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For decades, Leora Gaspar was the beautician to the stars and bigwigs in Montecito. She counts Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres as her former clients.
She ran Red Studio on Coast Village Road, where she provided haircuts, color services, blow-drying, manicures, pedicures, makeup, facials, eyelash extensions, hair extensions and other services.
However, like so many businesses, the COVID-19 pandemic hit her hard. The Montecito debris flow also previously affected her business. So, she chose to downsize her store and move into a new place on upper State Street in Santa Barbara.
“It’s a beautiful big space,” Gaspar said.
She took over a former Supercuts building, and replaced the purple with bright red. The space was vacant for two years.
She specializes in hair replacement.
“A lot of women lose hair on the top of their head, and it’s not really accepted like it is with men,” she said.
She also loves getting people ready for events with blow-drying and eyelashes.
Gaspar has been in the profession for 30 years, and she said she loves to mentor stylists.
“What I love to do is more than a paycheck,” Gaspar said.
She opened about three weeks ago and is hoping her clients from Montecito find her in the shopping center. It’s a different vibe than Montecito, so she’s still getting the feel of the Santa Barbara culture.
“We just had a great thing for a really long time,” said Gaspar, who was trained in Europe. “I love it. There’s no one in town who does hair like us.”
The studio is at 3609 State St., Suite A.
The Leta Gets New Management Company
Goleta’s Leta Hotel is now part of the Tapestry Collection by Hilton Hotels.
Earlier this year, AWH Partners purchased the property with Spire Hospitality as the new management company, according to a news release.
“We are thrilled to be the first Spire property to join the Tapestry Collection by Hilton brand,” said Barry Dorsey, general manager of The Leta Hotel. “As part of Tapestry Collection, The Leta is more visible to travelers looking for a unique property with a highly accessible and lively beach community to immerse themselves during their stay. Guests can now book through Hilton.com and Hilton’s reservation system, and Hilton Honors members are able to earn and redeem points during their stay.”
The 158-room Leta Hotel also has 6,000 square feet of meeting space.
Spire Hospitality operates 30 hotels and resorts, including The Grove Resort and Water Park in Winter Garden, Florida; Villa Florence Hotel in San Francisco; Topnotch Resort in Stowe, Vermont; and High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid, New York, among other unique properties throughout the country, according to a news release.
Tapestry Collection by Hilton is a portfolio of more than 80 original hotels that offer guests unique style and vibrant personality. While each property is unique, every Tapestry Collection property is united by the reliability that comes with the Hilton name, in addition to the benefits of the award-winning Hilton Honors program.
New Mexican Restaurant
Mexican restaurant Campo del Sol is set to open in downtown Solvang in the fall.
Campo del Sol will offer contemporary and traditional Mexican food with an emphasis on locally sourced, fresh and artisanal ingredients, according to a news release.
The Campo del Sol space includes a 1,500-square-foot indoor dining room with full bar seating, 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.
Award-winning chefs and industry veterans Anthony Carron and Steven Fretz have partnered to lead the Campo del Sol team, joined by Executive Chefs Chris Fox and Ryan Foley.
The restaurant will be located at 1555 Mission Drive in Solvang.
Lompoc Vitamin Store Opening
The Lompoc Vitamin Store is having a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. Aug. 26 at 1620 North H St., Suite A.
“Lompoc Vitamin Store’s approach to nutrition has always been holistic in practice with a goal to rid the body of illness or disease,” a news release states. “They have remained hyper-diligent in their mission to seek out the most trusted and effective nutritional supplements to aid in the healing of illness and to empower people everywhere to achieve optimal health.”
Lompoc Vitamin Store offers vitamins, supplements, herbs, and sports nutrition.
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