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Ambitious Opening

Ambitious Ales is the newest business brewing in Bixby Knolls.

It’s taking over the former Tuttle Cameras retail store at 4019 Atlantic Ave. with an official grand opening set at noon Saturday, Feb. 16. 

“We are so excited to meet you all and show you what Ambitious Ales is all about,” the owners wrote on a post shared by the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association.

Ambitious Ales was a home-brew operation that started back in 2010 by Garrett Carroll. Today, the microbrewery is the “creative expression and passionate work of five friends who seek to build upon the success of the craft beer community” with their unique flavor, according to the company website.

The brewery is known for pushing the boundaries of classic beer styles, reinventing them with different ingredients. Ambitious Ales owners want to “reestablish the historical role of a brewery as a social connector and community asset.”

“We have chosen to open our brewery in a 71-year-old building in the beautiful community of Bixby Knolls. The building has an iconic reputation in the community that we plan to build upon,” they said. “Community is the foundation of our business. Breweries dating back to colonial America were gathering places where people would strengthen relationships, discuss ideas and promote community agendas.”

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Tuttle, the old-school camera shop that was there, relocated to 5467 E. Carson St. about two years ago, after doing business in Bixby Knolls for more than seven decades.

Doggone Good

Young patients at Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach are recovering with the help of the medical center’s first facility therapy dog: Zeta.

The working dog, who roams the halls to brighten patients’ days, made a home there after the success of Miller’s Pet Therapy Program. Canine Companions for Independence trained Zeta for more than two years to work alongside young rehabilitation patients with physical or speech-related limitations.

Hospital officials say she’s there to help patients regain strength and confidence. Shelly Forcier, a clinical therapist lead at Miller, said, “We’ve been interested in bringing a facility dog into the hospital for years. We knew that a facility dog would help our rehabilitation patients recover quickly and have more fun during therapy sessions.”

Zeta is considered a full-time staff member at Miller Children’s & Women’s, working 40 hours a week alongside her handlers. Through the partnership with Canine Companions, Miller Children’s & Women’s is one of the first children’s hospitals in Southern California to have a facility dog.

Trade State

The Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Moffatt & Nichol are hosting the sixth annual State of Trade and Transportation later this month, with tickets available now.

The event will take place from 11: 30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at The Renaissance Long Beach, 111 E. Ocean Blvd. Individual tickets are $50.

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