Friday, July 29, 2016

Look What's New This Summer at Ventura Harbor Village

Looks What’s New For Summer:
Boasting a vibrant working harbor and fishing marina with an eclectic line-up of more than 35 shops, galleries, restaurants and waterfront activities, it is no wonder that these new and expanded trendy shops and restaurants have chosen Ventura Harbor Village as their new home. Browse these new stores that offer everything from women’s apparel, to one-of-a-kind gifts and great ethnic cuisine with an emphasis on fresh.  Here’s a sampling of what’s new:

  • Barefoot Boutique's Owner Liz Marino has graced her roomy, expanded new space with in-demand fashion apparel, jewelry, purses and footwear to make the store a major retail destination. Devotees of fashion originals and new lines of skin products will love her Bubble Bakery soaps and lotions. Hot this season are her denim in jackets and shorts – with white being the new shade – and her many other fashion lines made in the USA. Her Havaianas flip-flops and sterling Larimar jewelry from the Dominican Republic are must-haves, as are shell wind chimes made in Bali.

  • Add vibrant color to your wardrobe this summer with stylish and affordable tropical & Afro-Caribbean clothing & accessories from around the globe from Islands Creations.  The new store features artisans from Nepal, India, West Africa and the Caribbean.  According to Owner Jo Anna Hawthorne she works with artisans to secure hard to find, unique items and aligns her store’s mission to promote sustainability.  The handmade sandals are made of shoe laces and recycled compressed tire and the fashionable item can be worn with a favorite dress or casual shorts or slacks.  In addition they have fun Hawaiian sundresses; Jamaican singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist Bob Marley shoulder bags; T-shirts; tank tops; Reggae sarongs; hemp backpacks; bohemian bracelets; dream catchers; and other fun island wear. For store hours and contact information visit

Put your best foot forward and stroll on over to Lost In Socks, a brand new boutique devoted to socks of all kinds. Shop owner Tuesday Spagnuolohas designed the store to give it a hip atmosphere with a wide variety of trendy socks – both novel and elegant.  Sock seekers can discover whimsical pirate designs, shark-mouth socks, mermaids, butterflies, flowers, stripes and socks that can be worn with flip flops. Top brands include Socksmith, Stance, K Bell, Gumball Poodle, Hot Sox, Sox Trot, and Culture Socks.

The only Cuban restaurant within 50 miles of Ventura, Copa Cubana pulsates with sounds of Latin America by playing popular music for the next ten weeks in celebration of its new location. Dancing and live entertainment give patrons a feel of its namesake, New York's legendary Copa Cabana. Owner Andy Fernandez is also saluting his new digs by giving away 100 dinners every Monday night to callers who make reservations.

Wild Local Seafood Co. is destined to be a favorite fish eatery and market at Ventura Harbor Village. The new restaurant and fish market offers sustainable wild local fish and U.S. seafood products. Owner Ben Hyman knows fish from head to tail, having worked for many years as a commercial fisherman. He purchases fresh fish from local fisherman to support their industry and sells it to the public on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.  Hyman has made sustainability his mantra, and, lectures on the subject. Among his menu selections locally caught halibut, white sea bass, Pacific red rock cod, lingcod, uni (urchin), spiny Lobster, Santa Barbara stone crab, Hope Ranch mussels, Dungeness crab, swordfish, Black cod, spot Prawn and Ridgeback, oysters,  tuna (Seasonal Albacore and Ahi), Yellowtail, black gill, Wild California king/Chinook salmon. One of his admirers is American celebrity chef, restaurateur, and Food Network’s reality television personality Bobby Flay.

Beat The Heat:
Looking to beat the heat this summer?  Ventura Harbor Village announces its Top 5 Picks to cool off:

  • Divers of all levels enjoy this water sport to its fullest via Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary’s world-class diving options. Lush with kelp forests and teaming with marine life, diving at the Channel Islands - Santa Cruz and Anacapa Islands - are very accessible from the Ventura Coast out of Ventura Harbor Village.  Ventura Dive & Sport offers dive lessons and dive rentals on site at Ventura Harbor Village.  Several options are available from overnight boat trips to day dives., and
  • Get on the water with ease via Ventura Boat Rentals, a one-stop shop for on the water fun from kayaks and SUP boards to pedal or power boats and now jet skis.  The company also offers 40-minute harbor cruises that depart daily from Ventura Harbor Village daily during thesummer months through Labor Day to the calm waters of Ventura Harbor and the Ventura Keys aboard one of the company’s Dreamervessels.
  •  Established in 1997, Pacific Sailing enables novice and avid sailors to revel in challenging and rewarding leisure sailing without sailboat ownership.  In addition to the company’s Bareboat Sailing Club, the company also offers private sailing lessons and skippered
  • Beach goers refresh this summer with a visit to Ventura Harbor’s best beaches that offer pastimes from beachcombing, to strolling, bird watching, swimming, or just plain wading. Two of the most popular beaches include Harbor Cove Beach, (Mother’s Beach) and Surfer’s Knoll Beach.  Sun worshippers can enjoy Harbor Cove Beach, a jetty-protected surf-free lagoon that invites solo sunning, kayaking, kite flying or a day with the family. Surfer’s Knoll Beach is adjacent to Harbor Wetlands Ecological Reserve, has a bird sanctuary, wide sandy beaches on the Pacific Ocean, and mountain views.  This beach is known for its great surf break and provides fun for all including sunbathing and sea glass hunting.  Free parking/dog friendly.

