Happy Holidays! A lot of activity has been happening on State Street and the surrounding downtown area as it comes alive for the festive season.
A growing trend among pop-ups and long term tenants seems to be gallery's and showrooms occupying high profile retail space. Santa Barbara Fine Art opened in Arlington Plaza at 1324 State St. a few months ago, and Wide Open Gallery has opened as a pop-up at 506 State St. Additionally, Carpinteria-based window covering and outdoor furniture design company, Pampel Design Solutions & Awnings, is close to opening their showroom at 1014-B State St.
In restaurant news, the long awaited Cafe Ana opened its doors last week at 1201 Anacapa St., which was the home to Coffee Cat for many years. The front portion of Santa Barbara Brewing Company at 501 State St. has quickly turned over to The Cruisery, while the old Brew Co. Lounge area in the rear of the building remains under construction. Across the street at 7 W. Haley St., Mosto Crudo will soon be moving into a much needed full restaurant space at 532 State St.
A few new retailers have popped up as well. Mary J Mart signed a lease at 432 State St., an unnamed nail salon is now open at 632 State St., and the PRIM Boutique pop-up is operating out of 714 State St. (previously Lole). See my State Street Update for more info.
New properties available for lease include 918 Chapala St. and 608 Anacapa St., which was Basil's Italian restaurant in the Anacota Building. Some larger sales have occurred recently, with an 18,054 sf office building at 128 W. Canon Perdido St. selling for $8 million, and 18 Anacapa St. in the Funk Zone trading to a local investor for $8.8 million.
I wish you a wonderful holiday season with family and friends!