Author: VCR Staff

HEALTH AND FITNESS | Best of Ventura County 2020

DINI LEOPOLDO AT MORUMBI JIU JITSU/DINI KETTLEBELL Dini Leopoldo was voted Best Personal Trainer this year — the first for the head fitness instructor at Morumbi Jiu Jitsu. A specialist in Russian kettlebells as well as TRx and body weight training, customers have counted on her to help them reach their fitness goals with expert advice, enthusiastic encouragement and solid support. Morumbi also claimed the Best Martial Arts Studio and Best Martial Arts Instructor (for founder Fabio Leopoldo) titles. Dini’s win makes the Ventura-based studio a triple threat in 2020. Photo by Cliff Montgomery.   Children’s Dentist 1ST PLACE Sunny Smiles Dentistry For Children and...

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BEAUTY AND STYLE | Best of Ventura County 2020

TAYLOR YOUNG, THE COLOR BAR, BEST HAIR STYLIST  Whether you’re looking to go bombshell blonde, get the grey out or bask in balayage, “color expert” Taylor Young — voted Best Hair Stylist for 2020 — will get it done. The Color Bar salon that she co-owns and -operates with partner Lara Bilyeau is known for its expertise, professionalism and high quality services that run the gamut from gentlemen’s haircuts to root touch ups, custom color, highlights and more. Trust your tresses to Taylor. Photo by @oliviaklein_photography Barber Shop 1ST PLACE 1927 Barber Shop & Shave 1927 E. Main St., Ventura  805-667-9177,   READER...

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SHOPPING | Best of Ventura County 2020

SALZER’S, BEST RECORD STORE, BEST GIFT SHOP, BEST ADULT STORE AND BEST SMOKE SHOP  The name belies what this Ventura institution has to offer, but the votes will clue you in. Best Record Store, Best Gift Shop, Best Adult Store and Best Smoke Shop. That’s a lot of bests . . . but not surprising. The store opened in 1972 by renowned concert promoter Jim Salzer (who passed away in March at 78) looks like a rock and roll museum and it some ways it is. Beyond the vintage music memorabilia on the walls and shelves, however, it boasts an enviable collection of new and used...

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SERVICES | Best of Ventura County 2020

ALOHA DOG GROOMING, BEST PET GROOMER  When things get ruff, Aloha nips it in the bud. The Midtown Ventura dog grooming business keeps pooches pretty and pampered in every way possible, thanks to the loving care of owner Tina Baselice and her crew. Customers praise this Best Of winner for her expert touch, sensitivity, experience and a genuine love for animals — all of which have helped her earn the trust of even the finickiest customers at the shop. No matter the age, breed or temperament, Aloha makes sure all dogs get clipped, trimmed, shampooed and shaved with style. Accountant 1ST PLACE Farber Hass Hurley, LLP 300...

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“AN EMERGENCY BRAKE” | State puts Ventura County back in purple tier

Pictured: Gov. Gavin Newsom in press conference on Monday, Nov. 16. Screenshot from live video feed.  by Kimberly Rivers During a Monday, Nov. 16, press conference, Gov. Gavin Newsom confirmed what Ventura County officials anticipated last week. Forty counties, including Ventura County, will revert back to the most restrictive “purple tier” in California’s four-tiered plan for managing the pandemic in the state.  The change goes into effect on Tuesday, Nov. 17.  Saying that the change is an “emergency brake,” Newsom cited the 51.3 percent increase in positive testing rates statewide and said it is the “fastest increase California...

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