••• The new tenant taking Victor the Florist’s old storefront at Anapamu and Santa Barbara Street is Santa Maria–based Lotus Cabinetry, which hopes to be open—initially by appointment only—in the spring. (The photo above is a sample of the company’s work.) “We did not remove the neon sign,” was the reply when I asked. “The owners had it removed and may have kept it. We plan to do both a wooden hanging sign, similar to the other tenants of the building, as well as vinyl lettering on one of the windows.”
••• Things are getting switched up at Victoria Court: Lonetree moved to a prominent spot across from the post office, and Palma Colectiva is taking its previous space (below). “We’ll be opening in the early spring and it will a studio space for tea ceremonies, mindfulness offerings, healing arts, and conscious retail,” says Palma’s Meredith Markworth-Pollack.
••• The “El Prado” sign at the new Courtyard by Marriott is actually original to the building, says @SBHistoricPreservation.
••• SH asked about the “cluster of small buildings at beach level, below the [Bellosguardo] estate driveway. Are these structures associated with the Clark estate? If so, what is/was its purpose?” Empty Mansions author Bill Dedman was kind enough to explain that they’re “the Clark beach house and cabanas are part of the Bellosguardo property. They were used at times by Clark family, friends, and staff.” Alas, they’re not included on the tour.
••• The Flaming Lips play the Arlington Theatre on March 9.
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