Ventura Boulevard, once a stretch of El Camino Real which connected all the Catholic missions from San Diego to Sonoma, is now the Valley’s hub for dining, shopping, nightlife, and entertainment. The Sherman Oaks shopping district is just one of the many sections of the long stretch of road that draws a great deal of attention.
It’s had honorable mention in rock music and made cameos in movies like "Transformers." So what exactly is the allure? This main thoroughfare of the Valley contains anything and everything you could possibly desire.
Start off with the Sherman Oaks Galleria for example. Housing not just your everyday run of the mill office space, but premier home shopping in the form of Urban Home to add stylishly, yet price consciously, to your home.
The Arclight, to anyone who has yet to stop by you’re missing out, a truly cinematic experience where the moviegoers respect film as an artform, which means cell phones are off!
Also included, an array of restaurants with a wide range in price. El Torito Grill is one you must schedule a date night for. Delicious and fresh dishes created by El Torito’s head chef in their boutique spinoff never ceases to delight everyone from everyday patrons to food critics. Happy hour will give you the most bang for your buck, just order all the snacks, you’ll be glad you did!
Moving out of the Galleria and down the street you can’t help but pass up your opportunity to take in all that you see in the windows. Funky fashions and glistening jewelry invade your vision, until you feel the assault of aromatic french fries and chocolate malts on your nose drawing you nearer and nearer to Mel’s Drive-in. The original So Cal location established in the late '80s is well known for their '50s drive-in theme and spectacular burgers.
Further down the road you’ll come across a number of vintage shops carrying coquettish dresses to rugged army surplus. Frugal finds for any shopper looking to find a genuine score on a dime will equate the Sherman Oaks shopping district to Heaven. From clothes, to books, to records, there is no end to what treasures lay strewn about on Ventura Blvd.
"On Ventura, there she goes, she just bought some bitchin' clothes," - Frank Zappa, “Valley Girl”