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Artisan food vendors flock to Santa Barbara Public Market

By   /  Friday, April 11th, 2014  /  Latest news, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Artisan food vendors flock to Santa Barbara Public Market

Vendors will offer sustainably and humanely-raised meat and poultry; vegetable and fruit juices pressed on site; fresh seafood; cheeses and salumi; cupcakes and cakes; olive oils and vinegars; and a wine and beer tasting bar.

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Region presses ‘play’ on $60M film production industry

By   /  Friday, March 28th, 2014  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Region presses ‘play’ on $60M film production industry

Film and television production reels in an estimated $60 million for the region each year, and the industry’s impact on the Tri-Counties is likely to rise as tourism groups in each of the three counties ramp up their outreach to Hollywood.

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Santa Barbara firms team up to buy Avila Beach hotel project

By   /  Friday, March 28th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Real Estate, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Santa Barbara firms team up to buy Avila Beach hotel project

The project, which has not yet started to wind its way through what will likely be a lengthy entitlement process, is the second investment by Somera Management and Postcard Properties in south SLO County.

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Startup Paso Robles wine brand Chronic Cellars purchased

By   /  Thursday, March 27th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Startup Paso Robles wine brand Chronic Cellars purchased

  Novato-based Winery Exchange has purchased Chronic Cellars out of Paso Robles, a young winery known for its red-wine blends and counter-culture branding. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Chronic Cellars is best known for red blends such as its zinfandel-based Purple Paradise and its syrah-based Sofa King Bueno, Winery Exchange said in a Read More →

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La Entrada to restart construction amid tourism tax boom

By   /  Tuesday, March 25th, 2014  /  Real Estate, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on La Entrada to restart construction amid tourism tax boom

In another sign that the region’s tourism industry is entering boom times again, the city of Santa Barbara experienced double-digit growth in hotel taxes in the first eight months of its fiscal year. During the annual State of the City breakfast on March 24, City Manager Jim Armstrong said that Transient Occupancy Tax, or TOT, Read More →

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Turn of fate on 9/11 spurred dramatic career shift to winemaking

By   /  Friday, March 21st, 2014  /  Central Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Turn of fate on 9/11 spurred dramatic career shift to winemaking

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Peter Work and wife Rebecca watched from the Newark, N.J., Airport as the twin towers of the World Trade Center went crashing down in a cloud of dust and debris.

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Eberle Winery to retain founder as ambassador, hold production steady

By   /  Thursday, March 20th, 2014  /  Top Stories, Tourism, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Eberle Winery to retain founder as ambassador, hold production steady

[EDITOR’S NOTE: This story, originally published on March 20, was updated on March 31 with additional reporting.] When Paso Robles viticulture pioneer Gary Eberle was unexpectedly ousted as general manager at Eberle Winery in January, it sounded like the new majority partners had some radical changes in mind to boost profits. Eberle told several media Read More →

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