••• Commercial real estate agent Caitlin Hensel reports that Athleta—Gap’s fitness line for women—is opening in the former Miniso space on State Street (De La Guerra/Ortega). A sign of life for Paso Nuevo and downtown retail in general…?
••• And I hear there’s another worthy new home store in State Street’s Victoria Court complex: Lonetree, this one from interior designer Michelle Beamer, at 1221 State #24 (“behind Olio e Limone Pizzeria’s patio”). I’ll stop by for a peek soon.
••• Jeweler Marisa Mason has chosen Arlington Plaza—the pretty strip mall with Carlito’s as an anchor—for her second shop; the first is in Oakland. Among the offerings: “permanent jewelry […] a dainty gold bracelet that we ‘weld’ onto you, creating a seamless bracelet or anklet [….] We offer a selection of 14k and 18k chains to choose from, as well as a selection of vintage and contemporary charms if you want a little extra flair.”
••• And Beautyhabit has opened at the Montecito Country Mart.
••• Heck of a project on the boards for 2910 Sycamore Canyon Road, between Hot Springs and East Valley Road. According to the agenda for the October 20 meeting of the Montecito Planning Commission, the owner plans “to demolish an existing, 2-story, 8,651-square-foot single-family dwelling, and construct a new 12,678-square-foot single-family dwelling with a 6,053-square-foot basement, 390 square foot detached garage, 317-square-foot cabana, new entry gate, and landscape and hardscape improvements.” (Updated with new link.)
••• An update on an item in yesterday’s News Roundup: John Palminteri says that Village Properties and Heather James Fine Art are leaving Coast Village Road to make room for Cottage Urgent Care. Kind of a bummer to have an urgent-care facility as the big welcome to Montecito….
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