March 9, 2017
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2017 Best of the Beach
Running a brick-and-mortar retailer in the
age of prolific online shopping isn’t easy.
Gum Tree owner Lori Ford said the key is
providing customers items they might not
stumble upon themselves in an environment
that makes it pleasant to do so.
“Anyone can buy anything on Amazon.
We’re serving that client who still wants to
come in and touch and feel, to come into a
curated space that really shows you things,”
Gum Tree has been stocking gifts for the
hard-to-please out of a converted, early 20th
century bungalow on Pier Avenue in Hermosa
Beach for the past eight years. In 2016,
they expanded to a second location in downtown
Gum Tree Kids moved into its Hermosa
Pier Avenue digs about three and a half years
ago. The original Gum Tree just down the
block had stocked some kids items from the
beginning. But eventually demand began to
outsrip space to store them. The kid store
stocks everything from mobiles to infant
clothing, and is geared toward baby gifts and
birthday party gifts.
It specializes in gifts at that sweet spot of
things kids like to play with, but provide more
redeeming value than the latest video game.
She particularly likes new coloring books and
“Parents want to give unique gifts, and we
have things you can’t find in Target or Toys R
Us,” Ford said
Gum Tree Shop & Cafe
238 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach.
Gum Tree Kids
323 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach.
324 Manhattan Beach Blvd
>> Gift Shop: Tabla Rasa Essentials
919 Manhattan Ave., #A
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>> Kids Shop: Bella Beach Kids
225 Manhattan Beach Blvd., MB
820 S. Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo.
Gum Tree owner Lori Ford entertains Manhattan Beach City Council members
Wayne Powell and Mark Burton during downtown Manhattan’s
Small Business Saturday. Photo by Kevin Cody
Kids Beach Camp
CampSurf instilling the stoke.
For 20 years, CampSurf has been sharing the stoke and instilling a love for the ocean
in local kids. Campsurf’s CPR and first aid certified professional surf instructors are all
experienced surfers and waterman have taught the proper techniques and safety to thou-
sands of students.
“They each bring their own surf culture
and stoke to our students through
proven teaching techniques,” said
camp director Tommy Ostendorf.
Perfect Day Surf Camp
Twins Lisa Hoven-Gallien and Lee
Hoven-Bakos have run Growing Wild for
25 years in downtown Manhattan Beach —
and now, for the sixth year in a row, the
pair’s flower shop has taken home Best of
the Beach honors.
“We’re truly thrilled to get this honor
once again, and we always try to put our
best product out,” Lee said. “We like to give
back to the community and it’s nice to get
Growing Wild’s arrangements range
from wildflowers to succulents to beach-inspired
wreaths, all tailored to the client’s
“I think it’s a lot like sports,” said Lee, a
former competitive volleyball player.
“When people get flowers, and they love
them, it’s a winning feeling. They’re happy,
and we’re happy to create something,” Lee
1201 Highland Ave.
Rolling Hills Flower Mart
1016 Manhattan Ave.
231 Vista Del Mar.
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When Shade Hotel opened up in downtown
Manhattan Beach a dozen years ago,
it did more than provide the area the first
truly boutique hotel for visitors. Shade was
the anchor for the Metlox project, a development
twenty years in the making, but
also quickly became a central gathering
point for entire community. Shade has remained
the go-to place for non-profit
fundraisers, various farm-to-table celebrations,
and beer and wine festivals, as well
as a late night place to meet friends for a
drink and a meal. Last year, after a long,
difficult, and expensive construction
process, a second Shade Hotel opened on
the Redondo Beach waterfront. Like its sister
hotel, Shade is a cutting-edge boutique
hotel — a 54 room, 34,390 square foot
hotel built to the highest environmental
standards. The hotel is the most lavish development
the waterfront has seen since
the long-gone Hotel Redondo from a century
ago. It features an open-air rooftop
“Aquadeck” pool overlooking the Port
Royal Marina toward the Pacific Ocean, accompanied
by a three-story, 9,034 square
foot culinary and event building that includes
Sea Level, a “farm-to-table” concept
restaurant. Shade is at the forefront of what
Redondo Beach hopes will be the revitalization
of its waterfront, and if the first
months of the new hotel are any indication,
Shade will likewise become a community
hub. Shade Manhattan Beach has for years
dominated BOB voting.This year, Shade as
a South Bay-wide brand earned top honors
“Shade hotels is honored to be recognized
by our guests and neighbors as the
best hotels in the South Bay,” said owner
Mike Zislis. “I am so grateful to have won
this award in the past for Shade Manhattan
Beach and am doubly honored to have won
for Shade Hotel Redondo Beach, especially
just a few months after opening ours doors.
I poured my blood, sweat and tears into the
hotel and I'm proud to be a part of a community
that supports me. I'd especially like
to thank my staff who works so hard to ensure
our guests have the greatest experiences
during their stay.”
1221 N. Valley Dr.
655 N. Harbor Dr.
>> Runner-up: Terranea Resort
100 Terranea Way.
Rancho Palos Verdes.
(310) 494-7891. Terranea.com
The newly opened Shade Hotel on the Redondo Beach waterfront. Photo
courtesy Shade Hotels
Riviera Village’s St. Patrick’s and Fourth of July runs attract thousands of runners.
This year’s St. Pat’s 5K is Sunday, March 12.
Redondo Beach councilwoman Martha Barbee hesitated, but just for a moment, when
asked to name the Riviera Village businesses she loved the most. Once she began, though,
she could barely stop.
“I hate to point out just one place, but…Chez Melange has been there for my family for
every celebration. Coffee Cartel has held many of my meetings with the community. And,
oh, Lollipop! I’m in there all the time, especially now that I have a young granddaughter.”
The District 1, Riviera Village councilwoman has only been on the job a short time, but
has picked up much of the work begun by former Councilman Jeff Ginsburg.
“We’re hoping to make the Village more walkable, expanding dining decks and finding
more parking,” Barbee said.
Both of which would be a boon not just to the businesses, which are a favorite of foodies
and shoppers from all over the South Bay, but to runners, families who come for the annual
Halloween Trick or Treat and arts and crafts festival.
Family Law Attorney
Downtown Manhattan Beach
Of all areas of law, none can match family law for bitterness and intensity of disagreement.
Surrounded by this swirl of emotions, attorney Karina Pozsar has come to see the importance
of remaining calm, even when her clients are not.
“People panic. All of a sudden, people are freaking out. You need to tell them that
you’ve seen this a million times, calm them down, walk them through it,” Pozsar said.
The combative nature of family law cases provides, in Pozsar’s words, “more drama
than a soap opera,” and can quickly become
petty. (She recently worked on a
community property dispute over a beanbag
chair.) Keeping an even countenance in
such situations has two purposes Pozsar
said. Not only does it reassure clients, but
it also prevents the emotional toll of highly
personal cases from inhibiting her performance
in the courtroom.
“You have to disengage. You can’t allow
yourself to personalize cases. It’s hard
enough to not think about cases nonstop.
You have to remember that this is somebody
else’s life, and you need to be objective,”
Despite the difficulty, Pozsar embraces
the challenge offered by her practice,
where she handles divorce, custody and paternity
cases, as well as some domestic violence
matters. She is especially interested
in helping fathers in custody cases, who
she said often get short-changed.
And while she may be calm and understanding
with clients, she is a vigorous advocate,
not afraid to go before a judge.
“If you can settle that’s great. But I’m in
court almost every single day,” Pozsar said.
She has her share of clear-cut wins, but
victory is a relative term in family law, she
said. Unlike a civil case, where a jury finds
for one party or the other, family law cases
usually leave both parties with something
to be happy about, as well as something to
resent. By providing a sense of perspective,
and listening to a client’s priorities, she is
able to help clients find happiness amidst
what is likely the hardest time of their
“When the client is crying in happiness
at the end, that makes it really worthwhile,”
Law Office of Karina P. Pozsar
29000 S. Western Ave., Ste. 401.
Rancho Palos Verdes.
>> Runner-up: Mioni Family Law
Lovette T. Mioni
4640 Admiralty Way. #500
Marina del Rey.
(424) 259-1770. mionifamilylaw.com
Attorney Karina Pozsar. Courtesy
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S O U T H B AY
Hermosa Beach’s St. Patrick’s Parade. Sat., March 11
at 11 a.m. Free.
Friday, March 10
Cancer Support Community Redondo
Beach (CSCRB) host Donald
Abrams, MD, expert in integrative oncology,
to discuss lifestyle interventions
and integrative oncology to
support cancer survivors through active
treatment, help ensure durable
remissions and long term survivorship.
1 - 2:30 p.m. 109 West Torrance
Blvd., Redondo Beach. Advance registration
required. Call 310-376-3550 or
4 incredible women
Switzer Learning Center’s South
Bay Women of the Year Luncheon.
Honor four dedicated, hardworking
and generous women who have left
indelible marks on the South Bay.
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. DoubleTree by
Hilton Hotel, 21333 Hawthorne Blvd,
Torrance. For tickets contact Ruben
Barajas at (310) 328-3611 or visit
Saturday, March 11
I love a parade
The 23rd Annual Hermosa Beach
Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. Local businesses,
civic organizations and school
marching bands will take part in the
seven block parade down Pier Avenue.
begins at 11 a.m. at
the staging area
near City Hall on
Valley Drive, makes
a left onto Pier Avenue
and ends at
the corner of Hermosa
h b c h a m b e r. n e t
Explore the preserve
followed by a visit
to the tide pools at
Royal Palms State
Beach. Free. 2 p.m.
Palms, 1600 Paseo
Del Mar, San Pedro. Contact (310)
541-7613 ext. 201 or sign up at
Hang 10 Book Club
Monthly book club for 2nd/3rd
graders at the Manhattan Beach Library.
Copies of this month's selection,
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s
Library, should be available in the
Children's Section. 3:30 p.m. 1320
Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach.
Contact Melissa McCollum, email@example.com
8595, for more info.
What's for dinner?
Torrance Firefighters Association
presents the 46th Annual Spaghetti
Dinner. Bring the whole family to
enjoy all the spaghetti you like and
feel great about it later. Proceeds benefit
Alisa Ann Ruch California Burn
Foundation Summer Camp for burn
patients. Adults $6; $4 for children
under age 8 and available at the door.
4:30 - 8 p.m. Ken Miller Auditorium,
3341 Torrance Blvd, Torrance. For
more information, call (310) 781-7000.
Village Runner’s St.
Patrick’s 5K and
Leprechaun Dash for
Sun., March 12
at 8 a.m.
43rd Festival of the Kite at the
Redondo Pier, Sun., March 12,
noon to 5 p.m. Free.
Sunday, March 12
Race for the green
Village Runner 14th Annual St.
Patrick’s Day 5K.
Held in Redondo
Beach’s Riviera Village,
the event is expected
to draw an estimated 1,500
runners and walkers. 8 a.m. Riviera
Village, 1811 S. Catalina Ave. Redondo
Beach. Sign up at villagerunner.com.
