November 2, 2017
The 9th annual SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk was another record-breaking event, successfully raising over $1.8 million! Because of the amazing community support, they’ll be able to help even more families with special needs children and support public education.
Over 13,000 people joined together in support of the walk including celebrities Brooke Burke-Charvet, Sugar Ray Leonard and Denise Austin. There were great performances from Kieran Tamondong, Artyon and Paige, Larsen Thompson, Asia Monet, Ciara Wilson, Jada Facer and many celebrity appearances, including the kids from the hit show This Is Us entertaining the crowd at the Manhattan Beach Pier.
October 17, 2017
On Friday night, Shade Hotel Redondo Beach, the premier luxury boutique hotel on the forefront of the Redondo Beach Revitalization Project and the second of the Shade brand, celebrated its one-year anniversary. The elegant bash, held in honor of its highly successful first year, was free and open to the public to thank its loyal guests and community.
With a red-carpet arrival and champagne flowing, the affair hosted approximately 650 guests, including Redondo Beach Mayor Bill Brand, and took place on all three levels of the hotel’s fully dedicated events building and included drink specials; a DJ spinning contemporary beats; a live band; prizes; and a complimentary champagne toast for the first 100 guests. Attendees celebrated underneath the stars against a spectacular nighttime marina view.
August 14, 2017
Hosted by the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Southern California Gas, the fourth annual Bite at the Beach took place Saturday, August 12 at the MBS Media Campus in Manhattan Beach.
I’ve attended this food and beer pairing extravaganza every year since its inception and it’s historically attracted a local crowd. While it’s always terrific to run into friends and acquaintances, this year’s attendees came from all over Southern California to sample the impressive array of sips and bites. Of the 700 attendees, I knew only a handful, so word has definitely spread beyond our South Bay borders!
July 26, 2017
Rock & Brews, the energized restaurant and entertainment brand co-founded by rock icons Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS, prevailed over international competition at the 2017 Airport Food and Beverage(FAB) conference in Toronto recently, winning “Bar of the Year” award.
The first airport location for Rock & Brews was introduced at Terminal 5 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in 2013 by Crews, a leader in introducing dynamic restaurant and retail concepts at airports. The winning Rock & Brews is Crews’ second Rock & Brews located at Terminal 1 at LAX. The popular restaurant, which opened in 2016 and generated $11 million in revenue during its first year of operation, offers travelers quality American comfort food at affordable prices, and a full bar that offers broad selection of international and craft beers in an atmosphere that pays tribute to classic rock and roll.
June 20, 2017
Continental Development Corporation announces Apollo Landing, a new three building complex on the Rosecrans corridor that will include six new full-service and fast-casual restaurants. The 13,500 square foot property located at 2171-2191 Rosecrans Avenue in El Segundo is nearly 100 percent leased and is scheduled to open this fall.
“We are excited to introduce additional dining options that will serve companies located in Continental Park and provide even more great choices for the residents in El Segundo, Manhattan Beach and the surrounding cities,” said Richard Lundquist, President of Continental Development Corporation.
June 13, 2017
As if this charming café didn’t already have enough to offer, they’ve just announced they are now serving beer and wine!
Mamma Mia, la vita e’ bella!
To mark the occasion, they’ll be celebrating with a Grand Opening this Father’s Day weekend, Saturday June 17 and Sunday June 18, with 25% off all alcohol purchases.
June 8, 2017
Presented by Friends of Redondo Beach Arts, this exhibition has quickly become one of the foremost art events in the South Bay. Opening Night was an absolute crush, drawing not only featured artists and art patrons, but shop owners, politicians, families, tourists, students, professionals, media and more.
Riviera Village was reminiscent of Times Square on New Year’s Eve (okay, I’m exaggerating just a bit!) with throngs of people descending on Avenue I…. not something you normally see in the Riv!
This sixth annual juried show features 137 contemporary artists in the gallery and 56 artists in the gift shop, with artists hailing from all over the state sharing their creative impressions of life today in California. It should come as no surprise, our insanely talented local artists are well represented!
