Local Lowdown: The Shopkeepers

Posted on Dec 22 by SEASONS Magazine

The Shopkeepers, courtesy photo.

The Shopkeepers, courtesy photo.

RIGHT IN THE HEART of the Funk Zone is The Shopkeepers, a charming and artisanal purveyor of “curious goods for curious people.” Inside you’ll find high-quality hand-selected European and American goods such as men’s and women’s clothing, jewelry, shoes, handbags, accessories, books, cards and apothecary items.

John and Patti Simpson, known for their local jewelry brand, Waxing Poetic, created a space for those with an ear for music, an eye for art and a soul for fine unique curios.

The walls of The Shopkeepers act as an art gallery, boasting photos of musical icons by renowned photographer Norman Seeff, and a handcrafted drum set turned chandelier—an homage to their love of music. The built-in stage hosts intimate musical and artistic spoken events that bring the community together.

“This store was inspired by the space and an opportunity to be a part of the community and create something amazing,” John says. “The beauty of the Funk Zone is that it’s okay to be funky…We can be artistic and rough-edged, and we want to celebrate that.”

The Shopkeepers, 137A Anacapa St., 805/883-3122, theshopkeepers-sb.com

—Anna Kodelashvili

This story was originally published in the Winter 2017-18 issue of Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine.

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