New State Street Hotel Moves Forward

••• The Clic store at the Montecito Country Mart opens today. Pictured above is the Marin store, which is similar enough.

••• The Coast Village Association canceled its annual trick-or-treating event.

••• The Montecito Association reports that “neighbors in [east Montecito] are reporting bear sightings, chicken coop raids by the bear, and trash can raids.”

••• From the Santa Barbara chapter of the American Institute of Architects: “Grab a glass of wine [on October 21] and hear fellow community members share their designs and illustrations for a reimagined downtown. The reception culminates a summertime design charrette hosted by the Santa Barbara AIA Chapter. Altogether, 16 teams of architects, landscape professionals, planners, engineers, artists, and interested community members spent their summer analyzing the State Street corridor and individual blocks to integrate more housing, enhance open spaces and connectivity, and improve the vitality of downtown. They will share their ideas in a quick presentation format at the virtual reception. Sign up to attend via Zoom at” Also, starting October 24, there will be window displays at 833 and 901 State Street.

••• Anacapa Architecture posted that the hotel conversion it’s working on at 524 State Street (Cota/Haley, next to Institution Ale) for Jaeger Partners got its final approval from the Historic Landmarks Commission. The drawings below show the top-floor addition.


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Some gorgeous looking designs for State St. promenade! Exciting stuff. But please for the love of god can we not have bad Banksy-esque murals on the side of buildings in our town? I knew it was time to leave Williamsburg and return home to Santa Barbara when “street art walking tours” starting passing our condo on the daily. Some murals are cool, but grungy graffito does not suit our town at all. Speaking of great murals – they’ve saved the Paradise Cafe mural and painted the building a pretty, creamy white instead of grey. I’ll never get over the loss of that neon sign, though. I can’t wait for the day the HLC and ABR get some new blood on the rosters who can roll back the misguided (and historically inaccurate) prohibition on new neon signs. Neon is beautiful! Ok, that’s enough of my opinions for the day.