Word of Mouth: Santa Barbara

Wine tasting, farmers markets and local secrets in our guide to this city by the sea

In the Southern California city of Santa Barbara, exploring the picturesque mountains, surf beaches and harbor only tells part of the story. The town boasts a world-class museum, lush botanical gardens and a historic mission; plus its close proximity to fruitful farmlands and ideal climate for vineyards has made the area known for high-quality produce and coveted wines. Now, as the artisanal food movement gains …

Art of Craft

Highlighting artists and their causes through creative, limited edition T-shirt collaborations

by Janine Stankus For branding expert Derek Galkin and longtime TV presenter Sal Masekela, passion and creativity have been keys to successful entrepreneurial careers. In October 2013, the Southern California-based duo launched Art of Craft to celebrate the artisans who have inspired them along the way. “The digital age—as remarkable as it’s been—has been fast and overwhelming,” explains Galkin. “We wanted to stop, take a …

McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream

Honoring the family-owned company's 65-year-old history with a new flagship store in Santa Barbara

When McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream won the Sofi Award for Best Dessert at the New York Fancy Food Show this year, the new owners—winemaker Michael Palmer and chef Eva Ein—were thrilled, but not completely surprised. Palmer and Ein were such loyal fans of the heritage Santa Barbara-based ice cream brand that they bought the company in 2012. The duo’s goals echo the legacy left by …