New Bike Shop in the Funk Zone

••• The last few times I’ve sat outside Mony’s devouring a burrito, I’ve paused once or twice and noticed Stape Cycles across Anacapa Street. I kept meaning to look into whether it was new, and it is! (New-ish, anyway, having debuted in July.) The owner, Andrew, wrote this for the shop’s website: “I have a mechanical mind and pride myself on being able to fix most bike-related problems. If I can not fix it, I know someone or somewhere to take it and will give recommendations and steer you in the right direction. I don’t want to be like other shops in the area—some of which are intimidating to walk into, others will not touch older bikes or electric. Not me. Come in, chat, let me throw your bike in the stand and see if I can make it work better. I bet I can.”

••• The Montecito Trails Foundation explained the genesis of this art dog on McMenemy Trail: “A daily hiker said she couldn’t stand to see the sad burnt tree every morning, so she made it a happy pup. (With all natural trail materials.)”

••• Santa Barbara County has a new Community Data Dashboard for tracking Covid-19 stats, if you’re in the mood to crunch some numbers.

••• The Old Mission Santa Barbara has reopened its museum and for self-guided tours.

••• According to the agenda for the November 13 meeting of the county’s Central Board of Architectural Review, someone is building a “17,334 square foot residence, 849 square foot attached garage, 614 square foot cabana, 1,200 square foot ADU and a 6,600 square foot barn” at 9215 Alisos Canyon Road, east of Los Alamos.

••• The two projects under construction on E. De La Guerra are coming along. Directly below is 214 E. De La Guerra, which will have 5,500 square feet of office space and 26 apartments. The second photo is 800 Santa Barbara Street, which I believe will have 23 apartments.


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One Comment

Britta Walsworth

I am so in love with the E. De La Guerra project on the south side of the street and have been looking forward to seeing it come to life since it passed ABR. I think it’s a real win and we should consider more beautiful and simple projects like this. I love our Spanish colonial heritage and this Monterey-esque style is minimal and elegant. I’m getting tired of the Spain-via-Morocco-via-Disneyland projects and, I could be wrong, but construction costs on clean lines like this project seem like they would be lower than the “poetic” demands of sweeping curved staircases, and juliet balconies, and whimsical porticos, and so on and so forth. Love this and can’t wait to see it finished.