by BRITTANY TESMER
Many head to 5th & PCH for the shopping. Some come for the superb dining with oceanfront views. Others make it to 5th & PCH for the breathtaking view of the Huntington Beach Pier and uplifting vibes--making it the ultimate place for inspiration and Instagram worthy shoots. If you’re looking for a place that has all of Huntington Beach bundled right into it, you’ve found it! Lights draping over the street, a Huntington Beach Pier piling, a steel blue wave, and out of this world sunsets all represent the iconic attractions of Huntington Beach. Here are 8 reasons why you should visit 5th & PCH.
1. HQ Gastropub
If foodies and rock lovers had a restaurant, it would be HQ Gastropub. Forget air conditioning, lets talk ocean breeze. Located on Pacific Coast Highway, the ocean breeze fills the restaurant, always giving it that cool and fresh feel.
Come hungry because HQ Gastropub offers delicious burgers, tacos, short ribs, salads and sushi. To quench your thirst, they have two open-aired bars that offer a selection of craft beer, specialty cocktails and wine.
Pro Tip: They have USB chargers underneath each table and bar seats for your charging needs!
2. Kenneth Brown Salons
Relax, rejuvenate and revamp! If you want to treat yourself, head over to Kenneth Brown Salons. They provide hair cutting, coloring, styling, spa facials, massages, and waxing services. Because you deserve only the best, they use Kérastase and L’Oréal products.
Pro Tip: Get to your appointment early because their waiting room offers complimentary tea, coffee, soda, water, delightful treats and a view of the Huntington Beach Pier.
3. Jimboy’s Tacos
Not your regular taco restaurant. It’s your modern, food truck feel, taco restaurant! Jimboy’s Tacos started up in 1954 in a taco truck in Tahoe, California. Ever since then, it’s been history.
Let’s taco about the signature Ground Beef Taco that makes everyone say YUM. It’s grilled to perfection. This taco is a fan favorite that makes you wondering their secret recipe. Shh, only Jimboy’s Tacos knows.
Pro Tip: Come with your family and order the Family Fun Paks.
4. Pizza Press
Voted the Best Pizza by OC Weekly, Pizza Press makes the best pie in town! With signature creations and a build-your-own pizza option, your options are endless here. Your pizza gets made right as you order, so it’s super fresh once it hits your taste buds.
Did we mention craft beer and wine to quench your thirst? Pizza Press offers flights of beer if you are feeling curious.
Pro Tip: Save room for dessert! Pizza Press offers fresh baked cookies, ice cream sandwiches, ice cream floats, and ice cream scoops.
5. Pacific Hideaway
Pacific Hideaway ranked in the OC Weekly’s Top 5 Best Bars & Restaurants. It’s the place to be for many reasons! With unique drinks, great Instagram backdrops, and delicious Latin and Asian infused dishes, Pacific Hideaway is the hidden gem of 5th & PCH.
Located in the Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel, they offer breakfast, lunch and dinner on an indoor-outdoor room, including an open 14-seat bar and pier-view patio. If you’re going for a small bit to eat, try the shared platters such as Lao sausage lettuce wraps and their stunning Baquetta Seabass.
Pro Tip: Order the rare sake or ask the bartender Casey Lyons to make you the Trickster cocktail.
6. Bruxie
Sweet, savory, and scrumptious. Take bread out of the equation--it’s all about Belgian waffles in Bruxie’s sandwiches. Known for their Original Fried Chicken & Waffle Sandwiches, Bruxie brings the deliciousness into breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They serve up Dr. Seuss’s favorite breakfast, Green Eggs & Ham! For a sweet treat, they offer shakes, sundaes, and floats. If you want something savory, they offer chicken waffle sandwiches and fried chicken. Enjoy the ocean breeze with their indoor/outdoor dining area.
Pro Tip: You can sleep in. They serve up breakfast all day.
