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47 AR T & L IFE AT PAL M LO FT S For Arturo Tello, Patricia Houghton Clarke, and Vija Hodosy there is no line between art and life. Come explore their livework spaces at the Palm Loft, where colors, patterns, light, and creativity are folded into every waking moment.
54 GOOD JEANS: ACE R I V I N G T O N TAIL ORS TO C OMMUNITY Carpinteria’s casual vibes are translated through the highest quality materials and craftsmanship into Ace Rivington clothing. Owner/designer Beau Lawrence and his family live in Carpinteria and are unveiling their flagship retail store.
64 OUTSIDE MY FRONT D O O R Not many people can say they’ve walked out their door, strolled a block to the sand, and then paddled their kayak around the Santa Barbara Channel Islands. But Chuck Graham can. It’s a world-class adventure in Carpinteria’s big, salty front yard.
74 PAW SITIV E TRAINING Marlowe the dog isn’t living the typical dog’s life. She and her temporary family, the Ehlers, are working hard to prepare her for a life assisting those in need. Of course, there’s room for fun and plenty of treats, too.
79 DIY FOR THE SOUL When the pandemic robbed us of socializing, it reintroduced us to making things. Carpinteria Valley Lumber and Roxanne’s A Wish and A Dream have been the conduit for many a pandemic project.
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CARPINTERIA MAGAZINE WINTER2021
What a long, strange year it’s been. The pandemic felt acute in the spring, and now it feels chronic, like an achy shoulder that you forget about sometimes while other times it makes you wince in pain. Of course, I’m describing my experience. One of the realities underscored by the pandemic is our disparate experiences. We may all be living in a little seaside town in the midst of a global pandemic, but we’re not all living the same life. The storm analogy has become cliché, but that’s because it’s spot on. We’re surrounded by the same thunder, lightning, and crashing waves, but we’re riding in vastly different boats. I’d be remiss if my rosecolored glasses overlooked those in our community who are still really struggling and in need of support. This edition of Carpinteria Magazine isn’t going to end the pandemic or fix everything that’s broken, but I hope it will provide a beautiful escape. It’s all about good things: warmth, adventure, success, and joy. It’s always our goal to tell stories that inspire our readers, provoke thought, and provide new perspectives on this special place. And this edition checks those boxes emphatically. Another lesson I’ve learned in recent months is that we don’t have to be ashamed to look for and discover happiness in this era of uncertainty and fear. The pages of this magazine are happy places. They’re filled with unique and wonderful people and businesses that could make you temporarily forget that achy shoulder or leaky boat. Every year we release our winter magazine in late fall and mark it with the approaching year. What a thrill it is to see 2021 in print. We’re going to make it past the interminably long 2020 and into a new year that’s full of possibility and potential. I’ll see you there!
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A LITTLE POSITIVITY IN BIG LETTERS
Through all the most difficult days of 2020—businesses shuttered, and
fears running high—the 4900 block of Carpinteria has given passersby a reason to smile, to feel hopeful. Words of optimism shining down from the marquee of the Alcazar Theatre are renewed weekly, giving us all another reason to keep on keeping on. Mike Lazaro, cofounder of the nonprofit theater, climbed a ladder last
March and affixed letters to spell out “WE WILL GET BY. WE WILL SURVIVE. CARPSTRONG.” Every week since then, he’s been back up the ladder with a fresh batch of letters and a fresh message. “I’m all about good messaging,” Lazaro says. “Our world is in a dark
place, and I saw an opportunity to lighten it up and spread some positivity.” The theater itself, a hub of local entertainment for 92 years, has been
closed due to pandemic restrictions for many months. In an effort to create a small income stream from the marquee real estate, Lazaro and Theater Manager Kim Gutierrez added a new element in the fall. Now one half of the marquee can be reserved for birthday wishes for a fee. And Lazaro continues to dive deeper for song lyrics and historic quotes
to keep the east-facing side of the marquee dedicated to uplifting messages that ward off the darkness. “We don’t have to live in gloom and doom,” Lazaro says.
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ODE TO NATURE Chuck writer,
role of book author to his resume. His new publication, “Carrizo Plain: Where the mountains meet the grassland,”
TELLS THE HANDIGURU STORY Ben Anderson may be best known as a painter of mindbendingly beautiful underwater portraits and still lifes, but in the last few months, his new product, HandiGuru, has become known around the world as an innovative pandemic hack. The HandiGuru is a wristband with a silicone reservoir that can be filled and refilled with hand sanitizer or any other gel you need at your fingertips. It’s a pandemic-inspired product that will be useful long after we’re done with masks and social distancing. Last January, when the international spotlight started to shine on the coronavirus, Anderson and his family were returning home to Carpinteria from a trip to South Africa. Through airports and flight changes, Anderson toted around a bulky bottle of hand sanitizer in his back pocket. His annoyance at the encumbrance grew as the pandemic settled in California and it became clear that he’d be slogging hand sanitizer for some time. Ben and his wife, Leigh-Anne, started searching for a hand sanitizer holder to fit their needs. They discovered a silicon mold for a wristband bottle and spent a month testing the product. Heavy use by their two sons and themselves proved that the HandiGuru prototype held up to their surfing, skating, biking lifestyle without oozing goop or getting in the way of fun. And then came the phase that Ben enjoyed most: branding the
is a labor of love born out of dozens of trips to the 246,812-acre national monument that is home to California’s largest remaining native grassland. Since
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stunning mountains have resulted in a photographic collection that belongs on every nature-lover’s bookshelf. “It was difficult squeezing 15 years of images into 116 pages, but what I hope is the viewer will get a glimpse of what makes the Carrizo Plain one of the most unique and last great wildernesses in the Golden State,” says the author. The Where
grassland” coincides with the 20-year anniversary of the National Monument in
product. Fine art may be Ben’s primary pursuit, but design work is also a passion. He incorporated the Hopi healing hands symbol into his logo for HandiGuru and then he turned to his marketing maven wife, whose company Anderson Public Relations is well versed in giving products an opportunity to shine. Now HandiGuru has found its way onto the wrists of active individuals everywhere. It comes with an applicator bottle for reloading the reservoir with whatever gel is needed. Ben, an avid mountain biker, has a sunscreen-filled HandiGuru at the ready. The Anderson family is also committed to giving back. They donate HandiGurus to first responders, non-profits, and educators, including Girls Inc. of Carpinteria and Canalino School. They also partner with 1% For the Planet. In Carpinteria, you can find HandiGuru at Carpinteria Valley Lumber or Pacific Health Foods. WINTER2021 29
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SIX WAYS TO DE-STRESS
A global pandemic. Political turmoil. 2020 has
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to lower stress and anxiety.
asked Dr. Brian Kane of Carpinteria Wellness Center
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for some advice on managing stress. Kane, who has
encounter stress, you tense your muscles and this
been a health practitioner for 12 years, working both
triggers a stress response. Massage is helpful to
as massage therapist and doctor of chiropractic,
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emphasizes that it is crucial to be aware of our
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response to stress and its effect on our emotional and
your body by releasing tightness along the spine and
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joints. Your spinal alignment also helps your nervous
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and into the parasympathetic nervous system, which
CREATE a positive morning routine. How we start our
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stretch, lie down face up with your back on a yoga
a morning routine so you’re not rushed and stressed
ball. Arc your back, stretch your arms to the sides,
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and allow your head to extend back. Hold this pose
minutes to calm your mind with meditation or prayer.
for 90 seconds.
