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Because a drayage load can mean a few different things, confusion among carriers is common. Many carriers link drayage with going into a port, but that isn't always true. While all drayage loads typically originate from a port of entry, there are often several legs of a drayage journey before a container turns up at its final stop. Legs of a drayage load may include:

Why Are Drayage Companies in Long Beach, CA So Important?

You may be thinking, what's so important about drayage? It's such a small step in the container storage transport process. In reality, it's an integral piece needed in the logistics industry and a crucial part of U.S. supply chain management.

To truly understand the importance of drayage, let's use flowers as an example. Most cut flower shipments enter the market from areas in South America until they end up at Dutch auction houses. Once there, wholesalers purchase flowers in bulk and send those products to retail outlets worldwide. Because flowers are perishable, they typically need to be refrigerated and are often shipped in reefer containers. These refrigerated vessels must maintain a certain temp to prevent loss.

Drayage companies like RelyEx allow flower shippers to send their products from Argentinian ports to airports in the Netherlands with peace of mind because their products are protected. The only way to accomplish this feat is with the help of swift, meticulous port drayage services. Drayage companies allow flower shippers to send their products from Argentinian ports to airports in the Netherlands with peace of mind, because their products are protected. The only way to accomplish this feat is with the help of swift, meticulous port drayage services.

If port drayage is compromised, it can cause delays and even fines. You know the packages you get delivered to your front door from apps like Amazon? Without drayage and drayage brokers, one or two-day shipping times wouldn't even be possible.

As a multi-billion-dollar industry in the U.S. alone, it seems like drayage shipping issues shouldn't exist. But the fact is inefficiencies and congestion are still major problems at ports. Whether it's a lack of carriers, absent chassis, or overburdened terminals, delays lead to missed deadlines, lost revenue, and worse.

But anytime challenges exist, so too do innovative solutions.

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RelyEx Solves Problems

At RelyEx, we like to consider ourselves problem solvers. The nature of the container drayage industry presents new challenges every day, but we're firm believers that there's a solution to every hurdle we encounter. And while some drayage businesses implement a reactive approach, RelyEx customers choose us for our proactive mindset. We take pride in solving your company's drayage challenges to help you avoid frustrating fees, missed expectations, and delayed shipments. We strive to make every transaction successful and streamlined by partnering with shippers who prioritize transparent, prompt, and accurate communication.

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RelyEx Has a Unique Vantage Point

RelyEx approaches your business from the customer's perspective - a unique approach that helps us provide high-quality, effective drayage services. We've been in the customers' shoes, know their pain points, and because of that, provide first-hand solutions to stressful supply chain issues. With over 30 years of collective knowledge, our team excels in:

  • Inventory Management
  • Logistics
  • Purchasing
  • Finance

Our varied, high-level drayage shipping experience helps us achieve our overarching goal: expertly managing your freight movement needs. That way, you can direct your time and focus on growing the core aspects of your business while we handle the heavy lifting. Throw in proactive planning to avoid bottleneck situations and strong communication for transparent customer relations, and you can see why so many companies trust RelyEx.

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RelyEx Nurtures Strong Carrier Relationships

When it comes to shipping logistics, it only takes one mistake by a mediocre worker to disrupt your business. That's why, at RelyEx, we pride ourselves on forming and nurturing relationships with carriers who match our standards of care. Our founding partner started his career transporting freight for companies as an on-demand carrier. He uses that knowledge to maximize the resources of our carriers so that our customer's expectations aren't just met - they're exceeded.

Based in the port city of Long Beach, RelyEx has a keen understanding of the challenges of managing the inbound and outbound flow of containers. Our team of container drayage experts provides your business with unique solutions to nuanced shipping problems, minimizing demurrage and ensuring the successful delivery of your freight.

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Customers choose RelyEx because:

  • We are a reliable drayage logistics partner that manages your freight from beginning to end
  • We have a rare industry vantage point with 30+ years of client-side experience
  • We foster and fortify the strongest vendor relations
  • We take a proactive approach to problem-solving, not a reactive approach
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Your Drayage Shipments Managed from Start to Finish

Some drayage brokers don't care how customers feel about their service as long as they sign a contract and get paid. As a solutions-oriented team, RelyEx takes the opposite approach. We're motivated by the opportunity to overachieve for our customers and to provide them with the best logistics experience possible. With professional experience as carriers and shippers ourselves, we know the roadblocks and challenges you're facing. We excel at mapping out the best plans of action to solve those problems. But that's just the start.

Our tracking experts monitor and manage every aspect of your drayage shipment from booking to delivery, 24/7. Once booked, we look for the availability of your containers hourly once they're at port. When they arrive, our team acts quickly to access your storage containers when they're available.

Plus, RelyEx ensures your company's requirements are met by the carrier during loading and delivery and provide necessary documentation as fast as possible. With real-time tracking updates and access to our customer service professionals, your team has complete visibility throughout the shipping process.

We Source Top-Notch Operators at the Best Prices

Over the years, RelyEx has built a strong network of drayage carriers, transloading locations, and container storage spaces to provide you with the best possible options to match your drayage service needs. We know that searching for quality service presents an added layer of complexity and stress to our customers. That's why we work hard to take that off your plate by connecting you with our reliable shipping partners.

With a background moving freight as an on-demand carrier, our founding partner understands how to maximize the resources and equipment of our carriers to match your needs.

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We Make Transparent, Timely Communication a Priority

Like other industries, the global logistics space is complex. Mistakes will be made, and problems will happen. With those truths in mind, RelyEx has built its reputation as problem solvers. Unlike other drayage companies, we don't shy away from this industry's complexities because we take pride in solving problems. Even better, we aim to do what's needed to avoid those problems altogether.

As your logistics partner, we will provide your company with accurate, transparent, and prompt communication. If there are unexpected issues, we'll notify you immediately and will provide several options to remedy the problem. We even offer custom reporting for large clients who need at-the-moment updates and quick access to shipment documentation.

