As the holidays are approaching, many are thinking of the right gift to give friends and family members. Many people plan to head to the mall or department stores to purchase this season’s hottest items, but Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) encourages holiday gift givers to do a little something different this year and purchase a gift from a local business. Purchasing gifts from local businesses not only provides loved ones with a unique gift, but also stimulates the region’s economy.
“By making a 10% shift in your buying habits from big chains to locally-owned businesses, you can make an enormous difference in increased economic output and local jobs,” said Marsha Bailey, WEV Founder and CEO. “We hope you will support our local WEV clients and other local businesses this season.”
Here is a list of some WEV client businesses that offer treats and treasures your loved ones are sure to enjoy!
In Santa Barbara County:
C’est Cheese: Cheese lovers will enjoy platters and baskets from local gourmet food and cheese store, C’est Cheese. C’est cheese offers an assortment of cheese platters, cheese and wine classes and a variety of sandwiches, soups, salads and breakfast pastries from their cafe. The cheese platters will also serve as a great appetizer for holiday parties.
- Located at: 825 Santa Barbara St in Santa Barbara. cestcheese.com
Chocolats du Calibressan: Chocolate lovers will enjoy French chocolates from Chef Jean- Michel. Chocolats du Calibressan sells a variety of gift boxes full of as truffles, bonbons, and soft caramels, as well as individual chocolates.
- Located at: 1114 State Street, #25 in Santa Barbara and 4193 Carpinteria Avenue, Ste #4. chococalibressan.com
Whistle Club: Whistle Club offers east coast style clothing for women from a selection of emerging designers and industry favorites.
- Located at: 819 State Street in Santa Barbara. For more information, visit whistleclub.com
Carlyle Salon: This old Hollywood style salon offers a blow dry style bar, makeup, ponies and braids to get one ready for any occasion. Gift cards are also available!
- The salon is located at 350 Chapala Street #101 in Santa Barbara. www.carlylesalon.com
Goodland Kitchen: Give a gift basket full of artisan snacks and treats from grab and go eatery, Goodland Kitchen. Goodland Kitchen offers local, delicious, artisanal, simple, and affordable food, such as herbs from Ojai, avocados & lemons from Goleta, walnuts from Patterson Avenue, and lettuce from Santa Barbara.
- Located at: 231 South Magnolia Avenue in Old Town Goleta. goodlandkitchen.com
Isabella Gourmet Foods: Isabella Gourmet Food is the only boutique artisan grocery in downtown Santa Barbara. This grocery store serves baked goods, sandwiches, soups, salads, quiches, and pies from Goodland Kitchen, Simply Pies, and Rustico Foods. It also carries Sugar & Salt Creamery raw almond sorbets, Freezer Monkeys dessert bars, as well as a wide selection of gluten-free and vegan options. Gift baskets are also available.
- Located at: 5 E Figueroa St in Santa Barbara. isabellagourmetfoods.com
Maison K: Help loved ones decorate their homes with a gift from Maison K. Maison K. offers a collection of home décor, furnishings, clothing and accessories from around the world, including antique shell mirrors from Syria, ceramics from Florence, hand blown glass from Italy and vintage tea trays from Morocco.
- Located at: 1253 Coast Village Road in Santa Barbara. maisonkstyle.com
Viva Oliva: Purchase premium oils, balsamic vinegars and gourmet food from Viva Oliva this holiday seasons. Viva Oliva offers over 40 flavors of extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars including, Honey Ginger Balsamic, Chipotle Olive Oil and Black Truffle Oil. Sets and culinary products are also available.
- Located at: 207 Paseo Nuevo in Santa Barbara. vivaoliva.com