Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Happy Holidays from TheLocalHB

Are you all set for the holidays? Can you believe they are already upon us? Where oh where did the year go??

Need a couple last minute shopping ideas? Got a few for you:
Holidays are full of parties.... why not pay Mr. Kegs a visit? Located at 5914 Warner Ave. (at Springdale, phone: 714-861-7270). After all, they are known as the party people! What better way to celebrate the season than give the gift of booze!! They are considered a unique and full service provider of beer, wine and spirits and can make any gift giving a success. They carry the largest selection of craft beers in town by the way. They also offer custom gift baskets (and that is year round!). And if it is your holiday party that is still in some need of help, you can pick up that "help yourself" kegerator or take advantage of their full service bar experience.

Other gift ideas: Absolutely Fabulous (6026 Warner Ave / 714-842-1608) for the most unique gift items you can find anywhere - they were just written up in the paper for the awards they've received lately!

Give a gift of car maintenance from Francisco's Auto Repair (7662 Slater Ave. / 714-375-2661). Swing by and pick up a gift certificate for an oil change, or any kind of maintenance loved one's car might need!

If that car is not worth fixing, how about giving a nice "big ticket" item.....a new car!!! And you know who to go to for that don't you? Fox Auto is the only one. Why go to a dealer when you can save so much time (and often money) by going to a broker. It is the only way to purchase a car. Our last 4 vehicles are all broker bought! Give WC Fox a call, 714-846-7599 and talk to him about how he can help you.

All kinds of other savings can be found on the Surf City Savings Discount Program website. Many local Huntington Beach businesses have offers on the site including some of the new ones: Cross Fit Training (give the gift of getting in shape); Five Star Pool Management (what better gift than not having to take care of your own pool); Sandyle Kids & Baby Boutique (lots of gifts to choose from for the youngsters); American Nails (pick up a gift certificate for a manicure/pedicure); Affinity Jewelers (who doesn't like the gift of jewelry); Endless Food and Fun (certificates for food & fun with them,,, including their yummy buffet and laser tag). There are so many merchants on the site, take a look and see who can fill your needs:

There still is fun to be had downtown this xmas weekend, including having your photo taken with the Surfing Santa and enjoying the snow on Main during the afternoon & evening. Over on the Strand, there is ice skating available. Get out there and have some fun. Details of days & times can be found on the calendar section of TheLocalHB . Hopefully we'll have some dry days this week/weekend.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all the supporters of TheLocalHB website. It is always appreciated. I love Huntington Beach and am all about the locals. If ever I can help or answer questions, just give a holler.

Wishing everyone the best for the holidays and may 2011 be a great year!

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Special Monday Night Football at Centerfield in Huntington Beach

Centerfield Sports Bar, 17296 Beach Blvd. in Huntington Beach, will honor the late football great and broadcaster Don Meredith during Monday Night Football December 13.

A favorite beer of Meredith, who passed away December 6, was Pabst Blue Ribbon. There will be a PBR pint special for only $1.95. Additionally, There will be other drink and food specials, including $1.00 tacos.

During the Monday Night Football halftime, a YOUTUBE video will play as part of the tribute to the legendary football star and former Monday Night Football host, who died at the age of 72. “He will be missed,” said Paul Hamilton, owner of Centerfield.

For further information, contact Michelle Hamilton at Centerfield: 714. 848.0113.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Our very own Huntington Beach Absolutely Fabulous is named a top U.S. ‘Gifted Retailer’

(posted by Jan Norman, small-business columnist, December 4th, 2010, 4:00 am · 9 Comments)
Absolutely Fabulous — yes that really is the name of the shop — has been named one of the top three “visual merchandisers” in the nation by Gifts and Decorative Accessories magazine. For those of you unfamiliar with retail lingo, that means the Huntington Beach gift shop is one of those places that always looks and feels great for shoppers. Absolutely Fabulous owner Diane Silverstein, right, with store designer Brett Richardson Now, on top of that award, Absolutely Fabulous is one of 25 retailers nationwide, and the only one in California, featured in the magazine’s November “25 Gifted Retailers” edition.

Owner Diane Silverstein says she entered the publication’s annual contest in April and was notified by Facebook that her shop was a winner. “We went to New York in August to get the award…but I didn’t know anything about the ‘Gifted Retailers’ (spread) until I got the magazine in the mail.
“This is more special to me because it takes everyone in the store working as a team to pull it off,” she adds. Silverstein credits the shop’s great looks, in part, to an August expansion into the adjacent shop that has not only given Absolutely Fabulous more room to merchandize, from 1,100 square feet to 2,700 square feet, but an easier-to-find front door. “The added window space has brought in so many new, wonderful people,” she says.

Store designer Brett Richardson “has an innate ability to transfer his and our personalities onto the floor of our store. We carry so much product, that he has the constant struggle of getting the stuff out without cluttering the store. And obviously, he’s doing a great job,” Silverstein says. Not many small businesses have been expanding in the recession and slow recovery, but Silverstein says, “It has made a huge difference because what makes people come in are the visual delights they see in the window. It’s like New York City 20 years ago.”

Silverstein, born in England, was a nurse specializing in spinal cord injuries for 20 years until she hurt her own back and had three surgeries. She didn’t work for eight years. In 2006 she drove past the Warner Avenue and Springdale Street intersection, saw a “for lease” sign and decided to open a gift and decor shop. “I don’t buy things you can find in other retailers within a certain geographic area,” she says. “Everyone carries Russ cuddly toys; I do Bearington (bears). We have a price point of $5 up to $8,000 so everyone can find something in their price range. And it’s all displayed beautifully.”

Absolutely Fabulous hosts art nights every few months to raise money for children’s charities and Silverstein serves champagne every afternoon. She also comes up with fun events. Currently the shop has an “ugly sweater” contest until Dec. 10. The winner will receive a $50 store gift certificate.

Friday, December 03, 2010

new additions to the Surf City Savings Discount Program in Huntington Beach

Hi all, It's been pretty busy for the Surf City Savings Discount Program - merchants have been anxious to sign up. Since the last notification of current sign-ups, we now have with us:
Hyatt Regency down on PCH - special discounted good neighbor rate (get those pesky family members from out of town out of your house and into a hotel!)
Caffe Gazelle - discount on bill or free desert (why cook when you can eat out!)
Burtucci's New York Pizza - 4 different specials offered (again, why cook!) - get a discount when you call in your order (why send flowers when you can send a cake to a loved one!)
Cross Fit School of Elite Fitness - complimentary introductory session (don't wait til a New Year's resolution to get in shape, start now!)
Five Star Pool Management - discount on monthly service (keep that pool sparkling, why mess with it yourself!)
Sandyle Kids & Baby Boutique - discount on purchase (do your holiday shopping for the kiddies, plus they have free Santa photos this month!)
American Nails & Spa - discounts on all their services (they do a great job on your nails...I should know, it's where I go!)
Affinity & Co Jewelers - discount on purchase (can't go wrong with your holiday shopping here, beautiful jewelry!)
Endless Food & Fun - free lazer tag (when you're done with all that shopping, treat yourself to some fun!)

Of course there are MANY more great discounts to be had in the Surf City Savings Discount Program, you should visit the site and check them out - take advantage of all the savings for your holiday needs!

Happy Holidays to all,

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Mr. Kegs in Huntington Beach: did you know.....

