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SB Newspress: Local shop launches product line named for Montecito
December 24, 2018

SB Newspress: Local shop launches product line named for Montecito

This story about a new line of gourmet foods bearing the Montecito name — wine, coffee, olives and, soon, beer — actually begins in New Zealand. That's where a young John Braid, back in the 1960s, fell in love with wine and sold a lot of it out of his shop.

It's a passion that followed the entrepreneurial Kiwi when we packed his bags and moved to Santa Barbara, and then acquired a little shop on East Valley Road.

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Sandwich Generations Mourn John Braid, Montecito’s King of Meat and Cheese
May 19, 2018

Sandwich Generations Mourn John Braid, Montecito’s King of Meat and Cheese

by Judy Foreman for Newshawk

Owner of popular Village Cheese & Wine Store dies at 84, leaving a legacy of just-the-basics ‘half on a whole’ and legions of well-fed fans.

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