Anybody who has spent any time at The Hangar at Long Beach Exchange can attest to one thing: the place is positively crawling with families. So many kids. It’s no surprise that a kid-friendly brand has popped up for the month of July in one of the two retail spaces at The Hangar. If you’re not familiar with Youth Independent Party (YIP), you’re missing out.
Eco-friendly, designed and manufactured right here in Long Beach and, did we mention their clothes are super adorable. The pop up shop features goods from other vendors like Long Beach faves, hats and pins from Stay Anchored and cards from Richie Designs.
The shop also aims to highlight Long Beach’s creative energy through interesting and accessible products from local brands for kids and adults alike. Founded by designer, Krysta Lin, YIP’s super cute basics are largely gender-neutral and quite affordable with most pieces ranging around $20.
Krysta’s story of creating YIP is familiar to lots of parents who struggle to make more eco-conscious choices, but are hindered by price. “Becoming a parent made me realize how hard it is to find environmentally and socially responsible kids’ basics at an accessible price,” she says. “I created YIP to change that, with easy-to-wear clothes kids can play in and parents can feel good about.”
Open from noon until early evening for the entire month of July, there’s lots in store for local shopping at the YIP pop-up. Plus, rumor has it you can snag some LB Littles stickers there and keep the kiddos busy there (for a few minutes, at least) with their coloring table.
If you’re not familiar with Steelcraft, they call themselves an “outdoor urban eatery,” entire built with repurposed shipping containers. They have consistent programming of live music, shopping pop-ups, and even have played host to LB Littles events.
We’ve always been big fans of the fair, and for us the OC Fair is a bit easier to get to than the LA Fair in Pomona. Good news: the OC Fair is open and will be running every Wednesday–Sunday until August 12th with the theme “Free Your Inner Farmer.”
Summer is upon us, and you know what that means… it’s free outdoor concert season! We’ve got over 100 listings of free concerts in Long Beach, Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, Lakewood, Bellflower, and more. You could probably go to a free show almost every night this summer.