Questions contact Nicca
Panggat at (818) 648-1956 email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
43rd Festival of the Kite presented
by the Redondo Pier Association and
Sunshine Kite Co. Colorful and
unique kites, prizes awarded for the
best handmade kite, best ground display,
highest flying kite, and youngest
flyer of the day. Noon-5 p.m. Free.
(310) 372-0308 or redondopier.com.
Young scientists get to show off
what they learned during their research
in the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Aquatic Nursery. Past Young
Scientists make presentations of
where they are today. Free. 3 - 7 p.m.
3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San
Pedro. RSVP to Kiersten Darrow (310)
548-7562 x204. cabrill
o m a r i n e
Tenor Dennis Mc-
Neil and keyboard
player Ed Martel
present their annual
St. Patrick Celebration
concert at Live
at the Lounge (next
door to the Comedy
and Magic Club).
7:30 p.m. $20. 1018
Hermosa Ave., Hermosa
Beach. For tickets
Tuesday, March 14
To your health
Beach Cities Health District’s Blue
Zones Project monthly social hour
Wine @ Five. For people who have a
healthy relationship with alcohol, enjoying
a glass of wine rich in arteryscrubbing
flavonoids can benefit the
mind and body. The first glass of wine
is $5, plus discounted appetizers. Second
Story Restaurant, The Belamar
Hotel, 3501 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Manhattan
Beach. For future Wine @ Five
events go to bchd.org/wine-five.
Slow easy flow with local yoga
teacher Anne Spinner at the Manhattan
Beach Library. 7 p.m. 1320 Highland
Ave., Manhattan Beach. Contact
Melissa McCollum, email@example.com
for more info.
Wednesday, March 15
For grades 6th - 12th. Make a craft
and enjoy snacks with friends at the
Redondo Main Library. 3:30 p.m. 303
N. Pacific Coast Hwy, 2nd floor Conference
Room. 310/318-0675 option 5
for more info.
A 10 foot giant
To honor National Colon Cancer
Awareness Month, Torrance Memorial
Medical Center will host a 10-foot
tall, interactive colon exhibit that displays
various stages of colorectal diseases.
5:30 - 7 p.m. a mini resource
fair will also offer take-home screening
tests to the first 200 attendees.
From 7 - 9 p.m. experts will discuss
prevention and treatment of colorectal
cancer at the Miracle of Living “Trust
Your Gut” health lecture. Torrance
Memorial Medical Center Hoffman
Health Conference Center, 3315 Medical
Center Drive, Torrance. Free. No
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4711 for more information. B
Tour a giant colon in honor of National Colon Cancer
Awareness Month, Torrance Memorial Medical Center.
Wed., March 15, 5:30-7 p.m. Free.
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Our Lady of Guadalupe
Five years ago, April Beuder left her position as vice principal of American Martyrs in
Manhattan Beach to become principal of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Hermosa Beach. Since
then, Our Lady of Guadalupe enrollment has climbed 40 percent, to 230 students and a
preschool with 30 students has been opened.
A “blended” learning system has been implemented in the sixth through eighth grades
that emphasises personal instruction and technology integration. Students work at their
own pace on iPads, McPros notebooks and Chromebooks.
An OLG team recently won the Coaches Award at the First Lego League competition and
a member of its math team advanced to the final countdown at the recently held Northrop
Beuder said that equally important as the school academic programs are its daily religious
instruction and its “servant leadership” for junior high students. The servant leadership
program teaches social responsibility, teamwork and conflict resolution by involving students
in helping the less fortunate and mentoring younger students in reading.
Tuition, at approximately $4,000 annually, with discounts for siblings, is low by comparison
to other private South Bay Schools.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
340 Massey St., Hermosa Beach.
The OLG Robitics team recently won the Coaches Award at the First Lego
League competition. Photo by Rita Barreiro
>> Runner-up: Rolling Hills Country Day School
26444 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula.
(310) 377-4848. Rhcds.com
The newest development in the technology-driven camera industry isn’t technological.
It’s old fashioned, personal service, according to Mark Comon, owner with his dad Paul of
Should the mom and dad who want to photograph their kids playing under the lights at
Redondo High’s new football stadium, or in Mira Costa’s poorly lit basketball gym buy a
Canon Rebel ($500), a Canon 80 D ($1,000), a Canon 7D Mark II ($1,500), or a 5D Mark
“You won’t find the answer online. Which is why retails camera sales were up 25 percent
last Christmas. People recognized that they need help selecting a camera,” Comon said.
Mark has been matching customers with cameras for over four decades. Most of his staff
have been at the store for at least a decade. Paul’s been doing it for six decades.
“We ask half a dozen questions to narrow down the camera selection. What sort of light
will they be shooting in? What’s their budget? Do they want video that auto focuses? People
don’t care what kind of camera they get, so long as it gets them the pictures they want.”
“Most people look online before coming to the store. Some have narrowed their choices.
Some have been misled by biased bloggers,” Comon said.
Buying online to avoid paying taxes is no longer an option Comon said. Sellers with a
physical presence in California, such as Amazon, must collect California sales taxes. Buyer
who don’t pay sales taxes at the time of purchase,, must declare it on their income tax
return. Failure to declare sales taxes could lead to an audit that might go back many years.
As for the parent who wants to photograph their kids playing sports, if the sports are outdoors,
during the day, the Rebel and 80 D are good options. But for a camera that is quick
to autofocus in low light, Comon recommends the Canon 7D Mark II. Or for professional
results, get the professional 5D Mark lV.
23845 S. Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance.
>> Runner-up: Silvio’s Camera & Digital
22409 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance.
(310) 791-7100. silvios.com
Paul's Photo experts Mike Lopez, Paul and Mark Comon, Jerry Imura and
Kenneth Bowen. Photo courtesy of Paul’s Photo
Tyler Hatzikian at work. Photo by Brent Broza (Brozaphoto.com)
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Surf Shop Shaper
Tyler Hatzikian of Tyler Surfboards
Tyler Hatzikian of Tyler Surfboards is known worldwide for advancing traditional designs.
Over the past three decades, his prized surfboards, which he shapes, colors, pinlines,
glasses and finishes have become among the most respected in surf history.
“I am very fortunate to have started building surfboards at a young age,” Hatzikian said.
“I’m also fortunate to having grown up in an area that contributes so much to surfing. I
have to give thanks to all the South Bay craftsmen -- shapers, glassers, the board builders
who paved the way and passed on their knowledge.”
Tyler Hatzikian of Tyler Surfboards
118 W Grand Ave., El Segundo.
Look! Optometry Center
Pat Ryan of ET Surf
904 Aviation Blvd.,
(310) 379-7660. ETSurf.com.
owner Dr. Lester
Silvman outside his
center at Metlox
Plaza. File photo
An alumni of the UC
Berkeley School of Optometry,
Dr. Lester Silverman
has been in the
field of Optometry for
over 27 years. His
Look! Optometry Center, is one of the original Manhattan Beach’s Metlox Plaza businesses,
calling it home for over 11 years. He credits his success to using state-of-the-art equipment,
carrying the finest high quality brand name eyewear, and having friendly and skilled professionals
with years of optometric experience and educational credentials. As a supporter
of the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation and a Downtown Manhattan Beach Business
Association Board Member, Dr. Silverman’s an active part of the local community.
“A lot of my customers own local businesses. We like to support each other -- as a result
making the community better,” Dr. SIlverman said. “What we stride for is something we
call in the Optometry business as 20/happy.”
451 Manhattan Beach Blvd.,
Dan Deutsch Optical Outlook
904 Manhattan Ave.,
Atkins, South Beach, Paleo: diet fads and crazes have gone in and out over the years. But
Lindberg Nutrition has been around long before them, and will likely outlast them, too.
The store opened operating in Torrance in 1949 with one woman’s desire to preserve the
wholesome nutrition of food on a farm. They opened the Manhattan Beach location 20 years
ago, and the stores carry their own brand of protein powders and nutritional supplements.
1121 Artesia Boulevard,
Manhattan Beach, (310) 372-1028,
3804 Sepulveda Boulevard, Torrance,
>> Runner-up: Feed the Machine
1016 Aviation Blvd, Hermosa Beach
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AMERICAN EXPRESS ®
Re/Max Estate Properties
David Keller, manager of Re/Max Estate
Properties’ Manhattan Beach office, insists
that in spite of his company’s 725 agents and
$5 billion in 2016 transactions, he works for
a mom and pop operation.
“We’re family owned, with the reach of an
international company,” he said. Re/Max has
affiliate offices in 95 countries.
The family is mother and son brokers Sandra
and James Sanders.
“They treat their agents the way agents are
expected to treat clients. James likes to tell
us, ‘You’re in business for yourself but not by
The family culture, Keller noted, is reinforced
by the design of the Manhattan Beach
office. Its downstairs has the warmth and
conveniences of a family room in one of their
Re/Max Estate Properties
1400 Highland Avenue, Manhattan Beach.
(310) 707 8706.
>> Runner-up: Beach Cities Brokers
200 S. Pacific Coast Hwy.
(310) 543-3536. Beachcitybrokers.net
Re/Max Estate Property’s Manhattan Beach office resembles the homes of
its Beach Cities clients. Photo courtesy of Re/Max Estate Property
Real Estate Listing Broker
Jerry Carew, 3Leaf Realty
3 Leaf Realty broker Jerry Carew relies on hard numbers to advise clients. Among the
numbers he charts are the three highest priced home sales in Manhattan and Hermosa. In
2009, the year after the start of the
Great Recession, the three most expensive
Manhattan Beach and Hermosa
Beach home sales averaged
$7.5 million. Five years later, in
2014, the average was $14 million,
an 86 percent increase.
Carew said he has learned from
his charts that, “in good years and
bad, the cycle is the same. Home
sales are slow in January and rise
to a peak in May or June.
Judging from his charts, though
the real estate market may be cyclical,
it cycles up faster than just
about any other investment, at least
in the Beach Cities.
Jerry Carew, 3 Leaf Realty
1716 Manhattan Beach Blvd.,
>> Runner-up: Amy Cimetta,
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Kids Indoor Play
should be sufficient to convince any parent to let AdventurePlex host
their children’s birthday parties. But AdventurePlex also handles invitations,
thank you notes and goodie bags. A more extended AdventurePlex
adventure is their American Camp Association accredited
Ralph’s Redondo Beach store began in
the late 1950s. Photo by Randy Angel
My Gym programs are designed to help kids become
healthy and well adjusted.
My Gym offers programs for kids six weeks through 10 years
to help them develop physically, cognitively, and emotionally.
Their programs focus on growth in all three categories because
they view each step of development in these areas as "building
blocks" toward becoming a happy, healthy, well-adjusted human
being. Classes incorporate music, dance, gymnastics and sports.
In addition to its Manhattan Beach location, My Gym’s programs
have been developed at over 100 locations in over 30
1836 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach.
