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Thousand Oaks Boulevard, previously known as Ventura Boulevard, [1] [2] [3] [4] is a street located in the Conejo Valley of Southern California. It stretches from Thousand Oaks through Westlake Village to Agoura Hills. In Thousand Oaks, it is located in the downtown area and was also known as Main Street until the Moorpark Freeway (SR 23) was completed in the 1960s. Today it remains one of the busiest commercial areas in Thousand Oaks, although many businesses are also located at The Oaks and Janss Marketplace. [5] It is Thousand Oaks’ major east-west thoroughfare, connecting The Oaks mall on the west to Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza in the east. It runs parallel to the Ventura Freeway (US 101). As of 2017, over 230 businesses are housed on Thousand Oaks Boulevard. [6]

It was one of the first streets in the city. [7] Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza and Gardens of the World are located on Thousand Oaks Boulevard. It is also home of the Thousand Oaks Auto Mall. [8]

Thousand Oaks Boulevard has been featured in movies such as It Happened One Night (1934), [9] Walk on the Wild Side (1962) and Thelma & Louise (1991). [10]

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Grant R. Brimhall Library library

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Norwegian Grade

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Janss Marketplace

Janss Marketplace is an outdoor shopping mall in Thousand Oaks, California. Previously known as Janss Mall, it opened in September 1961 as Village Lane. It was the first mall established in the city, and Thousand Oaks' only shopping center until The Oaks was built in 1978. 39 businesses are located here as of 2020. Conejo Valley Art Museum is also located here. It is home to well-known anchoring stores - Burlington, Nordstrom Rack, and Old Navy. - along with specialty shops and fast food establishments. It has a nine-screen movie theater and is surrounded by neighborhood restaurants.

Thousand Oaks Community Gallery

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Timber School

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Newbury Road

Newbury Road is the main street in Newbury Park, California, and runs parallel to the U.S. Route 101. The road is named for the town’s founder, Egbert Starr Newbury. The historic Newbury Park Post Office has had several locations on Newbury Road, including at the Stagecoach Plaza, a shopping complex with a name that implies the stagecoach heritage of the area. Stagecoach Plaza houses 14 restaurants and shops, and it is adjacent to additional shops on both sides.

Newbury Park Post Office

The Newbury Park Post Office was the first post office in the Conejo Valley, established on July 16, 1875, by the valley's first postmaster, Egbert Starr Newbury.


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