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Community Spotlight: Angles & Arches In Manhattan Beach

Angles & Arches

With the clutter of countless salons in the area, we wanted to sit down with a business that was doing something quite different from the rest. Angles & Arches Beauty Bar in Manhattan Beach was founded by RonAnn Myers, a makeup artist and brow architect! We sat down with her to learn a little more about what Angles & Arches is all about.

Q: How would you describe your business and what you do
A: Angles and Arches is a beauty bar focusing on eyebrow shaping and makeup application. For clients who are needing extra attention to their over-tweezed and uneven brows, we have a “Brow Rehab” program helping them reclaim the brow they deserve.  Each of the staff is trained in the proper techniques for waxing, tweezing and makeup artistry.

Q: Can you explain the meaning and inspiration behind the name?
A: The story behind the name, Angles and Arches Beauty Bar, is very dear to me.  Early in my career, I would travel with a hairstylist friend to Northern California once a month. We were such a good fit to the salon because eyebrows and hair go hand in hand. Our clients encouraged us to open a salon together naming it Angles and Arches. That name stuck with me over the past 5 years. When I decided to open the salon in Manhattan Beach, I called my now celebrity hairstylist friend to tell him about my idea. He was thrilled. Also, the name symbolizes the eyebrow shape.  You have an “Angle” and an “Arch” to every brow we create.

Q: How did you initially get started in the beauty industry?
A: I began my career 15 years ago in Beverly Hills at a small boutique eyebrow and makeup studio. I was always passionate about makeup but didn’t realize the importance...

Changes in Manhattan Beach Architecture

Manhattan Beach Architecture

While the Manhattan Beach Park System was expanding, the face of the city was changing. During this period traditional architecture for homes in Manhattan Beach began to change – the community was introduced to a new type of home – the condominium. Manhattan Beach had always had apartment rental units, however it was the desirability of some to own a residence with less up keep. The popularity brought a new look to the low architecture profile of neighborhoods where the zoning allowed. It was also an advantage to the builder, who could realize more income from a small lot.

An excellent example was the construction on the condominiums located in the 400 block of Marine Avenue in Manhattan Beach. Not only was the architecture not compatible to the area, but it was feared that with the demolition of five small Historical Sadler built homes, it would bring more traffic and density to this charming single family area known as the “Gas Light District.” (Howard A. Sadler took great pride in creating and building the bungalow style home).

With more condominiums being built and the maximizing of square footage on lots, little room was left for yards. In the late 1980s and into the year 2000, the architectural styles in Manhattan Beach were being replaced by Modern Hi-Tech design.

Beginning in 1985, the consulting firm of Cotton/Beland Associates had been working with the Community Development and later turned their findings over to the City Council, for the purpose of constructing a comprehensive General Plan. With the General Plan updated not only did architectural designs begin to change rapidly, but the community began to see larger and larger buildings, referred to as “Minimansions.”...

Community Spotlight: Barsha Wine & Spirits in Manhattan Beach

Owners Lenora and Adnen If you’re from Manhattan Beach or the South Bay area in general, you’ve probably already heard the raving reviews about Barsha Wines & Spirits. Being unable to resist all of the buzz that seemed to surround the tasting room, we thought it was time for us to experience what Barsha was all about.

Before sitting down with one of the owners Lenora, we went in for a wine tasting experience which quickly turned into a cheese tasting, bruschetta eating and “let me see how much more wine I have room for” evening.

To say the experience was different would be the understatement of the century. Entering their shop and tasting room feels like you’re walking into Lenora and Adnens home and they’re your gracious hosts (Lenora and Adnen pictured to the left with their daughter Pash). The room was filled with both private parties and groups of people mingling with one another. If you’re still trying to figure out how to spend your evening, this should definitely be at the top of your list!

Q: Tell me a bit about your business.
A: Barsha is your neighborhood Wine & Spirits shop that is also a Tasting Room. We love small producers and really appreciate their amazing product. Therefore, that’s our niche at Barsha, small production wines, beers, spirits, cheeses & food products. We feature wines from all over the world, we also have a farm fresh menu with a hint of Tunisian influence. We aim to make your experience as personal and approachable as possible. Why does wine have to be intimidating?

Q: What’s it like working as a husband and wife team? What are the greatest challenges?
A: There are definitely just as many...