Small Business Spotlight – Illuminée thrives in the midst of COVID-19
Isabelle Brightman has built her career around lighting and interior design. In 2006, she and her husband Chris opened Illuminée, a beautifully curated lighting store on the Westside of Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz County Bank has been privileged to work with Isabelle and Chris on their latest project, Illuminée Studio, which offers contemporary Scandinavian furniture, modern home accessories, and more lighting.
Whether you are remodeling, building, or simply adding to your space, Illuminée’s showrooms will inspire you with its carefully selected collection from world-class artists and manufacturers. Isabelle and Chris use their lighting design expertise to find the perfect light for every style, need, and budget through their extensive selection of home and landscape lighting. Illuminée will gladly work with you directly or through your contractor, designer, or architect.
More About Isabelle and Chris
Isabelle Brightman’s knack for design has been the basis of her professional life since the beginning. Her passion for interior design is what ultimately inspired her to open Illuminée in 2006. She has created a remarkable collection of artisan-made fixtures and lighting options from the world’s top lighting manufacturers. Isabelle is an active and trained member of the American Lighting Association.
Chris has been involved with lighting for 37 years, and is a member of the IES Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. His broad range of experience in creating lighting design plans is both functional and beautiful. He’s always keeping up with innovations while relying on proven performance for specification. He believes that each project is always a collaboration between the client and the other trade professionals involved.
I am so happy to have found a bank that understands our vision. Thank you Santa Cruz County Bank for believing in my business and supporting our expansion.
— Isabelle Brightman, Owner
More about Santa Cruz County Bank
Santa Cruz County Bank is a leading lender in the county, region, state and nation. Most recently, the Bank ranked in the top 10 lenders in the San Francisco District of the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for both the number of loans and the dollar amount of SBA loans. The San Francisco District runs from Santa Cruz to the Oregon border along the coast and includes all Bay Area counties.
The true value of community banks has been demonstrated throughout the pandemic.
When the CARES ACT Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was first announced, Santa Cruz County Bank’s employees sprang into action to develop a secure portal for pre-applications before the program was rolled out by the government. Their early response made it possible for business owners to get in the queue for funding to keep their employees on the payroll and their businesses operating during the pandemic. In hindsight, it was a race against time. The Bank’s employees worked around the clock to secure PPP funding for local businesses before funding ran out, helping local businesses retain over 36,000 jobs and counting.
Santa Cruz County Bank has the resources and lending capacity to help bring your business to the next level. We look forward to continuing to assist in the recovery and reopening of local businesses. We are here for the community with all our heart and soul.