The Long Beach Post is pleased to present the winners of the 2022 Best of Long Beach – chosen entirely by our readers. We received an overwhelming response to this year’s poll: over to 90,000 votes were tallied.

We present to you the top vote-getters in 91 different categories: 91 people, places, and things to do that are the best of our community.

It is a list of winners that are quintessentially Long Beach. Unique to our community, focused on excellence, and committed to making a great city even greater.

Please show your appreciation and support for local businesses by frequenting the winners within this guide. After all, they are the Best of Long Beach!

Arts & Entertainment

From high- to low-brow, opera to street art, symphony hall to dive bar, Long Beach’s arts and entertainment scene is as diverse as the people and groups who help make it a reality.

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Instagram

Shore Doggs

  • IG @shore_doggs
  • 310-303-8947

Paw through this social media feed. Shore Doggs is a reader-trusted dog sitting business in Belmont Shore that caters to caring for your four-legged friends while you’re away. Plus, during their stay, your pet might find themselves pictured in the “pawsitively” adorable and popular @shore_doggs Instagram feed.

Top 5

@shore_doggs
@dogfather360
@sconeage
@lbfoodcoma
@streaming562

Best Place to take Out-of-Town Guests

Fourth Street’s Retro Row

Our readers’ favorite place to bring out-of-towners is Retro Row, a fun and funky stretch of Fourth Street between Cherry and Temple avenues, where there’s a collection of independent businesses specializing in vintage wares. At its hipster heart sits the circa-1924 single-screen Art Theatre, surrounded by an eclectic mix of restaurants, watering holes and stores capitalizing on good, old-fashioned nostalgia.

Top 5

Fourth Street’s Retro Row
Second Street/Belmont Shore
Aquarium of the Pacific
Shoreline Village
Joe Jost’s

Art Gallery

The Dark Art Emporium

  • 256 Elm Ave.
  • 562-612-1118

It’s easy to find beauty in the shadows at The Dark Art Emporium. The fine art gallery and oddity shop is a slightly macabre collection of artworks that range from surrealist paintings to taxidermy, dispelling preconceived notions of what art can be.

Top 5

The Dark Art Emporium
Rancho Los Cerritos
Expo Art Center
MADE by Millworks
Kleefeld Contemporary Museum

Art Collective

POW! WOW! Long Beach

POW! WOW! is a citywide celebration of permanent and professional street art by local and international artists. The concept started in Hawaii and spread its paint to Long Beach in 2015, turning the city into an outdoor museum of murals. Each year for one week, the city is re-energized when the culture surrounding the colorful collective comes alive.

Top 5

POW! WOW! Long Beach
Long Beach Museum of Art
Fair Trade Long Beach Collective
Museum of Latin American Art
Compound

Hip Hop Artist

Snoop Dogg

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D-O-DOUBLE-G! World-renowned Hip-Hop legend Snoop Dogg (Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr.) is one of the most famous, if not the most famous Long Beach native. So it’s no surprise the rapper and entrepreneur is at the top of this list, especially after headlining the 2022 Super Bowl halftime show. With a glass of gin and juice, Snoop, cheers to you.

Top 5

Snoop Dogg
Vince Staples
Riley P.
Huey Briss
Quiz

DJ

Dave Bats

  • IG @releasethebatsclub

Known for introducing Release the Bats, Long Beach’s longest-running club night and SoCal’s most popular death-rock goth event to the world, DJ Dave Bats is Long Beach’s musical pick. Follow him on Instagram for booking information and upcoming event details.

Top 5

Dave Bats
DJ Ani (Anibal Muñeton)
DJ Wes Hannin’
DJ Gary
DJ Dennis Owens

Artist (Fine Arts)

@sincerelysam_lb

  • IG @sincerelysam_lb

You may have noticed Sam’s hand-drawn artwork at one of your favorite
coffee spots. Pieces from “The Coffee Collection of LBC” are available for
purchase at Wolf’s Brew, CoffeeDrunk, Black Ring and Commodity. Keep
your eye out for her LBC-inspired car prints as well.

 

Top 5

@sincerelysam_lb
Cody Lusby
Juan Gonzalez – Custom Leather Tooling
Lainey Atwood
Happily Bearded After – Photography

Local Band / Singer

Riley P & The Regulars

Riley Parker, local singer and guitarist of the reggae, ska and punk band Riley P. & the Regulars, is Long Beach’s posthumous pick for favorite musician. In December, 2021, the band announced on Instagram that he had passed away.

Top 5

Riley P. & The Regulars
Joey Naz
Fartbarf
Knyght Ryder
Levi Greenberg

TikTok

The DogFather @dogfather360

Not only is DogFather Dog Institute’s TikTok informative, but it’s also “pawsitively” adorable. Whether you’re looking for some helpful tips for you and your pup, such as using command words or enforcing curb boundaries, or you just love cute dog content (and who doesn’t?) this dog training school’s TikTok feed is sure to leave you thoroughly entertained.

Top 5

@dogfather360
@shore_doggs
@aquariumPacific
@longBeachPost
@lvccpreschool

Museum

Long Beach Museum of Art

  • 2300 E. Ocean Blvd.
  • 562-439-2119
  • lbma.org

The first stop on any museum-lover’s tour of Long Beach is the Long Beach Museum of Art, perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The municipal art center is housed in a historic 1911 Elizabeth Milbank Anderson House designated as a museum in 1957. It flaunts a permanent collection of more than 3,200 works, including an outdoor sculpture garden.

Top 5

Long Beach Museum of Art
Museum of Latin American Art
Outer Limits Tattoo and Museum
Historical Society of Long Beach
Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum

Performing Arts Group

International City Theatre

Long Beach is the proud home of International City Theatre, a professional theater company and distinguished cultural treasure. Better known simply as ICT, the award-winning company established in 1985 takes the stage with five live Broadway-quality shows a year—as well as youth educational productions—in the Beverly O’Neill Theater.

