A-List Boutique to Open in Montecito’s Upper Village

••• Philip Manghisi is opening a second Wunderkind boutique—the first is in Scottsdale—in Birgit Klein’s former space in Montecito’s Upper Village. Come March, we can expect “women’s apparel, fine jewelry, handbags, shoes, and a few home accents.” The brands listed on the website are a veritable who’s-who of luxury goods.

••• And Kismet is returning to its plan for an annex in the storefront across from the Montecito Village Grocery; it briefly opened there before subletting to Santa Ynez General for a pop-up. This time, the space will offer “an expanded collection of bras and underwear and lingerie,” says founder Lindsey Eckardt. “Our original store next to the post office will stay loungewear, pajamas, and fine jewelry.” The annex opens the week of February 6.

••• Press release from the city: “The Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture, in partnership with the City of Santa Barbara, is seeking applications for the position of Santa Barbara Poet Laureate for the 2023-2025 term. Deadline to submit applications is 5 p.m. on Friday, February 24, 2023. For more information about the application and selection process, visit sbac.ca.gov/poet-laureate.”

••• Jack Johnson plays the Lobero Theatre on February 21 to celebrate the venue’s 150th anniversary. Note: “Single tickets on-sale Saturday, Jan. 28, in person only at the Lobero Box Office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,” and there’s a limit of two per person.

••• The Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced its 2023 slate. The festival runs February 8-18.

••• Mar y Ciel, a.k.a the Montecito Tea Gardens, got another $10 million price cut; it can now be yours for $58 million.


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All those new shops sound great but not for the individual that seeks vintage. Montecito needs a good thrift shop. I’ll be waiting anxiously for that.


Wouldn’t that be the yearly sale at Music Academy? Or the resale shop at said academy?


Sadly the shops at the MA have been closed for the last two years. I’m doubtful they’ll reopen, but I hope I’m wrong.

leslie westbrook

May Madness, the antique shop, practice rooms and clothing boutique, The Rack, all shut down at the old MAW now MA.


Well, spank me and call me Sally! Where have I been? Loved that yearly sale