Did you know Mr. Kegs are the Party People! They have it all, they do it all! Mr. Kegs is a unique and full service provider of beer, wine and spirits to enhance any celebration or gathering. They carry the largest selection of craft beers in town. Whether you are looking for that "help yourself" kegerator or a full service bar experience, Mr. Kegs can meet your needs. In addition, they offer custom gift baskets year round. They specialize in private and corporate event planning. And to make it even easier on you - THEY DELIVER! Mr. Kegs is located at 5914 Warner Ave. at Springdale in Huntington Beach. Give them a call: 714-861-7270

Happy Post Thanksgiving Huntington Beach

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I can't believe we are full on in to the holiday season….
So, what do we have on the agenda for the rest of this week? I'm glad you asked, here are some highlights (hopefully I didn't leave out any pertinent info this time!):

Wednesday, 5:30 - 7:30pm is the Toys for Joy Holiday Mixer at Old World Festival Hall (7561 Center Ave). This is hosted by the Sand Dollars (formerly the Women of Action) and the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce. The admission is an unwrapped toy appropriate for a child 3-15 and includes buffet, raffle prizes, entertainment. There will also be a gift auction. Proceeds to benefit Project Self-Sufficiency, the Huntington Beach Therapeutic Riding Center and Alzheimer's Family Services Center

This weekend, Friday, Saturday & Sunday is the highly anticipated Grand Opening Extravaganza for Endless Food & Fun at 7227 Edinger Ave. $40 a person on any of those days will get you an all day unlimited pass including and endless buffet, arcade, lazer tag, entertainment and more!! Space is limited so reserve your spot now at . Endless Food & Fun is a one stop destination for great food and great fun. You will find Delicioso!, a full service restaurant, the famous endless buffet, themed dining rooms and party rooms (for those special events), of course the lazer tag and arcade, redemption store and of course, more fun than you can handle. Pay them a visit, they are officially open to the public this Friday. Call them for the hours or questions: 714-846-7533

This weekend is downtowns official kick off for the holiday season with Saturday being the “Miracle on Main Street” Tree Lighting Ceremony on the 200 block of Main, from 5-6:30pm. There will be musical entertainment, free hot chocolate, cookies, popcorn & candy canes for all, as well as the arrival of Santa Claus!

On Sunday, the HB Youth Shelter is hosting the annual Light a Light of Love at the Pier. This event is the largest fundraiser for the shelter. Come out and show some support. It's a day full of holiday festivities starting at The Strand (about 1pm), beginning with a Holiday Bazaar and Holiday Dog Costume Contest. Other activities include a Children's Holiday Parade which will be on at Main Street (4:30pm), Surf City Santa photo ops at Pier Plaza, performances by Beach City Big Band, local High School Groups and bands (throughout day/evening), followed by the finale of the Pier and Main Street Snowflake Lighting (6pm). Businesses will offer special discounts and sales on from 3:00 to 7:00 pm - a percentage of proceeds will be donated to the Youth Shelter. For more information contact the CSP Youth Shelter at 714.842.6608.

Lastly, speaking of shelters, our own animal shelter on Newland (just north of PCH) is in desperate need of some holiday love for the dogs with these cold nights they have been having. Their wish list includes space heaters and bedding. Please consider dropping by something to help out these cold dogs. I just dropped off several blankets and beach towels that I no longer needed. The heaters are REALLY needed. Another idea - adopt a dog or cat to take home to share your life! Thank you for keeping these poor souls in your hearts - my two adopted dogs have provided more love than I could have imagined

Sunday, November 21, 2010

the rain is supposed to stop by 9am...the Holiday Boutique at Old World today (11-4) is still on. come on out and do early holiday shopping. under active fundraisers has all the info!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Ready for a Soggy Weekend in Huntington Beach?

Looks like a wet weekend ahead for Huntington Beach! But that shouldn't keep you from getting out there and enjoying what is going on! Of course the biggie this weekend, rain or shine, is the Holiday Boutique at Old World Festival Hall, 7561 Center Ave, 11am-4pm. This is a benefit for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and all the vendors present will be donating a portion of their profits of the day to the Relay here in Huntington Beach (which will be next May 21/22) to help with the fight against cancer. Come on out, don't be afraid of a little wetness and show some support, do some shopping, get some of your gift shopping out of the way. The list of vendors can be found at on the Active Fundraisers link. You can help us out by forwarding on the info to everyone on your own list, or how about going to the Relay Facebook page and LIKE us: . Thanks much!! Speaking of Facebook, pay a visit to ours: . Friend me up! :-)

Thanksgiving is next week…can hardly believe it. And with that, Christmas is right around the corner. Want to look good for the holidays? One top notch place in town to visit is The Spa at the Image Center , 7801 Center Ave. Reach them at 714-230-2440. They offer the finest in Day Spa and Med Spa services. Beyond ordinary day spas & med spas.... they have extraordinary spa treatments, medical skin therapies and image enhancement options. Go in to rejuvenate your skin, refresh your body, renew your confidence, smile without reservations and stand out from the crowd! Their site, has a description of all they have to offer (they are also part of the Surf City Savings Discount Program - check out their specials)

Once your face & body are looking top notch, get that mop on top of your head looking good. Just down the street from the Image Center is The Upstairs Salon , located in Old World Village, 7561 Center Ave. #45 (ph: 714-897-5307, ). Making you look & feel your best is their business! Custom colors & weaves, designer cuts, nails, eyelash perming, permanent hair removal, permanent make-up, brow & lash tinting, waxing, facials, chemical peels, hot oil & paraffin dips, spa pedicures. Truly a full service salon! Who could ask for more.

Now get out there and look pretty or handsome as the case may be.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

new post on TheLocalHB blog. early holiday shopping suggestions. blog post at:

ready for some holiday shopping in Huntington Beach?

With the holidays right around the corner it is time for some shopping updates. First we have some new additions to the City Savings Program. Recently joined: Seventh Chakra Yoga; ABC Painting & Wall Covering, Home Run Media Group printing, The Mailbox Center, Pageantry World Flags, All Star Garage Door, Pacific One Lending, Caffe Gazelle Italian Restaurant, Burtucci's New York Pizza, and the Hyatt down on PCH. To view these new offers plus all the others that are on the site, make sure to visit . Please visit the merchants in the program and use their services, it is a great way to help support our local businesses - keep our spending dollars local. Also, stay tuned for news about SCS joining the social media scene. I'll let you know what that is all up and ready….now go out and spend some money with HB businesses!

Oh, by the way, while you are out there spending, a couple of the places you need to make sure to hit up are:
Absolutely Fabulous (6026 Warner Ave at Springdale, south of Warner, 714.842.1608). By November 6th, their store will be back to full operating status (they have been moving in the fall and holiday stuff!). They have some great holiday gifts and decorations going in, stuff you'll definitely want to check out. Also, you don't want to miss their fabulous window scenes!! I check them out every time I drive by. They are also offering a FREE GIFT for all purchases over $25, while supplies last, and make sure to check out their discount on Surf City Savings. A fun thing they also have going on: an UGLY SWEATER CONTEST running from Friday, December 3rd until Friday, December 10th. The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to Absolutely Fabulous! Certainly worth a visit, wouldn't you say?

For some more holiday shopping/spending, mark your calendar for Nov 21. 11am-4pm will be a holiday boutique at Old World Festival Hall, 7561 Center ave. 50+ vendors will be displaying their wares, including jewelry, clothing, baby items, health care products, holiday items and much more. And what makes this even better is the vendors are going to be donating a portion of their profit of the day to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. How cool is that? do your holiday shopping knowing you are giving back to charity at the same time. For more info and a list of participating vendors, go to . on the left of the page is a link for Active Fundraisers - that is where you'll find the info.

And finally this weekend (among other events you'll find on TheLocalHB Calendar) is the OC Chocolate Festival this Friday night and all day Saturday. Bring your family, your date and your taste buds. the Festival is sponsored by Fountain Valley Living Magazine and the city of Fountain Valley. 100 exhibitors will be featuring the finest chocolates, wine tastings, demonstrations, speakers, live jazz, gift shopping. Yes, it is more opportunity to shop!! For times, info and tickets: www.occhocolate or 714-847-7714

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Looking to do some early holiday shopping? 11/21 at Old World, 7561 Center Ave, Huntington Beach, 11am-2pm. Holiday Boutiqe. 50+ vendors, selling their stuff and donating money to the ACS Relay for Life.

new additions to the Huntington Beach Surf City Savings Discount Program

Time for some updates to the Surf City Savings Discount Program here in Huntington Beach. We have some good ones who have recently joined up and her is their info:

Seventh Chakra Yoga - 10 days of yoga for $20
ABC Painting & Wall Covering - 10% off all services for HB residents, plus additional 10% off for senior citizens
Home Run Media Group - 20% off your printing order for decals, magnets, newsletters, brochure
The Mailbox Center (on Edinger) - $2 off or free box for any UPS/FedEx shipment or 15% off express international shipping
Pageantry World - 10% off any American flag
All Star Garage Door - free wireless/keyless entry with door or motor purchase
Pacific One Lending - free appraisal upon closing of escrow for any lending or free home protection warranty on any purchase at the close of escrow.

