Cardigans Yarn Shop Is Closing Next Month

••• The Cardigans yarn and fiber shop on Upper State Street is closing on September 17; a yarn shop has been at that site (3030A State Street) for over 20 years. The sale has already started: “All yarn and notions are discounted at 30% off, all books and coned rayon yarn discounted at 50% off. Fixtures, furniture and display items will also be for sale.” Owner Tim Cardy says that the community he has fostered for the past five years won’t be abandoned: “Cardigans is going on hiatus for a few months and will be returning with a new online face and local opportunities to gather our Cardigans family together. Upon our revival, I am excited to present new products, new project bags, new fun imprint items, Cardi-kits, your favorite lines of yarns and much more. I am hoping to be able to present regular meetings of ‘Cardi-clinics’ (for pattern and knitting/crochet help), monthly Cardiclub get-togethers at a variety of venues and eventually trunk show parties from my great suppliers. Of course, classes, knit-a-longs, and private lessons will be back.”

••• Thanks to Anonymous for teaching me something I didn’t know—and for pointing out that the buyer of the former Rancho San Marcos Golf Course property is apparently Battaglia Inc., an Irvine-based developer of theme parks. I’ll be looking more into it.

••• My husband and I were biking on De La Vina when he noticed the antenna at 809 De La Vina and asked what it’s for. Having no idea, I checked with the tenant, Guaranteed Rate, which passed the question along to the building’s owner. Perhaps he’ll decide to answer. In the meantime, anyone know anything? The folks at the city’s Community Development and Public Works department dug up a 1989 permit application from Westec Security (no longer at the address) for a “new 70-foot radio tower,” and all I could find online was the Greek-to-me info below, from this page of “FCC Registered Microwave, Paging and Maritime Coast & Aviation Towers in Santa Barbara.”

••• Opening August 20 at Maune Contemporary: Don’t Quit Your Daydream, works by Ted Collier. “My work aims to provide the viewer with an escape or a sense of solitude by reducing one’s environment to it’s most essential geometries – producing a universal language of shapes and hues that at their very core, are organic forms embedded within the fabric of the world around us.”

••• Press release: “Santa Barbara Airport is proud to announce the newest amenity for a traveling parent in need of a private space to breastfeed or pump while utilizing our Terminal, a secure and private Lactation Pod. This new facility can be found on the second floor of the Terminal building, past the TSA Security Check Point, and just to the right of Gate 2.”

••• Santa Barbara Pride Week is August 21-28.


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I think (not sure) that 809 De la Vina used to be the home to Melchiori Construction. The company went out of business due to owners embezzlement of funds. Back in 2019 the owner Mark Melchiori pled guilty to embezzlement and the company went out of business. The community was particularly saddened because the construction company was once regarded as one of the premier companies in the area. The son stole money from the company and ran it into the ground leaving many subcontractors without their money owed.