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Golf Course

El Dorado Park Golf Course 2400 N Studebaker Rd  562-430-5411 Awarding the title of Best Golf Course is a little like awarding the title of Best Torture Device for all the pain and heartache each provides. That said, El Dorado does an exceptional job of handling a heavy, daily load of golfers not only […]

Tattoo Shop

Outer Limits Tattoo & Museum 22 S. Chestnut Pl.  562-437-9121 As both the longest-running tattoo shop in America and one of the oldest in the world, Outer Limits is also the legendary historical tattoo site at the Pike. The shop is owned by Kari Barba, a legend in the tattoo industry, who runs a […]


Precious Lamb Preschool Downtown Long Beach 562-243-1715 Precious Lamb Preschool was founded as a way to “break the cycle of homelessness” with children of at-risk famililes. Voters said preschool is life-changing and gives families “hope and a future.”

Summer Camp

Rancho Los Cerritos Summer Camp 4600 Virginia Rd  562-206-2040 Kids can have fun and learn in the immersive, historic environment of Rancho Los Cerritos. Whether they’re panning for gold, making real adobe bricks or clay pots, the summer camp can get kids out of the house and learning new things.


Spa Sidney 3519 E Broadway  562-433-9665 Voters said Spa Sidney gives the “best facials in town.” Located in Belmont Heights, this spa is a one-stop-shop that offers everything from facials to massages to haircuts to brow shaping.

Skate Shop

Moxi Roller Skate Shop 2132 E 4th St  562-434-8488 With its pastel pink storefront, this shop in the heart of Retro Row is known for its expert staff and involvement with the local Roller Derby scene. The store specializes in quad roller skates specifically and can even turn almost any pair of shoes or […]

Skate Park

Bixby Park 130 Cherry Ave  562-570-1601 Originally a DIY park created by local skaters within Bixby Park, “often mistakenly called “Cherry Park,” officially became recognized by the city in 2015 when it was revamped by California Skateparks. It’s remained a beloved free and “unbranded” skate park with a robust community of skaters since.

Thrift Shop

Out of the Closet 3500 Pacific Coast Hwy  562-494-0340 Painted bright pink and practically impossible to miss while taking a drive down PCH, Out of the Closet is a thrift store any seasoned thrifter knows not to pass over. The attention to detail the staff put into selecting and organizing their donations is evident […]


His Little Feet [email protected] The mission of this small nonprofit is simple: equip kids with shoes. It’s not something most people think about, but forking out $50 to $100 for sneakers isn’t easy for those without means—especially considering how fast kids outgrow them. The nonprofit relies on donations from public and private companies, and […]

Lash Bar

My Chick Habit 3226 E Broadway  562-333-6897 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, […]