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Olympix Fitness 4101 E Olympic Plaza 562-366-4600 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 […]

Antique Store

Urban Americana 1345 Coronado Ave  562-494-7300 Whatever decor you’re going for, you’ll find plenty of items to complement it at this sprawling warehouse store. From weathered farmhouse style tables and cabinets to mid-century credenzas and stereo consoles, to industrial stools and carts to eclectic modern art. Urban Americana also has a lot of memorabilia […]

Pet Store

Centinela Feed & Pet Supplies 4700 Pacific Coast Hwy  562-494-1660 With 18 stores throughout Southern California, Centinela Feed is known not just for its animal food. It provides a variety of services like vaccinations, dog training, adoptions and wash services—making it a one-stop shop for your small pet’s needs. The first store opened on […]


Twig & Willow 3740 E 4th St (multiple locations) 562-433-8944 This adorable boutique offers the latest styles in clothing, home decor, jewelry, accessories and loungewear. If you’re looking for the perfect gift, this is the place to go. And, as one reader said, this store has the best customer service and “positive atmosphere” in Long […]

Hair Salon

Salon Wire 1201 Loma Ave  562-386-2007 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 […]

Car Wash

Circle Marina Car Wash 4800 Pacific Coast Hwy  562-494-4698 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 […]

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 […]


Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden Earl Warren Dr  562-985-8885 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 […]

Nail Salon

Kiwi Salon 4612 E 2nd St  562-856-5494 This clean, well-kept nail salon Belmont Shore is known for its unique designs and quality work. Opened in 2012, the salon prides itself on hiring the most skilled technicians and having the best customer service. As one reader said: “They keep up with the trend, treat you […]

Wedding Venue

Rancho Los Cerritos 4600 Virginia Rd  562-206-2040 Sprawling and stunning, the grounds and gardens of Rancho Los Cerritos make an ideal setting for a wedding of up to 300 guests. Looking for a more intimate setting? The Rancho has several options, including the sunporch, the inner garden, the private garden and the backyard – […]