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Paseo Nuevo kicking off renovation project

April 9, 2019 6:08 AM

At nearly every turn, Santa Barbara provides locals and tourists a plethora of photo opportunities.

Soon, you’ll be able to add Paseo Nuevo to the South Coast’s most “Instgrammable” spots, as Pacific Retail Capital Partners hosted an invitation-only reception on Monday evening to celebrate the upcoming revitalization of the open-air shopping mall on State Street in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara.

“When I travel, shopping tops the list of things I do,” said Kathy Janega-Dykes, president and CEO of Visit Santa Barbara. “(Paseo Nuevo) has become a staple on the itinerary for our visitors. That’s really a testament to the strength of the product and the compelling nature of the experience Paseo Nuevo has provided over the past three decades.”

The multi-million dollar renovation project comes on the heels of the city of Santa Barbara putting new focus on innovative solutions to help drive economic development throughout downtown, with Paseo Nuevo representing 458,000 square feet of opportunity.

Core to the project’s goals is maint  aining and growing the nearly $1.9 billion in revenue that the city of Santa Barbara sees from more than 7.2 million visitors each year — with shopping ranking third as most common activities for those tourists, according to Ms. Janega-Dykes.

For local business owners, they know that it’s going to take new ideas to thrive once again.

“The topic we’ve had at the table the last year or two is how do we keep downtown vital? How do we keep up with the times?” asked Bob Stout, president of Downtown Santa Barbara and owner of the Wildcat Lounge. “We are so glad that the city has partnered (with the Paseo project).

“The city seems poised and ready to try new things.”

This morning at 8:30, project officials will host the public as it reveals renderings for the first phase of the project, one that will focus on exterior facades, walkways and landscapes.

The vision for the reimagined Paseo Nuevo includes interactive community spaces that will host group games, charging stations and lounge areas, including one with a large fire pit.

Other improvements will include:
• a refreshed logo;
• refreshed Spanish tile steps near the iconic steps of the Arts Terrace;
• drought-tolerant landscaping;
• new LED lighting throughout the mall;
• new Bocce Ball court.

Both PRCP and J.P. Morgan Asset Management are working hand-in-hand with the city, with the City Council unanimously green-lighting the project in February, a few months after the city’s Historic Landmark Commission gave the renovation project support by saying it has “excellent design in both architecture, lighting and

“This has been 15 years in the making. That’s a long time to have it come to fruition,” said Steve Plenge, a managing partner with PRCP. “It’s been really fun to work with the city in a partnership and a rigorous process, and we welcome the process because we ended with a better product because of it.” The redevelopment will be done with sustainability in mind, supporting Paseo Nuevo’s LEED certification.


Pacific Retail Capital Partners and J.P. Morgan Acquire Former Macy’s Building at Paseo Nuevo in Downtown Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, Calif. (February 7, 2018) – Pacific Retail Capital Partners and institutional investors advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management, the owners of Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants, announced today the acquisition of the former Macy’s building that was vacated by the anchor tenant in March of 2017. Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants is now positioned to repurpose the 135,000 square foot building to fit the needs of the community and to better serve today’s retail environment.

Paseo Nuevo has been working with Macy’s in anticipation of this acquisition. As the premier shopping destination in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, this opportunity will continue to elevate the thriving atmosphere of this charming open-air center.

“Investment in the former Macy’s building demonstrates our commitment to this community, State Street and the next generation planning of Paseo Nuevo. We have been working to form the adaptive reuse of the building that will contribute to the balance and remerchandise of the area,” said Steve Plenge, managing principal, Pacific Retail Capital Partners.

Local architectural firms have been engaged to assist in the overall vision and concept planning of the space. In the meantime, the current building offers a unique opportunity that will allow for community events, pop-up shops and entertainment experiences. Please contact Mary Lynn Harms-Romo at 805-963-7147 to inquire.

Paseo Nuevo invites the community to share their shopping habits, desired retail brands and restaurant suggestions through a survey that is available online at here.
Pacific Retail Capital Partners oversees all operations at Paseo Nuevo as well as its vision for the future. The company has significant experience in the management, marketing, leasing and repositioning of large regional lifestyle centers. BMW Realty Advisors, led by co-founder and president Bob Baker, leads leasing efforts in conjunction with a team from CBRE, a leader in commercial real estate.

About Paseo Nuevo
Paseo Nuevo is the Central Coast’s most distinctive collection of unique, stylish retailers between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The center is located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara – an international mecca for those seeking luxurious surf, serenity, sun and shopping. Opened in 1990, the center is anchored by Nordstrom and presented in a charming, open-air Spanish setting, Paseo Nuevo features 154,900 square feet of specialty retailers and restaurants like Eureka! Burgers, Sephora, Saje, Lush, Victoria’s Secret, Aveda, Lorna Jane and others.

