For the past two years, the Business Journal has run a list of historic companies and nonprofits that continue to operate in Long Beach. Each year, as some businesses close their doors and we learn about others missed in our research, we run an updated timeline chronicling those historic institutions that opened prior to 1970 and continue to operate today.

This list was compiled initially out of curiosity. As we brainstormed in an editorial meeting in 2016, we asked ourselves: How many businesses in Long Beach have operated for decades and decades? What are their stories?

First, we needed to establish criteria for what could be considered a historic company. We decided to limit our search to companies that opened prior to 1970 and are still operating in the city today. We later added nonprofit organizations and other non-public sector institutions. We reached out to the city business license department, the public library system, the Long Beach Historical Society, Long Beach Heritage, city councilmembers and others to develop as complete a list as possible. We e-blasted, posted on Facebook and even tweeted.

The end result: in our first effort two years ago, we identified more than 220 businesses and 45 nonprofit organizations and institutions. It was an impressive list, but surely incomplete. Since then, companies contacted us and their names have been added to the list. We also lost a few.

1891

Taubman Simpson Young Sulentor

 

1895

Kelly Williams Insurance Agency

 

1897

Press-Telegram

 

1906

Luyben-Dilday Mortuary

 

Sunnyside Mortuary

 

1907

Farmers & Merchants Bank

 

Long Beach Memorial Medical Center

 

1913

Long Beach Iron Works

 

1915

Phillips Steel Company

 

1916

Harbor Custom Canvas

 

1918

Hamman, Miller, Beauchamp, Deeble Insurance Services

 

1921

Eye Treatment Center

 

Forest Lawn Memorial Parks & Mortuaries

 

1923

Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center

 

T.F. Merrick Co.

 

1924

Community Hospital Long Beach

 

Jacobsen Pilot Service

 

Joe Jost’s

 

1925

Pfanstiel Printers

 

1926

Gage Pharmacy

 

Van’s Hardware

 

Wards Pharmacy

 

Windes

 

1927

Outer Limits

 

Pacific University School of Law

 

Queen Beach Printers

 

1928

Bischoff Sheet Metal

 

Thirsty Isle

 

1929

Encore Awards/Jensen Rubber Stamps

 

The Varden A Boutique Hotel

 

1930

M.O. Dion & Sons, Inc.

 

Kuster/A Probe Company

 

1931

CH Topping & Co

 

1932

McCarty’s Jewelry

 

1933

Halbert Hargrove

 

Pediatric Medical Center

 

Sanborn & Sine

 

The Termo Company

 

Electric Construction Company

 

1934

Gibbs Architects

 

1935

Belmont Heights Market

 

Connolly Pacific

 

1936

Electro-Tech Machining

 

Long Beach Fireman’s Credit Union

 

1937

A Beautiful California Florist

 

Foasberg Laundry & Cleaners

 

1938

Air Source Industries

 

1940

Art’s Brake Service

 

Chet’s Auto Sales & Service

 

Milburn Plumbing and Heating

 

1941

Billings Ace Paint & Hardware

 

Engle Racing Cams

 

Moffatt & Nichol

 

Paul’s Dairy

 

The Boeing Company

 

Ward’s MediaTech

 

1942

Burke’s Auto Body & Paint

 

1944

California Cartage Company

 

Don & Harold’s Automotive

 

Gilmore Music

 

Paul’s Glass Co.

 

1945

B & B Supply

 

CW Industries

 

Mark Schneider Design

 

1946

Bragg Companies

 

Heather R Chambers, CPA

 

Lester Box & Manufacturing

 

South Coast Shingle Company

 

Tuttle Cameras

 

1947

Alsace Lorraine Fine Pastries

 

California Swaging & Cable Products

 

Cowelco Steel Contractors

 

Hill Crane Service

 

Santa Fe Importers

 

WECO Aquatics

 

1948

Acme Auto Headlining

 

Belmont Shore Children’s Center

 

Jewish Long Beach

 

1949

Antique Metal Finishing

 

Rapid Screen Repair

 

1950

Crosby & Overton

 

Friction Materials Co. of Long Beach

 

Harbor Chevrolet

 

Stu’s AE Transmission

 

The Reno Room

 

1951

Berg-Nelson Company

 

Bixby Knolls Flowers

 

Hillside Enterprises – AR&C Long Beach

 

Hof’s Hut

 

Snyder Manufacturing

 

1952

B & B Pipe & Tool Company

 

East Long Beach Brake Service

 

R & G Carpet Service

 

Tenni Moc’s Shoe Store

 

The Annex

 

1953

J.B. Hanover Company

 

Orchid Cleaners & Laundry

 

Wallboard Tool Company

 

1954

All Glass & Upholstery

 

Blumberg Law Offices

 

Circle Moving & Storage

 

1954

Domenicos Belmont Shore

 

Globe Gas

 

Kaiser Permanente

 

Los Altos Car Wash

 

Twining

 

1955

Broadway Glass & Mirror, Inc.

