Afters Ice Cream at The Collection at RiverPark in Oxnard Opened on June 9th

We noticed the big line outside of the brand new Afters Ice Cream at The Annex at The Collection at RiverPark in Oxnard this past Sunday.  Afters' grand opening was the day before. 

You'll find unique flavors like Milk and Cereal, Cookie Monster and Jasmine Milk Tea at Afters. You'll also find the Milky Bun™ - a mix of a glazed bun with ice cream stuffed in between. We didn't try it but it looks absolutely delish!

More info at www.aftersicecream.com.

Ross Dress for Less Coming to Newbury Park

Update 8/26/16: Tim H gave us the head up that Ross Dress for Less is planning a grand opening celebration on October 8th. Address is 2665 West Hillcrest Drive, Newbury Park. 805.375.0002 

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Posted 3/12/16: Well I was surprised to see that a Ross Dress for Less store is "coming soon" to Newbury Park in the space previously occupied by Loehmanns and vacated in November 2010. Yes, other than the annual Halloween store here, this location has been vacant for over five years.

No word yet on opening date. Other Ross stores in Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Oxnard, Simi Valley, Port Hueneme and Ventura in Ventura County. www.rossstores.com

Marshalls to Open at Simi Valley Town Center This Fall

Marshalls will be looking to hire folks for its new store at the Simi Valley Town Center at a hiring tent August 30, 31 and September 1 at the center court of the mall. This will be the 3rd Ventura County Marshalls location, joining stores at Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks and The Market Place in Oxnard. More on Marshalls at www.marshallsonline.com.

Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County Oxnard ReStore Grand Opening on February 27th

Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County will host a grand opening and ribbon cutting for its new Oxnard ReStore and office location Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 9 a.m. The new location is at 1850 Eastman Avenue Oxnard. Join us for exclusive offers, refreshments, followed by tours of the new offices.

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore sells new and gently used household items and building supplies, such as furniture, appliances, building materials, cabinetry, windows, hardware, lumber, tools, flooring, lighting and much more. All ReStore merchandise is generously donated by individuals, churches, contractors and businesses, and it is sold at 50 percent below retail value.

After locating the perfect space for the Oxnard ReStore, and office we’ve been working hard over the past several months to get the new store and office up and running. With the help of many generous donations, volunteers and our dedicated staff, we are thrilled to launch this next phase for Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County.  Now, we’ll have an additional square footage for our Oxnard ReStore to help fund Habitat’s work here in Ventura County, and we hope this will lead to a greater number of homes built each year.

After the Grand Opening, the Oxnard ReStore’s regular business hours will be Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations will continue to be accepted at both the Simi Valley and the Oxnard ReStore during our donation hours, and pickups also will be available by appointment.

Proceeds from the ReStore help support Habitat’s mission of bringing people together to build simple, decent houses in Ventura County, while providing an environmentally and socially responsible way to keep good, reusable materials out of landfills.

For more information about the Habitat for Humanity ReStore or to schedule a pickup at either of the Ventura County ReStores, contact Wendy Monk, Oxnard ReStore manager, at (805-485-6065 ext. 106). Information is also available at www.habitatventura.org.

Brandy Melville Coming Soon to The Promenade at Westlake

Teen clothing retailer Brandy Melville is coming to The Promenade at Westlake as early as December, in the space next to Cost Plus World Market. Huffington Post noted last year that Brandy Glanville is "the hottest teen clothing retailer in the U.S., where the garments are designed for just one body type: thin." Business Insider notes the company "sells a wide array of tiny crop tops, high-waisted bottoms and slouchy sweaters" and this Italian retailer has been in the U.S. now for about six years.

I don't know who Brandy Melville is, or if she is related to Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick. But according to the Brandy Melville EU site, "Being an original Italian brand, inspired by L.A. lifestyle, Brandy Melville gained its fame among Hollywood celebrities, including The Kardashians, Ashley Benson, Audrina Patridge, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Miley Cyrus, Karlie Kloss and many others. In a world where fashion can often come across as ordinary and simple, Brandy Melville charmingly sneaks upon its potential ‘Brandy Girl’. Her classic character stands out in the crowd, she is refined and fashionable yet relaxed. Satisfying the customer is a priority within the concept of Brandy Melville. Whenever entering the store, every customer feels at ease and always leaves with a warm feeling."

Learn more at www.brandymelvilleusa.com.

Painting with a Twist Opening Soon in Old Town Camarillo

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Update 10/10/15: Painting with a Twist grand opening set for Thursday, October 15th.

Posted 7/28/15: Painting with a Twist looks to be opening soon at 2298 E. Ventura Boulevard in Old Town Camarillo (at the intersection of Arneill), next to the El Rey Cantina.

Painting with a Twist provides customers with paint, a canvas and brushes that lead to a fun evening with friends and a finished piece of art.  And yes, you receive professional instruction to create your work of art as well as access to wine.

For updates, visit paintingwithatwist.com/camarillo.

Grand Opening of Disney Store at The Oaks Mall Thousand Oaks on Saturday, July 25th

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Melissa W of Thousand Oaks gave us the heads up that the grand opening of the Disney Store at The Oaks shopping mall in Thousand Oaks is on Saturday, July 25th. Opening ceremony at 10am and a free gift to the first 500 guests. Meet Mickey and Minnie Mouse from noon to 4 pm in the JC Penney Court. A great photo opp! Learn more about the Disney Store at www.disneystore.com.

Lassens Thousand Oaks Confirms It Will Be Moving To The Lakes at Thousand Oaks

Final Update 3/11/15: Lassens is now open at The Lakes at Thousand Oaks.

Update 12/30/14: It has been 9 months since the initial update on Lassens Thousand Oaks moving to The Lakes at Thousand Oaks. They indicate they will be coming in "early 2015." Stay tuned.

Originally posted 3/4/14:

It is now completely official that the Thousand Oaks location of Lassens Natural Foods & Vitamins, currently located at 2857 E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard (at Skyline) to The Lakes at Thousand Oaks "soon" according to The Lakes' website. Lassens will be occupying the space recently vacated by Claim Jumper.

Lassens was founded in 1971 by Hilmar and Oda Lassen with their first store in Camarillo and has expanded over the years to nine stores, including Ventura County locations in Oxnard, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Ventura. 

On its Facebook page, Lassens noted "We are excited to be moving to the new location in order to provide a better shopping experience and more parking options. We hope that you will come and check it out."

Specific timing of the move has not been announced but stay tuned...

Learn more about Lassens at www.lassens.com.