To view these offers plus all the others that are on the site, make sure to visit . Within the last week, we even have an additional 4 merchants signed up, but you will have to visit the site to find them…. Of course I will tell you who they are (plus any new ones) in the next email. Got to tease you a bit :-)

Please visit the merchants in the program and use their services, it is a great way to help support our local businesses - keep our spending dollars local. Also, stay tuned for news about SCS joining the social media scene. I'll let you know what that is all up and ready….now go out and spend some money with HB businesses!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Halloween Fun in Huntington Beach

Halloween in Huntington Beach!!

Around town there are plenty of things you can do with the kiddies this weekend including the Halloween costume contest at Bella Terra on Saturday: Prizes will be awarded for ages 3 and under, 4-6 years and 7-14 years. Registration will begin at 11:30 AM at the Bella Terra Amphitheater with final judging starting at 1:00 PM. On Sunday you can take the kids over to the Equestrian Center for their Halloween parade & costume contest: No horse necessary! Collect candy, win prizes and share in some delicious food at the potluck in the Red Horse Barn from 2pm to 5pm. Be sure to bring your favorite dish for the potluck! 714-848-6565 or for more info. When you are done there, head on down to Main Street downtown for the annual Trick or Treat on Main: A fun evening for children and families with trick or treating booths, a moon bounce, petting zoo, Ferris wheel, pumpkin carving, costume contests and more. Also, feel free to dress up your dog and bring them along, as this event is pet friendly! Activities will run from 5pm to 8pm. You will also find shopping centers around town offer trick or treating for the youngsters, just keep your eyes open while driving around town, you are sure to spot the signs.

If you want to get in some adult action, on this Friday night it is not too late to get in on the fun at the Annual Halloween BOO ! thrown by yours truly. It is held in Long Beach, but a lot of HB folks are coming over for it. (hopefully one of my HB locals will have an idea for a location in HB or closer to home for next year!). it is 250+ people. 21+ please, and of course everyone will be in costume. Live band & DJ, food, tarot cards, etc. If your name is on the list at the door, it will still be $20 (otherwise $25 at door). If you'd like to come, email me your name. If you'd like to pay in advance, the link for that plus the address of the event can be found at: . See some of you there.

This weekend is also your last chance to get in some Oktoberfest fun at Old World. Enjoy their Oompah band, beer drinking contests, shot girls, chicken dance, great beer, food & more. Even the Dachshund races on Sunday. For more info: . Don't forget to check the calendar on TheLocalHB to see what other types of events are going on this weekend.

Have you visited lately to see who is new to the discount program? Since the last announcement about them, they've added Seventh Chakra Yoga, ABC Painting, Homerun Media Group, The Mailbox Center, Pageantry World Flags and All Star Garage Door. A couple more are being added shortly, visit the site often. Use the discounts, support our local businesses!!

Hope everyone has a scary good Halloween weekend.

Monday, October 18, 2010

New Private School in Huntington Beach

Come learn more about a new private school coming to Huntington Beach this December. At Fusion Academy each class is taught one to one – one teacher to one student. This accredited school offers 6th -12th graders a completely individualized education program and flexible schedule. Fusion students can take a full course load or just one class for credit, which can transfer over to another school. Fusion Academy Huntington Beach is enrolling now. So please stop by for one of their information sessions or contact Amy Rocha for more details:, (866) 311-7495,

Friday, October 15, 2010

good events for your business to participate in or just attend

There is an event coming up in November put on by the city of Huntington Beach you might want to take advantage of if you are a business located in our city!! It is the 2nd Annual Mall at City Hall ! Last year, it was a success for both businesses and our City Employees! This event will provide the opportunity for your store to promote the sale of gift cards, merchandise, services, samples, coupons, and Black Friday promotions. Its free to exhibit and a table and chairs will be provided. This year’s event is Thursday, November 18 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM in the lower level at City Hall. Here is an an application form you can fill out for their records: , you can email it back to or fax to 714-375-5087. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Trishia via email or telephone: 714-536-5582.

Also in November, on the 21st, there will be a holiday boutique at Old World that is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Any vendor who has something they'd like to sell is welcome to participate. Vendor space is free, all we ask is you donate 20% of the profit of the day to the Relay for Life. Get some business exposure and sell some stuff while doing something good for charity. If you are interested in participating, fill out this form: and send it back to me. And for everyone, please attend the boutique and do some holiday shopping. there will be 40+ vendors present, and you can see those who have signed up so far on the Relay website , as well all the details of the event.

A few events coming up this weekend are the Brain Tumor Walk on Saturday, a couple of Chamber of Commerce ribbon cuttings on Sunday, plus the regular ongoing events like the Scooter/Electrical bike meetup and of course Oktoberfest going on til the end of the month. Check the calendar on TheLocalHB for all the details for what is going on around town.

We'd like to welcome the newest member of TheLocalHB family: Pageantry World ( ). Everyone should be flying an American Flag and Pageantry is where you should go for that flag! They have been a supplier of flags and banners to 7 Olympic Games & 5 Worlds Fairs, so of course they can take care of you. They can provide you with that one flag (which also makes a good gift by the way) or make something custom for you or your business. Give Cindy a call ( 714-330-4190) and she how she can help you, or you can check out their listing on TheLocalHB - there's a pretty cool video about them on the site as well.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Good Coffee & Good Fun in Huntington Beach

How about starting off your day with a great cup of Joe? And to top that off, how about a FREE cup of Joe....
Every Thursday during the month of October, 7am - 9am, Poverello Coffee is serving up a free cup of coffee, because as Mark (owner) says: "everyone deserves great coffee". Poverello Coffee roasts beans right their at their shop, 16582 Gothard Unit O. It should be your source for coffee for your home or business. Create your own flavors, doesn't get any fresher. Pop in to say hi to Mark and have a cup and take home a bag of superb artisan roasted coffee! ( for more info).

This weekend you can learn a bit more about what our firemen do here in Huntington Beach at their open house . Saturday the 9th, 10am-3p at the 18311 Gothard Street firehouse. It is in recognition of National Fire Prevention Week. Activities include meeting firefighters, touring the station and learning fire safety tips. There will be demonstrations at 11:30am & 1:30pm of vehicle extrication and live fire senarios. info: 714-536-5411

On Saturday (with a repeat on Sunday) you can hear a talk by Michael Franzese entitled "He Quit the Mob and Lived". Michael grew up as the son of the notorious Underboss of New York's violent and feared Colombo crime family. At his most affluent, he generated an estimated five to eight million dollars per week from legal and illegal businesses. It was a life filled with power, luxury ... and deadly violence. His talk will be held at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection Saturday at 6pm and again on Sunday at 10:15am where he'll recount his life in the mob and tell about his dramatic conversion. That should be an interesting story. More info: 714-962-5005

Do you have something on your calendar for Halloween yet? Do you like throwing on that costume and having a frightful good time? On Friday the 29th of this month, yours truly will hold my Annual Halloween BOO! the only downside is I still have to throw the party in Long Beach as I haven't been able to find a place around here that will accomodate me. bummer huh? Well if you feel like coming to a great party, all the info can be found at . it runs 8pm -2am. It is $20 and that includes food and all the fun you can handle (no host bar). There will be both a DJ in one area and live band in another for dancing. Tarot card reading and more. About 300 folks show up for this shin-dig. It is my 22nd year throwing this party so why not venture over the border and join the fun!

