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Ever since his parents opened a bookstore in 1954, Clarey Rudd's life has revolved around the written word. Clarey owned and managed 24 bookstores between 1974 and 1996 before depositing a life?s worth of knowledge into Bank of Books, where the next generation of Rudds joins in the family business by sorting and shipping more than 200,000 new, used, and rare titles dating back to the 1600s. A veritable potpourri of genres greets visitors at the two-level store, and that?s only the tip of the iceberg. The Rudd clan restocks the shelves daily, sending excess titles to a warehouse where more than 2 million additional books reside. With both book-filled facilities to draw from, the Rudds have no problem helping interested parties hunt down everything from new releases to ancient manuals. They keep Bank of Books filled with works from local authors and national bestsellers, even saving some space for local artists to exhibit and sell their work.
748 E Main St
Ventura,
CA
US
Before they could move into their dream winemaking facility, the proprietors of Casa Barranca Winery Tasting Room had to exhume it. The team dug 15 feet into the earth and hacked their way through two feet of stone in order to gain access to a century-old stone water cistern, which they subsequently converted into a solar-powered underground winery. Today, the winemakers handcraft Old World–style varietals from organic grapes that flourish in the Ojai Valley's warm climate. Grown and farmed without pesticides or herbicides, the grapes are part of the natural, sustainable practices that earned Casa Barranca the first organic certification for a winery in the Santa Barbara region. They're also what give Casa Barranca's critically lauded and award-winning wines their fruity, earthy flavors. Visitors can sample these bouquets amid murals of the local wine region in the winery's tasting room, located in downtown Ojai's Historic Arcade.
208 E Ojai Ave
Ojai,
CA
US
When the lights flicker on and off at The Gourmet Detective, there's no cause for alarm?it's all just part of the show. The interactive murder mystery dinner theatre injects a three-course meal with whimsical performers who blend comedy and drama into a vintage whodunnit. Each show transports its captive audience to the era of film noir, wrapping them into a dark, twisting narrative scored with live music from a lounge singer. The scene is set as guests mingle with the characters at a pre-show cocktail hour, then step into the seedy restaurant those characters run. When the first players are bumped off at the start of the meal, everyone in the crowd becomes equally gumshoe, witness, and suspect. Throughout the dinner, guests can either sit back and enjoy the show or gather clues by talking with the characters who serve each course between the scenes. The evening culminates in a reveal of the real culprit, as well as the audience's most inaccurate guesses.
211 North Signal Street
Ojai,
CA
US
At Heavenly Couture, visitors shop chic clothes, accessories, and shoes from major department-store brands.?The one thing shoppers won't find, though, is department-store prices. The brand-new items are marked down up to 85% from their original list prices, thanks to the boutique's savvy bulk-buying practices.
379 E Main St
Ventura,
CA
US
Taking its name from the neighborhood carnicerias that dot the West Coast, Ceria strives to maintain a laid-back market vibe while showing off up-to-the-minute skate clothing and kicks for men and women. T-shirts, sneakers, hoodies, hats, watches, and dresses flaunt their streetwise style to visitors. Throw the women's A*Voyce zipper T-shirt over a shoulder before venturing outdoors ($30), or secure a more formal look by sporting the men's 10 Deep utility button-down shirt ($40). Stussy's black chinos keep legs stylishly wrapped up for later use ($60), while Gourmet's The 25 sneaker ($68) and Undefeated's 2 Tone U Snap Back hat ($24) ensure that both your highest and lowest parts are comfortably covered as you flee from roaming packs of paparazzi.
324 E Main St
Ventura,
CA
US
Beads of Paradise's experienced bauble-buffs outfit artists with a massive selection of beads and tools to design and create jewelry. Scintillating strands of 4-millimeter bicone Swarovski crystal beads ($12–$16) dazzle patrons with their variety of hues. Yellow 8-millimeter tiger-eye ornaments ($14) cast their predatory amber gaze across Japanese seed beads ($4.25/tube), which serve as a buffer between larger jewelry elements and Andre the Giant cameo lockets. The storefront is bedecked with a wide selection of natural gemstones ($16), iridescent crystals, and a range of specialty necklace-fillers. Pendants made from real leaves dipped in gleaming metals ($10–$45) shelter Mother Nature's beauty like a grizzly-bear linebacker. The shop's knowledgeable staff guides customers through the process of choosing a color scheme or the appropriate tool for any jewel-encrusted project.
1792 Callens Rd
Ventura,
CA
US
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