7. Shopping
Okay, let’s get in the car and go shopping on 5th & PCH, friends! 5th & PCH has stylish boutiques, surfer shops, and stores that offer various styles for all. Pick up the latest fashion for men and women at Forever 21 with some killer deals. Or snag a fashionable swimsuit at Jolyn’s and Merrilee’s Swimwear. To enjoy Huntington Beach’s endless summer sun, pick up some limited-edition sunnies at Chilli Beans to keep it shady.
Pro Tip: Dress like a surfer and buy some fashionable beach wear at Rip Curl.
8. Views & Vibes
When you think of 5th & PCH, beautiful views and good vibes come to mind--that is the heart and soul of this street. And whether you purchased something or not, you will leave with some great captured views of the Huntington Beach Pier and PCH.
But folks here have you covered for your shopping, dining, and relaxation needs. Spending time on 5th & PCH is a great way to experience what Huntington Beach is all about.
Pro Tip: Be camera ready. It’s a photogenic street.
5th & PCH MERCHANTS INCLUDE: RESTAURANTS: Bruxie, HQ Gastropub, Jimboy’s Tacos, Pacific Hideaway, Ritter’s Steam Kettle Cooking, Shakeaway and The Pizza Press.
APPAREL & ACCESSORIES: Chilli Beans Accessories, forever 21, Jolyn Clothing, lf Outlet, Merrilee’s Swimwear, Rip Curl and Skechers. HEALTH, BEAUTY & SPECIALTY: CVS Pharmacy, Kenneth Brown Salons and F45 Training (opening summer 2018).

The executive director for the Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy John Villa expressed gratitude to AES and Kiewit as he cut the ribbon on the conservancy’s new educational center. This facility will allow students to work indoors as they complete their studies.
The conservancy worked with 67 students this year from Edison High School, including 32 sustainability students, granting them experiential knowledge of wetlands conservation. According to Villa, this building expansion adds the necessary facilities to grow the student-engagement program to include more students from Edison High School and branch out to Huntington Beach High School, Dwyer Middle School, and Isaac L. Sowers Middle School.
“The key to achievements in any kind of environmental progress is education,” Phil Smith said on behalf of Senator Janet Nguyen’s office. “And I love this.”
The ribbon cutting featured representation not only from Nguyen’s office, but also city hall, Assemblyman Matthew Harper’s office, Senator John Moorlach’s office, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher’s office, Vist Huntington Beach, Supervisor Michelle Steel’s office and representatives from the conservancy’s board of directors.
Tim Whitacre, representing Supervisor Steel’s, praised Huntington Beach for remaining mindful of the community and the surrounding wetlands as they undergo renovations to their own facility. AES Huntington Beach Plant Manager Weikko Wirta expressed pride in the company’s participation in supporting the community.
“This latest update facilitated by Kiewit, the AES construction team, and AES Huntington Beach will provide important training space and is just another step in the conservancy’s goal of maintaining important nesting and breeding grounds,” Wirta said.
The Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy is the second largest private land owner in Huntington Beach, second only to The Boeing Company. The conservancy began in 1985 in order to “aquire, restore and protect local coastal wetlands of Huntington Beach.”
Public Information Officer for the state of Huntington Beach expressed excitment over the new expansion, stating the invaluable asset that is hands-on learning in high school students.
Chamber of Commerce board member Ed Mountford presented Villa with an updated Chamber Investor plaque and spoke to the relationship of large and small organizations.”
“This is a great example of how the business community cooperates with non-profits to make good things happen for our community, and that’s certainly the case here with AES and Kiewit,” Mountford said. “Private enterprise coming together to make the situation better for non-profits and the community.”
Villa showed visible pride with the growth of the organization and reminded of himself of the way he changed his introduction.
“Unfortunately, I usually start the conversation out with, ‘We’re the other wetlands,’” he said. “I’m starting to change that now by introducing as ‘I’m the executive director of the Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy.”

BY MARY COLLEEN UNDERWOOD, HOTEL CALIFORNIA BY THE SEA
Hotel California by the Sea is a luxury addiction treatment program located in Newport Beach and Huntington Beach California treating men, women and young adults. In tandem with addiction, we also treat co-occuring disorders and eating disorders. Hotel California by the Sea offers all levels of care including detox, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and monitoring services. We are an individualized addiction treatment program and we tailor each of our client’s treatment plans to fit their unique needs.
