Best of Long Beach

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ISSUE 1 | VOLUME 2 | 2018

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5 Arts & Entertainment 6 Auto Services 7 Wellness & Beauty 9 Food & Restaurants 11 Retail 13 Health & Fitness 15 Nightlife 16 Community & Leadership 17 News & Media 17 Medical & Local Services 19 Professional Services 20 Pet Services


21 Desserts & Coffee 22 LGBTQ



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Last October we embarked on a mission to discover the Best of Long Beach. This diverse city by the sea is a world of its own and we asked you, our dear readers, to help us explore it. Without your feedback and participation, how else could we find the Best Place To Dance or the Best Taco Tuesday? It wasn’t rocket science — we asked, you told, and then we counted your votes. Now, the hard part is over. The results are in, and we’re excited to present you with the first Best of Long Beach Issue.



Arts & Entertainment Museum Long Beach Museum of Art After being purchased in 1950 by the City of Long Beach, the Long Beach Museum of Art became a staple in the city’s art history. With over 3,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures, and decorative art objects, the museum offers visitors a unique look at art from around the world Europe, Asia, the United States, and Latin America. 2300 E Ocean Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90803 (562) 439-2119 Art Gallery EXPO Arts Center After a need for art and culture in the Bixby Knolls area of Long Beach was felt, the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association worked with K-Jazz radio to put on a highly successful Sunday night jazz show. Since that first jazz show, the EXPO Arts Center has become an active space for arts and culture of all types in Bixby Knolls. 4321 Atlantic Ave. Long Beach, CA 90807 (562) 595-0081 Local Bands Long Beach Municipal Band The Long Beach Municipal Band has been entertaining residents for over 100 years with their summer concert series. With themed concerts such as “Cinemagic - The Music of John Williams” and “From Sea to Shining Sea” this is easily a summer classic that all look forward to.


Performance Group Long Beach Playhouse Established in 1929, the Long Beach Playhouse has become a Landmark of the city and a staple for performances for decades. Producing over 12 shows annually, the Long Beach Playhouse cuts across age, gender, ethnic, and cultural boundaries to nurture and cultivate audiences. 5021 E Anaheim St. Long Beach, CA 90804 (562) 494-1014 Local Attractions Aquarium of the Pacific One of Long Beach’s best known attractions with over 1.5 million visitors every year. The Aquarium of the Pacific has been offering visitors from around the world a look at a collection of over 11,000 animals representing over 500 different species. 100 Aquarium Way. Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 590-3100 Theatre/Performance Venue Art Theater Voted the best independent in Los Angeles and best Theater Performance Venue in Long Beach, the Art Theater originally opened as a silent theater which included a pipe organ and an orchestra pit. Today, the Art Theater is a historical landmark that screening of the most imaginative and stimulating independent, documentary, animated, alternative lifestyle, and foreign language films. 2025 E 4th St. Long Beach, CA 90814 (562) 438-5435

Local Artist Dave Van Patten The Long Beach-based artist is best known for his visuals that depict dreamlike absurdism, psychedelic surrealism, childlike-storybook simplicity, ethical fables, to disturbingly dark humor. To view his art, just take a stroll down downtown Long Beach where you can see his street art on almost every corner. His artwork is featured on the cover of this issue.

Event/Festival First Fridays Bixby Knolls Businesses in Bixby Knolls are partnering up with artists and musicians to promote all kinds of work of art. - Painting, photography, live music, performance art, clothing, products, food, and drinks. To find more about the event, check out their Instagram @firstfridayslb. First Friday Bixby Knolls is the first Friday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., between

E. Bixby Rd and E. San Antonio Dr on Atlantic Ave. Live Music Fingerprint In 2011, this unique music store re-located to the new space on 420 E. 4th street, right next to Berlin coffee shop in the East Village Arts District near Downtown Long Beach. The store has been hosting live in-store performances with so many local musicians, artists and

well-established bands over the years. Foo Fighters, Brian Wilson, Incubus, New Found Glory, Matt Nathanson to name a few. Just think of the place like Amoeba Music in LA, but this one is cozier and laid back. Vinyl EPs, LPs, CDs, DVDs, tapes and all kinds of music-related memorabilia will take you on a trip down memory lane. 420 E 4th St. Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 433-4996

Auto Services Body Shop Long Beach Collision When your car needs to be repaired, it’s important to have someone you can turn to and trust. Long Beach Collision Center are experts in auto body repairs and will return your car to you good as new, no matter if you have minor or major damage. If you’re within 5 miles of their shop, they’re happy to provide you with complimentary tow service and courtesy rides to help you get on with your day. Need help with your insurance claim? No problem! If your repair will take longer than a day they’ll even assist you with getting a rental car. 1460 Long Beach Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90813 (562) 591-6600 Car Wash/Detailing Bixby Knolls Car Wash Sheldon and Shelly Grossman, better known as “the Two Shells” in the area, have owned and operated the Bixby Knolls Car Wash Center since 1977. They have

grown the car wash over the years and it is the biggest car wash and detail center in the area. Not only will you find the most dedicated, polite and friendly employees of any car wash and detail center in the area, but you’ll also find a number of specials including early bird and happy hour pricing, senior citizen discounts and a free car wash on your birthday! For the pet lovers among us, they even offer a self service pet wash! 577 E Wardlow Rd. Long Beach, CA 90807 (562) 595-6666 Auto Repair Orozco’s Servando Orozco was working for a Shell Station and always had a dream of owning an auto repair shop of his own; when that Shell Station closed, he decided it was time to make his dream a reality. What started with one auto repair shop in 1999 has now grown to four locations, two in long beach and two in Bellflower. This