We Have Robust Project Management Experience

Why let the unpredictability of your industry dictate your success? With a background working in manufacturing, our founders are familiar with the demands of managing production schedules and sales orders. That experience makes it abundantly clear to us that every business and industry is different. If you struggle with seasonal surges or other factors, our team supports your business with a mapped-out plan and schedule, so you stay ahead of the game.

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Paperwork Errors

Typically, shippers need four specific documents to clear shipments through customs: A Bill of Lading (or BOL), a commercial invoice, a packing list, and an arrival notice. Seasoned drayage brokers like RelyEx are used to preparing these documents, but new shippers tend to miss this step due to inexperience.

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If a shipper only pays for part of their shipment, a vessel operator may refuse to release their freight until their bill is fully paid. Payment delays lead to cargo detention at the port of entry, which triggers demurrage charges.

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Paperwork is needed when you're shipping goods with a drayage company. When documents like the Certificate of Origin or Bill of Lading arrive at their destination late, you can expect demurrage fees. RelyEx avoids this situation entirely by being proactive when submitting paperwork.

Additional causes for demurrage fees can include:

  • Damaged Container Storage
  • Custom Released Containers
  • Storage Containers Are Too Heavy

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At RelyEx, we know first-hand how stressful supply chain problems can be for business owners. Though drayage shipping might seem minor on the surface, it affects every stage of your shipping process. And when inevitable hurdles manifest, RelyEx propels you over the proverbial roadblocks with a proactive mindset and a passion for challenging projects. We believe that all problems have a solution, and our unique vantage point allows us to provide first-hand solutions to customers in a wide array of industries.

When it comes to your business, don't settle for anything less than RelyEx. Contact our office today to learn more about how we make your shipping experience streamlined and stress-free.

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The 11 most notable restaurants that arrived in Long Beach this year — and 5 opening in 2024

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As restaurants around the city continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, which halted construction, delayed permits, and forced closures of longstanding establishments, this year was one filled with openings.

Empty buildings re-opened to bustling service and customers eager to return to dining.

While there are likely dozens that opened within the city this year, here are some of the most notable restaurants that arrived:

Breakfast Republic

It’s almost always packed at Breakfast Republic, the boozy brunch restaurant that opened on Second Street this spring. The restaurant offers hearty breakfast items of all varieties with plenty of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. In addition to classics like french toast and pancakes, customers can get items like a breakfast bacon mac and cheese, breakfast jambalaya, and a crab and crawfish cake with eggs benedict.

Breakfast Republic is at 5313 Second Street.

Louie’s on 2nd

Just down the street from Breakfast Republic is Louie’s on 2nd. The restaurant took years to complete, but after opening it quickly became a popular upscale bar and eatery in Belmont Shore. The family-owned restaurant serves lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. It also has a full bar, adding another place to grab a quality cocktail on Second Street. Small plates like sticky wings, garlic noodles and papas bravas (spicy potato) can be ordered to share, but if you’re in the mood for something more hefty, dinner entrees include steak frites, braised pork shank and more.

Louie’s on 2nd is at 5283 E. Second Street.

Alder & Sage

Opening at the beginning of this year, Alder & Sage has quickly become one of Long Beach’s go-to spots. Owner Kerstin Kansteiner hoped the new eatery would be an opportunity blend her two shuttered cafes, Berlin in Downtown and Portfolio Coffeehouse on Retro Row. It’s cozy indoor and outdoor seating along with diverse, seasonal, chef-driven breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner menus has cemented this concept as its own.

Alder & Sage is at 366 Cherry Avenue.

Zankou Chicken

Popular LA-based Lebanese chain Zankou chicken opened its first Long Beach location earlier this year, bridging the gap between its Orange County and LA locations. The chain has garnered a cult-like following for its toum (garlic sauce) and its perfectly tender rotisserie chicken. Wraps, bowls, salads, and classics like falafel are also served.

Zankou Chicken is at 2590 N. Lakewood Blvd.

Pickle Bahn Mi Co.

Located in the heart of Cambodia Town, this Orange County-based Vietnamese eatery offers 15 bahn mi sandwich options, seven rice plates, as well as stews, curries and spring rolls. family-owned chain’s entry into Long Beach is the eatery’s first location outside of OC this year.

Pickle Bahn Mi Co. is at 1171 E. Anaheim Street.

PlanTita’s Kitchen

This vegan restaurant opened to massive success in West Long Beach. PlanTita’s Kitchen, owned by Aileen Castañeda, is a place where she hopes her customers can enjoy the food they grew up with, minus any trace of animal products. The restaurant serves classic Mexican comfort food like pozole verde made with jackfruit and aguachile made with hearts of palm instead of shrimp or white fish.

PlanTita’s Kitchen is at 1950 W. Willow Street.

A PCH

Another OC-based staple has arrived in Long Beach. Those who are familiar with the classic A Restaurant in Newport Beach may be elated to see that a spinoff of that eatery is now open here. A PCH is part of the River Jetty Restaurant Group which has continued its march into LA County in recent years. The Long Beach location joined the group’s other three restaurants just off Pacific Coast Highway opening on the second level at 2nd & PCH. The modern American menu includes items like a full rack of New Zealand lamb, pasta, a seared tuna salad, and more.

A PCH is at 6460 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 200.

Marlena

This long-awaited California cuisine restaurant has not only a beautiful space for indoor and outdoor dining, during the day it’s a cafe with pastries from Paper Moon Bakehouse, owned by Minnie Choe. Choe’s husband, Chef Michael Ryan, is Marlena’s executive chef. His menu is a blend of European flavors featuring items like a fried ricotta gnocchi with fennel sausage, nduja (spicy Southern Italian sausage), roasted tomato, broccolini and caciocavallo (Italian cheese) and a small plate of grilled Spanish octopus with romesco (tomato-based Spanish sauce), crunchy chickpeas and aged sherry vinegar.

Marlena is at 5854 E. Naples Plaza.

