By Guest Writer: Cindy Brenner The town of Ojai is so charming. There is also great shopping to be had. Ojai boutiques are all so artisticl. My husband, Jonathan and I visit all the time. He wrote a cute story about a recent trip which is featured in ETG’s Stories Section; see the We Love LA Page (under the Day Trips drop-down). Kathy (the owner of this website) asked me to compile a list of all the Ojai boutiques that I liked the best…Here are my recommendations.
Ojai Avenue is lined with quaint boutiques and locally owned shops, and art galleries. I have always believed Art and fashion are one and the same. If you knew my wardrobe you would agree. My husband is a great sport when I tell him I want to shop, cause he knows I am a shop till you drop girl. He even bought me a lovely necklace at Nomad Gallery (226 W. Ojai Ave. Suite 101).
Barbara Bowman Boutique (125 Ojai Ave.) sells beautiful clothing and silver jewelry – very original designs. I made a plan to meet my husband later for dinner when I spotted Rains Department Store (218 E Ojai Ave.), I knew I would loose him there. It is more of a speciality department store. Visiting some of the smaller stores was fun, but I really dug deep into my shopping hunt at Rains. I got some good deals here. If you like consignment stores, the Lennon Closet (238 Ojai Ave) is the store for you. This shop was jam packed with clothing and accessories.
Home decor boutiques are a favorite of mine. Finding distinctive pieces for my home is the best. Adding an unusual side table or love seat can also change your living space. You can truly get lost, just wandering around in Down Home Furnishings (250 Ojai Avenue) looking at exquisite quality along with one-of-a-kind furniture.
Human Arts Gallery (246 E. Ojai Ave.) may sound like a ‘gallery,’ however, it’s an adorable shop. Here you will find more usable art. Supporting local artisans who create wearable art, as well as other items for my home is something I pride myself on. My husband prefers purchasing painting, sculptures, but, I adore glassware, trinkets, and kitchen ceramics. This type of art I can use. I also love to collect jewelry from all over the world. Human Arts Gallery also offers custom silver and gold jewelry with gemstones by Hallie Katz. These are really beautiful.
Found a great dress at Ojai Clothing Store (325 E. Ojai), which offered a wide array of lovely fashions for pretty good prices. In addition, I purchased a cute blouse at the Skyflower Boutique (318 E. Ojai), it is a charming store also offering wearable art pieces. Next door, you’ll find Priscilla. This store has been around since 1985. I fell in love with the owner’s dog Milo. This cute little dachshund is featured on the Home Page of Priscilla’s website – https://www.priscillainojai.com
Ojai Boutiques include Art & Fashion
You can find even more shops on Montgomery Street. I recommend shops such as DeKor & Co. (105 S. Montgomery St.), Hattie (109 N. Montgomery St.), and Jones & Co. (307 N. Montgomery). Another great place to find all kinds of art – whether it be jewelry, glassware, ceramics, or paintings is at the annual Ojai Studio Artist tour which takes place every October. See the website – https://www.ojaistudioartists.org
At one point, I lost my husband in a gallery, while I was drawn into another store, however, I knew we were meeting up for a romantic dinner. If you’d like to hear more about the galleries and restaurants, you can view Jonathan’s article HERE.
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Check out the Ojai tourism site for lots more info – http://www.ojaivisitors.com
By Guest Writer: Cindy Brenner