family owned business offers full service auto repair and maintenance services which include complex diagnoses, engine repair and even simple oil changes. They truly go a step beyond at Orozco’s. Check out their blog for great advice on keeping your car running smoothly! 3033 Long Beach Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90807 (562) 426-6322 Tire Shop Discount Tire Discount Tire Center has been providing Long Beach customers with the most popular brands of tires at the lowest prices for over 40 years; they even offer price matching! They offer tires that will fit almost any vehicle and also offer oil changes, brake services, battery and engine work. They know how inconvenient car problems can be, so they’re dedicated to having you on your way quickly! 3340 E Anaheim St. Long Beach, CA 90804 (562) 553-3168

Car Dealership Cabe Toyota One of the original Toyota dealers in Southern California, Cabe has been family owned and operated since the beginning in 1966. Not only is this a great place to buy a car without the hassle which normally comes with purchasing a car, their service center is also very reliable and convenient. You’ll notice the difference in experience the moment you walk on the lot. Their staff is helpful and attentive while maintaining a level of honesty and integrity that you won’t find anywhere else. Their competitive advantage is a direct, family oriented atmosphere without the usual high pressure sales. They deliver superior value by offering professional, friendly and fun service at a competitive price. 2895 Long Beach Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90806 (562) 595-7411

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Wellness & Beauty Salon/Barbershop The Den Salon The Den Salon in Long Beach is without a doubt the place for men’s and women’s contemporary hairstyles in an authentic barbershop environment. This relaxing atmosphere is the perfect place to try out something new, seductive highlights or sensational colors; or just the usual chop. Their seasoned stylists can help suggest hair products to maintain your look! Both individual and group experiences are available for special occasions and formal events. Their attention to detail and uniquely comfortable environment is what brings their repeat customers back over and over again. 300 W Ocean Blvd. Ste F Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 612-3361 Acupuncture Long Beach Acupuncture Dr. Marie Yee at Long Beach Acupuncture clinic is an expert and master of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Her vast knowledge of the body, Chinese herbs and meridians (centers of energy throughout the body), help her treat your injury and illness in ways that other healthcare practitioners may not have thought of. She’ll bring balance back to your life and has a great bedside manner that puts you at ease, no matter what brings you into the office. 4301 Atlantic Ave. Long Beach, CA 90807 (562) 427-8971


Day Spa La Dolce Vita This Long Beach oasis is the perfect place to unwind and get the spa treatments you need to rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit. For over 20 years, La Dolce Vita Spa has been the local choice for individuals, couples or even groups as large as 20 guests. Their variety of facials, massages, scrubs, wraps and mani-pedis will make you feel like new and forget about the world for just long enough to relax. Under the supervision of a board certified dermatologist, they even offer medical facials to keep you looking great! 927 E Broadway Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 432-3760 Tatoo/Piercing Outer Limits When you’re considering a permanent addition to your body in the form of ink, choosing a shop with a long history is always crucial. Look no further than the Outer Limits Tattoo shop, the oldest continuously operated tattoo shop in the USA and the second oldest worldwide. The shop originally opened in 1927 inside the then “Seaside Amusement Park,” part of the original “Pike District” and gave many young seamen their first nautical tattoos. Guests are welcome to stop by anytime and peruse their collection of historical documents, photographs and tattoo equipment from the past. 22 S Chestnut Pl. Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 437-9121

Nail Salon Bliss on Broadway The customer’s needs are of the utmost importance, and the entire team at Bliss on Broadway is committed to meeting your needs! You’ll feel like more of a guest in a friend’s home than a full service spa, but at Bliss on Broadway you’ll have the benefit of both. This is the perfect place to get your nails done, a professional wax, facial or one of their other 20+ services; you’ll leave feeling pampered and looking fantastic! 4032 E Broadway Long Beach, CA 90803 (562) 439-4333 Massage Belmont Shore Spa When you’re ready for the royal treatment and you need a professional massage at a price that won’t hurt your wallet, head on down to the Belmont Shore Spa. Conveniently located on 2nd Street in Belmont Shore, their entire staff are relaxation experts. Let them know where you’re feeling tension and the type of pressure you prefer and then drift off into a blissful trance and let them rub out all your knots. You’ll leave feeling like a new person. They offer individual as well as couples massages and their location makes it a perfect way to end a shopping day with the girls or a stop on date night! 5237 E 2nd St. Long Beach, CA 90803 (562) 433-1200

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Food & Restaurants Breakfast / Brunch Blackbird Cafe This local breakfast and lunch joint has been a favorite of Long Beach ever since it opened in 2011. Long Beach residents love this place because of its friendly staff, warm atmosphere, and dog friendly patio. With numerous different types of breakfast burritos, you can easily say that it is their signature entree. Vegetarian or Vegan? They have options for you, including their soy chorizo wrap. 3405 Orange Ave. Long Beach, CA 90807 (562) 490-2473 Dinner Nick’s on 2nd Nick’s on 2nd has been delighting local foodies seeking cozy ambience and American bistro since opening their doors in 2012. Located in beautiful Belmont Shore, customers enjoy professionally crafted cocktails, an extensive wine list and mouth-watering food offerings that impress even the most sophisticated palette. Dine inside or al fresco on the patio for breakfast/brunch, lunch or dinner. Customers rave about their “out of this world ‘Mac ‘n Cheese’” and don’t leave without sampling their signature “Black and Blue Mojito;” for those with dietary restrictions, Nick’s on 2nd is happy to accommodate on request! 4901 E 2nd St. Long Beach, CA 90803 (562) 856-9000


