Beer Belly is a beer bar focused on serving craft beer, and crafty food. At the corner of Long Beach Blvd and 3rd, this downtown gem is full of surprises. They feature craft beers from all over the greater Los Angeles region and are committed to cultivating an appreciation for the quality and creativity behind craft beer. Don’t forget to check out their hidden tiki bar, if you can find it! 😉
Singer. Pianist. Actor. Musician, Kevin Wood is the triple threat. Originally from Cody, Wyoming, Kevin Wood moved to Long Beach after traveling around the US as well as Canada with the national tour of the Broadway smash hit RENT. Kevin has been seen on stage in productions of Musical Theatre West’s “Wedding Singer”, “Bat Boy” (Stages Theatre) as well as a member of Orange County’s Gay Men’s Chorus “Men Alive” and at Downtown Disney in the acappella group “WestBeat”
The Potholder Cafe is the undisputed “King” of Long Beach when it comes to breakfast, which they proudly serve all day. Weekday mornings and early afternoons find plenty of starving artists and blue-collar diners wolfing down stacks of pancakes and bacon. Weekends are packed with hungry friends and families enjoying the atmosphere and history of this Belmont Heights landmark. So the next time you’re in the mood for waffles at 1pm be sure to check in to any of their 4 locations in LB.
This fabulous boutique perfectly exemplifies the owner’s rebellious spirit and love for music.
Lori is a fashion angel sent from rock and roll heaven, here to glam you up. She will help you put together a personalized look that helps you step outside your usual comfort zone and elevate your style with the unique edge you’re looking for. With Lori’s help, you will be feeling and looking like a queen in no time!
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In 1985, a group from Christ Chapel Long Beach came together to address the issue of hunger in a community where many social service agencies were unable or unwilling to help. AIDS Food Store Long Beach was born with a commitment that no one in the Long Beach area living with HIV/AIDS disabilities would ever be without food, love and support. After two decades of distributing tons of food to thousands of clients, AIDS Food Store remains true to its mission. We commend all the wonderful volunteers that give their time and energy to support such an impactful organization. If you are interested in volunteering visit their website for more information.
When it comes to Drag Queens and Long Beach, Jewels is the first entertainer that comes to mind. For over 15 years, she has been spreading her talents hosting events all over Southern California, and we couldn’t be happier that she calls Long Beach her home. Her personal mission is to make sure all who come to our fine city feel welcomed, loved and entertained; she also has a long established dedication to charitable causes which have earned her numerous honors throughout her career. She is truly a local legend and LGBT icon like no other.
Open from morning until Midnight, Long Beach Animal Hospital is always there for you and your fur babies (also scaled babies, feathered babies, pot bellied babies, etc.)! They’re always there for you no matter if your pet is sick or just needs boarding and bathing; they offer a full range of services which even includes prescription diets to keep your companion healthy and house calls for those times when you just can’t transport your pet. They run a wildlife rescue that offers free medical care to injured wildlife critters and has successfully re-released 50% of the wild animals to their native habitat. If you spot an injured wildlife animal, you know who to call!
What started with one auto repair shop in 1999 has now grown to four locations, two in long beach and two in Bellflower. This family owned business offers full service auto repair and maintenance services which include complex diagnoses, engine repair and even simple oil changes. They truly go a step beyond at Orozco’s. Check out their blog for great advice on keeping your car running smoothly!
A house turned restaurant the coziness factor is real, add fresh Southern cuisine with a Southern California twist, what more can you ask for? Be sure to add the Attic to your LB bucket list, from the welcoming staff to the bloody mary with a slider on top, you will not be disappointed.
Founded in 2014, Stay Anchored perfectly embodies the essence of Long Beach. Their mantra; A State Of Mind, To Remain Anchored Amidst The Storm®️ Sold in shops around Downtown Long Beach like MADE by Millworks and most Art Walks/community events. To top it off, it will be the comfiest tee-shirt you own. Don’t forget to check out their instagram and website.