Top 5

International City Theatre
Musical Theatre West
Long Beach Playhouse
Harvelle’s Long Beach
Long Beach Symphony

Best Place to Take the Kids

Aquarium of the Pacific

More than 11,000 fascinating creatures—from starfish to sharks—live at the Aquarium of the Pacific, including some land-based animals such as penguins and lorikeets. The aquarium’s exhibits offer a rare opportunity for people of all ages, especially kids, to learn about Pacific Ocean environments and see
(sometimes even touch) underwater animals up close.

Top 5

Aquarium of the Pacific
El Dorado Nature Center
Semillitas Learning Community
Mother’s Beach
Long Beach Touch-A-Truck

Record Shop

Fingerprints Music

Fingerprints is a nationally acclaimed independent record store in the East Village Arts District. Essentially, it’s an 8,000 square-foot museum-quality shrine to all things music and pop culture, with a carefully curated selection that goes far beyond vinyl. Plus, the space doubles as an intimate performance venue.

Top 5

Fingerprints
Third Eye Records
VIP Records
Twelves
The Record Box

Photographer

Paula Barron Photography

While terrific at not only getting a beautiful shot, usually in some beautiful place at just the most beautiful time, Barron’s real secret to success seems to be her ability to marry utmost professionalism with a patient, human touch that earns the trust of her subjects, allowing her to capture beautifully what lies within. As reader Shannon W. put it: “She captures the world beautifully through her lens.”

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Food & Drink

The culinary scene in Long Beach is certainly not what it was ten years ago—and that’s a great thing. Quality and creativity have forced gastronomy-centric businesses to up their game in a way that has entirely altered the way our city looks at food and drinks.

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Boba

Loose Leaf Boba Company

Loose Leaf owners Jasmine Yip and Thomas Liu fell in love with boba and each other, marrying and having two kids while growing a business concept that breaks all the rules of traditional boba shops. They don’t use artificial powders and syrups, instead sourcing the best milk, fresh fruit and real sugar for their original drinks.

Top 5

Loose Leaf Boba
Cha for Tea
Ding Tea
Boba Guys
Tastea

Ice Cream

Long Beach Creamery

Long Beach Creamery owner Dina Amadril began her work out of her home in 2013, hosting a small tasting with a few strangers sampling a dozen flavors. Little did she know those first tastes of Lord Windsor Coffee, Biscuits & Jam, Madagascar Vanilla, and Goat Cheese Whiskey Fig were only the humble beginnings of what’s now a local ice cream empire.

Top 5

Long Beach Creamery
Handel’s
Thrifty
La Michoacana
Hug Life

Falafel

The HipPea

The fresh, made-in-house, gluten-free savory and sweet flavored falafel— made from chickpeas—at The HipPea is an old and secret family recipe. Oh, and it’s so good paired with the tiny café’s tahini, amba, shatta, hummus, crispy fries, Israeli-style pita and chickpea chocolate chip cookie. As they say at The HipPea, it’s a taste of “Peas, Love & Happiness.”

Top 5

The Hippea
Open Sesame
George’s Greek Cafe
AMMATOLI mediterranean bites
Gypsy’s Persian Grill

Best Signature Dish in Long Beach

Dean’s Thai Curry Pizza

The best signature dish in town can be found at the mom-and-pop Thai Curry Pizza & Thai Cuisine. Dean’s Thai Curry Pizza is a unique pie generously topped with fresh curry sauce, basil, onions, bell peppers and either chicken or tofu. And, don’t stop there, the little restaurant has more irresistible offerings, including other pizzas and Thai food.

Top 5

Thai Curry Pizza at Dean’s Pizza
Fig and Pig Flatbread at Wine on 2nd
Joe’s Special at Joe Jost’s
Butter Cake at Nick’s
Baby Back Ribs at Naples Rib Company

Patio Dining

Claire’s at the Museum

  • 2300 E. Ocean Blvd.
  • 562-439-2119
  • lbma.org

Claire’s—named after Claire Falkenstein’s water sculpture “Structure and Flow”—is a picturesque restaurant perched on a cliff in the stunning outdoor sculpture garden of the Long Beach Museum of Art. Diners enjoy artfully crafted seasonal fare and unobstructed views of the Queen Mary and Catalina Island.

Top 5

Claire’s at The Museum
Schooner or Later
Ubuntu
Boathouse on the Bay
Belmont Brewing Company

Pizza

Little Coyote

With hand-stretched, foldable thin crust like you’d find in New York, Little Coyote’s take-out pizzeria is making a big name for itself on Fourth Street’s Retro Row and beyond, having recently expanded to include a fresh location at 3500 Los Coyotes Diagonal. The White Pizza— with spinach, ricotta, garlic, mozzarella, Calabrian chili peppers and white sauce—is a customer favorite.

Top 5

Little Coyote
The 4th Horseman
Santa Fe Importers
Thai Curry Pizza
Canadian Pizza

Tacos

Taqueria La Mexicana

  • 3270 E. Fourth St.
  • 562-433-6389

Taqueria La Mexicana specializes in simple, satisfying and incredibly delicious tacos filled with carne asada, pollo, lengua and other authentic flavors. The mural-covered restaurant is popular, with a wait at peak times, but the food is worth it. Still hungry? There’s a another Taqueria La Mexicana location in Long Beach at 1901 E. Carson St.

Top 5

Taqueria La Mexicana – Fourth Street
Baja Sonora
Hole Mole
Super Mex
La Taqueria Brand

Caterer

Chef Louise’s Catering

Foodies agree, Executive Chef Louise Solzman is the best caterer in Long Beach. Solzman, who hails from the U.K. and worked aboard the cruise ship M.S. Crystal Harmony, crafts cuisine inspired by her worldly tastes and travels. The award-winning chef specializes in boutique catering, prix fixe dining, cooking demonstrations and wine cruises.

