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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

359 E. Main St., Ventura

805-653-9068

Antique Store

1ST PLACE

Times Remembered

467 E. Main St., Ventura

805-643-3137, times-remembered.business.site

READER RECOMMENDED

Vintage Ventura

2545 E. Main St., Ventura

805-667-8192

Treasures of Ojai

110 N. Signal St., Ojai

805-646-2852, www.treasuresofojai.com

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BEST PLACE FOR A BLAST FROM THE PAST | Downtown Fillmore, Central Avenue, Fillmore Ventura County has no shortage of fun places to satisfy your shopping craving or necessities, and the usual suspects get plenty of traffic. But a few spots off the regular track are worthy of exploring, and of repeat visits. One of those is Downtown Fillmore. The city of Fillmore, along the Highway 126 corridor following the Santa Clara River and part of the region dubbed the Heritage Valley, is well known for its vintage train rides courtesy of the Fillmore and Western Railway Co., a genuinely unique experience in the county. But those seeking unique treasures as well will find them in the city’s downtown district as well, thanks to the vintage clothing stores and other specialty gifts shops in the area. Called the “last, best, small town” and founded in 1887 as the Western Pacific Railroad came to town, Fillmore has worked hard to maintain a historic feel during these modern times. Frequently used by filmmakers to take viewers back in time or mimic “anytown USA,” Fillmore’s Central Street shopping area at the east end of town is a don’t-miss shopping stop, particularly for the antique, vintage and upcycling fan. Fillmore has always had some great curio and thrift stores, but in recent years the offerings have been taken up a notch by new shop owners with a feel for steampunk, mid-century and modern reuse design. Tried and true shops like the Treasure Station, Vintage Pleasures and Heart and Soul Antiques are bustling with new finds. But if you haven’t checked out Ragtyme Station or ReGEN Haus, well, then, you haven’t shopped the new Fillmore. Think mod ceramics paired with clocks built from old engine parts. Long-lost antique pieces combined with gears, or tiles made into beautiful or interesting things for home spaces today. Some items pair a bit of whimsy with otherworldliness, like a human skeleton or taxidermy. With Halloween just around the bend, these shops are a must visit. It isn’t always just a blast from the past. Some stylish clothes can be found while strolling Central Avenue. B-Max offers modern pieces with a varied selection of tops, blouses, dresses and pants in the “Southern California style.” So tune into a good radio station, roll down the windows, leave the coast in the rear view window for the day and cruise east on the 126 for a day in Fillmore. — Kimberly Rivers Pictured: A midcentury shelf unit with mod curated ceramic pieces at Ragtyme Station, Fillmore. 

Art Gallery

1ST PLACE

Latitudes

401 E. Main St., Ventura

805-642-5257, latitudesgallery.com

READER RECOMMENDED

Museum of Ventura County

100 E. Main St., Ventura

805-653-0323, venturamuseum.org

Bell Arts Factory

432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura

805-836-2787, bellartsfactory.org

Mermaid Gallery

1575 Spinnaker Drive, #107B, Ventura

805-746-2566, www.tinaobrienfineart.com

Arts & Crafts Supplies

1ST PLACE

Firefly Ceramics

1580 Saratoga Ave., Unit C, Ventura

805-650-1468, www.fireflyceramics.com

READER RECOMMENDED

Fabric Town USA

2686 E. Main St., Ventura

805-643-3434, www.fabrictownusa.net

Ojai Creates!