To learn more about Paseo Nuevo visit or follow updates on social media: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @ShopPaseoNuevo

This Holiday Season Promises #PaseoNuevoMagic

Exclusive Events kick off on Black Friday, November 24

Santa Barbara, Calif. (November 20, 2017) – Paseo Nuevo will once again be the premier shopping destination in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara this holiday season! Come to shop new retailers, markets and pop-up shops or plan a visit to experience free community events like no other! Here’s the lineup of this year’s shopping destinations, events and activities:

SHOPPING – Brand new to Paseo Nuevo is Saje Natural Wellness. Step into their beautiful space, wafting of essential oil blends, and you will immediately feel restored. They have a perfect selection of curated gifts waiting for your list! 2Bella delivers the latest trends in apparel and accessories for the fashion-forward woman who demands high style! For the most one-of-a-kind gifts, shop local artisans and makers at the Holiday Makers Market each weekend. 20+ vendors offer their handmade products where you are sure to find the perfect gifts!

#poppinupatpaseo – New and unique retail offerings are popping up each week! Shop a selection of exclusive mobile boutiques such as The Whiskey Hotel featuring menswear, The Sophisticated Gypsy offering women’s accessories and Dalla Vita, a mobile home and garden boutique.

BLACK FRIDAY – The official start to the holiday shopping season, Black Friday on November 24 will launch all things holiday! We’re getting an early start with a 7am opening, although many retailers will open even earlier. For a full list of store hours, visit

BLACK FRIDAY GIVEAWAY – What a better way to start the season than by winning The Ultimate Holiday Experience! We’ve partnered with Alaska Airlines to giveaway two roundtrip tickets anywhere Alaska Airlines flies. All you have to do is stop by our Guest Services in Center Court anytime on Friday, November 24 from 7am to 5pm and enter to win. The drawing will be held in front of Santa’s house on Friday at 5:30pm and you must be present to win. Check out the full details:

 LET IT SNOW – Check out Santa Barbara’s “best in snow”! Nightly snowfall shows will take place twice each evening in Center Court as a flurry of white snow falls down on the Christmas tree, singing carolers, shoppers, and families. This magical experience will bring joy to adults and amaze children! Snowfall shows will take place nightly and start promptly at 6pm and 7pm from Friday, November 24 to December 30 (no shows on Christmas Day).

 SILENT NIGHT SILENT DISCO – On Thursday, December 7th, join us for Silent Night, a silent disco holiday dance party for the entire family! Wear your ugliest sweater and be prepared to dance and sing-a-long to DJ’s mixing your favorite holiday tunes through your headphones – it’s all in your head! Come early to get headsets for the entire family. Plus snowfall at 6pm and 7pm. Join the community for the funnest night of the season – and it’s free!

VISIT SANTA – Santa takes up residence in his SB home in Paseo Nuevo’s Center Court starting Friday, November 24! Children will be able to visit him each day through December 24. Plus Santa will be open early on December 3 especially for children with special needs and Tuesday evenings will be open for pet photos where even the furriest family members can snap a shot with Santa. Every child will receive a free gift and Santa’s elves will be on hand to catch the perfect precious moment in a photo. Photo packages start at just $24.99 and digital downloads are instantly available via text message.

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT – It wouldn’t be the holidays without costumed carolers, holiday horns, colossal choirs, and the occasional squeezebox roaming throughout the center filling the paseos with holiday joy! A robust schedule of over 20 live entertainment ensembles will perform throughout the season nearly every day. For the full schedule of performers, dates and times, visit

VALET – Less driving, more shopping – it’s our gift to you! Enjoy the service and convenience of valet every weekend this season at Paseo Nuevo. Located on Chapala Street, near California Pizza Kitchen, valet will be at your service Thursday through Sunday. Park all day for just $7!

Check out last year’s holiday video here:

#PaseoNuevoMagic – This will truly be a magical season! For a chance to WIN, guests can Snap, Share and Tag their holiday experience on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with @ShopPaseoNuevo and hashtag #PaseoNuevoMagic. Winners will be chosen every week starting November 24.





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About Paseo Nuevo

Paseo Nuevo is the Pacific Coast’s most distinctive collection of unique, stylish retailers between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The center is located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara – an international mecca for those seeking luxurious surf, serenity, sun and shopping. Opened in 1990, the center is anchored by Nordstrom. Presented in a charming, open-air Spanish setting, Paseo Nuevo features 154,900 square feet of specialty retailers and restaurants like Eureka!, Sephora, Saje Natural Wellness, Lush, Victoria’s Secret, Aveda, Lorna Jane and others. For more information, visit



Talks & Workshops

Here’s what’s happening at workzones Paseo Nuevo this month! Local organizations and Meetups are hosting professional and personal development discussions every week – many are FREE! Mark your calendars for great discussion, insightful presentations, and opportunities to make community connections. 