Friday, October 01, 2010

Pageantry World makes flags & sells American Flags - we all should be flying one

Pageantry World is the supplier of flags & banners to 7 Olymic Games and five Worlds Fairs
"Patriotism... is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime." Adlai Stevenson
It's not about waving a flag on the 4th of July or on Memorial Day. It is about waving the flag everyday of your life. We owe a lot to this country. Fly Your American Flag everyday. We specialize in custom and stock flags, banners, flagpoles and mounting hardware. Their goal is to give you personal attention whether you are the Olympics, a fair, an Amusement Park, corporation or an individual. They pride ourselves on delivering prompt and courteous service. Whether it is an American flag or any other custom flag, there are here to help. Remember, an American flag makes a great gift, Christmas or other times a gift is needed. They can be reached at: 714-330-4190 or

HB Propane come to you to change out your tank

Huntington Beach Propane is a great service here in Huntington Beach. Located at
18961 Gothard Street (at Garfield). Call them at 714-375-5701 / 24 hour: 714-709-3073
they come to you - free delivery - they will come to your home or office and exchange your standard tank for your BBQ or patio heater with a full one. Only $14.99 (plus tax) per tank. Let them do the dirty work. They also set up restaurants, hotels and bars with patio heaters for long or short term lease programs, as well as providing rental of patio heaters for home or business events/parties. Bring in your own tank to have filled at their location - Walk ins, RV's, campers, commercial truck are all welcome

new additions to Surf City Savings discount program

If you haven't visited Surf City Savings discount program in a while, it is time to go back to the site and check it out. There have been some additions made, check them out:
La Brique Steakhouse - $10 off your bill
DMES Medical Supplies - 10% off medical supplies
Mary Kay Cosmetics - 25% off entire order
Dr. Michael Fishman podiatrist - no copay discount
The Sweat House workout/training - dicount on classes
Southern Hemisphere Wine Center - $10 off purchase (of $50 or more)
Surf City DJ's for all your party needs - 20% off all services
Yep, some great discounts! and there are many other great discounts to be had in this city sponsored/endorsed program. If you know a business in town that would like to be part of it, have them contact me! If you are a business already in the program, keep in mind there is an opportunity to have your banner w/discount show up on the home page!! very inexpensive too. You will also get extra shoutouts in the email blasts with your home page presence. Feel free to contact me with questions.

Have a great weekend all and shop local in Huntington Beach!!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Events this weekend in Huntington Beach & new businesses in Surf City Savings program

so, you ask, "what is going on this weekend in Huntington Beach?", well let me tell you, there definitely is some good stuff and plenty of it.

Oktoberfest at Old World is fully underway. has the schedule. get out and do some chicken dancing and beer guzzling. I'll be popping in there next week for Chamber of Commerce night (Thurs)!

On Saturday you will find the National Alliance on Mental Illness 5k walk: ; Shipley Restoration Days: ; Tribal Festival, Wetlands Tour, 2010 SoCal Film Festival - descriptions on the calendar of TheLocalHB. And one big event is the Grand Re-Opening of the College Country Shopping Center at 7378 Center Ave (at Gothard). It also doubles as the grand opening party for Good to Go Restaurants & The Living Temple. There will be Live music, Free Samples, Fun and Games, Raffle Prizes. It runs all day - 11am to 6pm, with some special music at 5pm.

The big deal for Sunday is the "Walk for the Animals" at 9am in Central Park (behind the Library). Take a walk and have some fun…Hawaiian style! 13th annual “Walk for the Animals” benefits the Orange County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. There will be over 500 animal lovers and dogs for a morning of fun, so come decked out in your favorite Hawaiian shirt! Lots of details about the event can be know where....TheLocalHB calendar!!

Coming up on the 23rd is the Distance Derby and they are still have open vendors spots. You can get some great business exposure at this one with over 700 runners, their families, and beach-goers present. If you are a business with a product to give away, you can have a free vendor spot. It could be drinks, food bars, gift items, promotional products like (good) goodie bags (no, a pen with your name on it does not count!). You just can't hand out literature alone. You bring your own ezy-up, table chairs. if you don't have a canopy, the charge is $100. Still a great deal. If you are a business interested in being part of it and hand out just literature, the cost is $250, and that includes the canopy. If you'd like more info about the event, contact Gisela Campagne at (714) 374-5397 or

If you're looking for a great gift for your wife or girlfriend, look no further than Absolutely Fabulous , 6026 Warner Ave (at Springdale in the Warner-Dale Square),for a great selection of Christine Alexander fine Swarovski clothing. Right now they are offering 40% off her line!!! details at

If you haven't visited Surf City Savings discount program in a while, it is time to go back to the site and check it out. A few of the new businesses now in the program are: La Brique Steakhouse, DMES Medical Supplies, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Dr. Michael Fishman podiatrist, The Sweat House workout/training, Southern Hemisphere Wine Center, and Surf City DJ's for all your party needs!! Yep, tons of great discounts to be had in this city sponsored/endorsed program. If you know a business in town that would like to be part of it, have them contact me! (I do the back end work on the site for the city).

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Shred your documents FREE this Saturday in Huntington Beach

Got Paper? Need Shredding? Orange Community Bank & the Surf City Lions Club present this FREE Community Shred-a-thon in the bank's parking lot at 6491 Edinger (at Edwards) from 10am to 2pm this Saturday, the 25th. Bring your records (5 legal size boxes max) for professional shredding services provided by The Shredders. Stay and have lunch for a donation. All proceeds to benefit Lions Club charities. www.SurfCityLio

It's not too late to register for the 13th Annual "Walk for Animals" to be held in Central Park East on Sunday October 3 to support the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals . Join the Orange County SPCA as well as Beach Blvd. of Cars and Advanced Veterinary Specialty Group (AVSG) and over 500 animal lovers and dogs for a morning of fun. You can pre-register on Saturday, September 25th John's Philly Grille. Cost: $20.00 by September 25th and $25.00 thereafter. Children under 12 are FREE. Packs of five or more pay $15.00 each if pre-registered by September 25th. At the event registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K/2K walks starts at 9:00 a.m. And don't forget to wear your Hawaiian digs for this fun filled event. For more information feel free to call (714) 374-7738 or visit - the site has all the info that is planned that day and believe me, there will be a lot going on!

Ever look for a unique way to get your name out there? You've seen the lighted banner on those blimps at night? What about the same concept on a helicopter? Well, Skylight California offers a new and unique way to control and position your advertising over the exact target market that you need to reach with the use of the lighted banner mounted on their helicopter. Imagine the advertising impact when an 8 foot by 36 foot lighted bill board flies overhead and then hovers for up to 5 minutes over crowds of on lookers reading your compelling message in the night sky. See the banner in action at or call Tom at 714-225-6476 (or email to ask him questions. It's a pretty cool concept!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Lots of stuff to do in Huntington Beach this weekend

So, are we going to be seeing you all down at the Green Expo this Saturday? We are expecting a big crowd down at the pier - 10am to 4pm. Plus live music the during the event! Check out the vendors who will be present at . Also going on this weekend is the Walk 4 Water at 8:30am down at Beach & PCH; the Pacific Islander Festival both Saturday & Sunday behind Central Library - of course you want to wait to go to that one on Sunday since you'll be at the Green Expo on Saturday! :-)
you will also find a couple of good events a little north of us (Sunset Beach/Seal Beach): Walk for the Beach & a Chili Cook-off. Sunday also has, here ih HB, the Surf City Dog Contest, Scooter/Electric Bike Meetup, Chefs for Scholarships, Dachshund Races (with Oktoberfest), and more. And you know where you can get all the details for these events don't you? calendar section . Have fun this weekend, there is plenty to do!

Now let me tell you about a fairly new service here in will be useful for you if you use propane tanks in your home or business,,, you know for that outdoor heater or BBQ: HB Propane ( ) has a service that will come to you! I used them for the first time earlier this week, and what a great service they have. Instead of dragging those empty tanks to a place to fill, they come to you. Free! For $14.99 (plus tax per tank) they will come to your place, take away the empty tank/tanks and leave full ones. You are paying pretty much the same price (possibly less) as taking them somewhere to fill or switch out. Visit their website or give them a call: 714-375-5701 / 24 hour: 714-709-3073. By the way, the also rent heaters if you find yourself in need of one.

So now that you have that filled and ready to go heater, you know what you need to go with it?? How about a new home! Pick one up while the prices are still so low. For some help with that, one fellow I like to recommend is Ray Peckham . He has been a realtor since 1972 and really knows his stuff, as well as having won many awards. You can reach him at 714-915-9520 or . If you are in the market at all, it is worth getting in contact with him. His website is - you can read all about him there.

Have a great weekend and visit to download some coupons to save you some money while you are out and about.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Huntington Beach Green Expo this month

The Green Expo is right around the corner. September 18 right down at the Huntington Beach Pier, 10am to 4pm. Visit vendor booths displaying all kinds of information about being green, sustainable, & eco-friendly! You can enjoy live music from local bands while strolling the vendor area as well as live event painting! Check out the vendors who will be present at .

