Downtown Business Spotlight is a virtual interview series hosted by the Santa Barbara Independent and Downtown Santa Barbara, where we chat and get to know our Santa Barbara business owners.

 

12/2/2021: Holiday Shopping

Join Gareth Kelly in conversation with Ingrid Estrella (Game Seeker) and Holland Hawthorne (Renaissance Fine Consignment) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.

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11/18/2021: Japanese Cuisine

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Join Matt Kettmann in conversation with Teruhisa Ogue (Teru Japanese Cuisine) and Buck Thananaken (Wabi Sabi) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.
 

11/11/2021: Breakfast & Brunch

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Join Matt Kettmann in conversation with Alex Natrielli (D’Angelo Bakery) and Juan Jimenez (JJ’s Diner) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.

 

11/4/2021: 1st Thursday

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Join Charles Donelan in conversation with Andi Garcia (ArtCrawlSB), Alexandra Terry (Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara), and Diane and Ralph Waterhouse (Waterhouse Gallery) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.

 

10/28/2021: Food & Drink - Something Sweet

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Join Matt Kettmann in conversation with Maya Schoop-Rhutten (Chocolate Maya), Maria Elena Plascencia (SB Sweets), Bulent Derdiyok (LOKUM) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.

 

10/19/2021: Best of Santa Barbara®

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Join Charles Donelan in conversation with Joey Duddridge and Linsey Farrell (Mountain Air Sports) and Maureen Riley (Riley’s Flowers) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.

 

10/11/2021: Italian Food

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Join Matt Kettmann in conversation with Elaine & Alberto Morello (Olio e Limone Ristorante, Olio Bottega & Olio Pizzeria) and Guido Oppizzi (OPPI’Z Bistro and Natural Pizza) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.

 

10/5/2021: Downtown Boutique

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Join Robin Elander in conversation with Erica Brown (Dylan Star) and Robin Baron & Grace Paulette (Salt Boutique) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.

 

 

9/28/2021: Food & Drink: Wine Bars

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Join Matt Kettmann in conversation with Gabriella and Sean Larkins (Villa Wine Bar & Kitchen) and Zachary Feld & Breanna Kromer (Crush Bar & Tap) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.

 

 

9/23/2021: Burrito Week

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Join Matt Kettmann in conversation with Andrea Steward (Rudy’s Fresh Mexican Food) and Jonathan Estrada (Yona Redz) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.

 

9/16/2021: Tattoo & Piercing

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Join Robin Elander in conversation with Josh Parkhurst (Golden Eagle Body Piercing) and Sofia (Energy Tattoo & Body Piercing) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.


 

9/9/2021: Relocating and Expanding Retail


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Join Robin Elander in conversation with Andrew Gonzalez (805 University) and Ashley Fox (The Vintage Fox) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.

 

9/2/2021: Food & Drink: Cold Treats


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Join Matt Kettmann in conversation with James Haskins (Tondi Gelato), Michael Palmer (McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams), and Rori Trovato (Rori’s Artisanal Creamery) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.

 

8/26/2021: Downtown Collectives

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Join Robin Elander in conversation with Sam Guzmán (Stabiles Santa Barbara) and Mary Beth Larkin & Anna Janelle (Locals’ Collective) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.

 

8/19/2021: Downtown Outdoor Markets

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Join Erik Krueger in conversation with Sam Edelman (Santa Barbara Farmers Market), Lisa Green (Blissful Boutiques), and Amy Gudino (Downtown Santa Barbara) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.

 

 

8/12/2021: Active Aging

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Join Robin Elander in conversation with Mary Beth Gomez (VNA Health) and Lisa Brabo (Family Services Agency) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.

 

 

8/5/2021: Latin Cuisine

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Join Matt Kettmann in conversation with Matias Requena-Mackinlay (Buena Onda Empanadas), Jeremy Tummel (La Paloma Cafe), Leslie Hollis-López & Ramsses Noeggerath (Carlitos Café y Cantina) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.


 

 

7/29/2021: Fiesta Celebration

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Join Charles Donelan in conversation with Stephanie Petlow (Old Spanish Days), Dacia Harwood (Santa Barbara Historical Museum), and Maria “Chacha” Bermudez (Maria Bermudez Flamenco Performing Arts Studio) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.

 

 

7/22/2021: Antiques and Vintage Shopping

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Join Robin Elander in conversation with Alan Howard, (Antique Alley), Paul Lewis (Old Town Antiques), and Sara Gehris (Urban Flea Market) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.

 

7/15/2021: Books and Literary Finds

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Join Emily Cosentino Lee in conversation with Molly Wetta, (Santa Barbara Public Library), Eric Kelley (The Book Den), and Teresa Taylor (Paradise Found) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.

 

7/8/2021: Arts & Crafts

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Join Robin Elander in conversation with Andrew Rawls (The Crafter’s Library), Rachael Myles and Kelly Almeida (Board & Brush Creative Studio), and Sam Winkelmeyer (Art Essentials) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.

