Buy Local for the Holidays:

Celebrating Community Enterprise

Normally our December holiday issue is about all of the fun and celebratory activities we all associate with Christmas and Hannukah. Unfortunately, there is nothing “normal” about 2020. The Covid-19 pandemic has upended our health and economy nationally, statewide and locally. Experts—scientists and public health officials—are warning us that we are about to encounter a second wave of infections during the fall and winter. Our local retailers, restaurants and those local businesses that supply and support them have suffered tremendously. So have the commercial property owners who lease space to these businesses. Suspending or reducing monthly lease payments can realistically go on for just so long. There will eventually be a reckoning of some sort and we hope everyone comes out of it still in business.

In the Sunday, October 11 edition of the Los Angeles Times, the outstanding journalist Steve Lopez wrote a column titled, “The Los Angeles We Love Is Dying in 2020. We Must Fight to Save It.” His focus was on Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena and Musso & Frank Grill in Hollywood. Both are iconic, local and actually regional destinations; both are threatened with extinction—Vroman’s by Amazon and Musso & Frank by the shutdowns. There are businesses that we all know of and love right here in our own backyard that are just as endangered, if not more so. We all have our favorite restaurant, which may be open for now, but they are still operating at limited capacity while dealing with increased costs.

Local boutiques, jewelers, spas and many others all deserve your business. Pay them a visit (they are open) before you click on Amazon and make Bezos richer than he already is. Case in point: I needed a stationary cycle or an elliptical trainer. Without thinking, I looked online. Why not? Amazon, NordicTrack and Peloton will sell you one online, just try and figure out shipping and assembly and which one is really right for you. Then I had a better idea. I visited RX Fitness on Thousand Oaks Blvd. Tim Adams, the owner, ensured I made the right choice based on my needs and budget, threw in free delivery and assembly and added a softer bike seat for my delicate fanny—I am a satisfied customer. I also SHOPPED LOCAL! There are dozens upon dozens of local businesses that need your patronage. Please do it!!


The Arts

5-Star Theatricals

Providing an extraordinary performing arts experience through live, Broadway-quality productions of musical theatre.

805.497.8613 | 5StarTheatricals.com/


Glass Arts Collective

Offering all-levels classes and workshops in fused glass, mosaic and stained glass in a fully equipped glass studio with enthusiastic instructors.

818.318.1462 | GlassArtsCollective,com


New West Symphony

The New West Symphony inspires passion for symphonic music through live performances and education initiatives that engage and enrich diverse audiences.

805.497.5800 | NewWestSymphony.org

Pacific Festival Ballet

The resident ballet company at the Bank of America Performing Arts Center. Pacific Festival Ballet is a not-for-profit institution with a rich history of presenting performance art to the Conejo Valley. 

805.906.2088 | PacFestBallet.org



California Dance Theatre

Celebrating 35 years of dance excellence as the official training school of Pacific Festival Ballet.

818.906.2087 | CalDanceTheatre.com


Calif State University Channel Islands

Reimagining higher education for a new generation and era.

805.437.8456 | CSUCI.edu


Hillcrest Christian School

Dedicated to providing a high quality Christ-centered education for K-12th graders.

805.497.7501 | HillcrestCS.org


La Reina Middle and High School for Girls

A Catholic college preparatory school for young women in Grades 6-12.

805.495.6494 | LaReina.com                                                        


Oaks Christian School

Preparing minds for leadership and hearts for service, serving Grades 5-12. 

818.824.9429 | OaksChristian.org


Oak Park USD

Educating compassionate and creative global citizens.

818.735.3253 | OPUSD.org


Stowell Learning Center

Since 1984, helping thousands of students with a variety of learning challenges to become successful learners through a proprietary brain-training approach.

805.601.6633 | StowellCenter.com



The Lake Avenue Group at Morgan Stanley

Laura Marie Raulinitis, Senior Vice President, Financial Advisor



Montecito Bank & Trust 

Committed to making the communities we serve better places to live and work.

800.348.0146 | Montecito.Bank

Westlake Private Wealth Management

Stephen Meli, Managing Director

818.436.6801 | WestlakePWM.com

Food & Drink

Nabu Wines

Handcrafted wines from Napa Valley to the Malibu Coast since 2012. A “Reader’s Choice” best wine tasting winner from 2018 to 2020.

818.835.3704 | NabuWines.com

Original Pizza Cookery

Serving up delicious pizzas, pastas, salads and warm homemade garlic cheese bread to happy customers since 1975. 

