South Bay News

What Lifts You?

February 12, 2020

The City of Manhattan Beach Murals Project introduces the mural titled What Lifts You? by Kelsey Montague.

As part of the city’s effort to bring more public art to the community, Kelsey Montague has created a mural that explores how interactive art and social media intersect.

The mural specifically invites people into the piece and then invites you to share your experience online!

The mural is located at Metelox Plaza, on the side of SunLife Organics. #whatLiftsYou

To learn more about the Manhattan Beach Murals Project, visit the website at

The Brews Hall Grand Opening

November 21, 2019

Earlier this week, I attended the Grand Opening of The Brews Hall in Torrance.

The Brews Hall is a food court concept conceived by a couple of the partners in Rock & Brews, Michael Zislis and Dave Furano, in addition to two new, yet very famous and recognizable faces, comedian George Lopez and sports analyst Colin Cowherd.

The space is huge, with communal high tops and giant TV screens throughout. There is also a large outdoor seating area with plenty of umbrella coverage for the warmer months. Behind the bar are gigantic vats where they make the two in-house offerings, George Lopez Brewing Co. and Buzzrock Brewing Co. There are three beers on tap right now (Buzzrock Golden Ale, Colin Cowherd Herd Pilsner and George Lopez Ta Loco Brewing Naranja Crema) but they’ll have twelve very soon.

There are four food stations to choose from: George Lopez’s Chingon Kitchen, Chicken T.W.I.L.I. (The Way I Like It), Rock & Fish Grill and Colin Cowherd’s The Herd. Basically, every bar food imaginable, only done exceedingly well.

Don’t let the name fool you – The Brews Hall has a full bar, along with craft beer and national beer brands. I had a Blackberry Margarita and it may have been the best cocktail I’ve ever had in my life, no exaggeration.

Fall into Fashion Recap

November 19, 2019

I recently attended the Fall into Fashion event at Manhattan Village Shopping Center.

Hosted by Cachita Hynes of Style on the Spot™, stylish attendees enjoyed an afternoon of beauty tips, ideas and inspiration, in addition to a tote full of swag.

After checking in and consulting a map of participating stores, the LBD clad fashionistas were free to roam in any direction they chose.

The event featured sips, bites, activities, exclusive offers and samples at several retail shops including Macy’s Beauty, Origins, MAC, Sephora, Kiehl’s, Holly & Hudson Nail Salon and others, along with customized makeup bags.

Skilled beauticians and aestheticians offered complementary make-overs, mini facials, hand massages, oxygen facials and more.

After all the pampering, the well-coiffed group met on the patio at the new Mercado restaurant for specialty cocktails, appetizers and a generous raffle. Several lucky ladies won a variety of items and experiences, including a couple of $250 Manhattan Village gift cards.

BCHD’S Tom Bakaly Named CEO of the Year by the Association of California Healthcare Districts

October 23, 2019

The Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD), which oversees 79 health districts in the state, has named Tom Bakaly from Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) CEO of the Year. Bakaly, who oversees an organization that provides preventive health partnerships, programs and services to 123,000 residents in Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach, was cited for his leadership and achievements that have positively affected the wellness of the Beach Cities community.

“The ACHD award is a tremendous honor that I share with our hundreds of dedicated volunteers as well as our hard-working, enthusiastic BCHD staff and board who are truly responsible for our organization’s success,” says Bakaly. “Since 1955, BCHD has responded to the evolving health needs of the community to achieve our vision of a healthy beach community. With 80 percent of all illnesses being preventable, our team works diligently to deliver essential health services and education to Beach Cities residents of all ages.”

Under Bakaly’s guidance, BCHD has helped the community save an estimated $3 million annually in direct healthcare costs through education and programs provided to residents; the community recently achieved the third-highest well-being score in the United States; smoking among residents is down 36 percent; and the rate of overweight residents is down 25 percent.

A Tunisian Dinner @ Barsha

October 11, 2019

I recently attended a Press Preview Dinner at the new Barsha Restaurant in Hermosa Beach.

The eatery is the most recent venture from Lenora and Adnen Marouani of Barsha Wines & Spirits in Manhattan Beach.

Lenora is a classically trained chef who previously worked at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Las Vegas and was the Executive Chef at a Beverly Hills hotel, in addition to curating merchandise at her former boutique, The Souk. Adnen, originally from Tunisia, has extensive experience in the restaurant industry, working as a sommelier in Los Angeles and running a major Las Vegas hotel kitchen.

Their experience and success at Barsha Wine & Spirits – serving small bites and boutique wines – was the ideal precursor for their foray into a full service bar and restaurant.

Sandpipers Back-to-School Shopping Event

August 23, 2019

Sandpipers, the South Bay’s largest philanthropic organization, hosted their annual Back-to-School Shopping Event on Sunday at Kohl’s in Torrance.

The event benefited 73 underprivileged youth in the South Bay. Each pre-selected child was referred by 10 local nonprofit partner agencies and paired with a member of Sandpipers and Sandpiper Juniors who assisted them with selecting and purchasing school clothes, shoes, uniforms, and supplies valued at over $275 per child.

The continued support of this program is made possible by Kohl’s, which opened their doors before normal business hours, provided staff for the event, and gave our shoppers an additional 20 percent off and no sales tax. Additionally, Sandpipers donated backpacks loaded with school supplies for each student.

“Back-to-School Shopping program started in 1999 and continues to be a favorite amongst our membership,” said Sandpipers Philanthropy Vice President, Joyce Chaput. It is a special day where the membership gets to see their fundraising dollars at work, making a direct impact in the lives of those in need who working hard to overcome challenges.”

AC Hotel South Bay Makes its Debut Near LAX

July 29, 2019

The 180-room AC Hotel Los Angeles South Bay recently opened its doors in El Segundo. The new-build lifestyle property, part of AC Hotels by Marriott®, is located in the South Bay, just minutes from both the coast and Los Angeles International Airport.

Developed and managed by El Segundo-based Welcome Group, the six-story design-led hotel provides a modern option for business and leisure travelers. From its sleek design and scenic rooftop, to its state-of-the-art fitness center, tech-friendly and flexible meeting spaces, and guest room options ranging from pet-friendly to sky-high ceilings, the nearly 100,000-square-foot property embodies a contemporary style that is sophisticated yet unpretentious.

“We are excited to bring AC Hotels to South Bay, a thriving destination for entrepreneurial spirits,” says Toni Stoeckl, Global Brand Leader , AC Hotels by Marriott, and Vice President, Distinctive Select Brands for Marriott International. “The proximity to the airport and beach, paired with AC Hotels’ design-minded flair makes this hotel ideal for today’s modern traveler.”

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
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

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.

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