Posts Tagged ‘The Duke and Duchess’

Feeling Foolish on a Friday First

Friday, April 1st, 2011

The First Friday of every month, Bixby Knoll’s and it’s manifold businesses are open late and inviting artists to come play!  Truly a unique event in Long Beach First Fridays is second only to the LA Art Walk in scale and magnitude, and it’s growing every month.  What follows is but a mere peek into April’s First Friday!

As a legally ordained minister, I renewed the vows of Wade and Laura Ashley at Melinda McCoy's Flowers

The Potential Lunatics played to stunned street crowds

A Youth from Long Beach Clothing Company wrangles a reptile from Reptile's Unlimited

Khmer dancer's wow audiences at the Long Beach Historical Society

Live Artists find their muse at the Expo Furniture Warehouse

Hua Dancers outisde Hawaiian BBQ Festival

And multiple Elvii (the plural of Elvis) roamed the streets. The one pictured here was the one not on stilts.

Be sure and join us on Atlantic between Del Amo and Wardlow, May 6th from 6 to 10 PM for imporv comedy, jazz musicians, bluegrass, pirate book readings, Marx Brothers film screenings, the ranger’s antics, and more.

The Ranger Marshals the Marshalls Grand Opening!

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

Councilwoman Gabelich, Congresswoman Richards, Bill Baker, the ranger, and more!
Get your shop on Bixby! After over a decade of decadent degradation on a plot of property in the Northern quadrant of beauteous Bixby Knolls, it was high time for a hootenanny of epic proportion when dynamite retailer Marshalls opened their ambrosial doors last Thursday to the public. The coffee and coco flowed like wine as Long Beach dignitaries and citizens alike flocked to the Grand Opening.

Can we shop yet?
To fully appreciate the grandeur of this North Long Beach victory we must understand the tremendous history behind this unveiling. So gather ‘round kiddies and travel back with me through the fogs of yesteryear to a time nearly forgotten. And as we ride the space-time continuum, I beseech you to beware of the dreaded Morlocks. (I ain’t trustin’ nothin’ that ain’t got no melanin. My regards to auld H.G.)

Gut Munching Troglodytes from Man's Future
Y’see before 4450 Atlantic was a Marshalls (holla!), it was a pigeon riddled pit of despair. Formerly a Robert’s department store, this vacant building hadn’t seen a customer in ages. But property owners at Gaska Inc. weren’t unawares of the Knolls eye sore, and in fact were working quietly night and day for the better part of six years to correct this!  Deep within their business laboratory, they labored to concoct the perfect elixer which would transform the space by the light of the full moon into the denim-jeans-and-designer-hand-bag-slinging retailer you see today! But in order to achieve this dream they needed the aide of the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency.

Amy Bodek and the Knolls Ranger
“Development of this modern Marshalls Department Store has concurrently eliminated a blighting condition at the former vacant Roberts store site and serves as a beacon for the continued revitalization of North Long Beach,” stated RDA Executive Director Amy Bodek in her now famous, “Marshalls Woot Woot!” speech. The RDA approved a $3.7 million loan (which roughly translates to ₩4,543,600,000 for our readers in South Korea) to develop the new Marshalls as well as a $500,000 façade improvement grant (614 million won, [you’re welcome Satchmojoey]). With these kind of smackaroo’s backin’ ‘em up, it was merely a matter of convincing Marshall’s parent company TJ Maxx that such a venture was a good idea. Easy peasy.

Leave it to me Gaska!
Last October Bixby Knolls residents took turns heaving bricks and boulders at the old domicile à la Shirley Jackson. (I was there y’all!) And for the better part of a year the Ed Grush Construction company had been building the beautiful Marshalls you see today.  Finally, on an unusually crisp August morning, the unveiling began…

Councilwoman Gabelich and the Ranger Remember
All of the Long beach big-wigs were at the grand opening ceremony including Congresswoman Laura Richardson, Councilwoman Rae Gabelich of the Eighth District, Chair of the Long Beach Redevelopement Agency Bill Baker, RDA director Amy Bodek, executive director of the BKBIA Blair Cohn, the Duke and Duchess of Bixby, and yours truly, the Knolls Ranger. (I raffled off a couple blow dryers.)

And the winner is...

The Ranger and the Duchess

Woo-hoo!

The Duke and Duchess

The new Marshalls is your one-stop shop for all your back to school needs.  Check them out at 4450 Atlantic!  Photos courtesy of Blair Cohn and Thomas Wasper.