The Montecito Association Has Big Shoes to Fill

••• The Lemondrop shop for tweens in Montecito’s Upper Village is closing July 15, and the business will become online-only. —Noozhawk

••• Montecito Association executive director Sharon Byrne announced that she’s leaving the organization “to serve a global human rights cause for which I’ve long felt a calling.” (Update 7/11: Noozhawk reports that “Byrne is leaving to become executive director of the Washington, D.C.–based Women’s Liberation Front, whose mission is to ‘restore, protect, and advance the rights of women and girls using legal argument, policy advocacy and public education.’)”

••• “San Marcos Growers Proposes 996 Housing Units in the Goleta Valley […] The rental housing project proposal is for agricultural land on S. San Marcos Road. […] Whether they build the housing project or not, the business owners plan to close the nursery.” —Noozhawk

••• The colorful 1926 Montecito house of Justine Roddick and Tina Schlieske, designed by House of Honey, was featured on Architectural Digest. It’s a real tonic in this era of white, white, white. Choice quote: “The downstairs powder room is defined by a Voutsa x Grant Shaffer Trans Power toile wallpaper. ‘I love that there is a learning opportunity for anybody who’s sitting on the toilet in there,’ Roddick says.”

••• A profile of Santa Barbara artist Kellen Meyer: “Using fiber, fabric, paper, plus bits of wood, clay, and perhaps stone, Meyer creates tactile installations that may hang on a wall or dangle from the ceiling, irresistibly inviting the viewer to move closer, explore, reach out, and touch.” —805 Living

••• A profile of ceramicist Sarah Klapp. — Independent

••• “There’s an exhibit on campus at UC Santa Barbara called The Museum of Nothing. The items on display are of little value and have no particular meaning, according to the UCSB professor who collected them. Theater professor William Davies King has spent a lifetime collecting things most of us pay no attention to—like the stickers on fruits and vegetables, or designs on cracker boxes [….] One corner of the gallery is dedicated to Cheez-It boxes—130 bright red cardboard packages featuring the popular square cracker.” —KCBX via Edible Santa Barbara

••• The recent buyers of a 1929 Hedgerow house (for $8.71 million) are David and Andrea Nevins;  he “stepped down last year from his post as chairman and CEO of Paramount Premium Group and CEO of Paramount+ Scripted Series,” while she is “an Emmy-winning director, producer and writer.” —Dirt

••• “Dynamite Pickleball put in an undisclosed bid to manage the sports activity at the [Earl Warren] Showgrounds, a contract that had long been held by Santa Barbara Roller Hockey, and was being rebranded as Santa Barbara Arena Sports, which includes roller derby, roller hockey, futsal, lacrosse and hockey events. Whatever the amount was, Dynamite Pickleball’s offer was more than Roller Hockey had been paying. Dynamite Pickleball […] promised not to displace any of the other uses.” Nonetheless, people were upset. —Noozhawk

••• “The Cuyama Valley, the driest region in Santa Barbara County, is awash in discontent. The world’s largest carrot producers, newly subject to restrictions on over-pumping, are suing all other landowners over water rights, and legal fees are mounting.” —Independent

••• “America’s favorite plushies are finally getting the movie and TV treatment with The Beanie Bubble, which shines a light on [Ty Warner], the tycoon behind the collection craze from the ’90s.” Zach Galifanakis, Elizabeth Banks, and Sarah Snook star in the film, which debuts in theaters July 21 and streams on Apple TV+ a week later. —Montecito Journal


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