Exploring Ojai’s Conscious Collective Market Review


Lanza Peretti

EXPLORING OJAI: Tourists walk around the bustling market while browsing sustainable products.

With the upcoming holiday season and increase in out-of-town-guests, Ojai is a unique destination to bring family or knock out some sustainable holiday shopping just an hour drive away from Westlake. One of Ojai’s many great features is the Conscious Collective Market, which is held twice a month till the end of 2022.

The Conscious Collective Market has been hosted at Ojai Valley Woman’s Club since August 2022 and will continue to be hosted at 441 E Ojai Ave, Ojai CA 93023 for the remainder of 2022. The market hosts over 20 local artists, designers and creators as well as music food and drinks. The remaining 2022 dates are Nov. 19, Dec. 3 and Dec. 17 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Throughout the market, you’ll find baked goods and more. Vendors come from areas such as LA, Ventura and Santa Barbara to showcase their products. Playing in the background, you can hear Un Joven Muy Sano bringing good vibes and organic sounds with his turn table (@muysanomusic on Instagram).

Conscious Collective market hosts a variety of one of a kind artisans. Stop by and you may meet Max Viro, the creator of Sacred Imagination and Wearable Inspiration. Viro sells artistic jackets, flannels and hoodies and sells his original art pieces, such as tapestries, posters and stickers. As you continue through the market, you may spot the creative and friendly Brysa Belinski selling upcycled clothing and handmade journals.

The location of the Concious Collective Market also offers the opportunity to experience the Nordhoff Ridge mountains, a western extension of the Topatopa mountains. Come for the day to experience all that this charming town has to offer.

In addition, the market is within walking distance from many restaurants and shops of all sorts. Some of the popular eateries include Harvest Moon Kitchen, Rorys Place, Ojai Rotie and The Little Sama, which all receive a four to five star ratings on yelp.com. “Fantastic food and service,” wrote Sunny S. on yelp.com. “The food is always flavorful, and the drinks are awesome too. I love living in Ojai and going to this place.”

The fall season is the perfect time to check out the Conscious Collectives Market and spend a day exploring Ojai. It is definitely worth the one hour trip to experience and support the small businesses and find unique pieces. To find more information, visit the Conscious Collective Market website https://www.makersmarketla.com/.