Thousand Oaks Fireside and Design is a departure from the old standard “fireplace and hearth shop,” where the effort was concentrated on wood-burning fireplaces, screens, wood holders and tool sets. 

With the onset of many municipalities banning the burning of wood, the hearth industry has adapted to a market filled with realistic and efficient electric and gas-burning units suited to the tastes of today’s informed consumer, explains Thomas Malinowski, manager of Thousand Oaks Fireside and Design.

“The hearth and fireplace store has to adapt as well, along with the product line,” Malinowski says. At Thousand Oaks Fireside and Design, “you will find all the latest the industry has to offer set in an exquisite showroom designed to excite and tantalize.”

The Thousand Oaks location is a full-service showroom selling mid-to high-end gas, electric and wood fireplaces, built-in and stand-alone barbecues, custom barbecue islands, pre-cast stone mantels and surrounds, gas fire pits, accessories and a full line of mailboxes.

“When the Thousand Oaks showroom was being remodeled to open to the public, many passersby stopped to inquire what kind of restaurant or night club was opening,” Malinowski recalls. “They all were surprised when they were told it’s going to be a fireplace and barbecue store.”

With the popularity of the Thousand Oaks location, owned by Bob Vartanian, the Encino showroom has undergone an extensive remodel in the past year and stands as a flagship of the chain, with additional shops located in Glendale and Pasadena.

Thousand Oaks Fireside and Design serves retail customers as well as commercial accounts, including contractors, interior designers, architects and home builders across the county. 

“Design professionals and contractors love the fact that they can just send their client into the showroom, and we will take care of their needs and then work with their contractor/builder to achieve the desired outcome,” Malinowski says.

The ultimate goal of Thousand Oaks Fireside and Design is to not only outperform its client’s expectations at the moment, “but to successfully create an experience and atmosphere that will ensure that we have a customer for life,” Malinowski adds.

“We want you to think of no one else but us when it comes to your fireplace, hearth, mailbox and barbecue needs,” he says.

Thousand Oaks Fireside and Design is located at 104 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., in Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 805.496.6660 or visit