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The Carp Moon Cafe is now shining bright at the corner of Linden and Carpinteria avenues.
“This was my dream for many, many years,” owner Laura Samperio said. “I always wanted to have a place like this. My dream was always a coffee shop.”
Laura and her husband, Adalberto, also own a machine shop in Oxnard, but when they were driving by the building, they saw that it was available for lease and took a chance. The spot, at 4991 Carpinteria Ave. in Carpinteria, is the former site of the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.
The space is large, she said, and much of the place is a work in progress. The menu items have no prices, and she’s yet to launch her social media with full force. But the customers are finding her de ella, glad to have a coffee shop back in that high-profile location.
“I love when people come in and feel that it is a welcoming place,” Samperio said.
She’s a coffee drinker herself and knows the difference between good and bad coffee, she said.
“I wanted to give the people good, quality coffee,” Samperio said.
The coffee is organic from Green Star, and her pastries are supplied by local vendors. The shop also sells breakfast sandwiches.
“We are still working on the menu,” she said. “We’re still adjusting things, but we will get there.”
Riviera Therapy Practice Growing
Riviera Therapy in downtown Santa Barbara has expanded its services in recent years and developed specialties unique to Santa Barbara.
Jenn Kennedy (Courtesy photo)
Owned by Jenn Kennedy, who has a doctorate in sexology, the psychotherapy practice specializes in sex therapy, sex addiction and sexuality (LGBT).
“I work with a lot of couples who are wanting a better sex life and/or repairing from challenging breaches in fidelity,” Kennedy said. “Almost no one does this work in our area, and we have scaled up to a thriving practice the past six years.”
The company, at 1515 State St., Suite 7, recently moved into its new downtown office. It has grown to six clinicians and serves clients in a variety of areas, including relationships, transitions, anxiety and addiction.
“We all work with couples and individuals,” Kennedy said. “Our therapists range in age from 20s to 50s and have trained in a variety of modalities, including EMDR, a popular modality for treating trauma.”
New Interior Design Company
Margarita Bravo has opened in Montecito.
Margarita Bravo (Courtesy photo)
The full-service interior design studio services “the most discerning and elite clientele in the area,” according to a news release.
The company specializes in residential and commercial design, with locations in Denver, Aspen and Miami, the news release states.
Among her specialties are how to create the ultimate home library; how to incorporate vibrant color works, and when to go monochromatic; kitchen must-haves right now; creating a sanctuary at home; and tips to help homeowners relax and revive.
Fresh Cafe Moving
The popular restaurant Fresco is moving locations.
Not a lot of details are publicly known. An employee confirmed the move was happening later this summer, but Noozhawk did not hear back from the manager for more details.
The restaurant in the 5 Points Shopping Center is known for its blend of healthy soups, sandwiches, salads, pasta dishes, fish, and an ample array of pastries, including cupcakes with generous frosting layers.
Santa Barbara-based company Invoca announced this week that it has raised $83 million in Series F equity financing at a valuation of $1.1 billion.
The new capital brings the company’s total equity financing to $184 million, according to a news release.
Silver Lake Waterman led the round with additional new investments from Hollyport Capital, Kingfisher Investment Advisors and Fenwick & West, along with participation from existing investors Upfront Ventures, Accel, HIG Capital and Industry Ventures.
The investment comes after a year of record growth, with Invoca surpassing $100 million in run-rate revenue, a news release states.
Invoke specializes in AI-powered conversation intelligence.
Help for Families, Babies and Dogs
Joan Hunter Mayer of The Inquisitive Canine is now offering Family Paws Parent Educator services to help prepare families with dogs for life with babies and toddlers.
“For families expecting a new baby, parents and caregivers can plan ahead by developing an understanding of what will be needed to ready the family dog for life with baby,” she said in a statement. “They can learn to understand their dog’s way of communication, level of comfort, triggers and what might cause anxiety and stress, along with what they’ll need to do to support their dog and themselves.”
Mayer is a certified professional dog trainer and canine behavior consultant. She works to educate dog guardians on how they can easily use humane, force-free training methods with their dogs for a safe, strong, sustainable bond based on love and trust.
“Being a certified professional dog trainer for many years, I’ve seen challenges that families face when it comes to the dog-child dynamic. Family Paws Parent Educators are a support system to help families safely raise dogs and children together,” Mayer said. “I found that the FPPE organization developed, continues to uphold, and maintains the highest level of standards when it comes to working with families with babies and toddlers.”