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Homebuilding service eyes Central Coast for expansion

By   /  Friday, January 29th, 2016  /  Columns, Latest news, Real Estate  /  Comments Off on Homebuilding service eyes Central Coast for expansion

A new homebuilding service franchise is expanding into Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, promising to add more transparency to the construction process. Alair Homes began in Canada in 2006, offering builders the ability to outsource administrative functions and scale up through franchising. Alair handles website work, software, marketing outreach, accounting and other services Read More →

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Here’s how to navigate stock market meltdown

By   /  Friday, January 22nd, 2016  /  Columns, Latest news  /  Comments Off on Here’s how to navigate stock market meltdown

Henry Dubroff

Markets are quirky things. They sail along for a while and then wham, turbulence arrives. Twice in the past six months we’ve seen two market meltdowns — the latest put the U.S. indices deep into correction territory. My own takeaway is that we are not in the middle of a full-blown financial crisis; there’s been Read More →

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AB Design Studio puts the funk in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone

By   /  Friday, January 22nd, 2016  /  Columns, Latest news, Real Estate  /  Comments Off on AB Design Studio puts the funk in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone

Meetings aren’t confined to the conference room at AB Design Studio. Dry-erase notes are scribbled onto the windows of the design firm at 420 E. Haley St. in Santa Barbara, featuring impromptu brainstorming sessions where some of the area’s most notable developments take shape. AB Design Studio has been the creative epicenter of much of Read More →

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Children’s museum in Oxnard closes but another to open in SB

By   /  Friday, January 22nd, 2016  /  Columns, Latest news, Nonprofits  /  Comments Off on Children’s museum in Oxnard closes but another to open in SB

As Gull Wings Children’s Museum closes its doors and searches for a new space in Oxnard, a new children’s museum is taking shape in Santa Barbara. Gull Wings closed on Jan. 10 after 28 years at its 4th Street location because of an aging building and a drop in attendance, museum officials said. The city Read More →

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China’s command economy hits great wall of the free market

By   /  Friday, January 15th, 2016  /  Columns, Latest news  /  Comments Off on China’s command economy hits great wall of the free market

Henry Dubroff

“They’ve gone about as fur as they c’n go.” Sixty years ago, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein used those words to describe the state of affairs in Kansas City in the musical “Oklahoma.” But I can’t think of a better way to describe what’s going on in China. The Middle Kingdom appears to have hit Read More →

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Justin’s Winery of the Year honor beyond ‘wildest dreams’

By   /  Friday, January 15th, 2016  /  Columns, Latest news, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Justin’s Winery of the Year honor beyond ‘wildest dreams’

I asked Justin Baldwin what message he would deliver later this month at an awards dinner in New York honoring Justin Vineyards & Winery as Wine Enthusiast magazine’s American Winery of the Year. “Wow” was the first word that came to mind. He recalled that when he started the operation 35 years ago, it was Read More →

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Compass expands online luxury real estate platform to SB, Montecito

By   /  Friday, January 15th, 2016  /  Columns, Latest news, Real Estate  /  Comments Off on Compass expands online luxury real estate platform to SB, Montecito

A new online platform is poised to shake up the region’s luxury residential real estate market. New York-based Compass uses in-house software that aims to cut down on brokers’ administrative work and streamline listing updates. The startup recently announced that it is expanding into the Santa Barbara and Montecito markets. The South Coast is the Read More →

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