If you are a business that is "green" and would like to be a part of the expo, it is not too late, although time is running out there are a few spaces left. The website also has the particulars for sponsor & exhibitor space. Let us know if you'd like to be part of this great event.

Now what if you are business that involves chocolate or wine?? Like a baker, candy store, restaurateurs, liquor store, wine distributor, holiday gift vendor, etc. Or know someone who is, well the Orange County Chocolate Festival is looking for you! November 5 & 6 there is going to be a big festival at Mile Square Park and they are still in search of exhibitors/vendors for that event. There is going to be chocolate tasting, wine tasting, demonstrations, holiday gifts and more. If you are interested, send me an email and I'll forward on the pdf with all the info to you. Or you can read more about and download a vendor application at .

Since we are on the topic of causes, here is an event going on this weekend:
just north of the Wetland jetty at Brookhurst will be Walk for Wildlife, a 5k walk/run presented by the Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center. Registrations begins at 8am. Info about the event at . Also this weekend you'll find the Surf City Surf Dog Clinic, the BB Jazz Concert, ballet, pet adoptions, beach cleanup and more. Read the details about all the events going on at calendar section .

Don't forget next Tuesday is the RBN luncheon at Seacliff Country Club - a great event bringing businesses from Huntington Beach as well as all surrounding communities together to network and do business together. Download the flyer here:*h0M3e9P-HSGRHbA.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Labor Day weekend is here!!!

Can you believe Oktoberfest is already upon us! Try to make it out there this Sunday for opening day. It is only $10 and that includes admission and a meal. It is all to benefit the Therapeutic Riding Center of HB ( Come by for Music, Food & Fun at Old World, 7561 Center Ave. There will be an Oompah band, beer drinking contests, shot girls, chicken dance, great beer & more. For tickets call 714-848-0966. Oktoberfest is just as fun as being at Oktoberfest Munich Germany or German Fest!!

Also this weekend over in Central Park you will find the annual Civil War Days which features live weapons demonstrations, living histories and battle reenactments. All refreshment proceeds benefit the Huntington Beach Historical Society. That runs all three days of the holiday and more info can be found on the calendar on my site.

With summer coming to a close, are you still contemplating doing a little house remodeling? If so, Bluemel Construction (562- 208-2623 or ) is one contractor you can count on to do the job right. Quality and workmanship are a top priority for them. They can work with you, or your interior designer. Renovating your home or launching an improvement project is one of the most important decisions you can make. Making this decision with a licensed general contractor, a construction professional, ensures you are protected and you are receiving the highest quality workmanship and that is exactly what you get with Bluemel Construction!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Have some fun while supporting Huntington Beach charity!

Well it looks like the hard financial times it all the way around. I was talking to the folks down at our animal shelter (21632 Newland Ave), and they were saying adoptions are way down. If you are thinking at all about getting a dog or cat, please please consider adopting one. There are so many animals out there badly in need of a loving home. A few of them are posted on TheLocalHB ( , or better yet go by and give them a visit, it will be hard to walk out of there without a new "family member". Need some convincing as to how special dogs are as companions? watch this video: - it will make you smile for sure.

Looking for something to do this Friday night?
Think about heading on down to Old World for a some comedy improv. The Corporate Recess Players are performing. I've been to the show and is was darn funny. We laughed so hard. And, not only do you get a fun evening, you'll be helping out our very own Miss Huntington Beach with her charity fundraising efforts. If you go, when you buy your tickets, just say it is for Miss HB and a portion of the ticket sales go to her program. The show is only $15 pp and Old World is located at 7561 Center Ave. The show starts at 7pm (arrive early) and reservations can be made at 714-362-7480.

Another fun thing going on this weekend is a classic car show at the HB Elks Lodge on 7711 Talbert Ave. (it runs from 8:30am to 3pm). The admission is free and you find food, drink, vendors and raffles as well as plenty of cars and motorcycles. It is all to benefit the "The Will Surf Again" program which offers adaptive surfing for those who have suffered spinal cord injuries. Yep, another fun event for a good cause. So go out there have have a real good time.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Green Expo in Huntington Beach is right around the corner!!

Do you have the Huntington Beach Green Expo on your calendar yet? If not, well here you go: September 18, 10am-4pm. This year we will be at the Huntington Beach Pier. We expect a great turnout being at the beach. Plus there will be live concerts during the event for your listening enjoyment. If you'd like to be a vendor at the expo, please visit the expo website at All the info about the event as well as the vendor application can be found on the website.

Coming up Wednesday night (8/11) is an opportunity to get in some great networking. RBN is having their major business expo that night. They pull from all surrounding communities and expecting about 1400 attendees. The event is from 5pm - 8pm at the Hilton Hotel Orange County/Costa Mesa, 3050 Bristol St in Costa Mesa. the $20 entrance fee includes all the networking you can handle (over 150 exhibitors!), parking, food & refreshments. No rsvp necessary. For more info:

Have you been in to Absolutely Fabulous lately?? If you have not visited their expanded shop lately, you are missing out. The gift items are always being updated and with summer being a popular time for weddings, you can always find that perfect wedding gift there. Be unusual - don't get the standard "stuff" everyone else does for a gift! They carry the best home decor, jewelry and gifts to fit any budget. Visit them online at or better yet, pop in to the shop, they are located at 6026 Warner Ave (at Springdale).

Friday, August 06, 2010

US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach - on now!

Have you ventured to down town yet to see the US Open of Surfing? The week started off with manageable crowds, but this weekend is going to be crazy! I was down there today and couldn't believe all the people. Got some great shots of the surfers though - that is when there was a wave to catch! The details of the competition are on my calendar page. check it out. If you are going to brave the crowds, you might want to take the free shuttle from City Hall (details also on the calendar page).

While downtown, one of the fun attractions we now have is the GW Segway Tours ...right at 300 PCH you'll find them (across from the Pier). You can't get in much more fun than being on the beach riding a segway. Want more details? Check it out HERE . They have all kinds of package deals and you can take advantage of a two for one discount at , under the Leisure/Fun category. I've done the tour... and I'm not kidding, riding those segways on the sand is SO fun. See it in action on this video.

Finally, if you plan on going downtown and anticipate a lot of walking, let me recommend a shoe store store that can't be beat to make your feet feel incredible! It's called Foot Solutions , and they offer shoes, inserts, and other foot care products for work, dress or play. They are located at 1811 Xemino in Long Beach - yes it is across the "border" from us, but there is no place in HB like it, and they are great! I've talked to so many folks wearing their shoes and they swear by them! I made sure to check them out myself and I totally agree! You can also give them a call at 562-961-3200,,,tell them TheLocalHB sent you.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Do you enjoy a good cup of coffee?

So, do you drink coffee at home? Want to enjoy one of the best cups of java around? Pay a visit to Poverello Coffee, 16582 Gothard St. Unit O, just south of Heil. They are a roaster of specialty gourmet coffee, roasting a full range of coffees from around the world & specialize in flavored coffee. So many flavors you can create. Take a bag (or two or three....) home, you won't be disappointed! Give them a call, 877-520-8877 and tell them what you'd like.

We also have some updates to the Surf City Savings discount program, go to the site, and check them out. Here are the newest additions: Katie Raber Face & Body Esthetiques, Linda's Mexican Restaurant, Gustafson Brothers Automotive, Crandalls Plumbing, Travelcom travel, The Scoop on Cookies, Tan Palace, Christian Science Reading Room, and Bella Body & Mind
Training. And of course there are many other great deals on the site.
As for what is going on this weekend, a family event to consider is the Pioneer Day Celebration Picnic at Gibbs "Butterfly" Park, Graham St between Warner & Heil. Saturday, 11am - 2pm. There will be free picnic food, games, entertainment, children's parade, bounce house, booths, and more. All the details on the calendar section of

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Quicksliver crowns "King of the Groms" in Huntington Beach

Yesterday in Huntington Beach, California, Quiksilver crowned Hawaii’s Josh Moniz 2010 ‘King of the Groms’ regional west coast winner in a competition that saw some massive wave destruction by forty-eight of the top groms in the west. In addition to winning the title and a $400 cash prize, Josh will also be going on an all-expense paid trip to the Quiksilver Pro France to compete in the Global King of the Groms Championships this September.
“Winning the King of the Groms feels super good,” says Josh. “I didn’t think I was going to able to win it, so I’m super stoked! I'm really excited to be going to France and I’ll be bringing my dad.”
Please read
press release outlining Quiksilver's King of the Groms competition and Josh Moniz's massive win!

