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The Hollister village of Goleta is full of new restaurants, including the brand new Hochaya tea house.
The restaurant, located at 7060 Hollister Ave., Suite 101, offers a variety of bubble, milk and fruit teas.
The menu includes a Kyoto uji matcha latte, signature fruit tea, yakult red guava tea, pudding milk tea, sesame milk tea and more.
The tea house is at the former location of the Zizzos pop-ups, then Choppa Ice Cream. Neither restaurant really found a stable audience.
Hochaya Tea House opened in early November, shortly after Tap Thai open at the other end of the block in the former location of Sharkey’s Woodfired Mexican Grill. It’s second place for Tap Thai, which has a location in Santa Barbara at 3130 State St.
The Goleta location, however, has much better parking options.
Tap Thai offers quick and casual Thai food, including pineapple fried rice, yellow curry, and shrimp rolls.
Cox Communications recently hosted community leaders at its newly renovated Goleta campus for a tour and ribbon cutting.
“We are very proud of the upgrades and investments we have made here at our Goleta campus, including critical network investments that improve reliability,” said Kirsten McLaughlin, vice president of market for Cox Communications. “We completed this critical work on time and as planned during the pandemic, which has revolutionized the way people live, work and learn and has resulted in record demand on our network. This project and our investments in the network will allow us to continue to support our customers with optimal speeds for generations to come. “
The head office is located at 22 S. Fairview Ave. in Goleta.
McLaughlin shared information about Cox’s new ConnectAssist program, one of his many efforts to create digital equity. ConnectAssist provides affordable Internet service to households receiving government assistance from programs such as Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, Head Start and Veterans Pension, according to a press release.
Tourist taxes on the rise
Santa Barbara hotel bed taxes continue to rise.
The city collected $ 2.7 million in transitional occupancy taxes for October. This is almost a million dollars more than the October 2020 collection. Compared to October 2019, according to the City of Santa Barbara, revenues increased by 29%. The increase is not necessarily due to occupancy, however, but to the increase in average daily rates, which are 36% higher than in October 2019, according to Jennifer Tomaszewski, director of finance and treasury at the city.
“The local travel industry is now seeing an increase in demand for rooms from recent months, which is expected to continue through the fall as the state lifted travel warnings and access to vaccinations became more widely available, ”Tomaszewski said in a press release. .
By October, the occupancy rate had essentially reached pre-pandemic levels, according to the press release.
The city has raised $ 12.6 million through October, the city’s fourth fiscal month. The TOT budget adopted by the city for all funds is $ 23.4 million, of which $ 19.5 million is budgeted in the general fund.
The tax rate on hotel beds is 12%.
Shopping experience at Goodland
Site visitors can purchase gift cards from businesses in Goleta, and merchants can sign up for a free listing at any time, according to a press release from the town of Goleta.
The website was created to help increase local spending and help businesses recover from the impacts of the pandemic, the press release said.
The city has partnered with the San Luis Obispo-based company Gift bar for gift card trading technology. Giftbar hosts businesses on its platform with the technology for businesses to sell and redeem electronic gift cards, according to a press release. Gift cards can be emailed or texted instantly with personalized messages.
“We know how devastating the pandemic has been to our local businesses, and it was a high priority for the council to find a tangible way to help,” said Kelly Hoover, community relations manager for Goleta. “GoodLandGoodShopping.com offers the public a simple and convenient way to support our great businesses. It has the potential to take off and benefit our local economy for years to come. ”
A dozen businesses are listed, but the city hopes the number will increase.