 

The Berns Company

 

1956

A.P. Fischer Motor Oil & Filters

 

49rs Tavern

 

Industrial Filtration

 

Long Beach Ice

 

Neill Aircraft Company

 

Park Pantry The Original

 

1957

Control Switches International

 

Long Beach Muffler

 

Mac’s Lift Gate

 

Marri’s Italian Family Restaurant

 

Simon, McKinsey, Miller & Stone A Law Corporation

 

The Eldo Bar & Grill

 

Ventura Transfer Company

 

1958

Klampon Thread Protector

 

Olsen Roofing Company

 

Santa Fe Garage Auto Service

 

1959

Bodell’s Shoes

 

Ellison Realty

 

Gem Shoe Repair & Leather Goods

 

George Oliveri Salon

 

SnugTop

 

Tell Steel

 

Western Office Refinishing Co.

 

White Realty Associates

 

1960

Iguana Kelleys

 

Modern Specialist

 

Quality Sprayers

 

Umberto’s Men’s Wear

 

1961

Marvin S. Beitner, Ph.D.

 

Black, O’Dowd & Associates

 

City Tow Service

 

Long Beach Animal Hospital

 

Stan Miller Yachts

 

1962

Jacobson Plastics

 

Superior Electrical Advertising

 

Wyatt Precision Machine

 

1963

Benny The Tailor

 

Best Western Golden Sails Hotel

 

Golden Star Restaurant

 

Metropolitan Chemical Company

 

Scuba Duba

 

1964

Ace & Stewart Detailing

 

Capri Realty

 

Certified Alloy Products

 

Chuck’s Coffee Shop

 

Hobbs Bannerman

 

Marina Shipyard

 

Santa Fe Convalescent Hospital

 

Yamko Truck Lines

 

1965

Able Glass Service

 

A.J. Edmond Co.

 

Lakewood Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

 

Merle A. Anderson, DDS

 

California Resources Corporation

 

1965

Diversified Securities

 

Duthie Power Services

 

Hasco Oil

 

Haskell’s Prospector Steakhouse & Saloon

 

Jongewaard’s Bake N Broil

 

Joy Processed Foods

 

Long Beach Artificial Limb Company

 

1966

All Star Tire

 

Ando Electric Motors

 

Bloom Orthodontics

 

Cabe Toyota

 

Colonna & Co Realty

 

Bernard Fishman, DDS

 

Industrial Tire Service

 

L G Smith Accountancy

 

Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant

 

Perona, Langer, Beck, Serbin and Harrison

 

Stapleton Technologies

 

1967

Auto-B-Craft of Long Beach

 

Big D Floor Covering Supplies

 

Bixby Knolls Tower

 

Dave’s Burgers

 

Hi-Standard Manufacturing

 

Holiday Inn Long Beach Airport

 

Palmcrest Medallion Convalescent Hospital

 

RADCO

 

1968

  1. R. Beinlich & Sons Construction

 

German Auto Long Beach

 

Jim’s Auto Repair

 

Dr. Arlo G. Jorgensen, DDS, MS

 

Morgan Industries

 

1969

Bryson Financial

 

Circle Audi

 

Don Temple U-Store & Lock

 

Grand Food & Beverage

 

Eric R Hubbard, DPM

 

Huff’s Family Restaurant

 

Machan Sign Company

 

National Plant Service

 

Omaha Airplane Supply

 

Plasidyne Engineering & Manufacturing

 

University Trophies & Awards

 

Nonprofit,

Membership And Other Organizations

1884

Long Beach Young Men’s Christian Association – YMCA

 

1891

Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce

 

1905

WomenShelter of Long Beach (Founded as Young Women’s Christian Association – YWCA)

 

1909

Long Beach Municipal Band

 

1912

Long Beach Day Nursery

 

1917

American Red Cross, Greater Long Beach Chapter

 

Long Beach Bar Association

 

Rotary Club of Long Beach

 

1919

Boy Scouts of America, Long Beach Area Council

 

Kiwanis Club of Long Beach

 

1921

Downtown Long Beach Lions Club

 

1923

Campfire Long Beach

 

1924

Alamitos Bay Yacht Club

 

Apartment Association, Southern California Cities

 

League Of Women Voters Of Long Beach Area

 

Soroptimist International of Long Beach

 

1925

Long Beach Casting Club

 

1926

Tichenor Clinic For Children

 

1928

Goodwill Serving

The People of Los Angeles County

 

1929

Long Beach Playhouse

 

Long Beach Yacht Club

 

1931

Junior League of Long Beach

 

1932

Children’s Dental Health Clinic

 

1935

Long Beach Symphony

 

1937

Downtown Long Beach Alliance

 

1939

Boys & Girls Club of Long Beach

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1940

Assistance League Long Beach

 

Long Beach Branch NAACP

 

1946

Children’s Benefit League

 

The Guidance Center

 

1947

Long Beach Community Band

 

1948

Albert Jewish Community Center

 

Belmont Shore Business Association

 

1950

Long Beach Museum of Art

 

1952

Arthritis National Research Foundation

 

1953

South Coast Inter Faith Council

 

1955

Rancho Los Cerritos (After land donated to City of Long Beach, opened in 1955 as a public museum)

 

1956

The California State University, Long Beach Research Foundation

 

1961

Memorial Medical Foundation

 

Retirement Housing Foundation

 

Seal Beach Yacht Club (Located in Long Beach)

 

1962

Historical Society of Long Beach

 

1963

California Conference For Equality and Justice

 

Pools of Hope

 

1964

Fair Housing Foundation

 

1966

AbilityFirst Long Beach Center

 

Long Beach Section of the National Council of Negro Women

 

1967

Miller Foundation

 

1968

Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Gardens (Year donated to City of Long Beach)

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