ALDI Slated to Open Thousand Oaks Store at Janss Marketplace

ALDI already on Janss MP website!

ALDI already on Janss MP website!

ALDI is slated to open a grocery store at the former Toys R Us location at Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks. ALDI is an abbreviation for Albrecht Diskont, or Albrecht Discount, named after founders Karl and Theo Albrecht in 1946.

You may already know that ALDI is the parent company to both Trader Joe's (purchased in 1979) and the ALDI chain. ALDI is one of the world's largest privately-owned companies. There are 2 ALDI stores in Simi Valley.

No opening date set at this time but ALDI is already on the Janss website!


Barone's Pizza to Open a 2nd Conejo Valley Location in the Northstar Plaza in Thousand Oaks


Barone's Pizza is opening a 2nd Conejo Valley location soon at the Northstar Plaza. 1321 E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Thousand Oaks. in the former Rokabab, a few doors down from Sunland Vintage Winery. Their other, much larger location is on Russell Ranch Road at Lindero in Westlake Village, which opened in April 2015.

Ace Hardware of Thousand Oaks to Open on Wednesday, July 3rd


After mentioning that the new Lowe’s of Newbury Park will be opening its doors this Thursday, July 4th, folks asked for an update on the new Ace Hardware of Thousand Oaks. So here goes…Ace Hardware of Thousand Oaks, in the Oakbrook Plaza, 1934 E. Avenida de los Arboles, Thousand Oaks, will be opening its doors this WEDNESDAY, July 3rd at 7 am. Dueling hardware stores! Just in time for the holiday weekend!

This is the former Orchard Supply Hardware location that closed last year, when, Lowe’s (yes, the same Lowe’s), its parent company, announced they were closing all OSH stores by the end of 2018.

More info at or by calling 805.267.1785.

The Oaks Welcomes Six New Retailers, Restaurants and Experiences in 2019

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The Oaks today announced five new retailers, restaurants and experiences coming to the high-performing property in the second half of 2019, plus a full phased renovation of AMC Theatres set to begin this July. The theatre will remain open during construction improvements.

The Oaks is welcoming Peloton (Opened May 2019); H&M (Opening Q4 2019); Salon Republic (Opening winter 2019); Pedals & Pints Brewing Company (fall 2019); and OR Authentic Thai Cuisine (Opening Q3 2019).

Peloton, the fast-growing, high-tech home fitness concept that started in 2012, just opened at The Oaks in May 2019. Much more than a location to purchase cutting-edge equipment, Peloton stores offer exercise enthusiasts the opportunity to fully explore the brand’s world-class indoor cycling studio experience, designed to be enjoyed in the comfort of their own homes.

H&M, the tremendously popular fashion retailer from Sweden, will debut at The Oaks in Q4 2019. H&M is one of the world’s largest fashion retailers famous for offering fashion-forward apparel at affordable prices in a sustainable way for women, men, teens and children.

Salon Republic, opening at The Oaks this winter, offers guests a luxurious salon experience with personalized, celebrity-level treatment from one of the company’s talented beauty professionals. This growing brand offers independent professional stylists everything they need to deliver high-end services to people seeking the latest styles and products from world-renowned beauty brands.

Pedals & Pints, opening at The Oaks this fall, is a local community pub that celebrates cycling and brews its own specialty ales, lagers and pilsners on site and pairs these with phenomenal craft pizzas and salads in a rustic, industrial setting. The company’s tagline and philosophy is, “Enjoy the Ride!”.

OR Authentic Thai Cuisine, formerly White Elephant Thai Cuisine, is returning to the Conejo Valley with a new location at The Oaks in Q3 2019, offers delicious Thai dining and takeout. OR Authentic Thai Cuisine is known for its modern interpretation of classic Thai dishes and its insistence on only using high-quality fresh ingredients.

The Oaks offers more than 170 world-class shops, restaurants and experiences for discerning shoppers of all ages. The property’s signature mix features six anchors – DICK’S Sporting Goods, Nordstrom, Macy’s and Macy’s Men’s & Home, plus JCPenney and AMC Theatres – alongside top specialty retailers including Apple, Anthropologie, Arhaus, Bath and Body Works, Disney, Godiva, L’Occitane, Pottery Barn, PB Teen, Sephora, Urban Outfitters, Vans and more, as well as restaurants such as The Cheesecake Factory, Lazy Dog Café and many others.

Visit the property’s website at and follow the shopping center on social media @ShopTheOaksMall.

Namaste Spiceland Is, or at Least Was, a Hidden Vegetarian Gem in Thousand Oaks


Namaste Spiceland Indian Grocery Store and Vegetarian Indian Cuisine relocated to its new, larger, standalone location this past February at 821 Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Thousand Oaks (cross street Houston Drive, a block west of the SR23). Take the Rancho offramp from the 101 and turn left on T.O. Blvd.

Namaste Spiceland is no longer a “hidden” gem as it is so clearly visible to the community now compared to its former location in the Palm Plaza. You cannot and should not miss Namaste Spiceland now as they offer such a delicious, nutritious and quite reasonably priced assortment of Indian specialties.

Namaste is an Indian grocery store specializing in vegetarian/vegan items. Quite an interesting assortment of things you would never find at an Albertson’s or Ralph’s!

But the big draw for many, like me, is their fast casual vegetarian Indian cuisine. While I haven’t mastered the names of the items or know what they mean when I attempt to pronounce them, I come prepared to point at the items that I want. Or just ask.

And on the “or just ask” note, on the moderately busy Saturday that I visited, I felt a casual, family-like vibe that was so relaxing. Very nice folks here, more than willing to answer questions with a smile. Adding to that feeling was the fact that after we ordered, we were told we could pay after we ate. Quite a trusting, relaxed feel. So nice to see.

So in any case, there are combo plates that are very much a bargain - ek, do and te3n - which I’m assuming mean 1, 2 and 3. For $7.49, ek includes two vegetable dishes, basmati rice, chapati or puri, pickle, onion and raita. For a dollar more, “do” includes a samosa.

“What’s a samosa?” I asked the girl in line in front of us. Kind of a baked pastry with potato, peas, onion, lentil and other items inside of it. We did try it and it was delicious, along with the other items squash and lentil dish, potatoes, chana and other items. Nice assortment of items. There was so much food on my plate I couldn’t finish it!

A CVG Instagram acquaintance, Nilofer, told me to try the Hot Chai. When I saw the prices, I thought, these must be tiny cups…$1.25 for a small, $2 for a large. How could that be? I pay $4 to $5 for Hot Chai at Starbucks and Coffee Bean. The $2 Hot Chai was basically the deal of the century! Tasted great and easy on the wallet!


Namaste Spiceland is open daily from 10am to 9pm. Visit or call 805.373.6761.

How cool is this outdoor covered eating area at Namaste Spiceland!

How cool is this outdoor covered eating area at Namaste Spiceland!