Ojai - CAlifornia, USA
Ojai, California is home of Messermeister Inc headquarters.
Situated in Ventura County, an hour and a half northwest of Los Angeles is the small town of Ojai, headquarters of Messermeister Inc.
Ojai's charms are many. The community has long been known as a haven for artists, musicians and health enthusiasts. A village as locals call it of about 8,000, Ojai is a vibrant place with so much natural beauty that it once gained fame when the area was photographed to represent Shangri-La in the 1939 movie, The Lost Horizon.
The town is filled with delightful shops, art galleries and a host of places to retreat from the fast-paced lifestyle of southern California.
The valley was once inhabited by the Chumash Indians, and it is from their word "Awhai" meaning "moon" that the name Ojai is derived. One of the oldest towns in Ventura County, Ojai was settled in the 1800s and incorporated as a city in 1921. Nestled in the Ojai Valley, the town is surrounded by peaks that give off a glow in the evening light known as the pink moment.
Ojai's culture is heavily focused on ecology, health and organic agriculture, walking/hiking, spirituality, music and local art. It is often seen as a hippie-friendly city, and many New Age shops exist. Local festivals often promote peace activism and ecological awareness and an understanding of multiculturalism. The Ojai Music Festival, founded in 1947, is an annual festival of performances by some of the world's top musicians and composers.
Ojai nurtures its art and artists. The Ojai Center for the Arts, Summer Art Stroll, Ojai Studio Artists Tour and Art in the Park offer venues for an abundance of artistic expression with numerous galleries showing the work of local and regional artists.