••• Jenni Kayne‘s third dedicated home store is now open; it’s in Montecito’s Upper Village, next to Jenni Kayne proper.
••• The State Street Axe Club at 427 State Street (Haley/Gutierrez) set an opening date of
August 3 August 5. Speaking of State Street diversions, what on earth is going on with the Aloha Fun Center that was announced for the old Macy’s store last December? UPDATE 7/22: Noozhawk says Aloha Fun Center will open at the end of August.
••• An interesting new endeavor on the horizon: Palma, which founder Meredith Markworth-Pollack describes as “a wellness concept focusing on the mind-body-spirit connection through treatments, events, education and retail.”
••• Santa Barbara’s Maserati dealership is no longer in business, and the Alfa Romeo one has some models but isn’t expecting any new shipments.
••• Has anyone heard anything more about the conversion of the Vons store in Montecito into a Pavilions? I left four voicemails on the Albertsons Companies media line, but I guess the team is busy handling inquiries from Supermarket News. The store is such a missed opportunity—is it too much to ask that it be as nice as the Vons in Turnpike Center?
••• The Santa Barbara Studio Artists’ Open Studios Tour—now I have this in my head—is September 3-5, “with an opening reception on Friday, September 2, from 5 p.m to 8 p.m. at the Community Arts Workshop, 631 Garden Street. Maps and brochures will be available at CAW beginning Sept. 2, at the Friday Night Reception and also on Sept. 3, 4 and 5 at CAW.”
••• The Trey Anastasio Band will be at the Arlington Theatre on October 7.
••• Nine Inch Nails plays the Santa Barbara Bowl on September 13. I love the song “Closer,” and I think the video is riveting, but it’s also nightmarish (so you’ve been warned).
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