Mark McDermott

Best of the Beach 2017 winners: retail and services

Best of the Beach 2017 winners: retail and services

Best of the Beach 2017 winners (click to see BOB write-ups).  Dining and entertainment will be featured in Beach magazine’s April issue (vote here). The urge to recognize “the best” is universal, even though everyone knows “the best” to too subjective to be scientific. Best of awards are really gratitude ceremonies. They satisfy people’s need […]

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Best Hotel: Shade Hotels

Best Hotel: Shade Hotels

When Shade Hotel opened up in downtown Manhattan Beach a dozen years ago, it did more than provide the area the first truly boutique hotel for visitors. Shade was the anchor for the Metlox project, a development twenty years in the making, but also quickly became a central gathering point for entire community. Shade has […]

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Best bike shop: Hermosa Cyclery

Best bike shop: Hermosa Cyclery

Much has changed in downtown Hermosa Beach since 1974. But Hermosa Cyclery, which was founded in that year just off the Strand by a cheerful man named Harold Schumaker, has happily endured.   Schumaker passed away in 2002 and willed the shop to four of his most beloved employees, Steve Collins, Larry Burke, Ken Liebowitz […]

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Best nursery: Nursery Deep Roots Garden Center

Best nursery: Nursery Deep Roots Garden Center

The sprawling, barn-like structure at the corner of Sepulveda and 2nd Street in Manhattan Beach has been a plant nursery for six decades but has gone through several iterations, most famously becoming a community institution as Bob’s Nursery under the ownership of Bob Brock from 1970 to 2000. It became a more high-end nursery after […]

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Best sports retailer: Dick’s Sporting Goods

Best sports retailer: Dick’s Sporting Goods

  Need a backcountry knife for your trip to the High Sierra? Check. How about some bungee cords to keep your yoga mat on your bicycle? Sure thing. How about the newest LeBron James sneakers? Of course —  Dick’s Sporting Goods, in fact, maintains an online calendar for shoe release dates. The South Bay is […]

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Best medical spa: South Bay Medical Spa

South Bay Medical Spa specializes in minimally invasive and non-invasive procedures, in a relaxed and calming environment. The clinical staff are all licensed health care professionals with specialized expertise in aesthetic medicine. The spa team is expert at helping people define and meet their personal aesthetic goals. South Bay Med offers skin treatments such as […]

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Best nail salon: Nail Garden

When it comes to turning a salon into an oasis of indulgence, a full-sense retreat from day-to-day reality, Nail Garden has it nailed. Visitors enjoy mani-pedi treatments complete with massages for hands and arms or lower legs and feet, cuticle care and moisturizer, and nail prep and polish, in a modern but comfortable atmosphere, augmented […]

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Best massage: Montage Boutique Spa

For more than 20 years, locals in need of pampering and rejuvenation have escaped to Montage Boutique Spa for personalized, results-oriented, advanced skin care in a warm, intimate, comfortable environment. Owner Dianne de la Garrigue constantly seeks out the latest advancements in products and procedures, and the team creates a personalized procedure and maintenance plan […]

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Measure C wins in Redondo, Bill Brand elected mayor, Todd Loewenstein wins District 2, Nils Nehrenheim and Martha Barbee will continue in a runoff for District 1; in Manhattan Beach, Steve Napolitano, Nancy Hersman, and Richard Montgomery elected to council

    Preliminary election results from the LA County City Clerk:   Manhattan Beach City General Municipal Election Member of the City Council   Steve Napolitano 23.86% 3,026   Nancy Hersman 18.29% 2,319   Richard P. Montgomery 15.03% 1,906   Mark Burton 14.01% 1,777   Tony D’Errico 10.59% 1,343   Diane Barkelew Wallace 7.07% 896 […]

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Judge denies class action in Lunada Bay Boys lawsuit

Judge denies class action in Lunada Bay Boys lawsuit

by Mark McDermott A federal judge ruled last week that a lawsuit aimed at the violent surf localism allegedly perpetuated by a group of Palos Verdes Estates surfers, known as the Lunada Bay Boys, does not meet the legal standards required for a class action suit. The ruling, issued February 21 by U.S. District Court […]

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Congressman Ted Lieu proposes psychiatric evaluation of president

by Mark McDermott and David Mendez Congressman Ted Lieu plans to introduce a bill next week that would require President Donald Trump undergo a psychiatric evaluation.  Congress, Lieu told Huffington Post, in 1928 started requiring that presidents have a physician at the White House to insure physical health. But no such requirement has ever been extended […]

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The Unsettler: Mark Sundeen and the search for the good life

The Unsettler:  Mark Sundeen and the search for the good life

  by Mark McDermott Mark Sundeen was three and a half years into his book, “The Unsettlers: The Search for the Good Life in Today’s America,” when he gave it to a friend to read. He’d already written two revisions of the book, which was about three couples —  in Missouri, Detroit, and Montana — […]

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Yogis plan meditation flash mob on Manhattan Beach pier Sunday morning

Yogis plan meditation flash mob on Manhattan Beach pier Sunday morning

    by Mark McDermott  The tumult of the election took its toll on nearly everyone, fraying many of the ties that bind American society. One poll in the months prior to Election Day, by Monmouth University, showed that seven percent of Americans had severed at least one friendship due to the election. Seventy percent agreed that the […]

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Grindhouse comedy “I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore” wins Sundance Grand Jury prize [MOVIE REVIEW]

Grindhouse comedy “I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore” wins Sundance Grand Jury prize [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Ryan Rojas/cinemacy.com   Cinemacy just came back from covering this year’s Sundance film festival (my and Morgan’s first time!), and we were lucky enough to see the film that took home the top prize. That film was Macon Blair’s comedy-thriller “I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore”, which won the coveted Grand […]

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Manhattan Beach’s Polliwog Park becomes Polliwog Lake

Manhattan Beach’s Polliwog Park becomes Polliwog Lake

Manhattan Beach’s Polliwog Park has once again flooded, due to the heavy rains that began late last week. The City noted on its Facebook page that Polliwog is actually designed to flood:  “It looks pretty dramatic, but remember, Polliwog Lake is just doing its job. The pond functions as a retention basin for LA County […]