Row, Row, Row
A high-energy workout studio has rowed its way into Long Beach.
Row House, a boutique fitness brand, opened late last month at 6451 E. Pacific Coast Highway, with Concept2 rowing machines and instructors ready to help Long Beach residents engage in full-body exercise.
Newlyweds Niket Patel and Angel Albert own the business, which they said caters to anyone from Olympic athletes to cardiac rehab patients and every caliber of rower in-between.
“I haven’t always been into working out, but that all changed when I attended a class at Row House,” Albert said. “After giving it a try and only spending 45 minutes of my day in the studio, this felt like a workout I can really stick with and I think others will feel the same.”
Row House, a chain founded in 2014 in New York, has six class offerings – House, Body, Power, Restore, Full Row, and LAUNCH. For details about membership, call 562-306-5999. The company is headquartered in Irvine.
To mark its 25th year in business, It’s A Grind Coffee House — pouring since 1994 — is offering some 1990s-themed dinks with throwback pricing this summer.
Showcasing the most popular beverages of the '90s, the White Chocolate Mocha Iced Blended, White Mocha Over Ice and White Chocolate Mocha will be highlighted. And, It’s A Grind is offering 94¢ throwback pricing on small (12 oz.) drip coffees throughout the summer at participating stores on select days.
Founded by Marty Cox and Louise Montgomery in Long Beach, It’s A Grind was acquired by Retail Food Group – USA in 2014 and now has 20 locations.
“We are proud to celebrate the fact that we’ve been rockin’ the local pour since ‘94” It’s A Grind President Sam Ferreira said. “Our anniversary is a chance to remind our fans what It’s A Grind Coffee House is all about and why creating a comforting environment to enjoy a gourmet cup of coffee is such a big part of our DNA.”
For details, visit ItsAGrind.com. Long Beach’s It’s A Grind is located at 5933 E. Spring St.
First Year Gone
R Bar, one of the plethora of new nosheries downtown, is celebrating its first anniversary while continuing its transition to a full-service restaurant.
Director of Operations Varouj Shekerdemian said R Bar has established itself as "the locals' living room" with friendly service and a "Cheers"-like atmosphere. "Se recently revamped our food menu," Shekerdemian said. "Ever since, everyone’s been raving about our food."
R Bar opened May 18 last year at 106 W. Third St. For more information, call 562-432-0411.
Fresh At Earl’s
Earl of Sandwich set up shop last week in Belmont Shore.
It’s the newest restaurant for the Florida-based franchise, which boasts a menu of hot and cold gourmet sandwiches, salads and wraps made for easy to-go and catering orders.
Located at 4803 E. Second St., Earl of Sandwich is one of more than 30 across the country. The chain was founded in 2004 by the 11th Earl of Sandwich and his son Orlando Montagu as well as businessman Robert Earl, who founded Planet Hollywood.
Shore’s Urban Eden
A fresh retailer, Urban Eden, has transformed the former Fromex space into a self-described “sweet, earthy and elegant” little boutique on the corner of La Verne Avenue and Second Street.
Artist and owner Cheryl Swade said the Shore’s newest store features works by local artists and designers, including art, jewelry, home accessories, lavender pillows, natural skin care products, and clothing.
“I’ve found the most difficult part of being an artist is having a place to sell my creations therefore, I opened Urban Eden … to help support fellow artists,” Swade said. “I love and appreciate the beautiful portal that being creative provides: It takes heart, courage and risk to be an artist.”
Visit the new business at 200 La Verne Ave.