Beach March 2017


March 9, 2017

Volume 47, Issue 31



Jean Paul and Bianca






Photo by David Fairchild

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2017 Best of the Beach

Gift /

Kids shops

Gum Tree

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,”

Ford said.

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

Manhattan Beach.

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

art supplies.

“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.

(310) 376-8733.

Gum Tree Kids

323 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach.

(310) 376-5107.

324 Manhattan Beach Blvd

Manhattan Beach

(310) 318-2990


>> Gift Shop: Tabla Rasa Essentials

919 Manhattan Ave., #A

Manhattan Beach.

(310) 318-3385.

>> Kids Shop: Bella Beach Kids

225 Manhattan Beach Blvd., MB

(310) 545-9990.

820 S. Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo.

(310) 529-3590.

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.


Manhattan Beach.

>> Runner-up:

Perfect Day Surf Camp


Flower shop

Growing Wild

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

this acknowledgement.”

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


Growing Wild

1201 Highland Ave.

Manhattan Beach.

(310) 545-4432.

>> Runner-up:

Rolling Hills Flower Mart

1016 Manhattan Ave.

Manhattan Beach.

(310) 937-7377.

231 Vista Del Mar.

Redondo Beach.

(310) 540-3333.

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Shade Hotel

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

from readers.

“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.

Manhattan Beach.

(310) 546-4995.

655 N. Harbor Dr.

Redondo Beach.

(310) 921-8940.

>> Runner-up: Terranea Resort

100 Terranea Way.

Rancho Palos Verdes.

(310) 494-7891.

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.


Shopping Center

Riviera Village

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.

Riviera Village

Redondo Beach.

Family Law Attorney

>> Runner-up:

Downtown Manhattan Beach

(310) 546-3883.

Karina Pozsar

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,”

Pozsar said.

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,”

Pozsar said.

Law Office of Karina P. Pozsar

29000 S. Western Ave., Ste. 401.

Rancho Palos Verdes.

(310) 853-0657.

>> Runner-up: Mioni Family Law

Lovette T. Mioni

4640 Admiralty Way. #500

Marina del Rey.

(424) 259-1770.

Attorney Karina Pozsar. Courtesy


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Best of the Beach Winner 2015 and 2016

Thinking About Making a Move?


Jerry Carew


• Serving the South Bay Since 2003

• Excellent Marketing Strategy

with Proven Results

• Specializing in Residential Real Estate,

Residential Income Properties,

Buildable Lots and Fixers

• Broker/Owner of One of the Few Local, Independently-Owned

Real Estate Offices

Jerry’s Active Listings

515 N Guadalupe Ave

Redondo Beach, CA

2607 Mathews Ave Unit B

Redondo Beach, CA

4444 W. 115th St

Hawthorne, CA

11201 Holme Ave

Lynwood, CA

Jerry’s Recent Closings

837 5th St

Hermosa Beach, CA

2949 W. 226th Street

Torrance, CA

Kristi Sells the South Bay!

13511 Mulholland Dr

Beverly Hills, CA

1607 Nelson Ave

Manhattan Beach, CA

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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.

The parade

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

Avenue and



h b c h a m b e r. n e t


Guided Walk

Explore the preserve

and demonstration


followed by a visit

to the tide pools at

Royal Palms State

Beach. Free. 2 p.m.

White Point/Royal

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,

or 310-545-

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

the Gold.

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

Questions contact Nicca

Panggat at (818) 648-1956 email:

High Flyin’

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

Young Scientists


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

Oh Dennyboy

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

Library Yoga

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,

or 310-545-8595,

for more info.

Wednesday, March 15

Teen activities

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

reservations required. Call (310) 517-

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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Private School

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

Math Countdown.

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.

(310) 372-7486.

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.

Camera store

Paul’s Photo

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

Paul’s Photo.

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

4 ($3,500)?

“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.

Paul’s Photo

23845 S. Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance.

(310) 375-7014.

>> Runner-up: Silvio’s Camera & Digital

22409 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance.

(310) 791-7100.

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 (

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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.

(310) 322-6861


Look! Optometry Center

>> Runner-up:

Pat Ryan of ET Surf

904 Aviation Blvd.,

Hermosa Beach.

(310) 379-7660.

Look! Optometry

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.”

Look! Optometry

451 Manhattan Beach Blvd.,

Manhattan Beach.

(310) 584-7830.

>> Runner-up:

Dan Deutsch Optical Outlook

904 Manhattan Ave.,

Manhattan Beach.

(310) 374-4449.

