From the moment you lay your eyes on it, Wheelhouse betrays itself as anything but a typical bike shop.
At Twin Cups, simplicity seems to be the running theme. The new coffee and frozen yogurt kiosk, at 5329 Calle Real, just off the Patterson exit, provides what owner Nathan Carey calls “stop and go” service. He aims to keep things simple and efficient for staff and customers, with two main products to choose from, streamlined preparation procedures, and a freeway-adjacent location.
For almost a year and a half, Cheryl and Michael Gardner have driven their converted school bus-cum-kitchen to various locations around town to serve lunch on a rotating schedule.
What happens when an accomplished chef—a cookbook author, food columnist for national magazines, and well known food stylist—decides to turn her critical eye to America’s favorite frozen dessert? Rori Trovato, who launched Santa Barbara-based Rori’s Artisanal Creamery last December, has the scoop.
Suite Arrival, Michael Lewis’ burgeoning business, aims to replace the hassle of packing for trips (whether business or leisure) with the convenience — and pleasure — of having custom-prepped kits containing toiletries, beauty products, and even snacks waiting for the traveler on arrival at his or her hotel. A “sweet arrival” indeed . . . and an experience that Lewis insists carries a huge emotional tie-in.
Anyone with an Internet connection can find Santa Barbara’s Susan Torrey and her venture, GirlSunday Designs. Torrey’s Etsy store opens her to a consumer base beyond Santa Barbara, and increases the viability of what is currently a part-time, home-based business. But for those who’d prefer to observe the quality of GirlSunday’s handcrafted, kid- and family-focused products up close, they can certainly do so locally.
When The Grapeseed Company needed more space for its business, founder Kristin Fraser Cotte was surprised to find that the price difference between warehouse space and retail space wasn’t too far off. That revelation helped lead to the next iteration of this Santa Barbara-based skincare and beauty products business.