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Pie Hole Open

In case you missed it during the busy holiday season, The Pie Hole is open now on Second Street in Belmont Shore.

With the mottos, “Pie is love,” and “Happiness, one slice at a time,” the family-run chain set up shop in Belmont Shore last month, filling the downstairs portion of 5277 E. Second St., formerly occupied by Fromex (a photo printing business that relocated to Signal Hill earlier this year). Fromex’s former upstairs space is being filled with an expansion of the existing Belmont Music Studio.

Now that things are cooking, The Pie Hole offers baked-from-scratch pie served whole or by the slice, as well as a specialty coffee program.

The business was the dream of mother-and-son entrepreneurs Becky Grasley and Matthew Heffner, who work alongside Heffner’s wife, Lindsay Hollister, and family friend, Sean Brennan. They have a handful of locations already in California and one in Japan.

The recipes are family recipes, passed down for five generations, with modern twists, according to Hollister.

“We are thrilled to have found a spot on Second (Street) as we feel that is the heart of activity in Long Beach,” she said.

Ironfire Heat Is On

A new co-working space, Ironfire, opened in Long Beach late last month at 4195 N. Viking Way, with an official grand opening and ribbon cutting planned soon.

Ironfire founder and CEO Josh Rencher said the 24-hour business gives clients the opportunity to pay for access to shared work areas an meeting spaces that foster collaborative thinking. Ironfire is more than 2,100 square feet with a mezzanine.

“We’re pundits of the co-working movement, thought leaders in the flexible workspace industry, visionaries for the future of work, and resident-stakeholders in our community,” according to Ironfire’s website.

Rencher said Long Beach is home to an emerging ecosystem of startups and entrepreneurs who are shifting the way people work and have created demand for flexible workspace.

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia is expected to attend the ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, according to Rencher.

Digital City Honors

For the seventh consecutive year, Long Beach has been named a Top 10 Digital City, based on national survey data.

Shining a spotlight on municipalities that best demonstrate how information and communication technologies are used to enhance public service, the designation affirms that Long Beach city officials have been working to address digital needs in the community, according to Mayor Garcia.

“Across Long Beach we are building a stronger and more accessible digital city. That's why for us technology and innovation are at the core of our citywide strategy,” he said in a release.

The city’s placement was based on an annual survey conducted by the Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute. The survey has been conducted for the past 17 years.

“Using technology and data to improve city services creates new opportunities and better connects our community, which is why we are so committed to innovation in Long Beach,” according to Bryan M. Sastokas, the city’s director of the Technology and Innovation Department. “This recognition as a national leader in technology is a confirmation of our team's dedication and creativity to the evolving needs of our residents and businesses.”

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