Taco Tuesday Lola’s Mexican Cuisine Nestled in the heart of 4th Street’s ‘Retro Row,’ Lola’s seamlessly blends traditional and contemporary culinary creations drawing inspiration from all over Mexico while staying true to original family recipes passed down from generations. Lola’s has been preparing each dish from scratch since it started in 2007. Everything they serve is farm-to-table fresh ingredients. Their green salsa has become famous in the area, affectionately known as “green crack,” and luckily its available for purchase by the pint and half pint. Although it’s a great spot any day of the week (and brunch on the weekend), you won’t want to miss Taco Tuesday where guests will enjoy $2 tacos and $2 Pacifico’s that will satisfy both the carnivore’s and vegans among us! 2030 E 4th St. Long Beach, CA 90814 (562) 343-5506 Burgers Working Class Kitchen Sine Labore Nihil, the motto of Working Class Kitchen which translates to “Nothing Without Work,” is a testament to their dedication and the fruits of their labor. Not your typical eatery, they call themselves a whole animal deli and sandwich shop. They believe that eating meat is a privilege; and to that end they partner with ranchers who humanely and sustainably raise their animals, including their own signature Chianina cattle. They respect the animals that

feed us and are dedicated to leaving no part of this precious food source wasted. Fresh and local, this sophisticated delicatessen will hit the spot with modern minimalist decor and old-world values where skill, craftsmanship and integrity are palatable in their product. When you stop by, find out why the WCK burger is being hailed as the best burger in Long Beach! 1322 Coronado Ave. Long Beach, CA 90804 (562) 494-0306 This business is temporarily closed. Pizza Michael’s Pizzeria Ever have a food craving but you just can’t seem to get your fix? Michael Dene had a craving for pizza that couldn’t be satisfied with typical delivery pie. Instead of giving up, he gave birth to what would eventually become one of the top rated pizzas in the area. This pizza begins with a food fired oven, mozzarella made fresh daily and a traditional Napoli style that sets it apart from the other slices in town. The pizza here has paper-thin crust with edges bubbled up into soft, crisp pockets of salty air and a sauce so flavorful, it could stand as a topping all on it’s own. Check them out on Naples Island or the 3rd St. Promenade location! 210 E 3rd St. Ste C Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 491-2100

Healthy Food Seabirds Plant based foods have never been so scrumptious as they are at Seabirds! This vegan eatery started with a food truck and has stayed true to their artisan approach throughout the years. Their menu changes with seasonal produce and all their condiments are made from scratch. Whether your appetite requires a hearty Irish Stew, Kimchi Tacos, or a Warm Cauliflower salad; their variety of offerings is sure to pleasure your senses and fill you up. 975 E 4th St. Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 317-5545 Vegan / Vegetarian Under the Sun Raw, Vegan, Healthy and delicious! Under the Sun exists to support the community’s pursuit of health and happiness through living foods, smoothies and tonics. This downtown Long Beach delight does a body good and fills you up. All the food in the restaurant is prepared under 118 degrees to preserve the naturally occurring nutrients which are normally lost in the cooking process. Their food will tickle your tastebuds and nourish your soul. Locals are raving about their Spicy Papaya Rolls, Pistachio Pesto Pasta and LBC sandwich to name a few. And don’t leave without getting healthy dessert too! 244 E 3rd St. Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 912-7500

Food Truck Lobsta Truck What started as lobsterfest vacation throughout Maine became the inspiration to bring the iconic lobster shacks of main to Long Beach. Serving fresh lobster delivered daily from New England, complete with the authentic split top lobster roll bread overflowing with tail and claw meat just like in Maine. In addition to the lobster rolls, they’re also serving up crab rolls, New England Clam Chowder, Cape Cod Chips and wash it all down with their fresh squeezed lemonade.

Farmers Market Marina on Sundays This Sunday tradition is the perfect place to grab a bite from one of the many vendors, sample artisanal foods and condiments, pick up farm fresh produce and thensome. There is truly something for everyone and you’ll love all the free samples! - Starts at 9 AM ends at 1 PM N Marina Dr. Long Beach, CA 90803



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Retail Antique /Thrift Store Assistance League of Long Beach Another famous stop on retro row, Assistance League of Long Beach Thrift Shop has long been a staple for retro goodies, designer goods for men and women, rare books, housewares, arts and collectibles. Feel good about your purchases here knowing that every dollar spent goes towards funding their worthy causes including providing orthodontic care and new school uniforms for children, scholarships to CSULB and Long Beach City College and more. 2100 E 4th St. Long Beach, CA 90814 (562) 434-7121 12

