Monday, September 29, 2014

Mr. Surf City USA competition heating up

Have you heard about the upcoming Mr. Surf City USA contest coming up in October?  This is a light-hearted event that pokes a little fun at traditional beauty pageants and raises funds for seven non-profits in the community.  Money is raised by sponsorship and buying votes for your contestant of choice.   The event is October 24 at Fuzion.  For all the details, learn about the contestants, and buy tickets/votes, please go to www.MrSurfCityUSA.com and pass on the word!!    Because I'm involved with the Waggin' Trails Rescue Foundation, we of course, are sponsoring one of the contestants – Andy Glade.   If you are one of our dog loving fans and want to support Andy, his page on the Waggin' Trails site is:  www.waggintrails.org/mrsurfcity.html.  Please help us raise some money by buying votes to help save the lives of those who don't have a voice of their own – our special non-conditional love givers called dogs!!!  We really appreciate the support.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

What to do in Huntingotn Beach this summer

Here are 15 things about or to do in Huntington Beach that you might not have known about.  Check it out HERE.   And for a full calendar list daily things to do in Huntington Beach, don't forget about TheLocalHB calendar.  

Do you find you have out of town guests coming to town and no where to house them?  Did you know TheLocalHB offers discounts on local hotels/motels?   You didn't?   Well, look at all there is to offer on our reservation page.  

On that same reservation page, starting Aug 7, you can find discounts (for the first time ever) for Knotts Scary Farm!!  Make sure to check it out.  Just search under the Attractions section.

Enjoy your summer.

Friday, May 09, 2014

Happy Mothers Day Huntington Beach locals

I want to wish all the moms out there a very happy Mother's Day!  Do you have plans yet for the mom in your life?  If not, why not give the new Fuzion a try.  They have a pretty nice menu lined up for Sunday.  You can enjoy all your breakfast favorites plus some brunch specialties created by their Executive Chef!  There will be fruit flavored champagne and fun cocktails and a special gift for mom.  They are located at 7227 Edinger (between Goldenwest & Gothard).  Brunch runs from 10am to 3pm and reservations can be made at 714-377-7671.  And don't forget, Fuzion is now the new home of RBN Networking group.  They will be there next Tues (www.rbninfo.com to reserve your spot).

If you have young ones and are looking for a summer program for them, Coastline Christian School is offering free enrollment until May 15 when you mention TheLocalHB. They have lots of fun events planned including:  Bounce house, Petting zoo, Hawaiian day, Lizard wizard, Mobile tide pool, Train party and other special visitors throughout the summer!  AGES 2-8 Accepted. They are located at 2721 Delaware Street and can be reached at 714-536-1740.

With summer approaching, thoughts of travel also come to mind.  If you are planning any trips, check out my friends at Travelcom. They are offering $100 off summer vacation packages for 5 nights or more and $200 off honeymoons. You can book online with them at www.travelcom.biz or visit their exclusive Hawaiian travel site at www.HawaiiVacation4u.com. Of course you are more than welcome to pick up the phone and give them a call, 714-841-4540, tell them I sent you.  :-)

Moving from travel to beer – our very own Beach City Brewery is having their grand opening this Saturday starting at noon. They are located at 7631 Woodwind Dr. (near Beach & Talbert).   There outdoor area will be set up to enjoy their beers with food trucks available all day and night. Their tasting room will be open to the public for the first time. They will be serving 6 different styles of beers, with 1 on nitrogen, and will be having a special cask-off between our head brewer and assistant brewer! You be the judge!  This event will be free to enter, but 21+ only.  Catch up on the details on their facebook:  www.facebook.com/BeachCityBrewery.

Want to help me raise a little money for my team of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life?  I'm doing a simple online fundraiser.  If you use cosmetics at all, go to this link: FUNDRAISER.  My "Younique" friend put this together for me.  The products are great and this is a good fit for Relay because their products are all natural and free from cancer causing chemicals!  It is worth giving them a try.  Everyone is loving the stuff, especially the 3D Fiber Lashes.

And one more FOR A GOOD CAUSE…. Mark your calendars for Monday, May 19.  Dine at Red Table any time that day and they will donate a portion of sales (all sales that day) to our Waggin' Trails Rescue Foundation – we are the ones that put on the Wags N Wine event in June.  Red Table is so generous doing this for us.  You don't need a flyer or anything, just show up and eat!!  Enjoy!!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Surfboards on Parade in Huntington Beach

If you are looking for an alternative to an Irish bar today, why not check out the new Fuzion at 7777 Edinger Ave.   They  just had their grand opening last weekend.  The restaurant has some awesome chefs and the food is quite good!  They also have a great selection of craft beers from tap to bottle, from the big names to under-the-radar breweries. Locally and from around the world, the beer selection at Fuzion is tough to match and the same goes for their wine list.  They have meeting space to fit all your needs whether it is business or fun, and don't forget the arcade, mini-bowling and lazer tag.  And don't forget Fuzion is also home to the popular Surf City Comedy Club.  Check out all the fun at the new HB fun spot!

