Play It Again Sports owner Andrew Arnold has changed locations within the Turnpike Shopping Center in Santa Barbara.
Play It Again Sports owner Andrew Arnold has changed locations within the Turnpike Shopping Center in Santa Barbara. (Joshua Molina / Noozhawk photo)

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Just like the equipment it sells, Play It Again Sports has a new lease on life.

The store that sells used and new sports and outdoor recreation equipment has moved — across the parking lot in the Turnpike Shopping Center on South Turnpike Road in Santa Barbara.

The new space, near Dave’s Dogs, was previously occupied by a laundry facility and a barber shop. It’s a little smaller than the previous space, but it’s also bright and airy and ready for a second chance serving the community.

“It think it is a better space,” owner Andrew Arnold said. “It has a better visibility in the center.”

After a couple of days of carrying the equipment across the parking lot, the store opened in the new space formally on Thursday. Some equipment still needs to be set up, but the bulk of the equipment is popping off the shelf.

The Turnpike Shopping Center is experiencing a transformation of its own, with renovations to the section facing Hollister Avenue. New stores such as Goleta Optical, Lighthouse Coffee and Dave’s Drip House have opened or will be opening soon.

Arnold said he doesn’t know what’s ahead for the old Play it Again Sports building, but rather than having to move multiple times during the renovation, he worked with the shopping center managers to move across the lot into the new space. 

The store sells just about everything an athlete of all ages could want. Bats and balls for softball and baseball, soccer balls, lacrosse sticks, disc golf gear, basketballs, weights, bicycles and other equipment.

In a community without a Dick’s Sporting Goods or Sports Authority, Play It Again Sports is a haven for those searching for new and used equipment. Although there’s a Big 5 Sporting Goods in Santa Barbara, Play it Again offers a lot of the same equipment, in many cases at discount prices.

The store’s first employee, Zach Brasel, said Play It Again was busy working on Thursday morning prepaing for the doors to open and the new space. He said Play It Again is a staple in the community. He remembers when Santa Barbara had a Copeland Sports and an All-American Sporting Goods.

“I just feel that we are doing something right,” Brasel said. “I think the combination of the new and the used, and the ability for people to make a little bit of money, or increase their value by a trade-in, and extend their purchasing experience, I think has been great.”

Play It Again Sports is open from 10 a.m to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

National Cinema Day

Metropolitan Theatres will show movies for $3 as part of the National Cinema Day on Saturday.

The event includes exclusive previews and special in-theater promotions at a discounted admission of $3 for all tickets, all movies, all formats, all day, according to a news release.

In addition, guests can enjoy a special concession promotion in theaters of a $6 small popcorn and small soda combo. Tickets can be purchased at, on the Metropolitan Theatres mobile app, Fandango and at theater box offices.

The Arlington Theatres, Camino Real Cinemas, Fairview Theatres, Fiesta 5 Theatre, Hitchcock Cinema, Metro 4 Theatre and Paseo Nuevo Cinemas are among the participating theaters.

Solvang Mexican Food

Solvang is getting a new Mexican food restaurant.

Campo del Sol, in partnership with Coast Range & Vaquero Bar, is scheduled to open this fall.

The restaurant, at 1555 Mission Drive, will offer contemporary and traditional Mexican food, with an emphasis on locally sourced, fresh and artisanal ingredients, according to a news release.

The menu includes chicharron de queso, which uses crispy gouda cheese, coctel de camarones and aguachile de callitos — with a base of fresh New Jersey scallops.

The restaurant also will serve salads quesadillas, flautas, enchiladas, fajitas and several other Mexican food items.

The Campo del Sol space includes a 1,500-square-foot indoor dining room with a full bar seating of 14; a 16-seat private dining room; and ample outdoor dining options on the restaurant’s street-side deck or the 1,800-square-foot courtyard patio, according to a news release.

Santa Barbara’s Hotel Virginia Reopens

The Hotel Virginia in Santa Barbara is now part of the Tapestry Collection by Hilton.

The hotel opened its doors this week after an extensive rebrand and remodel, according to a news release.

The “the newly reimagined” hotel has 61 rooms. 

“We are excited for the opening of Hotel Virginia Santa Barbara as we continue our partnership with Tapestry Collection by Hilton,” John Pedlow, chief operating officer at Pacifica Hotels, said in a news release. “Santa Barbara is such a special destination, and this hotel will truly immerse guests in all that the California coastal lifestyle has to offer.”

The hotel, at 17 W. Haley St., was designated by the City of Santa Barbara as a local landmark in March 2000.

Juice It Up in Santa Maria

Juice It Up is holding a grand opening from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. 

The smoothie locale is at 471 E. Betteravia Road, in the Enos Ranch Shopping Center in Santa Maria.

The first 30 guests will receive a small strawberry wave smoothie, according to a news release. There’s also buy one, get one free options, and the chance to spin a wheel to win prizes.

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