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.

9/10/2020: Opening During a Pandemic

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.



9/17/2020: Beauty Industry Pivots

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.

9/24/2020: Today’s Bar Scene

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

10/1/2020: Retail Wisdom

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.


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

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.


10/15/2020: Art & Artists

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



10/22/2020: Food & Drink: Beer & Wine

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

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

Join 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.

Thursday, October 29 at 3pm
Live on Zoom
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11/5/2020: Food & Drink: Dinner & Dessert

11/12/2020: New Ideas in Old Town

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

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