The Montecito Shopping Guide

Little has changed since last year’s shopping season, but there is one distinct difference. Montecito businesses, large or small, are quickly arming themselves with websites. This developing trend says at least one thing: Montecito, for all its low-key rusticity, is a worldwide brand that is becoming readily available on the worldwide web. A whole holiday’s worth of shopping used to be possible without leaving the 93108 area and now this can be done without even leaving home.

The following is our alphabetically ranked shopping guide for businesses in the Upper Village and for stores outside of Montecito. Our guide on Coast Village will appear in next week’s issue.

Ames:

1470 East Valley Road; 969-5904

• Since last year, the clothing store has changed name from Lou Rose but maintained its ownership. Merchandise has changed a little to cater to a younger costumer base.

Bacara Luxury Boutique:

8301 Hollister Avenue; 571-3318; www.bacararesort.com

• Some of the more popular items include handcrafted cashmere toppers accented with sterling silver charms, vintage brooches, precious and semi-precious stones from Zola Hats (between $275 and $395).

• Kenneth Jay Lane jewelry is perfect for New Year’s Eve and other festive occasions. Jewelry items often feature Swarovski crystals and include cocktail rings (with a clever adjustable inner ring so they fit any size), cuffs, bangles and earrings; these items range from $70 to $220 each.

• Luxurious and cozy White & Warren cashmere travel wraps come in a range of colors and cost $275 each.

• Bond No. 9 NYC perfumes cost $168 to $195 and candles cost $78 to $85. Complimentary gift-wrapping is available for holiday purchases.

Baroncelli Linens and Accessories:

1485 East Valley Road; 969-2617

Bikini Factory:

2275 Ortega Hill #B, Summerland; 969-2887; www.bikinifactory.com

Brazil Baroque:

436 East Gutierrez Street; 962-8868; www.brazilbaroque.com

Brostrom's:

539 San Ysidro Road; contact Allan Brostrom at 565-0039

• Brostrom’s carries a couple of designer ornament lines, including Patricia Breen. Breen manufactures every item in a small studio in Krakow, Poland with husband, Eric Shaikewitz, whose parents, Jasminka and Richard, live in Montecito.

Bryant & Sons Jewelers:

1482 East Valley Road #37; 565-4411; www.bryantandsons.com

Bungalow 319:

319 Anacapa Street; 730-1640; www.bungalow319.com

• The store deals entirely in home furnishings and this season the 5,000-square-foot warehouse is stocked with plenty of items that make great hostess gifts: candles, antique Venetian glass ornaments (range from $12 to $32), wine goblets, champagne flutes, large decorative matchbooks, jewelry, silver teacups and saucer sets, embroidered table napkins and dish towels, picture frames made from boat wood and Christmas wreaths made out of wine corks.

• The store just recently added sinks to its collection, including one mother of pearl sink imported from Thailand ($450).

Carpinteria Wine:

4193 Carpinteria Avenue #1; 684-7440; www.carpinteriawineco.com

Claire Swan:

1485 East Valley Road suite # 12; 969-1746; www.mcswan.com

Cominichi's Art and Antiques:

410 East Haley Street; 962-5543

Country House Antiques:

515 San Ysidro Road; 969-7893

Dadiana Salon and Essentials:

1485 East Valley Road #10; 969-1414

Europa:

2345 Lillie Avenue, Summerland; contact Patrick Aumont at 969-4989; www.antiqueseuropa.com

• Europa has unique antiques ideal for gift giving. Included among the gift ideas is a collection of 19th century photographs of the moon’s surface taken through the Paris observatory telescope. There are six photographs, each costing $2,500.

• A three-foot vase from the 1950s in the shape of a human face costs $7,800. There is also a collection of mortars and pestles that were used for grinding saffron from Morocco ($200 apiece).

• A Spanish trophy of a bull’s head from the turn of the 20th century has a description of the entire bull fight and costs $9,500.

Fashions by Ursula:

1303 State Street; contact Ursula Dial at 962-0617

• Ursula’s clothing store carries garments for around $100, including little jackets made from different materials.

• The store carries shearling material made from lamb or sheep as well as faux shearling, which is not as warm as the real stuff but it is quite durable and it holds up in the washing machine. Minx coats cost around $10,000. Furs have gone up 60% in costs this winter, says Ursula, due to high bidding from the Russian and Chinese markets. Ursula also sells little gifts like scarves and fox collars with ties on them.

