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Heavenly Couture Out

Belmont Shore lost one of its popular retail shops this weekend with the closing of Heavenly Couture.

A “for rent” sign is now posted out front at 5012 E. Second St., where Heavenly Couture had been selling heavenly fashions since 2010 (its history dates back further than that, but the angelic boutique temporarily closed and then officially reopened again in 2010).

The family-owned business started in 2006 in Laguna Beach, and the owners, who operate more than a dozen such fashion apparel and accessories stores in Southern California, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Bamboo Club Named

East Anaheim Street is saying aloha to a new tiki-themed bar: The Bamboo Club.

A grand opening took place last Friday, where the then-secret name of the bar was officially revealed to a crowd at 3522 E. Anaheim St., the former home of Liquid Lounge and Tidal Bay.

“We’re thrilled by all the love and support we received on opening night and look forward to many more fun tiki nights to come,” said co-owner Jim Ritson, who is also the proprietor of 4th Street Vine on Retro Row.

Ritson and his business partners, Brett Gallo and Erick Verduzco-Vega, who own The Stache Bar on Fourth Street near Alamitos Avenue, said Long Beach needed a tiki bar — especially since Don the Beachcomber’s closing last year.

They had their place designed by renowned Huntington Beach-based tropical décor expert Ben Bassham, aka “Bamboo Ben.”

“The décor should satisfy even the most discerning tikiphile,” Ritson said, noting too that the owners are honing every last detail, especially when it comes to finely curated drinks. And an outdoor patio and full kitchen are soon to come.

Visit The Bamboo Room seven nights a week, opening at 7 p.m. weeknights and 3 p.m. weekends.

Skylinks Honored

Long Beach’s Skylinks Golf Course was named “Course of the Year” last week by the California Golf Course Owners Association (CGCOA).

The honor was bestowed based on Skylinks’ “industry-leading initiatives, golf programming and community involvement,” according to a release from the city. Courses that earn the designation must show exceptional course quality, water stewardship, quality of ownership and management, contribution to the community and contribution to the game of golf.

Skylinks is located across the street from the Long Beach Airport and just off the 405 Freeway. Designed by leading golf course architect Cal Olson, Skylinks is owned by the city and managed by American Golf through a contract agreement.

“For a nominal monthly fee, over 3,800 local golfers enjoy daily access to the driving range, weekly group lessons, and reduced-fee golf at Skylinks as well as the balance of the four courses in the city’s portfolio,” Parks, Recreation and Marine Director Gerardo Mouet said.

For details about Skylinks, call (562) 421-3388.

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