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Nice little Video, add it to the Santa Barbara.com sight to be added to their Disc to send out to the tourists.
dou4now (anonymous profile)April 22, 2014 at 5:13 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Looks nice. I'm curious who the long-term clientele is thought to be. There are a few luxury condos on site but after that, who will shop here regularly?
jenninsb (anonymous profile)April 22, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)
I imagine the people who will shop there are the same people who shop at Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Lazy Acres and Lassen's but who have better access to downtown or who may find themselves downtown for some other reason. Of course the public market offers things that many of these other places do not. Like Public Market, Whole Foods recently put in a bar so you can have a sample and decide if you want to buy more to take home or just try something new, but the other places do not and Public Market being downtown is actually a better spot for this anyway. Public Market has a non-pastuerized raw organic juice bar. They have higher quality meats than these other places, although not quite as big of a selection, and an entire store dedicated to cheese. Then you also have the fresh made pastas and specialty breads and the fact that you can eat a gourmet meal there at a reasonable price.
Ya, healthy food is a little more expensive, but as they say you can either pay the food bill now or the doctor's bill later. The doctor's bill later is very likely going to end up costing you more both financially and healthwise.
The only issue I had was parking, I had to park around the block. The parking lots surrounding the store are day use pay lots, I wonder if they have any plans to make them lots for the market? I don't really mind walking too much though I can imagine others possibly opting to shop somewhere else that is equally as convenient over the parking situation unless they want something specific from there.
loonpt (anonymous profile)April 22, 2014 at 1:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)
So we are willing to pay "a little more" for healthy food on the premise that it will allow us to live longer but can't walk around the block which is the simple sort of day to day exercise that will definitely help us to live longer? Welcome to Santa Barbara crazy.
RHS (anonymous profile)April 22, 2014 at 3:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)
I never said that I had a problem walking, I meant it is inconvenient to find parking, I had to swing around the entire block a couple times or so and still had to make a semi-dangerous 3 point u-turn on a busy street to get the only spot I could find. There is also zero parking right out in front of the market on that side of the street, so you really have to go back into the neighborhood or take your chances on the 90 minute parking less than 1 block from State. It's just mildly annoying, especially if you're on your way home from work and want to make dinner quickly. There are very few food markets that don't have ANY parking out front, even Cantwells has quite a few parking spots out front.
loonpt (anonymous profile)April 22, 2014 at 5:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Parking: It's the McDonald's french fries marketing plan, followed by Trader Joe's parking lot strategy: Always "overfill" the package with the fries, but it was always the intended amount. Ever notice how Trader Joe's always goes into places with small parking lots? Lazy acres has picked up on the concept, too. In fact, it's no accident. Perception. People are actually attracted to a place that has a crowded parking lot with the obligatory drive-around a time or two. It's the converse of Yogi Berra's "Nobody goes there. It's too crowded". There's probably an Uncle Remus predecessor to the modern day concept.
FirewindII (anonymous profile)May 6, 2014 at 4:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)