818.887.4770 | PizzaCookery.com



Athletic Society

Encouraging members to achieve the highest level of sustainable fitness through easy access to personal training, studio classes, aquatics, wellness programs, rejuvenation and more. 

805.778.0888 | AthleticSociety.com

Fitmax iPools  

Providing consumers with affordable access to quality aquatic fitness products that combine a lap pool, therapy pool and home gym, all in one—iPool!

805.383.6266 | FitMaxiPool.com/Shop-iPools


Harmony Family Yoga

Connect with your inner self. Supporting children and family’s health, mental and emotional wellness through yoga, breathing and meditation.

805.558.3634 | HarmonyFamilyYoga.com

Pre Post Wellness

Posture therapy for pain mitigation and injury prevention.

805.479.6800 | PrePostWellness.com

Health & Wellness

Agoura Hills Family and Cosmetic Dentistry 

Comprehensive dental care for adults and children, including veneers, implant restoration, same day crowns and cosmetic smile restoration.

805.495.0187 | PhilipShindlerDDS.com


AME Medical

A cohort of well-qualified physicians with various specialties providing Urgent Care and Covid-19 testing Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to5 p.m.

818.699.6553 | AMEQME.com


Conejo Hearing Center

Better hearing and a better quality of life can be yours for many years with the help of the right hearing professional. Taking pride in developing long-term relationships based on unsurpassed personal service with patients.

818.991.3800 | ConejoHearingCenter.com


Dr. Thomas Van Geem, MD

Years of experience and the most comprehensive woman’s health care. Providing expertise in Obstetrics, Gynecology, Urogynecology, Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery and more.

805.495.4545 | VanGeemMD.com


Duben Holistic Chiropractic Center

Offering a combination of holistic therapies to help patients reduce and control their back pain.

805.494.1339 | DocDuben.com


Home Helpers  

MAKING LIFE EASIER® Trusted caregivers providing seniors and families with exceptional in-home care.

805.777.8111 | HomeHelpersHomeCare.com/ThousandOaks


Khanna Vision Institute

Combining exceptional skill with more than 20 years’ experience in Lasik eye surgery to deliver brilliant lifetime sight.

805.250.4530 | KhannaInstitute.com


Luminous Clarity Family Therapy

Dedicated to working with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, complex trauma, PTSD, grief/loss, and chronic mental illness. 

805.267.1869 | Luminous-Clarity.com

Rejuvenating Massage Therapy

Massage therapy for relaxation, therapeutic, and health-related intervention.

909.753.4495 | MissyRejuve.com

Revitalizing Minds Project

Enhancing the lives of individuals through the use of traditional and creative arts therapies.

310.896.5233 | RevitalizingMindsProject.com


Southern California Vein Center

Specializing in the treatment of cosmetic and medical vein therapy.

805.988.2033 | SoCalVeinCenter.com


Safe & simple UV protection for you and the Earth.

805.870.5009 | Sunzsafe.com


Trident Health Group

Providing the most advanced technology and professional experience in treating men with erectile dysfunction.

805.277.7410 | TridentHealthGroup.com

Vascular Neurology Southern California

Offering a range of specialized treatments that aim to provide the very best neurovascular care in the Conejo Valley.

805.242.4884 | VNSC.org


Westlake Body Contouring

Melt fat and lose inches without side effects with safe and proven state-of-the-art technology.

818.852.7352 | WestlakeBodyContouring.com

Wolf Creek Wellness

Explore the natural healing properties of mind, body and spirit with the therapeutic use of hypnosis, imagery and mindfulness.

424.644.9598 | WolfCreekWellness.US



Aldik Home

Experience the magic of Christmas with thousands of gorgeous ornaments, stunning Christmas ribbon, sophisticated LED lights and the best artificial Christmas trees ever made.

818.988.5970 | AldikHome.com


Cat in a Hammock Landscape

Providing beautifully designed, stylish, functional, and quality-built outdoor living spaces to connect people with nature and bring joy to families and neighborhoods.

805.263.4200 | CatInAHammock.com


Cellar Masters

Providing dream custom wine cellars to protect wine collections and enhance your home or business.

805.375.5040 | CellarMastersINC.com

Donnelly Innovations

Providing a full spectrum of construction services, including construction management, structural enhancements, new construction, remodels, tenant improvements and handling all phases of development. 

