"The Deer Lodge is historical. It's got a lot of time under it's belt, and is definitely worth checking out."
"I moved back home to Ojai from San Francisco and managed the Deer Lodge for a year before the owner's offered to sell it. I paired up with another local girl that I went to high school with to buy it, and we're going on two years of running it.
Ojai is a small town where everyone feels like they own everything. The Deer Lodge has been here since 1932, so especially with a place that's been around this long, there are lots of opinions. We're sensitive to that fact because we grew up here. We're not outsiders coming in, we want this to be a local spot, we want it to stay a mom-and-pop shop where everybody's treated like family."
My Advice for Others
"I bought the Deer Lodge as a twenty-six-year-old female, so it's easy to be overlooked.
Don't ever let someone else taking you less seriously get you down, because nine times out of ten, you're smarter than the people that you're dealing with, and that's why you're in the position you're in.
It's almost like an advantage at that point, so be like, 'I'm at an advantage because you think I'm less than I am. Well, I'm going to take advantage of that.'
What I Love Most about Ojai
"Its accessibility to pretty much any walk of life. We're 20 minutes from the beach and some of the best surf spots, like Rincon and Ventura Point. People come from all over the world to surf this area, then we're another ten to fifteen minutes from great hiking, and if you want to do the bigger stuff, we're forty minutes from Santa Barbara and an hour from LA."