Have you seen the first two surfboards that are part of the Surfboards on Parade? As a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Huntington Beach, a surfboard art exhibit is popping up all over town.  Huntington Beach Rotary is raising money to eradicate skin cancer and so far the two surfboards that have been unveiled are pretty cool.  The first was at Dukes, so pop in and take a peek.  This past Tuesday, we were at the Waterfront Hilton for the unveiling of the board by shaper Robert August & artist John Van Hamersveld.  Mark your calendar for next Tuesday the 18th, 10:30am at the Hyatt for next board by shaper Tim Bessell & artist Andy Warhol.  Do rsvp if you want to attend:  surfcity2@verizon.net.  You can find out more details on upcoming Surfboard on Parade events here: www.surfboardsonparade.org.


Do you have  your tickets yet for the Lions all-you-can-eat Crabfest?   The Crabfest is coming up March 30th, 4pm at Old World.  This event sells out every year and no tickets will be available at the door.  Go to www.hblionscrabfest.com to get your tickets now.  Unlimited salad, clam chowder and crab will be flowing!  And there was just an announcement that the clam chowder this year will be provided by Kings Fish House. Can you say yum?!  Not only is it tummy stuffing event, there are also raffles, silent auction, entertainment and more.  A very fun time.  Don't miss out!  

Friday, February 28, 2014

A wet end of February in Huntington Beach

Ready to get nice and wet with the storm?  I'm looking outside at a nice sunset with lots of blue sky, so it will be interesting to see what is really in store.

As February comes to an end, I was checking to see what events we have coming up. I see we have lots of drink & food opportunities in the next few months.  For those of you who like to plan early.  Here are some you  can mark on your calendars:
Huntington Beach Lions Crabfest – March 30 – www.hblionscrabfest.com
Taste of Huntington Beach – April 27 – www.tastehb.com
Derby Day – May 3 – www.trchb.org/eventsnews.html
Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Please – May 4 – www.winecheeseandchocolateplease.com
Duck-a-Thon – May 16 , 17, 18 – www.duckathon.org
Relay for Life – June 7,8 – www.relayforlife.org/huntingtonbeachca
Wags N Wine – June 22 – www.wagsnwine.com

Okay, that is more than enough events for the moment.  The Relay for Life being the only non-drinking one!  But if you’ve ever lost anyone to cancer, you will definitely want to come out to this event.

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit a new (well newish) business here in town.  Carrozza Surfboards run and owned by Bob Davis & Chris Carrozza.   What a cool business.   They are creating custom surfboards and definitely doing it right.  They have a great philosophy towards customer service – Take care of the client.  When they give a due date for a board, they stick to it.  They give back to the community by sponsoring young upcoming surf kids providing guidance and following a right track in life. They help those that might not otherwise ever get a chance to experience the joy of surfing.  They are very active with the Surfrider Foundation and involved in the community in other ways as well.  They are looking to have their boards offered in local shops in town.  If you have contacts, keep them in mind (www.carrozzasurboards.com).  I asked them to tell me a little more of their story, this is what they had to say: 
"We are 2 guys that randomly met and began surfing together and decided to start a surfboard company based on Chris's 10 + years of shaping experience in Maui, and Bobs many many years of sales and marketing experience. We sat down with a pen and paper and wrote down everything that we imagined we could do with this company and everything we wanted the company to become. Today, almost 2 years into this journey we are steadily growing and getting great feedback from the local community about our boards. We are stoked to be part of the HB community and look forward to meeting new people, making more boards for our local friends and giving back to the community that has helped us in so many ways”
Pay them a visit, keep them in mind when you need that new surfboard.  Visit their shaping room by appointment at 7501 Slater Ave, Unit S" here in Huntington Beach.  And check out their website to see their boards and more.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Happy 2014 Huntington Beach

Can you believe we are already more than half way through January!!  ugh!  And you know what that means...Valentine's is less than a month away!   Why not surprise your valentine with tickets to the Taste of Huntington Beach!!   You and your valentine will enjoy culinary treats from Huntington Beach's finest restaurants, paired with premium wines from California and local craft beers.  There is more – entertainment by Party Jones, silent auction, raffle and fabulous vendors. All this for one price of $55/person for General Admission and $75/person for our wonderful VIPs.  Hurry, sale ends February 28, 2014.  Buy your tickets now to use as a great Valentines gift.   Tickets are available at  www.tastehb.com and in person at Central Library of HB.  The date is April 27, 2014 – noon to 4pm at the Sports Complex.

Are you ready for our new Sprouts to open?  Goldenwest & Warner in the old Ralphs locations.  They are having their grand opening tomorrow (Wed) morning, 7am.  I imagine it is going to be crazy!    Also I noticed in town, unfortunately Scraps (Warner & Beach) has closed it doors. Also the FirePit down on Warner & PCH is no longer there, replaced by another Mediterranean restaurant, the Golden Olive.  Just some fyi.  :-)

If you are a Chamber of Commerce member, don't forget the Annual Gala is coming up Feb 21.  That is always a super fun event.  I already have my table reserved.   And get in some networking with chamber members tomorrow the 22nd for our B2B Networking Lunch.  This month we will be at the Assistance League on Slater just east of Beach, networking starts at 11am.  Come out and join us.   Additional networking can be done today with RBN at SeaCliff Country Club 11am.  Get more info on that at www.rbninfo.com.  Hopefully see you there (sorry about the late notice on this one, but I've been swamped with 3 new website design jobs!!).