You can even use helpful apps, like the Calm app.
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oculocardiac reflex as a strategy to shift out of stress
you are grateful for. This helps keep you in a positive
mode. In this movement, you take two fingers and
mindset for the day.
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CREATE a healthy support system. It’s easy to get
fingers there for 60 seconds to help physiologically
in the trap of feeling isolated during this time, but
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Coffee culture percolates through Carpinteria WORDS BY PETE R DUGRÉ • PH OT OS BY DE BRA H E RRI CK
offee cups in Carpinteria are spilling over with locally roasted and responsibly sourced brews. Every cup brewed at the instantly iconic Lucky Llama, owned by Ryan and Ashley Moore, is roasted by Dune Coffee Roasters, owned and operated by Julia Mayer and Todd Stewart. Carlos Peralta of Rincon Coffee launched an ambitious plan to import high-altitude Colombian beans to be roasted in Carpinteria and supplied directly to businesses by subscription. Carp Coffee, owned and operated by Greg Novak, began as a hobby and morphed into a cottage coffee roasting operation with a loyal following that’s hooked on artisanal quality homebrew.
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FI RS T TH ERE WAS TH E FRENCH PR E SS Julia Mayer and Todd Stewart dove into the coffee business in 2009 as if they’d been shot out of canon and have continued on a torrid trajectory building their popular brand—Dune Coffee Roasters—that has taken the Santa Barbara South Coast by storm and has won respect and cred from the intimate world of coffee aficionados. The Carpinteria couple opened The French Press on State Street in Santa Barbara during a period in 2009 when small businesses were failing all around them due to the Great Recession. Julia had always worked in coffee and had faith that done right the new coffee house would build a loyal following, even if the economy was in a free fall. “We wanted to make a more intentional cup of coffee, from how it’s brewed to how it is sourced and roasted,” Julia says. “ [The French Press] had to be a place where people wanted to have coffee with us and to take a moment, if even just five minutes, to connect with this little community.” They labored over each detail to create a local coffee community on State Street. “We recognized early on that serving coffee was almost the least important part of what we were doing,” Julia says. “The coffee shop has become a public space we need in order to keep the community connected.” The idealism at the core of The French Press was not lost upon the creation and expansion of Dune Coffee Roasters. The couple had their employees to take care of and to provide with growth opportunities as they grew the company from a coffee house to a roasting operation feeding multiple coffee houses. Then there were the separate communities across the globe that
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Dune owners Julia Mayer and Todd Stewart
toiled to produce beans for America’s coffee thirst. Julia and Todd believe coffee producers deserve to be treated fairly too. “We’re a family business in the business of creating a greater family,” Julia says. Dune Coffee Roasters operates on Anacapa Street in Santa Barbara roasting beans sourced sustainably. Julia and Todd travel to Honduras and other coffee growing locales to witness where the beans come from—the place and the people. Julia says the ultimate goal in the growing the Dune family is to lift up the farmers who produce the coffee. “We pay above commodity price,” Julia says, “because we had this realization a long time ago that there is a huge social cost to saving $1 on coffee.” In addition to its branded coffee houses, you can find sustainably produced Dune coffee at Cajun Kitchen, Lucky Llama, Love Social, and Backyard Bowls. WINTER2021 39
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Lucky Llama owner Ryan Moore
TH EN TH ERE WAS LU CKY LLAMA That Julia Mayer of Dune Coffee and Ryan Moore of Lucky Llama were neighbors growing up in Carpinteria and landed in the same industry is no coincidence. The French Press and later Dune Coffee were direct inspirations for Lucky Llama, which seemingly became a Carpinteria landmark overnight. April 2020 marked the eighth anniversary of the opening of Lucky Llama, a relatively short life for a place that seems like it has never not been there. A long gestation period led to the coffee house’s ability to achieve venerability in no time and to occupy its role in defining Carpinteria’s laid-back, cool vibe by its very existence. “We’re not here to compete with Starbucks and Coffee Bean, even though we’re flanked on either side by them,” says Ryan (Coffee Bean closed since this conversation.). “We realized we don’t need to do everything they do, but we cherry pick and do what we do better.” When the specialty coffee scene took off a little more than 10 years ago, Ryan knew there was a template to seize upon in building a successful small coffee house in Carpinteria. It was The Coffee Grinder, a Linden Avenue fixture during the time that the television show Friends popularized the idea of hanging out and sipping coffee. 40 CARPINTERIAMAGAZINE.com
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“Fran Puccinelli had built The Coffee Grinder from the ground up and showed what was possible in Carpinteria with community support,” Ryan says. The other lineages that fed into the success of the Llama were Ryan’s family’s Rincon Designs surf shop and Ashley’s stepfather owning the nondescript property under the Torrey Pine where Lucky Llama has flourished. “When I managed the surf shop we had a joke that it was half chamber of commerce,” Ryan says. “Half the people who came in wanted to know where to eat or where to find an independent coffee house.” The Moores began to mentally mold what The Llama could be based on the little space under the Torrey Pine. They also had an idea that while specialty coffee deserves to be appreciated, going super pretentious with coffee would clash with Carpinteria’s sensibilities. The resulting vibe is easy and clean with the quirks of being an independent coffee house embodied by the name, dirt parking lot, healthful menu (acai bowls!) and local art hanging on the walls. To launch the business, the Moores became the classic mom and pop operation working around the clock while growing their family at home with two daughters and a son. Now memories of the early Llama days—from the helter-skelter grand opening to grinding out the kinks over years without significant time off—have faded as the business is better established. Lucky Llama knew it made it one quiet weekday morning in April 2014. A recognizable and debonair figure appeared on the side deck. It was Al Gore, and his daughter was about to hold a pop-up wedding under the Torrey Pine. There’d been a cryptic request to hold a small wedding ceremony on the property, “the perfect spot,” said the bride-to-be without revealing Dad’s identity. “People started showing up, and it wasn’t who I expected,” Ryan says. “They weren’t these get-marriedunder-a-tree hippies. Then I looked around and was like, ‘Wait. That’s Al Gore!’” WINTER2021 41
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Rincon Coffee owner Carlos Peralta
Beans grown exclusively on family farms at 10,000-foot altitude in Nariño, Colombia, supply the Rincon Coffee brand, which is roasted on a Carpinteria avocado farm. Owner Carlos Peralta, through a series of incidents and connections, ended up immigrating to Carpinteria from Chile and sourcing beans in partnership with Colombian farmers. While at graduate school for biochemical engineering in Chile, Peralta established relationships with both his wife, Kristen Peralta neé MacMurray, and his Colombian business partner Sebastian Ortiz. Kristen and Carlos spent two years working on Easter Island before deciding to move to Carpinteria, Kristen’s hometown. Carlos and Sebastian had been cooking up plans to import green coffee beans directly from Colombia through Sebastian’s family connections there. They set up West Andes Imports and became one of the only direct importers of smallfarm green beans from Colombia. As their passion for coffee grew, Carlos got into roasting, and they formed Rincon Coffee. From the farms of Colombia to importing the harvested beans to roasting in Carpinteria, Rincon Coffee is integrated in the entire life of the bean, from seed to sale. By working directly with the cooperative that includes Sebastian’s family farm, West Andes Imports has access to high quality coffees before the big companies. They cut out all the
