Locals are transforming Long Beach from a commuter town into SoCal’s hottest creative hub. Here are our favorite spots to dine, drink, and shop
Jolie Dionisio’s Wild Child Party may excel at unconventional decor for children’s fetes, like cactus birthday candles and marbleized paper plates. But adults can find plenty of inspiration here too, with a balloon bar, piñata making, and calligraphy workshops. Dionisio, who styles celebrity events in L.A., says Long Beach was her only consideration for setting up shop. After all, it’s a place that embraces fun and innovation—even a store devoted to quirky party pieces would be sure to find its audience.