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The Address Real Estate Brokerage and Andy Dane Carter have partnered with plans to open a Naples real estate office in early April. The 2,400-square-foot Long Beach office will be at 5580 E. Second St., in Naples Professional Center, where the two-level complex will include a podcast studio and offices.

Carter has been buying and selling real estate throughout Southern California for the past seven years. Outside of his real estate dealings, Carter’s social media presence on YouTube and his iTunes top-ranked podcast has a record number of followers. His following on Instagram has topped 200,000 and his show "Real Estate Hunters" is on Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire Stick.

"Because he has a full-time video crew, post-production team and the capacity for podcasting, we are able to add this as another value to our growing brokerage," said Troy Palmquist, vice president and founder of The Address.

Carter also announced Kathie Sitton has joined his team as an agent. Sitton said, “With deep ties between us and strong roots in Long Beach, we are thrilled to be collaborating in the community and industry we are both passionate about.

“The Address raises the bar on personalized, white-glove real estate service in the area. As part of this innovative firm and close-knit real estate family, I’m proud to bring my talent and experience to heighten service even further for my clients,” Sitton added.

Women in Construction

In celebration of Women in Construction Week (March 1-7), McCarthy’s Southern California Division, a construction company that has done work for Long Beach Unified School District, is leaning into its DNA of diversity and inclusion with a new internal project focused on women’s safety and comfort while on the job site.

Women who have been in the construction industry for years have likely sported an oversized construction vest — boasting wide shoulders and narrow hips — that have been designed and manufactured for men, putting these women at higher risk of injury in the field due to poorly fitted personal protection equipment. 

McCarthy’s Project Director Ileana Holguin partnered with Orange County safety apparel manufacturer ML Kishigo to make essential modifications to popular construction vests. As a result, they revealed two different female vests to employees in Southern California last month. 

Modifications include: Narrow shoulders, smaller front pockets, oversized inner pockets for iPads or tablets, four-inch side slits, and an adjustable waist band across the back for a personalized, professional fit.

Body Shop

Body Shop recently closed its 5013 E Second St. Belmont Shore shop — the third chain store located on Second to close recently following announcements by Gap and Papyrus.

Toy Store

Knock Knock, an independent toy and gift shop carrying hand-selected games, puzzles and crafts for children is located at 219 Main St. in Seal Beach.

The shop is hosting a free “Stuffed Animal Sleepover” on Friday, March 6.

The stuffed toys will spend the night in the toy store. This Friday, bring a stuffed animal during business hours of 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and pick them up Saturday to find out what they did.

For details, call the shop at 562-799-8500.

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