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companies between the producer and the consumer and provide clients with specialty coffee at a very competitive price. “In the coffee industry, there are, on average, 30 intermediaries between the coffee consumer and the producer. We do it all under one company,” says Carlos. Rincon’s signature beans have deep flavor notes and fall toward the acidic end of the coffee spectrum owing to their high-altitude origins. “We are going after the market of people interested in more than just a cup of coffee,” Carlos says. “They have a grinder at home and care about the sourcing.” Since COVID, Rincon’s direct to business sales and instore retail have been reduced, but Carlos says e-commerce has shifted into high gear. Rincon Coffee has the capacity to roast about 1,000 pounds a day. West Andes Imports’ beans are coveted by independent roasters in Portland and Seattle among other locales. And beans aren’t their only focus. The company also supplies industrial grade coffee-making equipment to offices so work teams enjoy consistently fresh coffee. WINTER2021 43
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Carp Coffee owner Greg Novak
C A R P C O FFEE EMP H A S I Z ES L O C AL AND FRES H Carp Coffee roaster Greg Novak’s calculus for producing freshness is elegant and simple. Roast the responsibly sourced green beans in small batches and get the product to local consumers within days. It stands to reason that if the beans never get strapped into a global supply chain and produced at scale for the masses, the coffee they produce will be a superior product. Consumers at Pacific Health Foods, Laughing Buddha, and the Thursday Carpinteria Artisans Market have caught on and supported Carp Coffee. They keep coming back for more. Novak, who coaches volleyball at Cate School and is no stranger to the lineup at Rincon Point, began his venture as a hobbyist who didn’t want to quit. He had married into a family that has been in the coffee bean distribution and roasting business for 50 years, so his exposure to fine coffee came hinged to his nuptials. When he started roasting on his own and refining his process, it clicked. “I was excited about this new hobby,” Novak says. “Then I wanted to turn it into something that Carpinteria didn’t
have, a hometown coffee roaster.” While conducting his at-home roasting rituals, Novak has developed a nose for the perfect roast. “I know the smell when it’s ready,” he says. He sources Colombian, Costa Rican, and Sumatran beans and allows the beans to dictate the depth of the roast—light, medium, or dark. In simplified terms, the longer the roast the darker the bean, and over that duration, the flavor profile will transition from a truer bean flavor to a profile that takes on more of the toasty flavors of the roast. One of the tricks to the small batch trade is locating a seller that deals in volumes of a couple hundred pounds or fewer. Building too big of an inventory is anathema to the principle of freshness. Product must move through the operation efficiently to guarantee the freshest flavors around. Typically, if Carp Coffee is on the shelf for more than two weeks, Novak will give it away. “Nobody says ‘no’ to free coffee,” he’s discovered. Novak’s ultimate goal is to open a small shop for roasting that also has a public interface for those who want to experience the process or develop their own unique roast. Coffee aficionados from the public could learn a skill and up their appreciation another notch. Roasting could also serve as a corporate team builder for enriching company cultures. “I still want it to be fun and a passion, so it will have to be small,” Novak says.
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Patricia Houghton Clarke
nce the site of the historic Henry Fish Seed Company packinghouse, today’s Palm Loft studios are innovative dwellings that combine the functions of art and living for Carpinteria’s community of artists. Nestled alongside the railway, steps to Carpinteria State Beach, filled with light and ocean breezes, the modern studios offer artists a place to live, create, and be inspired. Palm Loft residents Patricia Houghton Clarke, Arturo Tello, and Vija Hodosy have brought their artistic sensibilities to redefine their lofts like blank canvases.
PATRI CI A H OU GH TON CLARKE “My loft is a channel of light and air. It is completely open for living and working, and I find myself spreading all of my activities into all of the spaces,” says Patricia Houghton Clarke, a fine art documentary photographer. For Clarke, living in one of Palm Loft’s art/life dwellings allows her to work “at any time the mood strikes,” and flow between work and life seamlessly. Clarke’s photography—focused on social justice issues around the world—features complements of light, shadow, and the soft skin tones of portraiture. She has customized her loft for a modern photographer ’s work and exhibition space—hanging spotlights, building high work tables, and adding simple modern furnishings that keep the artwork at the center of attention. In the large space overlooking the train tracks and ocean, Clarke has dedicated a wall to exhibiting photographs, hers and those of photographers she admires. Led by a strong sense of wonder, Clarke says she began creating as a child. “I have always been fascinated by light, shape, and human emotion, and have worked in many different mediums over my lifetime seeking to express these,” she says. Her current work includes Facing Ourselves, an ongoing international portrait project regarding migration and integration. The project was inspired while photographing a Griko/Italian community, which culminated in her first outdoor exhibition, a slideshow on the side of a church in a tiny Italian town at the end of a month-long residency. Clarke’s Facing Ourselves was exhibited in Carpinteria in 2019, featuring large-format photographic portraits on vinyl banners displayed on Linden and Carpinteria avenues. 48 CARPINTERIAMAGAZINE.com
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Clarke is also working on a self-published book, ALLIES, a portfolio of her portrait series taken during the Black Lives Matter protests in Santa Barbara in 2020, and hosting fundraiser print sales to support social justice and equity issues. Soon, she’ll be participating in a six-week virtual London-based salon series “to discuss how we are all being called upon to face ourselves and be allies to each other, near and far.” At Palm Loft, Clarke has found friendship and artistic collaborators. “A very memorable and meaningful highlight in my career as a photographer has been my friendship and collaboration with the great photographer Jesse Alexander, who also had his studio at the Palm Lofts,” says Clarke. “Showing my work alongside his over the years has meant the world to me.” Visitors to Clarke’s loft are invited to consider how they can integrate imagination and light into their living spaces, as she has done so elegantly. WINTER2021 49
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A R TU R O T EL L O Landscape painter Arturo Tello doesn’t just live in his art studio, he lives in the gallery too. Tello’s space is unique in the complex. The first floor is Palm Loft Gallery, a modern cube with white walls and rotating exhibitions—owned and curated by Tello—and the second floor is Tello’s studio. His living space? It’s hard to see at first, but amidst the art supplies, books, musical instruments, and canvases, or during the quiet moments while the gallery is closed, Tello finds room to enjoy a cup of coffee or a game of chess. “Living” for Tello is inextricably entangled with art. Tello paints nearly all of his work outdoors in the Plein Air tradition, making the Palm Loft location a practical and environmental benefit for the artist, who can walk or bike to the Carpinteria Bluffs and beaches, cutting down on car trips and commuting, and providing a wide expanse of studio space in Carpinteria’s majestic open spaces. After moving to Carpinteria in 1978, Tello became immersed in the growing environmental movement in Santa Barbara. He also turned from figure painting to landscapes at a time when California’s Plein Air painting movement of the early 20th century was experiencing
a revival. In 1986, joining his passions, Tello and artist Ray Strong co-founded the Oak Group, a group of artists dedicated to protecting land for wildlife, recreation, ranching, and farming. In the decades that followed, the group has raised approximately $3 million in collective art sales for open space preservation. “The Oak Group— and our art—has literally made a difference in the world,” says Tello, “in helping to preserve the lands we love to paint for future generations, not just in our paintings, but in reality.” With views of the mountains and ocean, Tello’s studio has provided him with endless inspiration. And under Tello’s direction, the Palm Loft Gallery has become a lightfilled hub of artistic activity, including music, poetry, and song. “Air and light flow in a delightful way here,” says Tello. “The acoustics in the gallery are fantastic, and we take full advantage of that by having weekly songwriter song circles and bimonthly concerts open to the public.” Tello has lived in the Palm Lofts community for 16 years and in that time has seen the community evolve, noting that “the energy and seeming aliveness of the buildings shifts in concert with the personalities that move in and out of the units.”
