Let's start the main tour. Our first stop will be the La Cumbre Plaza
shopping center. La Cumbre Plaza used to be the only shopping mall in
all of Santa Barbara, and still is the only shopping mall with adequate
parking year round and the parking is free. At the newer downtown
Paseo Nuevo mall it's difficult to find a parking space anywhere in any of the
parking garages, and the parking isn't free.
Here we see a picture of Robinsons May. Those bells in the tower used to
chime every hour when I was a very young child but they haven't done that for
a long time now. When Robinsons first opened in the 1960's people felt that
it was such a fancy store that they would put on their best Sunday clothes
just to go shopping there. Well luckily for us people don't dress up to go
to Robinsons anymore so I think we can just go in dressed as we are and
As we walk in from the plaza we first pass the cosmetics department where
salesladies will attempt to spray you with perfume.
On the bottom floor is the silver and china section. This stuff looks
pretty expensive, but nonetheless this place does have that department
Over on the left is a small slab of glass about 6" high with a
swan carved in it. If you look closely you can see the price of this is
$160.00 My gosh, who would pay $160.00 for this?