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Confidential Coffee Pours

Confidential Coffee’s opening last month was a dream realized for Cal State Long Beach grads Denise Maldonado and Gustavo De La Rosa, and they said they are ready to officially celebrate with a ribbon cutting Saturday, Sept. 29.

The story goes, according to the pair: “She loved coffee, he loved business, and together they loved the community.” And the result is Confidential Coffee at 137 W. Sixth St. in downtown Long Beach.

“We want to create a space where the art of specialty coffee meets and blends perfectly with culture,” Maldonado said. “Our house specials include the Cajeta Latte, a semi-sweet Mexican caramel balanced with cinnamon, and the Mazapan Latte, made with famous de la Rosa peanut candies.”

Saturday’s ribbon cutting will be at 12:30 p.m., and there will be specials throughout the day. Enjoy happy hour from 1 to 4 p.m. and an evening art gallery open to the public from 4 to 6 p.m.

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Get Old Gold

Fourth Street’s Retro Row is welcoming another vintage-focused find.

Old Gold Boutique opened last weekend at 2146 E. Fourth St., where the 800-square-foot retail spot is now filled with a “curated mix of eclectic pieces and closet staples that can be worn with regularity.”

Founded by fashion connoisseur Bridgette Thomson, in collaboration with partner and designer Dan Rossiter, the company has been selling items online only until now. They said they are excited to bring their vintage fashions to a brick-and-mortar location.

“I’ve always been interested in fashion, especially vintage pieces that work perfectly with one’s everyday wardrobe,” Thomson said. “From a young age I collected finds that didn’t even fit, purely to have beauty in my closet. It’s been a passion of mine to give those used pieces a new life.”

They said opening Old Gold’s doors in Long Beach is a dream come true.

“Bridgette and I have both lived in the area for more than 10 years, and wanted to be a bigger part of it,” Rossiter said. “Retro Row is a destination for vintage, so this was the natural choice.”

An Old Gold label of vintage-inspired pieces and new and vintage home goods are also planned for the store, which is hosting an official grand opening celebration and open house on Friday, Oct. 5. For details, call (562) 270-2733.

Poki Cat Purrs

Poki Cat welcomed its first guests at The Streets shopping area in downtown Long Beach last weekend at 325 Promenade North.

Owner Jimmy Juo, the son of master chef and local sushi legend Robert Luo, has more than three decades of his own experience in the industry that he brings to Poki Cat. His new restaurant specializes in bowls built-to-order and made-to-taste from fresh ingredients.

Poki Cat’s arrival compliments the recent openings of neighboring Loose Leaf Boba Company, AMMATOLI, Burgerim, The ThickShake Factory and Table 301, along with the soon to open Portuguese Bend Distillery, according to Tony Shooshani, managing member of Shooshani Developers and owners of The Streets.

The Streets, formerly known as City Place, is centered in between Third Street, Sixth Street, Pine Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard.

Luo said he chose the location at The Streets because: “It was important to identify a space that fit with our overall goal of achieving my father’s dream to break the shackles of tradition in both culture and taste and to make healthy, quality food and beverages more accessible.”

For more about Poki Cat, call (562) 362-6602 or visit

More At LBX

The list of new tenants expected to open storefronts at Long Beach Exchange keeps growing.

LBX, which has been opening in phases throughout the year, is located at the southwest corner of Lakewood Boulevard and Carson Street and is comprised of approximately 266,000 square feet of stores, shops and restaurants on more than 26 acres, including two acres of communal open space.

Developer Burnham-Ward Properties last week announced its latest additions to the lineup, which includes two new eateries and one retailer: Quarters Korean BBQ (part of a fast-casual chain), The 908 (a Long Beach concept specializing in American comfort food with a modern bar) and For Eyes (an optical retailer with stores nationwide).

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