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V I JA H ODOS Y Digital archivist and art and antiquities consultant Vija Hodosy lives and operates her business VIZMA in her Palm Loft studio. A collector of American folk and outsider art, modern illustrations, and fine art photography—“the fringes of 20th and 21st century art and design”—Hodosy brings the brilliant eye of historical research to curating her space, creating a bold juxtaposition of eras, themes, and expressions. Hodosy describes her loft as “a unique ecosystem that celebrates a wide definition of beauty and function.” With charm and intention, Hodosy’s space brings together Westlake Victorian era furniture, 1970s scifi illustrations, polished chrome modernist chairs, and an Equipale pig skin table. “There’s
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something humorous to me about the 6-foot-tall, oil pastel drawing of a topless woman above the handmade 1930s Persian Sarouk rug,” she says, “I prefer to invest in unusual, old good things instead of mass-produced contemporary formulas.” Of great inspiration to Hodosy is her late grandmother, Vizma Hodosy, for whom she named her business. Vizma was an abstract impressionist painter who emigrated from Latvia to the United States after World War II, and in the early 1980s, had an art studio in Santa Barbara’s Historic El Paseo adobe complex. Vija was fortunate to grow up among great art and heirlooms, traveling from a young age, observing European and American interior design “with curious eyes.” Several of Vizma’s paintings hang prominently in the loft, stunning reminders to Vija of where she comes from and the effort and sacrifice on the part of her ancestors for her “to be alive and born in Santa Barbara, California.” Collecting and selling art and antiques requires Vija to gracefully watch things she admires come and go. “My space is ever changing,” she says, “which reminds me that life is impermanent and that change is healthy; change is a matter of survival. I live with the art and design that shapes my business: statistics and narratives hover around each item. More often than not, it’s not just a chair.” Vija ’s space is filled with great art and design, worthy artifacts for serious study. But she has also created a space for entertaining and reverie. She notes, “entertaining at the studio is a lot of fun: cooking, drinking, and listening to records is a routine affair.” “Life and art are ever raveled,” says Vija . “Some intersections are braided, others are tangled.” WINTER2021 53
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GOOD JEANS Ace Rivington tailors to community W ORDS BY M E GA N WA L DRE P PH OT OS BY M I CH A E L K W I E CI N S K I
n 2014, Beau Lawrence and I stood outside a storage unit at The Carpinteria Storage Place off Via Real. He rolled up the steel garage door to reveal stacks of boxes containing the beginnings of Ace Rivington, a denim and lifestyle brand now located on State Street. Beau handed me a soft, heather grey sweatshirt made from a fine French terry cloth fabric. The same material inspired him to walk away from the corporate world of global denim design and production for Guess Inc., Union Bay, and other major brands. He found the cloth during a fabric scouting trip. “I came home with this little swatch of fabric, and I said, ‘Sweetheart, I quit my job, and this is our future.’” His wife, Yasmin, who was six months pregnant at the time, considered that the ink had barely dried on the deed to
their new house in Burbank before looking Beau in the eyes and saying, “All right. Let’s do it.” The family moved to Carpinteria in September of 2013. A moment on the Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve rooted them here, and the tight-knit community has kept them here. Recently, Beau and I reconnected by phone to pick up where we’d left off after the article I penned six years ago. The French terry cloth sweatshirts are still prevalent at Ace Rivington, but Beau’s appetite for denim has resurged. “It’s funny because having designed and developed denim for some of the world’s biggest brands, my intention as a business was to prove myself in a category that I wasn’t known for, and that’s why we launched with the sweatshirt.”
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For his brand Ace Rivington, Beau decided to produce the best darn jeans you’ve ever owned. And once you wear them, you realize he may be right. It could be the premium denim sourced from a fourth-generation family-run business in Milano, Italy, known for being the “greenest denim mill in the blue world.” Or it could be the relentless tailoring and styling to create an optimal fit. It could be that his jeans are made in the U.S., supporting American talent and industry. But really, it’s all of the above and more. “Once we decided to commit to denim as the core part of our business, it really started working,” Beau says. “Through the full tailoring and lifetime warranty that we offer on our jeans, my mission is to make you feel great and look better in our jeans than in anyone else’s.” Our conversation shifts to Ace Rivington’s involvement in the local community, most recently during the pandemic. “When we moved to Carpinteria, we were lucky, right away, to get our oldest daughter, Balencia, into Lou Grant Parent-Child Workshop. That opportunity alone helped us to fast track our community participation and awareness.” When COVID hit, the company donated revenue to the Santa Barbara County Foodbank through online sales. “From the start of those donations on March 23, we raised over 70,000 meals for the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County,” Beau says. Soon after, Ace Rivington produced filtered face masks
in its L.A. factory. The support from friends, family, and the Carpinteria community “helped us survive as a business,” allowing Ace Rivington to pay employees, in full, before government support was available. With the community’s financial support, Ace Rivington helped first responders by donating masks to all employees in local grocery stores, including Albertsons in Casitas Plaza, Pacific Health Foods on Linden Avenue, Montecito Village Grocery, and Tri-County Produce Co in Santa Barbara. “I love this town, and I want this to be our home forever,” Beau says, pausing to gather his words. “So, wherever we can find a way to serve and support, that’s what this path is all about. Carpinteria is the hub of that for us.” The pandemic also afforded Beau an unexpected interlude, a chance to decide that Ace Rivington’s longterm future in retail would live on State Street. The new retail space at 1106 State Street acts as a “living room outside of the home,” combining the feel of a 1950s gentlemen’s parlor with a top-notch concierge experience. Locally owned boutiques have faced a tough battle against corporate giants online and in malls, but Beau recognizes that these are the businesses that create communities. “That’s certainly a lot of what’s missing in small-town America today,” he says. “And as you see, Nordstrom and others have left our town because they haven’t figured out how to survive WINTER2021 57
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here. It’s an opportunity for us to be like the local flag-wavers for our community.” Another way to experience Ace Rivington is through a tricycle. Seriously. Beau harnessed his inner 15-year-old kid to dream up “the coolest design vehicle I could add into the business.” After hashing out various plans, a trike typically used for selling gelato in the Netherlands, made the cut. “Of course, the Dutch do it great, but in Carpinteria, we do it even better.” The Ace Rivington Denim Vending and Tailoring Trike is inspired by a 1930s Ford plywood panel van and includes a hand-crank vintage Singer sewing machine, which Beau will use for tailoring. He’s even built a fitting room off the side inspired by a shower curtain for a vintage claw-foot bathtub. This unique invention will sit pretty outside the new flagship store and participate in many local parades to come. “There is an outside chance that Santa Claus might be spotted being shuttled around town in it during the holidays,” Beau adds.
