Artist Paints Surfboards, Designs Beach Clothing; Dons Café Needs Votes

1Laura holds board Laura Goe, 19, is an artist, businesswoman, surfer and Santa Barbara City College student. On one of her surfboard works of art, she painted a truly South Coast scene of the Jesusita Fire, which shows the view toward TV Hill on one side, the fire in the middle and an eastward beach view on the other side.
“Local beach scenes are how I grew up,” Goe said. “I’m at a point in my life where just want to get my business going.”
Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Goe also has created the women’s clothing line GOE Surfware, which includes bathing suits, shirts and wetsuits. She already sells her shirts online.
“Ever since I was little, I drew clothes because I always liked fashion,” she said. “With surfing and being a girl, I have to have a suit that looks good and stays on.”

2Laura works on board

A young Santa Barbara woman is in the confluence of things that make the South Coast what it is these days.

Goe’s art isn’t confined to the floating type. She also has painted a Funk Zone mural as well as many images that can be seen on her Facebook page. She also was involved with the restoration of the Chromatic Gate at East Beach.
While being in one of the world’s surf havens led Goe to catch waves, living in a home like hers lead her to the world of entrepreneurship. Her father is a building contractor with several businesses. Her mother is a marketer who runs the Women’s Community Business Network, which plans to have its second annual Santa Barbara Business Expo on April 5.  The first expo this year drew some 200 people.
Some of Goe’s artwork and clothes will be displayed from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 23 at the sixth annual Holiday Gift Boutique at the Massage Gallery, 1506 Chapala St., Santa Barbara. Other artists, crafters and potential co-sponsors are invited to a meet-up to discuss the three-weekend Holiday Gift Boutique at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Granada Book Shop, 1224 State St.
Dons Café Needs Votes
Santa Barbara High School’s Dons Net Café needs more votes by an Oct. 13 deadline after making it to the second round of a contest whose grand prize is a getting featured on a Super Bowl commercial.
The contest is called “Small Business/Big Game,” and is sponsored by Intuit, the parent company of QuickBooks. Whoever gets the most votes online wins the chance to be on a Super Bowl commercial.
The Dons Net Café is a student-run enterprise, which has attracted thousands of small businesses from all over the country. The enterprise sells Santa Barbra High paraphernalia such as shirts, ties and cups.
“I found the contest while I was searching for ways to expand our business,” said Jesus Terrazas, chief executive officer of the Dons Net Café. “What better way is there to promote our custom T-shirt business, Design-N-Cut, than to be on the Super Bowl with the whole country watching?”
To vote for the Dons Net Café, go to the website, donsnetcafe.com, and hit “vote for us” or go to smallbusinessbiggame.com and cast your ballot. Anyone can vote once a day from the same device. See more in their press release.

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