1216 Beryl St., Redondo Beach.
>> Runner-up: AdventurePlex
1701 Marine Ave., Manhattan Beach.
(310) 546-7708. Adventureplex.org
Kids Birthday Party /
Fresh Brothers pizza, a custom designed, Torrance Bakery
birthday cake and the run of the Adventure Room play structure
Birthday parties at AdventurePlex have become a Beach
camp for kids 4 to 12. The five-level play structure includes sports
courts, two 35-foot high rock walls and a high ropes course. Activities
include rock climbing, arts and crafts, music appreciation and other
skill-building, self-esteem and social developmental activities.
1701 Marine Ave., Manhattan Beach.
>> Land Camp: Rolling Hills Country Day School
26444 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula.
(310) 377-4848. Rhcds.com
>> Birthday party: My Gym
1836 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach.
1216 Beryl St., Redondo Beach.
(310) 318-2288. Mygym.org
With three locations in the Beach Cities,
Ralph’s continues to provide shoppers with a
wide selection of products, fresh produce and
friendly employees. The Redondo Beach location,
south of the South Bay Galleria, is one of
the larger Ralph’s and includes bakery, deli
and meat/seafood departments in addition to a
Starbucks, Union Bank, cleaners and drivethrough
“Ralphs is so proud to receive this recognition
from our community,” Kendra Doyel, Vice
President of Public Relations stated. “We are
committed to bringing the freshest products
from the friendliest associates delivering a
great shopping experience every time customers
are in our stores.” Also offered are
weekly specials, digital coupons and fuel
points that can be used for 10 or 20 cents off
per gallon at participating Shell stations.
1413 Hawthorne Blvd, Redondo Beach.
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Manhattan Village, 2700 N Sepulveda
Blvd, Manhattan Beach.
>> Runner-up: Trader Joe’s
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Derek Levy, DC
Contrary to popular belief, most of the
back, neck and headache problems chiropractors
treat aren’t the result of physical trauma.
It’s stress, according to Hermosa Beach chiropractor
Derek Levy. “We carry our stress in
our neck, shoulders and mid back,” he explained,
hunching his shoulders forward to illustrate
how it happens.
“Chiropractors work with three basic parts
of the body – bones, nerves and muscles,” he
“When a bone is out of place, it can pinch
a nerve, causing pain. Then the muscles
spasms as they work to hold the bones in
“All a chiropractor does is put the bone
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Levy compared a pinched nerve to a garden
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“If the hose gets pinched, the flowers wilt.
If nerves gets pinched, patients experience
numbness and pain.”
“When I fix something, I get the credit, but
it’s mostly the body’s amazing healing powers
that are responsible,” he said.
One of the headache problems Levy commonly
deals with is insurance paperwork.
Though most insurance policies cover chiropractic
treatments, the paperwork can be so
Legendary waterman and chiropractor Derek Levy. Photo by Kevin
burdensome that some chiropractors won’t take insurance. It’s a headache Levy
said that he welcomes. He takes insurance.
Derek V. Levy, DC
950 Aviation Blvd., Hermosa Beach.
>> Runner-up: Bates Chiropractic
1218 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach.
(310) 545-4188. chiromanhattanbeach.com
Dr. Ashley Magovern
People in the sun-splashed South Bay are fortunate
to have noted dermatologist Dr. Ashley
Magovern right in their backyard. Magovern, who
has worked alongside world-renowned dermatologist
Howard Murad and authored numerous peerreviewed
journal articles, provides state-of-the-art
skin care with compassionate attention in the modern,
yet intimate, environment of Manhattan Dermatology.
Magovern, fellow dermatologist Nina
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of state-of-the-art dermatology and esthetician surfaces,
making their office the place “where you go
Magovern Ashley MD
400 S Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 205.
>> Runner-up: Scott C Rackett, MD
Manhattan Beach Dermatology
2809 N Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach.
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Styles of Hawaii . . . . . . . . . (310) 326-2151
Tilly’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 534-1642
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European Wax Center . . . . (310) 325-2929
Fancy Nails . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 326-7980
Pia Hair Salon . . . . . . . . . . (310) 326-0815
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Hair Studio. . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 326-2338
Vogue Beauty Studio . . . . . (310) 530-5900
Waterside Beauty. . . . . . . . (310) 534-4242
The Gift Korner . . . . . . . . . (310) 539-5011
The Tutoring Center . . . . . . (310) 530-5377
Beltone Cleaners . . . . . . . . (310) 325-2511
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Chase Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 257-1997
The Postal Mart . . . . . . . . . (310) 325-6777
South Bay Credit Union. . . (310) 374-3436
Baskin Robbins . . . . . . . . . (310) 530-6812
BevMo! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 257-0034
Cups’s Frozen Yogurt . . . . . (310) 534-2625
Nijiya Japanese Market . . . (310) 534-3000
Omaha Steaks . . . . . . . . . . (310) 539-3831
Peet’s Coffee & Tea. . . . . . . (310) 626-8008
Starbucks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 534-4835
Trader Joe’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 326-9520
Treat Tea & Ice . . . . . . . . . . (310) 326 9888
Whole Foods Market . . . . . (310) 257-8700
Yogurt Lounge . . . . . . . . . . (310) 230-5505
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Dance Studio. . . . . . . . . . . (310) 977-0987
Great Earth Vitamins . . . . . (310) 534-8494
My Fit Foods . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 257-9175
PV Massage . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 530-9093
24 Hour Fitness Center . . . (310) 534-5100
Weight Watchers . . . . . . . . (800) 651-6000
Bed, Bath & Beyond . . . . . (310) 325-0432
Hitachiya . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 534-3136
Budding Artists. . . . . . . . . . . (310) 326-9764
Color Me Mine . . . . . . . . . . (310) 325-9968
Modern Jewelry Mart. . . . . . (310) 517-0308
Dr. Mylena Jl, D.D.S, Inc. . . (310) 326-4691
Dr. M.G. Monzon, D.D.S. . . (310) 891-3303
Dr. Nolan Ng, Optometrist . (310) 326-2881
South Bay Pain Docs . . . . . . (310) 626-8037
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Grooming Wonders. . . . . . . (310) 534-1130
Pet’s Plus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 539-5700
Wild Birds Unlimited . . . . . (310) 326-2473
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Broth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 541-1227
California Pizza Kitchen . . . (310) 539-5410
Daphne’s Greek Café . . . . . (310) 257-1861
Fanoos Persian Restaurant . . (310) 530-4316
Fish Bonz Grill. . . . . . . . . . . (310) 325-2669
Hakata Yamaya . . . . . . . . . . (310) 257-1800
IcCho Japanese Restaurant . (310) 325-7273
Ichimi An . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 784-0551
Islands Restaurant . . . . . . . . (310) 530-5383
Joey’s Smokin’ B.B.Q. . . . . . (310) 257-1324
Kabab Curry of India . . . . . . (310) 539-0171
Mongolian Hot Pot . . . . . . . (310) 517-9605
Mashawi Lebanese Grill . . . (310) 325-3545
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Ryo Zan Paku. . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 530-8720
Sushi Boy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 534-4013
Veggie Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 325-6689
Del Amo Motorsport’s Redondo Beach showroom is a 45,000 sq. ft. adult
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Del Amo Motorsports
If you have a penchant for two wheels, Del Amo Motorsports is your Mecca. With a
45,000 foot showroom in Redondo Beach, a showroom in Orange County, and a showroom
in Long Beach, Del Amo Motorsports is the biggest dealership on the coast and is the powerhouse
for powersports in Southern California. Carrying a wide variety and the top brands
of motorcycles, dirt bikes, scooters, UTVs, side by sides, ATVs and personal watercraft,
each showroom is a playground for the motor inclined.
“If you are in the market for a new motorcycle or used motorcycle, stop by one of your
local Del Amo dealer to see our huge inventory,” general manager Ricardo Hueso said. “We
know there are many other dealerships out there so customer service is our top priority.”
Foreign Auto Repair
Del Amo Motorsports
2500 Marine Ave., Redondo Beach.
>> Runner-up: South Bay Customs
115 Penn St., El Segundo.
(310) 982-1300. Southbaycustoms.net
Specializing in only Lexus and Toyota, Lexology’s mechanics are all AES certified who
worked previously at the dealerships.
“We are all former certified Lexus masters before becoming independent--over 40 combined
years experience,” said co-owner Michael Badawy. “We only use factory parts and
we are 25-35 percent less money than if you walked into the dealership.”
Lexology stands behinds its work with a two year or unlimited mileage guarantee--
whichever comes first.
“Lexology, the “Science of Service Excellence”, was born from a desire to bring dealer
level service to the South Bay at neighborhood prices,” he said. “Building relationships with
our customers and therefore our neighbors is our goal. We want to be the people you trust
with your vehicle, not just the place you take it for service.”
Lexology Auto Care
1437 Aviation Blvd., Redondo Beach.
Northeast Corner of Crenshaw & Pacific Coast Highway in Torrance
For Information Call (310) 534-0411
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>> Runner-up: Walton’s Automotive
1920 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach.
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Ocean Tire’s mechanic crew. Photo by Ed Solt
The key to Ocean Tire’s success is honest work by
knowledgeable, well-trained mechanics using the industry’s
top-of-the-line parts. Located just up from the beach,
Ocean Tire has gained a following from loyal repeat customers
-- some who’ve been going to Ocean Tire for the
last 18 years. “We do full service on all makes and models
-- the right way on schedule,” said Steve Save, Ocean Tire
manager. “We are like family with our customers. Wordof-mouth
praises from satisfied customers brings in the
Ocean Tires and Service
1017 Aviation Blvd.
1001 S. Pacific Coast Hwy.
CUT * COLOR * STYLE
Independent Repair & Tire Pros
Since 1974, Independent Repair & Tire Pros has been assisting the South Bay with all of
their automotive repair and service needs. Whether you desire the rumbles of a horsepower
symphony or smog quenching pipes, the Redondo Beach shop caters to your exhaust needs.
“We believe in the core values of having accurate and expert workmanship, fair and honest
pricing, and unparalleled customer service,” said general manager Mike Grady “Our
ASE Certified staff proudly represents over
100 years of collective foreign and domestic
experience in tires, auto repair, and service.”
Independent Repair & Tire Pros
2720 Artesia Blvd.
>> Runner-up: Lexology Auto Care
1437 Aviation Blvd.
The pros at Independent Repair &
Tire Pros. Photo by Ed Solt
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Northwest Corner of
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Door and Window Center
Cook’s Doors and Windows
Serving the South Bay since 1923, Cooks Doors and Windows carries a broad range of
top quality products from the most trusted
manufacturers. As Los Angeles' premier
provider of interior and exterior doors, replacement
windows, and moulding, Cooks
Doors and Windows caters to architects,
builders, and homeowners.
“For three generations, the Cook family
has delivered accurate information, expert
field service, and hands-on assistance,”
said Jim Cook. “ Whether your project is
new construction or a remodel, Cook’s has
the products to match your vision and
Cook’s Doors and Windows
14410 Hawthorne Blvd.
The Cook brothers. Photo by Ed Solt
>> Runner-up: Renewal By Anderson
1740 Crenshaw Blvd.
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Carpet Pros can handle all of your flooring needs. Photo by Ed Solt
Carpet Pros, Inc.
