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Sammies are coming to San Roque.
The South Coast Deli has gone uptown.
The popular sandwich and salad restaurant opened a new location this week at 3534 State St., at the former site of Pizza Guru.
“I love food,” owner Jim St. John said.
It’s the fourth South Coast Deli in the area, with two others in Santa Barbara and one in Goleta.
St. John said that for 25 years he has wanted to open a restaurant somewhere between La Cumbre and De la Vina Street. He looked at multiple spots, got close on a couple of deals over the years, but the right place never worked out.
“This just kind of fell into our lap in December,” St. John said, standing outside a bustling South Coast Deli on a Thursday afternoon. “It seemed to be a perfect spot, a perfect fit and we’re excited.”
He opened the first restaurant in Carpinteria in 1991, and although that restaurant has closed, its legacy lives on in the current spots.
“There are things that were on that menu that are still around after all these years,” St. John said.
He said one of the reasons he loves the restaurant business is the idea of finding different flavors from his travels and turning them into a delicious sandwich.
“It’s fun and creative,” he said.
The South Coast Deli is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It sells breakfast sammies until 11 a.m. during the week and until 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
The restaurant also offers beer on tap, and wine.
“It makes it unique from the other stores,” St. John said.
Starr Hall Opens Shop in Santa Ynez
Starr Hall has opened Lark Trading Co., a fine home goods and provisions company, in Santa Ynez.
“I chose Santa Ynez for my retail shop because it is special to me,” said Hall, an entrepreneur and branding specialist. “I was raised in Santa Ynez. I went to high school here and spent every summer working on my grandmother’s ranch and at her glue and crafting factory, best known for Aleene’s Tacky Glue. My grandma started the craft and hobby industry in the ’40s. My family had the first DIY show on cable television (TNN) called ‘Creative Living.’”
The store specializes in furnishings, books, spices and provisions, and will also operate as a showroom for items that Hall curates.
“I am super passionate about designing sanctuary spaces in homes and offices,” Hall said in a statement. “I collect and sell unique finds from all over the world as well as design spaces. I already have so many locals pop their heads in while I am putting the space together to let me know they can’t wait until I open.”
Lark, at 3568 Sagunto St., Unit D, will also feature a curation book club, which will contain a monthly box made up around the topic of a book. For example, the first book box release will be “The Sun Also Rises,” which will be paired with a cookbook on how to make Spanish tapas, a paella pan and some other items, according to a news release.
Lark also will have an online store with select home goods inventory and “one-of-a-kind finds.”
“Lark is more than a retail store,” Hall said. “It is a place to connect with others and to find beautiful curations for your home, self and gift to others. It is that community experience that people crave and need, while providing unique home and self goods to make homes a sanctuary during these difficult times.”
It is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Monday.
Arlington Financial Advisors Adds Partner
Financial planner Cody Makela is the newest partner with Arlington Financial Advisors.
Makela joined Arlington Financial Advisors in February 2015 and has “excelled at helping clients plan, analyze and implement solutions that improve their financial lives.”
Makela plans to work directly with new and current clients to address their financial planning needs and goals, including long-term investment strategies, responding to major life transitions, estate planning and business analysis.
He is a certified financial planner with more than a decade of experience in the financial services industry. Before joining Arlington Financial Advisors, he spent four years with Charles Schwab & Co. Inc. as a client service specialist. He has a bachelor’s degree in business economics from UCSB.
Makela also enjoys surfing, spending time near the ocean, hiking and biking. He lives in Santa Barbara with his wife, Patty, and their two daughters, according to a news release.
Arlington Financial Advisors is a fully independent firm offering strategic financial planning, estate and tax planning, private money management and insurance consulting.