Long Beach is now a Shopping Mecca, too!

Written by Andrea from Pinup Clothing Boutique

Long Beach was always known for its beaches and its amazing boardwalk. In the last few years, Long Beach established itself as a place to go for a wonderful array of restaurants. But shopping mecca?

It used to be that if me or any of my Long Beach neighbors needed to do some serious shopping we had to leave our wonderful island, go across a bridge and head to the mall. Not anymore. In the last year or so Long Beach has become a place to shop. Five new boutiques have opened in the last year that cover all your fashionable necessities:

Take a stroll beginning at Long Beach Rd and head west on Park Ave. The first new store you will encounter is Lil Towheads (156 E. Park Ave). Whether you need to dress your kids, grandchildren, get a gift for a baby shower….Melissa at Lil Towheads has a wonderful selection of clothing and accessories for the younger fashionistas.

Need a new pair of shoes? Go see Roz at Pheobe’s (140 E. Park Ave). The unique selection of shoes and accessories rivals the coolest Soho store. Without ever catching a train, you can dress your feet in style! Pheobe’s has some great jewelry, belts and gift items as well. Lines offered include Ed Hardy, Frye, Carlos Santana, Fergie and Old Gringo . Roz’s friendly staff is knowledgeable, courteous and fun!

Continuing on your trek west, after you cross Riverside Blvd, you will come to Pinup Clothing Boutique (58A E. Park Ave). Come say hi to me (Andrea) or one of my daughters. Pinup solves most of our closet concerns and can do the same for you. We have unique comfortable , contemporary clothing for women of any age. Some of the lines at Pinup are L.A. Made, Lucky Brand, Splendid, Bobi, and Velvet…just to name a few. We offer you fun clothing for daytime or for going out to one of our great restaurants or bars. Pinup also stocks Spanx(slimming undergarments) and Havianas(flip flops…the uniform for all Long Beach feet!)

Head a few doors down and you will find Josef -Rose (46 E. Park Ave). To complete your look, you need a handbag, of course. Diana and her mom carry a huge selection of handbags in every price range-from black tie to beach and in between. Josef-Rose also has both men’s and women’s belts, wallets and a wide array of small leather goods. Lines offered include Lockheart, Isabella Fiore, Rafe, Francisco Biasia, Leatherock, Sondro Roberts, Kipling, Hobo, Junior Drake, Chocolat Blu and Avignon.

Need a dressy dress for an affair or the prom?….then you need to visit Frock! Frock is a chic boutique specializing in dresses for every occasion….from fashionable frocks to cocktail and formal looks. Go visit Stephanie in the west end (888 West Beech St) of town for her expertise with the chic and eclectic. Some of Frock’s lines include Badgley Mischka, Flip, Niteline by Aidan Matlox, Helena Sorel and Priorities. And,did I tell you that Stephanie can accommodate alterations if needed?

Why go to the mall anymore? Melissa, Roz, Andrea, Diana and Stephanie can satisfy all your fashionable desires.

And an added plus…..we all live in Long Beach, too. So, if you just feel like a visit and some local gossip….we’d all love to chat…… “ I saw you on the boardwalk this morning! What class did you take at the gym? Where did you go for happy hour? Oh really…she’s getting married? Its your birthday?, What are you doing this weekend? Do you believe what she was wearing? Wow, she got accepted to all her college choices! So sorry to hear about your loss. When’s the Allegria opening? Can’t wait for beach weather! Etc, etc, etc. You can’t chat like that at those mall stores…that’s for sure.

Yes, Long Beach is now a shopping mecca, too!

Here comes the sun!

Spring! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well, to me it is. I’m pretty tired of snow and cold weather. It’s time to dust off those lungs and get some fresh air for a change! I love the spring and spending it here in Long Beach makes it so much better. Sorry television, but I’ll see you in the fall. I have a boardwalk to visit.

Attention fellow Long Beach neighbors:
Got any news, dirt, reviews, community updates, stories, art or photography that you would like to share? Please contact me by filling out the CONTACT ME window on the right of this page. I’m looking for more writers and contributors.

(photo by: me! email me your Long Beach photos and I’ll post them)


  • The 9th annual Polar Bear swim went without a hitch and boy was it fun. Thousands of people showed up and lots of money was raised for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Too bad I am more of a chicken than a polar bear. Visit the Long Beach Polar Bears for more info.
  • Lido Blvd median should hopefully be done soon. I am tired of driving on uneven blacktop with rocks bouncing off my windshield from the car in front of me. What’s gonna go in the middle planters? Any guesses? Flowers? Shrubs? Trees?
  • Speaking of medians, Surf City Pizza @ 300 Lido Blvd wants the median that blocks access to their street be removed. I can’t say I blame them. Poor planning if you ask me. Small businesses are the life blood of our barrier island and we shouldn’t do anything that discourages shoppers from shopping. Stop by to sign the petition and grab a slice while you’re at it.
  • Full-screenCorbin & Reynolds‎ @ 20 W. Park Ave is closed. A sign on the window says something about a California style restaurant coming soon. Not sure what that means, but I’ll give it a try.
  • Nothing new on with Superblock or Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP). I search every square inch of the internet for news on those two developments and I always come up empty. If anybody has any info on these topics, I would love to hear from you. I need to know when I can dock my boat at the long beach marina.

Well that’s it for now. Sorry for the lack of updates. I will update soon with some pictures of the Polar Bear Swim. If anybody would like to contribute, please email me (Anthony) using the contact link up top.

