Matilija Nursery yields seasonal crops of plants native to the Golden State and farther-flung environs—a stroll through the nursery’s rolling fields reveals such nonindigenous offerings as bearded irises that bloom in both spring and fall. Though the nursery has supplied Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties with flora since 1992, its in-house botanical specialists began to hybridize Pacific Coast irises only recently, and the resulting varieties have proven as colorful as a sailor's vocabulary. Befitting of those who work so close to the earth, the nursery’s staff supports eco-friendly practices and populates the gardens with noninvasive, low-water plants. Customers can browse an online plant-availability database that regularly features botanicals such as matilija poppies, manzanitas, and hummingbird sages capable of luring their hovering namesakes in for a long drink of nectar.
Warehouse Discount Center is primarily a purveyor of home appliances and plumbing wares, although it also hosts in-store cooking classes led by experienced chefs. Amidst an outside grilling theatre, using the finet equipment, Chef masters Craiger Van Zee and Chef JoAnn Hecht teach students the finer points of roasting, grilling, and preparing international dishes. Students are able to sample delicacies created and also take home a new set of culinary skills along with information packets.
Chef Craiger has been in the culinary business for more than four decades and heads up his own educational venture, To Grill or Not to Grill. He has taught more than 3,000 students how to sear and season on the barbeque and enjoys sharing his knowledge with groups of all sizes. Chef JoAnn comes from a teaching and catering background and tailors her classes to complement the seasons.
Hearts of Jade's decorative pieces possess the power to draw a hummingbird to your window for a nip of sugar water, convert a breeze into a medley of chimes, or spice up gardening chores with colorful spades and clippers. And that's just a small selection of its ever-changing home and garden decor. The shop also sells a variety of hardy succulents that compose living artworks, as well as decorative pots, wrought-iron garden ornaments, and rustic wall decor by local artisans. Its staff can even help customers devise a landscape design.
Since 2006, OceanFresh Seafood has sourced high-quality fish and crustaceans from the great blue yonder and brought them to the Simi Valley. The seafood emporium delivers these edibles in a few ways: party platters teeming with snow crab, prawns, and poached salmon; catering services for clambakes and oyster bars; and DIY cooking kits and classes. With raw materials in hand, customers can prepare sushi under the guidance of an expert maki roller or test out their culinary skills at home with maine lobster tails and Maryland-style crab cakes.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Most popular offering: Electronic Cigarette EGO Starter Kit
Pro Tip: Pick up an EGO starter kit with some of the finest e-liquid in town.
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
The NAUI-certified instructors at Ye Ol’ Dive Shop of Simi Valley impart all the skills and training necessary to safely tread below the surface of the sea. Discovery lessons lend an introductory exploration into scuba equipment and diving techniques before students embark on a supervised session within the unexplored depths of a swimming pool. For a more complete discovery of their inner fishes, initiates wade into the Complete Diver Workshop; in this course, extensive review of equipment and safe practices precedes five sessions of open-water training, wherein acquired techniques are pitted against the rigors of currents and high-tech fishing lures. Course fulfillment results in the procurement of a NAUI Scuba Diver certification card as well as CPR and first-aid certification.