AWCSB – Wednesday, April 5

Self Help Book Club – Thursday, April 6 and 20

Business Workshop – Tuesday, April 11

Barriers to Breakthrough Performance -Tuesday, April 11

SB Women Entrepreneurs – Wednesday, April 12

Unity 3D SB – Thursday, April 20

Heart & Hustle – Thursday, April 27

SB JavaScript -Thursday, April 27




Association for Women in Communications

Wednesday, April 5th
5:30 – 7:30 PM
FREE – $20

AWCSB – After Dark: Live storytelling about being an outsider. Sit back while you’re entertained by people sharing personal stories and enjoy wine and cheese at workzones, transformed into a cozy coffeehouse. Learn More & RSVP!

FREE for workzones members
$20 for non-members
$10 for full-time students


Self-Help Groupies Book Club

Thursday, April 6th & 20th
6 – 8 PM

Join the next discussion about “Loving What Is; Four questions that can change your life” by Byron Katie! The Work is simply four questions that, when applied to a specific problem, enable you to see what is troubling you in an entirely different light. As Katie says, “It’s not the problem that causes our suffering; it’s our thinking about the problem.” Contrary to popular belief, trying to let go of a painful thought never works; instead, once we have done The Work, the thought lets go of us. At that point, we can truly love what is, just as it is. Learn More & RSVP!


Business Getters Workshop Series

Tuesday, April 11th
12:15 – 2:15 PM

Michael Kramer of Ameravant Web Design Studios presents: Easy steps to improve your online presence. Learn More & RSVP!


Barriers to Breakthrough Performance

Thursday, April 11th
5:30 – 7:30 PM

Collaboration Business Consulting Founder Michael Gunther & Senior Consultant Zheila Pouraghabagher invites Santa Barbara-area business leaders and owners seeking actionable items for achieving breakthrough performance to an exclusive Meet & Mingle business education event. We will be sharing exclusive data collected from Collaboration’s engagements that highlight some common themes found among the more than 531 businesses they have worked with, who faced barriers to a breakthrough performance. Highly relatable, this presentation offers attendees the chance to learn how to overcome these roadblocks and take their business to the next level.

5:30 to 6 p.m. | Welcome + Meet & Greet

6 to 6:45 p.m. | Presentation

6:45 to 7 p.m. | Q&A

7 to 7:30 p.m. | Mingle

Join us! Network and enjoy a drink with Collaboration Business Consulting and local business leaders while gathering actionable insight to achieve your next level of success. Learn More & RSVP!


SB Women Entrepreneurs Meetup

Wednesday, April 12th
6 – 8 PM

Join Minette Riordan for a Marketing Mastermind – “How to charge what you’re worth!” If you are constantly saying to yourself: I don’t know what to charge, no one will ever pay me more, or I am afraid to raise my rates… then this month’s meetup is for you. Learn More & RSVP!

Here’s what we will be covering this month:

  • Discover the 3 biggest mistakes that creative entrepreneurs make when pricing their products and services
  • Learn how to create pricing that effortlessly gets an easy Yes! from your ideal clients
  • Discover your unique money blindspots that are stopping you from raising your rates
  • Shift this one money mindset and add thousands of dollars to your bottom line
  • Learn how to state your fees with confidence and clarity


Heart & Hustle Entrepreneurs

Thursday, April 27th
5:30 – 7 PM

Monthly review and strategic planning for 30-day goals.

We had a great first kick-off event! For those of you returning from last month, please make sure to stay in communication with you accountability partners outside the meetup and bring your updates to our next gathering. For those of you new to Heart & Hustle, come and learn what we’re about and how we can help you build momentum and results in your business. Learn More & RSVP!



Co-work for a cause! Each Friday in April we are donating all co-working day passes towards our workzones Arthritis Foundation walk team. Please consider making a donation!

All April, sign up (FOR FREE) to enjoy member perks! 50% off meeting room rates & day passes as well as discounted monthly co-working memberships! Email Summer to Sign Up!


ABOUT Workzones

workzones is a new office concept that provides self-employed and independent professionals with an ideal place to get work done. Local groups host free workshops and presentations every week! Want to learn more? Request a tour or take a 360 tour at the workzones website. Located at 351 Paseo Nuevo, 2nd Floor, Santa Barbara, CA. Like Workzones on Facebook


Parking in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara is easy and convenient at Paseo Nuevo! Your first 75 minutes are free and Bluestar Valet is now available Fridays through Sundays from the lower-level North Garage (near Nordstrom) for just $7 ALL DAY! Electric car charging stations are also now available.

