New Shops in Montecito, Santa Claus Lane, and Goleta

••• The prairie-chic Dôen store (above) at the Montecito Country Mart opens this Sunday, April 10.

••• Kariella (right), “modern bohemian style from Ojai,” has opened a shop on Santa Claus Lane. “Brands like Free People, Montce Swim, Daydreamer Tees, and Mikal Winn Jewelry sit alongside the shop’s eponymous label.”

••• A new “modern general store” called Mācher has had an Instagram account for a while, but it only recently posted the address: 5731 Calle Real, near Kyle’s Kitchen. The shop opens in June with “beautiful, functional, sustainable housewares from like-minded artisans and makers.”

••• Press release: “After nearly two years of limited to no public spectators, ‘Polo in Paradise’ returns to the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, and the public is invited to come kick off the 2022 polo season on Opening Day, Sunday, May 1. The 2022 season will feature an action-packed summer full of exhilarating tournaments and special events, open to the public, in one of the most prestigious equestrian venues on the West Coast. Tickets are on sale now.”

••• Yet another Santa Barbara hotel changed hands: the Quality Inn Santa Barbara at 3055 De La Vina Street, next to Mackenzie Park, sold for $9.7 million. I took the below photo—because I loved the “sorry” part of the sign—back when I walked the Samarkand neighborhood.

••• From the county: “The Santa Barbara County Registrar of Voters office is seeking volunteers to serve as poll workers for the June 7 Statewide Direct Primary Election. Volunteers support their community by working at polling place locations throughout the county. They also receive a stipend for working on Election Day and attending poll worker training.” The details.

••• Santa Barbara Airport announced “two new nonstop routes starting this summer. United Airlines will bring back their seasonal service to Chicago-O’Hare starting June 3. This service will be SBA’s first red-eye flight, departing at 11:45 p.m. every night except Saturday. Southwest is also adding a new service to Sacramento starting June 5, departing daily at 10 a.m.” Four hours is a brutally short red-eye….

••• Up now at Sullivan Goss: “The fourth solo exhibition for artist Phoebe Brunner. It is seemingly always a fine day in Brunner’s world where mythical vistas are brought to life with migrating clouds and undulating grasses. She imagines unpeopled places to escape to, places to wander from hilltop to seashore and all the canyons in between. Rain shows up quite often in this new body of work, not as a gentle misting of the skies, but as contained cloudbursts drenching the thirsty land below in a deluge of dramatic proportions.”

••• And at Thomas Reynolds Gallery: “From April 2 to May 28 is a solo exhibition of paintings by UCSB grad Sandy Ostrau, who returns to Santa Barbara as one of California’s most admired and sought-after contemporary artists. While she was a student at UCSB, Ostrau also played on the fabled women’s soccer team and waitressed her way up State Street. Now working from her studio at the Sea Ranch, she captures the strong shapes and bold colors of the California coast and its denizens.”

••• Wanna buy a corn maze? The 15.8-acre property at 1060 Alamo Pintado Road in Solvang is for sale for $2.2 million.


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Any idea who bought the quality inn and/or what they plan on doing with it?