Nutrition Store

Lindberg Nutrition

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,

(310) 378-9490

>> Runner-up: Feed the Machine

1016 Aviation Blvd, Hermosa Beach

(310) 975-3980

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Real Estate

Selling Broker

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

Strand listings.

Re/Max Estate Properties

1400 Highland Avenue, Manhattan Beach.

(310) 707 8706.

>> Runner-up: Beach Cities Brokers

200 S. Pacific Coast Hwy.

Redondo Beach.

(310) 543-3536.

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.,

Suite A

Manhattan Beach.

(310) 546-6300.

>> Runner-up: Amy Cimetta,


400 S. Sepulveda Blvd. #100.

Manhattan Beach.

(310) 542-9054.

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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

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


My Gym

1836 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach.

(310) 796-1300.

1216 Beryl St., Redondo Beach.

(310) 318-2288.

>> Runner-up: AdventurePlex

1701 Marine Ave., Manhattan Beach.

(310) 546-7708.

Kids Birthday Party /

Land Camp


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

Cities tradition.

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.

(310) 546-7708.


>> Land Camp: Rolling Hills Country Day School

26444 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula.

(310) 377-4848.

>> Birthday party: My Gym

1836 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach.

(310) 796-1300.

1216 Beryl St., Redondo Beach.

(310) 318-2288.


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.

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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

back in place, so the body can heal.”

Levy compared a pinched nerve to a garden

hose with a kink in it.

“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.

(310) 379-0503

>> Runner-up: Bates Chiropractic

1218 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach.

(310) 545-4188.


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

Desai and the rest of the team offer a wide range

of state-of-the-art dermatology and esthetician surfaces,

making their office the place “where you go

to glow.”

Magovern Ashley MD

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400 S Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 205.

Manhattan Beach.

(310) 546-1188.

>> Runner-up: Scott C Rackett, MD

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Friar Tux Shop . . . . . . . . . . (310) 534-4700

Styles of Hawaii . . . . . . . . . (310) 326-2151

Tilly’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 534-1642


Colors of Joy. . . . . . . . . . . . (562) 794-6821

European Wax Center . . . . (310) 325-2929

Fancy Nails . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 326-7980

Pia Hair Salon . . . . . . . . . . (310) 326-0815

Rolling Hills Beauty Bar. . . (310) 530-3844

Victor Anthony’s

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


AMC Theater

Rolling Hills 20 . . . . . . . . . (888) 262-4386


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


Arthur Murray

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

Torrance Family Urgent

Care Center of South Bay . . (310) 997-1796


Grooming Wonders. . . . . . . (310) 534-1130

Pet’s Plus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 539-5700

Wild Birds Unlimited . . . . . (310) 326-2473


J A Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 539-2430

Person Realty. . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 325-8700


Blaze Pizza . . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 325-9500

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

Little Sheep

Mongolian Hot Pot . . . . . . . (310) 517-9605

Mashawi Lebanese Grill . . . (310) 325-3545

Pinwheel Bakery. . . . . . . . COMING SOON

Rubio’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 891-1811

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

playground. Photo by Ed Solt

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.

(310) 220-2223.

>> Runner-up: South Bay Customs

115 Penn St., El Segundo.

(310) 982-1300.


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.

(310) 379-0543.

Northeast Corner of Crenshaw & Pacific Coast Highway in Torrance

For Information Call (310) 534-0411


>> Runner-up: Walton’s Automotive

1920 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach.

(310) 375-2001.

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Auto Domestic

310.539.6685 310.884.1870



Ocean Tire’s mechanic crew. Photo by Ed Solt




Ocean Tire

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

new customers.”

Ocean Tires and Service

1017 Aviation Blvd.

Hermosa Beach.

(310) 372-7800.

>> Runner-up:

Osborn’s Automotive

1001 S. Pacific Coast Hwy.

Redondo Beach.

(310) 698-5143.






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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.

Redondo Beach.

(310) 376-7963.

>> Runner-up: Lexology Auto Care

1437 Aviation Blvd.

Redondo Beach.

(310) 379-0543.

The pros at Independent Repair &

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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.


(310) 679-2212.

The Cook brothers. Photo by Ed Solt

>> Runner-up: Renewal By Anderson

1740 Crenshaw Blvd.


(310) 214-2222.

Carpet Store

24 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • March 9, 2017

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

notch service.

“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.


(310) 214-0818.

>> Runner-up: Carpet Spectrum, Inc.

1050 Aviation Blvd.

Hermosa Beach.

(310) 376-4344.

