Juan Jimenez of Onus Donuts.
Juan Jimenez is set to open Onus Donuts early next week at 413 State St. in Santa Barbara. (Joshua Molina / Noozhawk photo)

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Something sweet — and delicious — is coming to the 400 block of State Street in Santa Barbara.

Onus Donuts is set to open early next week at 413 State St. It’s the latest business venture for Juan Jimenez, whose entrepreneurial family is behind the Cajun Kitchen restaurants. 

“We want to open an old fashioned donut shop that gives people value,” Jimenez told Noozhawk. “We want to create a cool environment where people just come in, have coffee and donuts, it’s simple.”

The donut shop is intended to remind people of a mid-century neighborhood coffee shops, but with a modern twist.

In addition to standard donuts, the restaurant will offer special creations, including Nutella-filled, maple topped with bacon, and Fruity Pebbles. Onus will also serve vegan donuts and coffee from Dune Coffee Roasters.

Hot tea, cold brew coffee, milk, juices, and soft drinks including lemonade, iced tea, and sodas will also be available.

The restaurant features a diner-style counter with plush stools, and some table seating. Free Wi-Fi will be offered at the shop, which will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and to midnight on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 

Jimenez said he’s looking forward to helping to revitalize the area.​

“We want people to enjoy going to this block again,” Jimenez said. “This block doesn’t have a good reputation, and we want to be a part of bringing it back, just like the other businesses that are new here and have been doing that. Downtown has kind of a long way to go.

“We hope we are part of the comeback.”

New Figueroa Mountain Brewing Executive

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. has named beer industry executive Steve Almaraz as partner and president.

Steve Almaraz.

Steve Almaraz has been named partner and president at Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. (Contributed photo)

“We are thrilled to have Steve on the Figueroa team,” said founder Jaime Dietenhofer. “His knowledge and experience in the craft and specialty beverage industry make him the perfect choice in leading the company on its aggressive growth plan.

“We built the business through tireless customer and community outreach, and I am excited to get back to my roots of engaging with our distributor partners, retailers and loyal customer base.”
 
Almaraz is a 30-year beer industry veteran, according to a news release. He recently worked managing the craft category for Reyes Beer Division, focusing on growing and developing the craft and specialty brand portfolio.

Prior to that, he spent 15 years with Firestone Walker as a member of the executive team.
 
“I’m excited to come back home to the central coast to work with Jaime and the Fig Family,” Almaraz said in a statement. “I have always admired Jaime’s vision and success of creating a unique culture and community. I look forward to partnering and creating some exciting new things at Figueroa Mountain.”

Sue Grafton Home For Sale

The late Sue Grafton’s home on Picacho Lane.

The late Sue Grafton’s home on Picacho Lane is for sale. (Contributed photo)

The late Sue Grafton’s Montecito home has been listed for $6,999,000.

The property at 857 Picacho Lane has five bedrooms, five bathrooms, one partial bathroom, and was designed by the late mystery writer and her husband, Steve Humphrey. It was built by DD Ford in 2010.

Crysta Metzger, a Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Property Specialist affiliated with the Montecito office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, listed the home. 

“Showcasing a Southern flair, this traditional home is filled with Martha Stewart’s collection of colors and does not have a single white wall,” Metzger said in a statement. “The eaves of the home are painted in Haint blue to keep the spirits and haints out, which is the Southern pronunciation of haunt. Mixing Southern California living with Southern hospitality, the home’s attention to detail and careful choice of materials emit a timeless elegance not to disappoint.”

The 5,790-square-foot main residence encompasses a foyer, formal living room with a fireplace, dining room with a fireplace, media room, office and a chef’s kitchen with marble countertops, stainless steel appliances and a pantry, according to a news release. The upstairs features a master suite, a balcony, fireplace and marble bathroom with a soaking tub, separate shower and dual sinks. 

View the home or contact Crysta Metzger at crysmetz@me.com.

Santa Barbara Travel

Santa Barbara Travel has hired new Travel Designer, Kendall O’Malley Krstic.

Kendall O’Malley Krstic

Kendall O’Malley Krstic

She specializes in creating “unique, memorable travel experiences and has a passion for curating European and equestrian-centered itineraries,” according to a news release.

Ireland, Germany, Italy, and France are a few of her favorite countries to visit.

She grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, taking frequent trips with her family to go on trail-riding adventures with their horses.

In college, she worked as an au-pair for an Irish family.

She has a bachelor’s degree in hospitality and tourism management from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

She can be contacted at KKrstic@sbtravel.com.

Noozhawk staff writer Joshua Molina can be reached at jmolina@noozhawk.com. Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

Joshua Molina

Joshua Molina, Noozhawk Staff Writer

Noozhawk staff writer Joshua Molina can be reached at jmolina@noozhawk.com.