Summer Joys: Adventures For The Day

Source - Canyon News
Published - June 21, 2009
Original Article

A new store recently opened in Camarillo, called Rocket Fizz. Located about 20 minutes north of the Los Angeles County line, Camarillo is a pleasant town with many a cloudy, temperate day during the year. Rocket Fizz is a throwback to the old fashioned candy and soda pop shops of yore, and will not disappoint. Is there a candy from your childhood you can't forget, but you also can't find anywhere else? Perhaps candy dots or Bit O' Honey bars? Chocolate sodas, old fashioned cream soda and Coca-Cola bottles? Rocket Fizz has them!

Visitors are greeted by smiling faces and an exceptionally friendly atmosphere. And this is a family operation, to boot. The Rocket Fizz location (at 2619 Ventura Blvd.) has been in the family for well over six decades, though it officially opened as Rocket Fizz in February of 2009. Robert Powell, the chieftain of this sweetshop, recently welcomed his uncle and television personality, Judge Wapner (of "People's Court") to Rocket Fizz, to launch Judge Wapner's new line of root beer (it is quite good... and I'm not usually a fan of root beer). Lines stretched outside the previous weekend, as many visitors waited for their chance to speak with the judge and have him autograph soda bottles. The judge, quick-witted as ever, was quite obliging and a pleasure to speak with. Judge Wapner's root beer is available at Rocket Fizz now.

Los Angeles is an exciting and exceptionally charming city; who can resist its many allures? Sometimes absence does make the heart grow fonder, and a break from the familiar is essential to better appreciating the glamor of LA. If you have the opportunity this summer, here are some fabulous sights to see, just out of LA, but in the Greater Los Angeles Area.

Summer Joys: Adventures For The Day
One wall of delights. Photo by Susie Kopecky.

A new store recently opened in Camarillo, called Rocket Fizz. Located about 20 minutes north of the Los Angeles County line, Camarillo is a pleasant town with many a cloudy, temperate day during the year. Rocket Fizz is a throwback to the old fashioned candy and soda pop shops of yore, and will not disappoint. Is there a candy from your childhood you can't forget, but you also can't find anywhere else? Perhaps candy dots or Bit O' Honey bars? Chocolate sodas, old fashioned cream soda and Coca-Cola bottles? Rocket Fizz has them!

Visitors are greeted by smiling faces and an exceptionally friendly atmosphere. And this is a family operation, to boot. The Rocket Fizz location (at 2619 Ventura Blvd.) has been in the family for well over six decades, though it officially opened as Rocket Fizz in February of 2009. Robert Powell, the chieftain of this sweetshop, recently welcomed his uncle and television personality, Judge Wapner (of "People's Court") to Rocket Fizz, to launch Judge Wapner's new line of root beer (it is quite good... and I'm not usually a fan of root beer). Lines stretched outside the previous weekend, as many visitors waited for their chance to speak with the judge and have him autograph soda bottles. The judge, quick-witted as ever, was quite obliging and a pleasure to speak with. Judge Wapner's root beer is available at Rocket Fizz now

Summer Joys: Adventures For The Day
The judge is in! Photo by Susie Kopecky.

The prices are not extravagant, and it is priceless to be able to find your favorite old-time treats. There is also a small selection of toys around the shop, and fun retro signs available for purchase. Feel like stopping for lunch? Step through the shop and onto the back veranda, and you can enjoy freshly ordered pizza from neighboring Tony's Pizza. Take a walk around beautiful Old Town Camarillo and enjoy the regal architecture of the church across the street, and the throwback architecture.

The Camarillo location is the flagship store, but with the popularity of this shop, don't be surprised if a Rocket Fizz comes to a city near you!

About twenty minutes north of Rocket Fizz, is lovely Ventura. Immortalized by the Beach Boys as a prime surfing locale, Ventura is also a great destination for the intrepid weekend traveler. Whether you seek a good "antiqueing" or a divine beach walk, the city of Ventura has it all. Take a serene beach stroll along one of many beach accesses in this often-cloudy and temperate city, and even visit the boardwalk.

There is a reason that Ventura County has begun to draw the attention of filmmakers (as you drive up, you may pass a familiar site: the hotel destination in "Little Miss Sunshine" is actually the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach); there is plenty of open space, and the sunsets can't be beat. On the way to Ventura, consider popping off in Oxnard for a stroll along gorgeous Silverstand Beach (see if you can spot the partially submerged "pirate" ship!) and take in the amazing sights and crisp air. Once you've worked up an appetite from a brisk walk, there are many options of eateries thereabouts. One that is out of this world is the Greek at the Harbor in Ventura, where traditional Greek food is served up alongside a surfer's paradise.

The Greek at the Harbor's atmosphere is one-of-a-kind. With plenty of flair and a touch of the absurd, this restaurant will draw you in, just to see what the aesthetic commotion is all about. For those who may not be familiar with Greek food: try this eatery. The inside of the Greek at the Harbor is like a cross between the Madonna Inn of San Luis Obispo and the brightly-adorned Bucca Di Beppo chain: bright, happy and a feast for the senses. If you prefer amazing sunset views, ask for the patio seating, which overlooks Ventura Harbor. You are gauranteed to have success with whatever dish you order, from dips (try the hummus and scordalia with soft pita) to salads (the Greek house salad comes with most dinner items), to traditional Greek dinners (the moussaka, similar to a creamy lasagna, is amazing and can be prepared vegetarian style as well).

Summer Joys: Adventures For The Day
Never a dull moment at the Greek by the Harbor.
Photo by Susie Kopecky.

Oh, and by the way, there is never a dull moment at this festively-decorated restaurant! Between professional belly dancers, the male employees performing delightful and gravity-defying dances, and a Sunday champagne brunch, there is always something happening here.

Summer Joys: Adventures For The Day
A server balances two wine glasses while dancing.
Greek by the Harbor. Photo by Susie Kopecky.

The Greek at the Harbor is located in Ventura Harbor at 1583 Spinnaker Dr., Suite 101, and is open for lunch everyday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., dinner 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and till 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The Greek at the Harbor serves breakfast on the weekend (Saturday and Sunday) from 9 a.m. through 11 a.m. Though reservations are not required, you may want to call ahead to make them all the same, as this is a popular restaurant and has been known to fill up quickly.