Esther Kang

Best Grocery Store: Trader Joe’s

Best Grocery Store: Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s began as a small chain in the 1950s, under the name Pronto Markets. Today, the Trader Joe’s has evolved into a foodie’s playground with kind, helpful employees in Hawaiian t-shirts, low prices and most importantly, fresh produce, products made with natural ingredients and the Two-Buck Chuck wine. With seven locations across the South […]

 Esther Kang

Best Gold Buyers: South Bay Gold

Best Gold Buyers: South Bay Gold

South Bay Gold is celebrating a lot of milestones as of late. Two years ago, the company brought under its brand Finley’s Jewelers, a Riviera Village establishment since 1924. This year, the company celebrates its 20th year in the South Bay and takes the Best of the Beach title as the best place to buy […]

 Esther Kang

Best Gift Shop: Hillside Gifts

Best Gift Shop: Hillside Gifts

For 25 years, Redondo Beach couple Ron and Lyndall Otto operated Hillside Pharmacy in Manhattan Beach, inside which they kept a growing collection of gift items, from children’s books to birthday cards. In August of 2011, the couple sold the pharmacy to Walgreen and opened Hillside Gifts. It takes the Best of the Beach title […]

 Esther Kang

Best Produce: Grow

Best Produce: Grow

In 2003, 5-year-old Brendan Fisher set up a cherry stand outside his family’s home on 33rd Street in Manhattan Beach with hopes of earning enough money to buy a boogie board. An unprecedented volume of interest led to his family’s opening of Grow produce store in 2006. Brendan is now a high school student at […]

 Esther Kang

Best Pilates Studio: White House Pilates

Best Pilates Studio: White House Pilates

Ten years ago, Caroline Londergan was living in Washington D.C. as a professional modern dancer, teaching Pilates on the side. Her classes were held in the White House gym during lunch hours, attended by an unusual clientele: Secret Service and CIA agents, the D.C. SWAT team and the White House staff. Today, she runs White […]

 Esther Kang

Best Ice Cream: Manhattan Beach Creamery

Best Ice Cream: Manhattan Beach Creamery

Step into Manhattan Beach Creamery in downtown Manhattan Beach and you’ve arrived at the reigning champion for best ice cream in the South Bay. Since taking over the business in 2009, the Rothman family has gone the whole nine yards. The shop looks a posh Willy Wonka chocolate factory, complete with chocolate-dipped bananas, racks of […]

 Esther Kang

Best Bakery: Becker’s Bakery & Deli

Best Bakery: Becker’s Bakery & Deli

Last December, a delivery truck crashed into Becker’s Bakery’s 100-plus-year brick wall in downtown Manhattan Beach. The impact left the building largely undamaged. In the same way, Becker’s Bakery & Deli, a 72-year-old family-owned business, maintains an unimpeachable legacy for providing the best baked goods in the South Bay. Todd Becker carries on the family […]

 Esther Kang

Best Bagel: Noah’s New York Bagel

Best Bagel: Noah’s New York Bagel

  “Sweet or savory?” When stumbling into Noah’s New York Bagel in downtown Manhattan Beach for the first time, you’d better know yourself. Noah’s Bagel offers a palette of 32 bagel varieties in addition to a substantial coffee menu, egg and deli sandwiches. Though the shop is a corporate chain based in Colorado, the downtown […]

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