On the sun-dappled streets of Long Beach, the broad glass windows of 2nd Street Beauty Boutique’s flagship store sparkle just as brightly as the rows of cosmetics that rest behind them. Inside each 2nd Street Beauty outpost, sleek white beauty stations hoist Stila blushes and rows of Smashbox lipsticks that stand in perfectly straight lines like soldiers at attention or British people queuing for the bus. With an elixir, serum, or solution for every hair, skin, and nail concern imaginable, the staff at 2nd Street Beauty guides guests through dozens of high-end products, and even performs facials and hair services in the adjacent salon.
For more than a decade, the kilns at Ocean Stained Glass have been firing and finishing glass pieces crafted by both veterans and first-timers. The stained glass play land leads classes that vary in content from fusing techniques and mosaic construction to the pure art of staining glass. It also encourages glassworkers to drop by during open-studio hours, thereby eliminating the need for budding artists to hurl paint buckets and cement blocks at the nearest storefront window. The studio?s resident artists craft custom designs as well, which vary in price based on the materials and complexity of a project.
The aquatic experts at Huntington Harbor Boat Rentals send mariners of all stripes into the scenic waters of Sunset Harbor on electric boats, standup paddleboards, and surfboards. They rent out watercrafts for temporary jaunts, which allow beginners to experience the freedom of paddling while standing up and entire families to collectively swear off land while aboard a 21-foot electric boat. For those more committed to their water sport, they sell standup paddleboards and surfboards. The professionals also invite explorers to get a new perspective on bending and balance with Yoga on Water.
For passionate audiophiles and music collectors, record shopping is more than a hobby—it's a job. And no collection is ever complete. For sonic archeologists with sore fingers from digging through record bins, Left of the Dial is a goldmine of sorts. Though collection may not be intimidatingly large, each selection is added thoughtfully by a staff of curators with the same kind of love for music and record collecting as their clientele. Bucket-list discs from rock's greatest and weirdest eras dominate the stacks, from psych and garage classics of the '60s and '70s to punk, soul, and rarities for fans of power pop and indie rock. Left of the Dial also features a stock of CDs, DVDs, and music collectables fit for stocking stuffing or home stuffing.