Category: Feature Stories

Hermosa Beach Summer Series Line-Up Announced

July 15, 2019

5B Artists + Media has announced the lineups for the 2019 Hermosa Beach Summer Series, presented by KROQ.

The popular FREE community event returns to the sands of the quintessential Southern California beach town over two weekends in August, and for the first time ever, is expanding to both Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 17/18 and Aug. 24/25), each offering a jam-packed lineup of music, comedy, movies on the beach and other family-friendly experiences.

South Bay Beauty

June 26, 2019

A trusted member of the South Bay medical community since 1996, licensed esthetician Gigi McConnell of South Bay Beauty uses the latest, non-invasive, technology in skin care to enhance the tone and texture of the dermis.

Do you have a skin concern or questions regarding skin health? All treatments begin with a skin assessment during a complimentary consultation. South Bay Beauty offers specific treatments for a variety of skin concerns – from acne to anti-aging.

South Bay Beauty Signature Glow
Nano-Facial
Skin Tightening / Body Sculpting
Diamond Tip Micro Derm
Medi Facial Peel
Hydro Treatment
LED Skin Rejuvenation
Acne Treatment Plans

Teen Choice 2019™ to Broadcast from Hermosa Beach

June 10, 2019

TEEN CHOICE 2019™ will be broadcast for the first time from Hermosa Beach on Sunday, August 11, featuring performances by stars from TV, music, film and social media. This will be the first time the popular awards show, which gives teens the power to select the winners, will be broadcast live from a beach.

“We are so thrilled to host TEEN CHOICE 2019 in Hermosa Beach,” said Hermosa Beach Mayor Stacey Armato. “This awards show will be a great opportunity to showcase Hermosa Beach to audiences around the country and, even more importantly, provide our teens with an exciting and free musical event on their own hometown sand. The City of Hermosa Beach is working with the producers to ensure the security of the event and will be encouraging parents and teens to visit our restaurants and businesses while in Hermosa for TEEN CHOICE 2019 so that our businesses will benefit from the event. ”

TEEN CHOICE 2019 will air live from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on August 11 on the East Coast and via tape delay from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the West Coast on FOX.

BeachLife Festival – Day Three Recap

May 6, 2019

BeachLife Festival – Day Three – Sunday, May 5, 2019

It’s official…. the three-day BeachLife Festival went off without any major glitches! (Read it and weep, Fyre Festival!)

That’s quite an undertaking when you consider all the moving parts involved in this event, not to mention the YUGE number of personnel working to pull it off. I don’t know the number of paid staff, but there were hundreds of volunteers working for a free, one-day pass. Kudos to Allen Sanford of Saint Rocke and his team. I know they have a ton of experience putting on large scale concerts but BeachLife was well beyond that.

Sunday was just as crowded as Saturday and there seemed to be even more attendees later in the day. Ziggy, followed by Willie, will do that.

BeachLife Festival – Day Two Recap

May, 5, 2019

BeachLife Festival – Day Two – Saturday, May 4, 2019

The fact that the weather has been cooperating is as mind-blowing as Day Two of the BeachLife Festival. Seriously, you couldn’t ask for more perfect weather for an outdoor event.

While Day One had a very good turnout considering it was a weekday, from the start of Day Two, you could tell the attendance numbers would be much higher (I’m looking forward to hearing the final tally). Even though there were substantially more attendees, the venue flow still worked beautifully. The only time you may have felt crowded was if you were within about 25 feet of a stage. Considering the concentration of people, there was still plenty of room to move….and there was never a line for a bathroom!

BeachLife Festival – Day One Recap

May 4, 2019

BeachLife Festival – Day One – Friday, May 3, 2019

The inaugural BeachLife Festival has had the South Bay in a heightened state of anticipation for weeks – and it’s finally here.

Let me say right up front, the price of general admission was worth every penny. I’m not a fan in general of VIP tickets because it segregates you from most festival attendees….. and isn’t that the point of going to a festival, to be among the multitude? In this case, VIP pass holders had access to fancier port-o-potties and elevated viewing platforms with beverage tents. If waiting less time in line for a beer is vital to your festival experience, by all means, shell out the extra bucks!

The venue was meticulously designed to enhance flow from one stage to another. In addition to three separate stages, there were several other constructs and activity hubs spread throughout the festival grounds including a video game arcade, shade area with picnic tables, The Rockefeller tent featuring craft brews, the Body Glove Bar, the Bungalow bar, merchandise tents, an art center, backyard games, cabanas, food court and food trucks. There was enough time between sets to peel off from the crowd and indulge in some of these other activities.