Follow @ShopPaseoNuevo on Instagram for pop-up shops, sales, happy hour specials, and Santa Barbara views. Like Paseo Nuevo on Facebook to attend free monthly fitness, kids, and beauty events!


A Look at 2016

Over the last 12-months, Paseo Nuevo has hosted five signature events and a crazy calendar of pop-ups, playdates, free workouts, grand openings, flash mobs, concerts, and incredible sales – THANK YOU for being at the center of it all.  As we look forward to 2017, Paseo Nuevo is always seeking ways to create more experiences for Santa Barbara locals, better shopping for visitors, exciting events for the community, and very happy happy hours. Your feedback is always more than welcome and we look forward to hearing from you.

Email to connect, subscribe to the Paseo Insider for monthly news, and stay in the loop daily by following Paseo Nuevo on Facebook and Instagram at @ShopPaseoNuevo.

It’s been a magical holiday season. Let’s celebrate!

























12 Days of Giveaways

Paseo Nuevo’s 12 Days of Giveaways!

The holidays are a time for giving and we have 12 days of it kicking off right now!

How to enter:

  1. Post your Paseo Nuevo photos (public Instagram account or Facebook – verify your privacy settings!)
  2. Tag someone you want to #MakeMemories with this holiday season
  3. Use hashtags #PaseoNuevoMagic and #12DaysofPaseo (this is how we’ll look for entries). That’s it!

Gift Giveaways:

And with that, you’re entered to win one of our 12 gift giveaways from Teavana • The body bean • Karamel Collection • The Crowe Studios • Santa • Aveda • Nordstrom eBar • Francesca’s • Eureka! • ANGL • SEPHORA • California Pizza Kitchen! Check out everything below –




Day 12: Teavana

Teavana Gift Card & Tumbler 
($25 value)



Day 11: The Body Bean

$20 Gift Card to The Body Bean – The Body Bean has arrived for their 2nd annual holiday pop-up shop at Paseo Nuevo! They’re nestled right next to Santa’s house between Solstice Sunglasses and Cotton On – until December 31st only! The Body Bean is a home grown boutique dedicated to creating unique, handmade products. Their soapy concoctions include gorgeous, textured bars like Lemon Lavender, Dandelion Pear, and Fresh Brewed Coffee. If something smells good from State Street, wander your way through Center Court to The Body Bean. The perfect hostess gift for a calendar of holiday parties – or a total treat for your own bathtub – get here before they’re gone!

Discover The Body Bean



Day 10: Karamel Collection

Pashmina of choice at Karamel Collection! ($25 value) 

Karamel Collection takes pride in providing the best fabrics for the best feel possible. Cashmere, Made in Italy knits, fluffy faux fur wraps, capes and coats – if you appreciate the finer fabrics, you’ve found your place. In addition to a stunning selection of staple wardrobe pieces, Karamel also carries handbags and a vibrant, brilliant variety of pashminas. If our central coast weather ever demanded a versatile, keep-in-your-car/office/purse clothing item, it would be the pashmina. Win your choice at Karamel Collection and this Santa Barbara essential will carry you from misty mornings through desert afternoons into cool California evenings. As you’re running around town, cruising through our paseos, share you photos, tag someone you’re thinking about, and use hashtags #PaseoNuevoMagic and #12DaysofPaseo to be entered to win!

Discover Karamel Collection



Day 9: The Crowe Studios

$25 Gift Card & 15% your entire purchase at The Crowe Studios

The Crowe Studios is an artisan gallery featuring handmade local and southern Californian jewelry, photography, ceramics, woodwork, leather goods, candles, body products and more! Their pop-up studio is serene shopping experience set alongside a wall of real Birch trees, drift wood and stone displays, and a panoramic display of photos from everywhere on Earth. A gift card at Crowe could win you a wine bottle candle from Late Harvest Candle Co., mandala inspired marble tumblers or porcelain inlay ceramics, hand-folded metal bangles, or even a dreamcatcher. Discover Crowe Studios and support local artists!



Day 8: Santa’s FastPass

Photo package and FastPass with Santa at Paseo Nuevo ($25 value) 

Your name is on the Nice List! Want a complimentary family photo shoot with Santa? We’ll put in a good word for you. Win a jump to the front of the line when you arrive and a free first-level photo package. Tuesday nights after 5pm are Pet Nights – tiny dog sweaters preferred! Check when Santa will be in the house.



Day 7: Aveda

Stress Fix Gift Set

An escape from stress is a gift! Indulge in a stress-relieving sanctuary with stress-fix ultra-rich body care products from Aveda. Nourish and hydrate with certified organic plant oils in the stress fix cleansing oil, body creme, and hand creme. One step into Aveda at Paseo Nuevo is a step toward wellbeing. This sunny store will take your stress down a notch before you even pick up your prize. A complimentary massage might help too. Discover Aveda!