Carpet Pros, Inc has proudly served the
South Bay with quality flooring solutions
since 1993. Fully insured and licensed, the
family owned company is committed to providing
the highest quality products with top
“We only use qualified and trained workers--not
just someone hired off the street for
the day. Our floors and carpets have been
installed in some of the most expensive
houses in the South Bay,” said Anthony
Franco, VP. “ If there’s any problems in the
future--we cover it. We stand behind our
Carpet Pros, Inc.
4535 Artesia Blvd.
>> Runner-up: Carpet Spectrum, Inc.
1050 Aviation Blvd.
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Hermosa Cyclery owners Larry Burke, Steve Collins and Mark McNeil.
(absent Ken Lieboewitz).
Much has changed in downtown Hermosa Beach since 1974. But Hermosa Cyclery, which
was founded in that year just off the Strand by a cheerful man named Harold Schumaker,
has happily endured.
Schumaker passed away in 2002 and willed the shop to four of his most beloved employees,
Steve Collins, Larry Burke, Ken Liebowitz and Mark McNeill, who have continued to
operate Hermosa Cyclery both as a full-service bike shop and as something that feels like
a civic institution, part of the very fabric of Old Hermosa.
“No doubt longevity has something to do with it,” said Collins of the shop’s ongoing popularity,
as evidenced by its frequent Best of the Beach awards. “We are a tiny shop, not corporate,
with a lot of character, and to get this kind of attention when you are competing
with big shops is really reassuring. It’s astounding.”
Hermosa Cyclery is also civically engaged — when somebody needs a bike corral, or
some bikes for a non-profit event, “We say yes,” Collins said. “Our outreach to the community
exceeds our tiny size. And we are nice folks. We make an effort to hire people the community
will be fond of.”
Schumaker himself is still rolling down the Strand in the form of a bike Hermosa Cyclery
has designed called the Schueet. Naturally, it’s a Strand cruiser. “We are a simple shop, a
Strand cruiser bike shop,” Collins said. “And that is where he always kind of steered it.”
After all, what in life is better than a cruise on the Hermosa Strand? “For a lot of international
clients, we liken a ride on the Strand to a day at Disneyland,” Collins said. “We
are not competing to out-Disney Disneyland, but when you go home from your vacation,
you’ll probably think as fondly of your ride on the Strand as you do your visit to Disneyland.
Even when we live here and we take it for granted, when we are riding on the Strand, we
still go, ‘This is nice.’”
20 13th St.
>> Runner-up: Helen Cycles
1570 Rosecrans Ave. #C
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Skateboard / Snowboard Shop
Dr. Liebl • Dr. Doane • Dr. Yao
Dr. Jacks • Dr. Broussard
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560 PCH, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Sonny, Tucker, Dan and Tommy at ET Surf. Photo by Ed Solt
When it comes to skateboards, ET Surf has been on the forefront since opening, 45 years
ago. An entire wall is dedicated to the biggest selection of skate decks in the South Bay —
showcasing the bitchin’ art and flavor of each skateboard brand. Besides decks, the South
Bay’s oldest surfshop carries the top wheels, bearing, trucks, and hardware. Their knowledgeable
staff is eager to put together you next four wheel endeavor. Oh,and don’t forget
the legendary ET Surf “Shredstick.”
“Our legend, Kevin ‘the Worm’ Anderson, has over 62 years of skateboard knowledge,
something I joke about with customers,” said ET Surf manager Sonny McCollom. “We been
here since before you were born.”
ET Surf also has the area’s largest selection of snowboards and snowboard gear. While
competitors have come and gone since snowboarding’s introduction to popular culture in
the 90s, ET Surf has plowed ahead like a grizzly bear in a blizzard. Their snowboard section
rivals those closer to the mountains and their knowledgeable staff will get you dialed.
“Thank God we got covered in snow this year,” said ET Surf Manager Dan Connell. “We
have more selection than the old Sport Chalets.”
904 Aviation Blvd.
>> Skateboard & Snowboard Runner-up :
2461 Pacific Coast Hwy., Hermosa Beach.
Spyder Surf II
65 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach.
Spyder Surf MB
1116 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach.
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from Julie Rader at her Mukti Yoga School,
which is based at the studio. Rader is one
of the foremost yoga teachers in the South
Bay; most of the teachers at The Green Yogi
have studied under her. Milhomme credits
Rader for building a culture of consistently
great teaching that is the hallmark of The
Green Yogi. “So people know what they are
getting when they come,” he said.
The only changes the new ownership
plan are offering a slightly more diverse
array of classes, with a particular focus on
classes for kids and “yoga basics” classes for
beginners. On May 20 from 2 to 4 p.m., the
studio will offer the first in a series of free
“Yoga 101” introductory workshops. “It’s
one way to get into yoga,” Milhomme said.
3504 Highland Ave.
>> Runner-up: Soul Fitness LA
1209 S Pacific Coast Hwy.
The Green Yogi’s new owners, Jean-Yves Salaun and Oliver Milhomme,
plan to continue the studio’s emphasis on Vinyassa Flow while expanding
offerings for beginners. Photo by Mark McDermott
People come to yoga for different things.
Some really just want a workout, a good
sweat, maybe to lose some weight. Others
seek spirituality, connecting to a 4,000 year
tradition through which they hope to cultivate
mindfulness through breath. Some
want it all, and that is where The Green
Yogi, the elegant little studio tucked away
on Highland in North Manhattan Beach,
has made it’s name. A walk up its long,
grass-lined, path-like entrance leads into a
secret garden, apart from the worldly bustle
outside; The Green Yogi offers refuge,
as well as a rigorous workout through its
strong emphasis on Vinyassa Flow classes.
Founded by broadcast sports journalist
Mary Strong-Sullivan in 2009, The Green
Yogi has repeatedly been voted Best Yoga
Studio, its popularity holding steady even
as dozens of new studios have opened up
throughout the South Bay. Last October, the
studio was purchased by a pair of Frenchmen,
Jean-Yves Salaun and Oliver Milhomme,
who intend to build on The Green
Yogi’s success by continuing to strike a balance.
“You can find your own spiritual or emotional
aspect. It’s there; if you are looking
for it, you can find it,” said Milhomme. “If
it’s not your cup of tea, you can be in any
class and not be bothered by an overtly
spiritual aspect. It’s a nice balance here,
which is maybe why we have so many different
yogis — some on a spiritual quest,
well-being, others just for physical exercise.”
Upon arrival last fall, Milhomme, who
is also a journalist for the French newspaper,
La Monde, went right to the heart of The
Green Yogi: he took yoga teacher training
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Surf Shop / Men’s Clothing
Spyder Surf’s knowledgeable crew of the hottest shredders around. Photo
by Ed Solt
Dennis Jarvis devotees voted his Spyder Surf the place to pick up your newest stick,
freshest trunks, and hottest surf brand T-shirt – including local brands such as Hippy Tree,
M1sk, and South Bay Bubble.
“We have the best staff, best products, and best prices. We are proud to be a family run,
non corporate business since the beginning,” said Jarvis. “We will be celebrating our 35th
anniversary this year and the 10th anniversary of Spyderfest in April.”
It’s a no-brainer a surf shop would win best Men’s Clothing Shop in Southern California.
With a Spyder Surf location now opened in downtown Manhattan Beach, owner Dennis
Jarvis is not slowing down.
“Each store complements the others. If we don’t have the specific item at one location,
it will be at the other,” Jarvis said. “Most of all, all three locations have a knowledgable
staff that perpetuate the Spyder legacy.”
2461 Pacific Coast Hwy., Hermosa Beach.
1116 Manhattan Ave.
>> Surf Shop
ET Surf, 904 Aviation Blvd.
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Old Bull Lee
1021 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
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Dive N’ Surf
Since opening in 1973, Dive N’ Surf has introduced over 70,000 people to the world of
“The one thing Dive N’ Surf wants to instill in all of its students is a general love of the
ocean,” said Dive N’ Surf’s Saul Zaragoza. “With an 89 degree indoor swimming pool, we
make sure to resolve any fear or intimidation a brand new diver may have.”
The shop carries top line equipment and offers surf and scuba rentals, repairs, comprehensive
dive certification classes and world wide destination scuba travel packages. It has
been awarded the highly prestigious 5 Star PADI Dive Center status.
“Dive N’ Surf has a lot of heritage starting with Bill and Bob Meistrell, Dale Velzy, Bev
Morgan, and Hap Jacobs, who were the shops early owners. The Meistrell family still owns
the shop,” said Zaragoza. “We are stoked to continue the legacy.”
Dive N’ Surf
504 N. Broadway.
Freedive N Spear
950 Aviation Blvd. #B
Dive N’ Surf general manager Tom Tanner and his crew Saul, Savannah,
Shirley and Marsha. Photo by Ed Solt
If it was 1988, local shredder Chris Wells
would be on the team wearing elastic waist,
Panama Jacks, looking to pick up chicks at the
Dive N’ Surf in the Del Amo Fashion Center and
Pat Reardon would be a no-brainer to win best
Surf Shop Shaper.
“I’ve always been a shaper first. I never
worked in a surf shop. Retail wasn’t my thing,”
Reardon said. “I value the surfer shaper relationships
– making custom boards.”
Reardon has shaped for the South Bay’s best.
In no particular order, they include Hatzikian
(before his first shape at age 12), Robinson, Frohoff,
Wells, Browning and the Levy brothers. He
traces his star back to sweeping floors in the
Becker factory at age 12.
“I have to give credit to Phil Becker and Steve
Mangiagli. Phil paid me $1 to cut out blanks.”
he said. “I currently derive my shaping inspiration
from my visits to the North Shore. There are
so many amazing surfers and shapers – the waves
are so out of control and gnarly. Thank you South
>> Runner-up: Dan Kadowaki
(310) 283-1705 kadowakisurfboards.com
Pat Reardon with his balsa gun.
Photo by Ed Solt
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OLG is a preschool - 8th grade school nestled in the hills of Hermosa Beach.
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Jean Paul LeBosnoyani taps out as his sister Bianca applies an armbar
at their father Nono’s downtown Hermosa Beach studio.
Photo by David Fairchild
LeBosnoyani and brother Jean Paul practice kicks. Photo by David Fairchild
on the mat
Mira Costa High students
Jean Paul and
are rising through the ranks,
on the jiu jitsu and
by Randy Angel
Standing on a mat in New Jersey with her opponent
on the other side of the referee, 13-year-old Bianca
LeBosnoyani waited anxiously for the decision of
her jiu jitsu bout. As the referee raised LeBosnoyani’s
arm to signal victory, she burst into tears.
“The tears were not from happiness or pain, but from
exhaustion. I was completely drained,” LeBosnoyani recalled.
“My dad literally carried me out.”
And, In the spirit of a true sibling rivalry, older
brother Jean Paul told his younger sister to just “suck it
The victory was Bianca’s first at the Expert level after
having an extremely successful run in the Intermediate
“My brother was always winning belts and I wanted
one too,” Bianca said. “I had a lead and in my mind, I
can still hear my dad and brother yelling at me during
It’s no surprise that Jean Paul and Bianca, a senior
and sophomore, respectively, at Mira Costa High School
have become outstanding athletes in the sport of jiu
jitsu. They have spent much of their lives on the mat.
