Best of Long Beach 2018 Winners List


2018 Best of Long Beach Awards winners are here:
Art Gallery – Dark Art Emporium
Local Band – Knyght Ryder
Museum – MOLAA
Performance Group – Aerial Butterflies
Event/Festival – Long Beach Gay and Lesbian Pride
Local Attraction – Aquarium of the Pacific
Theater/Performance Space – Long Beach Playhouse
Live Music Venue – Alex’s Bar
Local Artist – Kevin Wood
Body Shop – Orozco’s Auto Service
Car Wash/Detailing – Circle Marina Car Wash
Auto Repair – Joe’s Auto Repair
Tire Shop – Tom’s Tire
Car Dealership – Cabe Toyota
Acupuncture – Long Beach Acupuncture
Barber Shop – Dappers & Dames Parlour
Barber – Zoe Garcia
Beauty Salon – The Den Salon
Stylist – Robert Orgill
Tattoo/Piercing location – Outer Limits
Tattoo/Artist – Kari Barba
Day Spa – Susan Hammond Skincare
Nail Salon – Kiwi Nail Salon
Massage – Massage by Staci – Naples PB
Breakfast – The Potholder Cafe
Brunch – The Attic
Fine Dining – 555 Steakhouse
Juice Bar – Rainbow Juices
Mexican Food – Lola’s Mexican Cuisine
Mediteranean/Greek food – Open Sesame
Thai Food – Thai District
Sushi Bar – Sushi on Fire
Italian Food -L a Paraloccia Osteria
Cambodian Food – Sophy’s Signature Dishes Thai & Cambodian Cuisine
Taco Tuesday – Hole Mole
Burger – MVP’s
Pizza – Michael’s Downtown
Healthy Food – Seabirds
Vegan/Vegetarian – Seabirds
Food truck – Kogi
Farmers Market – Marina’s on Sundays
Women’s Clothing – 4th & Elm
Men’s Clothing – Stay Anchored
Gift Store – MADE by Millworks
Home Decor – Recircle Home
Antiques/Thrift Store – Magnolia & Willow
Bike Shop – Long Beach Bike Shop
Marijuana Dispensary – One Love
Gym – 9Round Long Beach
Boot Camp – Groundwork Fitness
Yoga – Yogalution Movement
Running Group – LB Front Runners
Personal Trainer – Scott Sonderman
Sports Team – Dirtbags
Cleaning Services – Rug it Cleaning
Dry Cleaning – Katella Cleaners
Hotel – Hotel Maya
Boutique Hotel – Hotel Royal
Bar – Blind Donkey
Brewery – Ballast Point
Dance Club – Hamburger Mary’s
Happy Hour – Beer Belly
Wine Bar – District Wine
Karaoke – The Prospector
Cocktails – Blind Donkey
Non-Profit – AIDS Food Store
Activist – Justin Rudd
Public Official – Mayor Robert Garcia
Volunteer – Justin Rudd
House of Worship – First Congregational Church
Networking Event – Long Beach Broker Preview
Journalist – Brian Addison
Newspaper/Local News – Long Beach Post
Local Blog – Long Beach Home + Living
Photographer – Justin Rudd
Social Media Influencer/Personality – Jewels
Video – Long Beach Local News
Chiroproctor – Bob The Chiropractor
Dentist – Dr. Hosena DDS
Doctor/Clinic – Health Care Partners
Insurance Agent – Keir Jones – State Farm
Real Estate – Team Irvin
Lawyer/ Law Firm – Macksoud & Macksoud
Taxes/Accounting – Stephanie Anderson
Mortgage Broker/Lender – Bixby Knolls Mortgage
Best Coffee -Portfolio Coffeehouse
Ice Cream – Long Beach Creamery
Bakery – Sweet Jill’s
Desserts – Romeo Chocolates
Pet Store – Pussy & Pooch
Pet Sitting/Daycare – Bark! Bark!
Pet Grooming – Pawsitively Long Beach
Veterinarian – Long Beach Animal Hospital
Gay Bar/Nightclub – Hamburger Mary’s
Drag Queen – Jewels
Drag King – Phantom
LGBT Fundraiser – Easter Walk
LGBT Activist/Volunteer – Justin Rudd
DJ – DJ Smurks
Theme Night – Bearracuda
LGBTQ Event/Festival – Long Beach Gay and Lesbian Pride
Bartender – Melissa Almeraz
Karaoke – Executive Suites