Top 5 Reasons to Spend Your Senior Years in Huntington Beach

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At first glance, Surf City USA may seem like the last place seniors would want to spend their aging years. On the contrary, Huntington Beach offers a range of activities that appeal to a broad range of age groups – from Huntington Beach assisted living residents to college students. If you're considering a move to Surf City USA, consider this list of the top five reasons to spend your elder years in Huntington Beach.

1. The beach, of course. You'll relish the ability to put your toes in the sand every day. Huntington Beach's 8.5 miles of coastline provides plenty of opportunities for beach-going and people watching.
2. Fabulous dining. Foodies can't get enough of Huntington Beach's wide selection of local cuisine. Choose from Coach's Mediterranean Grill, Black Bull Chop House, Bodhi Tree Café, and more right in the heart of downtown Huntington Beach. On the outskirts of town, Kona, The Bee Hive, and Fitzgerald's Pub are among dozens of fine dining options.
3. Nature. If the beach isn't enough for you, take a walk in the Bolsa Chica Wetlands or Huntington Central Park. Within Central Park, Shipley Nature Center offers 18 acres of wildlife and free programs on Thursday evenings during July and August.
4. Arts. Browse art exhibits at the Huntington Beach Arts Center, or take in a live jazz or blues concert. If jazz and blues aren't your thing, the Pier offers plenty of live music events of various genres throughout the summer.
5. A caring community. Huntington Beach isn't all fun and games. The community boasts excellent medical care, residents that are active in supporting worthy causes (such as the American Cancer Society), and a strong safety record.
Huntington Beach is sun and sand, paired with plentiful opportunities for wholesome, young-at-heart fun. Whether you prefer to relax on the beach and watch the ocean or hit the town, Surf City USA is a great location to live an active lifestyle well into retirement.

Chris Rodde is the CEO of, a free resource for people looking for senior housing or senior care for a loved one or themselves. With valuable articles and a comprehensive directory of care options, is the best place to start your search for assisted living, independent living, Alzheimer's care, a retirement community or home care

Friday, June 18, 2010

Big Fun in Huntington Beach this weekend

Huntington Beach is the place to be this weekend. So much is going on. Here are some highlights: Project Save Our Surf is having a 24 hour surfing event (south of the pier) which is a full on two day festival of surfing, live music, film, guest speakers, and eco-friendly vendors. It starts at noon on Saturday and closing ceremonies are noon on Sunday. Live music, guest speakers, and eco-friendly vendors.

Also on Saturday & Sunday, stroll up Main to enjoy the annual "Chili at the Beach" family fun event starting at 11am. Activities will include a Chili Cook-off (Saturday only), Charity Raffle with prizes galore, (benefiting CHOC), a Business Expo, Special Attractions, Children’s Activities, Street Performers, Father’s Day specials, Auto and Motorcycle exhibits, a Surf City Art Show, and much more. When there on Saturday, make sure to visit the booth by Tommy Pastrami . They are teaming up with Surf City Kiwanis. Their chili is called "Tommy Pastrami's Good Time Save the World Kiwanis Chili".... now that's a mouthful. And I heard it is going to be some tasty stuff!!

On Sunday afternoon make your way up Beach Blvd to check out the " Pups & Pinot" wine/food tasting, 2-5pm. This casual event will be held at the Newland House (19820 Beach) and will feature the finest wines from Napa Co., Sonoma Co. and will be paired with our favorite foods from Lazy Dog, Fred's, The Hilton Waterfront and more. Bid on fabulous bargains at the silent auction tables. Week long stay trips in vacation homes from Sonoma to a few days in Catalina, home decor, gift cards, fantastic wines, pet pampering items to name a few. Listen to jazz, meet Ed McCabe in person (the closest thing to a dog whisperer in The OC), and enjoy a dog parade. Feel free to bring your dog, pet sitting is available! Proceeds to go to A Leg Up Animal Rescue. All guests receive a free gift! All for only $30. Just show up!!

Now with the wild and crazy weekend, hopefully you don't get yourself in any kind of trouble, but if you happen to, who you gonna call??? One local specialist is Rosanne Faul . She is an Orange County Criminal Defense Lawyer to help those finding themselves in the unfortunate position of being charged with DUI, assault, possession of marijuana, driving offenses and other misdemeanors and even felonies. I'm sure none of that applies to you, but just in case..... or maybe someone you know, you can get ahold of her at 949-275-6377. Tell her you are a friend of and she'll be happy to help you out.

Since we are on this lovely topic, what if that bad thing did happen and you went and got yourself arrested? Before you can get Rosanne to help you out, you might need bailing out. And that is where Awesome Bail Bonds comes in. The owner, Rod Frontino, is a long time friend and very good at what he does. He can take care of all kinds of bonds and is available 24/7. Maybe some day someone you know will need this service... keep his number handy: 888-877-BAIL (2245).

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Father's Day in Huntington Beach

Can you believe Father's Day is right around the corner?! yikes. Have you picked up something for dad yet? How about skipping the tradition "tie" type of gift? What about giving a gift of auto repair? How about a gift certificate for an oil change? Pop in to see Francisco's Automotive and pick up a gift certificate for dad!! Francisco will certainly take care of you. Find him at 7662 Slater Ave. (714-375-2661).
Here's an additional idea for dad: Take him to the "Pups & Pinot" wine & food tasting . On Father's Day from 2-5pm you can enjoy an amazing afternoon of tasting great wines and foods, as well as jazz entertainment and a fashion show. There will be a silent auction for some great stuff and all is to benefit A Leg Up animal rescue. Only $25 per person or $30 at the door. And if you don't have a dad, gather up friends and come out to support a great cause. I already have my tickets!! Want more info? 714-328-8661 or
Need something fun to do this weekend? Think about hitting The Strand from 3-8pm on Saturday, it is the Liquid Aloha Festival presented by the Kona Brewing Company & OC Weekly. Great music, great beer. What more do you need? For full details, visit www.ocwe ites/liquidaloh a-event .
There are some other fun events happening this weekend and can be viewed on the calendar of or go directly to . And speaking of events, our very own HB Scooters (5960 Warner Ave, at Warner and Springdale behind the Mobil Station) will be hosting a Scooter & Electric Bicycle meet up which will be held every Sunday thru the summer starting on 6/20, Father's Day, @ 11am till 12pm. Meet new friends, start a local club, exchange ideas, go for rides together and most of all, have fun on your gas savers with like minded people from all walks of life. See the latest models on display, free coffee and donuts. All Scooters and Electric Bicycles are welcome, any brand, any type and any age. 714 840 8090 .
And if all else fails, enjoy some World Cup Soccer... Old World (7561 Center Ave) will be having all the games on and it is sure to be a wild time. Bar open early to accommodate all the fans. Check out their other events at
One last thing,,, Thursday evening, the 24th, the Huntington Beach Lions Club will be hosting a mixer for folks interested in learning what the Lions are all about. I happen to be a Lion myself and they do a lot of good in town! The mixer will be at the Orange Community Bank, 6491 Edinger Ave (at Edwards) from 6-8pm. Refreshements will be served. Come meet some Lions, do some networking and have a good ol' time. .

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

"Pups & Pinot" Wine & Food Tasting to benefit A Leg Up Animal Rescue

Join for an amazing afternnon of tasting great wines along with delightful morsels of food on June 20, 2pm to 5pm. To be held at the Newland House, Newland Shopping Center (Adams Avenue & Beach Boulevard) in Huntington Beach. A silent autction will allow you to bid on a 3 night stay in Napa Valley, a week’s stay on the Sonoma Coast, dinners at local restaurants, jewelry and many more surprises. free gift to everyone in attendance. There will even be a parade of pups!! To benefit A Leg Up Animal Rescue, which rescues animals from shelters and other situations where they are in immediate danger of euthanasia. Once in the program, the animals are treated for any medical issues, microchiped and vaccinated, spayed or neutered and placed in a foster home where they remain with a family until an adoptive forever home can be found. $25 donation pre event. $30 at door. info: or 714-328-8661

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

opportunity to raise some money for Relay for Life here in Huntington Beach

By now I'm sure you all know the American Cancer Society Relay For Life is right around the corner - May 15/16 to be exact. We hope you plan on joining us that weekend in beautiful Central Park for this event. There is great food, live music, meaningful ceremonies. The schedule showing all the events can be found on the site: Check it out. Join a team, make a donation!
Prior to the event, there are a few fundraising opportunities you will find worth checking out. Eat at Tommy Pastrami (Beach & Talbert) Wednesday anytime from 10am to 8pm and show them the flyer you can print off the Relay site and they will donate a portion of the profit to the Relay. If you haven't eaten at Tommy Pastrami before, you've bween missing out. They truly have the best pastrami sandwiches, some of which are huge, as well as great soups & chili - the Matzo soup is one of our favorites. It's easy to get the flyer. go to the site, click on Active Fundraisers and you'll see the link to open and print out the flyer and pop in for a meal.

