• Pamela Froman

Deals and Steals in the Valley

Are you looking for the hottest restaurant in town? How about some great shopping excursions? Or what if you simply want to pamper yourself? There is so much variety in the Valley. You can find great deals and enjoyment for a steal. The hottest trends are yours for the taking – if you know where to look! Here's our guide to the best places in town for fun times, yummy food, great ways to spend your dollars and excitement.

The Unique and Unusual Furnishings, clothes and even toys can all be found at vintage, antique and consignment shops. These stores have it all.That piece of furniture that goes great with your living room, or a dress that's been gently worn. It's all an exceptional find that is as unique as you.

Agoura Hills Antique Mall Are you looking for that exceptional something? Want a gift that is sweet and special? Located in the Whizin's shopping center in Agoura Hills, this hub of four distinctly different antique shops offer a plethora of the old and new:

The Agoura Antique Mart (28863 Agoura Rd., Agoura Hills (818) 706-8366) is a 9,000 sq. ft. designer’s emporium, with over 40 distinctive antique dealers whose wares include an eclectic mix of new and vintage antiques, collectibles, sophisticated industrial, architectural, lighting, signage, rare and vintage books, garden and trendy curiosities, all at realistic prices.

Bungalow Antiques (28859 W. Agoura Rd.,
Agoura Hills (818) 879-8698) This store prides itself on interesting pieces and curiosities, all manner of irresistible odds and ends, which are revitalized and reinvented.

Good Old Times Antique (28871 Agoura Rd., Agoura Hills (818) 879-8738) In addition to European antiques, the store specializes in refinishing, repairs, custom designs and upholstery. Gift wrapping, gift certificates and consignment services are also offered.

Province Chic (28851 Agoura Rd., Agoura Hills (818) 889-4555) Specializes in fine antiques and furniture imported directly from Europe. All antiques are carefully inspected upon arrival and any restoration that is needed is professionally performed.

And for something eclectic…

Joseph Wahl Arts (5305 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills (818) 340-WAHL) This charming store carries a complete line of furniture and vintage accessories for children and adults. Old clocks, paintings, fabrics and sports stuff, lamps and old books all blend to create a warm nostalgic feeling.

Juniper & Lane Vintage (22749 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills (818) 854-6513) Find those perfect shoes or that little black dress. Gorgeous vintage pieces for all occasions.

Eateries Whether it's fast food or gourmet cuisine, there are many options for eaters in the Valley.

Trendy and Diverse Cuisine Sick of plain old food? Here are a few restaurants that break the boring barrier.

Boneyard Bistro (13539 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks (818) 906-7427) This sweet barbecue joint is super hot right now. Try an order of fried mac and cheese, some kobe beef chili cheese donuts and sweet tender, juicy bacon. Yummy enough that your heart may stop – and you won't care!

Katsu-Ya (6542 Ventura Blvd. #100, Encino (818) 788-2396) This is a top-drawer Japanese eatery. The crispy rice topped with spicy tuna is to die for at Katsu-Ya. In addition to high quality traditional sushi, the omakase is reasonably priced. Call ahead because reservations go fast!

La Carreta (75 S Rancho Rd. Suite B, Thousand Oaks (805) 494-4624) This place is a hidden gem. Pupusas (they have several meat, cheese only, and veggie varieties), empanadas, and fried bananas, yum! Everything is made fresh to order, so it isn't super fast...but well worth the wait.

Follow Your Heart Cafe (21825 Sherman Way, Canoga Park (818) 348-3240) This meat-free restaurant has everything for your inner vegetarian. If you want fresh "I can't believe this is vegetarian" food then this is the place to go. Everything they serve is excellent. After your meal, you can shop in their health food store which is located next door.

Historical Restaurants These eateries have stood the test of time. Saddle Peak Lodge (419 Cold Canyon Rd., Calabasas (818) 222-3888) Part roadhouse, Pony Express stop, hunting lodge, European auberge, perhaps even a hint of a bordello, Saddle Peak Lodge has been many things to many people in its long history. For 100 years Saddle Peak Lodge has been a place of enchantment, romance and great dining. Wild game is the best choice for your meal here. Saddle Peak Lodge is one of those restaurants you must visit at least once.

Eggs 'N' Things (1542 Moorpark Rd.,
Thousand Oaks (805) 497-1711) Eggs 'N' Things began business in 1974. Eggs 'N' Things has your traditional array of breakfasts, but they do something unique. With any breakfast order, you are served an "appetizer" of a crepe with jam and powdered sugar on it. You'll love their delicious lunch and breakfast menu full of great food.

Corrigan's (556 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks (805) 495-5234) Corrigan's Steakhouse is the eating, drinking and gathering place just for you. Take a step back in time in their historic western setting while enjoying some of the tastiest, juiciest, moderately priced slabs of beefsteak this side of the Rocky Mountains.

Cheap and Tasty Eats Get the most bang for your buck at these dollar-friendly restaurants.

