….1st New Santa Barbara Indie in Decades!

Partners Emmett McDonough and Sharon Hoshida have announced that Granada Books, Santa Barbara’s first new indie to open in 20 years, will have its grand opening this June and is intended to be a creative community-based literary and cultural center for readers, writers, educators, families, elders, kids, and arts aficionados in the city’s downtown theatre/arts section on State Street.

“We’ve been working on this for 18 months,” says an enthusiastic Hoshida, former director of the Women’s Center at the University of California at Santa Barbara, “and feel it’s the right time, the right place, and the right location to open this year.” Hoshida and McDonough, a retired corporate executive, were assisted by Paz and Associates in the planning of the 3,300 square foot Granada Books. “This neighborhood has become a vibrant center for the arts,” Hoshida says, “with several theatres and a large free trade public market being built right around the corner from the bookstore.”

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