Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Adventure Long Beach: We Heart Retro Row

Usually tourists and locals pass through Long Beach, California because they’re on their way to San Diego or Los Angeles. Occasionally, they may stop for a few hours to take in the Queen Mary, the Aquarium of the Pacific, or for a quick bite at a popular Belmont Shore eatery (which, by the way, is a whole article within itself.) However, Long Beach is more than a North-South passageway and extends beyond the fashionable Belmont Shore district. The heart of Long Beach lies in Retro Row—a four-block strip that specializes in vintage furniture, clothing, and hobbies (think roller derby and long boarding). Even the restaurants, coffee shops, and the local movie theatre have a retro aura about them. Located on East 4th Street between Ross and Wisconsin Avenues, the next time you’re passing through Long Beach, take an afternoon to stop, shop, and prowl the strip. Details:

Art Theatre
This beautiful art-deco gem shows independent, classic, and fan-favorite films, including daily 11:00 matinees and midnight double features. A coffee and wine bar included! Details:

Imonni specializes in the most tasteful men and women’s vintage garments and accessories. Clothing can be custom-tailored or altered to fit your taste right on site. Details:

Meow’s collection includes vintage clothing from the ‘40s through the ‘90s, most of which has never been worn. Highlights include blue and red-striped bowling shoes, rhinestone-embossed cat-eye glass frames, and colorfully silky smoking jackets. Details:

Craft-Mafia inspired, Songbird houses a collection of funky and one-of-a-kind clothing, accessories, jewelry, and home wares made by local artists and crafters. Details:

Vintage Collective
Transform your home into the Mad Men set at this expansive Mid-Century Modern shop. Find everything from couches and coffee tables to bowling balls and the Mystery Date board game. Details:

Pike Bar & Grill
At the end of the strip sits the Pike, owned by Social Distortion’s former drummer, Chris Reece. Belly-up to this rehabbed diner’s bar for an ice-cold PBR accompanied by a grilled cheese with hand-cut fries or an order of fish ‘n’ chips. Enjoy the eclectic jukebox and the Social D posters that adorn the walls. Details:

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sé reed August 19, 2010 at 11:10 AM  

Mod-city moms will also love the kids' boutique Lil Devils! Its style may be a little more punk than mod, but for less rock-laced tastes there are also handmade dresses, diaper bags and jewelry, old school/wooden toys and awesome gifts (like the sweetest butterfly and ladybug band-aids). *And* they have cool things for grown-ups, too, like metal Beatles lunchboxes!

Mod City Mom August 19, 2010 at 11:28 AM  

Sounds fantastic! We'll definitely check it out. Are you online, too? We'll be back in the area to soak it all in. We LOVE 4th Street.

Erin Michelle Foley August 19, 2010 at 12:45 PM  

Great blog with a sincere appreciation for the block I call home. Love it!
BTW- Mod-city moms that want to foster a love for reading (and chill live music, art openings, and other great local events) would LOVE {open} books, too! Great atmosphere created by the fun, knowledgeable (and humble!) owners and the selection runs quite the gamut- plus the prices are quite nice for those on a budget (who isnt)! :) Check it out next time :)

se reed August 19, 2010 at 12:59 PM  

I'm not Lil Devils, actually, I'm from {open} the book store a few doors down! I just thought they definitely needed a mention, cuz y'all are moms and all! :D

But, to answer your question, they don't have a shop website. But they have a Facebook page:

se reed August 19, 2010 at 1:00 PM  

HAHAHAHA! I just read the comment above my last one ... about {open}!!! Thank you!!!

Gus August 20, 2010 at 2:47 PM  

I love the tuna sandwich @ Pikes.

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After becoming mothers, sisters Sarah Romine and Leah Weyandt wanted to marry the activities and interests that they experienced before motherhood with their new found lives with children. This was not always an easy task—traveling to obscure places, shopping at off-beat boutiques, and sipping lazy-afternoon cocktails doesn't always fit neatly with parenthood. Stemming from their frustration, they meticulously searched, and continue to search, for activities, establishments, and entertainment that they take pleasure in and their families benefit from. The result? Mod City Mom.

About Sarah

Sarah is a passionate cook, fashionista, writer, actor, and mother. Like all actors, she ended up working at many-a-restaurant to make ends meet and shopping at countless bargain boutiques to maintain her sense of personal style. Her culinary journey, love affair with fashion, and desire to remain true to herself after becoming a mother are the inspirations for this site. Sarah lives with her husband and two sons in Chicago.

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