Their father Nono has owned Nono’s One-On-One
Hapkido at the same downtown Hermosa Beach location
for more than 30 years.
Now 55, Nono began competing in judo and kung fu
at the age of 12 and started teaching at 22. In 1983, he
earned a 1st Degree Black Belt in Hapkido and has
coached legendary UFC fighter Royce Gracie.
“I have been on the mat of my dad’s dojo since I was
a newborn,” Jean Paul said. “My father used to carry
me in a kangaroo harness on his chest while he taught
March 9, 2017 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 31
classes. He would instill things into my brain, explaining techniques. It
was our version of story telling or reading a children's book. But, instead
of ‘Living happily ever after,’ it was about how to break someone's arm.”
Jean Paul started training at the age of 3, going through the motions of
punching and kicking along with grappling with older kids. When he was
5, he began competing.
In any sport, it is common for a parent who coaches his or her own children
to be harder on them, over-compensating for a show of favoritism.
The LeBosnoyani situation was no exception.
“Having my father as my coach has been extremely tough at times, but
we get along more than we don't,” said Jean Paul, who recently turned 18.
“I lived with my father pretty much my whole life and the fact that we
would see each other for hours on end, it caused us to butt heads. After I
much more experienced than me and I catch them in an armbar and win
the match. I love proving people wrong.”
Two of Jean Paul’s goals for the year are winning another IBJJF world
championship and making his pro MMA debut in June for Reality Fighting.
He eventually would like to become a UFC world champion, in multiple
Bianca, who turns 16 in April, is a world champion in her own right,
but said fighting in the world of MMA is not in her future.
“I just want to go as far as I can in jiu jitsu while enjoying it every day,”
Bianca said. “I have no plans for UFC. I just want to keep my belt.”
Growing up, Bianca took ballet and played soccer through 8th grade at
Hermosa Valley School, but was always around the sport of jiu jitsu.
“When I was 6 or 7, my dad said it was time for me to get on the mat,”
Jean Paul LeBosnoyani training with fellow martial arts student Katie Ashner at his father Nono’s Hermosa Beach studio in 2009.
moved out my father learned to treat me like an adult and I learned to respect
my father more. Now we are in a good place.”
Jean Paul’s intense training has paid off. He is the 2016 North American
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (NABJJF) world champion, a three-time International
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) world champion, a multiple
world champion in the North American Grappling Association (NAGA)
and has won multiple titles at the Gracie World and National Championships.
Jean Paul considers his strongest submission the armbar and is confident
he can subdue anyone from any possible position using the technique.
“My most memorable moments in jiu jitsu are when I am considered
the ‘underdog’ in an upper division or when fighting someone who is
Bianca said. “There were no girls, only boys as opponents, and I was
scared. Soon I fell in love with the sport. I really enjoy the confidence and
strength it builds – both mentally and physically. The discipline I’ve
learned helps make school work a piece of cake.”
Bianca has been a three-time NAGA world champion, two-time Kids Pan
Am champion and has world championships at the NAGA Europe and
She also competed in the Eddie Bravo Invitational, a tournament that
features academies from around the world.
Ranked among the world’s top jiu jitsu fighters in her age and weight
belt divisions, Bianca has held a Green Belt for three years and is working
to win a Blue Belt.
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She feels her biggest improvement
has been in technique and
adapting to certain situations, using
the armbar, triangle and choke positions,
but believes her strength is
in her bottom game.
“I’m comfortable on my back
and use my guard game to my advantage.”
Bianca joined the Mira Costa
girls wrestling team this season.
“My jiu jitsu improved because of
wrestling, particularly in the take
downs,” she said.
Getting a Grip a new sport
Jean Paul and Bianca have also
become top grapplers for Mira
Costa’s wrestling teams.
“My dad was the biggest influence
in my taking up wrestling,
along with my uncle Jimmy
Packer,” Jean Paul said as he aims
to end his four-year prep career
with a State championship. “I opposed
it for a month. I considered
competing in wrestling as jiu jitsu
with handcuffs on.”
The new sport took some time to
“In jiu jitsu, the ground is your
friend,” Nono explained. “In
wrestling, it is your enemy.”
Jean Paul credits his coaches,
particularly head coach Jimmy
Chaney, and his partners on the
mat in changing his mindset about
“Jimmy’s the mind behind the
wrestling operation at Mira Costa,”
Jean Paul said. ”From my freshman
through my junior year, he instilled
the basics of wrestling to me.
“Combining wrestling and jiu
jitsu, I feel like I’ve created my
own sport. My agility and ability to
quickly move into different positions
while staying unpredictable
is the strength of my game.”
Wrestling in the 170-pound
weight class, Jean Paul is ranked
No. 5 in the state and won the Bay
League individual title while leading
Mira Costa to the CIF-Southern
Section Southern Division Dual
LeBosnoyani advanced to the
CIF-SS Individual Championships
where he placed second after a
close 13-9 loss to the No. 2-ranked
wrestler in the state. He joined
teammate Jared Williams, who
won a CIF championship in the
145-pound division, as the two
Mustangs to qualify for the CIF
LeBosnoyani took third and
Williams placed fourth to qualify
for the CIF State Championship
held last Saturday at Rabobank
Bianca LeBosnoyani celebrates with her brother Jean Paul after Mira Costa’s
boys team captured the 2017 CIF-SS Southern Division Dual Meet Championship.
Photo by Ray Vidal
Arena in Bakersfield.,
LeBosnoyani began the season
with two first-place finishes, winning
the South High Holiday kickoff
in November and the Tournament
of Champions at Cerritos College
on December 30 when he led Mira
Costa to a 6th-place finish among 60
The following week, he was
named Most Outstanding Wrestler
in the upper divisions at the John
Glenn Tournament then placed
third at a National Tournament in
Jean Paul feels confident he will
reach the podium at the CIF State
Championships. But despite his
success, he said his most memorable
moments did not involve tournaments.
“When I look back on my
wrestling career, it’s not a certain
meet that comes to mind but going
through the grind of practice with
my teammates while we suffer together
to become champions.”
In the classroom, Jean Paul enjoys
his Government and English
classes, where he also has learned
valuable life lessons from his teachers,
Glenn Marks and William
Jean Paul stated that if he is offered
a college scholarship, he
would weigh the option but as of
now has no plans to attend college
right away as he focuses on becoming
an MMA fighter.
Despite the urging of her brother
and father, Bianca did not begin
wrestling until this year. She regrets
not participating during her
freshman year when she ran cross
“They told me wrestling would
add a different aspect to my jiu
jitsu game,” said Bianca, who
quickly emerged as one of the top
wrestlers on the Mustang squad. “I
already had some grappling technique
and worked hard to adapt
the take down. Most of the other
girls on the team were learning
wrestling for the first time.”
Bianca, who competes in the
116-pound weight class, placed
first in only her second tournament.
She was named Most Outstanding
Wrestler at the South
Hills Tournament in early January
after pinning her opponents in the
first of the three periods in each
“My time in the spotlight was
short lived however,” Bianca said.
“My brother was named Most Outstanding
Wrestler at a tournament
the following week.”
Chaney has been impressed with
how quickly the LeBosnoyani siblings
have made the transition
from jiu jitsu to wrestling.
“Both Jean Paul and Bianca are
great students and great people,”
Chaney said. “Having world-class
backgrounds in jiu jitsu has given
them basic ground skills coming in
that most wrestlers don't have.
They are also so unorthodox in
what they do, that it catches many
of their opponents off guard.”
In only her first season in the
sport of wrestling, Bianca qualified
for the CIF-SS Girls Individual
Wrestling Championships with a
7th-place finish at the Southern Regional
The Mira Costa girls wrestling
team is young, comprised mostly
of freshmen and sophomores with
no seniors and only one junior on
Bianca said her first wrestling
match was an eye-opener.
“I was used to having maybe
1,000 spectators in the stands for
jiu jitsu matches, but was so surprised
to see all of the girls in the
gym. You couldn’t even see the
mat, there so many girls warming
up,” Bianca said. “I feel so honored
to be one of the pioneers in the
sport of girls wrestling at Mira
Costa. I’m looking forward to the
day when I see how much the
sport has grown.” B
March 9, 2017 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 33
Leaving too soon
Rebecca Nolan reads her prize winning essay about losing her mother to cancer. Photo by Kevin Cody
A 12-year-old reflects on loss by Rebecca Nolan
On the afternoon, of August 18, 2014 who would have known that a
10-year-old little girl would never get to see her mother again. Who
would have known that a little girl would have to live her life without
her mother, forever.
I’m 12 years old and my mom died two years ago from a cancer that
spread all over her body. The time at the hospital was the hardest part of
this experience for me. Dozens of cars rounded up in the parking lot. This
large building loomed in front of me. Many people rushed into the hospital
anxiously waiting to see how their loved ones were doing, which included
my family. We were not promised we would see her tomorrow. We were
not promised to see her in a minute. We only had now. For a few seconds,
none of this seemed real. The shock, the pain, the reality, never hit me.
Until now. It all felt like a dream. In the end I knew it wasn’t, but at the
moment it was nice thinking this wasn’t real. Thinking all of this would go
away tomorrow. Thinking it would all be better soon. I didn’t cry, I wouldn’t.
I kept my emotions bottled up in this container which held a lot of feelings
inside. Every so often I would explode in tears. I tried not to cry around
people, maybe because I didn’t want them to see my soft spots or maybe
because this was something I wanted to keep to myself.
My mom was a beautiful woman. She had brown curly hair that dangled
a few inches below her shoulders. Her face had many freckles. She had
sparkling teeth with a perfect smile that made everyone feel happy. She always
wore her sunglasses.
Memory changes over time. My memory of this experience may not be
spot on. But the emotion, the feeling, the pain will always be there, no matter
how many years pass. We didn’t find out she had cancer until my mom
was at the cancer stage 4B. She had cancer way before we knew and the
doctors didn’t see it. We just lived our lives normally for the past few years.
Living this life thinking everything was fine on the outside, but on the inside
everything was wrong. I was living this fairytale that I thought would end
with a happy ending.
When my mom finally told me she had cancer, I was in disbelief. I didn’t
know how much harm it could do at the moment. I sat there staring at my
parents from the back seat of the car. Dumbfounded by the words that
didn’t seem to be true. We continued on our same routine. Little did I know
it was all about to change.
Days went on with no results, only wishing things would get better. Person
after person tried to make her better, but it was of no use. We had religious
people, doctors, nurses, remedies. Nothing happened. Soon, my mom
was too weak to take me to school. Too weak to walk very much. My
brother Joshua started picking me up at school because my mom couldn’t.
Loss cont. on page 36
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invites teens to write about loss
Over 80 South Bay middle and high school
students with family members suffering
from or lost to cancer submitted essays
about their experiences to a contest sponsored
by Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach.
