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    Two businesses at The Collection launch programs to feed health care professionals

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    Two local businesses, The Blend Superfood Bar and Ragamuffin Coffee Roasters, have launched programs to help support health care professionals by providing them with free meals. Both located at The Collection at RiverPark, each business is inviting the community to contribute to show their gratitude.

    The Blend has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds to feed the local health care workers and help keep the restaurant’s staff employed. For every $10 raised, The Blend will provide a meal to the brave frontline workers. The restaurant’s goal is to raise $10,000, which will provide 1,000 meals. To donate, please go to

    “The Blend is a locally owned small business, that along with many other businesses, has been heavily impacted by the outcome of COVID-19,” said The Blend’s Hernan Lopez. “We need your help during these challenging times to keep our business alive and to support our health care workers.”

    To claim a free meal, health care professionals simply need to show their medical ID and/or the medical IDs of those whose orders they are picking up. The Blend’s menu includes a variety of healthy acai bowls, smoothies and juices. To learn more, go to

    Ragamuffin Coffee Roasters is offering the community the opportunity to give back to local medical workers by purchasing Ragamuffin Snack Packs. There are two snack pack options that, depending on selected items and quantity, may include freshly baked pastries, a jug of latte, granola and yogurt, croissant sandwiches, and coffee.

    “There are some amazing teams of medical workers and first responders who are working long hours and risking their time and health for us, so we want to give back to them,” said Sarah Pritchett, owner of Ragamuffin Coffee Roasters. “The COVID-19 virus has had a huge impact on our business as well as our way of life. During a hard time we have to stick together and stay positive. We appreciate your support of our company and our neighbors at The Blend as we work to share good.”

    Customers can suggest which healthcare facilities should receive the donations by sending an email to [email protected]. To learn more and purchase a snack pack, please visit  

    The Blend and Ragamuffin Coffee Roasters are conveniently located inside the Annex Food Hall at The Collection, putting them in close proximity to several hospitals, including St. John’s Regional Medical Center, Community Memorial Hospital, St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital and Ventura County Medical Center.

    For more information about The Collection, please visit

    The Blend

    About The Collection

    The Collection at RiverPark is a 750,000-square-foot, open-air, specialty retail center located in the heart of West Ventura County. Inspired by the beauty of the California coast, The Collection reflects the unique atmosphere of the surrounding seaside communities and features a carefully crafted assortment of established and contemporary designer shops, distinctive dining, and signature entertainment venues. Anchors include Target, Century RiverPark 16 & XD, Levity Live Comedy Club, 24-Hour Fitness SuperSport, REI, Whole Foods Market, H&M, Ulta and The Container Store. Restaurants include Yard House, Larsen’s Grill, Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, The Cheesecake Factory, Red Robin, Panera Bread, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Copper Blues Rock Pub & Kitchen, Gen Korean BBQ, Kabuki Japanese Restaurant, Los Agaves Mexican Restaurant, Luna Grill, Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana, Texas de Brazil and more. The Collection is also home to The Annex Food Hall, a 16,000-square-foot, beautifully designed, artistic, inviting food hall that celebrates the spirit of small business and local operators. For more information, visit and follow @TheCollectionRP and @AnnexFoodHall on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

    About The Annex Food Hall

    The Annex is a 16,000-square-foot food hall located within The Collection, Ventura County’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination. The first food hall in Ventura County, this beautifully designed, artistic and inviting gathering place celebrates the spirit of small business and local operators. A culinary-focused, community-minded marketplace, The Annex features an eclectic collection of shops and eateries blending dining experiences and unique flavors in a shared space with bar-front and common area seating, patio spaces for outdoor dining, special events, gorgeous local artwork, entertainment, and more. There is a story to be shared with the design, from repurposed old bowling alley lanes converted to dining tables to hand painted murals and other unique pieces of art. Culinary offerings include Silverlake Ramen, Bottle & Pint, Love Pho Café, PokeCeviche, Ragamuffin Coffee Roasters, Seoul Sausage Company, Taqueria El Tapatio and The Blend Superfood Bar. The Annex is also home to special jeweler Sueno Jewelry Studio. For more information and upcoming events, visit and follow @AnnexFoodHall on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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