Given the increasingly unpredictable nature of global weather patterns and the destabilizing effects of a warming planet on the environment, humanity is being asked to become more agile and adaptable than ever before. The Central Coast of California has seen all too clearly how devastating extreme weather events can be to ecosystems and communities. They have also quickly seen how vulnerable the dependable natural resources can become. One of the most critical of these resources is the ability to grow and distribute fresh food.
From Hobby to High Fashion
Taiana Giefer, Santa Barbara native and Founder of Taiana Design, had a piece of her destiny handed to her unexpectedly the day she was introduced to the art of wool felting while summering in Germany.
Style Tips and Picks with the Editor
After bumping into our Creative Editor Donna Compaglia, at Trattoria Mollie’s on Coast Village Road, I found myself tagging along with her on an impromptu quest to furnish a dinner party she was hosting later that week. Sharing a love for entertaining myself, I was surprised to hear her say that she had a ‘one-stop-shop’ on Coast Village where she knew could go for everything needed for this little soiree. I was invited to accompany her to Legacy, a quintessential Montecito gift shop which is, according to Donna, “the one place in Montecito to find a gift for absolutely anyone.”
Bringing the Spanish Flair to The Funk Zone
The Funk Zone is decidedly Santa Barbara’s new “it” location for all things, art, wine and food. Attractive to residents and tourists alike, this newly transformed area of town has all the right moves: proximity to the beach and downtown, as well as nightlife and a bit of culture—not to mention more wine tasting rooms than the cast of Sideways would know what to do with.
An Interview with Bob Holden – Senior VP of Sales and Marketing at Surf Air
Dear Californians and those who visit frequently: Have you ever dreamed of traffic-free travel throughout this great state? Has the vision of hopping aboard a private plane to get from Northern California to Southern California ever seemed very appealing when idling in gridlocked traffic? So let’s be honest: Wouldn’t it be sweet to get the perks of owning a private plane, without…owning a private plane?
The Family Tradition Continues in Santa Barbara
Make Smith Leather Co. was founded by third-generation Santa Barbara leather worker, Steven Soria, who grew up surrounded by the craft in his parents shop. Soria started his own business as a custom workshop, inspired both by fine art techniques and artisan traditions, putting his focus on handmade one-of-a-kind leather goods.