Mangette

By opening the Zaferia district’s newest cafe, Mangette, next to its sister space, Buvons Wine Bar, owners Alicia Kemper and Marie DelBarry hope customers will indulge in sipping Italian coffee by day and French natural by night. The new cafe’s menu also offers sandwiches like a butter ham on a fresh baguette with cornichons (pickles); a honeynut squash soup, soft scrambled eggs, oysters, a kanpachi crudo (thinly sliced raw fish dressed with white soy, yuzu, cucumber and jalapeno) and more.

Mangette is at 1145 Loma Avenue.

Foodologie

What began as an online shop for baked goods is now one of the most popular bakeries on Second Street. Owner Maria Leyesa began baking during the COVID-19 pandemic and finding unique ways to distinguish her baked goods like perfecting her ube brownies and churrodoodle cookies. Now, you can find all of those yummies at her new Belmont Shore location.

Foodologie is at 195 Claremont Ave.

Northern Cafe

Northern Cafe opened in the former La Creperie Cafe space serving up the only Chinese food in Belmont Shore. The large menu has a variety of options for all tastes, from classic Chinese dishes like mapo tofu to cold dishes like pig ear in chili oil. Handmade dumplings with numerous fillings options like fish, chicken, pork and cabbage, as well as vegetarian options are also available. It’s also where you can find traditional Chinese desserts like red bean buns or steamed custard buns.

Northern Cafe is at 4911 E. Second Street.

Some eateries have announced they plan to open in the city, but don’t quite have their doors open just yet. Here’s some new places to look forward to in the new year:

El Sauz

After decades of operating as a beloved restaurant and late night staple in Cambodia Town, the family behind the popular Mexican restaurant plan to open a second location on Fourth Street. The eatery has been ready to open for some time, but still awaits final permits from the city. Read more here.

El Sauz will be at 2741 E. Fourth Street.

Eggbred

Yet another OC-based chain will open its first franchise location in a prominent Downtown spot early next year. In addition to breakfast sandwiches, the menu will also offer lunch sandwiches like the “Nashville hottie,” a hand-breaded buttermilk chicken breast with a smoked paprika spread, cider vinegar slaw, county fair dill pickles on a toasted milk bun and more.

Eggbred will be at 777 E. Ocean Boulevard.

CAVA

Mediterranean chain, CAVA, is set to open in 2024 at the former Polly’s Pies spot near the Traffic Circle. The menu offers pre-set bowls like the Market Spice with spicy falafel, broccoli, hummus, tzatziki, greens, rice, skhug (hot sauce), and garlic dressing. The Harissa Avocado includes harissa honey chicken, a hot harissa vinaigrette, feta hummus, corn, avocado, rice, greens and more.

CAVA will be at 4680 East Los Coyotes Diagonal.

Wagyu Street

Wagyu Street, a new wagyu beef-focused experience, is set to open in February 2024 at the Long Beach Exchange food hall. The new eatery promises to offer USDA prime beef and all manner of Japanese and American wagyu — a particularly rich and tender cut of beef. A selection of Japanese sake will also be available to pair with each meal.

Wagyu Street will be at 4150 McGowen Street, Space 12.

L’antica was expected to open this year, but it will likely get its doors open in 2024 as it’s new Second Street home continues to undergo a massive construction project. The famous L’antica Pizzeria da Michele, was in business for 150 years in Italy. Now, Long Beach will get its very own as the restaurant continues to crop up in other cities.

L’antica will be at 4621 Second Street.

Vegan, Filipino bakery San & Wolves will open their first brick-and-mortar on Fourth Street next year. After finding massive success as an online bakery, they will take the plunge to open a permanent space. Favorites like the ube bun, the buko pop tart, the ube crumb cup, and more will be available daily and breakfast pastries will be offered each morning.

San & Wolves will be at 3900 E. Fourth Street.

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There’s a persistent rumor out there that things are always getting worse.

There’s plenty of evidence to support the theory. Everything costs more than it used to, there’s less parking, and there’s no shortage of horror in the headlines. If you get your news and commentary from social media, of course, the bad news is being guided to you by an algorithm designed to make you feel scared or angry enough to keep scrolling.

If you’re in your hometown, as I am here, it’s hard not to look at a dirty street and remember how clean it was in your childhood, or to look at a cookie-cutter chain store and remember the locally owned haven that used to occupy the same building. I’m an optimistic person, but I can get caught up in worries that the persistent rumor is true just like everybody else.

That’s why it felt wonderful last Christmas to break the news that the Long Beach Unified School District was bringing back Camp Hi-Hill and to see the LBUSD Board in February officially approve the return of the beloved tradition.

Camp Hi-Hill was a decades-long tradition in Long Beach that sent fifth graders to camp in the mountains for five days, with schools from different neighborhoods mixed so that local kids got a chance to make new friends from around the city. Like a lot of people who grew up here, I have fond memories of Camp Hi-Hill, as does my wife — we both have our Memory Sticks rattling around in the garage.

For a lot of my friends, Hi-Hill was the first (or only) trip into nature that childhood offered, and it was a beloved horizons-expanding experience for generations of Long Beach kids.

More than a decade ago, state budget cuts and wildfire regulations shuttered the camp. For a lot of us who grew up here and are raising kids here, it felt like another major piece of evidence that things might not be as sunny in Long Beach for the next generation as they were for ours.

The return of Hi-Hill — now run at the YMCA’s Camp Oakes — was celebrated on all corners of local social media, and since our son Vinny is a fifth grader, we were thrilled that he’d get to be one of the first groups of kids to restart the Hi-Hill legacy. His school was scheduled to go with the second group to make the trip this year, but just days before they left, the camp had to close for a week because of a bed bug infestation.

I pushed the nagging negativity in the back of my mind even further and had faith that the school district would do right by our kids, which they did. Vinny and his classmates got a rescheduled date and went to Hi-Hill last week, spending the week before Christmas in the cold air making memories and new friends, doing some school learning but also a lot of life learning.

He and his friends came home a day early to beat the snowstorm that put travel restrictions on the roads to and from camp, and we were happy to see them all as they lumbered off the bus bundled up in their cold weather gear. Our school’s fabulous principal and counselor waited until 6 p.m. to make sure all the kids got picked up, and as I stood there looking at all the smiling faces on the school’s lawn, it felt like a little miracle.

