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South Coast firms launch statewide hotel building spree with Pismo project

By   /  Friday, June 13th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Real Estate, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on South Coast firms launch statewide hotel building spree with Pismo project

Two Santa Barbara firms are backing a 30-year veteran of the hospitality development market and his plans to build out hotels along the California coast, with the first test project taking shape in Pismo Beach.

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An American dream, interned: Exhibit highlights history of grocers

By   /  Friday, June 13th, 2014  /  East Ventura County, Small Business, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on An American dream, interned: Exhibit highlights history of grocers

“Who’s Minding the Store: the Small Grocery Business in Ventura County” focuses on sharing the history of many immigrant-owned markets in the county.

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Natural Café banks on new locations for growing chain

By   /  Friday, June 6th, 2014  /  Columns, Real Estate, Restaurants, South Coast, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Natural Café banks on new locations for growing chain

Kelly Brown is the first to admit that he let the success of his restaurant empire cloud his judgement. As a free-spirited young chef, Brown lived on a boat in the Santa Barbara harbor so that he could build equity to start his own business. Twenty-one years ago, he launched Natural Café in Santa Barbara, hoping to offer a laidback sit-down restaurant focused on affordable, unpretentious and health-conscious food.

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‘Sideways’ and up: Santa Ynez Valley readies for film’s 10th anniversary

By   /  Friday, May 30th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on ‘Sideways’ and up: Santa Ynez Valley readies for film’s 10th anniversary

“I woke up and everything was different,” said Frank Ostini, owner of The Hitching Post II. “Reservation requests at the restaurant literally tripled and we’ve never looked back.”

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

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 Read More →

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Avila schoolhouse tasting room changing hands amid Ch 7. filing

By   /  Friday, May 16th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Real Estate, Top Stories, Tourism, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Avila schoolhouse tasting room changing hands amid Ch 7. filing

The Salisbury Vineyards tasting room in a historic old schoolhouse in Avila Valley has closed amid a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing, and a new venue will open there in June under the banner of newcomer Biddle Ranch Vineyard.

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Hummingbird Nest rezoning paves way for Simi’s first 5-star resort

By   /  Friday, May 16th, 2014  /  East Ventura County, Real Estate, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Hummingbird Nest rezoning paves way for Simi’s first 5-star resort

Texas billionaire David Saperstein has finally secured approval to have Hummingbird Nest Ranch rezoned, paving the way for Simi Valley’s first five-star resort.

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