“The deadline was midnight, October 25. And
typical of teenagers, almost half the entries came
in between 10 p.m. and midnight,” CSCRB kids
coordinator Sharron Feigenbaum said at a ceremony
recognizing the five finalists at the Cancer
Support Center on Friday, February 24.
“The contest serves to raise awareness and to
be an outlet for teen voices,” Feignebaum said.
The five finalists received prize money totaling
“A serious subject deserves a serious prize,”
said cancer survivor Mary Kehrl, who underwrote
Rebecca Nolan, 12, a student at West Neighborhood
School in Marina del Rey received a
check for $2,500 for her first place essay. Peninsula
High student Jake Milch was second, Torrance
Magruder Middle School student Marissa
Cueva third, West Torrance High student
Cameron Amintinat fourth, and Palos Verdes Intermediate
School student Julia Gazdik fifth. B
CSCRB Kids Community Group Facilitator Sharon Feigenbaum, finalists Rebecca Nolan and Cameron
Amintinat, contest sponsor Mary Kehrl, finalists Julia Gazdik and Marissa Cueva, CSCRB board president
Dr. Dan Hovenstine and CSCRB CEO Judith Opdahl. Dr. Hovenstine is holding a photo of finalist
Jake Milch, who was unable to attend the ceremony. Photo by Kevin Cody
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Loss cont. from page 34
I would always ask him: “Why can’t
my mom pick me up?” He said,
“She doesn’t feel well.” I began to
get really sad, but I kept on with
this battle. Even though my mom
was the one with cancer, the one
fighting to stay alive, we kept fighting
with her. We were battling the
pain with her.
We kept thinking she was going
to get better. My mom had been
doing chemotherapy to try to kill
the cancer, but it wasn’t working.
We heard it was like poison in her
body. Her immune system got
weaker and weaker. But we had to
get rid of the cancer. She started to
lose her hair, so she decided to cut
it neck length.
My brother and I both trimmed
her hair. Just when we thought the
tumor was getting smaller and
going away we found out it had
spread from her thymus gland to
her liver. The tumor was the size of
a baseball, wrapped around her
heart. That is why they couldn’t do
surgery to remove it. The cancer
made her feet numb and swollen
and made her eyes have yellow
bubbles. And, finally, it spread to
her brain. Which killed her.
Like I said earlier, this all felt like
a dream. But then again, dreams
only exist in your mind. Everything
felt so wrong that I thought it was a
dream. I feel really bad that I didn’t
appreciate my mom enough. I
didn’t get to say goodbye. I personally
don’t like hospitals no matter
who is in them. In the first few
weeks of her hospitalization I
wanted to leave the minute I arrived.
The hospital room wasn’t
very spacious. Large machines were
planted in the ground while some
were on wheels. She had an IV
stuck in her arm. She gently laid in
her bed with the sheets covering
The day before she died, I wanted
to go shopping because I really didn’t
like the hospital, so I left the hospital
and on that day I never saw
my mom again. I know I shouldn’t
feel bad for what I have done because
it already happened. There
are always those what-ifs. What if I
stayed the last day of her life? What
if I slept at the hospital with my
aunt next to my mom? What if I got
to say goodbye? I think my mom
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meant to die before my dad so my
dad and I could bond more. They
say everything happens for a reason,
right? There are so many questions
that linger in my brain.
Mostly: why, why, why? My mom
was only 47 years old and I was 10
This experience has taught me to
treasure the ones I love the most because
you only have today. Losing
my mom was like losing a big piece
of my heart. I always wonder what
life would be like if she was here.
How it would be different, how I
would be different? My mom
played a big role in my life from
being my mom, to being my mentor,
defender, and encourager. She
was everything to me. She encouraged
me, was always proud of me
and always stuck to my side no
matter what the circumstances. We
had our secrets that have died with
my mom which no one knows.
Now that my mom is no longer
here I have to take on a different
role in my life. My mom would always
do my hair, make my bed,
wash my clothes, pick out my
clothes, take me shopping, bring me
special lunches to school, and always
pick me up from school on
time. She treated me like a princess.
Since she is gone I have to do a lot
of these things on my own. I have
taken on more responsibility and
maturity. At night she would lay
down with me in bed and we
would talk about my day. That was
one of my favorite parts when I
spent time with her. I always felt so
secure knowing she was right next
to me. She was my best friend.
Since she’s gone I don’t have my
childhood anymore. I’ve lost it and
can’t get it back because I am so
used to this new life which was
forced on me. With no choice, I
have taken on this role as my own
mentor, my own helper, my own
believer and fighter.
My dad and I have had to take on
this challenge, sometimes with each
other, sometimes against. It’s been
a rough road for us both because
now my dad has to be the mother
and father of the family. My dad
does some of the things my mom
did but he can never replace her.
I think my mom died for a reason.
I think God wanted my dad
and me to get along better. As our
life carries on my dad and I have
built a life together that works for
both of us. Together my dad and I
take on the world with my mom always
with us in our heart. B
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of El Segundo
by Richard Foss
The first brewery and distillery in the state
to operate under the same roof hopes to
cross blend craft beer and spirit lovers
Rob Rubens tasting room has a speakeasy atmosphere consistent with its offbeat location across from the Chevron El Segundo refinery. Photos by Tim Jones
Even if you have driven past the Chevron El Segundo refinery 10,000
times, you can find yourself admiring the majestic, industrial landscape.
The columns over 100 feet tall, with their intricate maze of
piping, have a weird beauty. At sunset they might seem to be almost from
If you stop in at one of the brick industrial buildings just across the street,
you may be surprised to see one of those columns on a much smaller scale.
It’s designed to refine plant materials rather than petroleum, and the result
is designed to go into your mouth rather than your car.
Rob Rubens runs the distillery that bears his name and he says that some
people who work on the big columns are delighted by his 17-foot-tall version.
“We have had folks from Chevron come in here, and they are always fascinated
by our mini version of what they have across the street. They like
to pick it apart and analyze how it works,” he said.
Rubens hadn’t been looking for that kind of symmetry when he started
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housed under the same roof.
“I decided on March 17, 2014 that we were going to open a distillery, and
exactly 27 months later we opened our doors here. It was luck… we had
been searching for a home for nine months, and we found that somebody
else had defaulted on the lease here.”
Rob Rubens Distilling and Brewing is one of four craft distilleries to open
in Los Angeles County since 1920, when Prohibition closed down the dozen
or so that had been here. Operating a distillery hadn’t been Rob’s lifelong
dream. In fact, he had never seen one until five years ago, but as soon as
he did he was hooked.
“I already loved craft beer when I went to the Old New Orleans rum distillery
in October 2013. I fell in love with the concept, and I realized that it
hadn’t really caught on here in LA. I had a friend teach me home brewing
and I started doing my own home garage and balcony brewing. I started
taking distilling workshops and courses, visited places to see best practices,
and then dived in headfirst.”
When it came to brewing beer, Rob could easily find fellow amateurs,
but there wasn’t a corresponding network of home distillers.
“You can home distill, though it’s technically illegal. They’re working on
reform for that that, but home brewing is still what most people do, or at
least what they admit to. That used to be the case with home brewing 30
years ago, people did it secretly, but now it has become more common.”
The distillery and brewery opened in June of 2016 with several beers on
tap in their tasting room and two distilled products: vodka and gin. Novice
drinkers often think all vodkas are alike, but there are subtle differences,
depending on what was distilled and by what method. As explained in
“Vodka Distilled” by Tony Abou-Ganim, they can be lighter or heavier in
body, thin or oily, and have subtle herbal, floral, or fruity notes. As for gin,
let’s let Rob explain that.
“Gin is vodka redistilled with botanical character added by one of several
methods. Some places macerate their spices and herbs and then add it to
the spirit, but ours is all vapor infused. The alcohol vapor from the still runs
through what is called a gin basket, which holds the aromatic herbs. We’re
making a floral type of summertime gin, using lavender and coriander, and
we hop our gin. We’re not the only one to do that, but it’s certainly a little
bit different from most of what is on the market.”
Adding hops to gin is an old idea, probably going back to 17th century
Holland, but few American gins are made this way. Unlike mass market
gins that taste of juniper, coriander, and little else, hopped gins can be savored
straight or in cocktails with only the most modest additions. It’s a
versatile but slightly unusual product, and when talking to Rob you get the
sense that he is walking a line between an instinctive tendency to experiment
with flavor and a recognition that doing so too much risks losing a
Classic brews and ales
When asked whether his brewery was conceptually different from those
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Rob Rubens and Jax.
of other microbrewers in the area that specialize in India Pale Ales, his response
showed an awareness of that tension.
“We’re not an IPA house. I know it’s very popular, but our inspiration is
from classic beers and ales. That said, what we make is not about my personal
tastes, and everyone in this business keeps that in mind. Monkish
said they would never do IPA’s, but now one of their canned beers is a New
England style IPA. You have to stay relevant to your consumer, no matter
what, but you also have to stay true to yourself. We try to have a spectrum
of beers. One of our core beers is a strawberry wheat beer, not a common
thing for anyone here to be brewing. That’s equally popular with the male
and female population, and it’s a beer that is appealing to wine drinkers.
We’re still a very young business, and our focus has to be on making sure
each new release is of high enough quality that it should be on tap here.”
The beer and spirits are both served in the Victorian style tasting room.
As with any tasting room, it allows people to try before they buy, and expose
patrons to things they didn’t know they wanted.
“A lot of what our mission is here and why we serve both the beer and
the spirits, is to cross-educate. We want to have spirit drinkers discover craft
beer, and we want beer drinkers to discover that not all vodka tastes the
same. A lot of what sells any brand is the story behind it, and if we can interest
consumers in understanding the product then they’re on the way to
trying and liking it. We want them to dig into the backstory, not just say
‘I’ll buy that, it’s in a cool bottle.’ We’re removing a lot of stuff that industrial
producers leave in their products, so it’s the purest spirit. Distilling is a complex
process and it will take some education for even interested consumers
Rob has seen signs that the craft beer and spirits revolution has taken off
even in a demographic that is usually much more concerned with the cost
of a product than its quality.
“One of our accounts, Loyola Marymount University, opened a place on
campus called The Loft where students can enjoy craft beer. It’s great to
have the students enjoying quality products instead of running out to get
30-packs of Miller every time they get a chance. That’s especially cool for
me to see because when I was their age, I was the kid who was buying 30-
packs… It’s a transformation in their way of thought. They’re drinking for
flavor rather than effect.”
Though the production facility in El Segundo looks big when you first
see it, it’s obviously not as big as its founder’s ambitions. Will Rob Rubens
be able to do all the things he wants to do while staying in this space? Rob
isn’t addressing this directly, but there’s a hint in his carefully worded answer.
“I was really hoping this spot was going to last us for five years, but we’re
barely six months old and things are getting tight. At the very least we’re
going to need off site space for storage and cooperage. This space will carry
us through about 8,000 barrels of beer production and about 70,000 gallons
of spirits production per year. That will be snug but doable. We’ll look at
our options as time goes on.”
All the same, a moment or two later he is dreaming big again.