So many people worked so hard to bring the camp experience back, and my son and his friends came home raving about how much fun they had. And while we had to huff diesel fumes in the yellow school bus back in the 1990s, the kids even got to ride up the mountain and back in a nice charter bus.

Maybe things are getting better, after all.

Long Beach Bites

I was proud to represent The562 at a Thanksgiving food giveaway for the hungry in Long Beach at King Park, organized and hosted by The Six. There are a lot of people who like to talk about supporting our community, but I’ve been around long enough to know how much easier talk is than action. The good folks at The Six put a call out for local organizations to sign up to bring a specific food item, and more than 60 stepped up. That meant that people who came for food didn’t just get something handed to them — they got to walk around and “shop,” picking out ingredients and staples so that they could cook the kind of dinner they wanted. It was a beautiful example of the Long Beach community pulling together, and I look forward to signing up again in 2024.

We have a special start to the holiday season every year in Long Beach, which is when the wood-frame Christmas trees get floated out onto the Bay, and the duck ponds at Heartwell and El Dorado Parks (although ElDo missed out this year due to construction). Every time I see them lit up for the first time I get the same sense of excitement about the holidays that I got as a little kid, knowing that the next month will hold so much joy and family time. Of course, now that excitement comes from making a great holiday season for our kids — for giving presents instead of opening them.

Like a lot of families in Long Beach, my gang and I look forward to walking around Naples Island and checking out Christmas lights with friends. Every year it fills me with a sense of warmth and community, strolling in the chill air (60 degrees is cold, all right) and sipping on hot chocolate, running into buddies up and down each canal. The lights this year were, as usual, beautiful enough to make you forget that you’re standing in someone’s backyard staring at their house while they host a party and pretend they don’t see you.

Business Beat: Ring in 2024 at these Long Beach New Year’s Eve events

Looking to enhance your New Year’s Eve in Long Beach with dining, parties, or special events?As the holiday approaches, you’re not out of luck yet — there’s still time to book something special on New Year’s Eve. Here’s a glance at some of your options to ring in 2024 with a bang.Boathouse on the BayThis waterside eatery, at 190 N. Marina Dr., offers a New Year’s Eve three-course dinner with patio and indoor seating options, complete with a DJ.Early seatin...

Looking to enhance your New Year’s Eve in Long Beach with dining, parties, or special events?

As the holiday approaches, you’re not out of luck yet — there’s still time to book something special on New Year’s Eve. Here’s a glance at some of your options to ring in 2024 with a bang.

Boathouse on the Bay

This waterside eatery, at 190 N. Marina Dr., offers a New Year’s Eve three-course dinner with patio and indoor seating options, complete with a DJ.

Early seating takes place from 5 to 6 p.m., and late-night seating will be available from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Both require a $50 deposit in advance.

Looking to enjoy the 2024 New Year’s countdown but aren’t looking for dinner? The restaurant also offers a pass that allows you to enjoy the party without having to order dinner. The passes are $15 each.

The Queen Mary

Long Beach’s iconic coastal landmark — for the first time in three years — will host two parties to ring in the new year this weekend.

The first, on Saturday, Dec. 30, will offer a four-course dinner and live big band in the ship’s Grand Salon. Dubbed the “Queen of the Sea’s Pre-NYE Bash,” the period-specific event is sure to make some memories for the new year.

Tickets for the pre-New Year’s party cost $199, including entry and food.

The New Year’s Eve party on Sunday, meanwhile, will feature DJs and musical acts located all throughout the ship, alongside a casino night and a whiskey bar.

This adults-only soiree will feature live entertainment ranging from a jazz trio to line dancing — and better yet, will offer attendees a perfect view of waterfront fireworks scheduled for 9 p.m., and of course, midnight.

It’ll cost $169 per person, including two drinks — but there are also VIP packages available for those looking to have an extra luxurious first night of 2024.

For more information and tickets, visit queenmary.com.

Café Sevilla of Long Beach

This Spanish restaurant, at 140 Pine Ave., has three packages available for its New Year’s Eve celebration.

Attendees can choose between a prix fixe three-course dinner priced at $85), ,or a 7 p.m. flamenco dinner show experience ($119).

Café Sevilla will also offer a third, even more indulgent option for NYE diners — its tapas bar table package, which includes reserved table seating all-night long, live Latin music, a DJ until 2 a.m., specialty food and cocktail menus, party favors, and a midnight champagne toast.

For reservations, call 562-495-1111.

Harbor Breeze Cruises

Looking to start the new year on the water?

Harbor Breeze Cruises, 100 Aquarium Way, will offer a special a New Year’s Eve cruise with a cash bar, finger foods, live DJ and champagne toast at midnight.

Boarding begins at 8:30 p.m. at Dock #2 in Rainbow Harbor next to the Aquarium of the Pacific. The cruise returns shortly after the midnight celebration. Tickets for this 21-and-up event are $90 each.

For tickets, call 562-432-4900.

Fuego Restaurant & Bar

Located inside the Hotel Maya, 700 Queensway Dr., this restaurant will offer a four-course prix fixe dinner with live entertainment, party favors and a champagne toast.

A jazz trio will perform in the restaurant from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, with more performers throughout the night until celebrations finish up just after midnight.

Winter Wonderland cabanas for up to 15 guests are also available.

If you wish to stay the night, the hotel is offering their special “Take the Elevator Home” packages. For reservations, call 562-481-3910.

Michael’s on Naples

This Italian restaurant, 5620 2nd St., will have a a prix fixe dinner that includes a champagne toast, with an optional wine pairing on New Year’s Eve.

Seating begins at 6 p.m. For reservations, call 562-439-7080.

Dry January Mocktails

After enjoying the last few hours of 2023, you might want to make your January a healthy one by choosing to refrain from beer, wine or spirits for the duration of the month.

Dry January — which began in 2012 as a public health initiative — is fast approaching. Here’s a few places around Long Beach that offer “mocktails,” or alcohol-free cocktails, if you choose to partake:

Shirley’s Temple Deli & Mocktails

This 1940s-Hollywood-vibe spot, at 2420 E. 28th St. in Signal Hill, is a fully non-alcoholic mocktail bar and restaurant serving craft mocktails and handhelddishes, like sandwiches.

