Category Archives: Places & Services

We entrust them with our loyalty and money while they provide us their professional services and spaces in return—services and spaces, mind you, that brighten our communities and organize our lives.

Gym

Olympix Fitness 4101 E Olympic Plaza 562-366-4600 olympixfitness.com Located steps from the beach near the Belmont Pier sits perhaps the city’s swankiest fitness club. Here you’ll find an array of group excercise classes, a cafe and juice bar, the newest gym equipment, and clean, classy locker rooms with steam rooms. The gym promises that it […]

Dog Park

Rosie’s Dog Beach 5000 E Ocean Blvd  longbeach.gov/park This stretch of beach down Ocean Boulevard between Roycroft and Argonne avenues is likely the most-used site for all the adorable dog photos Long Beach denizens post on their social media, depticing their sandy, sopping wet K-9, tuckered out after a beachside frolic. Plastic bags readily available […]

Garden

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden Earl Warren Dr  562-985-8885 csulb.edu/~jgarden/ The designers of this beautiful meditative garden made great use of a relatively small, 1.3-acre bit of Eden on the western end of the Cal State Long Beach campus. You can sit for a while alone with your thoughts and a pond full of koi […]

Historic Architecture

Rancho Los Cerritos 4600 Virginia Rd  562-206-2040 rancholoscerritos.org To have an appreciation for the history of Rancho Los Cerritos is to have an appreciation for the history of Long Beach. Several different tour options are tailored to the house or the garden and for different ages, but any opportunity to interact with and hear from […]

Neighborhood Business

Ma N Pa Grocery 346 Roycroft Ave  562-438-4084 This quaint market—plunged in the middle of a Belmont Heights residential neighborhood—has a little bit of everything: an assortment of locally-produced and artisanal food, a deli and food counter (try the breakfast burritos), catering service and even a few chairs for seating if you’re so-inclined. It is […]

Hotel

Hotel Maya 700 Queensway Dr  562-435-7676 doubletree3.hilton.com The Hotel Maya is Long Beach’s own Riviera Maya, a getaway where you truly feel like you’re getting away. Guests can relax on a lounge or oversize chairs by the firepits on the sand, sipping margaritas, enjoying the food from the Fuego restaurant and watching the boats sail […]

Car Wash

Circle Marina Car Wash 4800 Pacific Coast Hwy  562-494-4698 circlemarinacarwash.com Serving the community since 1990, Circle Marina Car Wash, has established an ongoing trust that they are the ones who will provide you with a quality, handy dandy car wash. Their friendly and prompt service makes them the place with a line of cars waiting […]

Landscaper

Star Landscape & Exterior Design [email protected]  562-735-3324 starlandscapedesign.com Star not only helps homeowners make their yards more beautiful, but helps them to do it creatively and responsibly. As its mission statement puts it, “we do everything ‘For The Good of The Earth.’ “ Star accomplishes that through personalized service which includes a thorough consultation phase […]

Hair Salon

Salon Wire 1201 Loma Ave  562-386-2007 salon-wire.com Salon Wire is a newly established salon with a modern twist. Owned by brother and sister duo Chris and Margeaux Hamrock, their ideas on business have already separated them from other salons in the area. Their commitment to only using all natural hair products and environmentally conscious approach […]

Lash Bar

My Chick Habit 3226 E Broadway  562-333-6897 mychickhabit.com Eyelash extensions are the new hair extensions. So, if you find yourself admiring a lady’s thick fringe, chances are she’s had them done at one of the many eyelash salons popping up all over town. And readers say the best is My Chick Habit in Bluff Park, […]