Clothing 4th & Elm This fabulous boutique perfectly exemplifies the owner’s rebellious spirit and love for music. When you enter the shop you’ll feel immediately at home. Lori will help you put together a personalized look that helps you step outside your usual comfort zone and elevate your style with the unique edge you’re looking for. With Lori’s help, you’ll leave her store feeling like a sexy, attractive fashionista. 356 E 4th St. Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 606-2438 Home Decor Urban Americana When it is time to furnish

your living space and the selections of big box retailers don’t offer the hip, trendy, personalized look your senses crave, look no further than Urban Americana. Their 16,000 square foot Mid-Century Modern warehouse, located in the Zaferia Design District is filled with items from local antique dealers, artisans and vintage inspired goods. You could spend hours browsing through their interesting selection of furniture, art, lighting, rugs, decor, signs, skateboards, clothing, garden items and more! 1345 Coronado Ave. Long Beach, CA 90804 (562) 494-7300

Gift Store MADE by Millworks Looking for something truly unique and made by local artists? There’s no better place than MADE by Millworks where you’ll find products from over 150 local makers, artisans and designers. Not your typical boutique; you’ll find opportunities here for poetry sessions, fashion shows and even pasta making classes. The eclectic spirit of Long Beach is truly exemplified in this local treasure in the heart of Downtown on Pine. 240 Pine Ave. Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 584-6233

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Health & Fitness Bike Shop Long Beach Cyclery When you’re investing in a new bike, whether it be for recreation or competition you probably have questions and need answers. At Long Beach Cyclery, their staff has over 30 years of bicycle knowledge and 10 State Championships; their committed staff can expertly answer any questions you have so that you can find the perfect bike for your needs. Need service for your bike? They’ll take care of that too! 3750 Long Beach Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90807 (562) 427-9900

Boot Camp Long Beach Boot Camp Looking for a great boot camp that makes fitness fun again? Become one of over 2000 Long Beachers who have changed their lives and bodies at Long Beach Boot Camp. In this safe environment, you’ll be encouraged to become active via small group training and get the education you need to live a healthy life. Led by Karolina Soltani since 2017, you’ll become a believer of her vision to create a healthy, fit and safe community. 5255 E Paoli Way Long Beach, CA 90803 (562) 343-5230

GYM Groundwork Fitness When you’re training to get fit, having the right coach is key to success. Look no further than Giovanna Ferraro and her staff of highly motivated fitness coaches at Groundwork Fitness. She’s been faithfully transforming the health and fitness of locals for over 7 years; helping customers overcome obstacles and reach their ultimate fitness goals. At Groundwork, you’ll benefit not only from the popular circuit training, but also the functional training that benefits you throughout the movements of life. 333 Pine Ave. Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 624-0900 Yoga Yoga on the Bluff There are so many reasons folks love living in Long Beach, and Yoga On The Bluff is definitely among those reasons. A great exercise overlooking a beautiful ocean view on a well maintained grassy knoll in the company of your neighbors helps you connect to the earth and forget about the busy world around you. Classes are held daily and are free, but donations to the instructors are always appreciated. Bring your own mat and feel free to join in! Special thanks to Yogaultion Movement for providing this excellent benefit to the community 130 Cherry Ave. Long Beach, CA 90899


Running Group Shoreline FrontRunners Established in 1984, the Shoreline FrontRunners of Long beach is a gay and lesbian running and walking club that welcomes folks of all abilities and without regard for who you love. This supportive community offers Tuesday and Thursday night runs that meet at Ocean and Redondo. On Saturdays, the group meets for a 7 a.m. long distance run and a 9 a.m. run/walk followed by breakfast at 10:30, which is a great way to connect with the members. The group provides speed training sessions posted throughout the week, Friday night potlucks and happy hours. Personal Trainer Scott Sonderman When you need a trainer that makes you work hard, works with you long term and has the most extensive training around, you’re going to find yourself working with Scott Sonderman. Scott is a lifelong athlete and has trained professional athletes. He also holds a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. Scott has worked with variety of people that makes him well-equipped to guide anyone through their fitness journey. Scott founded the I DEFY FITNESS Community to make fitness a part of your lifestyle. Scott fuses physiology and nutrition together with what he calls the viking warrior spirit to make training fun with tools and weapons. 3424 Los Coyotes Diagonal Long Beach, CA 90808 (562) 451-5775


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Nightlife Wine Bar District Wine A full service wine shop, tasting room and lounge! District Wine specializes in small production wines and imported beer. This engaging and relaxing environment where wine lovers gather to learn, taste and enjoy wine in the eclectic East Village of Long Beach offers happy hour specials everyday of the week that you don’t want to miss. A tasty selection of small plate appetizers and yummy flatbread pizzas to nibble on while spending quality time with friends. 144 Linden Ave. Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 612-0411

Bar Blind Donkey The blind Donkey has a cool, casual, hipster vibe, and offers some of the most delicious whiskey drinks in town. Their most popular drink? Old Fashioned. Made with Wild Turkey rye, simple syrup, Angostura bitters, and orange rind it is absolutely delicious and a most have if you find yourself here. Definitely a great place to visit for whiskey fan. 149 Linden Ave. Ste B100 Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 247-1511 Brewery Beachwood Brewing & BBQ This place serves seriously delicious beer. They have

an impressive variety of classic brews in different styles, but they also always have a few crazy experiments to try. And if excellent beer was not a good enough reason to visit this place, they also serve some pretty tasty food. 210 E 3rd St. Long Beach, CA 90802 Happy Hour The Social List This place has the best happy hour in town! The Social List is a European-style tavern offering delicious cocktails, an impressive spirit list, and delicious vegan options. And for those with a sweet tooth, you cannot leave this place without trying the Liquid Gold, a butterscotch

pudding layered with caramel, and sprinkled with sea salt! Yup, amazing. 2105 E 4th St. Long Beach, CA 90814 (562) 433-5478 Dance Club Hamburger Mary’s Start your meal by taking shots. This is the spot to savor your classic cocktails and brunch with some entertainment. Known for its gay-themed environment, Hamburger Mary’s started in San Francisco and now has 17 locations across the country. You can also take home a souvenir bottle if you order the 20 oz or the 60 oz Mary’s Leg specialty drinks. 330 Pine Ave.

