Pop-Up Storefronts for Downtown

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Pop-Up Storefronts for Downtown
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The City of Santa Barbara is encouraging business owners to open pop-up retail premises in the downtown area. A pop-up is a short-term, temporary retail experience, which enables business owners to present their brand, products, and ideas to consumers through an accessible, visible, and less expensive medium than a permanent space. Pop-ups allow for a more experience-driven retail opportunity, which is increasingly popular with consumers. As a seller you can be more nimble, more creative, and more responsive to your customer base.

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toadster Sep 07, 2018 06:20 PM
Pop-Up Storefronts for Downtown

There is nothing I need there anymore. Downtown is not the friendly place of my youth; and I can get almost anything from the Internet for far less than a rent-strapped local retailer can offer.

Luvaduck Sep 06, 2018 08:00 PM
Pop-Up Storefronts for Downtown

So . . if one of these pop-ups starts to have a following, will the building owners jump right in, slap a high rent on and become silent partners and milk the start-up dry?

Flicka Sep 06, 2018 09:22 AM
Pop-Up Storefronts for Downtown

I remember the "Yes" store first opening and seems it was a success from the get-go. This idea sounds great, perfect if they are open before Xmas. I don't think there is any question of locals going downtown to check out the possibilities for gift shopping. It could make State Street fun again.

bgallery Sep 06, 2018 07:50 AM
Pop-Up Storefronts for Downtown

The Santa Barbara Timeline Mosaic project is a big beneficiary of the generosity of the Paseo Nuevo management who are allowing us to launch our bilingual community participation public art workshops on Saturday, September 29 at 723 State Street. From 2:30 to 5:30 our first mosaic workshop will introduce interested participant volunteers into the art of cutting and placing mosaic tiles on a design. Come by to try your hand to see if you want to help make this 50 foot long story of Santa Barbara from the Jurassic Period to modern times: 150 Million Years of History in 50 Feet of Mosaic. A community reception follows from 5:30 to 7:30, featuring delicious Spanish wine by Darsena Solutions and appetizers sponsored by Menelli Trading Company in Montecito. Those wishing to have their names included in border tiles for the mosaic will have the opportunity to purchase a hand made tile by local ceramic artist Joleen Law. See more on our FB page: SBTimelineMosaic or www.elizabethgallery.com.

BeachGuy Sep 06, 2018 07:45 AM
Pop-Up Storefronts for Downtown

"We will let you move in without a permit but you can't have a sign without a permit (3 month process...) so nobody will know that you are there."

NamasteYogi Sep 05, 2018 10:32 PM
Pop-Up Storefronts for Downtown

Why don’t they just help the current people trying to open businesses by not running them through a gamut of ridiculous circular permitting processes that take years to complete.

a-1566156106 Sep 05, 2018 07:20 PM
Pop-Up Storefronts for Downtown

I think this is a good idea. I was in the State St. area and saw lots of people. Lots of young people. I see H &M (also has a store on 5th Ave.), Marshalls (ugh, but price is right) and Forever 21. You need to think outside the box. I think the Police Dept. should re-purpose Macys. Loads of parking. Huge space. Don't want to be snarky but I can think of great retail-related themes with 'incarceration' as a basis.

Red Creek Sep 05, 2018 01:31 PM
Pop-Up Storefronts for Downtown

Would this draw locals back to downtown to buy stuff, or is it for the weekend tourist? The old downtown that offered a variety of clothing, hardware, cutlery, candy, photo, kitchen, bridal, book, shoe, toy, health food and department stores were frequented by locals, often on their lunch break. Hard to see how the popups will bring those of us who live and work in the the surrounding community back to downtown.

a-1566156106 Sep 06, 2018 12:54 AM
Pop-Up Storefronts for Downtown

Maybe folks could actually read the flyer to understand what the point is. Pop-ups allow people to test their retail or restaurant ideas and see whether they are viable.

a-1566156106 Sep 05, 2018 07:11 PM
Pop-Up Storefronts for Downtown

I wonder if we have good statistics on what types of businesses will actually thrive downtown. In my youth I shopped a lot and spent money downtown. Now that I'm older, I rarely buy household decor items, gifts... We need to have whatever shops will attract actual buyers, which generally means youngish people.

420722 Sep 05, 2018 02:54 PM
Pop-Up Storefronts for Downtown

Was just thinking the same red creek. I walked passed an empty store that had a sign in the window for a huge bathing suit pop up shop. To make a long story short I wasn’t interested. Yawn. This will not save downtown. It will fool tourist into thinking that we don’t have as many closed stores as we really have though.

sbess Sep 05, 2018 11:39 AM
Pop-Up Storefronts for Downtown

Interesting concept, but as sbobserver suggests, how and by whom is this subsidized, and who is the intended beneficiary? Unfortunately, the programs business friendly efforts of offering reasonable rent, minimizing/eliminating/expediting building and sign requirements, permits and fees, all which could increase the odds of success, does not exist in the Santa Barbara's true business environment. In the real world, budding businesses are most often stretched to their fiscal limits, or beyond, with exorbitant rents exacerbated by demanding and ever-changing requirements, permit/approval delays and high fees. Hopefully, the consultants and/or brain trust that designed this program, might extend their principles and practices to influence our city's general business practices.

biguglystick Sep 05, 2018 10:18 AM
Pop-Up Storefronts for Downtown

State street needs help because of GREED, pure and simple. A few very wealthy landlords own the lion's share of the commercial property downtown and they have jacked up those rents beyond sky-high to the point of absolute ridiculous proportions. THAT is why mom and pop businesses cannot get a leg up to get open here and we have a ghost town. That, and the city planning, zoning and building departments that are bastions of hell too.

Crystalandmaui Sep 06, 2018 08:16 AM
Pop-Up Storefronts for Downtown

Yes, I agree, this is also the same that has happened in Summerland, to high of rents for a town that doesn’t have a big foot traffic, mostly on holidays from tourists. Our local store is gone, I’ve heard lots of rumors of restaurants to come in and open, then they never appear, if it’s not the high rents, it’s the permits, to the signage that’s being restricted.

Ahchooo Sep 05, 2018 08:49 AM
Pop-Up Storefronts for Downtown

Kinda like the Yes Store, that pops up before Christmas each year? It's a good idea.

SantaBarbaraObserver Sep 05, 2018 08:27 AM
Pop-Up Storefronts for Downtown

I am confused by this brochure. Is the city is taking over private property and administering a government funded program to help landlords find tenants for their commercial space? Is the city paying for this program or offering incentives to help these "poor" landlords? Why is the city involved in the sales and rentals of commercial property at all? Are the Chamber of Commerce and the property owners ponying up for this program or is this another city tax fund giveaway to the commercial owning LLCs? My guess is the city hired a consultant, paid them 000's of thousands to have said consultant write a report that tells the city that its own employees do not know what they are doing along and that its essential that we gift the LLC's $ to help them offset their pain... Anyone have the full story on this?

a-1566156106 Sep 06, 2018 12:59 AM
Pop-Up Storefronts for Downtown

"Anyone have the full story on this?" The full story is in the flyer; try reading it.

PitMix Sep 05, 2018 10:43 AM
Pop-Up Storefronts for Downtown

Try reading it again. All your questions are answered in it. City is facilitating matches and not requiring expensive construction to get a permit. This is one solution to all those empty storefronts. Kudos to the City for moving ahead with solutions to help the downtown.

biguglystick Sep 05, 2018 10:20 AM
Pop-Up Storefronts for Downtown

These are all good questions. I would be so angry if the greedy landlords were getting ANYTHING for what they are doing to cause this.

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