weekend getaway

Shop Small Saturday

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!

This year two of our clients, The Pasta Shoppe  and Camp Canine  are participating in Shop Small Saturday.  


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.   


Sunny Santa Barbara

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! 


C California Magazine

While waiting to board a recent flight to Scottsdale, spotted the  C Magazine Summer Issue featuring The Pasta Shoppe in the 'Around Town section'!  

Stop by & sample their latest handmade fresh pasta, combining farmers market vegetables, classic italian recepies in an open air kitchen. 

38 West Victoria Street•Santa Barbara, CA 




Walking around Santa Barbara

A lovely morning stroll through Santa Barbara captured via iPhone photos.


Stunning doors, I've walked past 1,000 times de la guerra street.


Fresh, handmade pappardelle pasta with oxtail ragu. 



A bite size McConnels cup at The Lucky Penny.



Fresh Beet & Kamut pasta at The Pasta Shoppe.


Social Media Giveaways

Recently, when asked about social media giveaways I found at a momentary impass....

To giveaway or not- that is the question.  

The Pasta Shoppe, recently launched a social media promotion. Encouraging customers to photograph their favorite Pasta Shoppe dish.  

When launching successful promotions do customers apprexiate gifted value (complimentary items) vs. public acknowledgement (highlighting pucture or social media handle)  ?

Have you entered a giveaway contest?  


If so, what motivated you & would you rather receive accolades or gift certificates? 



Photo via @eatlovepasta from @kpviolin 


To Market, to market

April 14th, 2014 Santa Barbara welcomed The Public Market.   

Similar to Eataly in NYC & The Ferry Building SF, The Public Market (on a smaller scale) offering visitors a selection of Gourmet delicacies & artisan cuisine paired with exclusive wine and beer selections- hello, heaven! 

The market still seems to be working out kinks such as lines, communal seating and all over cohesive ambiance. 

My niece- Fiona (pictured below) is a BIG fan of The Public Market, bouncing  around from Rori's ice cream (their children's cones with vanilla are a favorite) to the french fries at Bel Campo.



Rori's Ice Cream Children's Cone

Granted she has a children's cone & I'm wrangling a double scoop, don't judge. 



Another all-star showing, Bell Campo's French fries as you can tell, Ms Fiona is a happy camper.



More roris (it's a frequent stop)


Quick stop at Granada Books then back to the market. 

Favorite spots to stop & sip

Finding time to catch up with friends, over drinks is a rare & favorite pastime.

SamaSama located in Santa Barbara's Arts district, inspired Indonisian cuisine. Recently remodeled, their indoor & outdoor seating along with Delicious drinks menu, does not dissapoint!

Looking for a happy hour ? Their happy hour menu is on par for my favorite in town & the spicy wings--- addictive!