Mother’s Market & Kitchen Now Open in Manhattan Beach

March 20, 2019

Mother’s Market & Kitchen hosted the Manhattan Beach Chamber, local media and city officials for a Ribbon Cutting and Soft Opening on Wednesday, March 13.

Mother’s Market & Kitchen first opened in Orange County in 1978. Located in the former Fresh & Easy space in the Continental Development retail project located on the corner of Rosecrans and Redondo Avenues, this is the ninth Mother’s Market to open in Southern California.

For additional information, visit the website at https://www.mothersmarket.com/.

Mother’s Market is located at 1700 Rosecrans Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

Scroll down to view a few photographs from the ribbon cutting/soft opening on Wednesday, March 13…..

Dine Around LA – Riviera Village Edition

March 15, 2019

Earlier this week, I attended the Riviera Village edition of Dine Around LA.

Dine Around LA is designed for hotel concierges from the greater LA area as an opportunity for them to learn more about various neighborhoods’ restaurants to better serve their clientele. There are half a dozen events each year in different areas of Los Angeles, and Dine Around LA works directly with restauranteurs to schedule these outings.

Our group consisted of concierges representing about 15 different hotels from the greater Los Angeles area, a few social media influencers and a couple of Los Angeles Concierge Association members who report back to the greater LACA membership. This event showcased seven establishments in the Riviera Village neighborhood of Redondo Beach.

We had anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes at each location, depending on the number of drinks and dishes served. Dine Around LA Founder, Mary Ann Borders, kept us moving in a timely manner without ever making us feel rushed. While the purpose of these excursions is to sample menu items from multiple restaurants, I enjoy the function of walking from place to place…. you get a much more intimate feel for the neighborhood than you would driving there or being dropped off by a ride share service.

The Works Offers a Wave of Innovative Merchants

January 23, 2019

The Works, a renovated South Bay hub is making its debut with a fresh new look & name for 2019! The Works, neighboring Plaza El Segundo on Allied Way, has just completed a refresh with an array of new amenities and features including lush common area upgrades with lighting and landscaping. The Works provides a fun environment for all to enjoy, whether you’re looking for the perfect place to shop, eat, workout, dine or simply spend time with family and friends.

Community favorites continue to thrive at The Works including Yoga Works, California Fish Grill and Veggie Grill; while popular new brands Barry’s Bootcamp and OrangeTwist have chosen The Works as their South Bay home opening last year.

Looking forward to 2019, three fresh and new-to-market merchants will make their debut at The Works. Celebrity Food Network star Duff Goldman to open Duff’s Cakemix (“DCM”) a do-it-yourself cake and cupcake decorating studio where the customer is the artist. A soul-nourishing escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life, DCM is a space for spontaneous creative outings, birthday parties, team building activities, corporate events and charity events. Customers select from an offering of pre-baked cakes and cupcakes, build their kits with colorful frosting, fondant and candies, and then bring their creative vision to life.

Dr. Shari Carroll Pediatric Dentistry

January 14, 2019

There is nothing more important than the health of your children – and finding attentive, qualified, medical professionals to care for them can be a challenge. Dentistry is an essential component of a child’s health regimen, and choosing the right dentist for that all-important, first encounter, will set the tone for a lifetime of good dental hygiene. Recently opened in Riviera Village, parents can now turn to Dr. Shari Carroll Pediatric Dentistry for comprehensive dental care.

After graduating from dental school, receiving both her Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD) and Masters in Public Health (MA), she worked alongside her dad for eight years at their dental practice in Phoenix before moving to the South Bay in 2016.

Dr. Shari is also a professor at the USC pediatric dental residency at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and has modeled her office to emulate the facility at CHLA where they are conducting a research study with the occupational therapy doctorate program.

She has worked for almost 10 years exclusively treating infants, young children, and children with special needs, both in the office and in hospital settings, and splits her time between CHLA and her practice in Redondo Beach.

Manhattan Beach Memoir: Artist Gary Sweeney Says Goodbye to His Childhood Home

November 30, 2018

Gary Sweeney, a San Antonio-established artist known for his humorous text-based work and art installations throughout the U.S., announced the debut of his new book, Manhattan Beach Memoir: Artist Gary Sweeney Says Goodbye to His Childhood Home, based on his most popular art installation, A Manhattan Beach Memoir: 1945-2015.

