But Lovebird Boutique offers full range of fashions for women
Lovebird Boutique and Jewelry Bar gives a whole new meaning to the term small business.
The tiny shop at 7 E. De la Guerra St. is less than 500 square feet that are filled with fashionable clothing, jewelry, gifts, accessories, swimwear, intimates and shoes.
“We sell stylish, affordable items for women ages 18 to 80. We aim to provide a pleasurable shopping experience for mothers, daughters and grandmothers,” said Jennifer Scarbrough, who founded the shop in 2009.
She describes her typical customer as “a creative-minded woman, who wants to look like herself, not the masses. She is sophisticated yet natural, effortlessly stylish, and unique. Although fashion is important to her, she is too busy enjoying life to be governed by the latest trends.”
Ms. Scarbrough said her love of fashion, jewelry and art inspired her to take a chance and open the small boutique among Santa Barbara’s larger, more corporate retail neighbors.
‘I knew locals and tourists alike would appreciate a more personal shopping experience. I wanted to offer unique clothing lines, jewelry from local designers and artwork from local artists and really listen to what our customers wanted to see in the boutique,” she said, proudly noting that Lovebird was voted Best Local Boutique the past three years in the Santa Barbara Independent’s annual Reader’s Choice Poll and for the first time this year in the similar News-Press poll.
The clothes, which come in sizes extra small to extra large, are created by designers from all over, but Ms. Scarbrough mainly focuses on local and California designers.
Many of the pieces have local names, like the Anacapa Poncho, Coast Village Cashmere Topper, Mesa Wrap Dress and Riviera Dress.
Gifts and accessories include candles, dishes, diffusers, belts, purses and shoes.
“I also have unusual treasures. I like to think of Lovebird as the treasure store around the corner,” Ms. Scarbrough said.
Jewelry, a top seller ranging in price from $32 to $200, includes necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets, some with local names like Padaro Hoops, Rincon Necklace and Mesa Lane Hoops.
Much of it is made of sterling silver, gold and semiprecious stones by Ms. Scarbrough, who moved to Santa Barbara 30 years ago from Albuquerque, N.Mex.
“For many years, I had my own jewelry design business, which I called Zia Jewelry for my New Mexican background. I love to use turquoise and labradorite in the pieces,” she said, explaining that “labradorite crystals are well known for their action to boost psychic gifts and to stimulate an increase in coincidence and synchronicity.”
Ms. Scarbrough said she named her shop Lovebird “because it’s such a positive word. It makes me feel good. What’s not to like about love and birds?”