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Santa Maria Sun / Biz Spotlight

The following article was posted on March 20th, 2013, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 14, Issue 2 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 14, Issue 2

Spotlight on: Sandbox Kids and Wildflower Women

Amber Lease, owner

BY COLIN PATRICK HODGES

Sandbox Kids and Wildflower Women celebrated a grand re-opening on March 15. The retail shop recently switched locations within the Santa Maria Town Center to a new venue next to Macy’s.


FIELDTRIP TO WILDFLOWER!
As part of its re-grand opening celebration, Sandbox Kids and Wildflower Women raffled away an entire spring wardrobe.
PHOTO COURTESY OF AMBER LEASE

According to the shop’s owner, Amber Lease, the new site is helping Sandbox Kids and Wildflower Women capture the image they’ve been looking for.

“The relocation really gave the shop a new facelift as far as what we’re trying to portray,” she said. “It represents more of who we are and what we’re about.”

Sandbox Kids and Wildflower Women caters to women of all ages, as well as children, and is a shopping alternative as unique as its name. The one-stop shop supplies customers with an eclectic blend of fashion and accessories that are hard to find elsewhere.

“Our clothing is both quality and fashionable, and at the same time, very affordable,” Lease said. “We really do our best to tend to the customer’s individual needs.

“Everyone has a different body type, and we want to do our best to fit customers into whatever they want to wear,” she added.

Lease has quite a bit of experience helping customers find what they need. In fact, she’s been involved with retail for more than 15 years. Prior to opening Sandbox Kids and Wildflower Women, she worked for a family-owned children’s clothing store for 12 years, where she learned the ins and outs of the fashion industry. When she finally decided to branch out on her own, she was able to bring her own flavor to the business, adding women’s clothing into the mix.

Lease’s new shop, which has now been open for three years, offers a variety of styles. With brands like Paige Denim, Bella Dahl, Darling Clothing, Joe’s Jeans, and Guess, Sandbox Kids and Wildflower Women sells a little bit of everything—providing a shopping venue that’s rare in the Santa Maria Valley.

“We spent the first two years catering to the wants and needs of our customers, because they were looking for clothing that simply wasn’t available to them in Santa Maria,” Lease said. “Now we’ve refined what we have to offer, and we’re going after the styles and accessories that we know people are looking for.”

Interested readers who want to see more of what the shop has to offer should check out its Facebook page; stop by during business hours at 317 Town Center E. Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; or call 922-9195.

Highlights

Jim McNamara, the energy services director with Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo Co., Inc., will be the featured speaker at the March 25 meeting of the North Santa Barbara County Manufactured Homeowners Team. He’ll be discussing programs CAPSLO offers to residents of mobile homes in Northern Santa Barbara County.

The event, set to start at 1:30 p.m., is free and open to the public; come to the clubhouse at Casa Grande Mobile Home Park, 519 W. Taylor, Santa Maria.

McNamara will discuss weatherization and senior home repair.

For more information, contact Jamie at 614-0201 or Bill at 478-0535.

A few tickets are still available for Pacific Pride Foundation’s Royal Ball 2013, to be held on April 13 at 7 p.m. at the Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara. A group of honorary co-chairs, including actors Neil Patrick Harris and Jane Lynch and Iron Chef Cat Cora, will play host at the annual fundraiser, which helps fund essential services for the lesbian, gay, bi, and transgender communities in Santa Barbara County. For more information, e-mail jason@pacificpridefoundation.org or visit pacificpridefoundation.org/royalball.

This week’s Biz Spotlight and Highlights were written and compiled by Intern Colin Patrick Hodges. Information should be sent to the Sun via fax, e-mail, or mail.