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he words magical, special, and transformative are prominent in the many magazine and journal articles that feature The Sacred Space and are on display in the Summerland boutique. Crystals, spiritual and cosmology books, jewelry, garden art, antique furnishings, and other treasures from Tibet, Indonesia, China, Thailand, Fiji, and Nepal fill the century-old adobeturned-unforgettable shop. If you dig deep, however, “indefinable” may be the best word for the space. “I tell people it’s an experience they will have to have because I can’t describe it,” Rose Herschorn says. “We wanted to create not just a store, but an experience where [people] could possibly have an epiphany. Just inviting someone to really go in and be more conscious. And maybe this garden, a cup of tea, and a smile will do that.” Hot tea is one way that Sacred Space owners Jack and Rose Herschorn and their gracious staff welcome all who enter. Even now, as our conversation drifts back to the origin of The Sacred Space, a small bamboo tray of tea, cubed sugar, and fresh cut flowers sit nearby. Jack and Rose instituted that simple yet meaningful gesture even before the boutique existed, back in 2001, right after a family trip to China and Southeast Asia where the Herschorns packed and shipped containers of rare home furnishings back to the States. WINTER2021 61
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The collection that came out of those containers overflowed the Herschorn home and inspired them to hold a sale. Another trip led to another sale, and some years later, Jack and Rose decided it was time to go brick and mortar. Rose started offering customers tea during those early sales, a tradition they continued upon opening Sacred Space in 2005. But their story began years before. Rose tapped into her spiritual plane when the 1960s imported mind-expansion and Far Eastern thought to American culture. “Hermann Hess and ‘Be Here Now’ (by Ram Dass),” Rose says. “It changed me and I’m grateful for it.” Around the age of 18, Jack says, he “went through the door and never came back.” He’s practiced transcendental meditation, yoga, sound and light meditation, and stayed in a Zven monastery for a while. Primed for a mindful life, the couple met on the street in Rose’s hometown of Portland, Oregon. She was riding a bike as he passed by in a car. They exchanged smiles, and Jack drove back to make the introduction. By the second date, Rose knew he was the one. Jack, however, was bound for Hawaii, so the young couple said their goodbyes. Eventually, love letters gave way to a long-distance romance. Eventually the couple reunited in Venice Beach, where Jack had started a private chiropractic practice on the boardwalk.
Two babies later, the Herschorns moved to Montecito for a quieter life and co-founded Jack’s Famous Bagels (yes, Jack is that “Jack”) in 1995. But once the kids turned 9 and 12, Jack and Rose sold their share of the business and the family traveled the world, filling those first two shipping containers that would inspire The Sacred Space. The merchandise, which is housed in a historic adobe structure, offers a chorus of exotic textures, smells, and sounds, while the garden is a retreat of its own. Having previously built a tropical oasis at his home, Jack designed a lush landscape for the family business. Tropical palms, floral vignettes, koi fish ponds, and Balinese pavilions attract locals, visitors from far and wide, celebrities, and spiritual leaders alike. The Sacred Space regularly hosts speakers in a small hall that feels more like Bali than Summerland. The State Oracle of Tibet sits on this impressive list of speakers, as well as Paul Horn, Ann Mortifee, Bernie Glassman, Jeff Bridges, John Densmore, and Swami Beyondananda, and as Jack says, “many more truly noteworthy people.” In The Sacred Space, the Herschorns have created a place to reflect, be inspired, or find a moment of peace. Rose has a cup of tea waiting for you. “Hopefully, each [patron] will drop a pearl of wisdom here and go back out into the word and be a better, happier, and more joyful person,” Rose says. “Because it benefits us all.” WINTER2021 63
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My Front Door WORDS & PH OT OS BY CH UCK GRA H A M
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t was a great feeling walking one block from home, barefoot, my drybag strapped to my back, my essentials tucked away from the wet. Pelted by rain, I maneuvered my blue Necky kayak from the boathouse at the end of Ash Avenue and onto a deserted Carpinteria City Beach. Carrying my kayak over my head, I briefly hid from the steady rain, the dark, gray clouds hovering above a shimmering sea. This was my seventh crossing of the Santa Barbara Channel and around the Channel Islands National Park, a chain of isles that have given me so much and continue to give. This crossing felt extra special though. I was leaving from the beach I grew up on, lifeguarded, surfed, swam, and paddled. There was no drive to a crowded harbor, no portaging of gear from truck to kayak. There was no need
Sunrise over East Point on Santa Rosa Island.
to stash my car keys. I simply had to paddle and hope for the best. How many times, over the years had I checked the sea conditions from the City Beach to Santa Cruz Island, analyzing the possibilities on days that ranged from sublime to absolutely horrific? No doubt the variables are well into the thousands. Weather forecasts aren’t always accurate, but it’s just 23 miles from the pearly sands in Carp to idyllic Cueva Valdez on the northside of the most biodiverse isle off the California coast. I told myself it’s a sprint, just 7.5 hours of my whole life. Fog, northwest winds, the shipping lanes, and some wildlife kept me motivated. I didn’t stop paddling unless it was something incredible. My personal floatation device (PFD) was a buffet of energy bars, gels and chews. Water was at my feet and my camera gear nestled in my lap. Just before my launch, the storm front gave way to pink and orange hues painting the sky, a beacon of hope as I split the two rows of oil platforms off Carpinteria. Keeping Diablo, the highest summit on the island at 2,450 feet, on my left, fog threatened. It crept over the mountainous islet from the south, sweeping over weathered marine terraces. Fog in the shipping lanes is one of those worstcase scenarios.
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The circumnavigation essentials It was a race now, the northbound lane active with three ships, but at least I could see the behemoths. Beyond the shipping lanes it was 8 miles to the wavebattered grottos of Cueva Valdez. Common dolphins were a welcomed relief, playful sea lions slapped their pectoral flippers demonstratively as I sliced through the deep, cobalt blue waters. My anxiety waned. My pace eased. I was as good as there. SANTA ROSA ISLAND
Northern elephant seals in Nidever Canyon on San Miguel Island
Beyond the dreamy pocket beaches of East Point, the beaches on the southside of windswept Santa Rosa Island were wallowing room only for northern elephant seals. Some beaches were stacked, three rows deep of snorting, teary-eyed, blubbery pinnipeds, the second largest seal in the world. The males weigh in at a robust 3,300 – 5,100 pounds, the females a paltry 880 - 2,000 pounds. The youngsters known as weaners were now fully weaned. Roughly 500 pounds each, they jostled in the shallows and thermoregulated on the beaches. Needless to say, the northern elephant seal population is booming. It was so crowded I couldn’t land, I wouldn’t land, so I paddled the entire length of Santa Rosa Island. There would be no reveling in the solitude of Jolla Vieja, the
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shifting sand dunes of Cluster Point and the gnarled, wave-battered fingers of Sandy Point. Visuals that were all seemingly within a paddle-lengthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reach. Wispy pea soup fog engulfed me from South Point until I was clear of Sandy Point. But now what? I was hoping to kayak across the San Miguel Passage and sneak into Cuyler Harbor. A big day but doable. However, not in the fog with visibility at only 200 feet. Instead, a minus tide offered a flat slab of a reef for me to land. Quickly I scrambled with gear halfway up a wave-cut bluff. Then I hoisted my kayak to the same spot. In the evening, the tide filled in and the surf crashed closely, but I never took a wave in my tent. RETURN OF THE MURRES
There are many successful conservation stories surrounding the Channel Islands National Park. The recovery of island foxes, bald eagles, California brown pelicans, and peregrine falcons, to name a few. The eradication of non-native species went a long way in restoring a natural balance to the northern chain. One example of success simply relied on the isolation of the islands, but more importantly, no more human impact on a certain seabird species, a story that has really gone overlooked. Prince Island, which lies about a quarter mile east of San Miguel Island, has always been an important seabird rookery for several pelagic species.