The following establishments also have mocktails on their menus:

Grunion Gazette Calendar: Week of Dec. 28-Jan. 3

Dec. 28Open Mic Night: Hot Java, 2101 E. Broadway. 2:30-6 p.m. $5. bitly.ws/DsmA.Thursday Night Market: Every Thursday. Presented by Weekend Night Market. 300 Promenade North, between Third and Fourth streets. 5-9 p.m.Free Winter Movie: “The Grinch.” Presented by Long Beach. Thursday, Dec. 28. Lincoln Park, 101 Pacific Ave. 3-9 p.m. Free hot cocoa; bring lawn chairs and blankets. Free parkin...

Dec. 28

Open Mic Night: Hot Java, 2101 E. Broadway. 2:30-6 p.m. $5. bitly.ws/DsmA.

Thursday Night Market: Every Thursday. Presented by Weekend Night Market. 300 Promenade North, between Third and Fourth streets. 5-9 p.m.

Free Winter Movie: “The Grinch.” Presented by Long Beach. Thursday, Dec. 28. Lincoln Park, 101 Pacific Ave. 3-9 p.m. Free hot cocoa; bring lawn chairs and blankets. Free parking in Civic Center garage, 332 W. Broadway.

Dec. 29

“Noon Year’s Eve” Pajama Party: Presented by Long Beach Public Library. Brewitt Neighborhood Library, 4036 E. Anaheim St. 11 a.m.-noon. bitly.ws/CtJx.

Friday Farmers Market: Every Friday. Presented by Harbor Area Farmers Market. The Streets, 151 E. Fifth St., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Dec. 30

“Brunch with the Brunchettes”: Presented by Hamburger Mary’s, 330 Pine Ave. Two showtimes: 10 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. $5-15. tinyurl.com/BrunchettesLB.

Holiday Whale Watch Tour: Presented by Long Beach Cruises. Two times: Noon and 3 p.m. $35-55. Tickets: tinyurl.com/WhalesLB.

“Queens of the Sea’s pre-NYE Bash”: Presented by the Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway. Cocktail hour, four-course meal, and live entertainment. 6-11:30 p.m. $199 per person. tinyurl.com/QueenMaryNYE.

Dec. 31

New Year’s Eve Party: Presented by the Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway. Adults-only soiree with various entertainment throughout the ship. Fireworks viewing at 9 p.m. and midnight. $169 per person. tinyurl.com/QueenMaryNYE.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks: Presented by Downtown Long Beach Alliance. Shoreline Drive and The Promenade. Two shows: 9:30 p.m. and midnight.

New Year’s Eve Pub Crawl: Presented by Nasstive Entertainment. All access pass to 8+ bars along Pine Avenue on New Year’s Eve. 8 p.m. $19-39. tinyurl.com/NYEPubCrawlLB.

New Year’s Eve & Grand Opening Celebration: Presented by Praia At The Top, 105 W. Broadway. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $45 general admission. tinyurl.com/PraiaNYE.

New Year’s Eve Family Fireworks Cruise: Presented by Harbor Breeze Cruises, 100 Aquarium Way, Dock No. 2. $65 general admission, children under three free. Boarding at 7:30 p.m. tinyurl.com/HarborBreezeNYE.

New Year’s Eve Night Dive: Presented by Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way. Featuring live entrainment, a silent disco, and a confetti countdown to midnight. $94.94 general admission, $89.95 for members. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. tinyurl.com/NYENightDive.

New Year’s Eve 21+ Cruise: Presented by Harbor Breeze Cruises, 100 Aquarium Way, Dock No. 2. Featuring cash bar, champagne toast at midnight, and live DJ. Boarding at 8 p.m. $90 per person. 2seewhales.com.

Annual Peacemaker Celebration: “A Coney Island New Year’s Eve Awards Ceremony and Dinner.” Presented by Long Beach Area Peace Network. Sunday, Dec. 31. 6500 Stearns Ave. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Contact: 562-833-8035.

Holiday Whale Watch Tour: Presented by Long Beach Cruises. Two times: Noon and 3 p.m. $35-55. Tickets: tinyurl.com/WhalesLB.

Jan. 1

“Sock-It-To-‘Em” Donation Drive: Presented by Justin Rudd. First day of monthlong donation drive to collect new pairs of socks for unhoused folks. JustinRudd.com/socks.

Webinar: “Introduction to Reference Solutions.” Presented by Long Beach Public Library. 11 a.m.-noon. Register: tinyurl.com/LBPLWebinar.

Jan. 2

Book Club for Adult Learners: Virtual. Presented by Long Beach Public Library. Billie Jean King Main Library, 200 W. Broadway. tinyurl.com/LBPLBookClub.

New Member Orientation: Virtual. Presented by Long Beach Public Library. 11-11:30 a.m. tinyurl.com/LBPLOrientation.

Jan. 3

First Wednesdays: Presented by Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way. Featuring a screening of “National Parks Adventure.” 7-9 p.m. $5 advanced ticket, $10 at the door. tinyurl.com/FirstWedsLB

Drag Bingo: The Bungalow, 6400 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 200. 7:30 p.m. bitly.ws/RUme.

Blood Drive: Presented by American Red Cross. Bethany Church, 2250 Clark Ave. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. redcrossblood.org.

Upcoming

Nature Walk: Presented by Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust. Saturday, Jan. 6. Meet in parking lot at 1st St. and PCH in Seal Beach. Gate opens 7:45 a.m.; tour starts at 8 a.m. http://tinyurl.com/NatureWalkLB.

Los Cerritos Wetlands Restoration: Volunteer opportunity on Saturday, Jan. 6. 10:30 a.m. to noon. RSVP and more information: iwanttohelp@tidalinfluence.com.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade: Saturday, Jan. 13 at MLK Ave. and Anaheim St. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. More info: longbeach.gov/mlkparade.

