The CircaTerra Travel Store Is Closing at the End of June

••• The CircaTerra Travel Outfitters store on upper State Street is closing June 30. From the announcement:

“We had a very successful run despite the challenges to our community with wildfires, the mudslide, and of course, the pandemic”, said Mark Gallo, CircaTerra’s president. “Running the store after leading Magellan’s catalog and retail operation for six years was an eye-opener. Being face to face with customers every day, we learned firsthand how we could support their travel needs, and we developed lasting relationships. “It was really inspiring and fun to help outfit our customers for myriad destinations,” said Gallo. “Another rewarding aspect of the business was supporting fundraisers for our local non-profits and schools. Besides donating product for auctions, we sponsored an annual luggage trade-in program to help local homeless families and underwrote installation of safe drinking water wells in rural Tanzania in partnership with the Rotary Club and Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church.” […]

All remaining merchandise is priced to sell. In addition, the company is selling its collection of travel photo prints of Machu Picchu, Venice, Florence, and other favorite foreign destinations.

••• I finally got around to trying StretchLab in Montecito, and I genuinely enjoyed it—it’s rather like Thai massage, in that the “flexologist” pushes you into deeper stretches than you’d achieve on your own. If you’re at all curious, I recommend giving it a shot while the $59 first-timer rate exists. Subsequent 50-minute visits are $115 (less if you buy a membership or five-pack).

••• According to the most recent Highway 101 update, the northbound onramp at Sheffield Drive is expected to reopen June 17, a month earlier than anticipated.

••• When my husband and I bought outdoor furniture, we took a defensive tack, opting for beige cushions—which looked fine but a little boring. So I’m totally delighted by the pillows we had made with outdoor fabric from Montecito interior designer John De Bastiani’s new collection for Mariaflora. You can reach out to John directly for more info (and no, this is not an ad).

••• A striking house by DesignARC is proposed for 3239 Cliff Drive, according to the May 19 agenda of the city’s Planning Commission. Here’s what the house there used to look like.


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