And while on that fundraising page, you will also find the other two upcoming fundraisers worth checking out. Saturday night, May 1, there is a great fashion show: Design 4A Cure. It is being held in Aliso Viejo but worth the drive and all proceeds go to our HB Relay.

On Sunday, May 2, come out to Old World for a Spring Boutique. Over 50 vendors selling their stuff. All vendors are donating 20% of their profit to the Relay. Do your Mother's Day gift shopping. There will be SO much to choose from. Also, you can collect up your unwanted gold and bring to the boutique. we have a certified gold purchasing vendor who will be there. You can walk away with a check for that gold and they will still also donate to our Relay. Can't go wrong. Please come out and show some support for this great cause. I'm sure there isn't one of us out there who hasn't personally been touched by cancer in some way.

Friday, April 09, 2010

Fun for Friday in Huntington Beach

Looking for some last minute plans for tonight? Why not catch some comedy at Old World. Th Corporate Recess Players present Comedy Improv . And tonight is all for a good cause. If you go, print out this flyer: and present when you show up. Old World is donating a portion of the ticket sales to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. The show is only $15 and funny, funny, funny. If you support a particular team, put the team name in the place provided on the flyer and that team gets the donation!
For other ways to support the Relay for Life, go to the site, and find the menu button on the left "active fundraisers", to see what is available to be able to "give back", including the Spring Boutique on May 2, also at Old World, noon to 5. About 50 vendors will be there selling their wares. Do Mother's Day shopping. Fun stuff planned. when you check out the fundraisers on the Relay website, you will also find a list of participating vendors for the Boutique. All the vendors are donating 20% of their profits that day to the Relay. Please come check it out (and the other upcoming fundraisers).
Speaking of fundraisers, the day before the Boutique you can visit the Therapeutic Riding Center on May 1, 2pm-6pm, for their Derby Day. A fun filled day with entertainment & dancing, fun for kids, parade of athletes, riding demonstrations and more. Tickets are only $40 and benefits TRC. They are located at Huntington Central Park, 18381 Goldenwest St. To download the flyer, visit their site:

Thursday, April 08, 2010

More additions to the Huntington Beach Surf City Savings Discount Program

And they keep on a comin'.... to Surf City Savings that is. Since my last entry, we've had close to a dozen new HB businesses who are now participants of the program, including: Cloud Mover Day Spa - truly a complete day spa offering many services to make you look and feel great; Coastal Impressions - interior design and home decor including beautiful shell work Community; Retail Marketing - if you are a retailer of any kind, this business can help your get MORE business; Monkey House Cafe - now this is the place to get a cup of coffee, or sandwich, or soup, or salad,,, need I say more; Queens Flowers - brighten your day with some fresh flowers; Lacy's Carpets - full line of carpet as well as other flooring; Rossmoor Shoes - fixin' those shoes, boots & handbags, as well as leather repair; Perfect Day Scrapbooking - what a great way to preserve those memories, tons of supplies; Jungle Promotions - promote your business by putting your name on pretty much any item you can think of; Clean Air Lawn Care - here is a great way to maintain your yard while protecting the environment, check out what they offer; Beach Dental Group - your local dentist for all your family dentistry needs.
Show them all some support. Go to the site ( and find the discounts that work for you and visit the business! show them being on the program is worth it. If you are a SCS participant, don't forget to put a link back to the program on your site. Those links help us all with search engine exposure! If you don't have a decal for your window yet, hang tight, I'm working on getting them to everyone. Thank you to everyone supporting the program! Special thanks to Whata Lotta Pizza and Lipo Laser & Spa for helping to sponsor the site.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Old World to donate to ACS Relay for Life

So when you think of Old World do you only think of Oktoberfest or Daschund Races? If so, you are missing out on a lot of other stuff they have to over in terms of events. One of frequent events at Old World is their Comedy Improv nights, one such show, next week on April 9, is going to be bigger and better than ever. They are going to move it to the festival hall for that show because they have offered to help turn it in to a fundraiser - donating part of the ticket sales to our Huntington Beach Relay For Life, coming up in May. Cool huh? Come to this show and laugh your hind quarters off (this will be my first time seeing the show and those I've talked to that have been all have said how funny it is). By printing out this flyer: , and bringing it with you that night, it will help raise money our Relay. There is a space on the flyer to put the Relay team name you want to support. For example, those of you who are my friends would put "The HB Locals" and my team would get credit. For those of you who are already part of the Relay, put your team name on there to receive credit. Miss Huntington Beach will also be there that night holding her own fundraiser (separate with a different flyer), so it should shape up to be a good night.
And with the spirit of giving, Old World is holding another fundraiser for Relay on May 2. Put it on your calendar. noon to 5 will be a Spring Boutique with about 40 vendors present. Do all your Mother's Day shopping or just pick up some cool stuff for yourself. All vendors are donating a portion of their profits to the Relay. To see the types of vendors present, you will find the list linked to Please come out and support our local businesses while helping in the fight against cancer. A win win as I see it.
And finally, (my emails aren't usually this long), but since we are on the topic of Relay for Life, have you been to one yet? In particular the Huntington Beach one. Once again we will be in Central Park - super cool location for a Relay. The event will be May 15/16, noon to noon. If you have been touched by cancer in or around you, you will want to come to this event. Very fun, very meaningful. Join a team or sign up as an individual. There are many ways to get involved. The official Relay site is: There you can sign up or just donate if you cannot make it out that weekend. Check the schedule on the site to see all the fun stuff scheduled. I'm chairing the event this year, so feel free to ask me questions about it or how you can become involved. Thank you ahead of time for all the support from our Huntington Beach locals.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Huntington Beach updates

With spring right around the corner and house prices at such a deal, maybe you are considering a new home? One of the long term staples of Huntington Beach real realtors can give you a hand if you are. Ray Peckham with Keller Williams has been serving Huntington Beach for years (1972 to be exact) and he knows his real estate market. Ray will make you feel comfortable and can help you with such a big decision. Give Ray a holler and see how he can help you. 714-915-9520 or .

Somthing fun for this Thurs: Visit The Image Center (7801 Center Ave. Ste 202) for a "Night of Beauty", 6:30 to 8:30pm.There will be guest speakers, raffles & prizes, light snacks. free gift bag for all guests. Event specials. The Image Center is a complete image enhancement center providing excellence in plastic surgery, family & cosmetic implant dentistry and med spa & day spa services. More info:

Have you visited the Surf City Savings Discount Program online yet? There are a l ot of new participants who have recently joined. Please make sure to check them out and pay them a visit. There are some good offers available. The newest in joining in the program are: Erika's Catering / Kentucky Fried Chicken / The Tint Pros / Black Bull Chop House / Deli-licious sandwich shop / Amy's Arrangements / Vincent Insurance Services / California Bank / The Dog Walker / Rock & Roll Emporium / Happyness Consignment / Family Flix / CertaPro Painters.

And of course the SCS program wants to make a special thank you to Whata Lotta Pizza for helping to sponsor the site. Show them your support and print out their coupon for free garlic cheese bread with pizza purchase.

There's always lot's of stuff going on in Huntington Beach, keep an eye on the calendar section, , to find something to do. If you have a local event you'd like posted on the site, feel free to email me and I'll get it added.