California Writers Club of Long Beach: Free monthly meeting. Los Altos United Methodist Church Heritage Hall, 5950 E. Willow St. Saturday, Jan. 13. Featuring publishing/editing/writing consultant Pam Sheppard. 2:30-5 p.m. calwriterslongbeach.org or email info@calwriterslongbeach.org for more information.

Ongoing

Disney on Ice: “Frozen” and “Encanto.” Long Beach Arena, 300 E. Ocean Blvd. Shows run through Jan. 1. tinyurl.com/DisneyonIceLB.

Exhibit: “Ordinary People.” Presented by Long Beach Museum of Art, 2300 E. Ocean Blvd. Open through Jan. 14. lbma.org/exhibitions.

Winter Fun Days: Free programs for kids during winter break. Presented by Long Beach. Dec. 26-29, various city park locations. On-site registration is required. Information: tinyurl.com/WinterFunLb.

Exhibit: “Professional Artist Fellows.” Presented by Arts Council for Long Beach. Billie Jean King Main Library, 200 W. Broadway. Runs through March 2024.

Orchid Society: The Long Beach Amateur Orchid Society meets the second Monday of every month in St. Gregory’s Church Hall, 6201 Willow St., at 7 p.m. Entrance and parking are in the back.

Club of Harps: The harmonica club for all skill levels meets every Wednesday and Thursday at the Long Beach Senior Center, 1150 E. Fourth St. 1:30-3 p.m. Information: clubofharps.org.

Send calendar announcements two weeks prior to the scheduled event to editor@gazettes.com.

CS Fullerton Titans vs. LBSU Beach: How to watch NCAA Basketball online, TV channel, live stream info, start time

LBSU Beach @ CS Fullerton TitansCurrent Records: LBSU 8-4, CS Fullerton 7-5We've got another exciting Big West matchup on schedule as the LBSU Beach and the CS Fullerton Titans are set to tip at 10:00 p.m. ET on December 28th at Titan Gym. LBSU is coming into the match hot, having won their last five games.LBSU scored the most points they've had all season to find success last Tuesday. They simply couldn't be stopped as they easily beat the Toros 107-78 at home. That 107-78 margin sets a new team best for LBSU this seaso...

LBSU Beach @ CS Fullerton Titans

Current Records: LBSU 8-4, CS Fullerton 7-5

We've got another exciting Big West matchup on schedule as the LBSU Beach and the CS Fullerton Titans are set to tip at 10:00 p.m. ET on December 28th at Titan Gym. LBSU is coming into the match hot, having won their last five games.

LBSU scored the most points they've had all season to find success last Tuesday. They simply couldn't be stopped as they easily beat the Toros 107-78 at home. That 107-78 margin sets a new team best for LBSU this season.

Meanwhile, the Titans beat the Tigers 67-56 last Wednesday. The victory was just what CS Fullerton needed coming off of a 88-65 defeat in their prior game.

CS Fullerton can attribute much of their success to Max Jones, who scored 16 points along with six rebounds, and Grayson Carper, who scored 12 points along with eight rebounds.

The Beach's victory was their fifth straight at home dating back to last season, which pushed their record up to 8-4. Those victories were due in large part to their offensive dominance across that stretch, as they averaged 85.2 points per game. As for the Titans, they have been performing well recently as they've won five of their last six matchups, which provided a massive bump to their 7-5 record this season.

Looking ahead to Thursday, LBSU is expected to win a tight contest, barring any buzzer beaters. They might be worth a quick bet since they're sitting on a five game streak of covering the spread when playing on the road.

LBSU came out on top in a nail-biter against CS Fullerton in their previous matchup back in February, sneaking past 70-67. Will LBSU repeat their success, or does CS Fullerton have a better game plan this time around? We'll find out soon enough.

LBSU is a slight 2-point favorite against CS Fullerton, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Beach as a 2.5-point favorite.

The over/under is set at 145 points.

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CS Fullerton has won 6 out of their last 10 games against LBSU.

The 7 most notable businesses that made Long Beach their home this year

In every city, every year, new businesses pop up while others disappear. Long Beach is no different.Over the past year, dozens of new companies, restaurants and shops opened their doors.From recreational axe-throwing to a massive candy shop experience, here are some of the most notable businesses (that aren’t restaurants) that arrived in Long Beach this year...

In every city, every year, new businesses pop up while others disappear. Long Beach is no different.

Over the past year, dozens of new companies, restaurants and shops opened their doors.

From recreational axe-throwing to a massive candy shop experience, here are some of the most notable businesses (that aren’t restaurants) that arrived in Long Beach this year, in alphabetical order.

AIBOT

Electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle developer AIBOT is one of the latest aerospace companies to make Long Beach its home. The firm was actually founded in 2022 but flew under the radar until Mayor Rex Richardson announced their operation during the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s State of Business event on Dec. 1. The company is developing manned and unmanned aircraft that will be able to transport people and cargo from the Los Angeles region to Las Vegas in about an hour. AIBOT has leased 25,000 square feet of hangar space at Long Beach Airport as well as 3,000 square feet of office space, with plans to grow its staffing to over 500 over the next several years.

Auriga Space

Auriga Space, which also was announced by Mayor Richardson during the Chamber of Commerce event earlier this month, is developing a new small satellite launch system. The tech startup was founded by Winnie Lai in San Francisco last year after she left her job at Long Beach-based Spinlaunch, which is developing its own small-sat launcher. Lai moved the company to a co-working space in Downtown in October. The innovative system will use a ground-based electromagnetic track and a magnetic field to propel the launch vehicle to a high altitude, at which point its engine will ignite to reach orbit.

Bad Axe

Axe throwing dates back to Middle Ages combat, but Long Beach residents can throw the steel-headed tool for fun in Downtown at Bad Axe Throwing. The recreational activity has exploded in popularity as urban entertainment in recent years and the company has taken full advantage with dozens of locations across the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. The Long Beach space opened above Chipotle on Pine Avenue at the beginning of the year with seven throwing lanes that each have two targets. Participants get a quick tutorial before they can throw different-sized axes as well as knives for a variety of games.

