By Jo Murray, Contributor
wine and cheese
Soif, a wine boutique and wine bar will open in September at 1147 Loma Ave. The 1,250 square foot space will feature an outdoor patio with olive and lemon trees.
“I had wanted to open a wine store for several years and every opportunity had a major blockage when I was in Los Angeles,” said owner and sommelier Alicia Kemper. “However, when I found the space on Loma, I immediately felt connected to the space and although it was a journey to open doors, I could not imagine seeing my dream come to life anywhere else.
“Everyone has been so supportive and welcoming, neighbors and residents alike, and I look forward to sharing my passion for natural wine (especially champagne) with Long Beach,” she added.
The location is in a one-story brick building with large windows. In addition to wine, she will sell charcuterie kits, as well as cheeses, olives and pickles.
“Her ABC application had been approved by City Council at our August 3 meeting, and our office assisted her in obtaining the documents from the City Clerk. It was the perfect time to welcome him to the neighborhood,” Fourth District Councilman Daryl Supernaw said in an email.
“She was very excited about all the positive energy in the area,” the adviser continued. “I’ve also confirmed that she has no affiliation with the Lodge Bread Company. People have asked this question, but it’s just a coincidence that the two companies (which are so ideally matched) will be side by side. No only it is a tall building, but the surrounding area of Zaferia is very walkable – ideal for any wine bar/caviste business.
Loans in Naples
The Naples storefront at 5612- A E. Second St. will soon house a mortgage company.
“I represented the tenant and John Eddy represented the landlord in the transaction,” Vachel McKeever wrote in a post. “We are both from Coldwell Banker Blair Westmac. The mortgage company is moving from its Signal Hill office to Naples and the owners live in Shore, so the move was a no-brainer. They will take over the former Compass space.
“Tocaya has officially opened its doors at the 2nd & PCH center. They have a great menu and the construction is beautiful. They also have a great Happy Hour,” according to Samanatha Lopez, General Manager of CenterCal Properties.
The menu includes “modern Mexican organic foods,” consisting of salads, tacos, bowls, and burritos. The Margarita menu includes a choice of five different recipes.
San Pedro Fish Market Long Beach at 6550 E Marina Dr. is launching a new Happy Hour menu featuring seafood specialties and cocktails. Inspired by summer flavors and light bites, the new menu features shareable dishes and seafood under $12 and drinks $5-7.