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Best of Shopping

09/19/2013

 

Adult Store

1st Place
Diva Passion Boutique, 3431 Telegraph Road, Ventura, 658-8011


2nd Place
Kama Sutra Closet, 451 E. Main St., Ventura, (888) 801-8952


3rd Place
Aphrodite’s Lingerie & Gift, 477 E. Main St., Ventura, 652-0082

 

Antique Store

1st Place
Attaboy Vintage, 2470 E. Main St., Ventura, 648-1668


2nd Place
Times Remembered, 467 E. Main St., Ventura, 643-3137


3rd Place TIE
American Home & Garden, 64 S. Oak St., Ventura, 648-6818
Treasure of Ojai, 110 N. Signal St., Ojai, 646-2852

 

Art Gallery

1st Place
Red Brick Gallery, 315 E. Main St., Ventura, 643-6400


2nd Place
Studio Channel Islands Gallery,  2221 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 383-1368


3rd Place
Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, 643-1960

 

Arts and Crafts

1st Place
Anacapa Fine Yarns, 4572 Telephone Road, suite 909, Ventura, 654-9500


2nd Place
Superbuzzy, 1794 E. Main St., Ventura, 643-4143


3rd Place
Ojai Creates Art and Imagination Store, 606 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, 640-6558

 

Auto Dealer (New)

1st Place
Barber Ford, 3440 E. Main St., Ventura, 642-6701


2nd Place
DCH Toyota, 1631 Auto Center Drive, Oxnard, (877) 393-4478


3rd Place
Paradise Chevrolet, 6350 Leland St., Ventura, 642-0111

 

Auto Dealer (Used)

1st Place
Barber Ford, 3440 E. Main St., Ventura, 642-6701


2nd Place
DCH Toyota, 1631 Auto Center Drive, Oxnard, (877) 393-4478


3rd Place
Paradise Chevrolet, 6350 Leland St., Ventura, 642-0111

 

Auto Parts and Accessories

1st Place
Oldies Speed Shop, 4532 Telephone Road, Ventura, 676-1264


2nd Place
RE Barber Ford, 3440 E. Main St., Ventura, 642-6701


3rd Place
Base Auto and Marine, 475 W. Channel Islands Blvd., Port Hueneme, 985-7373

 

Beauty Supply

1st Place
Pro Beauty Supply, 2724 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura, 648-7600


2nd Place TIE
Salon Centric, 2887 Johnson Drive, Ventura, 658-9180
B&M Beauty Supply, 501 Mobil Ave., suite E, Camarillo, 484-7805

 

Bicycle Shop

1st Place
Trek Bikes of Ventura, 4060 E. Main St., Ventura, 644-8735


2nd Place
Open Air Bicycles, 2386 E. Main St., Ventura, 653-1100


3rd Place
MetalMtn Premium Cycling, 1974 E. Main St., Ventura, 641-3968

 

Book Store

1st Place
Bank of Books, 748 E. Main St., Ventura, 643-3154


2nd Place
Bart’s Books, 302 W. Matilija St., Ojai, 646-3755


3rd Place
Mrs. Figs’ Bookworm, 93 E. Daily Drive, Camarillo, 482-1384

 

Bridal Shop

1st Place
Camarillo Bridal, 425 Arneill Road, Camarillo, 389-1515


2nd Place
Kay’s Bridal, 4420 Alpine St., Simi Valley, 522-3031


3rd Place
Sew What Tailoring & Design, 427 E. Main St., Ventura, 653-1920

 

Children’s Clothing

1st Place
Little Birdy Lane, 2538 E. Main St., Ventura, 755-5336


2nd Place
The Luxe Baby, 1790 E. Main St., Ventura, 236-0970


3rd Place
The Children’s Place, 690 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 389-9218; 190 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 449-1713

 

Cigar shop

1st Place
Smokers’ Castle, 1824 E. Main St., Ventura, 643-7894


2nd Place
Old Oaks Cigar Company, 3006 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 494-1886


3rd Place
Royal Cigar, 134 N. Ashwood, Ventura, 650-8669

 

Comic Book Store

1st Place
Hypno Comics, 1803 E. Main St., Ventura, 651-9767


2nd Place
Ralph’s Comic Corner, 2379 E. Main St., Ventura, 653-2732


3rd Place
Seth’s Games and Anime, 2379 E. Main St., Ventura, 653-5890

 