 

7/1/2021: Vegan Cuisine

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Join Matt Kettmann in conversation with Nadia Ajouni (Blue Owl), Maria Nae (Green Table), and Dalan Moreno (Rascals) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.

 

6/24/2021: Working It

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Join Matt Kettmann in conversation with Pam Tanase (WorkZones), Kevin Davis (Amazon Santa Barbara), and Brandi Rivera (Santa Barbara Independent) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.

 

6/17/2021: Downtown Festival and Events

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Join Robin Elander in conversation with Stacie Bouffard (Summer Solstice), Jackie VanLingen and Kristin Flickinger (Pacific Pride Foundation), and Jordan Killebrew (Juneteeth Santa Barbara) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.

 

6/10/2021: Downtown Tours

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Join Robin Elander in conversation with Evan Elizabeth Schoolnik Berger (Taste Santa Barbara Food Tours) and Teddi Drew (Wheel Fun Rentals & Santa Barbara Trolley Company) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.

 

 

6/3/2021: Drinks for a Cause

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Join Matt Kettmann in conversation with Tami Snow & Scott Stefan (Draughtsmen Aleworks), Jason Jones & Colin Campbell (Red Piano), and Melissa Baffa (Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.

 

 

5/27/2021: Steaks & Seafood

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Hear Matt Kettmann in conversation with Clay Holdren (Holdren’s Steaks & Seafood) and Warren Butler (Chase Restaurant & Courthouse Tavern) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.

 

5/20/2021: Home & Garden

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Join Robin Elander in conversation with Julie Spalluto and Adele Spalluto (Italian Pottery Outlet), Jonathan Brandon (747 Designs), and Hannah Bangs (Idyll Mercantile) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.

 

 

5/13/2021: Ocean Adventures

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Join Robin Elander in conversation with Skip Abed (Santa Barbara Sailing Center), Greg Gorga (Santa Barbara Maritime Museum), and Maddy Fossatti (Land and Sea Tours) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.

 

 

5/6/2021: Biking Downtown

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Hear Nick Welsh in conversation with Jesse Rosenberg (Santa Barbara BCycle), Scott LaMoine (Electric Bikes of Santa Barbara), and Kent Epperson (SBCAG Traffic Solutions) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.

 

 

4/29/2021: Summer Camps

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Hear Robin Elander in conversation with Robin Gose (MOXI), Annabel Padilla (Girls Inc.), Adam Porte (Parks & Rec) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.


 

4/22/2021: Earth Day Celebration

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Hear Robin Elander in conversation with Sigrid Wright (Community Environmental Council), Hillary Hauser (Heal the Ocean), and Deborah Schwartz (Santa Barbara Beautiful) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.

 


 

4/15/2021: Coffee Shops

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Hear Robin Elander in conversation with Todd Stewart & Felix Felix (Dune Coffee Roasters), and Marek Nold (Hustle & Grind Coffee Company) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.

 

4/8/2021: Food & Drink: Asian Cuisine

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Join Matt Kettmann in conversation with Peter Lee & Felicia Medina (Secret Bao), and Jerry Lee (Empty Bowl) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.

 

4/1/2021: Art Galleries: Fine Art for All

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Hear Charles Donelan in conversation with Nathan Vonk (Sullivan Goss), Jan Ziegler (10 West), and Thomas Reynolds (Thomas Reynolds Gallery) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.

 

3/25/2021: Back to the Screen and Stage

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Join Charles Donelan in conversation with David Corwin (Metropolitan Theatres), Benjamin Goedert & Shannon Kelley (Santa Barbara International Film Festival), and Kathryn Martin (Santa Barbara Symphony) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.
 

3/18/2021: Animals: Friendly Pets & Wild Paws

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Hear Tyler Hayden in conversation with Catalina Esteves (Cat Therapy), Christopher Harris & Isabelle Gullo (CARE4PAWS), and Rich Block (Santa Barbara Zoo) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.


 

3/11/2021: Taking a Bite Out of Burger Week

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Join Matt Kettmann in conversation with Clay Adams (Natural Cafe), Bob Stout (Little Kitchen), and Jay Ferro (Kyle’s Kitchen) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.
 

3/4/2021: Theatre District Dining

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Hear Matt Kettmann in conversation with Renaud Gonthier (Renaud’s Patisserie) and Richard Yates (Opal) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.

 

2/25/2021: Return of Experiential Travel

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Hear Matt Kettmann in conversation with David De L’Arbre (SB Travel Bureau), Michael Cohen (SB Adventure Company), and Kathy Janega-Dykes (Visit Santa Barbara) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.

 

2/18/2021: The Status of Sipping

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Join Matt Kettmann in conversation with John Nasser (Night Lizard Brewing Company), Aron Ashland (The Cruisery / Wine Therapy), and Katie Grassini (Grassini Family Vineyards) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.

