Written by Gayle
Hilmar was a brick- and stone-mason, and became a real artist. He helped build this brick base for the street-sign at the Ventura Lassen’s when he was in his 90s! When asked why he didn’t retire, he said retirement was for old people!
This is Oda and her daughter Anna in the first little store on Pickwick Avenue in Camarillo, which opened in 1971. You can tell she loved her business and her customers by the big, welcoming smile on her face.
At first, the store was mostly back room with a tiny front selling-space, but as the business grew and more products became available, the back room got smaller and the store got bigger. When she outgrew her first building, she moved across the street to a bigger location. That store has expanded since then as well.
In 1981, she and Hilmar and their son Peter opened the Oxnard store, and that began the big expansion. Today there are Lassen’s stores throughout Ventura County and beyond–all here to serve you and help you with your health and nutrition needs.
As we say goodbye to Oda and Hilmar, we want to honor their vision and care.
Watch this blog for more stories about Oda and Hilmar and the Lassen family business. We got our vision from Oda–She cared about your health–and we do, too!
We miss you, Oda and Hilmar!