Carlos, Carlos

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Carlos Santana is quite the entrepreneur these days. In 2000, the rocker launched a line of women's' shoes, Carlos by Carlos Santana, which features footwear that, according to its Web site, "reflect the same passion and energy that is generated by Carlos Santana's music." Then the longtime Marin County resident released fragrances for men and women ("evoking the vibrant passion and dynamic rhythms of Carlos' masterful guitar and rich musical tapestry with every hint of scent") and worked with vintners to create Santana DVX sparkling wine ("Santana likened the process of arriving at the final marriage of grapes and dosage to the masculine/feminine counterpoint of rhythm and melody in music.") Sore feet? Doused yourself too heavily in perfume? Drunk as a skunk? You can rest, shower and get sober in the Carlos Santana suite at the Hotel Triton in San Francisco, which features a "Technicolor tapestry of Santana's most heartfelt and intense imagery" and "inspires a peaceful, yet invigorating energy, much like the man himself." And then there are his namesake bongo drums and guitars. Now, Santana has announced ...

... that he and wife Deborah are entering the food biz. He's paired up with Walnut Creek-based Dudum Sports & Entertainment Corp to introduce a chain of Mexican eateries called "Maria Maria" - named, of course, after the infectious song you couldn't get out of your head back in 1999. His first one, in Walnut Creek, will open in April. The atmosphere will be "inspired by his music." And there will no doubt be a tapestry in there somewhere.

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