A Bike Shop Is Opening on Coast Village Road

••• This Saturday, Mad Dogs & Englishmen, a chain of bike shops with outposts in Carmel, Mill Valley, and Monterey, is opening at 1080 Coast Village Road (formerly Menelli Tile & Design). From the website:

We pride ourselves in identifying and stocking the world’s finest bikes and cycling accessories, and offering unforgettable cycling experiences in some of the most magical destinations on Earth. Our inventory has been hand-picked based on what we believe to be the best you can buy. We specialize in high-quality electric bikes. We carry the most respected and iconic California brands, such as Specialized, Vintage Electric and Super73. We also travel the world to discover and bring you some of the best quality, most innovative ‘speciality’ bikes in the industry, such as Butchers & Bicycles & TrioBike three-wheel cargo bikes, our hand-crafted made to order European bicycle sidecars and our Leg&Go 8-in-1 conversion kids bike.

Plus, the shop offers rentals and repairs, and “one of the benefits of buying a bike from us is that you get free tune-ups for life.”

••• The Idyll Mercantile‘s plants-and-more shop on Chapala is having a soft opening on February 12.

••• On February 13, Folly on Santa Claus Lane is holding an open-air market with “over a dozen local artists & makers sharing heaps of handcrafted love.”

••• While I was poking around the website of Super Bee Rescue, the company that helped Invoca with its recent bee problem, I saw that the company (Super Bee, not Invoca) has a “foster bee program”: “Throughout the year we accumulate rescue colonies and we are always looking for new safe environments for our bees while we restore good health in the hive. With the foster program we will be able to place these hives around Santa Barbara County. These bees will act as a canary in the coal mine and let us know about the health of the area as well as pollinate nearby flowers. The program includes routine hive inspections at an average of 12 visits per year; all required equipment such as hive boxes, frames, feeders, etc.; build a stand and place a swarm trap; pest management; one case of honey in the fall in good years.”

••• The Santa Barbara International Film Festival continued its slow drip of awards announcements: receiving the Virtuoso Award this year are Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal), Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm), Kingsley Ben-Adir (One Night in Miami), Andra Day (The United States vs. Billie Holiday), Sidney Flanigan (Never Rarely Sometimes Always), Vanessa Kirby (Pieces of a Woman), Tahar Rahim (The Mauritanian), and Zendaya (Malcolm & Marie). The award is “an honor created to recognize a select group of talent whose noteworthy performances in film have elevated them into the national cinematic dialogue.” It’s as if the SBIFF invited everyone and they all said yes.


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