Healthy pet food, electric bicycles and wild plant possibilities—they’re all here.
A nyone looking to roll some fresh air, fun and fitness into one activity might want to check out Pedego 101 in Westlake Village.
Pedego electric bikes offer riders a great workout if users opt to pedal. But those who prefer a leisurely ride around the lake can kick it into gear and let the electric motor do all the work. Riders can even choose a little bit of both. A rechargeable battery makes these bikes environmentally friendly. They go up to 20 miles per hour and can travel anywhere regular bicycles are allowed.
Shop owners Linda Coburn and her husband John Tajiri invite residents to get what they call the “E.B. grin”—that’s what they’ve dubbed the smile people come back with after riding these cool electric bikes. Available in a variety of colors and designs, Pedego bikes are suitable for all shapes and sizes of riders age 16 and up. They require no license, no insurance and no experience to operate—you’re good to go whether it’s for a scenic ride, a short commute or just getting around town.
Pedego bikes can be tricked out with all sorts of accessories, including child- and pet-friendly seats, baskets, saddles and bells. They even feature an onboard USB charging port for your phone.
Rentals are $15 per hour (two-hour minimum) or daily at $50 for up to eight hours; purchase prices begin at $2,295.
M arco Giannini has come a long way from selling healthy dog treats out of his car. His independent pet food and supply company, Protein For Pets, has grown to nine stores since its inception in 2014.
Each compact shop—the Simi Valley location is just 1,100 square feet—is stocked with a carefully curated collection of products. “We can find the best goods in every category,” he says. The stores also offer treats, toys, supplies and grooming musts.
What makes the stores unique is how products are grouped by type, not brand. Shoppers can head straight for the small breed, weight management or puppy section or they can pick up their furry friend’s favorite type of protein, including standards such as chicken and more exotic choices like bison.
In addition to offering low prices, the community-minded company is involved in school fundraisers, charity run sponsorships and pet adoption events.
Marco embraces neighborhood involvement. “The more you’re involved in the community, the better.” That’ll keep tails wagging.
J ust weeks before opening their succulent garden art and gift shop, Sandy and Chris Johnson found a giant, heart-shaped green stone on a Cambria beach. That’s how Hearts of Jade, in the heart of historic High Street in Moorpark, got its name.
This shabby-chic boutique carries a ton of whimsical indoor and outdoor home decor accessories, which the Johnsons lovingly refer to as “earthy art.” Taking their desire to go green to a whole new level, they view just about everything as fair game for repurposing. An old, rusty watering can or a vintage Radio Flyer wagon can make an attractive display when planted with low-maintenance and drought-tolerant succulents.
Customers can take home individual plants or bring in something personal to be planted, like a fountain—a store specialty. The Johnsons will also come to your home or apartment to create a one-of-a-kind “pocket” garden—a small space filled with succulents.
The store’s quaint backyard setting is perfect for their weekly classes, where customers learn how to make their own living art, every Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Some businesses set up classes for corporate team building. Be sure to call ahead to reserve a space as classes tend to fill up quickly.
Although rooted in dirt, the earthy art flies out the door, so check in often as the inventory changes.