With its prominent vintage-style clock tower, Whizin Market Square is something of a landmark in Agoura Hills.
The plaza offers an eclectic mix of arts and entertainment outlets, as well as retail and design stores and restaurants. But perhaps it’s best known for its fabulous antique shops and dealers. They are definitely worth an afternoon of browsing.
Provence Chic Antiques & Design
French-Italian owner Jean Jacques Calabrese says his design store offers “everything French, Spanish and Italian.”
With 17 years experience in the business and six years at Whizin’s mall, Calabrese says he wanted to bring “Provence chic” to the area.
With a mix of massive pieces of ornate furniture as well as beautiful accompaniments—vases, chandeliers, artwork and one-of-kind design elements—Provence Chic stands out at the center.
Specializing in European-imported fine antiques and furniture, the store is like stepping into an emporium in France, Spain and Italy combined. When asked why the furniture pieces are so big, Calabrese exclaims, “Because they come from big houses!”
28851 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills
A Beautiful Mess Home
A longtime Los Angeles designer, Kymberley Fraser opened her antique boutique and design studio at Whizin’s in 2010 with a vision of introducing clients to “unexpected, beautiful pieces.”
The store features Fraser’s own line of custom furniture, bedding and pillows, along with a large assortment of other original designs, antiques, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces and a vintage vellum book collection.
The store attractively displays new and antique pieces and artwork in lovely arrangements, blending fabrics and textures with unusual and contrasting items.
28875 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills
Antiques & More
Aptly named, this store offers an eclectic assortment of antique furniture and collectibles, ranging from ornate chandeliers, dishes and cupboards to furs, butter churners and lots of unique tchotchkes.
Experienced in estate sales and liquidation, Sandra Cota has run the gallery at Whizin’s for well over a decade. But what makes the store most interesting, perhaps, is the fact that 10 separate vendors also display their wares there.
Cota offers other services including cataloging collections, appraisals, estate organization, cleanup and buyouts.
28912-A Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills
Shoppers who visit the Agoura Antique Mart are first greeted by an outdoor display of whimsical tin farm animals. Once inside, the fun continues with unique signs, unusual lights, rare and vintage books, garden curiosities and furniture.
Owners Maria and David Bartolet run the 9,000-square-foot space that has more than 40 individual antique dealers booths. It’s a vintage shopping haven.
28863 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills
Offering an eclectic mix of antique and vintage furnishings and accessories in 4,000 square feet of space, this store has provided a fun trip down memory lane at Whizin’s since 2006.
Its ever-changing inventory includes one-of-a-kind art, lighting, jewelry and salvage pieces as well as textiles and garden elements. The place is ripe with vintage curiosities that beg to be repurposed, reinvented and revitalized.
28859 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills
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South of the Border
Alfredo Cortes and his wife, Delia, have been bringing Mexican and Spanish home accents to the heart of Ventura County for the past 7 years.
Their 4,500-square-foot warehouse in Camarillo carries ceramics and fine copper arts and crafts, mostly from the central region of Mexico, Alfredo’s birthplace.
“We carry Spanish, hacienda and Mission-style pottery and copper,” Alfredo says, adding that he likes to support the artisans by importing their wares.
Alfredo launched the business with handmade hammered copper fixtures and smaller decorative copper items. Now he carries decorative ceramics as well, with more than 200 different styles of tiles, as well as colorful sinks and backsplash tiles. Customers can even bring in renderings of their own designs and Alfredo will take them to Mexico to be made into tiles.
The warehouse is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment on weekends.
Fine Crafts & Imports
1185 Calle Suerte, Camarillo
REUSE, RECYCLE, ReSTORE
The Habitat for Humanity ReStores in Simi Valley and Oxnard are unique resources—retail outlets that also help people in need and serve the environment by recycling items that would otherwise end up in local landfills.
Calling itself a “discount home improvement center,” the 18,000-square-foot Simi Valley store is filled to the brim with all sorts of gently used as well as new items.
“It begins when new and used merchandise is donated to Habitat for Humanity,” says executive director Steve Dwyer. “Donations are tax-deductible and merchandise is resold at prices 50 to 70 percent below retail.”
Customers can find doors, windows, bathroom fixtures and lighting, reusable hardware, appliances and building supplies. If they poke around long enough through the ever-changing inventory, they might even score an antique piece or a cool collectible.
ReStore is an offshoot of Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County, a locally run and funded affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Proceeds from the sale of donated items support the organization’s mission to provide housing to low-income families in the area. At this time Habitat for Humanity has enough donated land to build 28 homes for families in Ventura County.
Both stores will make arrangements for free pickup of larger items.
Simi Valley ReStore
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 7 days a week
1293 E. Los Angeles Ave.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon. through Fri.
121 S. Rice Ave.