On a Different Path

As one door shuts, another opens. After 13 years the doors of Spirit’s Path have closed, bringing about an end that owners and Montecito residents P.J. and Nicole Williams have turned into a new beginning. The Williams are turning the State Street space (adjacent to Natural Café) into a Bungalow Gift and Home store.

“There is a need for unique and quality furniture that is still affordable,” says Nicole. “We wanted to provide fun and different things that Santa Barbara doesn’t generally offer.”

Bungalow Gift and Home, like the Williams’ sister store Bungalow 319 on Anacapa Street, presents clients with an impression of how different designs and settings fit within a home. The layout of the store allows its customers to easily walk through and get ideas on different and unique decorating styles. Displays of living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, outdoor furniture and kitchens are all available.

“The new store will be a scaled-down version of the original Bungalow 319,” says P.J. of the sister store, which celebrated its one-year anniversary on April 1. “People who enjoy what they find there will be able to come to the original store for even more ideas.”

With merchandise ranging from rare architectural pieces to one-of-a-kind earrings, the shop offers a little bit of everything. Walking through the shop can seem a sort of cultural experience. You might find yourself surrounded by African artifacts, and, moments later, you’ll be staring at a display of antique Chinaware. A variety of French and English antiques can be found too.

“We are always getting new stuff coming in from different places,” says Nicole. The new store will also introduce Environment, a new furniture line of objects made exclusively from recycled and reprocessed wood. Bungalow Gift and Home will integrate more gift ideas and accessories, including an extensive gift card selection.

For further information on Bungalow 319 and the opening of Bungalow Gift and Home visit www.bungalow319.com.

An Italian Experience

When Bobby Weindorf came back to Santa Barbara after living in Italy for two years, he immediately asked himself: Where are all the scooters? Within a few years, Weindorf answered the question on his own. He opened Vespa Santa Barbara in the winter of 1999 with the intent to integrate the Vespa, an Italian phenomenon, into Santa Barbara culture.

“With the mountains on one side and the ocean on the other, a scooter can get you anywhere,” says Weindorf. “In a town where parking is limited and gas prices are high, Vespas are very well suited.”

At his Anacapa Street store, Weindorf sells new and used motorscooters from the Vespa two-wheel Piaggio line (three-wheel Vespas will be hitting the market soon). Vespa Santa Barbara also offers repairs and restoration to its customers.

“It’s a personal experience with a Vespa,” says Weindorf. “When you buy a Vespa, you are signing into the family.”

Vespa Santa Barbara is located at 707 Anacapa Street. For more information can be found at www.VespaSB.com.

Working it Out

Make it Work, the Santa Barbara-based neighborhood tech support company, has struck a deal with communications powerhouse Verizon that will make its on-site support capabilities available to customers who need help integrating FiOS TV and Internet services. Under a marketing agreement announced last week, Verizon technicians in Southern California will give homeowners the option to call in Make It Work when customers need help with multimedia networking.

“Make It Work is well known for their ability to delight customers with their service,” says Dustin Kroeger, director of consumer marketing for Verizon’s West Coast Region, in a statement. “This makes them a great fit for Verizon.”

Make it Work is established in five California coastal counties with a fleet of Mini Cooper-driving tech specialists trained in designing and updating home theater systems, setting up high-definition and DVD players, consolidating remote-controls, surround-sound installations and integration of FiOS TV, Verizon’s fiber optic TV service.

“We’ve seen the future of broadband and that future is FiOS,” says Eric David Greenspan, Make It Work CEO and Montecito resident. “While Verizon transforms their network, our goal is to transform customer service levels during the process of making customers’ home technology work. Verizon’s FiOS offerings enable us to deliver even better technology solutions to our shared customers, making this partnership a perfect fit.”

For more info visit www.makeitwork.com.

– Guillaume Doane