Friday, December 3, 2021

Retail Store News

Ventura Journal’s Guide for small businesses relief grants

For small businesses and restaurants within the Ventura County area, the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program, Restaurant Revitalization Fund and the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant are now accepting new applications.California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program On April...

Timbre Books to host first Indie Bookstore Day

Timbre Books in midtown Ventura is hosting it’s very first Indie Bookstore Day this Saturday, April 24th. The retailer, which opened in October of last year, is celebrating the event with some limited-edition merchandise, free prints with each purchase,...

On-line Grocery Retailer Sun & Swell Opens First Store

Sun & Swell, a "zero waste organic grocery store" that has been open only on the web since 2017, opened their first physical store, located in Ventura. The B-Corporation, owned and operated by Santa Barbara couple Kate and Bryan Flynn,...

Fry’s Closes All Stores, Including Oxnard

Fry's Electronics, a chain of low cost electronics based in California, abruptly closed all of its remaining stores. Their store on East Ventura Boulevard in Oxnard, which has been open for many years (this is a demo story so...

Santa Barbara Office Conversions Increase

The former Macy's building (now called the Ortega Building, as it takes of most of the first block of West Ortega Street), is being repurposed as Class A office space. The building is undergoing a total makeover, and the...

San Ysidro Pharmacy Gets New Owner

The San Ysidro Pharmacy, a staple of Montecito's Upper Village since 1954, was recently sold to its bookkeeper. The new owner and many local residents were determined to keep the store independent and locally owned, and were able to...

Empty Stores Continue to Increase at La Cumbre Plaza

More than a third of the stores at La Cumbre Plaza on upper State Street remain empty, as the pandemic has worsened the economic environment for retail stores. Of the forty-four stores in the main part of the shopping...

Downtown Retail Vacancies Set Record High

Vacant storefronts on State Street were already increasing when the Covid pandemic struck. Since then, many more stores in Santa Barbara have closed permanently. It's unclear how long it will take, if ever, for all the spaces to get...

Open for Business! A Directory for Greater Santa Barbara Area

COVID-19 has not been easy for anyone, and it has hit especially hard on small businesses. This pandemic will come to an end, but it remains unclear whether all the local businesses of the community make it out on...

California to allow haircuts, salon services outdoors amid coronavirus spike

(The Center Square) – Several types of salons, along with barber shops, can offer outdoor services as long as certain safety guidelines are met as the state continues to grapple with the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, California Gov. Gavin Newsom...

Newsom orders statewide shutdown of indoor activities at bars, restaurants, other businesses

(The Center Square) – California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered all indoor operations statewide to shut down for restaurants, bars, wineries, theaters, zoos, museums and cardrooms as the number of new coronavirus cases continued to climb through the weekend. The latest...

Streets Closed to Cars, Open to Pedestrians

5 miles of roads on the Eastside of Santa Barbara have been blocked off to motor vehicles. This is part of the city’s efforts to promote alternative transportation options, such as biking and walking, across the city. At volutpat diam...

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Making magic at Ventura’s Bank of Italy Cocktail Trust

Misty Orman and Brandon Ristaino are putting the “Italy” back into their new bar, the Bank of Italy Cocktail Trust. The bar is located in the heart of downtown Ventura and first opened up its doors back in March....

Ventura Journal’s Guide for small businesses relief grants

For small businesses and restaurants within the Ventura County area, the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program, Restaurant Revitalization Fund and the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant are now accepting new applications.California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program On April...

Timbre Books to host first Indie Bookstore Day

Timbre Books in midtown Ventura is hosting it’s very first Indie Bookstore Day this Saturday, April 24th. The retailer, which opened in October of last year, is celebrating the event with some limited-edition merchandise, free prints with each purchase,...