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New lanes open up for struggling Janss Marketplace

Deep in the heart of white, suburban Thousand Oaks, there exists and dark, shadowy place. It’s empty, deserted. There are desolate movie theaters, creepy bronze fountain statues, and if you listen closely, you can almost hear the screaming of lost teenage souls.

No wait, that’s just the half-naked children playing in the public fountain.

Yeah, I’m talking about the Janss Marketplace. Ever since the renovation of the Oaks Mall in 2007, the Janss Mall has been as dead as AP students in May. Sure, there’s Panera and I guess Hooters has some really tasty wings, but when was that last time you actually ventured into that pit where consumerism goes to die?

Let’s face it, there’s not much going on in the rest of T.O. either. We’ve got some great burger places, sure, but you can only eat so many smashfries, am I right?

Thousand Oaks resident Dan DeBruno and his childhood friends are trying to change that. We’ve heard mumblings of a bowling alley going into the Marketplace, and this group is going to make it a reality with DaddyO’s Skater-Bowl.

Once you get past the name, it’s a pretty cool concept: an indoor skate park and bowling alley where Linens N’ Things use to be. The project has been in the works for the past two years, but the planners still need to submit a conceptual plan and obtain a building permit from the city.

I’m proud of the little Janss Marketplace. First Hooters, now a crazy SkaterBowl for the liberal youngsters.
We’re practically Democrats.

But in all seriousness, it’s a great, honest addition to the Thousand Oaks scene. And it’s not just for us crazy teenagers, either. To complement the skate park and 20-lane bowling alley, there are plans for an arcade and a 21-and-over bar on the weekends.

Personally, alcohol plus uncoordinated middle aged white dudes plus slippery floors doesn’t sound like a smart idea. But you know, that’s just coming from a 17-year-old.

Honestly, it’s about time.

We were just named the 4th safest city in the nation; we clearly need something to mix up the hum-drum of SoCal suburbia. It’s important that we support the planners as they work through the final stages.

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