805.377.0852 | DonnellyInnovations.com


The Drapery Guy

Unlike other window-covering companies, this is a full-service design house! The interior design team specializes in window decor, offering free consultations. A Hunter Douglas Gallery dealer.

818.707.8500 | TheDraperyGuy.net


Eileen Gould Design & Construction 

Providing 30+ years of designer sense and construction know-how to handle every detail, from start to finish, including plans, permits, shopping, ordering and implementing.

818.421.7667 | EileenGouldDesignAndConstruction.com


Interior Design Group

A local, award-winning interior design, decorating and space-planning firm that specializes in commercial and residential real estate improvement projects.

805.428.8294 | JDiamondInteriors.com

The Sofa Guy

Bridging the gap between a design firm and a furniture store to inspire, design and build custom sofas and furniture.

805.497.3222 | TheSofaGuy.com


Thousand Oaks Fireside and Design 

Offering a wide selection of stylish and unique gas, wood and electric fireplaces from leading manufacturers.

805.496.6660 | ThousandOaksFireside.com


VC Home and Design

Offering quality interior design and consultation services.

805.232-8526 | VCHomeAndDesign.com


WDC Kitchen and Bath

Offering a wide selection of appliances with a focus on expert service, unbeatable value, and a commitment to supporting the community. 

818.991.8846 | WDCAppliances.com



Ben Bridge Jewelers

Offering a large collection of high quality jewelry, from engagement rings and diamond earrings and necklaces, to bracelets and Rolex watches.

805.446.7911 | BenBridge.com/Rolex

Rock Star Couture

Specializing in one-of-a-kind artisan created unique custom jewelry.

805.370.1110 | RockStarCoutureJewelry.com


Dorenfeld Law

Established and respected attorneys serving a wide-ranging clientele in business, real estate personal injury and insurance law for more than 20 years. 

818.865.4000 | DorenfeldLaw.com


Law Offices of Terri Hilliard

Dedicated to providing an exceptional level of care and planning for every stage of life via comprehensive plans for estate, business, wealth protection, eldercare and long-term health management needs. 

805.201.2552 | TerriHilliard.com


Law Offices of Raymond Stuehrmann

Providing the highest quality estate planning and probate representation to ensure long-term security.

805.230.1288 | RaymondLStuehrmann.com

Zonder Family Law

A negotiated divorce has advantages —preserving assets, ensuring privacy, limiting risk and reducing stress. If a settlement cannot be reached, the team will advocate your interests in court. We are “Settlement Minded. Ready for Trial!” —because settlement is never guaranteed.

805.777.7740 | ZonderFamilyLaw.com


Boys & Girls Club of Greater Conejo Valley

Enhancing the lives of young people and their families by providing a positive environment that cultivates academic success, healthy lifestyles, good character and citizenship.

818.225.8660 | BGCConejo.org

Safe Passage

Breaking the cycle of domestic abuse by healing and empowering women and their children, enabling them to live new, safe and productive lives.

818.232.7476 | SafePassageHeals.org



Krista’s PAWSitive K9 Solutions

Providing in-home and off-site training services to address your pet’s individual needs.



VC Westlake Animal Hospital

Providing high-quality, professional care and genuine personal service to instill client trust and confidence that your pet will always receive compassionate, gentle care, as well as the highest standard of veterinary medical service available.

805.497.4900 | VCAHospitals.com/Westlake-Village


Real Estate

Affirmative Escrow

Providing the highest level of escrow services to Ventura County for over 19 years. 

805.496.7254 | AffirmativeEscrow.com


Rosemary Allison

Recognized in the Who’s Who of Luxury Real Estate, Rosemary Allison specializes in marketing residences in the upscale neighborhoods of Santa Rosa Valley, North Ranch, Somis, Westlake Village and Camarillo while putting the needs of  clients first and preserving that relationship for life.

805.491.2100 | CallRosemary.com


The Landing

A prestigious location of a landmark office and retail center, with stunning lake views and beautifully landscaped grounds.

818.597.0945 | Dolphin-Partners.com/ourproperties.aspx


Ama Waterways 

Celebrating 18 years leading the way in river cruising.

800.626.0126 | AmaWaterways.com

 Women's Apparel

Ilene’s Boutique

Offering an outstanding collection of clothing, handbags, shoes and jewelry at the North Ranch Pavilion.



Wildflower Boutique

Offering a selection of unique, quality clothing in Newbury Park.

805.262.1555 | LoveWildflower.com

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