Top 5

Chef Louise’s Catering
Olives Gourmet Grocer
Santa Fe Importers
Taco Shore Taco Bus
Primal Alchemy

Sushi

Sushi Mafia

Sushi Mafia in the East Village is a much-loved local eatery. The restaurant features a variety of traditional and westernized Japanese foods, including sushi, sashimi, rolls, teriyaki, tempura, ramen and more. Those looking for a real feast should order the “Queen Mary,” a wooden boat filled with various forms of sushi “passengers” selected by the chef.

Top 5

Sushi Mafia
Kihon
Sushi on Fire
39 Degrees
@Sushi

Vegan Restaurant

Seabirds Kitchen

Seabirds Kitchen is soaring past the traditional boundaries of vegan cuisine. Since starting the business from a food truck in 2010, Seabirds has expanded to serve really good food from its top-notch spot in Long Beach’s East Village. Expect scratch-made cuisine crafted using seasonal produce, unique flavor combinations and creative techniques.

Top 5

Seabirds
Wild Chive
Hungry Angelina’s
Plant Power
Grain Cafe

Wine Bar

Wine on 2nd

In Naples, Wine on 2nd is a family-owned bar with more than 40 varieties sold by the glass or bottle, plus small bites, flatbreads, cheeses, bruschetta, desserts and other cuisine that pairs nicely with fermented grapes. The neighborhood business invites customers to enjoy special deals on Wine Wednesdays, monthly wine classes, weekend brunches and occasional four-course wine pairing dinners.

Top 5

Wine on 2nd
District Wine
Art du Vin
Willmore Wine Bar
4th Street Vine

Noodles

HiroNori Craft Ramen

HiroNori Ramen calls its tonkotsu, shoyu and vegan ramen options the best in California, and our Long Beach readers are backing up that claim locally. More than 15 years of authentic Japanese passion and culinary experience culminates into every spoonful of house-made noodles, stock and sauce. Sake and other alcoholic beverages also are offered at HiroNori, as well as mochi.

Top 5

HiroNori Craft Ramen
Jounetsu Ramen
Phnom Penh Noodle Shack
Silverlake Ramen
Ramen Hub

Comfort Food

Jongewaard’s Bake-N-Broil

Since 1965, this family-owned classic American restaurant in Bixby Knolls has been a favorite for all of Long Beach. Locals know it’s worth the wait in line during peak hours. For comfort food, we recommend the pot roast sandwich, or, if you’re lucky, the chicken pot pie “while they last,” warns the menu. Be sure to save room for Bake N Broil’s top-notch desserts, especially the pies.

Top 5

Jongewaard’s Bake N Broil
The Attic
Pho Hong Phat
Hof’s Hut
Naples Rib Company

Dessert Spot

Long Beach Creamery

Reigning ice cream queen Dina Amadril keeps her crown another year—no surprise. Long Beach Creamery, Amadril’s local frozen empire scoops out delightful signature flavors such as Goat Cheese Whiskey Fig and Sweet Summer Corn. Besides Bixby Knolls, there are two other locations, including shops in Downtown Long Beach and Bellflower.

Top 5

Long Beach Creamery
Sweet Jill’s
Jongewaard’s Bake N Broil
Pie Bar
SomiSomi

Dive Bar

Port City Tavern

The nautical-themed Port City Tavern invites you to dive into hand-crafted, Instagram-worthy cocktails, a carefully curated selection of beers and wines, plus excellent food—including small bites, pizza, sandwiches, burgers and tacos. The prices are exceptionally reasonable, especially on Taco Tuesdays and during regular happy hour. Plus, there are pool tables and entertainment such as Mario Kart racing and karaoke.

Top 5

Port City Tavern
Joe Jost
The V Room
The Silver Fox
Roxanne’s

Donut Shop

Simone’s Donuts

  • 6400 E Stearns St
  • 562-493-4104
  • IG @simonsdonuts

There’s a donut shop on every other corner in Long Beach, so when you’re named the best of the best, that’s a real doughnut-hole in one. Serving up fried carbs-n-sugar 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Simone’s is a go-to for classic doughnuts.

Top 5

Simone’s
Knead Donuts
Granny’s Donuts
Broadway Donuts
Devi’s

Steakhouse

555 East American Steakhouse

Maybe a more vicious battle would have been for second-best, because award-winning 555 East consistently smokes out the compeition when it comes to top-notch USDA Prime beef offerings—everything from petite filet mignon medallions to Flinstonian porterhouses.

Top 5

555 East American Steakhouse
Wood and Salt
Prospector
Queensview Steakhouse
Naples Rib Company

Takeout

Olives Gourmet Grocer

With a deli counter stuffed with goodies, as well as handcrafted sandwiches and friendly to-go meals, Olives Gourmet Grocer is take-out heaven. Owned by partners Laurie Semon and Erin O’Hagan, who have more than 30 years of experience in the food industry, they specialize in fresh, locally-curated ingredients—including, yes, olives—and other artisan pantry staples, including handpicked beers and wine.

Top 5

Olives Gourmet Grocer
Sura Korean BBQ & Tofu House
Rascal’s
Lola’s Mexican Cuisine
John’s Hamburgers

Food Truck

Kogi Korean BBQ Truck

What started off as one truck stationed outside a Hollywood club in 2008, has grown to include four mobile foodie havens rolling through Los Angeles and Orange counties. In an ode to Los Angeles and street food culture, Chef Roy Choi’s locally world-famous short rib taco can’t be missed, but you can’t go wrong with any of Kogi’s flavorful offerings.

Top 5

Kogi Korean BBQ Truck
NGHBRS Kitchen
Savage Tacos
Hibachi Queens
Gone Loco!

