Ladie’s night at Lola’s

Written by Andrea from Pinup Clothing Boutique

I recently met a woman friend of mine for dinner at Lola’s Kitchen and Wine Bar (180 W Park Ave) on a Thursday night . While sipping my martini at the bar I noticed groups of women….from a variety of generations…coming into to Lola’s one after another. Thursday night at Lola’s is “Girls Night Out!” and what a great deal it is. On Thursday nights, Marco and his staff offer an extensive $15 dinner menu, $15 bottles of wine, $15 pitchers of Sangria, the most adorable $5 martinis and most importantly a warm, comfortable atmosphere where women can come relax and unwind with friends.

And the food was great. My friend decided on the fish(which included a salad)….ate every bite and raved. I decided on a steak quesadilla…not part of the special menu…but one of my favorite dishes at Lola’s. (and costs below $15 as well!) Eddie, the bartender, shook us up a couple of perfect martinis (my friend and I consider this a form of art!). We chose to sit and dine at the bar…from our vantage point I couldn’t help but notice the groups of women coming through the front door and filling both the bar and the dining room.

Originally, when I told my boyfriend I was going to Lola’s on a Thursday night…he said “but that’s ladies night…”

His assumption was that there would be a lot of men there looking to meet women. The night I was there…there were 2, maybe 3 men at Lola’s. Instead, what impressed me was the various ages of the women coming simply for good conversation, a good meal, and nice atmosphere all for an extremely reasonable price. All women should check out Lola’s on a Thursday…it was great.

I have a feeling, though, that as more men hear about “Girls Night Out”, they will be checking out Lola’s as well!

Two new Long Beach retailers are celebrating their one year anniversary this week.

Written by Andrea from Pinup Clothing Boutique

Thursday, April 2nd 4pm- 9pm
A Pinup Event!
Celebrate spring and our 1 year anniversary!

Trunk shows with
Red Engine (amazing jeans)
LA Made (the best in tees and dresses)
Wooden Ships (reasonable priced sweaters for Spring)
Wrap Star (fun scarves)
Pure and Simple (assorted teees and tops)

Please join us for an evening of discounts, refreshments and shopping!

Pinup Clothing Boutique
58A East Park Avenue
Long Beach

Saturday, April 4th

Spring into Music, Movement and Shopping!

Discounts on all Spring Merchandise & classes, along with promotional classes for the kids that day…

1:00 Music Together
1:25 Little Yogis
1:50 Music Together
2:15 Sign Sing & Play
3:10 Time to Sign
3:35 Art with Donna
4:00 Storytime
4:25 Yoga 4 Kids
4:50 Yoga Journey

Event is in celebration of our 1 year anniversary…Don’t miss the fun!

Lil’ Towheads Children’s Shop
156 East Park Ave
Long Beach

Yay! We made the Herald!

So I just received the latest issue of the Long Beach Herald and BOOM! Right on the third page we get a mention along with a horrible quote by yours truly. Haha, that’s ok. Well, I mean it. I’m doing the best I can here, but if anybody has anything to contribute, please contact me by filling out the form on the right hand side. In the meantime, I am going to enjoy the article and publicity. Thanks Herald!

The other sites mentioned in the article include: Inside Long Beach message board I Love LB NY LB Foodie West End Neighbors Civic Association City of Long Beach official site Long Beach Chamber of Commerce

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.

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