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.


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 […]

Historic Architecture

Villa Riviera 800 E. Ocean Blvd. 562-437-6703 Little-known architect Richard D. King came up with the structure of a lifetime with the Villa Riviera, built in 1929. The 16-story structure was, at the time, the second-tallest building in L.A. County, just behind LA City Hall in an era when no buildings in the country […]


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, […]


Hotel Maya 700 Queensway Dr 562-435-7676 The Maya is the closest thing to a seashore hotel in the city. It’s a popular tropical staycation for locals and tourists are drawn to its seashore location with views of the bay and the city skyline. It’s a tropical setting, with 14 acres of grounds dotted with […]

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.


LB Holistic Tree 548 W. Fifth St. 562-270-5463 Readers love LB Holistic Tree not just because the landscaper employs only certified arborists or experienced orchardists to work on your trees, but because the people who run the company really love trees. “When I’m not working on your fruit trees I’m either in my own […]

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 […]

Lash Bar

Mouk Beauty 805 Pine Ave.  562-881-5607 This Downtown lash salon offers lash lifts, curls and extensions in a variety of styles and lengths. Located in a cozy suite on North Pine Avenue, Mouk Beauty also has aftercare kits for sale, to keep new lashes clean and set in between fills. Appointments and deposits are […]

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.


Assistance League of Long Beach 6220 E. Spring St. 562-627-5650 For more than 80 years, the Assistance League has administered a variety of philanthropic programs for the people of Long Beach. Programs include low-cost orthodontic treatment for kids in low-income families, clothing and hygiene kits for sexual assault survivors and one-on-one mentoring for students […]