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Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 436-79000 Karaoke Silver Fox Renowned for its social atmosphere, spectacular ever-changing seasonal decorations and friendly bartenders, Silver Fox continues

to be Southern California’s Premiere Gay Entertainment Nightclub now celebrating it’s 29th Anniversary - 29 years of service in Southern California. 411 Redondo Ave. Long Beach, CA 90814 (562) 439-6343

Cocktails Nick’s on 2nd Nick’s on 2nd has been delighting local foodies seeking cozy ambience and American bistro since opening their doors in 2012. Located in beautiful Belmont Shore, customers enjoy professionally crafted cocktails, an extensive wine list and mouth-watering food offer-

ings that impress even the most sophisticated palette. Don’t leave without sampling their signature “Black and Blue Mojito;” for those with dietary restrictions, Nick’s on 2nd is happy to accommodate on request! 4901 E 2nd St. Long Beach, CA 90803 (562) 856-9000

Community & Leadership Nonprofit Women’s Shelter of Long Beach The Women’s Shelter of Long Beach offers a wide range of services, in both English and Spanish, free of charge to clients. Currently they operate an emergency shelter, a Domestic Violence Resource Center, and Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. More than 120 families receive support from WSLB through their location and a significant number of survivors continue to work as staff members, ambassadors and volunteers. 24-Hour Crisis Hotline: (562) 437-4663 Office Phone: (562) 437-7233 Activist Justin Rudd Born and raised in a small town in Alabama, Rudd has dedicated his time in providing community help around Long Beach. He founded a non-profit organization known as Community Action Team. Rudd’s organization hosts community programs and events annually from beauty

pageants to the monthly 30-minute beach clean up to the famous Howl’oween Dog Parade. When he first moved to Long Beach, Rudd washed cars, cleaned offices and cut grass to earn some cash. Rudd was ranked 8th by Long Beach Post in the 2010 Most Powerful People in Long Beach. Public Figure Mayor Robert Garcia Long Beach made history when we elected Mayor Robert Garcia in 2014. He is the first openly gay mayor to be elected in the city’s history and he comes with a long list of accolades. Before serving as mayor he was elected to the Long Beach City Council in 2009, then re-elected to a full four- year term in 2010. He also serves on the the Senate Rules Committee and works to keep our coastline beautiful as one of the California Coastal Commissioners. Education has been a passion throughout his life and led him to pursue a Doctorate in Education; he’s taught at University of Southern California, Cal

State Long Beach and Long Beach City College. House of Worship Temple of Israel This dynamic, active Reform Jewish congregation is a center for social action, inclusivity and community that feels more like a family. Open to all, they are comprised of around 500 families and growing due to their dedication to bring meaning to modern life. The warmth and affection you feel at Temple Israel will make you feel like you’re coming home! 269 Loma Ave. Long Beach, CA 90803 (562) 434-0996

grown to comprise members from the surrounding areas as well, who meet every first Wednesday of the month for luncheon, as well as numerous other activities throughout the year. 2101 N Lakewood Blvd. #670 Long Beach CA 90815 (562) 225-3198

Networking Long Beach Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce LBGLCC was originally organized in 1992 by a group of gay and lesbian business owners as the “Long Beach Community Business Network” to foster networking and support among gay-owned and gay-friendly businesses throughout Long Beach. Since then, they’ve LB Home + Living


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Journalist Brian Addison Brian Addison is an award-winning writer and photographer based in Long Beach, where his love of books, whiskey, and perspective are continuously fulfilled. In 2015, he was named the Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club, adding to recognitions from the California State Senate, the California Bicycle Coalition, the City of Long Beach, California State University Long Beach, and others.

has evolved to engage and inform locals on topics that affect everyone’s health and well being; green initiatives, real estate and development, pedestrian accessibility, urban design, history, food and opinion. Their mission is to create a better, healthier and more informed city and with over 40,000 subscribers they certainly continue to deliver on that mission.

