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‘We’re used to the ocean beating us up’: Harbor Breeze Cruises...

Just in time for blue whale migration season, hundreds of guests are finally embarking on the company’s whale and harbor cruises again.

Council approves zone change that could bring more cannabis dispensaries Downtown

The zoning code amendment was prompted by an application to open a recreational cannabis shop in a mixed-use building on Pine Avenue, a co-location not currently allowed in the Downtown zoning code.

‘A sacred space’: Pandemic restrictions have hampered, but not stopped, religious...

For followers of many religions, matrimony is an important stage in life, one that is celebrated and sanctioned by their religious institutions. Churches, temples and synagogues have had to make adjustments during the pandemic—and so have religious couples. Still, for some, a religious wedding was non-negotiable.

Shut down by the pandemic, a local wedding venue began serving...

When the pandemic hit in March 2020, celebrations and gatherings came to a screeching halt. For event venues like The Grand, this meant bookings were canceled or postponed, sending them looking for alternative revenue sources to keep the lights on. 

Grant funds in hand, these three new businesses plan to set...

A pet supply store, a Mexican seafood business and a floral studio are the three winners of the Downtown Long Beach Alliance’s fourth annual...

Post-pandemic wedding boom: After a yearlong wait, couples rush to celebrate...

According to the market research firm The Wedding Report, this year will see a surge of 650,000 weddings nationwide, bringing the total number of weddings to 2.77 million compared to the average of 2.12 million weddings taking place in a normal year.

Downtown’s Kress Market to close, ending its run as a beloved...

"They were one of those small businesses that got us through the recession," a former employee said. "It was part of the community in that it brought people together."

2nd & PCH adding new ramen restaurant, Brixton clothing store, other...

Restaurant chain Tocaya Organica, Japanese franchise Jinya Ramen and clothing store Brixton are among the new arrivals.

Why the military keeps fixing Catalina Island’s infrastructure

From early April until just last week, 45 Marines were shoveling dirt and digging ditches on Santa Catalina Island, and it's not the first time a military unit came to work on the island. What do they get out of it?

Kelp fuel is making a comeback 50 years after it was...

The future of fuel production may be growing in the ocean between Long Beach and Santa Catalina Island.

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