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A band is playing on State Street in downtown Santa Barbara.  Hundreds of people walk up and down the street.  It’s dusk, and business is booming at some restaurants on the 500 block of State Street.

Santa Barbara is trying to help restaurants which have been hard hit by the coronvirus crisis by allowing them to move tables outdoors. 

As a part of the move, much of State Street has been closed to traffic so tables can be moved onto sidewalks, and into the street.

The largest store in downtown Santa Barbara is set to close permanently, as part of a coronavirus-triggered restructuring by the chain that runs it.

Clothing retailer Nordstrom is closing 16 of its 117 full line department stores, including its longtime store in the Paseo Nuevo shopping center.  The stores have been closed by the coronavirus shutdown since mid-March.

The head of one of the South Coast’s biggest arts events has taken a new job which could test her creativity.

Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Executive Director Robin Elander has been named as the interim head of downtown Santa Barbara’s business association.  

The mayor of a South Coast city is reaching out to her constituents as the coronavirus crisis rocks businesses.

Mayor Cathy Murillo of Santa Barbara is going business to business with Councilwoman Megan Harmon talking about small business administration financial aid, for businesses that are struggling.

Despite protest from some businesses, a proposed "Downtown Business Tax" is expected to get the support of the Santa Barbarba City Council.

The long-awaited arrival of Amazon to downtown Santa Barbara has come, but it won’t be in the form of a retail store.

Instead, the tech giant has renovated the old Saks Off-Fifth Store on the corner of Carillo and State Streets into a home for their Alexa engineers.

Downtown Santa Barbara, which is in the midst of an economic slump, may have a road map back to success in the months ahead.

Businesses owners are looking to get creative with the designs for their available spaces, from the Waterfront to Sola Street primarily.

Santa Barbara's Downtown Organization has parted ways with one of its longtime staff members and organizers Kate Schwab.

Schwab left the group this week; no reason for her departure was provided.

An anticipated report to help revitalize a major civic area in Santa Barbara has been assembled by the consultancy Kosmont.

The company was hired by the city of Santa Barbara to take a look at the economic challenges of its struggling downtown area.

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In a ceremony not often seen in Santa Barbara , the Spanish government issued the royal Orden de Isabel la Católica the evening of Wednesday, April 25.


The award went to David Bolton, the executive director of the California Missions Foundation.

It used to be off the beaten path, but the Funk Zone in Santa Barbara is must-see for many people looking for art, wine, beer and dining. The 10-block area between downtown Santa Barbara and the ocean is home to a growing stretch of art galleries, retail shops and tasting rooms.

With that comes cars and the search for parking.


The Paseo Nuevo Mall in downtown Santa Barbara, which has been open for 30 years, is getting a new look.

At an announcement Tuesday designs for the renovation were revealed, and then shovelfuls of dirt were ceremonially tossed into the air to kick off the work.

Some new South Coast businesses are trying an inovative approach to becoming successful, by joining with other businesses to share a home.

Tyger Tyger Thai/Vietnamese food, Dart Coffee and Monkeyshine Soft Serve restaurants have all clustered at 136 East Yanonali Street.

Santa Barbara is planning more analysis and discussion about new alcohol licenses, controls and possible limitation on serving hours.

This comes after police have released information comparing the number of liquor licenses in the area and calls for service.