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Hermosa Cyclery owners Larry Burke, Steve Collins and Mark McNeil.

(absent Ken Lieboewitz).

Hermosa Cyclery

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.’”

Hermosa Cyclery

20 13th St.

Hermosa Beach.

(310) 374-7816.

>> Runner-up: Helen Cycles

1570 Rosecrans Ave. #C

Manhattan Beach.

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Skateboard / Snowboard Shop

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Sonny, Tucker, Dan and Tommy at ET Surf. Photo by Ed Solt

ET Surf

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.”

ET Surf

904 Aviation Blvd.

Hermosa Beach.

(310) 379-7660.

>> Skateboard & Snowboard Runner-up :

Spyder Surf

2461 Pacific Coast Hwy., Hermosa Beach.

(310) 374-8276.

Spyder Surf II

65 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach.

(310) 374-8276.

Spyder Surf MB

1116 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach.

(310) 318-2289.

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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.

Green Yogi

3504 Highland Ave.

Manhattan Beach

(310) 546-9644

>> Runner-up: Soul Fitness LA

1209 S Pacific Coast Hwy.

Redondo Beach.

(424) 262-1348

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

Green Yogi

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

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Surf Shop / Men’s Clothing

Spyder Surf’s knowledgeable crew of the hottest shredders around. Photo

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Spyder Surfboards

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.”

Spyder Surfboard

2461 Pacific Coast Hwy., Hermosa Beach.

(310) 374-8276.

1116 Manhattan Ave.

Manhattan Beach.

(424) 350-0101.


>> Surf Shop

ET Surf, 904 Aviation Blvd.

Hermosa Beach.

(310) 379-7660.

>> Men’s Clothing

Old Bull Lee

1021 N. Sepulveda Blvd.

Manhattan Beach.

(310) 802-0246.

28 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • March 9, 2017

Dive Shop

Underground Shaper

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.

Redondo Beach.

(310) 372-8423

>> Runner-up:

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950 Aviation Blvd. #B

Hermosa Beach.

(310) 374-7333.

Dive N’ Surf general manager Tom Tanner and his crew Saul, Savannah,

Shirley and Marsha. Photo by Ed Solt

Pat Reardon

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


Pat Reardon

>> Runner-up: Dan Kadowaki

(310) 283-1705

Pat Reardon with his balsa gun.

Photo by Ed Solt

Our Lady of Guadalupe School celebrates 55 years of

enriching the mind, body, and spirit.

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March 9, 2017 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 29

each sports

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

Bianca LeBosnoyani

are rising through the ranks,

on the jiu jitsu and

wrestling mats

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

the match.”

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

weight classes.

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

Gracie events.

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.

32 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • March 9, 2017

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

adjust 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

Meet Championship.

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

Masters Meet.

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

Brown, respectively.

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

the roster.

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

each charity

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

34 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • March 9, 2017



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

the contest.

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

March 9, 2017 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 35

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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

her body.

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

36 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • March 9, 2017

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

years old.

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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Produce store


The story has by now been oft-told of

how in 2003 a little boy named Brendan

Fisher, freshly arrived from the Central Valley

to Manhattan Beach, wanted a boogie

board. He made a deal with his parents,

Barry and Kathy, that he’d raise half the

money himself. His father was in the agricultural

export business, and so Brendan

obtained some of the best cherries grown

in California and sold them on a sidewalk.

People went so crazy for the cherries that

the Fishers were inspired to open up a

storefront, called Grow, in 2006. True to its

name, the little shop on Sepulveda kept

growing. It started with extraordinarily

fresh fruits and vegetables coming directly

from a network of growers Barry Fisher

had cultivated, by 2017 Grow was twice as

big — with a second location in Los Angeles,

as well as a delivery service — and

jammed with everything kind of product

one could expect at a large supermarket,

only carefully curated with an emphasis on

organic and sustainably produced goods.

Grow has dominated the BOB produce

category for years. “I think a big aspect of

it is we are locally owned,” Barry Fisher

said. “But also, being smaller, you can listen

to your customers, and you have the

Barry and Kathy Fisher, owners of Grow. Photo by Mark McDermott

flexibility to make changes quickly. In our

space, grocery, it’s constant change, so if you

can’t make changes quickly you are not

going to be around.”

And whatever happened to the boy with

the cherry stand? He just went off to college

last year, and within five days his dad received

a phone call, asking for some real

food. “So much for the meal plan, which

was already paid for,” Barry Fisher said.

