To do business with Trudi Carey, a visitor has to provide a thumb print, credit card and government-issued ID.
Then they will be under the watchful eye of surveillance cameras — after using their personal security code – as they enter the climate-, light- and humidity-controlled building.That’s how it’s done at Goleta-based Santa Barbara Cellars, where customers can store four to 400 cases of wine in a single locker.
Carey, the building’s architect and the managing member of Santa Barbara Cellars, opened the 1,000-square-foot wine storage facility in February. Her customers at Patterson 101 Self Storage requested a wine-friendly environment, and she delivered.
In San Luis Obispo County, Daniel and Corrine Appelbaum were looking for good wine storage when they moved back to the area from Northern California. When they didn’t find much, they decided to open their own.