Day 6: Nordstrom eBar

Nordstrom eBar Coffee & Gift Card ($20 value) 
Coffee, espresso, housemade smoothies, and pastries. We’ve also heard they have these amazing Nordstrom Makers Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels that pair perfectly with an early AM espresso con panna, best enjoyed on the outdoor patio with an open issue of the Independent and the glow of Thursday morning sunshine – but you’ll just have to see for yourself. Nordstrom eBar (that’s espresso bar for short) is tucked just down the paseo from the Nordstrom courtyard entrance, somewhere between Canon Perdido and State Street. A kickstart to your morning or grab-lunch-to-go pit-stop, eBar is one of the better kept secrets of Paseo Nuevo. Discover eBar.


Day 5: Francesca’s Collections

Frasier Fir Pine Need Candle from Francesca’s ($29 value) – SOLD OUT EXCLUSIVE

Notes of crisp Siberian Fir needles, heartening cedar wood, and relaxing sandalwood are yours to enjoy with this gift giveaway! Made from food-grade paraffin wax for a purer 50 hours of burn time, the Frasier Fir candle is SOLD OUT at Francesca’s (when things smell like Christmas trees, they’ve got to be good). When you stop to scoop up this giveaway, expect to be distracted by Francesca’s decked out gift tables – the holiday cheer is real here with Fa La La Llama greeting cards, holiday bar cart essentials, silly mugs and playful trinket dishes, and we all know their jewelry selection is the sparkliest on State Street. If you’re still seeking stocking stuffers, find them in Francesca’s at Paseo. Check out all the sales happening at Francesca’s this December!



Day 4: Eureka!

Eureka! Gift Card

The best in burger experiences paired with fresh ingredients (Farmers Market-to-Bar cocktails every Tuesday), artisan recipes (have you had the Truffle Fries?!), and a craft beer list that’s literally floor to ceiling, Eureka! offers a jubilant atmosphere with handpicked house music, televised sports, an outdoor patio (with heat lamps), and weekly events like Steal the Glass and live music. If you haven’t dined at Eureka! their burgers are the best in Santa Barbara, the Hoppy Hour ($3 beers and $2 off wine) and appetizer list is top-notch (imagine everything from Crispy Glazed Brussels Sprouts to Lollipop Corn Dogs) and did we mention the dessert? Butterscotch Rum Pudding with caramel sauce and sea salt; Americana Apple Crisp featuring caramelized apples, pecan oat crisp, and vanilla ice cream; and the Dark Chocolate Torte – all with a cup of Local Gourmet Koffi Coffee Palm Springs Organic Bold or an Old Fashioned Cold Brew. You just can’t beat a night at Eureka! in the heart of downtown.

And if your plate deserves a photo, share it, tag your lunch date, and hashtag #PaseoNuevoMagic and #12DaysofPaseo to be entered to win!

Follow Eureka! on Instagram (it’s so yummy)



Day 3: ANGL

ANGL $25 Gift Card

Hey #ANGLbabes! At Day 3, this giveaway is just in time for New Years. Off the shoulder or sexy cutout? Suede or velvet? 2-Piece pencil or wraparound shirt dress? The dress and romper game at ANGL is strong and it’s all we can do but to not buy every single thing in their windows straight off the mannequins. Few do youthful, elegant and easy full-length gowns better than ANGL, the West Coast contemporary retail destination for fashion-savvy, confident, and luxury-minded ladies. If you’re renting your holiday wear this year, ANGL has your back with bralettes, shoes and accessories, and enough bomber jackets and loungewear to see you through every chilly weekend in January.

Follow ANGL on Insta for some serious style inspiration!


Day 2: Sephora

Holiday Makeover by Sephora’s Personal Beauty Advisor & gift bag ($125 value)

The lucky winner of Day 2 in Paseo Nuevo’s 12 Days of Giveaways is getting glam and then some. Sephora’s Personal Beauty Advisor is quite literally the best in the beauty business! Enjoy a 90-minute beauty consultation and holiday makeover AND receive a beauty bag to maintain that shimmer ’til the ball drops on 2017. From contouring and a glitter smoky eye to something rosy and ready for a meeting at the mistletoe, Sephora’s selection (and amazing team to help you find exactly what you’re looking for) is your beauty hotspot this season. Hashtag #PaseoNuevoMagic and #12DaysofPaseo on your next selfie snapshot at Paseo Nuevo and you’re entered to win!

Discover Sephora!