Blue Shield of California

Health insurance provider Blue Shield of California opened a new office near Long Beach Airport, where it says more than 1,000 employees work. Announced last year, the move backfills more than half of the space vacated by Epson America in 2020 at 3840 Kilroy Airport Way. Blue Shield signed an 11-year lease for 71,753 square feet of the roughly 136,000-square-foot building.

Candified

North Long Beach native Jackie Sorkin and co-owner Amy Mason opened Candified in Belmont Shore in July. Sorkin earned the moniker “Candy Queen” over the years, building a name for herself that led to regular spots on the Food Network and Cooking Channel as well as a TLC show actually named “Candy Queen.” The pair decided to set up a brick-and-mortar candy store a la Willy Wonka’s factory. The vibrant space is filled with candy of all sorts as well as art that is itself made of candy.

ExLabs

Much of Long Beach’s newest additions to the aerospace sector have been focused on small satellite launches. With a much more niche mission, ExLabs stands out. The firm, still in its infancy, is developing spacecraft to aid in the removal of space debris, of which there are tens of millions of pieces around the Earth thanks to more than six decades of human space exploration. The satellite bus vehicle will have a claw that can collect debris. The firm hopes to send components up for space testing as early as 2025, with the first debris capture mission planned for 2027. The long-term goal is to scale up the system to a 100-ton vehicle for deep-space resource acquisition like asteroid mining.

Sports Basement

Bay Area sporting goods chain Sports Basement announced this year that it is taking over the former Sears building at 2100 N. Bellflower Blvd. — a massive retail location that has sat vacant for two years. Long Beach will be the brand’s 13th location and only its second in Southern California, the first being in Fountain Valley, which opened last year. The space is slated to open June 1. Aside from selling and renting sports and outdoor gear, the company is community-focused, allowing yoga studios, art galleries and even movie screenings in-store.

2023 Top 10 Long Beach Sports Moments: No. 5 Long Beach Poly Boys’ Track Wins CIF-SS Title

The562’s coverage of Long Beach Poly is sponsored by Bryson FinancialThe562’s cross country and track & field coverage is sponsored by an anonymous donation, in appreciation of Coach Ron Allice.It was a green and golden day for Long Beach Poly at the CIF-SS Track and Field championships at Moorpark in 2023, as the Jackrabbits brought home the CIF-S...

The562’s coverage of Long Beach Poly is sponsored by Bryson Financial

The562’s cross country and track & field coverage is sponsored by an anonymous donation, in appreciation of Coach Ron Allice.

It was a green and golden day for Long Beach Poly at the CIF-SS Track and Field championships at Moorpark in 2023, as the Jackrabbits brought home the CIF-SS Division 1 team title on the boys’ side, and the silver plaque on the girls side. The Jackrabbit boys tallied up 70 points, 30 points more than the runner-ups in their landslide victory.

The CIF-SS team title was the Poly boys’ 17th as a program, and the 38th for the track program as a whole. It’s their first since 2019 and also the school’s 128th total CIF-SS championship, more than any other school.

“It’s really amazing that everyone stepped up, and that we were able to do so well for the boys,” said Poly coach Crystal Irving. “A lot of them are underclassmen as well. To see their brotherhood, to see the support from each and every one of them, it was just a magical day.”

The star of the day for Poly was junior Xai Ricks (now a Georgia signee), who easily won the 400 with a PR time of 46.57, took fourth in the 200 in 21.25, and anchored the Poly 4×400 to a second-place finish in a time of 3:15.42.

“It’s great, we had a lot of guys come in and our goal was to get here and wing a ring,” said Ricks. “We’ve got a lot of our guys coming back next year and hopefully we can do it again.”

The Long Beach Poly boys’ quartet of Cal signee Javon Hampton, frosh Malachi Dawson, Jadyn Robinson, and Caliph Johnson started the day off right with a win in the boys’ 4×100, with a time of 41.64. Johnson got the baton for the anchor leg even with a few other teams and ran a great final leg to give Poly the win.

“When I got the baton I saw people on either side of me and I just had to go and get it,” he said. The Jackrabbit pack includes three underclassmen as Dawson is a freshman and both Robinson and Johnson are sophomores.

The boys’ 4×400 of Smith, Dawson, Johnson, and Ricks (all underclassmen) went on to win the state title in Clovis in 3:12.99.

The Jackrabbits will enter 2024 as the favorites to win the boys’ state title, with a loaded squad.

2023 Top 10 Long Beach Sports Moments: No. 3 Geer, Hamilton Make Swimming History

The562’s coverage of Long Beach Wilson Athletics is sponsored by Joel Bitonio, Class of 2009The562’s coverage of Long Beach Poly is sponsored by Bryson FinancialLong Beach has been known for producing great swimmers and aqu...

The562’s coverage of Long Beach Wilson Athletics is sponsored by Joel Bitonio, Class of 2009

The562’s coverage of Long Beach Poly is sponsored by Bryson Financial

Long Beach has been known for producing great swimmers and aquatic athletes for more than a century, which makes the 2023 that Long Beach Poly’s Colin Geer and Wilson’s Sammie Hamilton had even more impressive, as both swimmers made history.

Geer helped lead Poly to a Moore League swim title over Wilson, breaking a state-record streak of 49 years. Geer was just as impressive as an individual swimmer as he was as a team leader. Now at Michigan as a freshman, Geer won individual CIF-SS and CIF State titles, becoming the first-ever state champion from Long Beach in the modern swim postseason era.

“He’s been the greatest leader you could ever ask for in a high school athlete,” Poly swim coach Ish Pluton said of Geer, who also set a new CIF-SS Division 1 record in the 200 IM during his golden postseason run.

“Swimming at Poly was amazing and I’m so glad my teammates and I could accomplish our goals,” Geer said. “That (league meet) was a night I know I’ll never forget.”

Geer also qualified for the 2024 USA Swim Olympic Trials in the 200 IM and will compete in Indianapolis in 2024 for a chance to go to Paris.

While Geer was the 2022-23 All-City Boys’ Athlete of the Year, Hamilton is the clear frontrunner to earn the girls’ title this school year after a historic run last year as a junior.

