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Sometimes one must leave their hometown to truly appreciate it, which precisely explains Santa Barbara native Donna Greene.
She moved away to Washington, D.C., and elsewhere to study art and graphic design, returning in the 1980s to start her own design business and a second venture this month — Santa Barbara Greeting Cards.
Greene, who also sings in a local blues and jazz band called Donna Greene & The Roadhouse Daddies, took some photography classes in graduate school and has been amassing a treasure trove of photos highlighting Santa Barbara’s most popular beaches and landscapes.
Her friends convinced her to sell them, and she finally agreed. Greene offers two sets of 12 — a greeting card set and a postcard set, each made from recycled paper and assembled (by Greene) into a custom tin with an engraved bamboo pen.
“It’s attractive to locals and visitors,” Greene told Noozhawk. “I think what sets me apart is my passion for living here. I’d like to keep growing the sets.”
The Santa Barbara County Courthouse, Santa Barbara Mission and a number of local beaches made the first cut of cards, which are available at Chaucer’s Bookstore and Santa Barbara Arts in La Arcada Plaza.
Santa Barbara Greeting Cards are also available online.