“We’re rolling out a new and expanded cocktail menu on the first week
of March. I will go from five options to about 20. We’re looking at delivering
a varied experience. If you go out now in Los Angeles, or Chicago, or New
York, you can find all sorts of cocktail bars where you can get a hot toddy,
dirty martini, or something different. We’re going to be able to offer that
experience with mixology, with professionalism, with the ambiance to complement
that effect. Someday I may want to expand and have a restaurant,
but that’s a long way down the line because I have a very full plate.”
Rob Rubens has a full plate because his customers have full glasses, and
have been coming back for refills on a regular basis. His tasting room, near
the corner of Center Street and El Segundo Boulevard, is open daily. It’s a
place of discovery and education for even the most knowledgeable beer
and spirit connoisseurs to connect with the craft distilling revolution or just
enjoy a great beer.
Rob Rubens Distilling and Brewing is at 909 East El Segundo Boulevard.
More information and hours are at RubensSpirit.com. B
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Dr. Steve Liebl
Hermosa Animal Hospital
Dr. Steve Liebl is a loved and respected veterinarian at
a loved and respected South Bay institution, Hermosa Animal
Hospital. The following samples from the Liebl lovefest
on Yelp and social media tell the tale: Lorry Ray says
that Dr Liebl is “knowledgeable, professional and caring,”
adding, “We have been seeing Dr Liebl for over 10 years,
with everything from well-puppy checks to end-of-life issues.
He takes the time to research and investigate your
pet's health issues and thoroughly explains any conditions
that may arise, along with treatment options.” Barbara M.
of Redondo Beach says Dr. Liebl is an “angel” who “went
above and beyond” to solve the riddle of her pet Andy’s
“awful skin allergies.”
Hermosa Animal Hospital
Dr. Steve Liebi
560 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Bay Animal Hospital
1801 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Jon Bell, who has worked the nursery since he was 15, bought and
named it Deep Roots when he was only 28. Photo by Mark McDermott
Deep Roots Garden Center
The sprawling, barn-like structure at
the corner of Sepulveda and 2nd Street in
Manhattan Beach has been a plant nursery
for six decades but has gone through
several iterations, most famously becoming
a community institution as Bob’s
Nursery under the ownership of Bob
Brock from 1970 to 2000. It became a
more high-end nursery after Brock sold,
but one of his former employees — Jon
Bell, who began working at the nursery
when he was 15 — bought the business in
2009, at the age of 28, named it Deep
Roots and returned it to its roots. Deep
Roots has won every Best of the Beach
since, a seven year streak that doesn’t appear
to be at risk of ending anytime soon.
It’s an all-in-one garden center; in addition
to several hundred species of plants
(with an emphasis on plants native to this
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fertilizers, pots of every size, chimes, garden
boxes, bulbs, birdhouses, and offers landscaping
and floral design services, as well as a fulltime
florist, regular workshops, and
educational outreach. With Bell at the helm,
Deep Roots has, in other words, once again returned
to community institution status.
“We try to cover all those bases,” Bell said.
“Anything we can sell, we can install. We get
to know people and, over time, get a grasp of
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Used Car Dealer
Jama Auto House owner and former Porsche rally car driver Lars Jacobsson.
Photo by Kevin Cody
Jama Auto House
A Santa Barbara resident having her car
serviced at Jama Auto House in Hermosa
Beach walked downtown for lunch. Upon
her return, she told Jama owner Lars Jacobsson,
“You must sell a lot of cars. I saw
seven Jama license plate holders on my
way back up Pier Avenue.”
The former Porsche rally car driver from
Sweden celebrated his used car dealership’s
34th anniversary in January. In addition
to longevity, Jacobsson attributed his
success to synthetic oil. “A Mercedes that
used to run 200,000 miles on a single engine,
now runs 500,000 miles,” Jacobsson
said. As a result, high end used cars, which
Jama specializes in, hold their value longer,
assuming they are regularly serviced. Jacobsson
makes the argument that his used Mercedes’
and BMW’s are cheaper to own than
new, mid-priced cars because his hourly
service rates are half those of new car dealers.
Jacobsson said he and his staff consult
with customers on the type of driving they
do before recommending a car to them.
Chances are his recommendation won’t be
an electric car.
After about five years, Tesla batteries need
to be replaced, at a cost of roughly $40,000.
That essentially makes electric cars, like
their batteries, disposables, Jacobsson said.
Jama Auto House
700 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Casey’s Cars, Inc.
840 Pacific Coast Hwy.
The bohemian boutique-by-the-sea
draws praise from customers throughout
the South Bay and beyond, for fun and
guilt-free shopping in a welcoming environment.
To keep the scale personal, katwalk
carries only small quantities of “tried and
tested” items. Yelper Jill T. of Marina del
Rey enjoys “chic, hip clothing at reasonable
prices,” and the compliments she gets on
her “cool, sexy, trendy but classic” purchases.
K.K. of Los Angeles says it’s “the
best place to shop in the South Bay (and all
of LA) to get the cutest dresses, shoes, accessories,
jeans and gifts.” She also shops
312 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
>> Runner-up: Alandrea
1809 ½ S. Catalina St.
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The Lakes at El Segundo
The South Bay doesn’t have a lot of golf
courses, but it does have the world famous
Trump National as well as the cutting-edge,
David Kidd-designed Rolling Hills Country
Club. Yet local golfers truly cherish the unpretentious,
decidedly non-world famous,
cheap ($15 for 9 holes, discounts for seniors)
The Lakes at El Segundo and voted it
as their go-to golf course for Best of the
“We beat Trump,” joked Scott Morgan,
The Lakes’ golf pro and general manager.
The Lakes, a 9-hole, 1,327-yard rye and
bent grass executive golf course, has been
in the midst of some political controversy,
as the city of El Segundo owns it and has
entered a deal with high-tech driving range
operators TopGolf to rebuild the lounge
and range as well as redesign part of the
course. Construction begins next September
and The Lakes will be out of commission
for an estimated eight months as it
loses one of its par-4 holes and undergoes
a few other tweaks. Until then, Morgan
says, the recipe for ongoing popularity is
”The key to our success, I think, is the
conditions, the food, the atmosphere, the
staff, and the price point,” Morgan said.
Lakes at El Segundo
400 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
Palos Verdes Golf Club
3301 Vía Campesina.
Palos Verdes Estates.
With a background in biochemistry and
over 10 years of experience with cardiokickboxing,
TRX, weight loss and toning,
Wendolyn Ramos-Lemert has a wellrounded
knowledge of health and fitness.
Ramos-Lemert, who lost 60 pounds after
battling unhealthy habits, became a personal
trainer after managing rehabilitative
training while working with physical therapy.
“I knew personal training was the way
to go for me,” said Ramos-Lemert, owner
of Beach Cities Training (BCT) in Redondo
Beach. “From improvement in range of motion
to the confidence achieved after being
The Lakes at El Segundo, the South Bay’s beloved 9-hole course. Photo courtesy
The Beach Cities Health District’s Center for Health and Fitness offers state-ofthe-art
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able to fit in their old clothes, watching
clients reach their goals is very rewarding.”
She noted that some people come in depressed
or angry because they are in pain.
“I had to learn not to take it personally,”
Ramos-Lemert said. “Some of the worst pa-
tients when they came were the best when
they left because they weren’t hurting anymore.”
Ramos-Lemert describes Dwayne Jeffers,
who serves as a trainer at BCT on
weekends, as her mentor, getting her into
kickboxing and instructing her on how to
“I believe in being true to who you feel
you should be,” Ramos-Lemert said. “I
focus on helping people make lifestyle
changes. Nothing good happens overnight.
It took some time to get this business going
and it takes some time to get people on the
right track physically.”
Beach Cities Training
1312 Aviation Boulevard, Suite 104.
Body One Fitness
201 Herondo St. #100.
BCHD Center for
Health and Fitness
If there’s a problem with working out at
the Center for Health and Fitness, it’s resisting
the temptation to stop and talk. The
gym is like “Cheers,” where everyone
knows your name. But with a little discipline,
it’s possible to squeeze in a solid
workout in a short amount of time. The location
in the Beach Cities Health District
building is rarely crowded, but still offers
a full range of programs. They include
yoga, pilates, group exercises, personal
training and nutritional counseling and
Beach Cities Health District -
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514 N. Prospect Ave. 2nd floor.
>> Runner-up: South Bay Trainer
3865 Pacific Coast Hwy., Torrance.
(310) 341-8559 Southbaytrainer.com
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Need a backcountry knife for your trip
to the High Sierra? Check. How about
some bungee cords to keep your yoga mat
on your bicycle? Sure thing. How about the
newest LeBron James sneakers? Of course
— Dick’s Sporting Goods, in fact, maintains
an online calendar for shoe release
dates. The South Bay is a sporty place, and
while local enthusiasts have a lot of retail
options, Dick’s has won back-to-back
BOBs simply because the store has it all,
at economical prices, and its location in
the El Segundo Plaza makes everything easily
accessible. The store includes a golf pro
shop and wide selection of premium hiking,
biking and camping gear. The fan shop
is a popular spot to purchase replica jerseys
and merchandise of local teams. Dick’s
was first to sell LA Kings Stanley Cup
Champion memorabilia, opening early the
following morning so fans could honor
their local heroes.
770 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
>> Runner-up: Super Sports
2930 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
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Seymour Jewelers has been in business in downtown Hermosa
Beach since 1950, when a young World War II veteran
from Brooklyn named Seymour Bilowit walked by an empty
storefront and decided to start his own full-service jewelry
store. His son Scott has continued the family tradition,
which focuses on creating highly customized designs.
“Re-purposing old jewelry, especially family heirlooms
has become an increasingly important part of our business,”
Scott Bilowit said.
Bilowit wears his father’s Mason ring every day to work.
“Just wearing his ring, I feel close to him,” Bilowit said.
1212 Hermosa Ave.
>> Runner-up: Morgan’s Jewelers
222 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance.
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50-C Peninsula Center, Rolling Hills Estates.
(310) 541-2052. morgansjewelerspv.com
Seymour Jewelers’ Scott Bilowit with customers
works that he is restoring. The silver epergne, a
table centerpiece, is by Danish silversmith Georg
Jensen. Photo by Kevin Cody
Stein Optometric Center
This 57-year-old, family-owned practice boasts worldrenowned
optometric expertise, unbeatable eyeglass selection,
and customer-friendly, seven-days-a-week service inside
bright, spacious, modern offices. Stein stocks 3,000 to 5,000
eyeglass frames, including popular and hard-to-find designer
frames, and more than 600 sunglass choices. The physicians
include a world-renowned expert in refractive surgery, and
one of America’s Top 10 Vision Correction Specialists, selected
in a nationwide survey of eye surgeons by Ophthal-
mology Times magazine. The practice makes its own lenses
onsite, often in one hour, and offers same-day service on most
contact lenses, using state-of-the-art equipment.
