Firefly Ceramics is a fun store where you can actually purchase pre-made un-glazed pottery and then paint or glaze it yourself. After you've created your master piece, you submit it to the store to be fired once more and pick it up a few days latter as a finished piece of pottery. They have lots of things to choose from, from plates and bowls to ornamental figurines and goblets and picture frames. Its also a great place to take the kids for a fun activity.
I attended three different colleges during my four years of schooling. Of the three, UCSB was most definitely the most fun. I say this not to confirm its party reputation or to diminish its academic reputation. It is just the plane and simple truth. I think anyone living in Santa Barbara, surrounded by beautiful people and sunny weather, would be hard pressed not to have a good time, regardless of how much time they spend studying or partying. Its a daunting school. It has a stellar academic reputation, and an alarmingly homogonously beautiful academic body. The best thing to do is embrace it and enjoy it fully.
One day I was desperate for a hair cut and my regular stylist was out of town and unavailable for a long time. So I perused the phone book and basically just looked for a name I liked. I ended up at Blondies and they took me right away. Now, normally going to a strange stylist would make a person nervous, but this girl took such good care of me and she even styled my hair in a way that I liked. No one ever usually does that and I always have to go home and play with it myself. But she took the time to give me little curls and the cut has lasted two months and counting.
I went to get a car wash at this shell station this morning before work. Something happened with the mechanism...actually I may not have rolled all the way into the washing aparatus...but I went inside to the clerk and with out any question or problem she promply printed out a new car wash coupon for me to go through again, and she gave me an upgraded wash. Its refreshing to see such good customer service. The gas prices are usually pretty cheap too.
I am currently in massage school and went to Lassen's to shop for some new oils and creams. While browsing I met the woman who stocks the beauty products section. She was very friendly and assured me that she is trying to cater to Massage Therapists in Ventura since we really have very few options in the city. She also offered to order different oils by the gallon and really made my shoping experience memorable and pleasant. The rest of the store is filled with pricey but very healthy foods.
I was a guest at the Yacht club a couple weeks ago and had a great time. We actually docked at the Yacht club and then sat down by the pool, enjoying some mid week sun. Then strolled up stairs to the bar for lunch and drinks. There was a really friendly vibe as everyone wears name tags and the people are very friendly. I don't know if you have to have a yacht to join...either way if you can afford it its a really nice club.
My sister LOVES this store. And though I'm not much of a shopper I can still see its appeal. They have good bargans, and a huge selection. So big in fact it can be daunting to look through all the different styles and selections of tops they carry, but if you love shopping and brousing around for a great deal this is a great store. Their clothes border on the girly side, but you can also find some more funky or simply feminine things there too.
Sambos in Santa Barbara has the best banana pancakes ever. They are stuffed with bananas and topped with pecans and a pecan syrup that is to die for. You'll be so full at the end of the meal, but you'll also be really really happy. There may be a bit of a wait on the weekends. But just hang out and enjoy the Santa Barbara weather while you whet your appatite for pancakes.
I like the sb zoo because its small enough so that you can see the whole thing in one day, without exhausting yourself, but big enough to still be interesting. The drive from Ventura to Santa Barbara is nice, and the zoo is located in a beautiful part of town just down from the pier. They're open 10-5pm everyday and the entry fees are pretty resonable, $9 for adults and $7 for kids.
I am currently attending Kali and so far I have been really pleased. They offer both day and evening classes and an in house payment plan. The teachers are all experienced and offer a wide variety of styles and disciplines to learn from. The beginning 200 course is a bit intense if you are trying to work at the same time, but it can be done. I have also learned so much about my body from the anatomy classes and just from talking about new subjects like aromatherapy, reflexology and breath work. The school has a great reputation in the community and I highly recommend it.