Posted May 01, 2021 | By Alejandra Cerball
Who run the world? Girls! Here's a list of tourism businesses in Oxnard run by boss women.
Here in Oxnard, there is no shortage of female boss ladies who run and operate tourism businesses that we love. In celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week, we want to highlight women business leaders in our community.
From restaurants to epic tourism experiences and adventures, here's a list of women-owned businesses to support right now.
608 South "A" Street Oxnard, CA 93030
Karen Baldonado and her daughter Tani Carlton continue the family tradition of serving delicious seafood at an affordable price at Otani's Seafood. Karen's grandfather, Izzy Otani, opened the first business in 1908, a block away from the current "A" Street location. For over 110 years, the family business has been a staple in Oxnard.
Karen's favorite part about working at Otani's is working with her team.
"I love my staff, and I really enjoy interacting with our customers. I wouldn't be here without my staff by my side; I view them, and a lot of our regulars, as an extension of my family."
Why you'll love it: Choose from Tempura Plates or seafood tacos under $15 bucks.
Dine-in or take it to go.
3600 Harbor Blvd, Oxnard, CA 93035
Cherryl Connally was 12 years old when her father started Island Packers, a family business. Today, she's the co-owner and runs the marketing for the business. The company offers boat transportation to Channel Islands National Park and takes visitors to Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara, Santa Rosa, and San Miguel Island. Island Packers also provides harbor cruises, dinner cruises, and bird watching excursions.
Want to plan a trip? Check out our guide to visiting Channel Islands National Park.
Channel Islands Harbor
Elizabeth Keane is the founder of Sea Dog Yoga, a Stand up Paddle Board Yoga experience for all levels at the Channel Islands Harbor. Since 2015, she's been guiding new and experienced yogis through sun salutations and spinal twists. Elizabeth is a mental health clinician and enjoys bringing her passion for promoting community wellness, spending time on the ocean, and bringing mindfulness techniques and the positive mental health benefits of yoga to students.
"At Sea Dog Yoga, we are all about having fun in a safe and supportive environment catered to our student's individual skill level while bringing people out on the water to mindfully experience the scenic views that Channel Islands Harbor has to offer," she says.
Why you'll love it: Take your balance to the next level with a Vinyasa Flow and power yoga infused with mindfulness, pranayama, and meditation.
1355 W. Channel Islands Blvd.
Paola Romero grew up in Oxnard and opened up Milah Boutique in 2018. The ultra-fashionable shop carries dresses, accessories, and clothes for your mini.
“I have lived in Oxnard my entire life, so I love that we get to do something fun and exciting for our community,” says Paola.
“We get to meet and interact with people every day, one outfit at a time. It makes me happy when I’m out at a dinner or running errands, and I bump into people wearing an outfit they bought from us, or we helped them choose. It’s exciting to see, and I’m happy we can do that locally where I grew up!”
The Collection at RiverPark
Liz Marino is the owner of Barefoot Boutique, a stylish luxe California girl lifestyle shop located at The Collection at RiverPark. Liz opened up her business in 2013 to provide fashionable and comfortable clothing for all, taking a hiatus during 2020 and reopening in Spring 2021. Her daughter, Ophelia, also opened Salt Boutique - a shop and bikini bar, in Spring 2021, also located in The Collection.
Why you'll love it: Shop the latest trends, including cute bralettes, dresses, and accessories.
Don't miss our Holiday Gift Guide packed with gift ideas from your favorite local business.
Alejandra Cerball (Journalist)
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