Happy Hour

Lola’s Mexican Cuisine

For happy hour our readers go to Lola’s Mexican Cuisine in Bixby Knolls or the original Retro Row location at 2030 E. Fourth St. Guests between 3 and 6 p.m. weekdays will enjoy high-quality cuisine and cocktails during those times priced $10 or less. Taco Tuesdays are an even better deal, with tacos for $3 and margaritas for $6.

Top 5

Lola’s Mexican Cuisine
The Bamboo Club
The 4th Horseman
District Wine
Yard House

Pie

The Pie Bar

Baking for as long as she can remember, using family recipes—including her mom’s buttery, flaky pie crust—entrepreneur Laurie Gray makes the best pies around. The sweet treats—available at The Pie Bar by the slice, as whole pies or in small jars—are made by hand using fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Top 5

Pie Bar
Jongewaard’s Bake N Broil
Polly’s
Hof’s Hut

Breakfast Burrito

Ma N’ Pa Grocery

  • 346 Roycroft Ave.
  • 562-438-4084
  • IG @manpagrocery

This quaint market—at the heart of the Belmont Heights residential neighborhood—has the best breakfast burritos around, plus a little bit of everything: an assortment of locally-produced and artisanal food, a deli,
catering service and even a few chairs for seating if you’re so-inclined. It is a true local gem.

Top 5

Ma N’ Pa Grocery
Nick’s
Jerry’s Breakfast Place
Tito’s (Fourth Street)
Black Bird Cafe

Brewery

Steady Brewing

  • 2950 Clark Ave.
  • 562-928-4046
  • IG @steadybrewing

The beer buzz is all about Steady Brewing, or Steady Brew Beer Co. The local nano brewer’s craft beer tasting lounge, a popular watering hole and live music venue, is a favorite hangout amongst the Long Beach Post’s hop-loving readers.

Top 5

Steady Brewing
Belmont Brewing Company
Beachwood BBQ Brewing
Ballast Point
Trademark Brewing

Brunch

The Attic

Taking over Lasher’s——one of the city’s longest-running restaurants and one which re-opened in Belmont Shore——The Attic has since become a brunching institution thanks to its ability to host multiple large groups and a patio space that is perfect for enjoying the sun and the restaurant’s absurdly decadent Bloody Mary menu.

Burger

MVP’s

  • 5484 E. Stearns St. & Multiple Other Locations
  • 562-494-3555
  • IG @_mvpsgrillandpatio

MVP’s is the most valuable burger player in town. Oscar Barajas and Fernando Lule opened the first MVP’s in the late 1990s, and have been serving giant, delicious burgers (as well as sandwiches and hot dogs) ever
since at their series of family-owned, sports-themed, fast-casual restaurants.

Top 5

MVP’s
In-N-Out
Crack
Dave’s Burger
Plant Power

Coffee Shop

CoffeeDrunk

CoffeeDrunk owners Breezy and Matthew Church believe making a quality product is as much about preparation as it is about the raw ingredients. Their goal for the community coffee shop is to create a memorable experience with specialty brews such as iced espressos shaken with maple and brown sugar, espresso tonics, classic lattes and even vegan and non-vegan bites.

Top 5

CoffeeDrunk
Wide Eyes Open Palms
Portfolio
Rose Park Roasters
Aroma di Roma

Agua Fresca / Juice

Salud Juice

The name is so much more than a salutation at Salud, where the juice bar’s smoothies and superfood lattes accompany locally-sourced, organic snacks. The homegrown business run by entrepreneur Angela Keen,
focuses on efficient, nutrient-dense alternatives to everyday fast-food. In other words, Salud says “cheers to your health” with every purchase.

Top 5

Salud Juice
Rainbow Juice
La Michoacana
Juice Lab
Aguas Way

Romantic Restaurant

Michael’s on Naples

For date night, make a reservation at Michael’s on Naples. Whether you’re looking for intimate, candlelit indoor table or a couple of seats on restaurant’s magnificent rooftop patio, it doesn’t get more romantic than a restaurant in the heart of Long Beach’s Italian-inspired Naples Islands. Plus, the Zagat-rated cuisine is paired with one incredible wine list.

Top 5

Michael’s on Naples
L’Opera
Parker’s Lighthouse
Cafe Gazelle
Boathouse On The Bay

Bakery

Sconeage Bakery

“Everybody must get sconed,” they say at Sconeage. A family-owned business that’s been baking in Long Beach since 1990, Sconeage’s scones, granola and cookies are popular sellers at farmer’s markets (visit their booth at Marina Pacifica on Sundays and Marine Stadium on Wednesdays) and local grocery stores.

Top 5

Sconeage Bakery
Gusto Bread
Sweet Jills
Colossus Bakery
Jongewaard’s Bake N Broil

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People

They could be your neighbor, running partner or book club buddy. But what these folks do on a day-to-day basis for their community is how the vast majority of Long Beach citizens are able to get through their weeks with less stress and a little more love.

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Therapist

Rose Junie

Rose Junie Therapy, founded by first-generation Filipino-American Junie Abito, offers evidence-based and culturally-centered psychotherapy to individuals, couples and youth, also providing specializations such as Sand Play Therapy and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). While insurance is currently not accepted, sliding scale is available upon request, and free 20-minute consultations are available.

Top 5

Rose Junie Therapy
Craig Kain
Soul Vision Healing Center
Anibal Muneton
Jonathan Brady

Doctor

Dr. Kimberly Ann Arsi

Certified in family medicine, Dr. Kimberly Ann Arsi earned her a medical degree from Western University Health Sciences and completed her residency at the Pacific Hospital of Long Beach. Patients at Optum California recognize the experienced doctor for her compassionate care.

