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Armstrong lands construction contract for Children’s Museum

By   /  Friday, January 17th, 2014  /  Columns, Real Estate, South Coast, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Armstrong lands construction contract for Children’s Museum

Construction on a 17,000-square-foot Children’s Museum in Santa Barbara kicks off this summer. Area general contractor Armstrong Associates has been tapped to build the new museum at 125 State St., adjacent to the train station.

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Ty Warner avoids prison time for tax evasion

By   /  Tuesday, January 14th, 2014  /  Latest news, Law, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Ty Warner avoids prison time for tax evasion

Toy magnate and Santa Barbara hotelier Ty Warner has avoided prison time, instead landing probation and community service at a Jan. 14 court hearing in Chicago.

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Suneva Medical raises $35M for skin treatments

By   /  Friday, January 10th, 2014  /  Central Coast Health Watch, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Suneva Medical raises $35M for skin treatments

Suneva Medical, a San Diego aesthetics company with executive offices in Santa Barbara, has raised $35 million in debt and equity financing, bringing its total funding to $70.5 million over the past two years.

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Calavo shares jump on higher avocado sales

By   /  Tuesday, January 7th, 2014  /  Agribusiness, Banking & Finance, Earnings, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, Tri-County Public Companies  /  Comments Off on Calavo shares jump on higher avocado sales

Shares of Calavo Growers soared 6.5 percent on Tuesday, when the Santa Paula-based produce marketer reported fourth-quarter revenue climbed 35 percent to $190.7 million on higher avocado prices and volume.

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Strawberries top tri-county farming forecast in 2014

By   /  Friday, January 3rd, 2014  /  Agribusiness, Central Coast, East Ventura County, Green Coast, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Strawberries top tri-county farming forecast in 2014

Strawberries remain the largest piece of the pie in the Tri-Counties’ multibillion-dollar agriculture industry, but there will be slightly less acreage in the New Year.

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Wine, dine and dollars: Tourism leaders say foodie travel boosts region’s outlook

By   /  Friday, January 3rd, 2014  /  Central Coast, Restaurants, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Wine, dine and dollars: Tourism leaders say foodie travel boosts region’s outlook

Tourism numbers for Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties have topped pre-recession figures in recent years and that upward climb is expected to continue in 2014.

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Led by Parker inn, hotels to make headway in 2014

By   /  Monday, December 23rd, 2013  /  Real Estate, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Led by Parker inn, hotels to make headway in 2014

After several false starts over the years, the Fess Parker family is moving forward with revised plans for its second waterfront hotel in Santa Barbara, one of a few hotel developments in the city that could see progress in the New Year.

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