Two Prominent Properties in Summerland Have Changed Hands

••• Commercial real estate often changes ownership with no impact on the tenants, but two recent transactions in Summerland bear watching: 2294 Lillie Avenue (Summerland Beach Cafe) sold for $1.925 million, while 2275 Ortega Hill Road (Tinker’s, Red Kettle Coffee, et al) sold for $1.75 million to people who have a history of doing interesting things. P.S. The first photo below is old, so “burger madness” may no longer be in effect.

••• The latest Highway 101 construction update says that Olive Mill ramps will now close January 17. (The weather has been pushing it back.) Also, four ramps are scheduled to reopen in the next two months: northbound off-ramp at Evans Avenue/Lillie Avenue (January 26); northbound on-ramp at Ortega Hill Road (February 14); southbound on-ramp at Santa Claus Lane (January 29); and southbound off-ramp at N. Padaro Lane (February 28).

••• Montecito Fitness, the personal-training studio in the former Trattoria Mollie space on Coast Village Road, has opened.

••• Congratulations to the nice folks at Santa Barbara Art & Frame for their purchase of the Elizabeth Gordon Gallery (a.k.a. “E.G.G.”). I never realized that the little street is called Motor Way….

••• From Channel Islands National Park: “Heavy sea conditions during the most recent storm caused damage to the Santa Barbara Island wharf, associated buildings, and infrastructure. As a result, Santa Barbara Island is temporarily closed to the public until further notice.”

••• Sarah’s Groovy Vintage Store has popped up inside the Magic Castle Cabaret space on Los Patos Way. You’ll find apparel for men and women (including a dress once worn by Mary Pickford, but it’s not for sale); the hours are 10 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. And if you’ve never been inside the Magic Castle Cabaret, it really is one of a kind—and rentable for parties.


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Please don’t tell us “people with a history of doing interesting things” means the same folks painting everything white and black and selling only the blandest of home decor in off white and greige. I will die of boredom.

leslie westbrook

lol i agree everything is looking the same in shops.. home decor..real estate staged homes . is this the bland and boring 21rst century? what’s happened to peoples imaginations ? it is calming .. but yawning ..

Colette Cosentino

Have you been to my shop? Have you been to Indian Pink? Folly? Punch? Lone Tree?There are unique and artful shops oozing with personality in the Santa Barbara Arts District.