Top 5

Dr. Kimberly Arsi
Dr. Anh Pham
Dr. Marvin Zamost
Dr. James Norcross
Dr. Stephanie Green

Real Estate Agent

Michelle Tumanjan

Raised in the South Bay and a Cal State Long Beach alum, Michelle Tumanjan is an expert on Long Beach and SoCal real estate. With a decade of experience, she is praised for her negotiation skills and for always looking out for her clients’ best interests with honesty and integrity.

Top 5

Michelle Tumanjan
Kathy Perez
Erik Hayhurst
Antonella Schaub
John Valdez

Teacher

Mrs. Shields

The students at Burcham Elementary rallied to vote for their favorite, Mrs. Julie Shields, a fourth grade GATE teacher. A teacher for more than three decades, she’s known for going above and beyond to help her students learn, especially during the pandemic when she established an at-home classroom for virtual learning.

Top 5

Mrs. Shields
Krista Wilder
Wendy Becker
Tony Damico
Kendra Cogert

Veterinarian

Cats & Dogs Animal Hospital

The “pawsome” veterinarians at Cats & Dogs Animal Hospital run a well-established, full-service small animal veterinary hospital that provides comprehensive medical, surgical, acupuncture and dental care for you furry, feathered and scaled best friend. Cats & Dogs also offers mobile service.

TOP 5

Cats & Dogs Animal Hospital
Bixby Animal Clinic
Primary Care Animal Hospital
Primary Care Animal Hospital Bixby Knolls
Belmont Shore Veterinary Hospital

Tattoo Artist

Lauren Potts

Long Beach-based tattoo artist Lauren Potts specializes in bold and illustrative ink, putting a permanent mark on customers since 2019 in the form of botanicals, animals and other nature-themed works of art. Potts, who has a bachelor’s degree in studio art, works from her own private studio, where she is recognized for making her clients feel heard, comfortable and appreciated.

Top 5

Lauren Potts
Kari Barba
Joy Shannon
Ben Fitzgerald
Chelsea Jane

Attorney

Lee Sherman

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As his firm’s founding partner, Long Beach native Lee Sherman is sought out by clients around the country for his expertise in labor and employment law, class action litigation, entertainment law, nonprofit and religious institution litigation, and catastrophic personal injury. Colleagues regard him as sharp, thoughtful and results-oriented.

Top 5

Lee Sherman
Gabriella Saller
Matthew Horeczko
Doug Otto
Skip Keesal

Chiropractor

SOHMA Integrative Health Center

SOHMA supports healing in a holistic way, combining Eastern and Western medicinal practices. Established in 2014, the health center takes drugs and surgeries out of the equation in favor of medical tai chi and ancient wisdom. Specialties include treatment following car accidents and personal injuries, always with the goal of leading patients from pain to balance.

Top 5

SOHMA Integrative Health Center
Apex Chiropractic LB
Captanis Chiropractic &
Wellness Center
IMPACT Chiropractic
Bob the Chiropractor

Civil Servant

Suzie Price

Third District Councilwoman Suzie Price, who is running for mayor, was first elected to the City Council in 2014. She’s also a Senior Deputy District Attorney and small business owner, whose entrance into politics began with the drive to build a neighborhood crosswalk. She’s lived in Long Beach for more than 20 years, raising two boys with her husband.

Top 5

Suzie Price
Robert Garcia
Alan Lowenthal
Betty Forgacs
Rex Richardson

Team Coach

Earl McCullouch Jr.

Long Beach Poly alum and former Long Beach Lions player Earl McCullouch Jr. is known for being more than a coach to his LBUSD middle school football, track and soccer athletes—he’s a mentor as well. He also coaches Long Beach Hoops After Dark, a free basketball youth academy, always focused on leading youth towards a path of positivity.

Top 5

Earl McCulloch
CJ Brewer
Tony Marinho
Eric Berg
Brian Stepp

Community Leader

Taryn Williams

An advocate for the formerly incarcerated, former foster youth, and Jewish communities, Taryn Williams battled homelessness and addiction before receiving the President’s Scholarship at CSULB. Now pursuing her doctorate degree and researching the labor market experiences of formerly incarcerated, this mom of two has held numerous volunteer positions throughout Long Beach and is constantly working to better the community.

Top 5

Taryn Williams
Justin Rudd
Brian Addison
Blair Cohn
Hali Wolf

Dentist

Dr. Troy Ha

Our readers trust their smiles to Dr. Troy Ha, who has provided the community with quality dental care for more than 20 years. The dentist is also a Long Beach Health and Human Services Commissioner and a former faculty member at the USC School of Dentistry. There’s good reason readers voted for him as the best in the business.

Top 5

Dr. Troy Ha
Dr. Bonnie Bateman
Emigh Dental
Dr. John Cho
Dr. Chris Russell

Dermatologist

Dr. James Wu

Dr. James Wu brings a wealth of experience to caring for your skin, whether you’re in search of medical, surgical or cosmetic dermatologic services. A graduate of Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center, where he served as chief dermatology resident, his expertise includes skin cancer prevention and treatment, acne, eczema, psoriasis and many other conditions.

Top 5

Dr. James Wu
Dr. Bryna Kane
Comprehensive Dermatology
Dr. Heller
Laser Skin Care Center

Contractor

Hendrix Painting

Established in 1990, Hendrix Painting is a family-owned and operated company offering a variety of customizable home improvement services, including painting, stucco, drywall repair and much more. Whether you’re looking for a complete home makeover or a few touch-ups, Hendrix Painting is there to provide fair pricing and outstanding results.

Top 5

Hendrix Painting
Beachy Waves Construction
Sharon Peters
5th Generation Construction
Jeff Outten

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Places & Services

We entrust them with our loyalty and money while they provide us their professional services and spaces in return—services and spaces, mind you, that brighten our communities and organize our lives.