Day 1: California Pizza Kitchen

$15 Gift Card & 2 Small Plates at California Pizza Kitchen

Pizza is on everyone’s wish list this year! And so is North Atlantic salmon roasted on a cedar plank topped with smoked paprika and lime beside white corn and spinach succotash with Feta. Or perhaps the Chicken Tequila Fettuccini with creamy jalapeño lime sauce, spinach fettuccine, red onions, bell peppers and fresh cilantro. California Pizza Kitchen also just announced their must-try holiday cocktails, the Harvest Punch, with Grey Goose Vodka, St. Germain Elderflower, Monin Pomegranate, cranberry juice and fresh agave sour; and the Mint Icicle, featuring Grey Goose Vodka, Kahlúa, Peppermint Schnapps and half & half, drizzled with chocolate syrup and topped with a mint sprig. Now with the convenience of valet parking Thursdays through Sundays from the Paseo Nuevo South Parking Garage, near Macy’s, California Pizza Kitchen is the perfect dining destination for a family dinner around the table or a romantic evening for two.


As you gather around with the people you love this holiday season, cheers to you and the gift of giving.

Paseo Nuevo is proud to be the heart of downtown Santa Barbara and want to celebrate by giving back to you, our guests and incredible community. CHEERS! And good luck.


Trying to win for someone else? You’re so sweet!
Paseo Nuevo has gift wrapping through Christmas. Gift Wrap details.

Click for Paseo Nuevo’s 12 Days of Giveaways Official Rules.

Pacific Retail Goes On Buying Binge

LOS ANGELES—Locally based Pacific Retail Capital Partners and a joint venture partner—who has chosen to remain anonymous—have purchased three…
The Galleria at White Plains is an approximately 870,000-square-foot, four-level, enclosed regional mall.
LOS ANGELES—Locally based Pacific Retail Capital Partners and a joint venture partner—who has chosen to remain anonymous—have purchased three regional malls across the country totaling approximately 2.8 million square feet of retail space.
The properties, which have a combined value in excess of $200 million, were sold by Simon Property Group. The trio of shopping centers are the Galleria at White Plains,
White Plains, NY; Northpark Mall in Ridgeland, MS and The Esplanade in Kenner, LA, outside of New Orleans.
Based here, Pacific and its partner were represented in the transaction by a legal team from Orrick. Led by Olga Sirodoeva, partner in the firm‟s Washington, DC office, the team included real estate partner Marshall Brozost, corporate attorney Maria Sergeyeva and senior paralegal David Burkhart, as well as others at Orrick. Simon reportedly did not have representation.
“These properties are all prime examples of retail centers that serve a vital need in the community,” says Steve Plenge, managing principal of Pacific Retail Capital Partners. “Pacific Retail will evaluate each asset in the context of the neighborhood and what is valued by the customers to create a program to further enhance its appeal.
He continues, “This may include bringing new uses to the center, improving the physical space, adding events and public programs and in some cases redeveloping portions of the real estate.”
The Galleria is an approximately 870,000-square-foot, four-level, enclosed regional mall in an urban market of Westchester County, New York. Located at 100 Main St., the center is across the street from The Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Residences and walking distance to the Metro North train station. White Plains is popular with commuters to Manhattan and features a business district with nearly six million square feet of office space within walking distance of The Galleria. The center currently features 130 retailers including Macy„s, Sears, H&M, Forever 21 and a host of eateries.
“To build on this strong asset, among the initiatives we are considering for The Galleria is stepping up the food offerings with more casual and fine dining and an enticing food hall to better serve area residents, visitors and office workers,” Plenge comments. “We will conduct an evaluation of the center to outline a capital improvement and leasing program.”
The Northpark Mall is set on almost 100 acres in a community that has seen the addition of 8,000 homes in the past ten years, approximately 10 miles from the state capital of Jackson. Located at 1200 E. County Line Road, the busiest retail corridor in the state, the approximately 958,000-square-foot, two-level mall offers 120 retailers and eateries. Northpark is the only enclosed regional mall in a 50-mile radius and serves a large residential population.
“At Northpark we are exploring the potential to add retailers that will be new to the market but fit the area demographics and demand,” Plenge observes. “We also will be refreshing the space to make it more attractive and inviting.”
Five minutes from the New Orleans International Airport and 15 minutes from Downtown, the Esplanade is set on 80 acres. Located at 1401 W. Esplanade Ave., the more than one-million-square-foot mall is in a popular residential area near Lake Pontchartrain.
Easily accessed with a newly opened direct-access ramp from the I-10 regional thoroughfare, the two-level center includes Dillard‟s, Target, Macy‟s, Victoria‟s Secret, Old Navy, an array of fast-casual eateries and a movie theater.
“The Esplanade is an example of a substantial piece of real estate in a thriving community,” Plenge notes. “We may explore some development to bring new, complementary uses, such as residences.”

