IN PICTURES: {open}, Now Open, Now Open

Upon arrival at Open—formerly {open}, now formally open—a large pack of people pored over paperbacks as anticipation built last Friday evening for owner and curator Sé Reed to finally introduce the world to her latest brainchild, and vice versa.

After Two Years Behind Shuttered Doors, Famed Long Beach Bookstore Finds New Home at Downtown Book Bar

Sé Reed’s hint that she would eventually re-open her famed bookstore, Open, provided a bit of hope for the patrons who yearned to find independently printed books filled with the words of Long Beach poets or meander past a window display beautifully decked out. Eleven years after opening Open to the day, she announced on her Facebook that Open is indeed re-opening in what will soon be Long Beach’s first book bar, The Brass Lamp.

Duo Writes the Book(s) on Long Beach Architecture

If there is something to be said about a city’s history, it lies solely within the hands of its archivists. And two of Long Beach’s most vigorous of such workers—Cara Mullio and Jennifer Volland of Alamitos Heights—do it in addition to their everyday professional lives.