Planet Books staff will celebrate the store’s 22nd anniversary by boxing up 50,000 books, following a 30-day notice to vacate its long-time home by mid-November.
The Gaslamp music venue, bar and restaurant—known for booking popular tribute bands—has filed a $19,520 claim against the city for losses its owner says were a direct result of misinformation disseminated by Mayor Robert Garcia and the city’s lead health official.
Los Angeles County tattoo shops, including at least four in Long Beach, have reopened for business in the wake of an ongoing lawsuit against the state. The lawyer representing tattoo shop owners, however, said the state will make an official announcement regarding tattoo businesses Tuesday.
Three Los Angeles County tattoo shop owners, including one in Long Beach, filed a lawsuit against Gov. Gavin Newsom and two state health officials over the ongoing closure mandate imposed on the industry.
The must of hundreds, thousands of slowly decaying record jackets hangs in the air. If history has a smell, this is it, mixed with the not-so-slight hint of desire. Music resonates throughout the store, washing over the bin-diving clientele. Masked and gloved, the audiophiles search row after row of vinyl, searching for something—something that catches their eye or perhaps a specific album they have sought for days, months, years.
For about two decades, Antonio Francisco Gonzales has been in the business of hair, specializing in high-end women’s cuts, color and styling. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, he studied his craft in the San Fernando Valley in the late ’90s, honed his skills in New York City, took his talents to Miami Beach and finally ended up in Long Beach this year.
The mitred parakeet is a staple of the Long Beach community, with flocks frequently spotted soaring over various neighborhoods. The bright green birds with red faces—and the ruckus they cause—pushed graphic designer Christopher Diaz to launch a new clothing company aptly named Squawk.
The Aquarium of the Pacific’s multi-million dollar expansion, Pacific Visions, celebrated its one-year anniversary with its doors closed. Its theater’s 300 seats sat empty and have remained so for much of the year—along with all the aquarium’s indoor exhibits—due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has put a severe financial strain on the city icon.
The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on the hospitality and tourism industry. For island communities such as Catalina, which rely almost solely on tourism, the economic impact has been devastating.