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Downtown Resident Testimonials


Featuring DTLB Residents who Live, Work, and Play within the Downtown


Allison Kripp
Waterfront Resident & Owner of the Den Salon


Seen here with husband Andy Kripp and their two children. 

Q: WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF LIVING AND WORKING IN DOWNTOWN LONG BEACH?
A: After living in San Francisco for almost 10 years, I had grown accustom to walking for my coffee, groceries, to meet friends for drinks, or just sit in a park and listen to music. Living in Downtown Long Beach, I get that same experience. In the early days of opening our business, we spent countless hours walking around, meeting our neighbors, and handing out discount cards. The benefit of living and working here was that our client base became a community. We have so many great friends that started as clients because they also live and work in Downtown. Andy and I are very proud that our business helped contribute to the sense of community in our neighborhood.

Q: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE FOR CHILDREN & FAMILY ACTIVITIES?
A: With two little ones, we love going to Shoreline Village for the great food and arcade. I remember going on the original Ferris wheel as a kid many times. It's where we watch my brother, Danny, participate in the Flugtag competition and where we meet up with friends to go sailing. We can even walk there from our house!


Christopher Coronado
East Village Arts District Resident




Q: WHY DO YOU LOVE LIVING IN DOWNTOWN LONG BEACH?
A: I never find myself saying there is "nothing to do" in Downtown Long Beach. I love the diversity in people, food, and entertainment that Downtown offers. Best of all, everything is accessible by either a short walk through eclectic neighborhoods, a bike ride (in a dedicated bike lane), or a free shuttle. Moreover, if I need to get to another part of the city I only need to hop on a Long Beach Transit bus or water taxi and I can even get to Los Angeles destinations easily by taking the Metro Blue Line.

Q: THE BEST PLACE FOR COFFEE?
A: I am a dedicated patron of Greenhouse.  Located on Broadway and Linden Ave, this two-story establishment offers exotic coffee and tea served by smiling artisans (baristas) that regard their work with the same passion as a sommelier.  The artsy atmosphere and pleasant patrons make this a place that engages all your senses.


Jim Danno & Kathleen Irvine
Historic Willmore City Residents




Q: WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO MOVE TO DOWNTOWN INSTEAD OF OTHER AREAS OF LONG BEACH OR SURROUNDING CITIES?
A: The great amenities, energy and historic Willmore City neighborhood. I love living and being active in Willmore City because I can make a difference in my community.

Q: HOW HAS DOWNTOWN DEVELOPED SINCE YOU FIRST MOVED HERE AND WHAT DO  YOU SEE FOR THE FUTURE?
A: It's really improved, with wonderful public art and local artists, great independent restaurants and a passion to be the best. I see all that continuing in a thriving entertainment district while preserving our historic buildings and roots.

David Cannon
Promenade Resident & Owner of Downtown-based Engineering Firm




Q: WHERE DO YOU TAKE FRIENDS FROM OUT-OF-TOWN TO EAT WHEN VISITING DOWNTOWN?
A: For a unique Downtown Long Beach experience, I like to take my out-of-town friends on a European tour. We start at George’s Greek Cafe for Happy Hour and then walk over to Café Sevilla for tapas style appetizers. Next we will walk to Crème De La Crepe for entrees and then to L’Opera for dessert. We have a great night out and our friends get to spend the night in Greece, Spain, France, and Italy without leaving Downtown Long Beach.

Q: FAVORITE WALKING OR RUNNING ROUTE IN DOWNTOWN?
A: I start almost every day by walking along the Promenade down to Pine Avenue Pier, past the Aquarium of the Pacific, and out to Lighthouse Point. It offers a wonderful mix of urban architecture, waterfront promenade, small boats, and open space with a view of Queen Mary across the water.

James Okoya-Koren 
Waterfront Resident




Q: WHY DO YOU LOVE LIVING IN DOWNTOWN LONG BEACH?
A: Downtown Long Beach has the amenities of a big city with the intimacy of a small town. Whenever we go out, my wife and I bump into people we know – friends, local merchants, neighbors. I think that’s because, like us, others who live and work in Downtown Long Beach enjoy being here. That gives this place an uncommonly strong sense of community.

Q: WHERE DO YOU TAKE FRIENDS FROM OUT-OF-TOWN TO EAT WHEN VISITING DOWNTOWN?
A: We like taking guests to Beachwood BBQ and Brewing on the Promenade, and to Asha in the East Village Arts District. Both places have great food and Beachwood has top-notch beer, but they’re also in great locations that we like showing off to friends and family. It’s always fun to go to Beachwood and see people out and about on the Promenade. And after a meal at Asha, we like popping into Make Collective and other local shops to see what’s new.

Jose Cordon
East Village Arts District Resident & Owner of 1897LB in the East Village




Q: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DOWNTOWN RESTAURANT AND WHY?
A: Without question it is Utopia on First and Linden in the heart of the East Village Art District. Utopia is one of only a few restaurants in Long Beach that still focuses on casual California cuisine with a minimal but diverse menu. The food is great, the setting fits its artistic environment but my favorite thing about Utopia is the impeccable service from the staff and restaurant owners.

Q: BEST PLACE TO SHOP IN DOWNTOWN LONG BEACH ?
A: Though I am partial as a business owner, I really do love the East Village Art District.  The East Village has one of the most diverse and unique retail centers in the entire city. In its span of several blocks, a shopper can get a haircut, shop for one of a kind apparel, buy vintage furniture, get some flowers, buy a bike, get some custom jeans, buy very limited edition sneakers, buy jewelry, art from local artist, imported goods from Africa, organic bathing products, really rare punk or vintage records, snacks for your doggie, art supplies or even a tattoo.



Where the Locals Go

Resident Picks



Shoreline Village




"With two little ones, we love going to Shoreline Village for the great food and arcade." 
- Allison Kripp


The Greenhouse Coffee & Tea



"The artsy atmosphere and pleasant patrons make this a place that engages all your senses."
- Christopher Coronado



Beachwood BBQ & Brewing



"Beachwood has top-notch beer in a great location that we like showing off to friends and family."
- James Okoya-Koren


L'Opera Ristorante



"For a unique Downtown Long Beach experience, I like to take my out-of-town friends on a European tour." 
- David Cannon


East Village Arts District 



"The East Village has one of the most diverse and unique retail centers in the entire city."
- Jose Cordon