Night Music: Old FriendsJanuary 2, 2023
Changes On The Drive #128January 2, 2023
Many thanks once again to Penny and Steve for undertaking the walk this month and for the images.
With the closing of Pacific Ink & Toner last month, it seems that National Massage Chairs at 2135 Commercial has expanded into their space at 2115.
The former Cafe Deux Soleils space at 2096 Commercial will be occupied this spring by Chancho Tortilleria. (h/t to KL for the heads up). See also.
The former laundromat at 2058 Commercial is still closed, but the For Lease sign has been removed, and the windows are now papered over. Perhaps a good sign?
Carthage Restaurant at 1851 Commercial appears to have re-opened, though its signs are somewhat confusing (do they mean “Main Course” and “Mussels” perhaps?)
The storefront at 1832 Commercial has now reverted to being an office for Expedia Cruises (which it was before February last year) after being a housing developer’s sales office for most of 2022.
The Osita Restaurant at 1728 Commercial has an application in its window for a liquor license.
The latest news I have on the much-loved Santa Barbara Market at 1322 Commercial is that they will be closing at the end of this month. I haven’t seen official confirmation of that (though it came from a store employee) and so there is still hope, I guess, that it will remain with us into the future.
Fet’s at 1230 Commercial has closed after 35 years in business. My small tribute to them is here.
That same block will be very quiet this month as Havana Restaurant and Theatre at 1212 Commercial will be closed for the month of January for renovations.
The new building at 928 Commercial seems close to completion. We should be adding new storefronts anytime now,
Vacancies on the Drive this month:
2245 Commercial, 2111 Commercial, 2096 Commercial, 2058 Commercial, 1858 Commercial, 1861 Commercial, 1733 Commercial, 1670 Commercial, 1428 Commercial, 1340 Commercial, 1230 Commercial, 1124 Commercial, 1020 Commercial, 935 Commercial
Previous editions of Changes on the Drive
Poem: Creating CollageJanuary 2, 2023
we sleep together,
but mostly we share together,
cutting out our memories
from the bark of life’s tree
— like pieces of collage
laid out on the floor
before an exhibition
celebrating our anniversaries –
unhurriedly pasting them together
— refocusing colors and shapes
and forms –
until it is late again
we sleep together