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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.

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.

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.

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!!

Starbucks cafe is coming to the Allegria Hotel [updated]

UPDATE: So I am not sure if this is an official Starbucks, or one of those ‘Barnes & Noble- situations’ where they serve Starbucks Coffee and products, but operate as their own cafe. Just sayin….

The Allegria Hotel  (80 W. Broadway) is getting a Starbucks. This is very close to the  Gentle Brew location on the boardwalk. Just up National Blvd from the hotel you’ll find another Starbucks on Park Avenue, which is near the Stop & Shop center where there’s another Starbucks inside the grocery store, plus Dunkin’ Donuts is hidden somewhere in that center. Not too far from all that is the main Gentle Brew location, but if you go across the street and east two blocks you’ll find Coffee Nut. Yep. We love our coffee in Long Beach. What was I talking about again? Oh yeah, this: 

(Thank you to the person who sent me these photos!)

‘Scoundrels by the Sea’ is back in print and now available!

I just heard from Paul Jackson, the author of Scoundrels by the Sea:

‘Scoundrels by the Sea’ is back in print with the 3rd printing. Copies are now available at Amazon. Copies will be available at the L.B. Historical Society this week, but they’re not open every day during the summer.”
Definitely buy a copy at the LB Historical Society, but if you’re lazy and feel like supporting the blog, you can always use my affiliate link here: Scoundrels By The Sea / Amazon.com.

Island Thyme Food Co. [780 W. Beech Street]

Photo taken by Chris S. 

A reader named Chris sent in the following:

“Hey Anthony, I haven’t seen any posts on this place yet. I ate here when I first moved to LB about 12 yrs ago and it’s been vacant ever since. Island Thyme….South East corner of Beech and New York Ave”

A quick google search gave me this: www.islandthymelbny.com. The menu looks really great! I don’t have any other info, but I cannot wait to try it out!

Great news for those looking to get a copy of Scoundrels by the Sea

UPDATE: MORE COPIES ARE AVAILABLE!!

“I love what you said about my book ‘Scoundrels by the Sea.’ It sounded so good that I’m going back to press! You are right — people shouldn’t have to pay $149 for a copy of the book. I’ll let you know when copies are available.”

-Paul Jackson

Yay! Great news for people like me who haven’t been able to read the book yet. I’ll post an update when the new pressings are available. For a backstory, please see my first post:  SCOUNDRELS BY THE SEA: BUY IT USED FOR $149!!! [PERHAPS I’LL WRITE PART II].