Newspaper / Local News Long Beach Local News When news breaks around the greater metropolitan Long Beach area, Long Beach Local News is on the scene! Tune in nightly at 6 pm on Channel 32 and 41 for the latest breaking news in the community, politics, entertainment, business and more! (562) 653-6397

Social Media Personality Justin Rudd Bio under Community & Leadership - Activist

Chiropractor Bob the Chiropractor Dr. Bob Benaderet, most known as Bob the Chiropractor, mixes chiropractic care with physiotherapeutic methods and nutritional care to help you achieve your goals in life. Before he was Bob the Chiropractor, he was also a patient himself and couldn’t function without experiencing pain for six months. Dr. Benaderet is focused on bringing his patients back to their original, healthy lifestyle. (562) 472-5585 416 E Broadway Long Beach, CA 90802

Local Blog LongBeachize Originally created by CSULB students as a blog to promote biking as a healthy alternative form of transportation throughout Long Beach, this local blog


Photographer Justin Rudd Bio under Community & Leadership - Activist

Video 4th Street Productions This local production company founded in 2008 embodies diversity and creates films which inspire, provoke reflective thinking, and tell stories that make a difference. They seek to empower the masses with knowledge through abstract, ethereal films that make you feel. (828) 242-6490

Dentist Dr. Stephen Lee His patients know him as quirky and funny. Practicing in Long Beach, Dr. Stephen Lee’s office accepts variety of insurance such as Aetna, Guardian Dental, and others. If you’re looking for someone who cares about your oral hygiene and will make you smile with confidence, Dr. Lee is the one for you. (562) 421-3764 3840 Woodruff Ave. #107 Long Beach, CA 90808 Doctor/Clinic Memorial Medical Memorial Medical has over 180 physicians and urgent care facilities. It has been recognized as a major regional provider in the field in providing medical and surgical services. Memorial Medical provides majority of the medical needs for every patients from pediatrics to trauma center. (562) 933-1820 2865 Atlantic Ave Ste 104 Long Beach, CA 90806

Cleaner Services Happy Home Cleaners Whether you need to set up regular cleaning for your home or office, the Happy Home Cleaners will leave your space spotless. Established in 1997, their team keeps Long Beach clean with only the safest and most eco friendly cleaning supplies with children, the elderly and pets health in mind. 3565 Linden Ave. Long Beach, CA 90807 (562) 565-4474 Dry Cleaning Foasberg If you don’t have time to do your own laundry or if you need to get your clothes professionally washed, go to Foasberg. Established in the 1800s in South Dakota and moved to Long Beach in 1900s, Foasberg is a fourth generation family owned dry cleaning services. Simple dry cleaning or suede and leather or even gown preservation, Foasberg has been around for over 150 years in the business of dry cleaning and can work its magic in making your favorite pieces of clothing look fresh and new. (562) 426-7345 or (562) 439-2222

FEATURED Justin potier-Boardwalk Real Estate Agency:

A Best of Long Beach Award Winner for Best Realtor. Staring in real estate in 1994, Justin knows how to provide a personalized experience. We caught up with Justin to tell us a little more about what he calls “The Luxury Difference.” How did you get into real estate? I started real estate while I was going to college and started as a sales representative for a title insurance company in Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach in 1994. I assisted agents in selling residential and multi-family properties for the best price as early as possible for the clients. Then I earned my licensed in 2003 and obtained my broker’s license in 2008. After I obtained my broker’s license in 2008, I teamed with Boardwalk Properties to specialize in marketing and sales of REO properties. What is your area of expertise? I specialize in luxury properties, residential and residential income. I also specialize in short sales and bank owned properties. I started specializing in REO Management and disposition in 2008. What makes you passionate about my work? I truly enjoy being able to assist a home seller or a homebuyer in obtaining their goals financially in the sales process or in becoming a new homeowner.

What is the best part about your job? No two days are the same. Truly I enjoy all the different clients I get to work with and negotiations. How do you provide a personalized experience? I personally handle each and every client. I do have a team that supports me on the back end; however, the consumer will have 100 percent of my focus as I work with them in the sale or purchase of a home. I use my many years of experience in real estate to help every clients buy a home or sell their houses. What values do you hold close when buying/selling a property? Integrity, Exceptional Service and Outstanding Results. What is “The Luxury Difference?” We utilize the latest in technology and harness virtual reality to allow consumers to view properties 24 hours a day. Additionally, we have an amazing third-party marketing firm that assists in positioning properties in the best possible light to afford the ultimate in exposure. We have a home stager that can stage an entire property or come through and provide advice to a home seller to make the property market ready. Phone: (562) 424-0333 Email: Web: LB Home + Living


WINNER Best of Long Beach 2017 Professional Services Best Lawyer Reba Birmingham

Long Beach Law Inc. 782 Pacific Avenue Long Beach CA 90813 (562) 621 6300

Adoption Civil Defense Wills & Trusts Reba is a published author of the book, FloodLight, available at Amazon and Bella Books.


Professional Services Insurance Agent Keir Jones • State Farm You might have a lot of questions and concerns about insurance and it is driving you nuts. Keir will answer any questions you have about homeowners, car, and life insurances. Keir is dedicated in providing quality service to his customers while also supporting the community of Long Beach. (562) 433-5573 Real Estate Boardwalk Properties Like most people, you probably have a goal of home ownership but do not know where to start. Boardwalk Properties can offer you the education you need to make the right property purchase whether your end goal is a single-family residence, HUD Homes, REO short sales, etc. They’re also experts in funding options with access to government programs, federal and local programs to find the most effective means of spreading home ownership at the lowest possible cost. They’re with you from start to finish. 3948 Atlantic Ave. Long Beach CA 90807 (562) 424-0333 Lawyer/ Law Firm Reba Birmingham Rebecca “Reba” Birmingham is a current member