Hamilton recently committed to swim in the NCAA at Kentucky. One of the top recruits in the nation, she selected the Wildcats over USC, Alabama, Ohio State, and others.

Last year Hamilton set Moore League records while leading her Wilson Bruins to a third consecutive Moore League title. She also finished third in the 500 free at the CIF State meet, the highest finish by a Bruin in the modern incarnation of that meet. She’ll be one of the top swimmers in the state this year with a chance to win a title, and will have her pick of league records to try and take down in her senior campaign.

She’s also broken the Huntington Beach Pier Swim Record and won eight silver medals in the Maccabiah Games.

At the recent Junior Nationals meet in Chicago, she qualified for five events and took sixth in the nation in the 1650.

2023 Top 10 Long Beach Sports Moments: No. 7 Wilson Boys’ Tennis Wins First CIF Title

The562’s coverage of Long Beach Wilson Athletics is sponsored by Joel Bitonio, Class of 2009.For the first time ever, a Wilson tennis team took home CIF gold in 2023. The boys’ program beat Brea Olinda, 12-6, back in May at the Claremont Club, making school history and bringing a third tennis title to Long Beach in as many years.“I’m really happy for the boy...

The562’s coverage of Long Beach Wilson Athletics is sponsored by Joel Bitonio, Class of 2009.

For the first time ever, a Wilson tennis team took home CIF gold in 2023. The boys’ program beat Brea Olinda, 12-6, back in May at the Claremont Club, making school history and bringing a third tennis title to Long Beach in as many years.

“I’m really happy for the boys that they can be a part of that, and have something like that to look back on,” said Wilson head coach Nick Medina of his team making history. “I know they deserve it. They worked really hard, they’re really talented, and I think it’s a testament to our captain, Zane Driskill. I told him to get 14 people to all go in the same direction–that’s not an easy thing. They’re so bought into each other and they love each other, and I think that’s the thing that I’m most proud of. They really are a team, and I think that’s probably why we won.”

The Bruins went 9-0 in their doubles matches in the CIF title match, continuing a trend of strong doubles play throughout their playoff run. Driskill and partner Mateo Matta were dominant as the top pair, and No. 3 team Daniel Gerstner and Filip Svrdlan won their matches by a combined score of 18-6. The No. 2 doubles team of Luke Emigh and Jake Paiva came back from down 0-3 in their final match to claim the clinching point for the Bruins.

Sophomore Doug Smith won a pair of singles matches at the No. 1 spot, which helped lead Wilson across the finish line. Sophomores Leo Bauch and Cash Tuck were the other singles players for the Bruins in the final.

Impressively, of the nine players in the lineup, seven were freshmen or sophomores, which indicates a bright future ahead for Wilson tennis.

The Lakewood girls’ volleyball program has been consistently competing to be the best team in the Moore League for the last two decades under coach Mike Wadley, and now his watch has ended.

Wadley retired after this his 19th season during which he won his 500th game as head coach of the Lancers. He is believed to be the first high school volleyball coach in Long Beach or the Moore League to cross 500 varsity wins–Cal-Hi sports only keeps official coaching records for football, basketball, and baseball/softball, so official records don’t exist statewide.

In 2007, Wadley also led Lakewood to a CIF state championship, and they are the only CIF State championship team in school history.

“It’s hard to be an athletic director and a coach, and I think I can serve the school and the league at a higher capacity,” Wadley said before the season. “I want to make our athletic program better and make people want to come here… And my sense of urgency and focus is increased because I know there’s an endgame.”

Wadley, known as a fiery motivator, has grown more sentimental over the years and has been really soaking in his final weeks coaching the Lancers.

“There’s so many things going through your mind with all these ‘lasts,’ we’ll have our last home game next week,” he said. “I’m going to miss it, but I’m not going to miss it. I really do think I can be of better service in another role, and I’m ready to pass the torch–the cupboard isn’t bare and we have great assistant coaches, I’m leaving it in good hands.”

The562’s coverage of Long Beach Poly is sponsored by Bryson Financial

The562’s cross country and track & field coverage is sponsored by an anonymous donation, in appreciation of Coach Ron Allice.

It was a green and golden day for Long Beach Poly at the CIF-SS Track and Field championships at Moorpark in 2023, as the Jackrabbits brought home the CIF-SS Division 1 team title on the boys’ side, and the silver plaque on the girls side. The Jackrabbit boys tallied up 70 points, 30 points more than the runner-ups in their landslide victory.

The CIF-SS team title was the Poly boys’ 17th as a program, and the 38th for the track program as a whole. It’s their first since 2019 and also the school’s 128th total CIF-SS championship, more than any other school.

“It’s really amazing that everyone stepped up, and that we were able to do so well for the boys,” said Poly coach Crystal Irving. “A lot of them are underclassmen as well. To see their brotherhood, to see the support from each and every one of them, it was just a magical day.”

The star of the day for Poly was junior Xai Ricks (now a Georgia signee), who easily won the 400 with a PR time of 46.57, took fourth in the 200 in 21.25, and anchored the Poly 4×400 to a second-place finish in a time of 3:15.42.

“It’s great, we had a lot of guys come in and our goal was to get here and wing a ring,” said Ricks. “We’ve got a lot of our guys coming back next year and hopefully we can do it again.”

The Long Beach Poly boys’ quartet of Cal signee Javon Hampton, frosh Malachi Dawson, Jadyn Robinson, and Caliph Johnson started the day off right with a win in the boys’ 4×100, with a time of 41.64. Johnson got the baton for the anchor leg even with a few other teams and ran a great final leg to give Poly the win.

“When I got the baton I saw people on either side of me and I just had to go and get it,” he said. The Jackrabbit pack includes three underclassmen as Dawson is a freshman and both Robinson and Johnson are sophomores.

The boys’ 4×400 of Smith, Dawson, Johnson, and Ricks (all underclassmen) went on to win the state title in Clovis in 3:12.99.

The Jackrabbits will enter 2024 as the favorites to win the boys’ state title, with a loaded squad.

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