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Shop Small in Long Beach

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Move Over Black Friday, Long Beach Loves Small Business Saturday Tightly wedged between the door-busting deals of Black Friday and the internet insanity of Cyber Monday is the most feel good shopping event of the year — Small Business Saturday. And Long Beach does it better than anywhere else. Turns out, you can support local businesses and meet all your holiday shopping needs without fighting the crowds or encountering technical difficulties. The following neighborhoods offer several opportunities to meet, stroll, shop and eat this Thanksgiving weekend. 4th Street Retro Row Every day is Throwback Thursday at Retro Row. Whether you’re …

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Biking in Long Beach

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Biking has become more than a hobbyist activity for many in Long Beach. While parts of Southern California have been slow to adopt biking in the city streets, Long Beach has embraced it and will do so again this weekend with the Beach Streets event in Midtown. Events like this combined with decades of incorporating bikes into the daily infrastructurehave helped make Long Beach one of the best cities in America for biking. Beach Streets This coming weekend bicyclists will be hitting the streets during the city’s Beach Streets event, an amazing opportunity for the community that occurs a couple times …

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90802 Market Update: October 2016

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90802 Market Update: Real Estate Statistics and Information for the 90802 Areas of Long Beach, CA Including the Neighborhoods of Downtown, East Village, and Alamitos Beach The average value for homes in 90802 increased in September 2016, with a median value of $500,000. In comparison to September 2015’s $415,000, this marks a 20% increase in value since last year, which is huge. As the number of single family homes in this region can be few and far between, historically this can be a somewhat volatile area to predict, so if you are planning to sell, be sure to ask a …

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Long Beach Specialty Coffee Goes Beyond Pumpkin

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Specialty coffee is something of a favorite drink in the US, and Starbucks’ rise to fame making iced, blended, flavored, and everything in between coffee drinks just serves as evidence of its popularity. Everyone who has been in a Starbucks has probably at least heard rumors of it: the infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte. Considered the quintessential fall drink, this beverage is hyped from September to Christmas almost every year, with countdowns to when you can buy one for yourself. Specialty coffee can go way beyond seasonal availability, with smaller coffee shops in every town having their fair share of unique …

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Long Beach Has a Sweet Tooth

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It turns out that the City of Long Beach isn’t just a great location for the beach, entertainment, and walkability; it also is paradise for those with a sweet tooth. Judging from our ice cream shops, bakeries, and specialty food places, we have to admit that it’s not very surprising. According to the Travel Channel, we eat more ice cream than any other city in the country, and with the options that we have, it would be hard not to. Let’s cover the ways we celebrate our love of sugar here: The Long Beach Sweet Tooth Champion: Ice Cream Let’s start …

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90802 Market Update: September 2016

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90802 Market Update: Real Estate Statistics and Information for the 90802 Areas of Long Beach, CA Including the Neighborhoods of Downtown, East Village, and Alamitos Beach The number of new listings per month for single family homes in 90802 has been varied this year, but still remains fairly low in comparison to other neighborhoods in Long Beach. At 5 new listings in August 2016, this maintains the same number of new listings as the month prior, and is only one listing more than August 2015. Active listings for single family homes for sale in 90802 continue to be relatively low in comparison …

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Great Society Cider & Mead Joins Local Lineup

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Based in the East Village Arts District, Great Society Cider & Mead is the first of its kind in Southern California as a full service cider tap house. While beer breweries have become prolific in their spread across California, cider and mead have always been something of an afterthought on a drink list. Long Beach itself has become an icon in the Los Angeles area for having such a wealth of craft beer. We’ve welcomed beer newcomers to the area at Ballast Point, Belmont Brewing Co, The Congregation, Beachwood Brewing, and Brouwerij West in recent recall. That’s a lot of representation for …

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Condo Prices Up In Downtown Long Beach

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90802 Real Estate Market Update After two months of declines, the median price of single family homes in 90802 went up a little in November 2015. At $385,000, the median home price in 90802, which includes downtown Long Beach, is lower than it was at the beginning of the year. However, closed sales of single family homes in 90802 have been very low as most of the area consists of businesses, condos, and multi-family housing. So, for example, there were just two houses that sold in 90802 in November 2015. Condo Sales in 90802 In contrast, there were 31 condo …

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Does Urban Revitalization Mean The End of The Suburbs?

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Is big-city living the new American Dream?   Across the country, people are taking direct action to build a society they want to see, and are changing their lifestyle to go along with it. One of the biggest shifts is a movement away from the suburbs and into the cities, suggesting that priorities are shifting among the younger generation, who believe that suburbs are, well, boring. A growing body of research shows that time in our cars make us unhappy and unwell, and young people around the world are deciding that a life based on eating and buying local, walkability, bike lanes, and good …

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October is Long Beach Arts Month

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It’s Arts Month here in Long Beach! Murals. Photography. Dance. Music. Architecture. We’re celebrating it all. “During October, we celebrate the art that happens every day all over Long Beach,” said Mayor Robert Garcia in a statement. “Murals, music, arts education, and dance programs are all part of the diverse, vibrant fabric that is woven throughout our City.” Mayor Garcia is right. Those who live in Long Beach know that there is a vibrant art scene thriving within the city (and not just within the East Village Arts District!), however it’s not every day that we get to celebrate all …