Island poppies blooming on the northwest tip of Santa Rosa Island Cabrillo Monument on San Miguel Island. Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo was the first European on the islands in 1542.
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Low tide on an exposed reef at the northwest tip of Santa Rosa Island Common murres vanished from Prince Island over 100 years ago due to the toll of human impact, mainly egg collecting, on the football-sized murres. Then in 2011 they suddenly reappeared on their own, returning to their most southerly breeding and nesting rookery. After a quick 45-minute paddle across the San Miguel Passage, I went looking for murres on the more exposed northwest end of Prince. It’s never been enough for me to just look. I need to photograph, document, and experience. However, the swell was up out of the north/northwest and that northerly tip of Prince Island was on the receiving end of all that energy. It was a little unnerving. Swell capped on a massive submerged rock, reformed and detonated on the sheer pinnacles where a couple hundred murres roosted. I timed the swell and positioned my kayak as best I could without getting smashed on the rocks. From there I simply held the shutter down. Then it was on to Cuyler Harbor, arguably one of the most stunning locations in the northern chain, my reward for six days of paddling an archipelago that always beckons and a sense of wonder that never ceases. The Channel Islands can feel far, yet they are not far away. They appear worlds apart but are a mere stone’s throw from home and the beach in Carpinteria.
Common murres at Prince Island, just east of San Miguel Island
A young northern elephant seal at East Point on Santa Rosa Island
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he two go hand in hand, vibrant metallic feathers and fleeting lilac petals found between the Carpinteria Marsh, up into our rolling foothills, and throughout the length of Franklin Trail. One thrives with the other, the cycle of life feeding two avian species, while pollinating woody stocks that bulge into delicate blossoms in the upper marsh lands and the scrubby chaparral. Divergent ecosystems frequented by two species of hummingbirds. One species is soft to the touch and stunningly aromatic. The other two species zip from bloom to bloom before hovering in mid-flight to feast on springtime efflorescence. These expert pollinators can stop even the most casual observer in their tracks when direct sunlight captures their brilliant iridescent fringe. Anna’s and Allen’s Hummingbirds and hummingbird sage offer a spectacular combination of beauty and redolence enjoyed from sea level on up into the craggy, sandstone-fortified Santa Ynez Mountains.
Anna’s and Allen’s • Nectar is always their first choice for nourishment, but both species of hummers enjoy insects too. • Each hummingbird species is just under 4 inches tall. Anna’s weigh in at 3-6 grams and the Allen’s at a svelte 2-4 grams. • Anna’s tend to hover in the air, while Allen’s—especially the males—fly side
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to side and in broad arcs while emitting a bumble beelike buzz with their wings. In flight, North American hummingbirds average around 53 wing beats per second! • It is all about the colors when the sun beams on these hummers. Male Anna’s boast iridescent reddish-pink feathers on their heads and throat. Females are mostly metallic green above and grayish below with a smidge of pink spotting on their throats. • Male Allen’s display a reddish-orange throat, orange belly, and coppery tail. The females possess a dull metallic green back and pale coppery flanks. • Anna’s enjoy many different habitats in Carpinteria Valley, such as the marsh and riparian corridors leading into the foothills. Allen’s also enjoy marshlands, as well as the arid chaparral habitat of the Santa Ynez Mountains.
Eat, drink, and be merry • One hundred fifty species of North American plants rely on hummingbirds for pollination. One of their favorites is the hummingbird sage (Salvia spathacea). • Hummingbird sage is an endemic of the California coast, one of 18 sage species native to the Golden State. • It thrives in oak woodlands and chaparral regions up to 2,500 feet. It soaks in the sun, but also enjoy shady oak woodlands. • Hummingbird sage is a hairy plant, tiny fibers nestle around those lilac to magenta-colored blooms. Growing about 3 feet tall, it blooms from March to May. • When boiled, hummingbird sage leaves brew into a wonderful tea, the main use of this plant by humans. The tea itself can be made into a jelly or syrup. The tea also works well for colds and sore throats, and the plants do produce mild, antimicrobial chemicals. WINTER2021 73
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Marlowe's humans are, from left, Emily, Jake, Jeralyn, and Eric Ehlers.
PAWSITIVE TRAIN IN G W ORDS BY A M Y M A RI E OROZ CO PH OT OS BY ROBI N K A RL S S ON
ow best to describe the raising and training of an assistance dog? With difficulty, that’s how. There’s the joy a puppy brings out in people and into their homes. The cuteness factor is off the charts, with the little yellow vest, and don’t forget the satisfaction factor of doing something for the greater good. There is also the sadness. It’s difficult to part with the dog, notes Eric Ehlers, who is training Marlowe, a black lab/golden mix puppy that turned 1 on Aug. 2. Not a dog trainer by vocation but avocation, Eric was raised in a family of dog trainers. His parents trained 14 dogs, and he was around for six of those pups before leaving
for college. His father was active in the Lions Club and president of the Lions Project for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI.org), a Santa Rosa-based nonprofit that breeds, raises, and trains dogs to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities. Today Eric teaches high school in Oxnard and Marlowe is the second assistance dog his family is training. He brought Marlowe to work with him (pre-COVID) and does the majority of the training. His wife Jeralyn helps, and children Emily and Jake pitch in with grooming and feeding. Marlowe arrived in Carpinteria at the end of September WINTER2021 75
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2019, staying indoors for the first four months because she had not had her shots and began learning basic commands such as sit, stay, down, heel, and stand. A major part of the training is socialization, such as behaving in public, learning about loud noises, and being in crowds. Typically, a dog stays with a family for basic command training for 1.5 years. Marlowe is scheduled to go to CCI’s Southwest training center in Oceanside in February 2021. “The organization is backlogged with puppies being turned in; they couldn’t have graduation,” Eric says about the pandemic’s influence. He thinks Marlowe may stay with his family through May. As for COVID’s impact on Marlowe’s training, Eric says the only thing that has changed is not being able to take her out in crowded public places as much, so they take longer walks around town. That plus he and Marlowe do not need to depart for Oxnard at 5:30 a.m. It is important for Marlowe to be closely monitored. She is supposed to be on a leash at all times, even to go to the bathroom. CCI recommends a specific brand of dog food and sets the schedules for shots and feedings (three times a day). Dogs are not spayed/neutered until after they graduate. CCI was founded in 1975, and the dogs are 76 CARPINTERIAMAGAZINE.com
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100 percent free to individuals. “Peanuts” cartoonist Charles Schultz donated the land for the organization’s breeding, raising, and training to help people with more than 65 disabilities. Interestingly, CCI does not train guide dogs for the blind. “The facility is topnotch,” says Eric. Author Dean Koontz thinks so, too. He first learned about CCI when doing research for his book “Midnight” and has donated more than $10 million to its cause. After basic training in Carpinteria, Marlowe will go to the CCI campus to learn specialized commands, including helping a person to get in and out of a wheelchair, turning lights on and off, and ringing a doorbell. Then Marlowe will work with a professional trainer and a disabled person for two weeks. It’s a time to see if personalities match and for the person to learn to work with the dog. If the human and canine don’t mesh, there will be another matchmaking session the next quarter. Training families, such as the Ehlers, cannot “buy back” their dog, and CCI discourages keeping in contact with the dog’s new forever home. The graduation ceremony is the time for a final farewell. “It is very sad,” reports Eric. Seeing the dog and its wheelchair-bound human together on stage makes it worth it, though.
