Ventura offers eclectic, locally owned shops where you can find items you won’t see anywhere else. A variety of these shops lines the streets of Ventura, featuring clothing boutiques, antique stores, home and garden shops, art galleries, gift stores and other specialty shops.
Starting in downtown Ventura, just steps away from the beachfront promenade, a walk through Main Street is like no other. Right away, countless storefronts will grab your attention. Sometimes it seems as if every other shop is calling your name. During the day, the beachy vibe is undeniable with the sun shining like it’s July year round. At night, string lights line the streets, creating a continuous sense of celebration.
Let’s start with clothes. Something old, something new, something consigned, and something blue–it’s all there. Step into Heavenly Couture, a boutique-type store that boasts fashion at $15 or less. If you’re looking for a buy-and-sell paradise, explore Buffalo Exchange. You can offer your outgrown apparel for purchase and browse the fashion treasures of others. If you have an event coming up like prom or a fancy dinner, California & Main will help you find the perfect formal dress. When accessorizing, exquisite jewelry is easy to find. Betty Belts is one of the coolest jewelry stores around because they turn leftover surfboard resin into gorgeous accessories. Fox Fine Jewelry, Ormachea Jewelry, and Silver Trends are just a few more stores that will charm you every time.
Need something unique for yourself or a friend? The Refill Shoppe creates custom soaps and lotions with scents you choose. Ocean lovers won’t be able to stay away from Sea Things, a pleasant gift shop where one can find shells, home decor, and much more. Furthermore, the variety of olive oil and products at We Olive is impressive to say the least. (Try their lotion!) For loyal antique junkies, Times Remembered is a massive shop full to the brim with lovely things of the past. Thrift shoppers often stumble up on great finds at stores like The Coalition and Jacqueline Jarrot Treasure Chest Thrift Store. For surfers, Walden Surfboards is the perfect place to find a board, wetsuit, and beachy apparel. You’ll be happily riding the waves before you know it!
Ventura Harbor Village
If you’re looking for even more souvenirs that remind you of the beach, head to the Ventura Harbor. You can expect to find the perfect gifts for the ocean lovers in your life in this quaint shopping destination. For instance, browse the Ventura County Potters’ Guild, where you can find handmade gifts that showcase local artists’ ceramic abilities. Shopping for kids? Visit Harbor Wind & Kite Co., a place especially for those who like their toys to soar and the only kite store in the central coast! Ventura Swimwear offers a special experience in swimwear shopping. They cater to those of us for whom it’s comforting to know we’re wearing the perfect swimwear for our unique body types by offering custom fittings with purchase! To top it all off, there’s a shop called Hats Unlimited, which carries over 1,000 styles of hats.
Antiques, Collectibles and Thrift Stores
Many people come to Ventura for its wide array of antiques, collectibles, and thrift stores. There are several stores to visit all within walking distance in downtown Ventura. Vintage decor, clothing, accessories, books -no matter what you’re looking for, you’ll enjoy your search in our quaint downtown. The visual cues of simpler times like rustic milk crates, classic tiffany lamps, unicycles, and candelabres will allow you to reminisce through the eras while window shopping . And be sure to follow our treasure finds blog to see our best finds!
The Pacific View Mall offers something different–your favorite stores like H&M and PacSun provide affordable fashion. Department stores including Macy’s, Sears, and JCPenney bring the looks you love to Ventura, so make sure to check those out.