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The Best of Bath Bombs: Easter Edition


The Best of Bath Bombs: Easter Edition
with Lush Cosmetics

It’s almost Easter weekend and the busy bunnies at Lush are showing off an incredible selection of limited edition feel-good products in their windows! Skincare, haircare, shower and bath fun, and more. We stopped in (and definitely stayed awhile) to chat about a few beautiful bubbly bath bombs this year. Lush is such an amazing company. In addition to the brand’s creativity and playfulness, we love them for their handmade products (no one else does fresh, organic, ethical, and sustainable like Lush) as well as their absolute commitment to protecting people, animals, and the planet. Come see for yourself!

This Easter, every Lush indulgence is full of meticulously-sourced ingredients that benefit your body and mind, plus the communities and environments that produce them. Time to fill your baskets before they hop away for good!



Golden Egg Bath Bomb Melt: Creamy honey-toffee luxury

How do you like your eggs? Toffee-scented with glittering gold and packed full of fair trade cocoa butter? Soak in a dazzling bath of moisturizing olive oil and golden luster until your skin feels softer than caramel and smells more scrumptious than anything from Mr. Wonka’s factory. Uplifting bergamot and sweet, wild orange oils help to tone and brighten the skin, and give a sweet fruitiness to this most luxurious soak. How to Use: Fill your bathtub up with warm water, drop in your Golden Egg, then sink in and enjoy the show.





 EasteratLush_Image4Bunch of Carrots Bubble Bar: Freshly picked for spring

Dig up the dirt on refreshing tropical bathing with this colorful trio of carrots. Hold one under running water to send bubbly clouds of buchu, lemon, and grapefruit oils swirling around your bath, then pop it on the side of your tub to dry for next time. The distinctive, bright colors of this heritage bunch make it an attractive addition to Easter baskets and bath times alike. How to Use: Hold your reusable bubble bar under the running tap. Splash the water around a little bit to create big and frothy bubbles. Make sure to let your bubble bar dry out completely in between uses.





Humpty Dumpty Bath Bomb: Good for up to three baths!

As soon as this cheerful egghead touches the water, his caramel-smooth personality is revealed in notes of bright bergamot and Brazilian orange oils. Crack a smile as his outer shell breaks away, revealing a hidden alter-ego, a perfectly formed fried egg (an all-vegan variety of course). If you’re in a hump and down in the dumps, it’s now easy to flip your spirits onto the sunnyside. How to Use: Fill your bathtub with warm water, drop in the bath bomb and lie back to enjoy its lovely color and gorgeous fragrance. To make your experience even more memorable, combine your fragrant bath bomb with a luxury bath melt.





Which Came First? Bath Bomb: It’s a citrusy Easter miracle!

If this sweet and citrusy bath bomb can’t answer the age-old question then what can? Crack open the generously-sized pink egg to coax out the surprise inside and enjoy three egg-cellent soaks over a couple of nights. Or, if you fancy something really decadent, use the entire bomb at once to infuse your bathwater with deliciously sweet, fuchsia waters brimming over with fruity fragrance. Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the bathtub, of course! How to Use: Hold the egg in one hand and give it a good whack, right onto a hard surface. Fill your bathtub with warm water; drop in one half of the egg and lay back to enjoy its lovely color and gorgeous fragrance. To make your experience even more memorable, combine your fragrant bath bomb with a luxury bath melt.




Click to read about more fun Easter items from Lush, then stop into Lush at Paseo Nuevo to try everything yourself! Their shop just off Center Court is a super sweet sensory experience where you can try it all and feel good about the products, people, and causes in which you’re investing.

Store hours and information for Lush Cosmetics at Paseo Nuevo.

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Rainy Weekend Must-Haves

Ready for rain? California is! And if scattered showers means a hot cup of tea while we lounge around in a facial hydration mask and oversized quilted throw, well we’re ready for a whole week of rain too.


Oh So Snuggly  At the tiniest hint of El Nino this weekend, we’re jumping for charcoal knits, fluffy furry moccs, and quilted throws. Did you know UGG is a Deckers Brand, headquartered in Goleta, CA? They sponsored this year’s 2016 Santa Barbara International Film Festival whose opening gala lit up the pathways of Paseo Nuevo with huge spotlights, colorful projections, champagne glasses, and a dance party in Center Court! There’s plenty of cozy sweaters on our shop shelves – for now. Spring collections coming in soon!

NEW! Don’t Ask Why Hoodie Sweater in Glacier Grey from American Eagle: $44.95 (B2GO!)
UGG® Australia Dakota Moccasin from Victoria’s Secret: $100.00
Nap™ Quilted Throw Blanket from Brookstone


Get Cozy with Coffee  The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf on State has a few things to keep you toasty during all this chilly drizzle. Coffee or tea?