“But as much as that was to some degree

frustrating, I’m pretty happy to have raised

kids who talk about how to eat, who have

very discrimating tastes. I think the appreciation

for food has increased. We see kids

in here all the time with their parents, and

it’s pretty neat to see families grow and be

a part of that. In this day and age, when

people are just trying to eat as quickly as

possible, we hope our business has helped

build a foundation that some kids can take

with them the rest of their lives.”


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Hearing Center

When Dr. William Lee Parker was nine months old he formed the letter "L" with his

thumb and index finger, then touched his tiny thumb to his forehead. He was speaking his

first word, “Daddy” in American Sign Language.

Both of his parents were deaf. The family’s Hermosa Beach neighbors helped him learn

to communicate with his voice.

Dr. Parker went on to receive a Masters of Art Degree in Speech Pathology from the California

State University, Long Beach in 1970, and a Doctorate Degree in Hearing Science

from the University of Florida in 1973. His daughter Andrea and son Josh both earned masters

degrees in audiology and work at the Parking Hearing Institute is across the street from

Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center. Andrea specializes in working with


“Graduating first in my class at Cal State Los Angeles is nothing compared to the satisfaction

I receive each day I get to help one of my patients hear better,”Josh said.

Parker Hearing Institute

4201 Torrance Blvd.,



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>> Runner-up:

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The Chase Bank Hermosa crew in the coolest bank office in the South Bay,

the old Bijou movie theater lobby.

Chase Bank

“I think our customers appreciate our friendly customer service and innovative products,”

said Erica Rivera-Ruiz, general manager of Chase Bank in Hermosa Beach. “At our on site

ATMs, for example, you can withdraw cash in unusual dominations, like $1, $5 and $100.

We have wealth management professionals here to help customers who need advice on investment

strategies. We have mortgage bankers available to assist in the home buying

process. Our business bankers are here helping local small business owners. Chase is committed

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Photo courtesy of Torrance Memorial Medical Center

Torrance Memorial Medical Center

With a more than 90 year history of serving the South Bay and beyond, Torrance Memorial

Medical Center’s mission remains to continue to provide excellent care to our community.

Torrance Memorial was ranked as one of the best hospitals in California and the Los

Angeles metro areas by U.S. News & World Report, placing the hospital in the top 6 percent

in the state. The Medical Center also earned the coveted Magnet recognition from the

American Nurses Credentialing Center, for nursing excellence, and has been recognized

with an “A” grade for patient safety by the Leapfrog Group. Torrance Memorial holds numerous

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Torrance Memorial Medical center

3330 Lomita Blvd.


(310) 325-9110.

>> Runner-up: Providence Little Company of Mary Medical center

4101 Torrance Blvd.


(310) 540-7676.


Summer Blake

“Dr. Summer” represents the best of all aspects of her profession: technical expertise,

warm, personalized attention, tireless pursuit of the latest advances in orthodontics, and

most of all, great results. Dr. Summer offers metal braces, clear braces and hidden braces,

as well as the Invisalign and Invisalign Teen systems, which allow patients to straighten

their teeth without braces. Her orthodontic office was one of the first to earn a prestigious

LEEDS certification for environmentally friendly practices. And Dr. Summer is a true local.

The California native married her husband at American Martyrs Church, and they are raising

two daughters and a son in the South Bay.

Summer Blake DDS, MS - Summer Orthodontics

451 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Suite D-224.

Manhattan Beach.

(310) 545-0770.

>> Runner-up: Beach Braces

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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

another planet.

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

considering where to open the state’s first brewery and distillery to be

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

mainstream audience.

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

to understand.”

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 B

March 9, 2017 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 43

Nursery store


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.

Hermosa Beach.

(310) 376-8819.

>> Runner-up:

Bay Animal Hospital

1801 N. Sepulveda Blvd.

Manhattan Beach.

(310) 545-6596

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

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area), Deep Roots carries seeds, tools, organic

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

what they are looking for. We try not to limit

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Deep Roots Garden Center & Florist

207 N. Sepulveda Blvd. #201.

Manhattan Beach.

(310) 376-0567.

>> Runner-up:

Peter’s Garden Center

814 N. Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo Beach.

(310) 372-2288.

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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.

Hermosa Beach.

(310) 318-1639.

>> Runner-up:

Casey’s Cars, Inc.

840 Pacific Coast Hwy.

Hermosa Beach.

(310) 372-2739.




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.

Manhattan Beach.

(310) 798-7399.

>> Runner-up: Alandrea

1809 ½ S. Catalina St.

Redondo Beach.

(310) 378-3868.

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Golf Course

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.

El Segundo.

(310) 322-0202.

