Urban Cottage brings heart and soul to Bixby Knolls

This past October, a new business opened its doors and arms to Long Beach. A few years ago, this might have gone unnoticed. Today, a new venture is newsworthy, and Urban Cottage is indeed newsworthy. Located at 4121 Long Beach Blvd., near the junction of San Antonio Drive and Carson Street, Urban Cottage is aptly named. More reminiscent of a quaint cottage in a small town, Urban Cottage has the warm feel of a bygone era. The proprietor welcomes each customer as a friend, and like any small town store, Urban Cottage has a little bit of everything.
Melissa Zambrano, owner of Urban Cottage, has been a Long Beach resident for more than 30 years. Her store reflects a dream of offering her neighbors a mix of old and new, while inspiring others to be creative and expressive. With this in mind, Urban Cottage is highlighting the works of 10 local artisans, from painters to jewelers, to makers of lamps and linens.
“I believe that helping the local artists is a way of giving back,” says Zambrano. With that in mind, on Saturday, December 10, Urban Cottage is giving back a portion of all sales to Los Cerritos Elementary School. On Saturday, Dec. 17, Zambrano will offer 10 percent off all sales to those who bring a hygiene item for Dare to Care for the Homeless, a nonprofit organization helping the needy.
This Sunday, from 4pm until 8pm, Zambrano will kick off the holiday season with a Christmas boutique, pro- viding many artful gift options. Food from Aura Thai, and other seasonal treats, will be offered. Call 562.997.4121 for more information. Gift certificates from $5 to $5 million available. Let a friend or relative enjoy this treasure trove of eclectic fun.
Find that special gift for anyone on your holiday gift list at Urban Cottage, while supporting a new local business with heart. And that is newsworthy.

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