Downtown Ventura Shopping District
Downtown Ventura Shopping isn't just "shopping",
it's an experience!
As you stroll along Main Street in the downtown Ventura
district, it’s hard to imagine that dirt
roads, wooden sidewalks, saloon halls
(gun-fights included) were commonplace, not unlike any other “authentic
Today, the downtown area is a shopper’s haven with
stores, hometown bookstores,
making downtown Ventura shopping a unique and fun experience.
Since there is much to choose from, here are several
to get you started...
Very Ventura Gift Shop & Gallery
79 S. California St.
Store Hours: (Closed Mondays)
Tue - Wed: 11am to 6pm
Thur - Sat 11am to 8pm
Sun 11am to 6pm
Fun-in-Ventura's very own store downtown, featuring:
- Beautiful paintings, photography and other creations by local artists
- Tasty, locally produced specialty foods (honey, chocolate, salsa,
- Large selection of Ventura themed souvenirs & novelties
(t-shirts, sweat shirts,
hats, mini-surf boards, mugs, key chains, etc)
E Main St
Store Hours: Sun-Thurs: 10:30-5:30, Fri &
You’ll find anything here
from antique furniture pieces to retro-toys and games sure to push your
nostalgic button. You just may leave with a set of Gumby and Pokey
figures or a Felix-the-Cat clock.
Rosie Lee Imports
E. Main Street
Store Hours: Mon: 11-6, Tues-Sat: 10-6,
Do you miss the U.K., want to
visit the U.K or are just plain curious about the Brits? Go and see
Susanne (who is English) at Rosie Lee Imports. It's
a British Import store with foods and gifts from the U.K., plus unique
items from South Africa and Australia. They have
a good selection of teas (loose and teabags), biscuits,
teapots, mugs, sausages, meat pies, crisps, jams. pickles and much
more. "Jolly good!"
The Refill Shoppe
363 W. Main St.
Store Hours: Mon-Sun 10am - 6pm
The Refill Shoppe is an eco-conscious store challenging the
of consumerism by offering quality bath, body, home and cleaning
liquids in bulk. By allowing you to refill your own bottle or one of
the many they carry you can do your part to reduce waste in a fun way!
They carry shampoo, conditioner, lotion, bath gel, bubble bath, dish
soap, laundry detergent, window cleaner, castile soap and more! Scent,
color and essential oils can be added to most of the products if
Things from Heaven
365 E. Main Street
Hours: Mon: 10-6, Wed-Sat: 10-6,
Proclaimed as the
world’s largest angel store, you’ll find an outstanding collection of
handcrafted Angel figures and other spiritual treasures. Due to the
remarkable recovery and journey of Ventura Artist, Bill Jerald, Things
from heaven has been featured on CBS news; and many visit the store to
place post-it-note prayers on the prayer wall at the back of the store.
92 S. Laurel Street
Store Hours: Mon-Thurs: 11-5, Fri & Sat:
11-7, Sun: 12-5
favorites or find new ones at downtown Ventura’s only record store!
From Jazz to Old School, there is a wide selection of LP’s (remember
those?), CD’s and DVD’s to choose from. On the corner of Santa Clara
and Laurel, you
can’t miss it!
500. E. Santa Clara Street
Store Hours: Mon-Sat: 10-6, Sun: 11-5
While dolphins and
mermaids take center stage at Sea Things, check out the large shell
collection. This is worth the stop on your way to or from the beach!
B on Main
337 E. Main Street
Store Hours: Mon-Thurs: 10:30-6, Fri & Sat:
10:30-8, Sun: 11-5
The best place for
beach-themed and other fun gifts. They also have a nice collection of
prints by local artists for sale.
Blue Moon Clothing Outlet
600 E. Main Street
Store Hours: Mon-Sat: 7-10:30, Sun: 12-5:30
Blue moon is
kind of “like a box of chocolates”….well, you know the rest. That’s
because they like to mix it up by offering different clothing styles
and accessories (new and used) from one weekend to the next (or at
least it seems that fast to me), all at affordable prices. And, unlike
the other downtown stores that sell used clothing, you can try the
stuff on before you buy!
