Hidden behind our glitzy getaway vibe and tourist-serving infrastructure, there’s a rising wave of Santa Barbara entrepreneurs who are crafting high-quality products coveted by people around the world. That surge goes from Goleta, where Stinner Frameworks makes to-shelf bicycles right around the corner from the skateboard industry titan Skate One (including the Aera Trucks brand), to downtown S.B., home to surfboard shapers such as Ryan Lovelace and coffee roasters like Handlebar. So on this Friday afternoon at 5 p.m., Telegraph is hosting a free Makers Showcase to celebrate that craftsman spirit and celebrate these companies.
“The whole purpose is to give a face and an experience to these things that we see in magazines or on Instagram,” said the brewery’s Trevor Scoggins, one mastermind of the event. “There’s this really cool intersection between all the parts: the beer, the coffee, the cycling, the surfing, the skate community — these are all the things I was geeking out about as a kid.”
The makers will have plenty of products on hand to show off and will also speak for a short while on a casual Q&A panel around 6:30 p.m. or so. “I’m hoping that people who come are going to have an experience with someone that they did not previously know was there,” said Scoggins. “Everyone is ultimately trying to have a big group hug.”
The Makers Showcase is on Friday, February 12, at 5 p.m. at Telegraph Brewing (418 N. Salsipuedes St., 963-5018, telegraphbrewing.com).