of the Board of Governors of the Long Beach Bar and an attorney representing Long Beach Law firm. Some of her affiliations include a lifetime membership in California Women Lawyers, member of the Legacy Society, and Probate & Estates Section of the Long Beach Bar. The services that she and Long Beach Law can help you with are as follows: Family law - Estate planning Wrongful death - Defense of frivolous lawsuits - Probate - Restraining Orders (562) 621-6300 Advertising/Marketing KAHLO Creative As an integrated marketing and creative agency, KAHLO will help your brand tell its story through creative design, beautiful websites, and engaging marketing campaigns. It is your onestop shop for everything creative. 320 Pine Ave. Ste 408 Long Beach CA 90802 Taxes/Accounting Tax Prose Tax Prose makes filing your taxes easy and more personable than the software packages most of us use today. The experts at Tax Prose stay up to date with all the changes in tax code and developed a website full of helpful information; this website is also a great

tool for you to pull up previous years’ tax filings so you have all the important info in one secure place. You can expect the same level of service online that you would receive sitting in our office. Services offered include: Tax Return Preparation Tax Audit Representation Strategic Tax Planning & Consulting Transaction Structuring Business Consulting Financial Planning Accounting & Bookkeeping Services Payroll Service Bureau (562) 331-4320 Mortgage Broker/Lender Bixby Knolls Mortgage If you have any questions about buying a new home, don’t worry because Bixby Knolls Mortgage has you covered. They will translate jargons so you have a better understanding of your loans and give you advice on managing your accounts such as raising your credit score to get the best loan for your new home. Bixby Knolls Mortgage was established in 1989 and has been named as pilot company to start programs for California State Teachers Retirement System Loan Programs. (562) 427-2222



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Pet Services Pet Sitting Go Fetch Your pooch will find its puppy love with goFETCH doggy daycare! You’ll never feel guilty about leaving your fur baby during the day, the 4700-square foot indoor climate controlled facility in Bixby Knolls will leave your dog fully supervised and socialized by canine experts and neighborhood doggies. 3434 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807 (562) 621-6215 Pet Grooming LaunderPet Getting your furry friend groomed is not the easiest task and it is hard to find a place who does not just comply the grooming needs of your pet.

At LaunderPet, the comfort and health of your pet is top priority of the staff and will pay attention to every details you need to style your pet. 3429 E. Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90803 (562) 433-3605 & (562) 433-5671 Veterinarian Bixby Animal Clinic Pets are part of your family and you want to make sure they get the care they deserve. The exceptional team at Bixby Animal Hospital is fully equipped to provide a variety of diagnostic, medical, dental and surgical services for dogs and cats in addition to emergency services. With their open and honest communication, you’ll get expert care and piece

of mind knowing your pet is getting the benefit of a whole team of care providers. 3938 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807 (562) 426-4066 Doggie Daycare Bark Bark! Your dog will be lonely no more at this loving, fun and safe doggy daycare created by dog lovers for dog lovers. Bark Bark! makes sure that its employees get their Dog First Aid Certification within 90 days. At this cage-free doggie daycare, you can make sure that your dog will have lots of fun and playtime while you are away. Bark Bark! is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Dogs are supervised 24/7 and are separated in groups based on size,

style of playing, and age. 325 Atlantic Ave. Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 437-3655 Pet Store Pussy & Pooch The supreme pet store where convenience meets community in Belmont Shore is without a doubt, Pussy & Pooch. This avant garde pet lifestyle boutique is directed at the modern pet with a focus on nutrition and green living for pets that goes above and beyond. This pet shop has interior design services which help create the perfect pet environment in your home! 4818 E 2nd St. Long Beach, CA 90803 (562) 434-7700 LB Home + Living


Desserts & Coffee Coffee Portfolio Coffeehouse On the cutting edge of creative expression for over 20 years, Portfolio Coffeehouse serves up culture, cooking and caffeine. They made history in 1990 as the first coffeehouse to present poetry readings and the tradition continues with live entertainment select Friday and Saturday nights. Just like the rest of Retro Row, you’ll feel right at home among the vintage furnishing, fine art and outdoor patio. (562) 434-2486


Ice Cream Long Beach Creamery You’ll scream for Long Beach Creamery! Their frosty, handcrafted desserts are made using local, organic ingredients which tell a story unique to Long Beach. With so many delicious flavors, it’s best to choose a whole flight so you can get a taste of all they have to offer. It’s easy to see why their customers are devoted fans with options for the traditional ice cream lovers, vegans and sorbet lovers. You’ll find a frozen treat you can’t live without! A fan favorite is the

Key Lime Pie ice cream with actual Key Lime Pie mixed in! 4141 Long Beach Blvd. Long Beach CA 90807 (562) 513-3493 Bakery The Pie Bar Wholesome, delicious and not just for dessert, The Pie Bar is truly cut out for every meal! Their selection of pies come in both sweet and savory. You’ll find the traditional pies you’re looking for, lemon meringue, chocolate mud pie, banana creme; but you’ll also find a

selection of savory pies and quiches. Gluten Free? No problem! Vegan? They’ve got that too. Sugar free? Yes! They’ve got something for everyone and make portion control easy with adorably delicious pie shots and cutie pie jars. 450 Pine Ave. Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 444-8743 Desserts The Pie Bar Bio under Desserts & Coffee shop - Bakery

LGBTQ Gay Bar/Night Club Hamburger Mary’s Bio under Nightlife -Dance Club Drag Queen Jewels When it comes to Drag Queens and Long Beach, Jewels is the first entertainer that comes to mind. For over 15 years, she has been spreading her talents hosting events all over Southern California, and we couldn’t be happier that she calls Long Beach her home. Her personal mission is to make sure all who come to our fine city feel welcomed, loved and entertained; she also has a long established dedication to charitable causes which have earned her numerous honors throughout her career. She is truly a local legend and LGBT icon like no other. Drag King Landon Cider Arguably the most notable Drag King (male impersonator) in Southern California, Landon Cider has been making headlines for years for his visual artistry and work with the well known World Of Wonder. His specialties are cosplay and celebrity impersonation, but because he gets bored doing the same thing, his style is constantly evolving. He’s not averse to taking risks, which has paid off well for the king. He’s truly cutting edge and we can’t wait to see more of him!