Stein Optometric Center
3200 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
>> Runner-up: Manhattan Vision Group
946 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Meridian Coin has over 30 years of professional experience
buying, selling, trading and researching U.S. and World numismatic
items. Their experience includes assignments at
premier auction houses and rare coin trading firms. They
offer expertise not only in the rare coin industry, but also
the precious metals market, shipwreck numismatics, all US
and World rarities, auctions and estate sales. Their website
offers a wealth of information about numismatics and related
22330 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance.
(310) 375-4000 Meridiancoin.com
>> Runner-up: Larry Shapiro Rare Coins
(310) 541-7222 Lsrarecoins.com
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ABC Pool and Patio
ABC Pool & Patio’s distinct 20,000 sq.
ft. A-frame is stocked with the most high
quality, up-to-date, backyard decor and accessories.
“Count on us to provide you with modern,
stylish, and practical options for backyard
furniture and accessories;” said
Stephanie Storm, whose family opened
ABC Pool & Patio in 1958. “As a family
business, we take pride in having exceptional
customer service. Come in today and
we’ll help you put together the backyard
entertaining space of your dream.”
ABC Pool and Patio
24449 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance.
>> Runner-up: Leslie’s Pool Supplies
5054 W. 190th St., Torrance.
(310) 371-7272. Lesliespool.com
American Tire manager Ro Verna, center, and his crew. Photo by E Solt
American Tire Depot
American Tire Depot prides itself on
quality tires at great savings. Whether you
are in need of the Assurance Fuel Max
Goodyear tires, Michelin's Pilot Super
Josh Lima (far left) and his crew. Photo by Ed Solt
Sport, Dueler H/L Alenza Bridgestone
tires, Hankook Ventus all season tires,
Pirelli PZero Nero All Season Ultra High
Performance tires, or the popular radial
tires originally designed by Michelin tires,
American Tire Depot can get you rolling.
In addition to providing a complete list of superior
brands, American Tire Depot carries a
massive supply of new wheels and has access
to an extensive number of chrome wheels.
“Besides the products we carry, our customer
service is what sets us apart,” said manager
Ro Verna. “We pay attention to detail. We
like to thank our regulars who’ve greatly contributed
to our success and recommending our
services to family and friends.”
American Tire Depot
1414 Pacific Coast Hwy.
For more locations visit
Globe Tire & Automotive
500 N. Sepulveda Blvd.,
Rock N Roll Car Wash
Besides rocking music playing over the loudspeakers,
Rock ‘n Roll Car Wash’s team also contributes to the fun
and upbeat atmosphere, while providing a wide range of
quality car wash and detailing services for any budget and
“Our locals love that we use 60 percent recycled water
as well as contribute a lot to local charities and sports
leagues,” said manager Josh Lima. “We see the same cars
weekly. They’ve been loyal to us for years.”
Rock n’ Roll Car Wash
1000 Pacific Coast Hwy.
>> Runner-up: Red Carpet Car Wash
2414 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach.
(310) 546-1693. Redcarpetcarwasher.com
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New Car Dealer
Manhattan Beach Toyota owners Bradley and Andrisa Sperber completed a
$7.5 million remodel last year. File photo
Manhattan Beach Toyota
After acquiring Manhattan Beach Toyota and moving to Manhattan Beach, Darrell Sperber
became so involved with the community that councilman Richard Montgomery took to
calling him the “Mayor of Manhattan.” Sperber passed away two years ago from from
leukemia, at age 68. But his son Bradley and daughter-in-law Andrisa have carried on his
work, including a $7.5 million remodel of the 5.5 acre site. A grand re-opening was held
last November. The new showroom entryway is framed by a translucent, two story cladding
of backlit rice paper. Andrisa Sperber, who serves as Manhattan Toyota’s marketing manager,
said her customers frequently research what they want on the internet before visiting
a dealership. As a result, she said, she conducts photo shoots of her 600 car inventory three
times a week to make sure the photos on the website accurately represent the cars she has
available. To assure customers of competitive prices, she said, the dealership sets prices at
the Minimum Allowable Advertising Price (MAAP) issued by Toyota.
Manhattan Beach Toyota
1500 N Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach
14700 Hindry Ave., Hawthorne
Trilogy Spa is a perennial favorite of our
readers for its award-winning massage,
skincare, body treatments and party venues.
Services include aromatherapy body
massages, massages for couples, massages
for moms-to-be (named “Best of LA” by Allure
magazine), hot oil scalp and melt massages,
and deep tissue and sports massages
(named “Best of Los Angeles” by the Los
Angeles Times). An extensive menu of face
and body treatments make use of gentle
mists, invigorating showers, and rubs and
scrubs with exotic oils and salts, island
honey and healing stones. The spa offers
IV therapy for increased energy levels, improved
immune system and cellular function,
and cleaner arteries and circulatory
451 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
>> Runner-up: Burke Williams
2733 Pacific Coast Highway., Torrance.
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Del Amo Fashion Center
In 2012, Del Amo Fashion Center embarked
on a $200 million effort to restore
Del Amo Fashion Center to the upper echelon
of luxury shopping centers. They included
a “Grand Entrance,” with a twostory
square wall of glass with panes designed
to cast shadows across the Grand
Court’s curving, cream colored interior.
Skylights hover 61-feet-4 inches over the
main floor. Improvements also included a
new Nordstrom, a two story, 138,000
square foot store that abandons the tomblike
design of traditional mall stores in
favor of an open floor plan accented by
wood and stone and bathed in an abundance
of natural light from floor to ceiling
windows and more enormous skylights.
Adjoining Nordstrom are the Bazille and
Great Maple restaurants. Bazille, a bistro
with a full bar, opens to Nordstrom’s sales
floor. Great Maple is a farm-to-table style
restaurant with an emphasis on fish.
Adding a beach vibe to the 80 new retailers
are Billabong, Hollister, Oakley and
a flagship store for Manhattan Beach-based
Del Amo Fashion Center
3525 W. Carson St., Torrance.
>> Runner-up: Manhattan Village
1200 Rosecrans Ave.
Dr. Christine Petti
Dr. Christine Petti defines beauty as a
combination of visual appeal and inner
peace. Following formation of a plan for the
desired cosmetic enhancement, she assists
patients in both physical and emotional
healing. Dr. Petti is a member of the medical
staffs of both Torrance Memorial Medical
Center and Providence Little Company
of Mary Hospital. She is also a member of
the Wellness Cancer Community advisory
board and is a former clinical Instructor in
Plastic Surgery at The University of Southern
When she’s not at her private practice,
Dr. Petti provides her expertise on television
as a guest speaker on CBS series “The
Doctors.” She’s also appeared on ABC’s
“20/20” as a medical expert and has been
featured on NBC’s “Inside Edition.”
The recently remodeled Del Amo Fashion Center at night.
Stars Antique Market employees Debbie Roberts and Faith Bendavid with
the store’s collection of vintage watering cans. Photo by Ryan McDonald
The Ericksons, owners of Classic Tile and Design.
Christine Petti, M.D., F.A.C.S
3400 W. Lomita Blvd., # 305., Torrance.
>> Runner-up: Ronald Rosso, MD
Peninsula Plastic Surgery
3400 Lomita Blvd., #306. , Torrance.
(310) 326-3636 rossomd.com
For over 35 years, Classic Tile and Design
has made the kitchen, bathroom and
hardscape dreams of their customers a reality.
Artistic, ceramic, glass, metal and
stone tile, Classic Tile and Design has it all.
“We take pride in having the best selection
and customer service,” said Tina Erickson,
owner. “We have lower end, high
end, and everything in between for whatever
the job calls for.”
Classic Tile & Design
860 Pacific Coast Hwy., Hermosa Beach.
>> Runner-up: Cal Tile Center
5108 W. 190th St., Torrance.
(310) 698-4586. Caltilecenter.com
Stars Antique Market
There are only so many 1906 Edison
Home Phonographs left in the world. And
there must be fewer still whose pavilion —
the elaborate horn-shaped end designed to
amplify sound before the days of digital receivers
— points directly at a glass-encased
chrome statuette of the Anheuser-Busch
Clydesdales. Walk into Stars Antique Market
in Hermosa Beach, however, and you
can’t miss it.
Housed in a barn-like building that was
once home to a Mrs Gooch’s (the forerunner
of Whole Foods), Stars is a Pier Avenue
fixture that draws people in, and keeps
them there for a long time. Every corner
contains something to marvel at: an old
Ouija Board; a Super 8 of the 1936 fight,
and 1938 rematch, between Joe Louis and
Max Schmelling; a 1968 photograph of
Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver and other
leather jacket-clad Black Panthers at a
“Free Huey” rally.
The dizzying diversity feels like a testament
to the inventive power of the human
mind. Employees say most of the items
come from estate sales that the owners
scrupulously pick through. And once gathered
together, knick knacks and bricka
brack blend seamlessly with finery and
luxury goods. To ask if any of it is “useful”
is to miss the point. Leaving the store, one
feels a bit guilty about ever throwing anything
526 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach.
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Criminal Defense Attorney
When asked whether there was a philosophical thread that tied together the many cases
he handles in his law practice, attorney Nigel Villanueva did not hesitate.
“On every single case, the client needs to be apprised of everything. I’m here to give
them my judgment and expertise, but ultimately everything comes down to their decision,”
It’s a refreshing attitude at a time when failure to communicate with clients is by far the
most common source of disciplinary violations for attorneys. For the Redondo Beach-based
Villanueva, this level of respect and involvement flow naturally from his deep involvement
in the community that provides the bulk of his clients. He and his wife are South Bay natives,
and their children attend local schools. In recognition of the fact that crises don’t
keep business hours, he keeps an “open door” policy, remaining available to clients seven
days a week.
After accumulating a few years of experience, he opened his South Bay practice in 2004.
He relishes complex criminal defense cases, often assisting clients accused of assault and
battery or narcotics violations. He has also branched out into a personal injury practice in
recent years,which he took over from a former partner.
He said the most satisfying part of his job, however, comes from representing children in
“Meeting up with kids who are 14 years old, locked up and and separated from their
Nigel Villanueva likes being able to practice law in
the community where he grew up. Photo by Shelley
Law Office of
220 S. Pacific Coast
David C. Paquin
1145 Artesia Blvd.,
who had just lost her husband, the business’
former owner. Navigating complex
structures and tax rules gave her an opportunity
“She really needed that,” Chabner said.
Brandon Chabner Law Offices
1601 Pacific Coast Hwy.
222 N. Sepulveda Blvd., #200
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Lundy Law Offices (Kent Burton)
515 Pier Ave.
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practice. He relishes the way his practice connects him to good people doing interesting
“The bottom line is, I like working with intelligent, nice people who are coming up with
things in the business world,” Chabner said.
Chabner has operated his own firm since 2007. Part of the reason that he is able to buck
the stereotype of the cold-hearted attorney is that he is not often in the courtroom. Most of
his work is helping people prevent lawsuits rather than fighting them once they’ve begun.
He acts as an outside general counsel to companies, handling transactional work and contracts.
He also recently started a consumer protection practice oriented around debt resolution.
Most of his client base is local, and he particularly enjoys it when his business-oriented
practice has a personal impact. He recently helped handle the sale of a business for a woman
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