FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 2, 2020 Santa Barbara, California
Local Santa Barbara County Artisans open 3rd store in Los Olivos, CA
In September 2018, Kristin Fraser brought together a top collection of local artisans who made meaningful, well-loved products and opened a new concept gift shop, Seaside Makers Collective, in downtown Carpinteria. Six weeks later, the crew did it again in the Funk Zone, Santa Barbara’s well-loved artist district with Jules Kramer of Jules By the Sea SB heading up the shop. The hands-on retail concept brings together the best artisan made products from Santa Barbara County into one interactive experience. The combination of Fraser’s well known Grapeseed Co. skincare from the byproduct of wine, Kramer’s beautiful sea inspired jewelry, fine art, leather goods and more are curated by the shop, for each town. Los Olivos, the Funk Zone and Carp are three very different destinations in Santa Barbara County, but they all attract a great crowd of tourists and locals alike who love each location for different reasons. As the two original shops have been well recognized by some of the top travel press around and are now well into year two of business, Fraser and Kramer realized each shop needed to take on its own identity and branding for each specific locale. Carpinteria was (and will remain) the original Seaside Makers Collective, bringing the best meaningful gifts to Linden Ave. Jules has transformed the Funk Zone shop into “The Locals SB”, the largest of the three stores with the widest selection of California-made art & goods around. The newest store in Los Olivos is a collection of the best maker work SB County has to offer, and is namely called Grapeseed & Company Artisan Gallery, appealing to the wine country visitor. The Grapeseed Co. has been sourcing their main ingredient, antioxidant-rich red wine waste, from Los Olivos since they began back in 2004 in Fraser’s kitchen. Fraser and Kramer are excited to have all three sister stores partnering to promote each other and events at all the locations. “The Collective concept originally was meant to have my Grapesed customers crossing over with Jules, and discovering all the other amazing artists and makers in our area at the same time. This sister shop idea just takes it all to the next level.” Exclaimed Fraser. Kramer and Fraser have worked hard to make all three stores much more than just a place to shop, Jules will pour you a drink and chat about favorite SB spots. The Grapeseed team enjoys providing a customer experience in the other shops you won’t forget, whether it’s blending a custom perfume or helping you select that perfect gift or special something for yourself.
“We offer something internet shopping can not. We tell the stories behind our makers, create custom jewelry, host Scent Bar parties, pop-ups and workshops in our three unique spaces,” Kramer explained. The Santa Barbara and Carpinteria stores are open 6 days a week and closed on Tuesdays. The Los Olivos Store is open Thursday through Sunday.
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Press contact: Kristin Fraser
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The Funk Zone’s Seaside Makers Collective opened last year in response to the economic toll the city’s recent hardship was taking on the area’s artists and artisans. The shop’s handmade crafts, jewelry and body products — including a skin-care line made from the byproducts of the local wine grape industry, and jewelry made from local sea glass and abalone shells — are great gifts and souvenirs, evoking Santa Barbara’s personality while supporting its craftspeople.