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Opening Meow

Cat lovers would purr if they could — they’re welcoming a cat café in downtown Long Beach next month.

Feline Good Social Club, which will feature coffee, tea and adoptable cats in a playful environment, is set to open on April 27, according to owners Pam Leslie, Erica Johnson and Tamara Trujillo.

Their website, which of course features photos of cats, sends a simple message: “Cuddle cats. Drink gourmet coffee. Adopt. Make the world a better place.” Plus: “Get giddy with a kitty.”

The three founders, who share a passion for all things cat, said their mission is to help place rescue cats in permanent, loving homes. Their rescues come from an organization called Long Beach Felines.

“This is such an incredible opportunity to save lives as well as provide a truly unique and amazing experience for people who love cats,” Johnson said.

Guests on opening day will have access to exclusive perks, she added.

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Sephora Coming

Beauty retail giant Sephora is opening 35 additional stores throughout the United States in 2019, and Long Beach is on the list.

No details have been made available regarding the specific store location in Long Beach, but it will become part of the San Francisco-based company’s roughly 2,300 stores in 33 countries.

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Cargo Slips

February cargo numbers were down at the Port of Long Beach, with officials reporting that the lull in shipping was connected to an early Lunar New Year as well as a record-shattering month a year ago.

The result was still the second-busiest February in the port’s 108-year history, and POLB Executive Director Mario Cordero said, “Overall, our volumes have increased and cargo flow has become more consistent as retailers constantly replenish inventory in the e-commerce economy… Last year set high standards. We had our busiest months and year ever, but we are still expecting modest growth in 2019.”

Terminals moved 596,616 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs, the standard cargo measurement) last month, a 9.8% decrease compared to February 2018. Imports dropped 11.5%, while exports declined 19.6%, and empty TEUs were basically flat with 0.1% decrease.

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