Salad Gourmet (Janss Marketplace Food Court, 245 N Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks (805) 379-1980) Good healthy and quick choices. You can create your own salad and watch them make it right in front of your eyes. They have all the veggies you could ask for! Crisp carrots, beets, garbanzo beans, etc. Flavorful soups and sandwiches plus large portions make this restaurant a hit.

Bellini Bistro (30245 Canwood St., Agoura Hills (818) 338-3699) Food in a gas station? This little gem is tucked away in the 76 gas station and car wash. The food is excellent and the staff is very friendly. They make great pizza and sandwiches. When you walk in the waiting area the aroma of yummy food is everywhere.

Brats Brothers (13355 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks (818) 986-4020) The finest handmade bratwurst. These juicy brats are made with only quality whole ingredients and never contain MSG. Entertainment is provided every Friday and Saturday so get ready to get your rock on.

Another Round Pop that cork and smell and taste the ambience of some great wine and spirits.

Local Wineries Cornell Winery (29975 Mulholland Hwy., Los Angeles (818) 735-3542) Hard to find treasures are available for tasting at Cornell Winery. Some selections are Topanga Skyline Vineyards, Cielo Farms, Stafford Wines, Bodegas Gomez de Malibu, Malibu Sanity, Semler Estate Vineyards and Malibu Valley Vineyards.

Malibu Wines (31740 Mulholland Hwy., Malibu (818) 865-0605) You will love the drive to Malibu Wines. The tasting room is almost an equidistant 6 miles into the mountains from both Pacific Coast Highway and the 101 Freeway. Visitors 21 and over are welcome to taste wine from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is no cost for admission, just a minimum of one bottle purchase for each group of 2 - 4 people.

Happy Hours Great drinks, great food and low prices. That is what makes a Happy Hour.

The Lab Brewing Co (30105 Agoura Rd., Agoura Hills (818) 735-0091) A nice location with exceptionally good food and above average brews. 
Happy hour all day Sunday and all day before 7 p.m.

The Local Peasant (22901 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills (818) 876-0105 A great rotating craft beer selection. Try the prohibition type drinks too. 
The food is really good: Fried olives stuffed w/ blue cheese, mini burgers, chili.

Fab’s Corner Cucina (4336 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks (818) 995-2933 Happy hour is 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. The food is amazing. Bruschetta, calamari, and risotto with dessert.

Pop a Wheelie! Who needs a car to get around? These days, the eco-conscious drive around on two wheels. Great for fitness and for fun! So where can you get your speed racer? These bike shops are guaranteed to take you on a wild ride.

Topanga Creek Bicycles (1273 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga (310) 455-2111) Customized bicycles crafted with the highest standards based on your needs, budget and style to make each bike uniquely yours. The goal is to make bicycle riding a great experience for you.

Metropolis Bikes (4660 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood (818) 506-8144) Whether it's a leisurely weekend cruise on the boardwalk, a fitness ride on the Chandler bike path, or a crosstown commute to the lot, they have the ideal bike for you. Top names, attentive service, and great prices.

State Bicycle Co. (11223 Magnolia Ave., North Hollywood (855) 55-STATE) Custom one-off custom design painted fixes with an opportunity to own a unique bike. This owner operated company only makes fifty or so paint and sticker styles at a time. Once sold out it's gone forever.

Let it Grow or Just Build it Who needs a Home Depot? There are many independent stores to get your house, garden and lighting needs into shape.

Let there be light. Global Source Lighting (28501 Canwood St. Unit B, Agoura Hills (818) 707-6000) Your one stop for all your lighting and electrical needs. Search online for the fixtures or accessories for your project and place a pending order. A design team will make sure that your order is correct. They will go over sizes, finishes and all parts needed for your project keeping in mind specific lighting design guidelines. That's all it takes!

Tools of the trade. North Hollywood Hardware (11847 Ventura Blvd., Studio City (818) 980-2453) This "mom & pop" hardware store has an impressive selection. It's a great alternative to the big chain places that you can get lost in. Ask them any number of questions about home repairs, tools, project solutions...and they'll have the answer!

Rick’s Hardware (4382 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood (818) 508-7948) The most fantastic place for vintage hardware lovers! The staff is friendly and helpful. A great selection of vintage and antiques along with a wide variety of new products. If they don't have it in stock, they will order it for you.

Perfect for planting. Sego Nursery (12126 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village (818) 763-5711) The employees at this store know their stuff. They will tell you if the plant you want will work for your garden. Should you really spend the money on that begonia right now or wait for spring? Just ask away.

Nordic Nursery (1312 Newbury Rd., Thousand Oaks (805) 499-2613) This store stands behind what they sell, and they also offer discount coupons and a newsletter with tips and tricks.

Get Pretty Beauty secrets abound. You can look your best, with a little help! Check out these masters of complexion and makeup. You'll feel (and look!) like a fashion model. Cinema Secrets (4400 W Riverside Dr., Burbank (818) 846-0579) The one stop shop for your makeup needs. An amazing product with an array of pallets of foundation for virtually any skin type with amazing coverage, from covering blemishes to completely concealing a tattoo. If you're into special effects they have a wide selection in prosthetics for any character you are looking to create.

