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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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Kimpton raises flag in Goleta

By   /  Tuesday, May 13th, 2014  /  Real Estate, South Coast, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Kimpton raises flag in Goleta

The former Holiday Inn on Calle Real in Goleta will officially start flying the Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants flag in July. The San Francisco-based boutique hotel operator said it has partnered with Newport Beach-based hotel owner Makar Properties to rebrand the 150-room hotel as The Goodland following a renovation. Makar Properties purchased the hotel for Read More →

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Hotel Oceana gets a new name as waterfront inns ready for boom

By   /  Friday, April 18th, 2014  /  Real Estate, South Coast, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Hotel Oceana gets a new name as waterfront inns ready for boom

The 122-room property at 202 W. Cabrillo Blvd. was purchased last month by Philadelphia-based investment firm HHM for $41.7 million, including the assumption of $24.9 million in mortgage debt.

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Location, location is key to drought outlook for region’s vintners

By   /  Friday, April 18th, 2014  /  Agribusiness, Central Coast, Small Business, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Location, location is key to drought outlook for region’s vintners

California’s production of wine grapes is likely to decline this year after record yields in 2012 and 2013, but it’s uncertain whether the booming Central Coast will join in the slide.

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