SUMMER ESSENTIALS | Our favorite items with summer accents and the spirit of Ventura County – VC Reporter


ON THE PICTURE : Ventura Beach Towel. Photo submitted

by VCReporter staff

Honey barbecue sauce. Photo submitted

Honey BBQ Sauce

Bennett’s Honey Farm
3176 Honey Lane, Fillmore

Local flavor for all your barbecued meats. This delicious sauce from Bennett’s Honey Farm in Fillmore has the right balance of smoky and sweet, with a recipe that includes Topanga-grade honey. Fantastic for chicken, but also great on ribs or for turning a regular beef patty into a western burger.

Folding large tires
$1,750 (free tune-ups and flat repairs for the first year)
electric dogleg
2907 Palma Drive, Ventura

Electric bikes are more popular than ever, and this foldable model is also super portable. The big tires roll easily over sand, mud and other rough terrain, and you won’t tire yourself out climbing tough hills in the summer heat. With a built-in shopping cart and stand, it’s also fun to run errands around town.

Jobe Yarra paddle board. Photo submitted

Jobe Yarra paddle board package
Cheap real sport
36 W. Santa Clara St., Ventura

If you haven’t tried paddleboarding yet, summer 2022 is a great time to change that. This model from Jobe is inflatable, so you can take it just about anywhere, and it includes a paddle, pump, leash, and backpack. Instant water sports fun!

Springer dog travel bottle. Photo submitted

Springer Dog Travel Bottles
Ojai Rains
218 E. Ojai Avenue, Ojai

The bright sun and summer heat can be tough on our four-legged hiking and beach companions. These water bottles are great because they include an attached bowl – just squeeze and water is instantly available for thirsty puppies. When they’re done drinking, simply release and the water will flow straight back into the bottle. No leaks, no BPA, no wasted water. And… dishwasher safe!

Birkenstock Arizona Essentials Waterproof Sandals
Birkenstock Footprints of Ventura
518 E. Santa Clara Street, Ventura

Birkenstocks are a summer favorite. Photo submitted

Based on the classic Arizona design, but made from super lightweight and highly flexible EVA. That means shock absorbent, waterproof and exceptionally comfortable. Perfect for the beach, lake, boating, backyard, camping, pool…

Ventura Beach Towel
Visit Ventura
101 S. California St., Ventura

A large beach towel is absolutely essential for the summer! This one sports a nifty Ventura logo and is made with 100% cotton terry velor to be soft and absorbent. Perfect size (35″ x 60″) for drying off after a dip or lounging on the beach or by the pool.

Tote bag by Melanie Roschko. Photo submitted

Tote bags by Melanie Roschko
The Studio Channel Islands Art Center shop
2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo

This canvas tote is beautiful (beautiful designs by local artist Melanie Roschko) and very practical. The perfect size (13″ x 16″ with an 11″ strap) for running errands or going from date to date. Great for travel too, and if you’re flying, it’s small enough to fit under the plane seat, but big enough to hold a wallet, book, phone, snacks, water bottle and a few other practical items.

Sniper bodyboard. Photo submitted

Sniper Bodyboard “The Bunch”
$75 and up
Anacapa Surf N Sport
1005 S. Harbor Blvd., Oxnard

A perfect entry-level bodyboard for children! Lightweight yet durable EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) core with contoured deck and mesh insert. Discovering the joys of bodyboarding = it’s priceless.

Magnum electric bike. Photo submitted

Pathfinder Magnum 36V
Ventura Bike Depot
239 Main Street West, Ventura

Another great electric bike for getting around town! Compact and easy to store and transport, with integrated front and rear lights that run on the removable lithium-ion battery. Available in four colors and in 36V, 350 watt (shown here, in sand) and 48V, 500 watt versions. All bikes come with a factory warranty and are professionally assembled directly at Ventura Bike Depot.


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