Josh Bailey is a fan of Long Beach

New York Islander prospect and Ontario native Josh Bailey said some kind words about our little city when asked what he thought of Long Island. Point Blank, which is one of the better Islander blogs around, interviewed the young prospect and this is what he had to say:

“You go over to a town like Long Beach for some dinner,” said Bailey, “and it’s just a phenomenal place. The people are friendly. The hockey fans that recognize us treat us like gold. The weather, the beach…I mean, it’s just the greatest place to be.”

As a big Islander fan, I can certainly say that I am glad to have Josh on the team. He is a class act, his future looks bright and he looks to be one of the best play makers the team has seen since Pierre Turgeon in the early 90’s.

You can find the full article right here.

Stop Insanity Island!

There will be an important meeting this Thursday, January 29th, 2009 at the Long Beach Public Library at 6pm regarding the LNG project. I’ll be there and I hope you are too!

This email was sent to me regarding this issue:

Just a reminder of the important upcoming meeting in Long Beach to fight a LNG project slated to be built off our shore. Please make every effort to attend–tell and bring along your friends!
Everyone is urged to attend an upcoming scoping meeting this coming Thursday evening, January 29, 2009 at the Long Beach Public Library, 111 West Park Avenue, in Long Beach. The public speaking portion of this crucial hearing, the most important aspect to the scoping process, is scheduled for 6-8 PM. An open house is scheduled at the library between 4:30 and 6:00 PM as well. It is imperative that as many LNG opponents as possible show up for the public meeting at 6:00 PM. Many local politicians are sitting on the fence, waiting to see which way the public wind is blowing. We must show them that the public values its marine environment and wants no part of dangerous, polluting liquefied natural gas facilities off our LI coast! If you can speak at the meeting against this fossil fuel facility that would be great. If you do not wish to speak that is OK–your presence will testify to your opposition to “Insanity Island.” Bring your friends, family and acquaintances to the meeting, and spread the word to all about the importance it has for our environment. We hope to stop this misguided development in its tracks, just as Broadwater was defeated on the North Shore. Our ocean, just like the Long Island Sound, is a precious resource that demands our protection!
A few facts about Atlantic Sea Island Group’s “Insanity Island”: It is projected to be 14 times the size of Giants stadium, to be composed of 14 tons of stone and concrete fill, an island 10 times the volume of the Empire State Building. This concrete and stone island will threaten marine habitat and wildlife, an horrific industrialization of our ocean. Liquefied Natural Gas is up to 40% more dirty than American natural gas and would come from foreign sources such as Russia, the Middle East and Africa, the extraction and processing of which harms the ecologies of those nations as well. We already have enough cheap sources of natural gas to last many years. More importantly, we should be following a sane path of energy development that relies on renewable energy sources such as solar and wind, and energy conservation. Global warming and sea level rise are only heightened with liquefied natural gas. Investment in LNG facilities will only divert us away from clean energy develpment.
Again, the meeting on the 29th is extremely important–please make every effort to attend. We must stand up for our environment, our marine habitat, and all its diverse wildlife!
If you have any questions please give me a call or email. More detailed information about the ASIG project can also be found at Clean Ocean Action’s website www.CleanOceanAction.org or by calling them at 732-872-0111. All the best!


For more info, please read the Herald Community Newspaper article:

Beach Chairs and Umbrellas!

According to some notes from the last City Council meeting, It appears that the city will test chair and umbrella rentals on the beach this summer. And why not? It could bring lots of revenue to the city.

Hopefully they will plant a rental store right in front of the new Allergria Hotel. Not to mention the amount of beach-goers that come off the LIRR on a hot summer day. Four rental locations were mentioned, but not identified.


Three new eco-friendly Buses abound. Why is this news?
I DON’T KNOW! I just like the idea of Hybrid Buses. The GILLIG Hybrid to be exact. Hey, this is the air that we breathe everyday and the cleaner the better!

December 16, 2008 Item No. 5
Resolution No.
The following Resolution was moved by
and seconded by :
Resolution Authorizing the City Manager to Purchase Three Eco
Friendly Gillig 29Ft. Hybrid Electric Low Floor Buses.
WHEREAS, pursuant to Resolution No. 9/08, duly adopted by the City Council
on January 15, 2008, the City entered in to Mass Transportation Capital Project Grant with the
New York State Department of Transportation, whereby the City would be afforded grant
monies to assist in the replacing of Transit Buses; and
WHEREAS, the City of Long Beach, piggy-backing on the San Mateo County
Transit District can purchase eco friendly, fuel efficient Gillig 29Ft. Hybrid Electric Low Floor
Buses at favorable specified prices obtained by said District, through their purchase of
approximately 700 buses; and
WHEREAS, the City of Long Beach Department of Transportation requires three
(3) buses at this time;
RESOLVED, by the City Council of the City of Long Beach, New York that the
City Manager be and he hereby is authorized to purchase a three (3) Gillig 29Ft. Hybrid Electric
Low Floor Buses with specified options at a cost of $600,000.00 each, for a total cost of
$1,800,00.00 from Gillig Corporation, 25800 Clawiter Road, Hayward, California 94545. Funds
in the amount of $162,460.00 will be made available in Account No. H1100.52004 (Purchase of
Transit Buses) at the time of delivery and funds in the amount of $1,299,680.00 will be provided
to the City through a Federal Mass Transportation Grant and funds in the amount of $393,949.00
will be provided to the City through State funds at the time of delivery as well.

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