Local Spotlight: Santa Barbara Company
(Originally published in Montecito Journal from December 8-14, 2016; written by C&H team member Kelly Mahan)
In an historic downtown Craftsman bungalow a few blocks off of State Street, mother and daughter duo Nancy and Caroline Law have built a business selling “everything Santa Barbara,” and visitors to the shop will find items that are not sold anywhere else.
The Laws launched the Santa Barbara Company about four years ago, and ran their business exclusively online, offering a place for the artisan community and customers searching for locally made goods to connect. Soon after, it became clear a “brick and mortar” was necessary, so customers could have a place to touch and feel the products. After some renovations to help uncover the 1917-built bungalow’s historic charm, the ladies have gradually increased their presence, signage, and hours, offering a convenient place for shoppers who don’t want to bother with online ordering. “We strive to celebrate what makes Santa Barbara great, and a large part of that is the architecture here. So it makes sense we have a historic place to show off local products,” said Caroline, who is a fifth generation Santa Barbarian.
Displayed in the bungalow’s charming built-in cabinets are hundreds of locally made and sourced products, which the Laws sell separately or grouped together in their custom made baskets, crates, bags, and more. From artisanal made foods (local sea salt, Pacific Pickle Works, Jessica Foster chocolates, Shalhoob jerky, Ojai jellies and jams, Santa Barbara honey, local wines and olive oils, and much more), to bath and body products (Grapeseed company soaps and lotions, Lavande farms lotions and products, Santa Ynez lavender skin care, and more), to a slew of art in many mediums (watercolors, photography, ceramics, tiles, jewelry, and others), the bungalow is a one stop shop for everything Santa Barbara (and Montecito!). Everything is carefully curated, and the Laws often partner with local producers to commission exclusive products found only at the Santa Barbara Company. Decorative tea towels, aprons, pillows, canvas bags, candles, and more are just some of the exclusive items.
The Law ladies say their customer base ranges from out-of-towners ordering gifts for their local friends and family, to corporations buying for employees, to realtors buying client gifts, and beyond. But their largest customer demographic is local people, who are often surprised they didn’t know about the store sooner. A relatively recent addition of a beautiful sign, designed by renowned architect Jeff Shelton, has helped draw people to the shop. “People are noticing us more, and telling their friends,” Nancy said, adding that the unique sign won a Santa Barbara Beautiful award last year.
For hours and more information visit www.santabarbaracompany.com. The shop is located at 214 E. Victoria Street in downtown Santa Barbara.