The book documents the installation at 320 35th Street in Manhattan Beach, CA, made as a tribute to his family as they owned and occupied the home for over 70 years. The site-specific installation pays homage to his upbringing, family and the Manhattan Beach of the past. The photography exhibit consisted of 112 large-scale graphics of personal family photos, which were printed on MDO plywood and covered the entire outside of the artist’s childhood home. The installation was featured in national and international publications, including the Daily Mail UK, People.com, ABC News, Dwell, Architecture Lab, and more.

The project was on display to the public during the entire month of February 2015, after which the photos were removed, and the home was replaced by a new development. The collection of photographs were originally taken by Mike Sweeney, Gary’s father.

El Segundo to Host the Inaugural World Urban Games

November 8, 2018

The Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) has selected the City of El Segundo in Los Angeles County to host the inaugural World Urban Games in September 2019 and second edition in 2021.

The World Urban Games will be a five-day outdoor festival combining sports, music, food, art and digital entertainment, including e-sports. Up to 700 athletes will compete in various urban sports and Olympic disciplines, including 3×3 basketball, BMX freestyle, bouldering, break dancing, freestyle flying disc, skateboarding, roller skating and parkour. An urban sports showcase will feature up to 100 athletes in at least four other disciplines. The sporting events will be held in El Segundo.

Thousands of spectators are expected to visit El Segundo for the Games. The city, which is easily accessible by public transportation and close to freeways, plans to close streets for the five-day event near Los Angeles International Airport and the new Los Angeles Times headquarters. Indoor and outdoor venues in a compact Games Hub in El Segundo will be utilized for the events and an urban park is planned to be constructed before September. El Segundo is the ideal location to host the Games as the city is already home to professional sports teams the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Kings.

Randy’s Donuts to Open at Apollo Landing

August 14, 2018

Randys-DonutsWorld Famous Randy’s Donuts will be creating more than 15 jobs in El Segundo with their latest restaurant opening at Apollo Landing in early September. They are currently accepting applications for a variety of roles including supervisors, counter sales, bakers, fry cooks, and decorators. Randy’s Donuts is thrilled to be coming to the community of El Segundo and helping to grow the local economy.

Unlike other donut or dessert stores that make a few hundred a day of only a handful of varieties, Randy’s Donuts team of bakers produces over 40 different varieties daily that appeal to everyone from kids, parents, business travelers, and those with the most discriminating tastes.

Randy’s Donuts has been making every donut by hand for over 50 years. They pride themselves on using only the finest baking ingredients available in the world. The best ingredients coupled with expert bakers and Randy’s Donuts secret mixes, produces a donut that is fluffier, airier, larger, and stays fresh longer. “We never skimp on icing, glaze, sprinkles, or other decorations” says Mark Kelegian, CEO and owner of Randy’s Donuts. “We go over the top to put as much chocolate, maple, cream filling, or other toppings as the donuts can possibly hold”.

Survios Virtual Reality Arcade – An Out of this World Experience!

July 23, 2018

_4318aI was recently invited to stop in and experience the Survios Virtually Reality Arcade located in Del Amo Fashion Center. Survios is an American virtual reality game developer and software publisher and recently opened its first virtual reality arcade right here in the South Bay! We’ve been hearing for several years how virtual reality (VR) will be the next big thing in the gaming arena. Well, it’s here – and it’s going to be bigger than anyone imagined.

There are six elements to what is called Active VR:
IMMERSION – Being surrounded by images, sound and other stimuli that create a believable environment.
PRESENCE – Feeling or sense of actually existing within an environment.
EMBODIMENT – Having a virtual body or avatar that interacts naturally with the environment.
FREE MOVEMENT – Being completely unbounded from physical restrictions in the outside world.
SHARED SPACE – Playing and interacting with others in shared digital space.
DYNAMIC SPECTATING – Being able to view and interact with people playing in VR from the outside world.

Dave & Buster’s Opens in Del Amo Fashion Center

June 12, 2018

DSC00180Last week I attended a media preview at the new Dave & Buster’s in Del Amo Fashion Center.

Full disclosure: I’ve never been to a Dave & Buster’s and was startled by the raucous reception we received upon entering. A dozen delighted employees greeted us with cheers, horns, and smiling faces.

As we were checking in, a member of the marketing team offered to take us on a tour of the 35,000 square foot facility – you read that right – 35, 000 square feet of wall to wall fun. We were given a couple of drink coupons and a card loaded with $20 for game play.

Dave & Buster’s offers New American food, an array of fun, innovative beverages, and the biggest and best arcade games, including several proprietary games, under one roof…. one HUGE roof.