 

2/11/2021: Downtown Neighborhoods

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Join Robin Elander in conversation with Albert DiPadova (Sevilla Square, Riviera Towel Company), Hugh Margerum (Presidio Neighborhood), and Mary Lynn Harms-Romo (Paseo Nuevo) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.

 

2/4/2021: Money Matters

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Hear Robin Elander in conversation with Janet Garufis (Montecito Bank & Trust), Nikki Parr (WEV), Clare Briglio (EDC Collaborative) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.

 

1/28/2021: Cuisines from Many Cultures



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Hear Matt Kettmann in conversation with Ninder Josan (Apna), Charlotte Andersen (Andersen’s Danish Bakery & Restaurant), Daniel Yoshimi & Jennifer Yannella (Brasil Arts Café) as they discuss their different restaurants.

 

1/21/2021: Heads in Beds


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Join Tyler Hayden in conversation with Chris Cline (Canary Hotel), Warren Nocon (Hotel Californian), and Paul Bullock (The Eagle Inn) as they discuss the downtown hotel scene.


 

1/14/2021: Food & Drink: Side Street Stars

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Hear Matt Kettmann in conversation with Ruben Perez (Black Sheep), Mitchell Sjerven (Bouchon), and Tony Arroyo (Los Arroyos) as they discuss their restaurants off State Street.

 

1/7/2021: New Year's Resolutions: Taking Care of Mind, Body, and Soul


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Hear Robin Elander in conversation with Adrienne Smith (Power of Your Om), and Mikki Reilly (Fitness Transform) as they discuss taking care of your mind, body, and soul.

 

12/17/2020: Home Goods: Getting Cozy at Home

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Hear Robin Elander in conversation with Jorja La Barre (Celadon House), and John & Sherine Leenhouwers (Prop and Décor & Tent Merchant) as they discuss getting cozy at home.

 

12/10/2020: Shopping Local for the Holidays

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Join Robin Elander in conversation with Nancy Burgner & Peter Gaum (Lovebird)Beau Lawrence (Ace Rivington), and Nicki Horne (Peanuts Maternity & Kids) as they discuss shopping local for the holidays.

 

12/3/2020: Future of Live Music

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Join Charles Donelan in conversation with Rick Boller (Santa Barbara Bowl) and David Asbell (Lobero Theatre) as they discuss the future of live music.

 

11/19/2020: Design Insight from the Past and Present

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Join Bob Stout in conversation with Lynne Tahmisian (La Arcada) and Dawn Sherry (Sherry & Associates Architects) as they discuss design insights from the past and present.

 

11/12/2020: New Ideas in Old Town

Hear Tyler Hayden in conversation with Jason Harris (City of Santa Barbara) and Barrett Reed (Miramar Group).

 

11/5/2020: Food & Drink: Dinner & Dessert

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Hear Matt Kettmann in conversation with David Lee (Creamistry) and Nuri Monahan (Intermezzo / Wine Cask).

 

10/29/2020: How Can Design Help State Street?

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Hear Tyler Hayden in conversation with Brian Cearnal (Cearnal Collective) and Rob Dayton (City of Santa Barbara) as they discuss how design may be able to help State Street.

 

10/22/2020: Food & Drink: Beer & Wine

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Hear Matt Kettmann in conversation with Shaun Smith (Institution Ale) and Doug Margerum (Margerum Wine Company).

 

10/15/2020: Art & Artists

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Hear Charles Donelan in conversation with Larry Feinburg (Santa Barbara Museum of Art) and Jonathan Fox of (Ensemble Theatre Company).

 

10/8/2020: Food & Drink: Multiple Concepts

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Hear Matt Kettmann in conversation with Marge Cafarelli (Santa Barbara Public Market) and Brendan Searls (Mizza / 1114 Crafthouse) as they chat about their multiple concepts.

 

10/1/2020: Retail Wisdom

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Hear Robin Elander in conversation with Ravi Chahal (7 Eleven), Ashley Hayes (Asher Market), and Anelise Nascente & Fernandoo Tessari (E-Bikery) as they chat about retail wisdom.

 

9/24/2020: Today’s Bar Scene

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Hear Matt Kettmann in conversation with Drew Cuddy (Satellite SB) and Brandon Ristaino (The Good Lion) as they discuss today’s bar scene.

 

9/17/2020: Beauty Industry Pivots

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Hear Robin Elander in conversation with Jorge Salgado (The Barbershop) and Fabian Hernandez (Sequel Salon) as they discuss their experiences of pivoting within the beauty industry.

 

9/10/2020: Opening During a Pandemic

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Hear Matt Kettmann in conversation with Eva Umejido of Taquería Santa Barbara and Sven Dybdahl of Viva Oliva as they discuss their experiences of opening a business during a pandemic.

 

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