Fundraiser Black & White Ball The annual Black & White Ball celebrates the success and achievements of the LGBTQ community with elegance and glamour. Every year, three iconic individuals are recognized at the Black & White Ball. Each year, the proceeds made from the ball and the silent auction goes toward supporting more programs and services offered at The Center, the biggest LGBTQ direct organization in greater Long Beach. Sports Team Varsity Gay League Kickball Started in 2016 with around 50 players, the league has grown to over 200 players with no signs of slowing down. Players gather on Sundays at Marina Vista Park for 8 week seasons, games starting at 11 a.m. More than an athletic league, the VGL has become a community where people of all abilities, backgrounds and lifestyles find friends, fun and acceptance. Teams show support for one another and gather for weekly a weekly social outing after games at the Silver Fox where the teams let their guards down and party together as a league. Activist / Volunteer Justin Rudd Bio under Community & Leadership - Activist

DJ Steve Cabral Steven Cabral, better known these days as “DJ Forplay,” got his start in high school when he got his hands on two turntables and a mixer and started mixing together various genres of music from his own collection of dance, funk and disco records. Two decades later, his passion is making people happy through his musical creations. His musical talents have been sampled on KIIS FM, Groove 103.1 and Power 106 FM as well as Brazil’s Disco Radio, iTunes, Mixcloud and his radio show Club Disco Dynamite. Theme Night Wild Wednesday @ Hamburger Mary’s Bio under Nightlife Dance Club Karaoke Silver Fox Bio under Nightlife - Karaoke LGBTQ Event/Festival Long Beach Pride For so many people today, it would be hard to imagine a time when Long Beach Pride did not exist. Started in 1984 to foster cooperation and mutual respect between the LGBT and greater Long Beach community, the Pride celebration quickly grew to become the 2nd largest revenue earning event for the city, attracting over 80,000 guests to their two-day festival. The organization maintains an office year round to continuously inject a sense

of greater self-worth within the community. Over the past 31 years, Long Beach Pride has become a large philanthropic foundation which has funnelled over $1 Million back into the community in the form of grants and scholarships. (562) 987-9191 Bartender Gonzo @ Silver Fox Long Beach is home to many intimate watering holes where charismatic bartenders serve up their favorite cocktails. Few bartenders bring the boys to the yard quite like Gonzalo Gonzalez Jr., better known by his local fans as “Gonzo.” It all started one night when the owner of the Silver Fox, John Barnes, asked Gonzo to be the doorman. Soon after, he started tending bar at the Fox where he’s been slinging adult beverages for the past 14 years. His signature cocktail is as classic as it is classy, a martini expertly filled all the way to the rim. When he isn’t behind the bar, Gonzo likes to devote his time to a number of charitable causes; he’s an avid singer and loves the Spice Girls. He’s also a companion to many on their journeys after drug addiction. Gonzo is also an advocate for healthcare and works with the HIV+ community to share his experience and a shoulder to lean on.

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FEATURED Keir jones, AGENT State Farm Insurance

This issue we are featuring Keir Jones, a State Farm insurance agent serving our local neighborhoods in Long Beach, Signal Hill, Seal Beach, and Belmont Shore. As a Best of Long Beach Awards Winner for Best Insurance Agent, we decided to catch up with Keir to tell us a little more about what it is like to work in the insurance industry. How did you get into the insurance industry? I’ve been a State Farm policyholder since I turned 16. During one of my annual reviews with my agent, I mentioned that I wanted to start my own business, she suggested I learn more about being an insurance agent. It’s been an amazing journey since then.

to continue to reach their dreams. It is really amazing to be a part of those moments, when my customers buy their first home, start a business, or retire successfully, and it is a result of a plan we have been working on together. What is the best part about your job? I’m able to bring a check. Of course I’m able to be there for my customers when they need to talk. The best part is being able to deliver a large check for them to rebuild after disasters like a fire, water damage, cars totaled, or loss of income hit. If we’ve planned property, we are able to have money in place to make sure that life continues for our clients.

What is your area of expertise? We focus on protecting our customers from the unexpected and helping them achieve their goals. My expertise is in having personal conversations and creating a plan for insurance to protect; budgeting or saving to reach goals for both your home and business, if you have one. We help small business with insurance and workers’ comp. We offer home, auto, commercial, life, and disability products from State Farm.

How do you provide a personalized experience? My team and I are involved in our community, we support our neighborhoods, we live here. The reason that is important is that we are accountable to our customers when they need us. We are here to help and are better able to understand the insurance needs in Long Beach and other specific needs because we stay in touch and see you around town.

What makes you passionate about my work? With proper planning, I am able to smooth out the bumps in the road that people hit financially so that they are able

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