This place is amazing. I had taken regular yoga classes at a local community college, which really brought me full speed into the world of yoga. At this place, the main aspect is that you are doing yoga in a heated environment. The first time you do this, it is quite a shock. But the more you do it a get used to it, the benefits become apparent in your body and the way that it handles the workout. Drink lots of water or sports drinks! This is an intense workout! And men, don't worry, you won't be the only man in the class.
PROS: great workout
This is a really neat pet store. One of the greatest highlights of the store has to be their gourmet pet treats in the bakery. It is really fun to have these really "human-type" cookies to feed to my dog. They have a lot of the basic pet supplies and a huge selection of food. They also have a lot of natural-type pet products for people who like such things. It is not what I go for, but it is very popular. the prices are higher than some of the big chains, but I like the feel of the store and the staff is great so it is worth it to me. Only downside is the parking can be a nightmare to find a spot to park.
PROS: great selection and great staff. the bakery
CONS: not a lot of parking
This is a great store, perfect for buying gifts for people. They have a huge selection of greeting cards, most of which are a bit raunchier and/or weirder than your typical Hallmark cards. They have lots of weird gifts and novelty items, most of which are family friendly but some are tread a bit more in the R-rated territory. It is a fun place to just look around at all the odd merchandise. My favorite part about the shop is the greeting cards. I typically buy a handful at a time so that I will have them handy as I need them.
PROS: great selection of greeting cards and novelty toys
Video West is a great out of the way video store. It is in a very small space, but it has a great selection of videos (VHS and DVD). The major drawback to the store is the parking. At certain times the small amount of parking is completely filled up, which can be a pain to deal with. But they have a really great selection of both the huge hits and lesser-known art house type films. They also have a gigantic selection of adult titles. When you rent the videos they give you the option of paying then or paying when you return. It is always nice to have options like that! I really like this store and it has replaced the big name video stores as my first choice to go to for rentals. Plus, the rental prices are a lot less then at the big chains stores.
PROS: good selection at a good price
CONS: not enough parking
Penny Lane is basically a used CD store, but it has a lot that seperates itself from other stores of this kind. They have a great selection of other music related items such as posters and shirts and postcards. They don't have the biggest selection of music, but it is a fun place to stop into just to see all the other items they have in stock.
PROS: fun selection of posters
CONS: CD selection is lacking
Marty's Hobbies has been a staple of Thousand Oaks since I was a child. I used to stop by here on the way home from school and play the video game they had in the store and check out all of the models. Now I stop in the store with my son. In this every changing area it is so nice to have a place with some history to it in town. This is a great little shop that sells models and model kits. I mainly use the store for purchasing car model kits. They have basic kits which are good for young kids and then more elaborate kits for the advanced hobbies such as myself. They also have planes, trains, and other hobby related material. And great staff to boot!
PROS: great staff. long history in the community
This is a very popular pool that can get quite crowded. It has a great atmosphere and besides pool tables it also has a bar and darts (what pool hall doesn't?) and a small selection of video games. This place is pretty trendy and it is not unusual to see some famous faces here. If you are looking to simply play pool, you may want to choose a more out of the way place. But if you like a fun, party-like atmosphere then you should check this place out.
PROS: great fun atmosphere
CONS: crowded, 18-20 year old's allowed.
Golf N Stuff is a fun miniature golf place that most people who grew up in Ventura County have visited at one point or another. It is very popular with families with little kids as well as high schoolers. For playing golf they have two seperate courses to choose from. They also have go-cart racing and trampolines to jump around in. They have a huge selection of video games, including the lastest and greatest along with classics like Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga. It is a fun place, but sometimes on the weekend evenings it can be a bit overrun with high school students who can be a bit rude and seem to overtake the entire park.
PROS: lots to do:golf, cars, trampolines, video games, etc.
CONS: teenagers can overtake the park at times
I have taken a variety of classes at Pierce College over the years, and have been more than satisfied with the experience. My instructors have been, by and large, very fun and excited about the subject matter at hand. I have mostly taken night classes and with a large variety of topics:computer, creative writing, yoga, spanish. The campus is spread out over a large area it is relatively clean. At night I would recommend not walking on campus alone or in unlit areas. Several people, mostly women using the restroom at night and alone, have been attacked on campus in the evening hours.
They have classes to fit a variety of schedules. I have taken day, night, weekend, and online courses through the school.
PROS: large selection of class times
CONS: not too safe at night
This is an awesome musem. It seems that many schools bring kids here on a field trip, I wish my school had brought me here when I was a child. The museum teaches and informs about racism throughout history. In particular, it deals with the holocaust which is of particular interest to me. It is very moving and informative. Even if you are well-versed in the topic, I urge you to visit the museum as it makes things more real then simply reading books or watching videos on the subject from the comfort of your home.
PROS: informative, educational, great.