A new jazz club has opened at the top of the Loop in Isla Vista as part of the efforts by UC Santa Barbara to bring more alternatives to open street parties in the community.
Spearheaded by Black Studies Department Chair Jeffrey Stewart, who teaches a history of jazz class at UCSB, the new club premiered on Jan. 21. The club is part of Keggers, a new coffee shop inside the Loop residential apartment building. Start-up funding was provided by UCSB Foundation Trustee Marilyn Lee, who served on the Trustees special Isla Vista committee. The committee recommended that UCSB develop more programs in Isla Vista that promoted intellectual as well as cultural development in the community.
Business owner and UCSB alum Nick Mason `11 changes gears from serving froyos in Isla Vista to offering boutique washing and drying services at the newly-opened laundromat Linen – formerly Linen Fluff & Fold—on 436 Bath Street.
The owner of the popular frozen yoghurt shop Sweet Alley on 955 Embarcadero del Mar in Isla Vista took over the operation and lease of the laundromat at the corner of Bath and East Haley in Santa Barbara last year. Linen offers customers the use of new washing machines and stainless steel dryers, with free Wi-Fi, televisions and and children’s activities in the waiting area. Mason also provides pickup and delivery for wash and fold services.
The national Project for Public Spaces organized a two-day planning workshop for Isla Vista in late February. Community leaders, students, regional officials and campus representatives were invited to participate. Funding for the effort came from the Santa Barbara Foundation and was organized by UC Santa Barbara art professor and Isla Vista activist Kim Yasuda. The workshops helped identify community resources and leaders that would bring about positive changes in the intellectual and artistic culture of Isla Vista.
Project for Public Spaces is a non-profit planning, design and educational organization that describes itself as the hub of the global Placemaking movement. Founded in 1975 by William Whyte, author of “The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces,” it has done work in more than 3000 communities in 43 countries. Its goal is to help Isla Vistans create and sustain public spaces that will help build a stronger community.