• Tibetan lamb flings are also available; they come in array in colors and are similar to scarves, but more round and narrow.

George Meta:

1470 East Valley Road; 565-2161

Giuliana Haute Couture:

1485 East Valley Road; contact Giuliana Meta at 969-5956

• Giuliana Haute Couture sells jewelry custom-made in Italy. Necklaces and earrings, ranging in price from $120 to $500, are popular items men buy for women.

• Evening gowns and cocktail dresses are often purchased to wear at holiday parties.

Glamour House:

1470 East Valley Road; 969-5285; www.glamourhouselingerie.com

Imagine:

1482 East Valley Road; 695-0220

Josephine’s Antiques:

1470 East Valley Road; 969-6467

Korazon:

671 East Main Street, Ventura; 652-0899

Lana Marmé:

1699 East Valley Road; contact Sharon Pognant at 969-6962

• The store, whose name derives from its owner, carries a complete line of cashmere sweaters, including some wool-blend sweaters and festive holiday-printed sweaters. •

• Basic cardigans and pullovers are popular staples for the holiday season, as are casual velour two-piece warm-up sets

• Nancy Murdoch, a Montecito resident who collects glass beads from Palm Beach, retails her own line of unique jewelry at the boutique

• Jim Nussebaum, a Laguna Nigel artist, has a featured line of hand-painted scarves.

• The boutique also carries silk blouses and blouses featuring the popular crinkled look.

• Anne Klein and Kate Spade are among the more popular shoe lines.

Lifestyle Antiques:

2264 Lillie Avenue, Summerland; 969-5474; www.lifestyleantiques.com

Lucky Kids:

740 State Street; 966-0272

M. Freeborn Studios:

1482 East Valley Road; 695-0373

Méditerranée:

2360 Lillie Avenue, Summerland; 695-0910

Michael Haskell Antiques:

539 San Ysidro Road; 565-1121; www.michaelhaskell.com

Open Wide:

530 State Street; 560-7200

Peaches Skin Care:

104 West Mission Street; 563-9796

Salon du Mont:

1470 East Valley Road #C (upstairs above the hardware store); 969-3195

The salon will have an open house on December 9, from 2 pm to 5 pm, to herald the opening of the business.

Samy's Camera:

614 Chapala Street; contact Jon Dessert at 963-7269; www.samys.com

• Samy’s sells a wide array of digital items popular during the gift-giving season. Among those items are digital cameras like the Canon Digital Rebel XTi DSLR starting at $999.95. The Canon SD800IS for $399.95 is a popular, simpler camera.

• Camcorders include the Sony DCR-HC36 Mini DV for $349.95 and the Sony HDR-HC3 HiDef camcorder for $1,399.95.

• The ever-popular Apple iPod shuffle (it clips on to just about any item of clothing!) can be purchased for $79 and the Apple iPod Nano costs $149.

• Inexpensive gifts include the Brooks nature calendar for $15.95, and gift cards are available for any desired value.

Skin Essentials:

1482 East Valley Road, suite 6; 695-8699

S. R. Hogue & Company:

525 San Ysidro Road; 969-1343; www.srhogue.com

Stationery Collection:

1470 East Valley Road; 969-3414; www.stationerycollection.com

Summerland Antique Collective:

2192 Ortega Hill Road; 565-3189; www.summerlandantiquecollective.com

Tecolote Book Shop:

1470 East Valley Road; 969-4977

The Ark Gallery:

442 First Street, Solvang; 688-8109

The Nest:

708 State Street; 892-5561

Village Frame & Gallery:

1485 East Valley Road # 1; 969-0524

Well Heeled:

1221 State Street; contact Jennifer Stanley at 564-1064

• Well Heeled sells a shoe called Mary Boy Tom, a physiological exercise shoe that costs $250 a pair. The store also sells luxury comfort brands, including Echo, Thierry Rabotin and Born.

• Italian-made handbags by Francesco Biasia and Hobo handbags are also popular luxury gifts.

Wendy Foster:

516 San Ysidro Road; 565-1506; www.wendyfoster.com

This also includes other Wendy Foster stores in the Upper Village – Sportswear (565-1505) and The Upstairs (565-1503)

William Laman:

1496 East Valley Road; 969-2840; www.williamlaman.com

Workshop:

2173 Ortega Hill Road; 969-9645