Dive Shop

1st Place
Ventura Dive and Sport, 1559 Spinnaker Drive, suite 108, Ventura, 650-6500


2nd Place
Peace Dive, 2419 Harbor Blvd., suite 131, Ventura, 650-DIVE


3rd Place
Channel Islands Scuba, 3200 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 230-9995; (818) 225-1616

 

Eco-Friendly

1st Place
The Refill Shoppe, 363 E. Main St., Ventura, 765-9135


2nd Place
Lassens, 4071 E. Main St., Ventura; 3471 Saviers Road, Oxnard; 2207 Pickwick Drive, Camarillo; 2857 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks; 2955 Cochran St., Simi Valley


3rd Place
Patagonia, 235 W. Santa Clara, Ventura, 643-6074

 

Florist

1st Place
Passion Flowers, 920 E. Main St., Ventura, 641-1076


2nd Place
Sweet Peas Flowers & Gifts, 2855 Johnson Drive, suite Q, Ventura, 644-9992


3rd Place
Shell’s Petals, 7820 Telegraph Road, Ventura, 659-4449

 

Formal Wear

1st Place
Sew What Tailoring & Design, 427 E. Main St., Ventura, 653-1920


2nd Place
California and Main, 481 E. Main St., Ventura, 643-6200


3rd Place
Mission Tuxedo, 3615 Telegraph Road, Ventura, 339-0000; 140 W. Fifth St., Oxnard, 483-8888

 

Gift Shop

1st Place
B. on Main, 337 E. Main St., Ventura, 643-9309


2nd Place
Plum Accessory Gift Boutique, 401 E Main St.,Ventura, 641-0113


3rd Place TIE
Las Posas Emporium, 528 Las Posas Rd., Camarillo, 388-8556
Salzer’s Records, 5777 Valentine Road, Ventura, 639-2160

 

Gourmet food

1st Place
Paradise Pantry, 222 E. Main St., Ventura, 641-9440


2nd Place
We Olive, 294 E. Main St., 648-6166


3rd Place
Rainbow Bridge, 211 E. Matilija St., Ojai, 646-4017

 

Health food store

1st Place
Lassens, 4071 E. Main St., Ventura; 3471 Saviers Road, Oxnard; 2207 Pickwick Drive, Camarillo; 2857 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks; 2955 Cochran St., Simi Valley, 641-9440


2nd Place
Rainbow Bridge, 211 E. Matilija St., Ojai, 646-4017


3rd Place
Farmer and the Cook, 339 W El Roblar Drive, Ojai, 640-9608

 

Home Furnishings

1st Place
Urban Home, 2801 Paseo Mercado, Oxnard, 604-7445


2nd Place
For Your Home Furniture, 443 E. Main St., Ventura, 641-1919


3rd Place
Izzy’s Affordable Furniture, 2810 E. Main St., Ventura, 223-2300

 

Jeweler

1st Place
Fox Fine Jewelry, 210 E. Main St., Ventura, 652-1800


2nd Place
Van Gundy, 77 E. Daily Drive, Camarillo, 987-7741; 588 E. Main St., Ventura, 643-9132


3rd Place
Ormachea, 451 E. Main St., Ventura, 652-0484

 

Lingerie

1st Place
Aphrodite’s Lingerie & Gift, 477 E. Main St., Ventura, 652-0082


2nd Place
Diva Passion Boutique, 3431 Telegraph Road, Ventura, 658-8011


3rd Place
Kama Sutra Closet, 451 E. Main St., Ventura, 888-801-8952

 

Liquor Store

1st Place
H&H Liquor, 1839 E. Main St., Ventura, 648-2771


2nd Place
Sam’s Saticoy Liquor, 1500 Los Angeles Ave., Ventura, 647-1979


3rd Place TIE
Five Points Liquor, 2783 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura, 643-4205
Ojai Beverage Co., 655 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, 646-1700
Mandell’s Liquor & Wine Shop, 3915 Telegraph Road, Ventura, 642-1148

 

Men’s Clothing

1st Place
Bob Kildee Clothing, 606 N. Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 482-2124


2nd Place
Iron & Resin, 324 E. Main St., Ventura, 643-0737


3rd Place
WetSand, 446 E. Main St., Ventura, 652-1706

 