477 E. Main Street
Store Hours: Mon-Thur:
10:30-7, Fri & Sat: 10:30-10,
A fun stop
if you are
looking for a gift for the bride-to-be or something to spice up those
romantic weekend getaways.
493 E. Main Street
10:30-6, Fri & Sat: 10:30-9
Before moving to its present location on the corner of California and
Main, we first discovered Silver Trends tucked away in the quiet hall
way of the Zander Building. Finding Silver Trends was like stumbling
onto a hidden treasure trove of earrings, necklaces and bracelets. The
owner, Mo, greeted us ...
Fox Fine Jewelry
560 E. Main Street
Mon - Thurs 10:30 - 7
Sat 10:30 - 10
Sun 12 - 6
Voted Ventura County's best jeweler, Fox Fine Jewelry specializes in
unique jewelry designs, and also carries Pandora jewelry. Owner George
Fox is a Master Jeweler and Certified Gemologist who does repairs and
custom design on-premises. Fox also travels to Antwerp, Belgium to
purchase diamonds direct from the cutters. Sell them your gold, and
they’ll recycle it in their custom designs!
Bank of Books
748 E. Main Street
Store Hours: Mon-Thur: 10-7, Fri & Sat:
Hands-down, the best used
bookstore in town and a haven for book-lovers of all ages. With every
genre available, you could spend hours browsing among the ceiling-high
bookshelves before you even make it down to the second floor. “Used
Book King” and store owner, Clarey Rudd, likes to greet everyone that
comes in the door; and thanks to him, Ventura was deemed as an
“international book city.” So far, Bank of Books has shipped books to
over 85 countries.
For Your Home Furniture
443 E Main Street
Store Hours: Mon-Sat: 10-6:30, Sun: 11-5
As a casual shopper strolling down Main Street, you may not have home
improvement on your mind. That is, of course, until you set foot inside
Ventura’s most fun & unique furniture store in town... Read
FOOD & WINE
Trufflehound's Fine Chocolates
607 E. Main Street
Store Hours: Tues-Thurs: 10-6, Fri & Sat:
10-8, Closed Sunday
walk in the door, the come-hither stares of handmade gourmet truffles,
dark chocolate, carmel, almond clusters and peanut butter cups greet
you looking good enough to make your mouth water (your taste buds won't
complain either). My favorite? … all of them!
The Wine Rack
14 S. California Street
Hours: Mon/Tues: 4-9, Wed/Thurs: 2-9,
Fri/Sat: 12-10, Sun: 2-8
You’ll find the best selection of wine-themed gifts for the wine
lover in your life. Not to mention, it’s the perfect place to rest your
tired tootsies after a day of Ventura shopping. Sit back, sip some wine
(with over 100 different labels, you’re sure to find something you
like) and munch on a cheese plate while you watch the world walk on by.
We Olive Ventura
294 E. Main Street
Store Hours: Daily 10-6
gun-slinging saloon patron ancestors would probably flip over in their
graves at the site of folks linin’ up at the bar for a sampling of
California-certified olive oils, gourmet vinegars, salsas and pestos.
Nonetheless, We Olive is a welcome new addition to the downtown Ventura
shopping district. There is a lot more than olive oil in this store
including pastas, pasta sauces and mustards (try the spicy apple
mustard with ginger and cinnamon - our favorite). There are also skin
products, candles and other assorted gift items available.
Coalition Thrift Store
270 East Main Street
Store Hours: Mon-Sat: 9-6, Closed Sunday
One of the
thrift stores left over from the days when Ventura shopping was only
known for the antique shops and thrift stores that lined the streets.
Dedicated to ending family violence, this shop is well organized and
clean (as far as thrift shops go). The clothes are color-organized
which makes it easier to browse though (I’ve had the best luck here in
finding never-worn items and scooping up other good deals). Coalition
For the complete Ventura shopping
experience, exploring the side streets near Main Street is highly
For some extra cost savings
for these and other Ventura businesses.
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