Ventura offers eclectic, locally owned shops where you can find one-of-a-kind items you won’t find anywhere else. Quaint shops line Ventura’s streets; clothing boutiques, antique stores, home and garden shops, art galleries, gift stores and specialty shops that almost defy description. It’s all here, and almost all of it is within walking distance. Ventura is the perfect town to park and shop.
Starting in downtown Ventura, just steps away from the beach, a walk down Main Street is a shopper’s dream. Quirky and intriguing storefronts vie for your attention, calling your name. During the day, Ventura’s beachy vibe is undeniable, with the sun shining like it’s July year-round. At night, strings of light line the streets, creating a sense of celebration. Rightly enough.
Let’s start with clothes. Something old, something new, something consigned, and something blue–it’s all here. For the highest quality outdoor apparel, there’s hometown hero Patagonia (founded here). For Patagonia overruns, seconds and closeouts, grab great bargains at nearby Real Cheap Sports. With outdoor/active life in mind (it’s what Ventura is about), on nearby Main Street, you’ll find Iron & Resin; also home-grown, also high-quality outdoor gear (and toys). All along Main Street, you’ll keep falling into shopping heaven and fun opportunity. 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. Maybe something jaw-droppingly breathtaking to hang on your wall? You’ll find the quintessential shot of Ventura at Latitudes Fine Art Gallery. You’ll find everything beachy (and great greeting cards) at B. On Main. Exquisite, wholly unique, ocean-oriented jewelry? Nothing like Betty Belts; where else is leftover surfboard resin transformed into gorgeous accessories? Plenty of other unique, lovingly hand-crafted jewelry offerings. See for yourself at Fox Fine Jewelry, Ormachea Jewelry, and Silver Trends.
Need something unique for a friend (or yourself?) 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 you’ll find shells, home decor, and much more. Shop Tiki Girl and Kariella are filled with things that define cute and stylish. Meadow Clothing & Jewelry is a good stop for those of us who don’t wear clothing for 19-year-olds anymore. Folke has vintage and mid-century home decor. Antique junkies and thrift shoppers, we’ve got your fix. Uncover great finds up and down Main Street, at stores like the Coalition Thrift Store and Jacqueline Jarrot Treasure Chest Thrift Store. For surfers, Walden Surfboards and Ventura Surf Shop are the perfect places to buy (or rent) boards, wetsuits, and beachy apparel. We are surfing. Trust us, there’s nothing like it. We’re home to Cowboy too. Check out The Wharf on Front Street.
Ventura Harbor Village
If you’re looking for even more souvenirs that remind you of the beach (and a nice stroll beside the water), head to the Ventura Harbor. You’ll find the perfect gifts for the ocean lovers in your life in this quaint shopping destination. Browse the Ventura County Potters’ Guild, where you’ll find handmade gifts that showcase the talents of our local artists. Cute clothes at Barefoot Boutique. Ventura Swimwear offers a special experience in swimwear shopping — and they offer custom fittings with each purchase. And you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything more unique (and fun) than Hats Unlimited, home to over 1,000 hats.
The Pacific View Mall (roughly four miles from our downtown) offers a little more–your favorite stores like H&M and PacSun provide affordable fashion. Department stores including Macy’s and JCPenney bring the looks you know and love to Ventura, so check them out.