With the Ides of March upcoming soon, the State Street situation continues to ebb and flow.
The State Street Market Promenade is good to go for another year on Thursday evenings, after a city council approval.
The market features a couple dozen local artisan and craft makers. The Santa Barbara city staff suggested the market should be open for another six months, but the city council resolved to keep it another year.
In other State Street news, Abercrombie & Fitch, 721 State St., closed and its space is now occupied by Hollister retail clothing store.
Just a few steps away, Francescas, 727 State St., has shuttered, as have many other boutiques in the area.
And, the Starbucks at De la Guerra and State streets is planning to close March 16. City Hall and News-Press employees will have to walk a bit farther get their lattes from the many other coffee shops in the area, including another Starbucks at State and Cota streets.
On the brighter side, the Apple Store on State Street reopened last week after months of being closed for remodeling. For now, patrons must call in to order products, but no wide-open display area is available.
Posted Feb. 27, 2021.
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