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Best Santa Barbara Shopping

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The best Santa Barbara shopping is scattered about the entire region, but each Santa Barbara neighborhood has certain streets with higher concentrations of interesting venues. Downtown’s State Street has a mix of chains and local shops, with picturesque side arcades like cobblestoned El Paseo (812 State St.) and La Arcada (1114 State St.), shady Spanish-style shopping plazas built in the 1920s. State Street also is dotted with antique shops and malls like Antique Alley (706 State St.) containing a medley of stalls run by small vendors and leaning more toward collectibles than antiques. Coast Village Road in Montecito has some of the highest-end shopping in the area. In Summerland, it’s Lillie Avenue for everything from antiques to clothing to gift shops. Stearns Wharf on Santa Barbara’s waterfront offers souvenirs.

Santa Barbara Outfitters

Neighborhood: Downtown
This is where Santa Barbarans head when they need to outfit themselves for active sports. There’s a climbing wall to entertain those bored by shopping. Among the brands carried here is Patagonia, the famed active wear manufacturer from just down the coast in Ventura.

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Neighborhood: Montecito

This Montecito shop hasn’t heard about the recession. Browse through the designers represented here—Valentino, Versace, Roberto Cavalli, Stella McCartney and Missoni among them—and you may be rubbing elbows with local and visiting celebrities. You can also find jewelry here by Miriam Haskell and Kenny Jay Lane.

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Just Folk

Neighborhood: Summerland

Owned by two women who’re best known as extremely successful television producers, this shop features a fabulous collection of American folk art and Outsider art. Pieces will make you smile or stand back in awe at the craftsmanship. If you’re looking for something truly unique—from a quilt to a whimsical sculpture to paintings—you’ll find it here. Just folk also carries furniture.

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Italian Pottery Outlet

Neighborhood: The Funk Zone

Anyone who loves Italian hand-painted majolica, but despairs of the cost, is in danger of cardiac arrest in this outlet. Prices hover around 30-40 percent lower than in retail shops, and the selection is terrific, from all over Italy. Need a cool wedding gift? This is the place to get it.

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Blue Bee

Neighborhood: Downtown
The original of three stores (including shoes, jeans, children and men’s shops) spread along State Street, this is the place to find something fashionable, unique attire from edgier designers like Moschino and Marc Jacobs.

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