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Art Collective

Pow! Wow! 228 E. Broadway Our local iteration of this international mural festival is, nearly singlehandedly, responsible for myriad murals adorning buildings, sidewalks and freeway underpasses in Long Beach. Its annual event each year is a lively outdoor cultural exhibition that celebrates local artists while also pulling in talent from around the globe. 


Self Made Training Facility LBC 117 W. Fifth St. This 9,000 square-foot gym specializes in personal training, with over 50 trainers to choose from. It’s open to clients of all levels—from beginner to advanced—and offers a variety of disciplines from yoga and meditation to mixed martial arts. Both in-person and online training options are […]

Antique Store

Urban Americana 1345 Coronado Ave 562-494-7300 This massive warehouse of high-end collectibles is paradise in particular for fans of mid-modern furnishings, but there’s so much more: a ton of vintage skateboards at $100 (and up), old movie lobby cards, gas station signs, old typewriters. Look, here’s a leather camel! And a dentist chair! You’ll […]

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 […]


Shara 4900 Second St. 562-528-0422 A local chain with five locations in Long Beach, Orange County and San Diego, Shara boutiques’ selection is SoCal boho beach glam galore. Shoppers can head to Shara’s website, Instagram and brick-and-mortar stores to pick up all the dainty gold jewelry and distressed denim one could possibly desire. Another […]

Hair Salon

NuDu Salon 4726 E Second St 562-439-7958 This spacious Belmont Shore salon offers a full range of services from cuts to color to styling and blow dries. Head stylist Meredith Ackerman has 22 years of experience as a hairdresser specializing in color and styling. A self-proclaimed animal lover, Ackerman uses cruelty-free products.

Car Wash

Circle Marina Car Wash 4800 Pacific Coast Hwy 562-494-4698 The good people at Circle Marina know your time and money are precious to you, which is why they developed an express car wash that takes less than five minutes. What’s more, the wash uses just 32 gallons of water per car–nearly a third of […]

Neighborhood Business

Shore Doggs 310-303-8947 @shore_doggs on IG Our readers, bless their hearts, don’t just consider Shore Doggs the city’s best dog walker or pet sitter—they also see the little Belmont Shore operation as Long Beach’s very best neighborhood business. What a time to be alive.


Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden 1250 Bellflower Blvd. on the CSULB campus 562-985-8885 The Japanese Garden is a peaceful and meditative spot to escape from the city’s noise and worries. Koi glide through the garden’s lake and under its wooden bridges and flowers bloom all year round amid stands of bamboo. As of August, […]

Nail Salon

Oh, Mai Joy! 195 E. Fourth St. 562-850-6546 Founded right at the beginning of the pandemic, Oh Mai Joy! is run by experienced nail stylists Joy Jalapit and Mai Lam who specialize in gel and gel extensions—fans of acrylic nails, be aware, they’re not on the menu. Both artists’ books are currently closed, but […]