Dermskin and Bodycare Aesthetics (5530 Corbin Ave. Suite 145, Tarzana (818) 708-8735) Dermskin & Body Care Aesthetics & Wellness Center supplies flawless complexion care. Brings out your inner and outer beauty! Various treatment packages and a customized blending of skin care and supplemental health products will make your skin glow. The staff provides free skin analysis to determine what treatments you need and what you should follow up with at home.

For the Kids The Valley is home to stuff for every little girl and boy. From learning materials to Barbie dolls, you can find it here.

Karen's Toys (Encino, Sherman Oaks, Canoga Park This toy store screams convenient with three locations. Stores are nicely kept and have awesome toys that you won't find at Toys 'R' Us or Target. The prices are comparable and the selection is outstanding. There are also arts & crafts and science kits.

Marbles The Brain Store (6600 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park (818) 346-1720) You can get your kids' minds in shape. The people at Marbles are dedicated to doing just that. This place has wonderful brain exercises for all ages. There is also a free YouTube video showing some of their fitness for your mind.

Listen Up We live in a world of electronics. From radios and Ipods to cameras, phones and software, mechanisms abound. Here's a few ways to get your electric groove on.

HAM Radio Outlet (1525 W Magnolia Blvd.,
Burbank (818) 842-1786) HRO is a family owned business and is geared to fill the needs of amateur radio enthusiasts everywhere. They employ active hams with varied backgrounds and expertise to be able to assist in any area of the hobby. 

Hooper Camera & Imaging (21902 Devonshire St., Chatsworth (818) 709-0014) Hooper Camera and Imaging started in 1951. They sell amateur and professional photo products for both traditional and digital photography enthusiast. A large selection of top brand camera bodies and accessories. Traditional photography supplies as well as digital accessories.

Evolution Audio Video (5341 Derry Ave., Agoura Hills (818) 879-1312) This audio/video shop will put a movie theatre in your home. Not so long ago a true “home theater” system was something that only the rich and famous could afford. If you’ve been thinking about a 60 to 90 inch flat panel TV – think bigger! For almost the same price, Evolution will install a projector with incredible picture quality at sizes beyond 8 feet wide.

The Artist Within Whether it be an oil painting or a sculpture, art creates a presence. Local galleries and exhibitions capture the essence of the artist. Classes will teach you how to tap into your own creative spirit.

Thousand Oaks Community Gallery The Gallery is one of the area's primary cultural facilities and hosts diversified visual arts exhibitions, workshops, artist presentations and special events. The Gallery showcases acclaimed, professional and emerging artists. Original art is available for purchase.

MindfulNest (3319 W Magnolia Blvd., Burbank (818) 840-0123) Great handmade items, great selection, great vibe. Your go-to shop for special artistic gifts. Go check it out if you're looking for a unique present, or just something fun for yourself. Jewelry, art, candles, good bath stuff. If it's creative, it's here.

Pastimes For a Lifetime (13615 Burbank Blvd. Unit B, Valley Glen (818) 766-0614) Anyone can be an artist at Pastimes for a Lifetime. Teacher Linda Wehrli starts with the basics and goes at your pace. She is committed to continuing lifelong learning, inspiring creative thinking and sharing her two favorite passions, art and piano.

Art Departure (19932 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills (818) 992-4604) Art Departure's approach to teaching art builds skills but also touches upon how being creative can contribute to your personal growth. The space feels like a work of art. There's painting and sculpture with texture and color that is displayed. It's the kind of space where you keep discovering things as you look closer. Classes here will definitely bring out your inner artist.

For Your Furry Friend Dogs (and cats) are our best friends, so shouldn't we pamper them with the best?

4 Paws Resort and Spa (21531 Strathern St., Canoga Park (818) 584-7661) 4 Paws Resort & Spa is an innovative new company that provides numerous services to pet owners in the San Fernando Valley area looking to indulge their pets. Creative, accredited groomers have vast experience working with breeds of all types. They will make even the most timid of dogs feel at ease.

For Pet's Sake (3208 E Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks (805) 496-3430) For Pet's Sake carries a little bit of everything. There are a good selection of pets (birds, rabbits, rodents, reptiles, even a tarantula!), but they are not over-stocked to where you feel they're not being properly taken care of. They also carry dog treats of all kinds.

Get Cookin'

CookLA (10938 Ventura Blvd., Studio City (818) 760-5157) Cook LA is a unique hands-on cooking class that caters to a myriad of culinary needs. You'll learn how to cook simple and healthy gourmet meals using seasonal, fresh ingredients. There are an assortment of classes – from preparing world-wide cuisines to teaching you how to cook foods that heal our bodies – all in a fun, engaging atmosphere designed for all cooking types.

Let's Get Cooking (4643 Lakeview Canyon Rd., Westlake Village (818) 991-3940) Home of Westlake Culinary Institute, these classes train both professional chefs and all the rest of us who want to learn how to cook. Classes are all ages. They also offer catering.

All in all, there are many ways that you can enjoy or improve your life here in the Valley. Take advantage of what our community has to offer, and you may end up with a surprising sense of joy.

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