I was charmed by the eclectic combination of thrift stores, gourmet eateries and higher-end-hipster boutiques in Downtown Ventura on a recent trip. My favorite was The Refill Shoppe.
Downtown Ventura has come a long way in the gentrification process since my last visit a few years ago. There’s still a ton of thrift and resale shops but the streets are also full of the kinds of stores that make me happy to my core: bookstores, mom & pop type antique shops, and local small business storefronts. It’s so hard to find that in a downtown these days.
What a simple concept for a home, bath and body products store: BYOB
You can read about the story that inspired The Refill Shoppe, but reading about it is no substitute for a visit. This place is definitely worth taking your time in, and bringing your bottles to. Just walking around is a pleasure. Everything smells so good.
At this fragrant and homey soap, shampoo, household cleaning product and essential oil store you are invited to refill your own containers or purchase your own lovely refillable ones. It’s eco friendly and economical as well. The Refill Shoppe products are extremely high quality and customizable. That’s what I love most – just about everything sold in this shop can be custom scented to your specifications. That ‘s pretty dreamy in my opinion. How many times have I stood in the Target aisle, sniffing from an ugly bottle with a scrunched up nose, shaking my head and saying “Nope! Next!”
Biggest issue for me here would be committing to a fragrance. There are too many to try.
Don’t worry about not being able to get back to refill. Most products are available via mail order. If you are lucky enough to be local you can drop in for a top off any time. Your bottle is just weighed before and after you fill and you pay for only what you need.
Most of The Refill Shoppe’s products are custom produced for them. There’s a ton of unique and locally sourced additional products for sale in this store. You can find chunks of handmade soap that resemble gemstones.
Felted wool wrapped soaps make getting clean far more fun and colorful. Scented wool dryer balls make your clothing come out more lovely.
A community board in the back of the store also makes a positive statement about living and shopping locally and keeping community alive.
So glad I got to see this place. Can’t wait to go back armed with some of my vintage glass bottles. I know my teenaged daughters will want to spend a lot of time here too.
Thanks toVentura County Coast for showing me this shop on a recent press trip!