Release Date: March 9,2017
Opening oon February 19 - Tangonadas of 1014 State St.
The empanadas, coffee and pastry shop is the brainchild of Jessica Manuzza Max, who has incorporated her clothing and fashion store Malulani Shop into the space.
Max said her quest to open a store started out down south in Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach.
“Everybody started telling me Santa Barbara is more of your style because it’s hippie-chic, and that a lot of people like handmade stuff at the moment,” she said.
“I came here, and I fell in love immediately. The day after I came here, I started looking for places, and a week or 10 days after, I got my place.”
A native of Buenos Aires, Max has decorated her shop to resemble the Argentinian city’s colorful La Boca neighborhood.
“I fell in love with this country,” she said. “I’m here working, and I’m putting all my money, all my effort to be here and be part of the community and serve the community.”
Tangonadas is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.