>> Runner-up:

Palos Verdes Golf Club

3301 Vía Campesina.

Palos Verdes Estates.

(310) 375-2533.



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

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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.”

Wendolyn Ramos-Lemert:

Beach Cities Training

1312 Aviation Boulevard, Suite 104.

Redondo Beach.

(424) 265-8242.

>> Runner-up:

Lou Sidella:

Body One Fitness

201 Herondo St. #100.

(310) 379-5425.



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 -

Center for Health & Fitness

514 N. Prospect Ave. 2nd floor.

Redondo Beach.

(310) 374-3426.

>> Runner-up: South Bay Trainer

3865 Pacific Coast Hwy., Torrance.

(310) 341-8559



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.

El Segundo.


>> Runner-up: Super Sports

Manhattan Village

2930 N. Sepulveda Blvd.

Manhattan Beach.

(310) 545-5272.

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Jewelry Store

Seymour Jewelers

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.

Seymour Jewelers

1212 Hermosa Ave.

Hermosa Beach.

(310) 379-5401.

>> Runner-up: Morgan’s Jewelers

222 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance.


Peninsula Shopping Center

50-C Peninsula Center, Rolling Hills Estates.

(310) 541-2052.

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.

Manhattan Beach.

(310) 546-5568.

>> Runner-up: Manhattan Vision Group

946 Manhattan Beach Blvd.

Manhattan Beach.

(310) 545-4585.

Coin Shop

Meridian Coin

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

financial news.

Meridian Coin

22330 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance.

(310) 375-4000

>> Runner-up: Larry Shapiro Rare Coins

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Pool /Spa

Tire Store

ABC Pool and Patio. Courtesy photo

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.

(310) 373-0935.

>> Runner-up: Leslie’s Pool Supplies

5054 W. 190th St., Torrance.

(310) 371-7272.

American Tire manager Ro Verna, center, and his crew. Photo by E Solt

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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.

Hermosa Beach.

(310) 798-7929.

For more locations visit

>> Runner-up:

Globe Tire & Automotive

500 N. Sepulveda Blvd.,

Manhattan Beach.

(310) 376-8866.

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

every vehicle.

“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.

Hermosa Beach.

(310) 379-5757.

>> Runner-up: Red Carpet Car Wash

2414 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach.

(310) 546-1693.

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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

(310) 546-4848

>> Runner-up:

Subaru Pacific

14700 Hindry Ave., Hawthorne

(424) 634-7766

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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


Trilogy Spa

451 Manhattan Beach Blvd.

Manhattan Beach.

(310) 760-0044.

>> Runner-up: Burke Williams

2733 Pacific Coast Highway., Torrance.

(310) 803-5550.

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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.

(310) 542-8525.

>> Runner-up: Manhattan Village

1200 Rosecrans Ave.

Manhattan Beach

(310) 426-6313.



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.

(310) 961-2530.

>> Runner-up: Ronald Rosso, MD

Peninsula Plastic Surgery

3400 Lomita Blvd., #306. , Torrance.

(310) 326-3636


Classic Tile

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.

(310) 376-8024.

>> Runner-up: Cal Tile Center

5108 W. 190th St., Torrance.

(310) 698-4586.


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


Stars Antiques

526 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach.

(310) 318-2800.

>> Runner-up: Memory Lane

20740 S. Figueroa St., Carson.

(310) 538-4130.

50 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • March 9, 2017

Criminal Defense Attorney

Nigel Villanueva

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,”

Villanueva said.

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

juvenile court.

“Meeting up with kids who are 14 years old, locked up and and separated from their

parents...resolving those

cases matters.”

Nigel Villanueva likes being able to practice law in

the community where he grew up. Photo by Shelley


Law Office of

Nigel Villanueva

220 S. Pacific Coast

Hwy., #106.

Redondo Beach.

(310) 318-0018.

>> Runner-up:

David C. Paquin

(Oceanview Law


1145 Artesia Blvd.,


Manhattan Beach.

(310) 379-5529.

who had just lost her husband, the business’

former owner. Navigating complex

structures and tax rules gave her an opportunity

to grieve.

“She really needed that,” Chabner said.

Brandon Chabner Law Offices

1601 Pacific Coast Hwy.

Hermosa Beach.

(310) 662-4727.

222 N. Sepulveda Blvd., #200

El Segundo.

(310) 498-2465.

>> Runner-up: Baker, Burton &

Lundy Law Offices (Kent Burton)

515 Pier Ave.

Hermosa Beach.

(310) 376-9893.





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