Thursday, July 18, 2024

Belmont Shore walking tours to kick off weekly beginning this Saturday

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Weekly Belmont Shore walking tours? Yes, yes, and more yes: The Belmont Shore Business Association will be hosting walking tours each Saturday.

So what are the details behind these Belmont Shore walking tours and when will the first one kick off?

“Tour the Shore,” the Belmont Shore Business Association’s weekly event, will take place every Saturday at 7:30AM at the intersection of 2nd Street and La Verne Avenue. Attendees will embark on a two- to three-mile loop, each week exploring a different point of interest each week.”

“Our walking tours are suitable for all levels and abilities—and whether you prefer walking, skating, or wheeling, everyone is welcome,” said Heather Kern of the Belmont Shore Business Association. “I’m thrilled to blend recreation with education while connecting with our community. I look forward to sharing the beauty of the shore with everyone. Bring the whole family, including your furry friends.”

Participants will score a discount at Chapter II Coffee before embarking on the inaugural walk tour. Hosted by District 3 Councilmember Kristina Duggan, attendee will take a walk to Marine Stadium and explore the District 3 field office.

Come June 22, Ben Fisher of the Ben Fisher Real Estate Team in will discuss a building that was once a luxurious hotel. And come June 29, a tour of the grand Gaytonia building—including its interior—will take place.

Belmont Shore continues its renaissance

Belmont Shore is rapidly changing and has rapidly changed—especially across the past two years, where a slew of bigger, largely Los Angeles-based brands have opted to open up locations along the famed business corridor. It is a larger reflection of the post-pandemic need to get out, favoring walkable outdoor spaces of insulated indoor ones.

And the walking tours perfectly encapsulate a way to get to know what’s new and old in the Shore.

“The walking tours are a fantastic way for the community to stay updated on new businesses opening up,” Kern said. “We have the opportunity to meet business owners and get an inside look at their operations on some of our tours.”

There was the recent announcement that Kauai-based, taro donut masters Holey Grail have officially opened, adding to the Shore’s growing list of sweet spots. This can be added to future openings like North Hollywood-birthed Republic of Pie adding to that very sweetness.

There is an extension of Orange County’s Ribbro opening while Angel’s Share, which quickly took over the former Taphouse space, has already opened up shop.

The Win~Dow, Venice’s smash burger concept birthed in 2019 in a parking lot, has officially opened its first Long Beach location in Belmont Shore in the former Archibald’s space. Following its first location in Venice, its second location in Silver Lake, and its third here in Long Beach, more are to come in Southern California in 2024—but the Belmont Shore location has proven wildly fruitful: On the daily, there is a perpetual line for its affordable, minimalist burgers.

Goodies, the affordable home shop brand that opened its first brick-and-mortar in Santa Monica, moved into Belmont Shore. Founder and owner Rhea Carlisle—born in the Philippines, raised in a small, struggling town in South Texas—has brought a brand to the Shore than countless cities across SoCal have vied for only to find themselves empty handed. 

Then there’s been Candified. Le Macaron. Breakfast Republic. Foodologie. Nick the Greek. Louie’s. Northern Cafe. Sushi Nikkei’s second location in the city

The list goes on—as does the renaissance.

Brian Addison
Brian Addison
Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 25 nominations and three additional wins. In 2019, he was awarded the Food/Culture Critic of the Year across any platform at the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards.

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