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SewVac Ltd., located 1762 Clark Ave. (near Atherton) in Long Beach has been selling $10 mask kits that include soft cotton fabric and a reprint of a pattern that was published in the Press-Telegram. Owner Scott Noble said, “It started with a request from Cal State Long Beach for soft batik fabric that had been washed many times in the dyeing process. So far we have sold more than 1,000 kits.”

The shop has been in business for more than 40 years and also offers repairs. It is open limited hours. Noble said they are down-sizing their operation and plan to move into a smaller footprint in the same complex.

Riley’s To-Go

Mike Elis of Riley’s Pub and Grill, 5331 Second St., has announced they have started to offer take out. The menu includes whole and slices of pizza, burgers, wings, tacos and French fries. In addition six different tap beers are available to go.

2nd & PCH

Plans a for rooftop carhop-style service, using some top floor parking spots in the center is currently in the approval process. According to Samantha Lopez, CenterCal Properties general manager, restaurants will deliver prix fixe meals to customers in spaces with ocean view parking, with meals consumed in their vehicles.

“The city will not currently allow the car hop dining venue," she said. "We’re sorting through approvals to ensure it’s not a gathering. Currently, consumers can pick up food to-go and dine anywhere of their choice on property while respecting social distancing.”

Tiki Time

Portuguese Bend Distillery, 300 The Promenade North downtown, has launched a new tiki take-out menu. Offerings include individual and family dinners, and island-inspired cocktails.

Lunch entrees start at $10 and an “Ohana Style” dinner that feeds 4 to 6 people is $60. In addition, a complementary canister of house-made hand sanitizer is included with all orders more than $30. Tiki drinks include Hurricane, Mai Tai, and a Fog Cutter.

The Belmont

Jeff Cozart, principal partner at the Belmont Athletic Club, 4918 E. Second St., reported, “We are preparing as though June 1 is our reopening date. We have been communicating with our trade organization, and gyms in other cities are acting pro-active in anticipating re-opening. Currently we are training our 86 employees in safety protocols.”

Sweet News

Pat Egan, See’s president and chief executive, wrote in an email to customers that the almost 100-year-old company recently reopened its candy kitchens. The Long Beach store, at 2129 N. Bellflower Blvd., has been open for pickups of on-line orders.

“While (reopening the kitchens) means we are now able to safely make our candies, you can almost say we are starting from scratch,” Egan said. She explained the entire See’s selection of candies would not immediately be made available as operations within the company will “slowly reopen” but promised that no items will be discontinued.

New Owners

Mail Boxes Etc. Solution Center, 5318 E. Second St. in Belmont Shore, will be changing hands. Owner Marsha Jeffer said that escrow is scheduled to close June 1 and Jeffer will remain as a consultant for the first 30 days of business transition. The popular packing and shipping outlet opened in September 1992.

Queen Mary

An economic impact study released by Beacon Economics shows the Queen Mary’s positive financial influence in Long Beach and Los Angeles County in 2019. According to the 16-page report, commissioned by lessee Urban Commons, Queen Mary generated more than $93 million of spending in Long Beach in 2019 and $3.3 million in tax revenue was raised in 2019 for the city.

The report also stated that the Queen Mary directly employed 577 people in 2019. The entire ship suspended all operations in early May amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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