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  1. Chrystal Fairbanks

    14 October

    Best gym in LBC is 9round!

  2. JoAnn Bentley

    17 October

    Best damn Italian Food and outdoor patio, NY style, “Horney Korner.” Music, playful, dog friendly, bitchenest Korner anywhere.

  3. Jonny

    22 October

    Fights Solutions HQ Long Beach. MARTIAL ARTS.
    Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, MMA

  4. Eric ONeill

    22 October

    Best Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu Gym In all of Long Beach Hands Down!

  5. Tammy Roether

    25 October

    Love team runners high!

  6. Aspa zachariou

    1 November

    Don’t forget to tell your mommy about Modicas
    world famous pastrami!! Yummmmm

  7. Cort Huckabone

    2 November

    Long Beach Kickball…..Love the BUNT PIRATES!!!!!

  8. Donald Caine

    3 November

    LOL…..If I subscribe will I also get all the “She” Updates too?
    Only getting “all the he updates ” seems kind of sexist to me

    Perhaps you could do the letter “t” a service and interject it in the appropriate spaces on the web pages?
    “Make sure to subscribe and get all he updates about Best of Long Beach 2018”

  9. Sheree Nelson

    3 November

    Best Pilates studio is Form and Movement (Pilates on the Bay).

  10. Madelein

    4 November

    The best weekly Comedy & Burlesque show is the Tuesday night show at Harvelle’s. It’s been going on forever now, I can’t believe that it’s not on here.

  11. Michelle

    5 November

    Knyght Ryder rules!

  12. Michelle

    5 November


  13. Pamela Vigneau-Sears

    5 November

    What about the Farmers Marketplace of Long Beach (Sundays) 5000 E. SPring St. (Spring & Clark).

  14. Dan

    5 November

    I see Timeless Pints listed in Breweries- actually Lakewood
    Houses of worship should include Bethany Church on Clark -over 100 years old!
    Lakewood eligible but not Signal Hill?

  15. Ruth Okamuro

    5 November

    Brian & Stacey!!!

  16. Ruth Okamuro

    5 November

    Let’s hear it for Brian & Stacey!!!

  17. Jona

    6 November

    Love Hairology by Holly , best salon !!

  18. Liz

    6 November

    Best gym… your choice BUT best BOOT CAMP: LONG BEACH BOOT CAMP! Great vibe, awesome people and fun workouts no matter how fit (or should I say unfit) you are.

  19. Robert

    7 November

    About U Boutique is awesome ?? for gift shopping for Mom, Daughter etc. Bere Dena is super helpful

  20. Cort M Huckabone

    8 November

    LOVE The Bunt Pirates!!!! Kickball in Long Beach!

  21. Josie Anderson

    12 November

    Best music in Long Beach!

  22. Dawna

    15 November

    Under the Sun and Rainbow Juices… truly dedicated to quality and deliciousness! 🙂

  23. Josh Elliott

    15 November

    Tara Perry is the best acupuncturist on the planet.

  24. Sharon Frickel

    26 November

    Dr. Dodds are the best dentists and the office staff are fantastic too !

  25. Sharon Frickel

    26 November

    Dodds dental is the best !

  26. Katie

    30 November

    Anyone selling tickets that can’t make it tonight?

  27. Today, I went to the beachfront with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and
    said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her ear and screamed.
    There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.
    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is
    entirely off topic but I had to tell someone!

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