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Senior Home Care Provider

Bella Palms Senior Wellness Homes

Through its three different locations, Bella Palms offers individualized care that always strives to make its residents feel supported and at home. Amenities include nutritious, homecooked meals, housekeeping, laundry service, medication management and more. Residents also enjoy a full social calendar including art, fitness, pet therapy and karaoke.

Top 5

Bella Palms Senior Wellness Homes
Crofton Manor
Cambrian Homecare
Anchor HomeSupport
Keen Home Care

Adult Store

Romantix

Discover perfect pleasure pairings at Romantix, a national chain with an intimate Long Beach location in the Alamitos Beach neighborhood. The adult boutique for all genders and orientations sells lubricants, lingerie, sex toys, novelties and more from friendly and knowledgeable salespeople.

Top 5

Romantix
Lovers on Broadway
Love Stuff
Temporary Satisfaction
Purple Onion

Credit Union

LBS Financial Credit Union

  • 4436 Atlantic Ave. & Multiple Other Locations
  • 562-598-9007
  • lbsfcu.org

LBS is a member-only institution with multiple convenient locations in Long Beach. Founded in 1935, it started as a teacher-run credit union—at one point operating out of a Wilson High School classroom—that has grown into one of the healthiest credit unions in the country over the last five years.

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LBS Financial Credit Union
Schools First FCU
Southland Credit Union
Orange County Credit Union
Navy Federal Credit Union

Gym

Self Made Training Facility

  • 117 W. Fifth St.

A 9,000-square-foot gym with top-of-the-line equipment, Self Made specializes in personal training, with more than 50 experienced trainers to choose from. It’s open to clients of all fitness levels and offers a variety of disciplines, from yoga and meditation to mixed martial arts.

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Self Made Long Beach
The Belmont Athletic Club
Guv’nors Boxing Club
Alpert Jewish Community Center
Metcon Long Beach

Skate Shop

Long Beach Skate

Helping new and seasoned skateboarders since 2010, the pros on staff at Long Beach Skate help customers build completely custom skateboards and dress the part with clothing and accessories. If you’re even thinking about stepping onto a skateboard, Long Beach Skate should be your first stop.

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Long Beach Skate
Pigeon’s
Pharmacy

Spa

Healing Hands Spa Services

Healing Hands is the perfect place to unwind, relax and forget about your troubles. Customers revere the professional, therapeutic and relaxing atmosphere, with massage therapy and other spa services available. massage therapy we offer to find the right one for you.

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Healing Hands Massage
DYLightful Skincare
Spa Sydney
Facials by Devin at
The Powder Room
Sanctuary Spa

Preschool

Lakewood Village Community Church Nursery School

Preschool can change a child’s future, and our readers trust those futures will be bright when they enroll their kids at Lakewood Village Community Church’s private, state-licensed Christian nursery school. The learning environment fosters positive self-esteem and development of the whole child, socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically.

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Lakewood Village Community Church Nursery School
Semillitas Learning Community
Little Owl
Precious Lamb Preschool
Bayshore Co-Op

Tattoo Shop

Outer Limits Tattoo & Museum

Get a tattoo at the same shop your grandfather did, and probably your grandchildren will too, at Outer Limits. The oldest tattoo shop in the country has permanently decorated skin on sailors and landlubbers alike since it first opened in 1902 at The Pike. Today, the shop and museum features top-tier work from world-class artists.

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Outer Limits Tattoo
Paper Crane Studio
Port City Tattoo
Breakwater Tattoo
Somatic

Threading Studio

Brow Heaven Threading Studio

No need to raise a bushy eyebrow, you can trust Brow Heaven with even the unruliest hairs. Whether you’re looking for threading, waxing, eyelash extensions, facials or Reiki healing, Brow Heaven prides itself on taking quality care of both you and your brows.

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Brow Heaven Threading
Studio
My Perfect Brows
Rita’s Threading
Brows by Val

Nail Salon

Polish’d Nail Spa

  • 6261 E. Spring St.
  • 562-425-2252

Specializing in acrylics, gel manicures, dipping powders and designs, Polish’d in the Lakewood Plaza Marketplace has been beautifying customers since 2019, even offering facials, waxing and massages. Customers say their manicures are long-lasting, reasonably priced, and Polish’d “nails it” when it comes to bringing a design idea to life.

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Polish’d Nail Salon
Kiwi Nail Lounge
Euca Beauty Lounge
Gem Nail Bar
Holly and Hudson

Healthcare Facility

SOHMA Integrative Health Center

Long Beach residents are turning to SOHMA for their holistic healthcare needs. For the past eight years, the facility has offered a combination of Eastern and Western medical practices, nixing drugs and surgeries. Leading patients away from pain through ancient practices such as medical tai chi is a specialty at SOHMA, particularly for those recovering from injuries.

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SOHMA Integrative Health Center
MemorialCare
Planned Parenthood
Optum Long Beach Family
Kaiser Permanente

Garden

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

A meditative public oasis on the western end of the Cal State Long Beach campus, the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden invites you to sit and stay awhile overlooking a pond full of koi, tea house, rock garden, graceful bridges, blooming flowers and lush landscaping. It’s not only great for introspection and serenity, but also weddings and social gatherings.

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Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden
Long Beach Community Garden
Sowing Seeds of Change
Rancho Los Cerritos
Long Beach Organic

Yoga

Nicole Bushong

  • IG @nicolebushong
  • 623-213-5803

A certified yoga instructor, personal trainer, nutritionist and Reiki practitioner, Nicole Bushong likes to say, “Movement is medicine.” Our readers know she’s the best in the city for yoga instruction, and you can follow her on Instagram @nicolebushong for details about how to join her for yoga at Alamitos Beach as well as other events or individual sessions.

