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A labor of leather: Craftsman adds artisan touch to family trade

By   /  Friday, July 11th, 2014  /  Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

Steven Soria, a third-generation leather craftsman in Santa Barbara, launched Make Smith last year. The business makes purses, wallets, belts and home goods such as coasters and pot handles at a small shop on De La Guerra Street. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

With the warm, heavy smell of leather in the air, Steven Soria sits in his single-room shop in downtown Santa Barbara amid work tables crowded with metal machinery and tools.

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American Dream, millennial edition: Young restaurateurs in Isla Vista

By   /  Friday, July 4th, 2014  /  Restaurants, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

Daniel Dunietz, left, owns Buddha Bowls in Isla Vista, while Sean Evans owns the Jimmy John’s restaurant next door. Both entrepreneurs are in their 20s and moved to the college town to start their own businesses. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

Daniel Dunietz and Sean Evans, both in their 20s, enjoy a friendly rivalry as neighboring small-business owners in the student-dominated community of Isla Vista, next to UC Santa Barbara.

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Tech-savvy Ventura County grower re-engineers approach to raspberries

By   /  Friday, July 4th, 2014  /  Agriculture, Small Business, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  1 Comment

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Jurgen Gramckow is one of a few Ventura County raspberry growers who are making the crop one of the county’s highest-grossing agricultural products.

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Visitors pour in to Tri-Counties for wine tourism

By   /  Friday, June 20th, 2014  /  Top Stories, Tourism, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off

Visitors at Corks n’ Crowns, one of more than 20 wine-tasting rooms in Santa Barbara’s fast-growing Funk Zone neighborhood. Around the Tri-Counties, wine and food are becoming big draws for tourism, with most visitors coming from within the state. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

Tourism visitor spending in the coastal region that includes the Tri-Counties jumped from $6.7 billion to $7 billion between 2012 and 2013 as part of a 23 percent increase since 2009 that is expected to continue this summer.

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Isla Vista shooting spree reignites gun control debate

By   /  Friday, May 30th, 2014  /  South Coast, Top Stories  /  1 Comment

Richard Martinez, father of shooting victim Chris Martinez, described his son as a "very good student." (Stephen Nellis / Business Times photo)

Questions about guns and the ease with which mentally ill people can obtain them have been thrust into the center of the debate about what caused Friday night’s massacre in Isla Vista.

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Great Danes: Andersen’s celebrates four decades in Santa Barbara

By   /  Friday, May 23rd, 2014  /  Restaurants, Small Business, Top Stories, Tourism, Women Inc.  /  Comments Off

Birte, left, and Charlotte Andersen are the mother-daughter duo behind Andersen’s Danish Restaurant and Bakery in Santa Barbara. The business was started by Birte and her late husband Alfred in 1976 and is now a downtown landmark. The painting is by Alfred. (Wendy Jensen / courtesy photo)

A Danish immigrant and professional chef named Alfred Andersen opened a small bakery on Santa Barbara’s Milpas Street in 1976, with his wife Birte and 2-year-old daughter Charlotte at his side. Today, that same Danish pastry shop is Andersen’s Danish Restaurant and Bakery, a nearly 40 year-old landmark in downtown Santa Barbara. The birth of […]

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Power is knowledge as Unite to Light devices spread around the world

By   /  Friday, May 2nd, 2014  /  Green Coast, Nonprofits, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off

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Unite to Light has developed a solar-powered cell-phone charger that lets people the world over power their phones with the sun.

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