Ray Estrada’s Business Report sponsored by SYNERGY Business & Technology Center
Does anyone want to buy a used Mini Cooper that works, but its company can’t any more?
The award-winning Santa Barbara-based company Make it Work, best known for its red Mini Cooper service cars, has abruptly shut down after 11 years of repairing various computer-related devices.
In a prepared statement, company owner Eric Greenspan said declining revenue and few new customers forced him to close.
“Today, June 25, 2012, Make It Work halted operations and is currently in the process of closing the business. It’s a very sad day for man,” the company’s website said. “If you are a client and wish to be directly connected to a technician, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.”
The company employed about 35 workers when it shut down.
Three-day Solstice Celebration Aids Commerce
The effect of this year’s Summer Solstice Parade and three-day festival was “excellent” in the eye of the nonprofit celebration’s Executive Director Claudia Bratton, who has held that post for 14 years.
Bratton rode a float in the parade and said it appears more people lined State Street than in years past. She said it also appeared more Solstice revelers listed to live music, drank in the jammed beer garden, ate food and visited an array of vendors under blue skies at Alameda Park on Saturday.
However, the big boon to business was the buzz on the 500 block of State Street where Baja Sharkeez Cantina bar manager Charlie Roth told KEYT the parade really brought in more customers. “It’s actually increased significantly,” Roth told TV reporter Kelsey Gerckens. “Everyone’s drinking and having a lot of fun; it’s really been great for all of us.” He said it appeared all the bars and restaurants in the area were doing booming business.
Since expanding the Solstice Festival to three days last year, it appeared lodging establishments and shops reaped benefits from it as well, but the metrics on that won’t be in until next month. The Sunday crowd at the park was small compared to Friday’s kick-off day.
A weary Bratton on Monday said the 38th annual Solstice Celebration did a little better than last year. Police reported no serious incidents that might have marred the otherwise peaceful event.
Dressed as a pirate, Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider said the weather couldn’t have been better with no early morning fog, an onshore breeze and temperatures in the low 70s. Schneider joined other elected officials including Councilwoman Cathy Murillo and state Assemblyman Das Williams.