New Participants in the Surf City Savings Program

Lot's of new participants have recently joined the Surf City Savings program. Please make sure to check them out and pay them a visit. There are some good offers available. Since the last email, joining in the program are:
Erika's Catering - for all your catering needs
KFC - Kentucky Fried Chicken has two locations in HB for you to visit
The Tint Pros - auto & home window tinting
Black Bull Chop House - save big on your food purchase
Deli-licious - great soups and sandwiches
Amy's Arrangements - all your flower arrangement needs
Vincent Insurance Services - personal and commercial insurance needs
California Bank - local bank with local personal service
The Dog Walker - taking care of your pets with sitting & overnight stays
Rock & Roll Emporium - for everything rock & roll, visit their store downtown
Happyness Consignment -find those hidden gems & save money on gently used clothing
Family Flix - turn those photos into video keepsakes
CertaPro Painters - spruce up the house with some new paint
And of course a special thank you to Whata Lotta Pizza for helping to sponsor the site. Show them your support and print out their coupon for free garlic cheese bread with pizza purchase.
Enjoy these and many more Huntington Beach businesses that participate in the City of Huntington Beach discount coupon site.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Valentine's Suggestions

Valentines is right around the corner. Have you made your plans yet? If not, here is something that sounds like a ton of fun: Flight Bistro , 8082 Adams, is offering quite a nice evening complete with a 4 course aphrodisiac menu and live music. Check out the website for event details:

Ladies, if you want to get pretty before the big day, there are two local salons that come highly recommended: Salon Ambiance, 5075 Warner Ave. Ste 101. / 714-846-5900. Patrons vote it "best salon” for hair, style, beauty and massage. Walk in the door and you’ll notice the difference. Their services include hair cutting, styling, color and color correction, straightening and hair extensions as well as make-up and massage. Visit them onlne at:

The other great salon in town is located in Old World, The Upstairs Salon , 7561 Center Ave. #45 / 714-897-5307. This full service salon offers custom colors & weaves, designer cuts, nails, eyelash perming, permanent hair removal, permanent make-up, brow & lash tinting, waxing, facials, chemical peels, hot oil & paraffin dips, spa pedicures. Visit them online at:
You won't go wrong at either location. Enjoy your Valentine's Day

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Miss Huntington Beach Pageant this weekend

Coming up this weekend we have a great local event that needs all our support. The Miss Huntington Beach Scholarship Pageant is this Sunday, 2pm at the Historic Huntington Beach High School Auditorium. Yes, I know it is Superbowl Sunday, but I also know there are plenty of you out there who don't care about the game,,, or maybe you can make the Pageant first then head to your football gig. Tickets are only $15 - the entrance & sponsorships all help with the girls scholarships. You can check out the girls at and if you'd still like to help sponsor a girl, it is not too late, contact Carole Ann at 714-536-8888. Show these girls some Surf City support.

Lately, I've had some folks mentioning it is time to get a new car, maybe their old car is flooding out with all the rain? Maybe it is spring is around the corner and it's time for a change? Regardless of the reason, one thing that is a must is to take advantage of a broker and save yourself some time and money AND remove the stress of the car buying process. Our last 4 vehicles have been through a broker. Our local expert here in HB is W.C. Fox with Fox Auto Consultants , 714-846-7599. It has been a family business since 1934 and they know their stuff! They handle almost all makes & models of CARS, TRUCKS, VANS, & S.U.V.s!! Even if you are not in Huntington Beach, W.C. can help ou out. So if you are one of those in the market, give Fox a call and see how he can help you.

Surf City Savings Discount Program - new additions

Since the last time I sent out an announcement for Surf City Savings, we've had plenty of new businesses sign up! Make sure to visit the site, , to see these great offers. The new participants include:
Sunset Gondola - tour Huntington Harbor on a real gondola from Italy
Francisco's Auto Repair - full service auto shop
EC Art Gallery - family owned local framing shop
Sexy Hair Extensions - all the supplies to make your hair long & beautiful
Hurricane's Bar & Grill - good eats, fun time in downtown HB
Arbonne International - skin care products
La Casita Mexican Food - traditional authentic cooking
Total Merchant Services - offering credit cards in your business? Use a local service!
Coastline Christian School - faith based pre-school, save on enrollment
Zimzala Restaurant (in the Shorebreak Hotel) - if you haven't dined there yet, you must! excellent!!
More are joining all the time so visit the site often. If you know a business in town who would benefit by being on the program, please tell them all about it. It is free of charge for businesses located in Huntington Beach, after all, it is the only discount/coupon program in town endorsed and sponsored by the City of HB, we are all trying to do our part to keep our spending dollars local... support a local business.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Tip of the Day for HB locals

Tip of the day: (to protect yourself from theft of your GPS): NEVER put in your actual address for "Home". Use a nearby commercial location (grocery store, etc.) because many cars have garage door openers in them and if the garage has a door leading into the house, it's usually unlocked! All it takes is one crooked valet or auto mechanic to take your car for a spin and pop by your house!

Friday, January 22, 2010

A Request & Shout Out for Huntington Beach Folks

This entry is all about the request for help (which also gives you free business exposure) and the general shout out.
Let's do some shouting first... We all know summer is just around the corner and gas prices keep going up. With that, more and more people are considering a gas scooter or electric bicycle for transportation because they are inexpensive to own and operate. If you replace all your short trips to the local coffee joint, your favorite restaurant, trips to the pier, etc. with a scooter or electric bicycle, they end up paying for themselves over time with the gas savings alone. You also have the benefit of being somewhat "green"! And you know I'm all about being green - if you haven't yet, check out one of my other sites: . It would be nice to catch up to Asia and Europe where scooters and electric bicycles have been an accepted form of transportation for a long time. And to top it off, scooters and bikes are just plain fun! And where in HB do you go to check them out? Of course that would be HB Scooters , 5960 Warner Ave. They have many different brands as well as a full service maintenance shop. Want more info? Call Dave at 714-840-8090 or visit .

Other ways to do some saving: visit for discounts on all kinds of products and services in Huntington Beach. Since the last update of the site, new on there are Sunset Gondola, Francisco's Auto Repair, Sexy Hair Extensions, EC Art Gallery, Arbonne International, La Casita Mexican Food, & Total Merchant Services. (and yes, HB Scooters can be found on the site as well). Of course don't forget to take advantage of the special offered by one of the site sponsors: Whatta Lotta Pizza ! Get their coupon right on the home page. Please visit the site, use the participating merchants, and save some money - all helps Huntington Beach. If you are a Huntington Beach business and not part of the program, get in touch with me, I'm helping the city with this site and it is free to have your discount on the site.

Now for the request for help part... Many of you know I am on the committee running the American Cancer Society Relay For Life here in HB ( ). This event is dear to my heart as I've lost too many close to me from cancer - as I'm sure many of you have. Here is a super simple way you can help us raise some money. On Feb 26 we are having our kick off party. We are looking for donated items that can be used in our opportunity drawing or silent auction (larger dollar value). If you'd like to make a donation, please contact me (714-231-4623 or ). I can provide you a letter with the tax ID# for your tax records. This also gives you a chance to get your business name out there to everyone in attendance. Nothing wrong with a little business promotion! We welcome anything from products to gift certificates. 100% of ticket sales is donated to the Relay. Last year we raised about $2500 at the kick off. We, of course, want to do even better this year. If you are interested in finding out more about the Relay or coming to our kick off, let me know and I can email you a flyer!
Phew,,, I think that is enough for this pass. More soon. Have a great (and hopefully dry) weekend.

Hey Huntington Beach, time to pack away some excess stuff?

Now that the holidays have come and gone, do you find it might be time to do some cleaning up? Maybe pack away some of that excess you've accumulated? Instead of the traditional storage units where you have to lug all that stuff to your unit yourself, what about using a portable storage solution? 1-800-PACK-RAT is here local in Huntington Beach (7391 Heil Ave. #103) and can drop off a storage unit to your house, you fill it and they'll take it away to store at their warehouse. Their warehouses are 100% secure & climate controlled and their transportation vehicles keeps your unit level at all times. How much easier can it get? Also keep them in mind if you are moving or remodeling and just need to put your stuff away temporarily. You can also have the unit left at your own home or business if you prefer. I've met most of the folks over there and they are very helpful and courteous. Give them a call, they'll be happy to show you around their facility. Their local number: 714-842-1982. I love these guys, so I had to give them a shout out!
Try to stay dry in this dismal weather!