Lucy in the Sky closed in Downtown Ventura

Lucille McDaniel, aka Lucy or Lucy in the Sky, has spent 38 years perfecting her craft at 20 N. Fir St., suite B, cutting and styling hair, but her focus has been working with children, and children with autism in particular. On Tuesday, July 10, her birthday, she made the final haircuts at that location before shutting her storefront operation.

“A month ago, I was told I had to be out in a month,” McDaniel said, relaying that her landlord nearly tripled her rent, adding $1,400 monthly. She did, however, emphasize that her landlord had helped out tremendously during the Thomas Fire when he put out embers on a nearby palm tree. “In my eyes, he is a hero.”

McDaniel, who also specializes in Watsu aquatic therapy, better known as water massage, said that she intended to keep in touch with her clients and that she may be working in a more mobile capacity, going to the clients instead.

“I don’t have a plan B,” McDaniel explained, but she said that she doesn’t want to leave her young clientele in the lurch.

McDaniel says that text is best. She can be reached at 805-652-1988 or 805-649-3388.

Sears to close Thousand Oaks location in September

After 40 years, the Sears store located inside the Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks is packing up and calling it quits come September. The store’s closure comes along with a slew of closures for the embattled retailer nationwide as sales dwindle.

The store signed its original lease in 1967, making it one of the oldest in the city. Sears Holding Company, which also owns Kmart, announced that it would be closing 62 underperforming stores this year as “part of [its] ongoing efforts to streamline the company’s operations,” according to a press release.

The retailer will still have a presence in Ventura County, however, with one Sears store in Ventura and Kmarts in both Camarillo and Santa Paula.

Bank of America closing downtown Ventura branch in October

The downtown Ventura location of the Bank of America Financial Center will close on Oct. 16, according to a notification sent to customers.

The international bank owns the building at 507 E. Main St., which was built in the 1930s. A representative from the bank said that accounts will not be affected and that customers will be directed to visit one of the two other Ventura-based branches at 2698 E. Main St. and 1130 S. Victoria Ave.