Long Beach made history when we elected Mayor Robert Garcia in 2014. He is the first openly gay mayor to be elected in the city’s history and he comes with a long list of accolades. Before serving as mayor he was elected to the Long Beach City Council in 2009, then re-elected to a full four- year term in 2010. He also serves on the Senate Rules Committee and works to keep our coastline beautiful as one of the California Coastal Commissioners. Education has been a passion throughout his life and led him to pursue a Doctorate in Education; he’s taught at University of Southern California, Cal State Long Beach and Long Beach City College.
It’s easy to see why King Phantom (Elena ‘Rita’ Olivera) is Long Beach’s favorite drag king, she is elevating the art of drag with her spooky aesthetic. She’s serving up looks like Jack Skellington, Stephen King’s “It”, Hellraiser, Edward Scissorhands, The Mad Hatter, and Marilyn Manson. She can also serve some looks on the lighter side, like Pinocchio and Where’s Waldo. Off the stage, she is an advocate for autism awareness. And a proud mother of two amazing kids on the autism spectrum. She’s also an ally and supporter of her trans sisters and brothers. If you have not seen her perform yet, you’re missing out! Drop what you’re doing and make plans to see this illusion artist now! Check out her youtube Channel as well.
Brian Addison is an award-winning writer and photographer based in Long Beach, where his love of books, whiskey, and perspective are continuously fulfilled. In 2015, he was named the Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club, adding to recognitions from the California State Senate, the California Bicycle Coalition, the City of Long Beach, California State University Long Beach, and others.
Looking for a hand car wash and detailing you can trust? Look no further! Circle Marina Car Wash is the most friendly, honest hand car wash auto detailing team in the area. Their experienced car washer and detail service attendants will keep your vehicle looking its best. Their team is highly skilled and have years of experience. Most of all: they love cars and care about yours.
For all you romantics out there 555 steakhouse is the perfect combination of sexy and cool. The talented piano player sets the scene while the vast selection of wine elevates the mood. Top it off with an exquisite dish and you got yourself the perfect date night. Thank me later.
Looking for something truly unique and made by local artists? There’s no better place than MADE by Millworks where you’ll find products from over 150 local makers, artisans and designers. Not your typical boutique; you’ll find opportunities here for art shows, vegan pop-ups and even pasta making classes. The eclectic spirit of Long Beach is truly exemplified
in this local treasure in the heart of Downtown on Pine.
These days, networking is a huge part of business and this particular group of realtors has got it down! Every Thursday morning they meet to build relationships, share knowledge, discuss market updates and more. Broker Preview is open to Industry professionals and is a great way to mix and mingle with like minded individuals.
When it comes to home town traditions, there is just nothing like Long Beach’s Easter Walk. Each year a diverse group of people, Drag Queens, Kings, Sisters, Fairies, Leather Folks, City Officials, Bunnies, and just plain fun-loving people, gather to raise much needed funds for the C.A.R.E. Program at St. Marys Hospital, in Long Beach, California. 100% of the funds raised are given directly to the cause, with local businesses and supporting sponsors providing the funds necessary for printing and publicity. The walk was founded by Rick White (drag name: Sheeya Mann) and when Rick moved away the walk found a new leader in Long Beach Drag Legend, Jewels. The walk is a huge undertaking and takes hundreds of volunteer hours to execute with fundraising events leading up to the big day. Make your Easter special this year and attend the walk to see for yourself how much fun it can be to give back to our community!
The Long Beach Post is a daily, digital publication covering news, life, business, placemaking, food, sports, LGBT issues and more in the city of Long Beach, California. The Post continues to invest in expanded coverage of our city and its people, create new technologies to increase our readership, and remain nimble so changing reader demands are opportunities, not threats. The Long Beach Post was founded February 13, 2007.
Joe’s Auto Center has been serving the Long Beach community since 1995. They also have many customers residing outside Long Beach continually returning for premier automotive service. They hold themselves to the highest standards of automotive quality and customer service. Their main priority is to make sure you enjoy affordable quality service and leave well informed and safe.
Rainbow juices was born out of a natural expansion of love for delicious, living foods and a passion to educate and serve others says the owners Donna and Chrissy. Rainbow Juices take the time to provide you with the very best juice on the planet: sourcing the freshest local, organic ingredients and cold-pressing it to perfection. The result is always a delicious, raw, living juice that contains the nutrients to keep you happy, healthy and thriving!