The wall of hand-painted tiles is likely the first thing you’ll notice when walking into Earth Arts of Long Beach’s sunlit studio. Like a tin man at a cardiologist’s office, it stands out, offering a colorful contrast to the shelves and shelves of unpainted porcelain cups, mugs, plates, and bowls. Each prismatic square offers a glimpse into the artistic world of each customer who’s passed through the shop. As a whole, they represent the studio’s mission to foster a vibrant community that celebrates artisans of all ages and skill levels.
Staffers are happy to guide customers through the pottery-painting process, supplying them with stencils, paints, and stamps to design their own patterns. In addition to pottery painting, the studio offers art classes, and utilizes the shop as a gallery space for visiting artists.
Nationally ranked lifeguard and co-founder Cliff Skudin has conquered the massive swells of Outer Reefs Hawaii and Nelscott Reef during professional competitions. His business partner and brother, Will, is a four-time contender in the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards. Their aquatic family history does not stop there, however. Among the ranks at Skudin Surf are three other amphibious Skudins—including a synchronized swimmer and a trained EMT—as well as a handful of instructors, lifeguards, and pro surfers who have been embraced by the family. Skudin Surf has been featured in a number of publications, including the New York Times.
Surfing, it seems, is much more than a mere sport to the Skudins. It’s also a free-spirited form of therapy. Brothers Cliff and Will launched the non-profit Surf For All to bring the sport to kids with autism, cerebral palsy, and visual impairment, among other disabilities. They also partner with Wounded Warriors to provide lessons to military members, and provided assistance with rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy.
Signature service: Mixed martial arts
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Brands Used: Muay thai and Brazilian jiujitsu
Pro Tip: All classes instructed by a legend in the MMA world.
Bahia Social Club's chefs craft Brazilian small plates ornamented with skirt steak, toasted tomato, and selections from a varied menu. Introduce a friend, date, or long-lost yearbook advisor to portuguese mussels in saffron broth (a $14 value) as you pour from a pitcher of red or white sangria. Churrasco skirt steak (a $14 value) mingles on the grill with sociable tostones and sweet plantains, as nearby patatas bravas's snappy potatoes drip with condescension and spicy aioli (a $5 value). Toothpicks cross with a rain of sparks as diners duel for bites of the pulled-pork arepa (a $12 value), which is slow-cooked over 18 hours, much like plastic army men that fall into the hands of enemy children.