••• Activewear brand Vuori is opening this Friday at 831 State Street, at the corner of Canon Perdido. From a RetailDive article in November 2021, after the company announced $400 million in new funding: “Vuori was launched in 2015, with a strategic focus on men’s. [Founder Joe] Kudla wanted to make activewear clothing that he ‘actually wanted to wear’ rather than what the mainstream brands were offering. Vuori’s focus was on versatile clothing that could be worn for a workout followed by an errand around town. […] Women’s would launch in 2018, and now the brand’s gender mix is evenly split.” The Santa Barbara store will be the 18th for Vuori, which is based in Encinitas; most of the other locations are in California. Now, maybe we can start manifesting other vibrant brands to come here: Warby Parker, Buck Mason, Allbirds, Rails, Aether, Outdoor Voices, Aesop, Sweetgreen, Alamo Drafthouse, Le Labo, etc….
••• Controversial house-sharing company Pacaso is trying to drum up interest in 502 Picacho Lane, at the corner of East Valley Road in Montecito. It has labeled the property—which is on the market for $7.995 million—as a “prospect,” with this explanation: “If enough buyers are interested in co-owning this home, we’ll buy the home and turn it into a Pacaso.” (And the company estimates that one-eighth shares would go for $1.189 million.) Sounds like the neighbors might want to put up some of those “Stop Pacaso” signs….
••• The latest on Highway 101 construction:
On the night of June 9, the southbound lanes will shift from the median to the newly constructed southbound side. This will include opening the southbound on-ramp at Sheffield Drive on June 10.
On the night of June 15, the northbound lanes will be shifted into the median and the new northbound on-ramp at Sheffield Drive will open on June 16. The northbound on-ramp at Ortega Hill Road [in Summerland] will close for up to eight months beginning as early as June 16.
••• Speaking of construction…. I don’t mention every project I hear about—that could be a blog of its own—but this one could turn a busy intersection into a quagmire (boldface mine):
A project to replace a failed drainage culvert on State Route 192 will begin at the intersection of State Route 192 and Camino Viejo Road/East Valley Road on Tuesday, May 31. Travelers will encounter one-way reversing traffic control Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Fridays from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Delays should not exceed 15 minutes. This project is expected to be complete this summer.
••• Up through July 25 at Sullivan Goss: The Pool Show, paintings by Patricia Chidlaw. “Evening Swim, San Fernando Valley,” below, is one of the few that haven’t already sold.
••• From the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments: “Two public hearings are set for June 2 and 16, 2022, to talk with residents about updates to a long-term congestion relief plan along the U.S. 101 corridor from Carpinteria to Santa Barbara. The draft Santa Barbara U.S. 101 Comprehensive Multimodal Corridor Plan (draft plan) expands on previous congestion relief strategies by adding bike, pedestrian, bus, and zero emission vehicle improvements that increase alternative transportation choices for the traveling public.” The plan can be viewed here.
••• Way back when, I posted about the pressure cookers used to hold telecom equipment. M. Browning recently added an interesting comment: “The T1 repeater cans don’t just keep out the rain, they are actually pressurized with inert nitrogen gas. Sensors inside monitor the can’s pressure so the telco knows if one springs a leak before moisture gets in and destroys all the expensive goodies inside.”
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