July 14, 2005 - Where is Club Ed?
Don’t know the location of the retro awning shown on the right? Then, you don’t know the Funk Zone. It’s Santa Barbara’s grooviest business center. What used to be an area of car dealers, gas stations, repair shops, and warehouses is now an eclectic selection of locally owned businesses, reminiscent of the way all local artisan communities used to look before they all began looking the same.
Sick of yet another Starbucks? The Funk Zone has Red’s Cafe, where the barista spends her down time making cookies.
Salespeople at Sportmart don’t know the difference between pronation and pro-Keds? Joe, at Santa Barbara Running knows, and he runs the run, too. And, if you get too overpowered by funk, you can visit one of the two wineries in the Zone - Santa Barbara Winery, who has been there for over a decade, and Cellar 205, the new kids on the block, who just opened their doors this month.
Cellar 205, at 205 Anacapa Street, not only blends in with the Funk Zone, but with the Santa Barbara wine community as well. It’s a multi-vineyard, multi-varietal, cooperative of local winemakers who sell from their small batches of Pinot Noir, Syrah, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and eclectic Rhone varietals. They sell everything but Merlot.
In case you don’t remember, Miles from Sideways didn’t like Merlot.
Cellar 205 is particularly significant this Thursday because:
1. It is the home of the awning shown in yesterday’s Wednesday Where Is It contest,
2. The dedicated staff is writing this article laid up in bed after an embarrassing and painful run-in with one of the barrel planters at 205 on Tuesday - a barrel roll, he called it, and;
3. Today from 3 to 6, Cellar 205 will be offering free wine tasting (free glass included) to all card carrying Club Ed members. Don’t have a Club Ed membership yet? Well, the dedicated staff of edhat.com will be at Club Ed today from 3 to 6 selling them.
Come out and support the Country’s best local website, drink some wine, and get a glass. What a great way to spend an afternoon!
Cellar 205 used to be the home to the Bob Woolever's Tire Shoppe - that closed down last year. There is still another Bob Woolever’s Tire Shoppe on Hollister. Christian Garvin, a tall, wiry guy with a straightforward attitude, is the mastermind behind the new winery. Previously, he founded Kahn Winery, known, among other things, for its “Cab Frank”, a Cabernet named in honor of Frank Sinatra.
The awning was daunting. It stumped the crowd. None of our subscribers knew the funk on Cellar 205. We don’t know if this is good news for Garvin and Co, but the most common responses we received were In-N-Out Burger and Sushi Teri.
No right answers means that we will not award a prize in yesterday’s contest. No whining allowed. Instead, come join the dedicated staff at the winery this afternoon!
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