BizHawk: Xanadu Skate Boutique Rolling Into Santa Barbara’s Paseo Nuevo

There’s a new business rolling into Paseo Nuevo in Santa Barbara this Saturday.

Xanadu Skate Boutique will kick off its grand opening with a roller skate demo by the SB Rollers at 5 p.m. in Center Court, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The new shop is owned by Val Selvaggio, who is a lifelong skater and is bursting with enthusiasm. She’s a member of the SB Rollers, and she said the idea of a store emerged simply from a desire for skates and accessories.

“We all need stuff, but there’s nowhere in town to buy anything,” Selvaggio said. “The closest roller street store is in Long Beach.”
The shop pops with color. An array of items is available for sale, including roller skates, laces, clothing and apparel, and other skating accessories. The founder of Moxi Skates will be on site for the Saturday opening.

A friend introduced Selvaggio to skating by loaning her a pair of skates, and she fell in love.

“Roller skating became this very self-help thing for me and I met a lot of people,” she said. “Roller skating is the most positive environment. It’s great for physical fitness, mind, body spirit, everything. I love it.”

She said skating is an escape.

“When we are skating, it’s all positive,” she said. “No one is having a bad day.”

Danielle Methmann, marketing and events coordinator for Paseo Nuevo, said Saturday is a big day.

“With a recent surge in popularity, roller skating has exploded back into the latest trends, and we’re thrilled to have Santa Barbara’s exclusive roller skate shop at the shopping center,” Methmann said. “The boutique is stocked with Moxi and Riedell skates in all colors that everyone has been looking for, which can sometimes take months to get if ordered online. Xanadu will also take custom skate orders, and their repair corner can accommodate repairs of any kind or upgrades to customize skates per the customer’s liking or skating needs.”

The name comes from the classic 1980s movie “Xanadu,” featuring Olivia Newtown-John.

Check out the store on Instagram @xanadusb, where there’s a countdown, with a new pair of skates posted each day. The store is at 207 Paseo Nuevo.

Aloha Fun Center Coming in August

It might be the most anticipated opening in Santa Barbara. The Aloha Fun Center was rumored to open inside the former Macy’s Building in Paseo Nuevo late last year.

There has been nothing but crickets since January, but that’s about to change.

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There’s a new business rolling into Paseo Nuevo in Santa Barbara this Saturday.

Xanadu Skate Boutique will kick off its grand opening with a roller skate demo by the SB Rollers at 5 p.m. in Center Court, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The new shop is owned by Val Selvaggio, who is a lifelong skater and is bursting with enthusiasm. She’s a member of the SB Rollers, and she said the idea of a store emerged simply from a desire for skates and accessories.

“We all need stuff, but there’s nowhere in town to buy anything,” Selvaggio said. “The closest roller street store is in Long Beach.”

The shop pops with color. An array of items is available for sale, including roller skates, laces, clothing and apparel, and other skating accessories. The founder of Moxi Skates will be on site for the Saturday opening.

A friend introduced Selvaggio to skating by loaning her a pair of skates, and she fell in love.

“Roller skating became this very self-help thing for me and I met a lot of people,” she said. “Roller skating is the most positive environment. It’s great for physical fitness, mind, body spirit, everything. I love it.”

She said skating is an escape.

“When we are skating, it’s all positive,” she said. “No one is having a bad day.”

Danielle Methmann, marketing and events coordinator for Paseo Nuevo, said Saturday is a big day.

“With a recent surge in popularity, roller skating has exploded back into the latest trends, and we’re thrilled to have Santa Barbara’s exclusive roller skate shop at the shopping center,” Methmann said. “The boutique is stocked with Moxi and Riedell skates in all colors that everyone has been looking for, which can sometimes take months to get if ordered online. Xanadu will also take custom skate orders, and their repair corner can accommodate repairs of any kind or upgrades to customize skates per the customer’s liking or skating needs.”

The name comes from the classic 1980s movie “Xanadu,” featuring Olivia Newtown-John.

Check out the store on Instagram @xanadusb, where there’s a countdown, with a new pair of skates posted each day. The store is at 207 Paseo Nuevo.

Aloha Fun Center Coming in August

It might be the most anticipated opening in Santa Barbara. The Aloha Fun Center was rumored to open inside the former Macy’s Building in Paseo Nuevo late last year.

There has been nothing but crickets since January, but that’s about to change.

The Aloha Fun Center is set to open in late August. It will feature a roller rink, laser tag and an arcade.

Much of the first floor of the building has been renovated, after a lengthy permitting process with the City of Santa Barbara.

Expect the doors to open next month.

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