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s days of downtime turned to months, some Carpinteria shops saw a burst of sales activity for DIY projects. Victory gardens, home improvement projects put off for years, crafts that take the time no one had beforeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; in the COVID era, Carpinterians have dusted off those plans and gotten to work.
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Roxanne Barbieri at home in her store
ROXANNE' S A W I SH AND A DREAM Among Carpinteria’s retailers that have carved out niche offerings ideal for stay-at-home living are Carpinteria Valley Lumber and Roxanne’s A Wish and A Dream. While both businesses have had to make their share of adjustments, they’ve been able to stay afloat supplying makers of all skill levels with the materials they need to turn dream projects into reality. But shops like Carpinteria Lumber and Roxanne’s are not just selling supplies, they’re also helping soul-searching locals find joy, purpose, and a relief from boredom during a global pandemic. Anyone who has visited Roxanne’s on a typical afternoon knows that the shop hums with delight. Quilters, knitters, weavers, and craft project dabblers are abuzz searching for their perfect yarn, fabric, button, or bauble. In its 40 years of business, Roxanne’s has been a part of countless christening gowns, baby blankets, school bags, wedding gifts, quilts by and for grandmothers, and quilts for people in the last years of life. “Quilters and knitters love to create all year round,” says shop owner Roxanne Barbieri, noting that many will start seasonal projects months ahead of the holidays. Gift items and greeting cards are also a big part of sales since Roxanne’s is one of the few stores in Carpinteria offering items in these categories. But the hands-on nature of shopping for fabrics and gifts has led Barbieri to make the tough choice to keep the store closed for walk-ins during quarantine, which has lessened sales significantly. To keep crafters supplied, Barbieri holds regular hours for curbside pick-up and walk-up window service. 80 CARPINTERIAMAGAZINE.com
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Since the pandemic began, fabric for mask making has become a big part of Roxanne’s sales, allowing crafters to show their personality while keeping friends and family members safe. Additionally, Roxanne’s had a boom in sales for elastic in the first month of the face-covering order. “We were selling elastic for masks like crazy, thousands of yards!” says Barbieri, who fielded hundreds of calls from all over the county from people looking for elastic in March and April. Soon quilters and knitters started looking to Roxanne’s for materials to finish projects and start new ones. “We put out a little note on our weekly newsletter saying, ‘Do not be discouraged, this is what we have been training for!’” says Barbieri. “After all, DIY people always say, ‘If I only had the time to do all the creative things I want to do!’” Barbieri says she tries to shine a positive light on most dark circumstances. “Many people are learning to sew that haven’t done it before or teaching their children to sew and knit,” she says, “… creating something yourself brings a lot of selfsatisfaction. It feels good to make a gift, work on a special project together and be inspired by things you do yourself. Exploring new ideas and crafts is good for the soul, and sewing and knitting are calming and creative things to do.” WINTER2021 81
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CARP I NTERI A VALLEY LUM BE R A few blocks away from Roxanne’s, another set of DIYers find their musthave quarantine supplies at Carpinteria Valley Lumber. Established in 1929, this hub of building, designing, and gardening activities has supplied a part, pipe, pot, or piece of plywood to nearly every building in the Carpinteria Valley, old or new. Spring and summer are usually a good time of the year at the lumberyard, averaging 300 to 350 customers a day. During this past pandemic spring and summer, customer counts rose to 450 a day. The reason? Yup, it’s those putoff projects—painting the house, fixing the fence, building a deck, remodeling the kitchen—now front and center as Carpinterians spend more time at home. “People are doing all sorts of projects that they have put off for years,” says Jason Minteer, Vice President and general manager of Carpinteria Valley Lumber. “Even in this small town, I’ve been seeing people that I have never seen before.” While big orders from general contractors are down, smaller individual sales from homeowners and handymen are through the roof. Big quarantine purchases are for fencing, doors, windows, paint, lumber, plants, soil, and mulch. In all his years at the company and 25 years in the trade, Minteer has never seen soils and mulch sell so much and says that indoor and outdoor plants are “flying off the shelves.” 82 CARPINTERIAMAGAZINE.com
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Spring is usually a good time for vegetable and flower sales, but this year, the lumberyard’s garden center couldn’t keep up with the demand for veggie seedlings and herbs, says Marilyn Minteer, garden center manager. Marilyn’s garden shoppers say they’re spending more time at home with their families and are looking for new ways to bond while also gaining a greater sense of self-sufficiency. “Nothing is more satisfying than sitting at the dinner table and enjoying what you have grown,” she notes. Customers are harvesting vegetable gardens, flower beds, home landscaping projects, and adding interior plants to liven the décor in their new home/work/ homeschool/multipurpose living arrangements. “People are leaving their comfort zones to try gardening,” Marilyn says, noting that there’s been a shift in her customers, from professional landscapers to homeowners giving their green thumbs a go. “People are realizing that they are talented and are getting a lot of enjoyment out of their projects. Some say gardening is now their favorite hobby.” For Jason, the building boom is about people looking for an escape from being cooped up at home. “What better way to feel good about this situation than to finish a project that was started but never finished,” he says, “or to create something with your own two hands, or to learn something new.”
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If you’re looking for anything from a snack to a nice dinner out with friends or family, try some of Carpinteria’s favorite local restaurants.