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Nicole Bushong
Yoga on the Bluff
Free Yoga on the Beach
Purple Yoga
RA Yoga

Car Wash

Coast Hand Car Wash & Detail Center

Roll into Coast Hand Car Wash & Detail Center, a one-stop-shop for making your car sparkle like it’s brand new. Full-service car washes start at $22.99 and detailing ranges from $94.99 to $109.99, with monthly memberships available. The rinse water is recycled and reused, making your visit environmentally friendly while leaving your car squeaky clean.

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Coast Hand Car Wash & Detail Center
Chevron on 7th Street
LBC Car Wash on Lakewood
Circle Marina Car Wash
Bixby Knolls Car Wash

Barber Shop

American Vintage Barber Shop

A trusted Belmont Shore neighborhood barbershop for more than a decade, American Vintage specializes in timeless cuts and shaves that help customers look their best for every occasion. The cozy shop just off the Second Street thoroughfare invites guests for a grooming experience that includes an ice-cold beer and a few games of pool.

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American Vintage Barber Shop
Scissor Hands
Black Sheep
Syndicate
Freebirds

Hair Salon

Beachy Waves Salon

Ever since Beachy Waves Salon opened last year, readers haven’t been able to get enough. With breezy haircuts starting at $85 and a whole range of services offered, customers say they always feel pampered and welcomed, and that the SoCal salon leaves them with hair that shines.

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Beachy Waves Salon
Scissorhands
Freebirds
Black Sheep Salon
Salon Wire

Bank

Farmers & Merchants Bank

  • 302 Pine Ave. & Multiple Other Locations
  • 562-437-0011
  • fmb.com

Farmers & Merchants Bank is a community bank and fifth-generation family business celebrating more than a century in operation, with six locations in Long Beach alone. Founder C.J. Walker opened the bank in 1907, and it’s kept up with changing times, today offering top-tier technology for secure and convenient service.

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Farmers & Merchants Bank
Union Bank
Chase Bank
Bank of America
First Bank

Boutique

Fair Trade Long Beach

Fair Trade Long Beach is a retail collective of ethical business owners who advocate and work to increase the availability of fair trade products throughout the world. Everything in the store is fair trade certified, which means you can feel good about what you buy because fair prices are paid to the producers of the store’s sustainable products.

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Fair Trade Long Beach
Retail Collective
Blue Windows
Hobo Jane
Twig & Willow
Lil Devils

Bicycle Shop

The Bicycle Stand

The Bicycle Stand makes pedaling through town a breeze. The family-owned business, focused on refurbishing classic bikes, is equal parts lifestyle boutique and two-wheel restoration service shop. Whether you’re a fixed-gear cyclist, a relaxed cruiser, or someone who sets their pace somewhere in between, you’ll enjoy this independent store that’s helping pave the way for a flourishing citywide bike culture.

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The Bicycle Stand
JAX
My Bicycle
Bike Your Way
Urban Cycling

Antique Store

Goods on Orange

Our readers think you’ll find what you’ve been looking for at Goods on Orange. The fun and funky throwback store is chockablock with vintage goods—plus plants and items inspired by bygone days. What you’ll discover on the shelves, from clothing to housewares, isn’t going out of style anytime soon.

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Goods on Orange
Urban Americana
Magnolia & Willow
Long Beach Vintage Etc
Long Beach Antique

Dispensary

Haven

On the corner of Redondo Avenue and Fourth Street, with additional locations Downtown and in the Los Alamitos neighborhood, HAVEN cannabis dispensary offers a welcoming and comfortable experience for medical or recreational needs. The company also offers pick-up and delivery services.

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Haven
The Circle
Catalyst
King’s Crew
The Lift

Hotel

Hotel Maya

The Latin-American-inspired Hotel Maya offers guests spectacular views of the bay and the city skyline. The 199-room resort boasts 14 acres of lush grounds dotted with some 500 palm trees, a massive man-made beach, fire pits and a boat dock. It’s a favorite staycation spot for locals, and there’s fine al fresco dining and tequila at the hotel’s Fuego restaurant.

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Hotel Maya
Westin
Long Beach Marriott
Residence Inn Marriott
The Renaissance

Landscaper

Star Landscape & Exterior Design

In case you haven’t heard, California is in a drought, but you can count your lucky stars that Star Landscape & Exterior Design is here to transform your yard into an oasis with drought-tolerant design. Every aspect from amending soil to installing each plant is handled with care and for the good of the Earth.

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Star Landscape & Exterior Designs
Growing Leaf
Michael D. McIver
LB Holistic Tree
Chito Villanuevos

Lash Bar

Enhanced by Vee

Not only is Enhanced by Vee the place to give your lashes some extra oomph, but services such as ombre brows, teeth whitening and tooth gems are also offered. Clients always know they’ll receive professional service and feel comfortable throughout the entire process, and that they’ll walk out the door feeling extra gorgeous.

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Enhanced by Vee
Long Beach Lash & Brow
Lash Lounge
At The Powder Room
Brow Heaven

Non-Profit

The Little Lion Foundation

Our cat-loving readers say the most “purr-fect” nonprofit in Long Beach is The Little Lion Foundation, which fights for orphaned neonatal and special needs kittens through rescue and advocacy. Because “every cat deserves to roar,” the all-volunteer organization operates a nursery dedicated to saving about 500 kitties annually whose lives would otherwise have ended at a traditional animal shelter.

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The Little Lion Foundation
His Little Feet
Long Beach Public Library
Foundation
Helen Sanders CatPAWS
Heart of Ida

Thrift Shop

Out of the Closet

Painted bright pink and practically impossible to miss while taking a drive down PCH, Out of the Closet is a thrift store any seasoned thrifter knows not to pass over. The attention to detail the staff put into selecting and organizing their donations is evident from their spick-and-span establisment down to their rainbow color-coordinated clothing racks. Besides providing Long Beach thrifters with a dependable shopping high, Out of the Closet offers free HIV testing to anyone in need while giving back 96 cents out of every dollar profits to the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s HIV/AIDS programs and services in the U.S.