606 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai

805-640-6558, ojaicreates.wordpress.com

Auto Dealer

1ST PLACE

Paradise Chevrolet

6350 Leland St., Ventura

805-642-0111, www.paradisechevrolet.com

READER RECOMMENDED

Ventura Toyota

6360 Auto Center Drive, Ventura

805-650-0510, www.venturatoyota.com

DCH Lexus

1640 Auto Center Drive, Oxnard

855-834-6158, www.dchlexusofoxnard.com

Bicycle Shop

1ST PLACE

Ventura Bike Depot

239 W. Main St., Ventura

805-652-1114, www.venturabikedepot.com

READER RECOMMENDED

Open Air Bicycles

2386 Main St., Ventura

805-653-1100, www.openairventura.com

Bill’s Bike Shop

2370 E. Las Posas Road, Camarillo

805-484-1203, www.billsbikeshop.net

Book Store

1ST PLACE

Bank of Books

748 E. Main St., Ventura

805-643-3154, www.facebook.com/bankofbooks/

READER RECOMMENDED

The Bookworm

93 E. Daily Drive, Camarillo

805-482-1384

Calico Cat

495 E. Main St., Ventura

805-643-7849, www.calicocatbooks.com

Bridal Shop

1ST PLACE

Bella Mucci’s Bridal Couture

4221 E. Main St., Ventura

805-620-0604, www.bellamuccisbridalcouture.com

READER RECOMMENDED

Ever After Bridal Boutique

690 Walnut St., Moorpark

805-222-5112, ea-bridal.com

Alexis Bridal

1830 Lockwood St., #104, Oxnard

805-485-5800

Dive Shop

1ST PLACE

Ventura Dive & Sport

1559 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura

805-650-6500, www.venturadive.com

READER RECOMMENDED

Channel Islands Scuba

1348 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks

805-230-9995, cisdivers.com

Blue Tuna Spearfishing

1302 Tower Square #4, Ventura

805-826-3483, bluetunaspearfishing.com

Eco Friendly Business

1ST PLACE

The Refill Shoppe

363 E. Main St., Ventura

805-765-9135, www.therefillshoppe.com

READER RECOMMENDED

Ecugreen

231 E. Main St., Ventura

805-890-3155, ecugreen.com

Abednego Book Shoppe

2682 E. Main St., Ventura

805-643-9350, www.facebook.com/abednegobooks

Florist

1ST PLACE

Yamaguchi Flowers

18814 E. Telegraph Road, Santa Paula

805-525-9268

READER RECOMMENDED

Mom and Pop Flower Shop

3051 E. Main St., Ventura

805-653-6929, www.momandpopflowershop.biz

Sweet Pea Flowers and Gifts

2855 Johnson Drive, Ventura

805-644-9992, www.sweetpeaflowersandgifts.net

Gift Shop

1ST PLACE

Salzer’s Records

5777 Valentine Road, Ventura

805-639-2160, www.salzers.com

READER RECOMMENDED

B On Main

446 E. Main St., Ventura

805-643-9309, www.bonmain.com

Very Ventura Gift Shop and Gallery

540 E. Main St., Ventura

805-628-3540, very-ventura.com

Visit Ventura

101 S. California St., Ventura

805-641-1400, visitventuraca.com

Home Furnishings

1ST PLACE

For Your Home Furniture

443 E. Main St., Ventura

805-641-1919, www.fyhfurn.com

READER RECOMMENDED

Lynn’s Consignments

1975 E. Main St., Ventura

805-628-3289, venturaconsignments.com

Couch Potato

2304 E. Main St., Ventura

805-641-1612, coachpotatofutons.com

Hot Tub/Swim Spa Dealership

1ST PLACE

Coastal Softub & Spa-Warehouse

6019 Olivas Park Dr. A, Ventura

805-654-9000, www.spa-warehouse.com

READER RECOMMENDED

Ojai Pool Store

510 W. El Roblar Dr., Ojai

805-640-1288, californianaturalpools.com

HotSpring Spa and Patio

2901 E. Main St., Ventura

805-650-7727, www.hotspringspaandpatio.com

Jeweler

1ST PLACE

Fox Fine Jewelry

560 E. Main St., Ventura

805-652-1800, foxfinejewelry.com

READER RECOMMENDED

Jewelry Couture

390 S. Mills Road, Ventura

805-650-0005, www.jewelrycouture.com

Lynn’s Jewelry Studio

4572 Telephone Road, #906, Ventura

805-642-5500, lynnsjewelry.com

Lingerie

1ST PLACE

Aphrodite’s

477 E. Main St., Ventura

805-652-0082, aphroditesonline.com

READER RECOMMENDED

Ojai Lingerie

805-619-9444, ojailingerie.com

Trystology

588 E. Main St., Ventura

888-801-8952, www.trystology.com

Marijuana Dispensary

1ST PLACE

Wheelhouse

521 W. Channel Islands Blvd., Suite 1, Port Hueneme

805-382-0420, www.wheelhouseph.com

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SafePort

353 W. Channel Islands Blvd., Oxnard

805-843-3131, safeportcannabis.com

Skunkmasters

233 E. Channel Islands Blvd., Port Hueneme

805-953-9174, skunkmasters805.com

Musical Instruments

1ST PLACE

Henson’s Music Center

301 S. A St., Oxnard

805-486-8742, www.hensonsmusic.net

READER RECOMMENDED

Guitar Planet

1822 E. Main St., Ventura

