split fares, as well enable friends to track the taxi so they map their whereabouts.
Ride share apps are now available in over 160 cities globally but several metropolis’s have already displayed their non support over the technology. In Berlin and Seoul ride share apps are banned for usingunlicensed taxis, while in London cabbies have organized several protests, accusing rideshares of stealing their business and paying insufficient taxes. In the United Sates however, riders seem to be winning the battle against the taxi industry as an overnight vote in Washington to ban Uber initialized a response of 37,000+ tweets, ultimately overthrowing the attempted Uber amendment. According to Uber’sCEO Travis Kalanick, in cities such as San Francisco and New York where the demand for transportation outweighs the supply, ride share apps are necessary and act as an “injection of oxygen”.
For good or bad, it is irrefutable that Uber and ride share apps are rapidly gaining ground. As taxi cartels attempt to hinder technology’s changes to the industry it is vital to ensure that riders are not denied their choice in transportation due to those who want to remain dominant. As ride share apps continue to gain popularity, city policies and state laws will have to adjust in order to keep competition within the transportation industry fair.
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Currently located in Santa Barbara's Funk Zone, Chandler Salon is moving into their new, larger salon space on Guitierez and Chapala. The new space will offer customers more chairs with 3 new stylists, quite a bit more parking with a rusticity chic decor. Scheduled to open early August, visit them on Facebook to learn more!
Flipping through the latest issues of a few magazines with client mentions!
Pick up the latest issue of Santa Barbara Mag for a glimpse into The Public Market!
We are excited to welcome our newest client, Taste Santa Barbara Food Tours!
Their EAT PLAY LOVE LOCAL message embraces Santa Barbara's beautiful & diverse cultural background, while offering tourists & locals the opportunity to Taste Santa Barbara.
One of their many progressive food + libation tours, through Downtown Santa Barbara.
Learn a bit more about Taste Santa Barbara below:
Looking for a new way to explore Santa Barbara? Are you a foodie, or have a friend who considers themselves one?
Experience, “The American Riveria” as we taste, sip and explore your way through Downtown Santa Barbara. Enjoy the beautiful architecture as you walk and learn all about our towns culture, history, beautiful wine country and of course the food!
Entertaining Out of Town Guests? Looking for the perfect way to try new restaurants around town without committing to an entire meal?
This 3.5 hour progressive tour is foodie tested and approved! Suitable for most ages, all fitness levels (you’ll cover under 2 EASY miles and burn some calories along the way)! Food Allergies or dietary concerns? Not a problem- We happily accommodate food allergies, just let us know when booking the tour!