Wedding Venue

Long Beach Museum of Art

  • 2300 E. Ocean Blvd.
  • 562-439-2119
  • lbma.org

There’s no place better to say “I do” than at the Long Beach Museum of Art, perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The municipal art center is housed in a historic 1911 Elizabeth Milbank Anderson House that overlooks the Pacific Ocean from the bluff and is surrounded by an elaborate sculpture garden.

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Long Beach Museum of Art
Earl Burns Japanese Gardens
The Reef
The Urban Farm
Rancho Los Cerritos

Thrift Shop

Assistance League Thrift & Vintage

Capitalizing on nostalgia, and shoppers looking for bargains, the circa-1991Assistance League shop on Retro Row is at the heart of the funky vintage shopping district on Fourth Street. Proceeds from the donated items help a good cause, benefitting the Assistance League of Long Beach’s vital community programs for children.

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Assistance League Thrift Shop
Out of the Closet
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Clark & Atherton Mercantile
Meow

Skate Park

El Dorado Skatepark

  • 2800 Studebaker Road
  • 562-570-3100

With skateboards, bikes and scooters performing tricks, El Dorado Skatepark is loaded with rails and ledges, plus a couple of bowls, pyramids and quarter pipes. Built in 2000 by designer Purkiss-Rose, the 12,000-square-foot concrete area is popular for all ages and skill levels.

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El Dorado Skatepark
Bixby-Cherry
Lincoln Park
Michael K Greene
City Council Chambers

Grocery Store

Trader Joe’s

  • 4210 Long Beach Blvd. (multiple locations)
  • 562-422-1020
  • traderjoes.com

Long Beach has three Trader Joe’s within its borders, and we could definitely use a few more of these neighborhood grocery stores. Filled with everyday necessities and unconventionally interesting (and delicious) products, it’s a go-to for everything from a huge selection of wine to individually-prepared meals—all for affordable prices.

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Trader Joe’s
Olives Gourmet Grocer
Lazy Acres
Gelson’s
Ma N’ Pa Grocery

... in Long Beach

Pets

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Animal Rescue

The Little Lion Foundation

Because “every cat deserves to roar,” The Little Lion Foundation fights for orphaned neonatal and special needs kittens through rescue and advocacy. The all-volunteer nonprofit operates a kitten nursery—Little Paws Project—dedicated to saving about 500 little cats annually whose lives would otherwise have ended at a traditional animal shelter.

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The Little Lion Foundation
House of Broken Cookies
K-9 Kismet
Helen Sanders CatPAWS
Friends of Long Beach Animals

Pet-Friendly Restaurant

Chuck’s Coffee Shop

  • 4120 E. Ocean Blvd.
  • 562-433-9317

The most pet-friendly restaurant in town is Chuck’s Coffee Shop, perfectly positioned across from Rosie’s Dog Beach. The “locally world famous” eatery—best known for its classic, carb-loaded breakfast fare—has been a staple in Long Beach for nearly six decades, with diners and their dogs enjoying sidewalk seating with an ocean view. Take note: the old-school place is cash-only.

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Chuck’s Coffee Shop
Legends
The Local Spot
The Attic
The Breakfast Bar

Dog Trainer

DogFather Dog Institute

No matter your dog’s age or background, DogFather provides positive reinforcement in a slow, methodical style. From anti-aggression training to socialization and off-leash work, the DogFather offers services pet owners can’t refuse. Options include a private three-week or six-week course, or a board and train program, all of which offer individualized approaches catered specifically to your furry friend.

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DogFather Dog Institute
Sit Happens
Underdogs LB
Pet Waggin’ Pet Care
K9 Kory Witt

Pet Sitter

Shore Doggs

  • IG @shore_doggs
  • 310-303-8947

Throw your dog a bone when you’re not at home. Shore Doggs is a reader-trusted dog sitting business in Belmont Shore that caters to caring for your four-legged friends while you’re away. Plus, during their stay, your pet might find themselves pictured in the “pawsitively” adorable and popular @shore_doggs Instagram feed.

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Shore Doggs
DogFather Dog Institute
Pet Waggin’ Pet Care
Alicia Mosley – Rockin Petcare
GoFETCH

Dog Park

Rosie’s Dog Beach

Digging in the sand and doggy paddling at Rosie’s Dog Beach is the “ultimutt” day for the dogs. The unfenced stretch of coast—the only one in Los Angeles County—is an off-leash haven for salty dogs from dawn until dusk in Belmont Shore. Expect a crowd on the hottest dog days of summer.

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Rosie’s Dog Beach
El Dorado Park
Recreation Dog Park
Mickey Donahoe Dog Park
Lincoln Park

Pet Supply Store

Belmont Pets & LaunderPet

  • 3429 E. Broadway & Multiple Other Locations
  • 562-433-3605
  • launderpet.com

That doggy in the window isn’t for sale, but he is having a fantastic time enjoying the treats, food, toys, supplies and grooming services at Belmont Pets & LaunderPet locations in Belmont Heights, Bixby Knolls and Seal Beach (as well as Wags to Whiskers in Los Altos). The local company, circa 1975, sells high-quality products not found in chain stores.

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Belmont LaunderPet
Centinela Feed & Pet
Pet Food Express
Pet Supplies Plus
PetSmart

Dog Walker

Shore Doggs

  • IG: @shore_doggs
  • 310-303-8947

A boutique dog walking business in Belmont Shore that’s really popular with ladies and tramps, Shore Doggs is the top dog when it comes to providing services for four-legged friends. This is who to call when your pet needs to go out for a constitutional and some exploration.

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Shore Doggs
DogFather Dog Institute
Pet Waggin’ Pet Care
Kory Witt
Jasmine Chavez

... in Long Beach