Eyeglass Factory combines 30 years of retail experience with a huge selection of stylish eyewear, which made it a finalist in the Santa Barbara Independent's Best of 2012 competition. After optometrists examine eyes at a convenient next-door location, customers can browse the collection of budget-friendly and designer brands. Staffers can handcraft lenses within onsite production laboratories in less than an hour, with the notable exception of clown-size prescription trifocals.
For more than 15 years, the caring crew at Eyeglass Factory has provided free services and glasses to people in the community who cannot afford vision care. Eyeglass Factory works in conjunction with Surgical Eye Expeditions International (SEE), a Santa Barbara?based nonprofit organization committed to ensuring that optical health is within everyone's reach.
Herban Essentials essential oil towelettes are made with the highest quality pure essential oil, which not only makes them smell amazing, but makes them naturally anibiotic and antiseptic . The most common use for the towelettes is to clean hands and kill germs, but there are millions of ways to use these wonderful wipes
At tastings held daily from June to August, Jaffurs Wine Cellars tempts oenophilic tongues with five Rhône varietals. Growers in the fertile Santa Ynez, Santa Rita, and Santa Maria wine regions carefully cultivate the future intoxicants on small lots, observing high farming standards and ancient Bacchanalian rituals. With a limited production of about 5,000 cases each year, Jaffurs' winemakers can thoroughly inspect each individual grape, screening out overripe fruitlets and anthropomorphized raisins. The results are red and petite syrahs, grenache, and mourvedre wines that play pleasantly atonal chords of fruit across the palate, an aromatic white viognier with floral and peach intonations, and other varieties that croon seductive verses to receptive taste buds. A private tasting appointment, necessary for groups of more than six, may incur an additional fee ($5/person).
Most days, Saul Alcaraz can be found toiling over his 2,000-degree glass oven, often surrounded by an enraptured crowd. A surprisingly graceful practice, his glass-blowing is often as artful as a ballet performed in a volcano as he deftly spins, rolls, blows, and cuts his pieces. Having studied the craft since 1988, today Alcaraz splits his time between making effervescently vivid pieces?such as such as custom lamps and iridescent perfume bottles?and teaching teens and adults to do the same. In classes, he trusts his students to work toward shaping their own forms, even helping them introduce color into their creations to make them more attractive bait for trapping rainbows.
At Santa Barbara Ice & Propane, valves punctuate the quiet with gentle hissing. The staff carries tanks freshly filled with propane, helium, or carbon dioxide past freezers full of ice. They also provide customers with balloons and kegs to make parties exciting even when stuffed-animal friends don’t seem to be getting along with work friends.
Released biannually, Touring & Tasting has been keeping its readers up-to-date on news and features related to both big-name and family-owned vineyards and wineries since 1995. Though it focuses mainly on American mainstays including California and Oregon, the magazine has also highlighted suggested touring routes in France and lesser-known domestic winemaking locales such as Virginia and Illinois. In addition to the periodicals, the magazine posts useful of information on its website, which includes a wine store and an extensive list of recipes with suggested pairings.
The Touring & Tasting store serves up an assortment of high-quality wines, wine-club memberships and wine gifts from around the world, They work to stock dozens of hard-to-find wines at affordable prices, and will replace a customer's wine free of charge if they're unsatisfied with their purchase.