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Shiver me timbers — it’s time once again for the Best of Ventura County! Whether ye be a landlubber or a sea dog, you’ll want to come with us as we set a course for all the local treasures to be found in these pages.

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Cover and section art by Stephanie Torres Boogie on, party people! The 2021 Best of Ventura County is coming at you right now, and it’s time to get down. In the pages that follow are your favorite Ventura County businesses, locations and serv…

Section art by Stephanie Torres Adult Store 1ST PLACE Salzer’s 5777 Valentine Road, Ventura 805-639-2160, www.salzers.com READER RECOMMENDED Aphrodite’s 477 E. Main St., Ventura 805-652-0082, aphroditesonline.com Three Star Books & News 3…

Section art by Stephanie Torres SHOPPING Adult Store Romantix Trystology Antique Store Antique Adventures Lynn’s Consignments Fun Home Furnishings Art Gallery Santa Paula Art Museum Studio Channel Islands Arts & Crafts Supplies Beads of P…

Section art by Stephanie Torres. Dive Bar  1ST PLACE Rudder Room 2929 Ocean Drive, Oxnard 805-985-6096, www.facebook.com/The-Rudder-Room-250268401727/ READER RECOMMENDED Sans Souci Cocktail Lounge 21 S. Chestnut St., Ventura 805-643-4539, san…

Section art by Stephanie Torres. Children’s Dentist 1ST PLACE Sunny Smiles Dentistry For Children and Young Adults 789 S Victoria Ave. #204, Ventura 805-644-5516, www.sunnysmilesdental.com  READER RECOMMENDATIONS Sugarbug Dental 480 S Victori…

Section art by Stephanie Torres Barber Shop 1ST PLACE 1927 Barber Shop and Shave 1927 E. Main St., Ventura 805-667-9177, www.1927barbershop.com   READER RECOMMENDED Midtown Barbers 2124 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura 805-667-8219, www.mtbarbers.c…

Section art by Stephanie Torres. Accountant 1ST PLACE Farber Hass Hurley, LLP. 300 E. Esplanade Drive, #1130, Oxnard 805-485-7194, www.fhhcpas.com READER RECOMMENDED Billy A. Arnold CPA 801 S. Victoria Ave., #1066, Ventura 805-642-0440 Parkwa…

Section Art by Stephanie Torres Bakery 1ST PLACE Bread Basket 83 E. Daily Drive, Camarillo 805-482-1337, www.breadbasketcake.com READER RECOMMENDED Cafe Ficelle 2024 Ventura Blvd., Unit 110, Camarillo 805-312-7155; 390 S. Mills Road, Ventura,…

Section art by Stephanie Torres Billiards 1ST PLACE Stiix Billiards 2520 Main St., Ventura 805-641-2020, www.facebook.com/StiixBilliards/ READER RECOMMENDED  Victoria Pub and Grill 1413 S. Victoria Ave., F, Ventura 805-650-0060, www.victoriap…

Our biggest and most impressive issue is back for 2020, featuring the top three vote getters in 150 categories, compiled from our readers’ poll. It includes the best in local people, places and things — the shops, restaurants, businesses and …

DINI LEOPOLDO AT MORUMBI JIU JITSU/DINI KETTLEBELL Dini Leopoldo was voted Best Personal Trainer this year — the first for the head fitness instructor at Morumbi Jiu Jitsu. A specialist in Russian kettlebells as well as TRx and body weight tr…






ALOHA DOG GROOMING, BEST PET GROOMER  When things get ruff, Aloha nips it in the bud. The Midtown Ventura dog grooming business keeps pooches pretty and pampered in every way possible, thanks to the loving care of owner Tina Baselice and her …

SALZER’S, BEST RECORD STORE, BEST GIFT SHOP, BEST ADULT STORE AND BEST SMOKE SHOP  The name belies what this Ventura institution has to offer, but the votes will clue you in. Best Record Store, Best Gift Shop, Best Adult Store and Best Smoke …

TAYLOR YOUNG, THE COLOR BAR, BEST HAIR STYLIST  Whether you’re looking to go bombshell blonde, get the grey out or bask in balayage, “color expert” Taylor Young — voted Best Hair Stylist for 2020 — will get it done. The Color Bar salon that s…

Ventura Makos, Best Surf School With a team of expert surfers, a tried-and-true program and an Aloha Spirit, this beloved institution has helped even the most inexperienced landlubbers hang 10. But surf classes (for all ages!) are just one of…

Concerts in Your Car, Best Drive-In Event There was a time when the drive-in was a relic of a simpler, less advanced time — enjoyable for its old-fashioned charm and (for those of us old enough to remember) perhaps a bit of nostalgia. Thanks …

VenTiki Lounge and Lanai, Best Craft Cocktails Walking into VenTiki, you could be forgiven for thinking that you’ve stepped into a Shag painting. But there’s more to Ventura’s famed tiki bar than its remarkable midcentury looks. The drinks ar…

Our biggest and most impressive issue is back for 2019, featuring the top three vote getters in over 200 categories, compiled from our readers’ poll. It includes the best in local people, places and things — the service providers, businesses,…

ADULT STORE 1st Place APHRODITE’S LINGERIE & GIFT GALLERY, 477 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-652-0082 2nd Place THREE STAR BOOKS & NEWS, 434 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-653-9068 3rd Place TRYSTOLOGY, 434 E. Main St., Suite B, Ventura, 888-8…

BARBER SHOP 1st Place 1927 BARBER SHOP AND SHAVE PARLOR, 1927 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-667-9177 2nd Place VENTURA BARBER CO., 2040 E. Main St. #C, Ventura, 805-628-3624 3rd Place SMOOTH’S BARBERSHOP, 3737 Telegraph Road, Ventura, 805-650-722…

ARCADE 1st Place GOLF N’ STUFF, 5555 Walker St., Ventura, 805-644-7131 2nd Place VENTURA HARBOR VILLAGE, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura, 805-477-0470 3rd Place BUENA LANES, 1788 Mesa Verde Ave., Ventura, 805-677-7770 BEACH 1st Place VENTURA ST…

BAKERY 1st Place BREAD BASKET, 83 E. Daily Drive, Camarillo, 805-482-1337 2nd Place CAFÉ FICELLE, 390 S. Mills Road, #B, Ventura, 805-941-3444; 2024 Ventura Blvd., Unit 110, Camarillo, 805-312-7155, 3rd Place ROYAL BAKERY, 4726 Telephone Road…