805-648-4633, www.guitarplanet.us

Guitar 48

600 E. Main St., Ventura

805-628-9540, guitar48.com

Music Freqs

2258 Pickwick Drive, Camarillo

805-383-3555, www.musicfreqs.com

Nursery

1ST PLACE

Green Thumb

1899 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura

805-642-8517, www.greenthumb.com

READER RECOMMENDED

Yamaguchi Flowers

18814 E. Telegraph Road, Santa Paula

805-525-9268

Ventura Cactus and Succulents

1166 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura

805-755-5119

Pawn Shop

1ST PLACE

Pawn Shop of Ventura 

2016 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura

805-641-9445

READER RECOMMENDED

Pawn Dog Jewelry and Loan

1828 Saviers Road, Oxnard

805-486-4827

Olde Town Jewelry And Loan

3980 Market St., Ventura

805-641-2274

Pet Store

1ST PLACE

The Wharf

980 E. Front St., Ventura

805-648-5037, store.thewharfonline.com

READER RECOMMENDED

Ventura Pet Barn

3203 E. Main St., Ventura

805-654-0345, venturapetbarn.com

Petropolis

5800 Santa Rosa Road, Suite 144, Camarillo

805-482-9121, www.petropoliscamarillo.com

Record Store

1ST PLACE

Salzer’s

5777 Valentine Road, Ventura

805-639-2160, www.salzers.com/

READER RECOMMENDED

Record Outlet

1489 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Unit 1, Thousand Oaks

805-371-0574, www.recordoutlet.com 

Jockamo Records

522 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura

805-667-8178, recordstoreday.com

Grady’s Record Refuge

2546 E. Main St., Ventura

805-648-5565, gradysrecordrefuge.com

Shoe Store

1ST PLACE

The Wharf

980 E. Front St., Ventura

805-648-5037, store.thewharfonline.com

READER RECOMMENDED

Birkenstock Footprints of Ventura

518 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura

805-643-7043

Mile 26 Running Co.

2222 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura

805-628-9501, www.mile26runningco.com

Shopping District

1ST PLACE

Downtown Ventura

downtownventura.org

READER RECOMMENDED

The Collection

thecollectionrp.com

Ventura Harbor Village

www.venturaharborvillage.com

Skateboard Shop

1ST PLACE

Five Points Skate Shop

2787 E. Main St., Ventura

805-652-1432, five-points-skate-snowboards.business.site

READER RECOMMENDED

Revolution Board Company

2235 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 805-383-1288; 819 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura, 805-667-8822

revosurf.com

Momentum Ride Shop

461 W. Channel Islands Blvd., Port Hueneme

805-985-4929, momentumrideshop.com

Smoke Shop

1ST PLACE

Salzer’s

5777 Valentine Road, Ventura

805-639-2160, www.salzers.com

READER RECOMMENDED

Wild Side

608 E. Main St. and 2850 Johnson Dr. F, Ventura

805-652-0882; 805-644-4060; www.smokepipeshops.com/wild-side-ventura/

Puff n Stuff

129 W. Pleasant Valley Road, Oxnard

805-832-4088

Surf Shop

1ST PLACE

Ventura Surf Shop

88 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura

805-643-1062, shopvss.com

READER RECOMMENDED

Revolution Board Company

2235 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 805-383-1288; 819 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura, 805-667-8822

www.revosurf.com

Anacapa Surf N Sport

1055 Harbor Blvd., Oxnard

805-382-1602

Thrift Shop

1ST PLACE

Goodwill

VENTURA: 2710 E. Thompson Blvd., 805-650-9339; 404 E. Main St., 805-641-1101; 9388 Telephone Road, 805-671-5086

OXNARD: 130 Lombard St., 805-981-0130

gwvsb.org

READER RECOMMENDED

ARC Foundation Thrift Store

265 E. Main St., Ventura

805-485-6690, www.arcfoundationvc.org

Buffalo Exchange

532 E. Main St., Ventura

805-648-6873, www.buffaloexchange.com/location/main-st-ventura/

Tire Store

1ST PLACE

Big Brand Tire

531 Ventura Blvd., Oxnard, 805-822-5555; 1313 S. Oxnard Blvd., Oxnard, 805-487-7883; 3650 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-650-3290

bigbrandtire.com

READER RECOMMENDED

America’s Tire

4640 Telephone Road, Ventura

805-639-0166, www.americastire.com

5 Day Tire Store

804 E. Main St., Ventura

805-648-2712, www.5daytirestore.com

Women’s Clothing

1ST PLACE

Tiki Girl

434 E. Main St., Ventura

805-643-4800, www.shoptikigirl.com

READER RECOMMENDED

Buffalo Exchange

532 E. Main St., Ventura

805-648-6873, www.buffaloexchange.com

Barefoot Boutique

1575 Spinnaker Drive, #106B, Ventura

805-300-6902, barefootboutique.shop