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.

12/3/2020: Future of Live Music

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

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Help keep the Bowl concert-ready!  With the unprecedented impact from COVID-19, the Bowl needs to raise operational funds for the first time in its rich history.

We have never needed to fundraise for operations before. Success will ensure that the Bowl is concert-ready when everyone is ready to get back to concerts!

Our goal is to raise $612,000 to help off-set costs while we are dark.  To date we have raised over $415,000 towards that goal.  THANK YOU!



11/26/2020:  Happy Thanksgiving!


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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).


10/8/2020: 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.


10/1/2020: 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.


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.


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.


9/10/2020: 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.


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