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Bob’s Natural Foods is changing hands [Don’t worry, it will be the same great place]

It’s official. Bernadette Martin of the Kennedy Plaza Farmer’s Market will be the new owner of Bob’s Natural Foods (104 W Park Avenue.) I spoke to Bernadette last week and she’s extremely excited with this new endeavor.  I trust she’s going to serve the legacy of Bob’s well. Thank you, Bob. You created an institution in Long Beach that I think all of us are really grateful for.

Bob’s Natural Foods
104 W. Park Avenue
Long Beach, NY 11561
www.bobsnaturalfoods.com

From Bob:

I woke up this morning with a song playing in my head, “To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.” It was the one song, back in the tumultuous 60’s, that always resonated deeply in my heart. Pete Seeger was the original composer of it in 1952, taking the lyrics from the Book of Ecclesiastes. One might say that it was divinely inspired.

Call I divine or serendipity, I didn’t choose my path; it chose me when I opened the store in the West End in 1975, 43 years ago. Over the years I have made many new friends…and lost many old friends. I cherish them all.
Now, the walls echo with the laughter of the grand children of my first customers.

To everything there is a season….

And so…my season has ended…and a new familiar face will be greeting you, as Bernadette Martin, who has brought Green Markets throughout New York and Long Island, is now the new owner of Bob’s Natural Foods.
From the time we first spoke, we knew she was the one.
… and a time for every purpose under heaven.

Baked by the Ocean: Coming Soon to the West End

Hey look, a new bakery is coming to Long Beach over at 919 W. Beech Street. They are currently under construction, most recently busting a window through a wall to being in more sunlight (I like that!)  Sorry I don’t have any further information, but I’m excited!  You can follow their progress over at facebook.com/BakedbytheOceanBakery.

Baked by the Ocean
919 W. Beech Street
Long Beach, NY 11561
bakedbytheocean.com

KENNEDY PLAZA FARMERS MARKET REOPENING: 10th ANNIVERSARY SEASON – TODAY 9am-2pm

Long Beach, NY – April 23, 2018 – City of Long Beach residents and visitors will welcome back the Farmers Market at Kennedy Plaza on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 9am to 2pm. The Market will open on Wednesdays starting May 16th from 9am to 2pm. The Kennedy Plaza Farmers Market is located at:

1 West Chester Street, Long Beach, New York
May 5 through November 21, 2018
Saturdays from 9am – 2pm
Wednesdays from 9am – 2pm

Sponsors and Vendors can signup at www.LIGreenmarket.org

Celebrating its 10th year, the popular market, features regional producers offering fresh products including vegetables, herbs, fruits, plants, baked goods, fish, shellfish, eggs, cheeses, pasta, pickles, fair trade coffee, gluten free products, and much more. This year the market will introduce new producers as well.

“We are very happy to welcome back any sign of spring this year and the producers want very much to be back in Long Beach,” said Program Director Bernadette Martin. “We have a few new products to offer, including Long Island grass finished beef shares from Acobonic Farm on Shelter Island. This year the market will have many events and cooking demonstrations that will offer family friendly fun.

Island Thyme is finally opening this Monday, May 7th!

We’ve all been eagerly waiting for Island Thyme to open for the longest time, right? Their menu just looks fantastic!  Well, they  just announced on Instagram that opening day is this Monday, May 7th at 6am. Yep, they serve breakfast!  I’ve been eying that Butchers Breakfast for months. Fresh Clean Eats On The Go. I cannot wait!

Island Thyme Food Co.
780 W Beech St
Long Beach, NY 11561
www.islandthymelbny.com

LBNY: The City (By The Sea) That Never Sleeps

Long Beach is quickly becoming the City (by the sea) that never sleeps.  So much transition going on with development, food and more food. The following is an incomplete list, but here are a few things happening around town:

Long Beach Diner is Dead. Long live Long Beach Diner! I instagrammed like a month or two ago how the rumor was Greek. Well, here ya go. I do miss the blue facade, but white is better than beige. Always. I cannot wait to try the food!


My unpaid intern Richard Boodman keeps sending me updates on Steven’s Pasta. The latest includes the windows being painted with the restuarant name.  You can tell those LB DOMS are excited for some pasta.

We are all desperately waiting for Island Thyme (780 West Beech St) to finally open. Based on their facebook page, it seems like they will really soon! I cannot wait because their menu looks beyond awesome.  www.islandthymelbny.com.menu

Photo taken from Island Thyme’s website

Annnd Beech Street is getting a place called Breakers Bowls (1048 W. Beech Street) (breakersbowls.com). All organic acai bowl, smoothie and coffee shop! You can also follow their progress on facebook:  www.facebook.com/breakersbowls

Image from Breaker Bowls facebook page

These Luxury Apartments are on the corner of Lindell and W. Broadway. Expect the neighboring houses to be converted into them as well. I am not here to complain about parking, living in a shadow, losing a water view, etc. If you want to, then go right ahead. I’m just happy to seem some interesting architecture happening. These are funky. I kinda like it.

Bungalow East (631 East Park Avenue) is FINALLY OPEN in their new location!

SBTC unpaid intern Richard Boodman tells me:

“Finally…after many years in the work in progress stage, the Bungalow East has moved to its new location a few doors away. The place is very attractive, and the menu appears very creative..

Bungalow East
631 East Park Avenue
Long Beach, NY 11561

Richard also sent me these blurry photos (that’s why he’s just an unpaid intern) . Well, after years of waiting this is exciting news for the East End food scene. I can’t wait to try the new place out! UPDATE: Rumor has it the old location will eventually become an Ice Cream/Candy place. My sources tell me that’s still years away….

Get ready for Summer with Barrier Tees!

Barrier Tees started in 2012 shortly before Hurricane Sandy. Since then we’ve been selling Long Beach related T-shirts at every Irish Day festival as well as community craft fairs and festivals. Our following grew year to year and at their request, we recently launched our on-line shop.

We are local artists who create fun, fashionable and great quality apparel for all who love the City by the Sea. Check out our latest line at barriertees.com. Or follow us on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter!

Beach Buds Doggy Daycare [Coming soon!]

Coming soon to Long Beach: Beach Buds Doggy Day Care (164 E. Park Avenue).  It’s a boutique daycare for socialization and playtime. For those who have been using Beach Buds already, don’t worry, dog walking and in home pet sitting are still being offered. Eventually they will expand to group training classes as well.

Derek, the owner, says he’s aiming for a late October opening.  In the meantime, you can check them out at FACEBOOK for updates. The website should be up soon, which will have prices and more information. From a personal standpoint, I find this completely awesome and I wish Derek all the luck in the world. I’ve been posting about his service since 2010!!!, so it’s great seeing him expand into a storefront. Good luck, Derek!!