Successful small business owners all have one same trait in common: HUSTLE. In the quest to have my own successful business up and running, I have spent a lot of time researching and chatting with business owners I admire. On my most recent trip home to CA, I decided to swing by and highlight my top small businesses in Long Beach. These ladies (and gentleman, and one very cute pup!) have so much passion and love for their spaces and customers, you can feel it as soon as you step into their shops. These are the feels I love getting when stepping into a store. The personalization of hand-picked items and the story behind their makers create an inspired shopping situation, rather than a stressful one.
In honor of Small Business Saturday, these are my top 4 small business recommendations in Long Beach, CA. Stop in and tell them I said hi!!
My very first business class in Long Beach put me in touch with the creative, friendly Kat of Make Collectives. I overheard her chatting with another woman in the class about vintage and we connected right away. Kat’s boutique Make Collectives is an eclectic mix of vintage and new locally sourced items, many are made by artisans in Long Beach. They carry men’s and women’s clothing as well as the accessories you need to piece a good look together. Every time I am in Long Beach, I stop in to grab a gift, funny card or treat myself to a little something.
Who can resist a sweet new plant friend?!!
Make Collectives keeps it local, carrying Long Beach based brands like The PosterList.
Vintage denim bar!!!
As if this skirt wasn’t made for me?! You best believe that it’s now hanging in my closet!
You can find gifts for pretty much ANYONE on your list!
Make is located in the arts districting has the best selection of vinyl and is super connected to the local LB music scene. Stop in for their Small Business Saturday event, Makers Mart from 11-5 on the corner of 1st and Linden. I heard Long Beach is being chill and letting you park for free!
430 E 1st Street Long Beach CA
6th and Detroit
While you’re in the art village grabbing goodies at Make Collectives, do yourself a favor and swing into 6th & Detroit. It is the actual most beautiful home store I have ever seen. Michelle and her team find the dreamiest mid-century furniture and curate it in a way that makes a vintage loving gal drool. Michelle Qazi is the owner of this petite showroom, in charge of the beautiful ambiance and treasure hunting 6th and Detroit has to offer. She just so happens to be the woman Kat was chatting with at the before-mentioned small business class and she drew me right in, wearing overalls and rocking very bold blonde hair. Her journey has inspired me since.
Inspiration lies in every corner of this curated space. Michelle also offers rentals and styling services.
The shop has partnered with Dunn Edwards to create this perfect wall color. And oh, Michelle, can you come care for my plants please?
Casey Liu of Pilgrim Vintage sets up a little pop-up shop with her vintage clothing inside the spot. 6th and Detroit will be offering store discounts and a special gift, participating in Makers Mart and will also be open late with Casey’s band, Tigers in The Sky performing to celebrate Small Business Saturday.
105 Linden Ave Ste B Long Beach CA
Of course I move across the country the same week The Hangout pops up in Long Beach. Of course. Perhaps it’s the universe’s way of forcing me to save money but man, I could live there! Luckily, I travel to southern CA more than should be considered healthy so I get to stop in pretty frequently. Each time I’ve been in the shop, there have been new treasures and have picked up multiple gifts in this relaxing space. The gals have curated the most beautiful chill ambiance, filled with vintage finds, plants, new goodies and even ice cream! What is better than shopping + crafted ice cream? Not much if you’re asking me… the gals who work in the space are darling and The Hangout has a mind-boggling gift selection.
I’ll just be here forever, ok.
Perfectly placed plants and platers by California Drifters .
Vintage wonderland for gals and guys.
Found my brother’s holiday gift! Check!
2120 E 4th Street, Long Beach CA
From The Moon
Like being greeted by a sweet little pup while you shop? Me too! One of the reasons I have fallen so in love with From the Moon is the welcoming dog, Comet. Another mega reason is the rad friendly owners and the quirky finds in each corner. From the Moon is run by a super chill couple who are always friendly with a big high-five and a seriously supportive help each other vibe. Finished with a creative fabric wall and unique art and furnishings, this space is a fun spot to grab yourself a very reasonably priced, unique piece of vintage. They also have a Depop shop if you prefer to shop online.
Comet! Someday he and Bruce will connect and play!
If someone wants to stop by and swoop up this blouse for me, I’ll gladly accept 🙂
From The Moon is hosting a Shop Small Saturday Pizza Party, so stop by for a free slice, a pat on the head for Comet and a unique vintage score for yourself.
2749 E Anaheim St, Long Beach CA
What are your favorite small businesses?