May 21, 2017
The South Bay offers an abundance of both natural and manufactured recreations for residents and visitors, but no discussion of the area would be complete without mentioning the remarkable chronicles of those magnificent men and their flying machines.
Aviation is an integral component in the history of the South Bay. During and after World War II, the South Bay became home and headquarters to the aerospace industry with all the key players landing here. While the local aviation industry has experienced vast changes and trials over the decades, the relationship is fundamental to the local zeitgeist.
Located in Torrance, the Western Museum of Flight is a non-profit, educational institution dedicated to preserving and displaying aircraft history and artifacts of Southern California’s aviation heritage.
May 11, 2017
The company, currently in NYC, Los Angeles, Miami, Washington DC, and now the South Bay, believes in empowering women by offering beauty services that are customized to their individual needs, anytime, anywhere. South Bay residents can now easily book GLAMSQUAD’s hand-selected and rigorously vetted professionals for a full VIP experience.
May 5, 2017
Owners Andreanna Liguore, Sean Liguore, and Vince Giuliano wanted to add a modern twist to their restaurant’s ambiance and carefully crafted menu since their parents’ and great-grandparents’ restaurants serve traditional Italian cuisine. Their great-grandparents opened Giuliano’s Deli, while their parents started Gaetano’s, both Italian stalwarts of the South Bay.
Bettolino Kitchen delivers strong with homemade pastas and fresh takes on Italian classics, including duck breast risotto and braised veal cheeks.
April 19, 2017
The Los Angeles D-Fenders today unveiled the brand marks for the South Bay Lakers, the future minor league affiliate of the Los Angeles Lakers, featuring primary and secondary emblems. The D-Fenders rebrand will follow the conclusion of the 2016-17 NBA Development League season.
The new primary emblem is inspired by the classic logo of the team’s parent club. It has been reimagined to incorporate the oceanfront views of the region while “South Bay” is adorned across the top, adding subtle but unique twists to the timeless look of one of the NBA’s most prominent brands.
Each of the team’s new marks have been designed to further increase the synchronization between the South Bay Lakers and their parent franchise, while also honoring the community that has been home to the D-League affiliate for more than a decade.
April 17, 2018
When it comes to car shows, there is no doubt the Southland hosts some of the best shows in the country, and the South Bay is the hub of the Southern California car culture!
Car show season is about to get underway, so whether you live near or far, when you want to see some of the most beautiful, unique, rare cars on the west coast, you will definitely want to check out these great shows.
April 6, 2017
Being a part of the South Bay community means showing your love and support for non-profit organizations that give back; Bettolino Kitchen does just that. Owners Vince Giuliano, Sean Liguore, and Andreanna Giuliano-Liguore have implemented a creative way to give back by allowing their employees to donate time to organizations that resonate the essence of what their restaurant stands for.
Bettolino donates an hourly wage of $10 to any employee who volunteers for a local charity, up to $100 a year. Once an employee has completed their volunteer hours, Bettolino will write a check in their employee’s name to donate to a charity of their choice.
April 4, 2017
South Bay Sports, Health and Recreation announced today that the El Segundo Aquatics Center is kicking off the Fill the Pool spring community fundraising initiative to raise $500,000 towards the completion of the world-class facility.
The three-week fundraiser will run from April 4 until April 24, and proceeds are part of the effort to help raise the final $3 million still needed for the project. The facility is scheduled to break ground on Thursday, April 27, where the total from the Fill the Pool fundraiser will be announced.
March 28, 2017
Anyone familiar with my website already knows I’m a big fan of Lucille’s. I’ve dined there regularly since they opened for business and I always bring visiting family and friends in for a meal.
The substantial menu offers something for everyone, the portions are generous, the quality is consistent, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and it’s just a really fun place to eat.
While the menu occasionally features new or seasonal items, I couldn’t imagine the food getting any better. Boy, was I wrong. The brunch dishes I sampled were extraordinary and there is something for every taste profile.