Two Upper Village Shops Are Moving

••• San Roque salon/shop Skin Deep is in new hands. From the announcement:

Lauren and Torben von Staden are the new owners of Skin Deep Beauty Products, Gifts & Salons, located in the San Roque Plaza on State Street. The new owners moved here from Laurel Canyon almost three years ago with their two children. They feel very blessed to live in Santa Barbara and now have the opportunity to take the helm of Skin Deep from previous owner of 42 years, Tina Hasche.

Lauren is an esthetician and makeup artist and initially came to know about Skin Deep through her daughter’s friend. The minute she walked in the door she said, “This is my store—I love it!” The new owners intend to build upon the popular business model Skin Deep customers have come to know for decades. Outstanding customer service and an eclectic mix of exceptional professional beauty care products, gifts, jewelry and accessories will continue. They plan to restart their Facial Salon—which many customers have been waiting for since its closure due to the pandemic.

During an email exchange I had with Hasche and her sister Nina Meyer, they shared something a friend of theirs had written to them, and I’m passing it along, because I think it’s a morale booster for small businesses: “A great long run. You’ve kept your foot on the pedal for many years and saw to it that many people had jobs. You launched many careers and had the privilege of knowing a lot of fine women. In homes all over America, I dare say, your trinkets, sundries, Christmas gifts, soaps, toys candles, lotions and jewelry are tucked away in special places. You have left a mark. Be proud.”

••• More change is coming to Montecito’s Upper Village. First, interior designer Lee Stanton is moving across East Valley Road to a storefront a few doors down from the former Lemondrop shop. “The larger space will allow me to carry a larger selection of antiques and accessories to better define my aesthetic,” he says. “I expect to open the new shop in September after an extensive remodel.”

••• And the Lemondrop space is being taken by one of Stanton’s current neighbors, interior designer Marc Normand Gelinas.

••• The county Board of Supervisors is considering loaning the Turner Foundation $90,000 to convert 2011 Oak Avenue into “provide eight permanent housing units for youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.”

••• Fans of Caruso properties, such as the Rosewood Miramar Beach, can now earn “Caruso Coins” by joining the company’s loyalty program:

Caruso Signature is a membership program designed to give members the best experience possible with offers and rewards that are uniquely curated to celebrate your individuality. As a member, you can earn rewards simply for shopping, dining, and staying at any of our participating Caruso destinations. Gain priority access to exclusive experiences and be the first to know about new arrivals in fashion, food and entertainment. […]

Once you become a Caruso Signature member, there are so many ways to earn Caruso Coins! Visit one of our participating Caruso destinations to shop and dine your way to rewards with a linked card. You can also increase your balance by taking quick surveys, attending events, living with Caruso, and more.

••• The Sacred Space in Summerland changed hands in April, and I finally got a chance to stop by. New owners Amy Cooper and Pete Muller have made the store—always fun to explore— even more attractive. It’s definitely worth a visit even if you don’t think you’re in the market for its wares.


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