For Richie Ramirez, owner and head barber of two Richie’s establishments in Montecito and Isla Vista, the strategy has always been to create lasting relationships with his clients. Its stores offer customers the opportunity to “take a break from the digital world and return to the human interactions of great conversations, community discussions on current events and even sometimes a therapy session for the client and the barber.” Richie cites new neighbors like Juice Ranch, Ca’Dario and Renaud’s as helping to make Coast Village Road a better place and a unique destination for Montecito residents.
Finalist: Arturo’s BarberShop and hairdressing salon
At Salon Patine, stylists understand that their work lays the foundation for their clients to feel good about themselves. Danica Meek, a stylist who has been at Salon Patine since 2011, says her favorite part of the job is how âhair can give someone so much confidence. It’s really cool to be a part of someone’s transformation and to see their confidence soar. At Salon Patine, the team pride themselves on covering the full spectrum of customers, from those who want the ultimate combination of fit and color to those who prefer a low-maintenance style. It is this flexibility that keeps all kinds of customers coming back.
Finalist: The Color Room
3623 State Street; (805) 687-0449
Admit it: more than once you’ve been distracted from an important conversation by the sight of an exquisite set of manicured nails. According to our ultra-selective and nail-conscious readers, it’s more than likely because you’re observing Modern Nails work on Upper State Street. Besides keeping the store super-clean and COVID-compliant, the staff at Modern Nails specialize in executing any crazy and special design you come up with and doing it at prices low enough that you can change your look too. often as you like.
Finalist: Ocean Nails & Spa
Honeys receives rave reviews from customers for its golden, non-streaky tans, along with other essentials like waxing, sugar, and brow shaping. A favorite among brides-to-be, West Canon Perdido’s cozy living room has everything you need to look your best for a grand occasion or just to be pampered. They can even tint your lashes to go with your tan and match your newly tinted and shaped eyebrows.
Finalist: Sweet Cheeks
With a list of eight of the best tattoo artists on the Central Coast, having 805 Ink here on State Street means there’s no reason to go anywhere else, no matter what style or type of ink you’re looking for. They have specialists in American Traditional, Japanese, Black and Gray Fine Lines, and more, all waiting to consult with you on the perfect match for your personal style. Whether it’s your first time or the second full round, 805 Ink will take care of you, and that means expert aftercare advice so that your new tattoo looks great forever.
Finalist: Golden Eagle Tattoo
Ojai Spa at Ojai Valley Inn
In an area that offers an abundance of five-star hotel properties, all with their own spa services, the Ojai Spa at the Ojai Valley Inn stands out. Whether it’s the fact that, at 31,000 square feet, the facility deserves its title of “Village Spa” as part of the magnificent overall design of the Ojai Valley Inn complex or the unusual and unique experiences available that give it that Ambiance ” only in Ojai â, anyway, you will never forget your visit to this oasis of healing and restoration. For a real taste of Ojai magic, gather a small group (two to four people) and order the Kuyam, a sauna and inhalation experience of clay and essential oils of the desert guided by a traditional meditative narrative. by Chumash.
Finalist: The Ritz-Carlton Bacara Spa
A spa day â¢ Place to get a facial treatment
Luxury floating spa
Santa Barbara Day Spa and Face Spa guests agree – there’s no better place to get your glow than Float Luxury Spa. Owner Natalie Rowe cites increased community support for small businesses during the pandemic as one more reason she enjoys doing what she does and doing it here. âThe past year has taught us more than ever that taking care of yourself is vital for health and well-being, and being able to offer that to people and see them leaving us beaming and relaxed is simply the best!
Finalist (Day Spa): Evolutions Medical & Day Spa
Finalist (Place to obtain a facial treatment): Evolutions Medical & Day Spa
Medical & Day Spa developments
At Evolutions Medical & Day Spa, the staff were able to make the most of a difficult situation during the pandemic and, despite all the extra safety precautions they had to put in place, they were able to grow the business. . Spa Director Carrie Vuich attributes their success to the teamwork and loyalty of their clients, as well as the decision to integrate Dr. Terry Perkins’ cosmetic surgery into a newly renovated on-site facility.