Engage Kids in Summertime Fun
Need to occupy the kids this summer?  Look no further than Ventura Harbor Village’s NEW Seaside Kids Club held every Thursday, through August 18 from 11 a.m. to noon. Entertaining kids, ages four through ten, the Club features a myriad free themed activities, art and adventure experiences.  Not to be missed is this month’s “Red, White & Blue… and Pirates Too!”them featuring a Pirate Costume Contest, Pirate Boot Camp and Kids Pirate Ship, plus Pirate Treasure Hunt and treasure craft.  Set for August is “Splish Splash” -- beach ball fun and ocean wave crafts, outdoor interactive bubble play and field games on the main lawn.

Mid-Week Shines Seaside: Dine, Drink, Specials &Live Entertainment
Refresh seaside during Wet Wednesdays at Ventura Harbor Village. Offering shopping, live steel drum entertainment from noon to 1 p.m., happy hour entertainment from 5-7 p.m. and dining specials, the weekly event entices visitors to delve into summertime with discounts, specials, and free gifts with purchase at select stores and restaurants.  For a complete list of what’s offered, visit

Laugh By The Sea
Pull up a chair and listen to more than 200 comedians at the Ventura Comedy Festival.  Celebrating its 6thAnniversary (August 1-7, 2016), producer and internationally-known comedian Randy Lubas has arranged a line-up of laughter for guests with 25 shows featuring 200 comedians.  Highlights of the Festival include celebrity appearances by Jamie Kennedy, star of “The Jamie Kennedy Experiment” and “Malibu’s Most Wanted" on August 3, 2016 at 9 p.m. and radio star Larry Elder hosting a show entitled, “Derision 2016: A Political Comedy Forum” on Sunday August 7,

Seaside Laughter is a Family Affair
Not to be missed is Ventura Harbor Comedy Club’s “All Ages Comedy Magic Show” with famed Comedy Magician Shawn McMaster who is a regular at the world renowned Magic Castle in Hollywood. The seasonal show kicks off July 17 and continues every Sunday through August 14, 2016 from 1-2 p.m. Cost is $15 for adults and $10 for kids 8 -18.  Children under the age of 8 will be admitted with parental discretion.

Explore Human History
In celebration of the National Park Service (NPS) and the Channel Islands 100 anniversary on August 25, 2016, Ventura Port District and Channel Islands National Park invites the public to a festival at Ventura Harbor Village featuring an outdoor screening of select stories from the new documentary film, West of the West: Tales from California's Channel Islands, which explores the islands' human history. The event will kick off on the Harbor Village Main Lawn at 6:00 p.m. with bands, food, instructor-led yoga and a special amber ale brewed by Surf Brewery. The film will start after sunset, about 8:15 p.m.

Take To The Sea
Let sailing become a passion for kids with Ventura Yacht Club’s Youth Sailing Camp offered through August 19, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Children and teens ages 8-18 will delight in learning the basics of sailing, strategy, sportsmanship and safety as part of this full-day
Show Your Creative Side
Rich in artistic expression, the Ventura Art & Street Painting Festival, set for Saturday and Sunday, September
10-11, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is a great outlet to express creativity. Peek over street artists’ shoulders, and watch as they create brilliant chalk masterpieces along the Ventura Harbor Village Promenade, located at 1583 Spinnaker Drive. The festivities highlight local artists displaying their amazing glass work, jewelry, sculpture, hand-created crafts and much more.  This not-to-be-missed fun-filled weekend also showcases live music and art activities throughout the weekend. Admission and parking are free.

Delve Into World-Class Sports
World-class diving and sportfishing are on the top of any avid sportsmen’s list this summer and what better way to experience these adventures than at Ventura Harbor Village.  Thrill seekers opt for Ventura Dive & Sport, known for its diving off the Channel Islands or Ventura Sportfishing which provides beginners and veteran anglers with daily fishing trips to Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel and San Nicolas Islands, or one of the company’s popular overnight excursions aboard the Amigo, Island Spirit, Pacific Dawn or Pacific Eagle sportfishing

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