Jazz and schmooze

St. Vincent de Paul thrift store, 2750 Pacific Coast Highway, recently hosted an intimate wine and jazz gathering on its patio, where David Fields, the Council’s new deputy executive director, spoke about the Society’s local work and outreach to community business leaders. Long Beach 4th District Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell and Vice Mayor Val Lerch were…

Council introducing partner program to help promote arts-friendly businesses

The Arts Council for Long Beach has developed a new program for GLOBAL (Greater Long Beach Arts Lab), its inaugural citywide celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month every October. The Partner Program integrates arts-friendly businesses, organizations and artists in GLOBAL’s website, print materials, television commercial and online promotions. Partners can join GLOBAL for free…

Bixby to cast characters into street for next First Fridays

It’s time for the “Back to School” First Fridays on September 4, featuring special appearances from Alive Theatre dancers, as well as Long Beach Shakespeare Company’s roaming band of characters, including Dogberry, Mike the Poet, and introducing the Knolls Ranger (Bixby’s very own superhero). Big Red Bus arrives at 6:30pm at 3853 Atlantic Avenue to…

Local Allstate agency owner receives Chairman’s Conference Award

Allstate Insurance Company has honored Allstate exclusive agency owner Brenda Soto Bryan with the Chairman’s Conference Award for high standards in customer satisfaction, customer retention and business growth. The Brenda Soto Bryan Agency joins the top six percent of Allstate insurance agencies and personal financial representatives to reach this level of achievement, based on sales…

Counterfeit bills turning up at garage sales

Counterfeit bills have recently been found at local garage sales, where subjects either paid, or attempted to pay for their purchases with fake 100-dollar bills. Garage sales are an easy target for criminals to pass counterfeit bills, as the general public typically is not trained to recognize security features of paper currency. Anyone accepting 100-dollar…

Eco-friendly small businesses invited to apply for CoolCalifornia award

All California small businesses (with less than 100 employees) that can demonstrate climate leadership through a commitment to implementing and promoting climate-friendly practices are eligible to apply for a CoolCalifornia Small Business Award. This new award program will recognize multiple small businesses from across the state that demonstrate climate leadership. Each business will be scored…

Restaurateur says Atlantic repaving was not without cost

Café Bixby, on the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Roosevelt Road, has reported a 20-percent drop in revenue since the repaving project began. BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer The repaving of Atlantic Avenue between Bixby Road and San Antonio Drive is just about finished, and none too soon, according to Jack Skandalakis, owner of Café…

Bixby Knolls businesses surviving; coming of Marshalls on hold

By Nick Diamantides Staff Writer Despite the faltering national and state economies, Bixby Knolls businesses are surviving, and there are some signs that things will improve in the not-too-distant future. The owners of a large vacant building still insist that it will be torn down to make room for a new Marshalls department store, the…

Commercial development in Signal Hill moving at slow but steady pace

By Nick Diamantides Staff Writer The pace of commercial development has slowed during the last two years in Signal Hill, primarily because of the economic recession. Nevertheless, retail corporations and one banking institution are still investing in new developments in the city. One of those corporations is British retail giant Tesco, which is slowly moving…

MOLAA appoints new president

Richard P. Townsend was formerly the deputy director of External Affairs at the Miami Museum of Art. The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) has announced that Richard P. Townsend, an accomplished museum curator and director, who was most recently deputy director for External Affairs at the Miami Art Museum, has been named its next…

LB becomes home port of Carnival Splendor

Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster presented the Splendor’s captain, Claudio Cupisti, with a presentation plaque featuring the city’s official seal and a gold key to the city. Last week, Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, Harbor Commissioner Susan E. Wise and other notable city dignitaries and members of the hospitality community officially welcomed the Carnival Splendor…