Mama Mia! The Italian Pottery Outlet celebrates 40 years in Santa Barbara
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Italian Pottery Outlet has been able to do what so many businesses have struggled to do, and that's staying open in the midst of a radical up and down swing of events and tough economy.
The 40-year celebration for the Italian Pottery Outlet is set for Saturday at its downtown store at 929 State Street near Carrillo.
Once mainly a pottery store, it now features an array of other items.
That includes books, kitchen wares, candles, jewelry, items for children and unique gifts you won't see in any other store in the city.
The owners have deep roots to Italy and the handcrafted items are made there often at places that also have years of experience.
Longtimers in Santa Barbara remember when it was just a warehouse on Haley St. Then an outlet on Helena St. in the Funk Zone. Since 2008, it has been on State Street in the middle of the often debated promenade.
Original owners Ben and Carol Spalluto have passed the operations on to their children Julie, Adele and Joe.
Adele Spalluto said their family is closely connected with the family and children of those who are making their products in Italy. They travel there often.
"I go to Italy a couple of times a year. I have never seen a store of this size and we buy from 30 different family owned factories and the same thing my parents used to buy from their parents and now my brother and sister and I work with their kids," said Spalluto. "We have so many other books and linens and jewelry, so many gift items. There aren't a lot of gift shops anymore and we have something in every single price range."
Many customers in person or on line are seeking out this store for that reason.
During the celebration, everything in the store will be 25 percent off.
There will also be live music and in-store snacks.
For more information go to: Italian Pottery Outlet.
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