Motorcycle Shop

1st Place
Cal Coast Motorsports, 5455 Walker St., Ventura, 642-0900


2nd Place
RPM Cycles, 1495 Palma Drive, #B, Ventura, 644-7159


3rd Place
Ventura Harley-Davidson, 1326 Del Norte Road, Camarillo, 981-9904

 

Musical Instruments

1st Place
Instrumental Music, 3171 E. Main St., Ventura, 654-9388; 1501 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 496-3774


2nd Place
Henson’s Music, 2291 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 482-6115; 301 S. A St., Oxnard, 486-8742


3rd Place
Phil Salazar’s Fiddle Shop, 921 E. Main St., Ventura, 652-0676

 

Nursery

1st Place
Green Thumb Nursery, 1899 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura, 642-8517


2nd Place TIE
Oasis Garden & Patio, 33 S. Palm St., Ventura, 641-9909
Baron Brothers, 7568 Santa Rosa Road, Camarillo, 484-0085

 

Pet Store

1st Place
Ventura Pet Barn, 3203 E. Main St., Ventura, 654-0345


2nd Place
The Wharf, 980 E. Front St., Ventura, 648-5035


3rd Place
Linda’s Claws & Paws, 1865 E. Main St., Ventura, 648-6060

 

Record Store

1st Place
Salzer’s Records, 5777 Valentine Road, Ventura, 639-2160


2nd Place
Grady’s Record Refuge, 2546 E. Main St., Ventura, 648-5565


3rd Place
The Record Outlet, 1489 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 371-0574

 

Shoe Store

1st Place
Wild Planet, 560 E. Main St., Ventura, 643-5238


2nd Place
Decker’s Outlet Store, 4880 Colt St., Ventura, 676-3571


3rd Place
Inside Track, 2437 Harbor Blvd., Ventura, 644-5555

 

Skateboard Shop

1st Place
Five Points Skate Shop, 2787 E. Main St., Ventura, 652-1432


2nd Place
Revolution Surf Co., 1775 Daily Drive, suite C, Camarillo, 383-1288


3rd Place
Val Surf, 3055 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.,Thousand Oaks, 497-1166

 

Smoke Shop

1st Place
Salzer’s Records, 5777 Valentine Road, Ventura, 639-2160


2nd Place
Pipeline Smoke Shop, 228 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura, 643-4420


3rd Place
Wild Side Smoke Shop, 1750 E. Los Angeles Ave., suite D, Simi Valley, 577-8298; 1861 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 371-4941; 2850 Johnson Drive, suite C, Ventura, 644-4060; 608 E. Main St., Ventura, 652-0882

 

Surf Shop

1st Place
Ventura Surf Shop, 88 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura, 643-1062


2nd Place
WetSand, 446 E. Main St., Ventura, 652-1706


3rd Place
Homegrown, 811 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura, 642-7873

 

Swimwear

1st Place
Ventura Swimwear, 1559 Spinnaker Drive, suite 102, Ventura, 642-6281     

2nd Place
WetSand, 446 E. Main St., Ventura, 652-1706


3rd Place
Tiki Girl Boutique, 451 E. Main St., suite 4, Ventura, 643-4800

 

Thrift Store

1st Place
Goodwill: 779 N. Ventura Ave., Oak View, 649-8090; 624 Lindero Canyon Road, Oak Park, (818) 874-4003; 2710 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura, 650-9339; 140 W. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks, 494-7250; 404 E. Main St., Ventura, 641-1101; 2330 W. Sixth St., Oxnard, 483-2511; 2330 N. Rose Ave., Oxnard, 485-0020; 476 W. Los Angeles Ave., Moorpark, 531-0314; 530 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley, 526-5570; 5145 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley, 522-5430; 858 E. Main St., Santa Paula, 933-3020; 267 Arneill Road, Camarillo, 455-9196; 745 W. Ventura St., Fillmore, 524-4708


2nd Place
The Arc Foundation of Ventura County Thrift Store, (800) 228-1413: 265 E. Main St., Ventura, 653-0271; 625 N. Oxnard Blvd., Oxnard


3rd Place:
Coalition Thrift Store, 270 E. Main St., Ventura, 643-4411

 