English Breakfast Tea from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf: $8.79
French Vanilla Coffee from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf: $11.99


Rainy Revival  Home spa days are better when it’s raining outside. Facial masks from Sephora are the simplest and most impactful way to rejuvenate your skin, fast! Whatever your face might be craving – hydration to exfoliation to brightening – Sephora has a little something something to help you feel refreshed and looking your best. And Lush next to Center Court has plenty of bath bombs to round out a morning of mind and body revival. It’s nice having so many ways to treat yourself!

Dr. Jart+ Brightening Infusion Hydrogel Mask: $7.50
Tony Moly I’m Real – Aloe and Rice Face Mask Sheets for hydrated and clear skin (2 packs): $7.50

GlamGlow mask Treatments $69.00 each
Clockwise from top: GlamGlow Flashmud™ Brightening Treatment, Thirstymud™ Hydrating Treatment, Youthmud™ Tinglexfoliate Treatment, and Supermud™ Clearing Treatment

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Get the Look! #Oscars2016

#Oscars2016 was a night unlike any of the 87 Academy Awards ceremonies before it! In addition to the incredible nominated talent, important spotlighted issues, and outstanding performances, the fashion on the red carpet this year (for those on trend patrol!) was nothing short of newsworthy. If you looked toward LA from Santa Barbara, you could almost see the cameras flashing. It was Hollywood’s biggest night and the stars’ stylists showed-up to show-off.  With all of Paseo Nuevo’s shops and national retailers rolling out their spring collections (with sales now popping up for last season!), there’s a few spring trends from Sunday that we already have our eye on. Check out this powerful girl crew in a few of our favorite looks from the weekend! Then #ShopPaseNuevo and #GetTheLook!


POP OF CITRUS  This citrus is so spring! It’s a tone that says fresh, fiery, and fun all in one. These flirty fringy heels from Nine West and new Puebla handbag from Aldo both have us orange with envy.

Olivia Munn in Stella McCartney

Nine West Hustle Open Toe Suede Sandals in red/orange. $119.00

ALDO New! Puebla Handbag in turquoise and orange. $12.00



NECK HIGH IN JEWELS  The plunge neckline was major showstopper all over Oscars night! (Victoria’s Secret knows the secret to mastering this trend with no slip ups). In addition to nailing the neckline, Olivia’s jeweled clutch and necklace were equally breathtaking! Have you embraced the reborn choker trend? Express has a necklace on sale now that hits the mark while keeping it daywear ready.

Olivia Wilde in Valetino Haute Couture, Neil Lane jewelry, and Roger Vivier bag

Express Mini Rhinestone and Cord Choker Necklace in black. ON SALE $7.99

ALDO Trawick Clutch in light pink. $50.00


FULL-SLEEVED CUT OUTS  The cutouts continue, spotlighting new hot spots every week. We love this angular waist cut-out on Rooney. Sleeves keep these cut-out dresses cool and ladylike – plus, the style practicality of going from afternoon wine in the Funk Zone to late night dinner on State Street just can’t be beat with this one. Our ANGL look is actually two pieces, ready to be mixed-and-matched with your other go-to crops, and this cutout clutch is a Givenchy gown look alike!

Rooney Mara in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci

ANGL Cross Waist Long Sleeve Crop Top. $39.99

Simple Soft Knit Pencil Skirt in Emerald. $36.99.

ALDO NEW! Vinton Clutch in white. $30.00


PERFECTLY PURPLE  We think this handsome purple watch would make Tina Fey proud – good style and good time management! #BossBabes get the look of her sapphire and diamond necklace RIGHT NOW for BOGO 50% off at WH | BM in Paseo Nuevo.

Tiny Fey in Versace and Bulgari necklace

Ribbon Hair Ties in purple from Sephora. $5.00

Nine West WatchMe Bracelet Watch in purple metal. $49.00

Sodalite Short Statement Necklace in blue bell. $60.00


GO RED How to be Fearless in Red 101! GoRed for Women with Macy’s and American Heart Association was at Santa Barbara’s Fess Parker just last week. We all looked just like this.

Charlize Theron for Mad Max in Dior Haute Couture and Harry Winston jewelry

ANGL Multi-wear Elegant Maxi Dress  $69.99

ALDO Warwick Clutch in orange. $50.00


JUST LIKE JLAW  And of course, Jennifer Lawrence for Joy looking oh-so-chic in Dior Couture. Is lace getting edgier or is it just us? The bronze smoky eye is a spring makeup must and you can always count on Sephora to have just what you’re looking for – and more!

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture (and a perfect blonde bob!)

ANGL Ophelia Organza Party Dress (Just sold out!)

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze from Sephora. $25.00

NARS Single Eye Shadow in Galapagos from Sephora. $25.00