One of Santa Barbara’s most exciting emerging pocket neighborhoods, the Haley Corridor* has earned solid credibility as a culinary destination thanks to its eclectic collection of wineries, eateries and breweries. Equal parts artsy and industrial, it’s a hub of makers and innovators that span several trades beyond food and beverage. From technology and art to fashion and surf, Haley Corridor’s diverse business community shares an ethos of thinking outside the box. Our “Like a Local” insider, surfboard shaper Ryan Lovelace, is one such creative force helping to put Santa Barbara on the map. He’s the highest producing hand shaper in the world and has earned a loyal following of surfers around the globe who seek out his custom boards.
See where Ryan works his magic while getting immersed in the Haley Corridor culture like a true local. Read on to see where else you can shop, eat and play.
*The neighborhood is made up of the blocks between Cota and Montecito Streets between Milpas and State Streets.
THINGS TO DO:
Your palate should be ready to play when you come to the Haley Corridor. By day, try the unique coffee cocktail concoctions served by Caje Café. At night, the coffee house transforms into Lab Social, a speakeasy-style den of drinks. If you want to try refined wines in a chilled-out setting, pop into Potek Winery for a tasting flight of the single-vineyard wines in view of where the wines are actually made. Craft beer drinkers will appreciate the tasting opportunities at Third Window Brewing Co.
Carry on your craft beer crawl to Quarantina Street, home of Pure Order Brewing, followed by Telegraph Brewing Co. on Salsipuedes Street. Wine lovers definitely don’t have to miss out on the fun here. You can continue to sip the fruits of Santa Barbara Wine Country at Carr Vineyards & Winery, Jaffurs Wine Cellars and Renegade Wines.
For a to-do that doesn’t involve consumption, check out the Art From Scrap Eco Art Gallery or sign up for a hands-on workshop.
WHERE TO EAT:
All of those delicious libations require their culinary complement. Hit Buena Onda Empanadas for a choice of eight different iterations of the Argentinian specialty. Uncorked Wine Tasting and Kitchen serves a full menu of shareable and entrée style plates that pair well with the 20+ regional wineries represented.
In The Mill, The Kitchen is Third Window Brewing Co.’s sister eatery, also offering a menu of quality bites. On that same block, Rose Café is Santa Barbara’s original Mexican restaurant. Over on Olive Street, Arnoldi’s Café is a longtime local institution for cozy Italian fare. And Ah Juice Organic Café is the neighborhood’s go-to for super clean, healthy eats.
SPOTS TO SHOP:
You can do some serious retail therapy at the flagship boutique of “Like a Local” insider, women’s ready-to-wear designer Catherine Gee. Her effortlessly elegant slip dresses, blouses and coats have been featured in major fashion magazines and worn by discerning celebrities.
After visiting Catherine’s shop, check out the magnificent home interiors at Millworks. A few doors down on Haley, Keefrider Custom Furniture welcomes potential customers to visit on a by-appointment-only basis. Continuing with the home décor theme, Steve Handleman Studios on Milpas specializes in wrought iron lighting, décor and hardware.
Stock up on chocolate bars, truffles, bonbons and more at “Like a Local” insider Mike Orlando’s Twenty-Four Blackbirds chocolate shop. The entrepreneurial chocolatier exemplifies the groundbreaking spirit of the ‘hood—whether he’s charting new territory in California’s artisan chocolate movement or working with local restaurants, breweries and coffee roasters on mash-up collaborations. While you’re visiting, take the self-guided tour to learn about the bean-to-bar process of making single origin dark chocolate by hand from scratch.
Visit on the second weekend of the month to partake in Haley Corridor’s Second Saturdays, a free “block party” along Haley Street. Participating wineries, breweries, restaurants and small businesses open their doors from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. with a festive line-up of special events, activities and deals.