Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Travel Tales: Shopping in West San Fernando Valley

This year I had the opportunity to stay in the west San Fernando Valley. I used to shop in this area about once every six weeks when I stayed in Burbank, but now I had the opportunity to really explore it. The main mall in this area is Westfield Topanga which is a double-decker mall in Canoga Park that went through a major renovation about six years ago. Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Macy's and Target anchor the complex. Also located conveniently across the street is a Nordstrom Rack. When future expansion plans for this complex to link to others are completed, Topanga will be the largest mall area in California.

(Photo Credit: memyselfandtheinterstate.com)

Traveling west on Victory away from this mall, shoppers will encounter the Fallbrook shopping area. This is not as fancy as the mall, but it does have probably the largest TJ Maxx in the Valley. Trader Joe's, Kohl's, Ulta, Walmart, Burlington, Home Depot and Target are also located in this complex. Home Goods is located across the street.

One of the cool aspects of the Woodland Hills side of the Valley is that Goodwill has taken their considerable number of books and put them in stores devoted entirely to books, cds and dvds. Three of these stores are located near the mall. The best of these is at 6415 Platt at the intersection of Platt and Victory. Travel west on Victory away from the mall. At the intersection of Platt, drive through the intersection and turn into the small plaza on the corner. The store is nicely designed and organized as a small bookstore and is a delight for shopping for books.

For those who desire an outlet mall experience, drive west through Calabasas and Thousand Oaks on the 101. Get off on the Las Posas Road exit and turn left and go over the bridge. At Ventura take a right and the Camarillo Premium Outlet buildings will be on the right. We always park at the newer section that has the Neiman Marcus Outlet and walk over to the older section. On a crowded day the older section which is designed like a figure eight is a nightmare for parking.

Ventura Blvd. has many unique shops along its entire length. Major stores like Marshall's are also located on Ventura. The T.J. Maxx in Tarzana is in a great complex with Whole Foods and has a convenient parking deck with free parking in the back.

Driving south on Topanga as it winds its way to the Pacific, one will encounter some small and unusual shops in the canyon. Topanga ends at Pacific Coast Highway and vacationers can visit the many shops in Malibu and along the coast.

(Photo taken in 2014 in Santa Monica Mountains)

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