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Best known for their award winning burritos, Beach Liquor has a vast array of snacks, drinks and adult beverages, as well as a full Mexican grill. Must Try: Any of the burritos or tortas 794 Linden Ave, Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-684-2919
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Folks come from near and far to eat these burritos, tacos, tortas, and other tasty options. Close your eyes and you’re in Mexico. Must Try: Chile Relleno Soup, Chilaquiles, Gordita 4890 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-684-2711
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Danny’s Deli has been serving Carpinteria for 32 years with tri-tip, turkey and roast beef all cooked on site. Must Try: Famous Tri-Tip Sandwich 4890 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-684-2711
Carpinteria’s Classic Mexican Restaurant since 1965. Family-run restaurant offering enchiladas, fajitas & other Mexican eats, plus cocktails. Must Try: Traditional Burrito 4401 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-684-4822 • delgadoscarp.com
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Catering. Counter. Classes. Utilizing local, organic ingredients. Daily rotating entrees, soups and deserts, seasonal menus and gourmet salad bar. Must Try: Avocado Meets Toast 1033 Casitas Pass Rd., Carpinteria, CA 93013
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Long-standing chain serving a wide variety of pancakes & other American breakfast & diner fare. Must Try: Pancakes of course 1114 Casitas Pass Rd., Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-566-4926
Mexican & European Bakery. From handmade, traditional Mexican fare to the finest quality wedding cakes & desserts. Must Try: Chile Verde Pork, Eggs & Cheese. 895 Linden Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-684-4981 • reynaldosbakery.com
Fresh seafood selections, steaks, rack of lamb, pasta and many housemade desserts, cocktails, craft beers and fine wines. Must Try: The Banana Reef 6602 Old Pacific Coast Hwy, Ventura, CA 93001 805-652-1381 • cliffhouseinn.com/shoals.htm
SI AM EL EPHANT T HAI RE S TAURANT With its reputation of authenticity and excellence, Siam Elephant stays true to the culinary culture and influences of Thailand. Must Try: Pad Thai 509 Linden Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-684-2391 • siamelephantusa.com
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Just steps from the beach, The Spot is a classic hamburger stand serving up delicious American and Mexican food at affordable prices! Must Try: Famous Chili Cheese Fries 389 Linden Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-684-6311
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Healthy California Cuisine. Enjoy freshly baked bagels with whipped cream cheeses. Breakfast, lunch, and beyond! Must Try: Blackstone Benedict: w/avo, bacon, tomato 5050 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-566-1558 • bagelnet.com
Pacific Health Foods serves the best smoothies in Carpinteria. Also fresh juices, organic baked goods, sandwiches, acai bowls, coffee & tea. Must Try: Scarlet Begonia Juice 944 Linden Ave., Carpinteria, CA, 93013 805-684-2115
Since 1991, Uncle Chen has been proud to serve local produce from the farmers market and homemade recipes. Must Try: Casitas Green 1025 Casitas Pass Rd., Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-566-3334
Local organic produce, fresh fish, and sustainably raised meats. The “FARM TO TABLE” approach ensures the freshest food in town. Must Try: Bacon wrapped, Filet Mignon 5404 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-684-8893 • zookersrestaurant.com
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Alexander the greats Sister trio rules the waves W ORDS & PH OT OS BY GL E N N DUBOCK
From left, Averi, Ainslee, and Shaya Alexander pedal the half-mile between their house and Tarpits. WINTER2021 85
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Shaya has fun no matter the size.
Averi benefits from two older sister role models.
From left are Shaya, Ainslee, and Averi Alexander.
t’s a fine fall morning at Carpinteria State Beach. The sky above is so blue that it hurts to look at it too long. A low tide adds a shimmering gloss to the sand, and a moderate pulse of clean waves gently strums the sandbars and submerged reefs of the local surf spot known as Tarpits. Three young surfers roll up on their rusty beach bikes, toss towels into a scattered pile and run like little seabirds headlong into the crashing foam. It is a shock of blonde hair, giggles, and splashing saltwater until they reach the calm of the outside zone where they sit briefly and chat about which peak is the best to surf this morning. Soon, the action is non-stop as they consume waves in an hourslong rotation. It wasn’t always this way. In my 50-year tenure, I only recall a few women that have regularly and consistently partaken of the waves on this short stretch of shoreline. Names like Stacey Leyva and Rachel Harris come to mind, along with visits from World Champions like Kim Mearig and Lakey Peterson. As I inquire with the local surfers about the trio I’ve seen in t he lineup, one common thread runs through their responses: they are legit. Their parents, Paco and Ryane Alexander, have surfed here for decades and have taught them well the lore of the surf and the ways of the locals. Simple formula: Give respect = get respect. Shaya Kachina Alexander, 19, humbly leads this tight band of surf sisters. Next up, Ainslee Ryane Alexander is 15 years old and a spark of endless energy. Averi Joi Alexander is the youngest of the lot at 13, and she exudes a joy befitting her middle name. The three girls have lived their whole life in Carpinteria and have a deep love for every nook and cranny of small beach town life. Shaya, whose unique name was invented by her parents to reflect the healing properties of shea butter, is in her third year at Santa Barbara City College. She took home a first-place trophy at the 2020 Rincon Classic. “My favorite part about Carpinteria is the community
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Ainslee looks for lip on a bright fall morning.
and the location. Everyone knows each other, so as a kid growing up, I felt very safe,” Shaya says. “The beach is literally just 5 minutes away while the mountains are another 5 minutes. I still to this day will ride my bike, just as I did as a kid, to check the surf.” Averi sums up her early joyful experience in the surf. “My first time surfing was at Tarpits. I started on a board with my parents and moved onto a soft board when I was old enough. I don’t remember my first ride, but I do remember a time that made me think I’ll be doing this for the rest of my life. It was a clear, warm day at Tarpits; I started paddling for a wave and suddenly I was going down the line. A smile lit up my face and I ran to my mom in excitement!” Ainslee, who plays a fierce game of water polo at Carpinteria High School, finds her peace in the ocean. “Surfing is such a unique sport,” she says. “There are so many different styles and ways of doing it. Everyone does it and interprets it differently. For me, surfing is a release from everything. It makes me so happy and it’s so fun being able to bond with different people over the sport.” Another regular standout in the local waves is Marith Parton. As a teacher at Carpinteria Middle School, she knows the Alexander girls as an educator, a friend, and fellow wave rider. “Shaya, Ainslee, and Averi are such genuine, kind, and positive people,” Parton says. “I am really honored to surf with them and know their beautiful family. Shaya finds joy in all she does. Ainslee was in my class for two years. She has an amazing attitude and strength of character. I have enjoyed watching Averi progress from a foamy (soft board) to a shortboard in record time. Overall, it’s
awesome to see these ladies in the lineup.” Perhaps Shaya sums it up best when she looks inward to find out what surfing means to her. “Surfing becomes addictive once you get the surfer ’s stoke. It serves as a release for me when I have a lot of stress in my life. Besides shaping my mood, surfing also gives me that adrenaline rush. I still get chills when I witness a big set or get a good turn in. And there are also the people. Most of the people I have met while surfing turn into good friends or family.” The future is bright for women’s surfing in Carpinteria, and these three young women are leading by example. WINTER2021 87
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W I N GI N G IT Long legs, broad wings and a neck that goes on for miles, the great blue heron is one of the most striking birds to call Carpinteria home. They can be found hunting fish in the Carpinteria Salt Marsh and rodents in the Bluffs Nature Preserve, and come springtime, their nesting habits are on display around the clock in the Carpinteria Torrey Pine. Photographer Glenn Dubock captured these elegant specimens near the mouth of Carpinteria Creek. ď ł PHO T O BY G LE NN DU B OCK
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