Fall Activity Swirls Around State Street

Cosmetic retailer Bluemercury is coming to State and De la Guerra streets.

Lots to see this early fall weekend along the county’s most popular commercial corridor. 

Pinkberry frozen yogurt shop at State at De la Guerra streets will be replaced by Bluemercury, another cosmetic retailer. Many can be found in that area and in Paseo Nuevo. 

Also, finally something is happening at the old India House location, 418 State St., vacant for several years. Watch for a variety of retailers to inhabit what used to be a restaurant and furniture store. Interior wood frame construction is under way.

An unconfirmed has come up regarding the possibility of Nordstrom’s closing.  That is being looked into, but such announcements come from corporate offices.

Rumors are still flying around about the future of the Sak’s building on Carrillo Boulevard and the old Macy’s store on Ortega Street in Paseo Nuevo. The mayor says all she knows is what she read in the local media about possibly an IMax theater going into the former Macy’s.  

Mayor Cathy Murillo said at her monthly office hours meeting Oct. 5 that she could not say much more about a report that Amazon might be moving into the Sak’s building and already has signed a lease. Amazon already has recruiting events at Impact Hub and a shop in Isla Vista. 

Santabarbarabusinessnews.com first reported earlier this year that there is serious talk about Sak’s becoming a technology center. It was also reported that local architect Brian Cearnal thought that would be a good place for such a center. 

We’ll see. 

Meanwhile at 1207 and 1209, the Unity Shoppe is in full operation in the adjacent store fronts. This is the charity’s big season to sell used items to raise funds to help the needy. 

And, a second “speed-dating” State Street

pop-up workshop is planned for 5 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Central Library, 40 E. Anapamu St. Interested entrepreneurs should RSVP to [email protected] 

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