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

Join 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

Join 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

Join 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

Retail Wisdom: Join 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.

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

10/15/2020: Art & Artists

10/22/2020: Food & Drink: Beer & Wine

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

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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