Finalist: Jessica Barker Medical Aesthetics
Inseparable Boutique and Jewelry
Lovebird is on a five-year streak as the best clothing store, and owner Nancy Burgner couldn’t be prouder of her store and staff. She acknowledges that COVID has made style decisions more complicated than ever, and that’s why she’s working to create a relaxed vibe in her De la Guerra store. One thing to know that might not be obvious from the chic clothes on display is that Lovebird loves dogs, so be sure to bring your puppy on your next search for something new to wear. .
Alpha Thrift Stores
With two successful outlets, one on Milpas Street and the other on Hollister at Kellogg in Goleta, you are sure to find something useful every time you shop at one of the Alpha Thrift stores. Thrift stores have become chic, especially among young people, and thanks to the Alpha Resource Center, every dollar spent on vintage clothing and furniture goes to support and empower people with developmental disabilities and their families. Alpha Thrift also offers those who want to go Kondo’s (Mary, that is) path and declutter their homes a great way to unload things they no longer need. Just be sure to check the website to find out what they will and will not accept as a donation.
Finalist: For Grace
Vintage store â¢ Antique store
The blue door
What a pleasure to browse the eclectic stock of antiques and enduring vintage pieces that fill the three floors of The Blue Door on Yanonali Street. Remember, while this is a perfect stopover for a Funk Zone walking tour, their excellent, frequently updated website also lets you experience The Blue Door from home. Owners Brian Garwood and Carolyn Petersen cite the “incredible support from local customers during this pandemic and meeting so many new people who are moving to town from other places and buying sustainable vintage pieces” as the main reasons they are “very excited for the many years that have continued to come to this place!”
Finalist (Vintage Store): Vintage Punch
Finalist (antique store): Antique Alley
Carrefour trading company
With locations across the country, Crossroads Trading Company is a powerhouse when it comes to consignment. Their easy-to-use website and sales app make garment consignment with them convenient and reliable. You can even browse the store’s “What We’re Looking For” page to find out which of the items hanging in your closet could be turned into cash. The State Street location attracts many visitors, and the knowledgeable staff can help you, whether you’re looking for a trendy vintage t-shirt or ready to part with that classic varsity jacket you’ve been wearing since high school.
Finalist: The Closet Trading Co.
Ablitt’s fine cleaners and launderers
Sasha Ablitt of Ablitt’s Fine Cleaners & Launderers knows and appreciates what it means to be a Santa Barbara institution. As a third generation business owner, she has seen the city change, but through her constant contact with her clients, she insists that for her, Santa Barbara is still a “city”, even if she does not. is not really small. She loves her 40 employees doing their best every day and she enjoys seeing her customers, not only in the store, but also outdoors with a good dry cleaning.
Finalist: Ecological cleaners
Whether you’re looking for a change on a bridesmaid’s dress in time for an upcoming wedding or need to mend a torn wetsuit before hitting the waves in Rincon, Lee has your back and your back. zipper. This old-fashioned operation in the E4 suite at El Mercado Mall offers personalized service and quick assessments on all of your sewing needs.
Finalist: Ablitt’s Fine Cleaners & Launderers
Selection of glasses â¢ Selection of sunglasses
For 34 years, Irwin and Salli Eve have operated what Irwin modestly calls a “neighborhood store,” bringing the world’s best unique, handcrafted eyewear to loyal customers who return for extraordinary service and expert eye care. . . In a market where eyewear and sunglasses are essential personal fashion statements for so many people, Occhiali offers the ultimate in distinctive and individualized options in both categories.
Finalist (selection of glasses): Goleta Valley Optical
Finalist (Sunglasses Selection): Eye and Vision Care
All over the world, people love the stylish and avant-garde shoes made by Deckers. Whether Sanuks, UGGs, HOKA or Tevas you are looking for, they can all be found under one roof in this dazzling branded storefront built next to the company’s headquarters in Goleta. Originally open only to Deckers employees and customers, the storefront store now offers exceptional service and a wide range of styles to the general public.
Finalist: Santa Barbara Running
Bryant and son
With 56 years of experience delivering quality jewelry on State Street, Bryant & Sons has to be considered one of the city’s premier retail institutions. Best of Santa BarbaraÂ® voters certainly agree, as owner Mike Bryant says he has so many plaques now that he’s running out of room on the wall. One thing Bryant & Sons will never miss is the goodwill of the community as a place where so many happy memories have been created.
Finalist: Patco Joailliers