Tire Store

1st Place
Associated Tires, 6353 Ventura Blvd., #26, Ventura, 654-1355


2nd Place
Motion Tire II, 1400 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura, 648-6682


3rd Place TIE
Fred’s Tire Man, 545 N. Ventura Ave., Oak View, 649-2830
Avenue Tire & Service, 617 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, 648-4334

 

Toy Store

1st Place
Imagine on Main St., 540 E. Main St., Ventura, 643-4463


2nd Place
Serendipity Toys, 221 E. Matilija St., suite E, Ojai, 646-2585


3rd Place
Hypno Comics, 1803 E. Main St., Ventura, 651-9767

 

Video Store

1st Place
Salzer’s Video, 5801 Valentine Road, Ventura, 639-2169

 

Women’s Clothing

1st Place
Blue Moon, 600 E. Main St., Ventura, z643-2553


2nd Place
Le Monde Emporium, 542 E. Main St., Ventura, 648-7463


3rd Place
WetSand, 446 E. Main St., Ventura, 652-1706


EDITOR'S PICKS

Best way to spice up your life

Spicetopia
576 E. Main St., Ventura, 421-4417


There is no end to the culinary possibilities at Spicetopia.

So you think all salt is the same? And ditto for sugar? The fine people at Spicetopia don’t wish to tell you that you’re wrong (even though you are). They would, however, like to invite you to wake up your palate and experience the myriad culinary possibilities available to your taste buds. With at least 20 exotic artisan salts such as Peruvian Pink Flake, Cyprus Black Lava Sea Salt, Sel Gris and 20 more delicious salts infused with everything from smoked serrano or Spanish rosemary to vintage merlot, ghost pepper, aged balsamic and alderwood smoke, it should become crystal clear to the uninitiated that they’ve been rubbing their meat the wrong way. No worries. The helpful crew at Spicetopia is more than happy to help. And if it’s a little sweetness that you’re craving, they’ve got you covered with 16 infused sugars, including cinnamon, habañero, toasted coconut, strawberry, ginger and the ever-popular vanilla bean. 
There truly is no end to the confections a creative cook can concoct with the ingredients available here. For every salt and sugar there is also a spice and some sort of gadget to store it, grind it or dispense it.  Additionally, Spicetopia carries a unique selection of teas, including many green teas, which may be sampled on Tuesdays when the store features tastings, special pricing, tea talk and pastries from Marie Shannon.  And if you’re one of those who wept openly when Toby’s in Ventura closed many years ago, you will find love once again on the shelves of Spicetopia with all sorts of nifty kitchen items, tea- and coffee-brewing systems, Chantal cookware and much more.
    — Michel Miller


Best use of reverse psychology

Green Forest Cafe’s Thai iced tea boba
5936 Telegraph Road, Ventura, 339-9855


Co-owner Sean Seong Soo Shim holds a Thai iced tea boba
smoothie in front of Green Forest Café.

Back in the day before the Internet (whenever that was), in order to lodge a complaint one had to sit down and either write out a formal letter à la Scrooge McDuck or, if you were so bold, by confrontation. Not anymore! Now, with the help of Yelp, complaints can be anonymous, fast and scathing. It takes a real wiz to counteract the sometimes hoard mentality of the Internet, and the folks at Green Forest Cafe have found a counter-measure to stop the Negative Nellies in their tracks.


When Yelp user “Aj D.” called the cafe’s Thai iced tea boba (the little black tapioca pearls dreams are made of) smoothie the “worst” of its kind he’s ever had, owners Sean Seong Soo and Chris Shim made lemonade (er, smoothies) with an old-fashioned technique called reverse psychology.


Outside the door to the cafe sits a sign that reads, “Try the ‘worst’ Thai Tea that one guy on Yelp ever had in his ‘life.’ ” Not only have the brothers negated the review through a classic use of mockery, but they have also called out the all-too-common practice of Internet users blowing the most inconsequential details out of proportion. In this case, a delicious blended drink being one boba too far for some anonymous reviewer.


Now, I’m just a simple newspaper reporter, but my taste buds were far from offended by the Thai iced tea boba smoothie at Green Forest. In fact, it was rather delicious. Then again — maybe the sign worked on me better than I had thought. In any case, score one for the Shims and their ability to flip bad publicity more quickly than the Fresh Prince.

Visit their Facebook at www.facebook.com/greenforestcafe.
 

 

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