Our mission at Hotel California by the Sea is to guide our clients on a path of recovery where they can experience freedom from their addictions and achieve success in sobriety and in society. 90%, if not more, of our staff hold years, even decades, of long-term sobriety. Having a staff of 200 plus individuals who know firsthand what our clients are going through is paramount to the success of our client’s ability to achieve sustainable recovery. Our staff can relate to our clients when no-one else can and our staff is empowered to share their experience, strength and hope which, as we’ve seen time and time again, can prove to be life saving. Our experienced and compassionate clinical staff walk side-by-side with our clients to find out what drove their addiction(s) in the first place for we believe that it is by first addressing these underlying and core issues that our clients are able to replace self-destructive behaviors such as using drugs and alcohol, with healthy and productive habits and behaviors. Our clinical team uses a variety of therapeutic interventions including but not limited to, EMDR, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Meditation, and art and music therapy.
Our staff is also trained to find out what our clients are passionate about and what drives and fulfills them. Hotel California by the Sea offers a variety of resources to assist our clients in achieving their hopes and dreams in life. We offer job search and placement assistance, life-coaching services and we walk our clients through the college and/or GED process.
At Hotel California by the Sea, we believe that hope is the greatest gift one can give to another. Since the day we opened our doors, Hotel California by the Sea has helped over 2,000 men, women and young adults rebuild their lives and become productive and compassionate members of society.
Hotel California by the Sea’s vision for the future is to continue to expand our resources nationally as much as we can in our fight against addiction. We’ve all been touched in some way or another by this deadly disease. Since we opened our doors in 2014, we have expanded our services significantly across The Greater Orange County Area and two years ago, we opened our outpatient program and luxury transitional living services in The Greater Seattle/Bellevue Area. Within the next few months, we will be expanding into Cincinnati Ohio, a city and state that have been hit harder than most in this tragic drug epidemic. Our goal has always been to help as many addicts and alcoholics achieve recovery as possible.
Client Testimonials:
“When I came to Hotel California by the Sea, my life was over. I had hit rock bottom in my addiction, lost my family, my job and my self-respect. Quite honestly, I hated myself and wanted to die. Then I came to HCBTS. This place saved my life. My case manager and therapist were supportive throughout my entire treatment stay and I couldn’t have done it without them. The entire staff welcomed me and supported me every single day. Today I am 1 year sober, I have my family back and I have a job again. My life is meaningful and I actually am learning to love myself. Thank you Hotel California by the Sea for not only saving my life but for giving me my life back. I will be forever grateful.”
“Hotel California by the Sea gave me the tools to return to a healthy manner of living. Their staff established a personal and caring environment for the healing process. My experience there has allowed me to move on with a life that is free of substances.”

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The Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts at Huntington Beach High School began its impressive journey in the heart of Orange County, California way back in 1993. Originally dubbed the School for Performing Arts (SPA), the name was changed in 1996, and APA was born. Since 1993 this highly regarded program for high school students has provided arts education and entertainment to the Surf City community and beyond. The school’s mission from the very start has been to provide a creative education that cultivates in students the focus, dedication and collaboration necessary to achieve limitless excellence in the arts. It is with much pride this year culminates in twenty-five years of growth and success, and a highly celebrated 25th Silver Anniversary.
APA recently celebrated their impressive 25th Anniversary milestone this April with its alumni students, parents, staff and faculty by presenting a revival of APA’s very first play, Noises Off! In addition to this spectacular play, a new Huntington Beach landmark was unveiled in the upstairs foyer of the Huntington Beach Union High School District auditorium. This historic mural, by local artist Melissa Murphy (2002 alumni of HBUHSD, a graduate from Edison High School), is a representation of Huntington Beach through the ages, showing various stages of historical points in Surf City, USA. The artwork represents Surf City in the 1900s-1930s, moving into the 1950s-1970s, and ending in modern day Huntington Beach, including Jack’s Surfboards, Pacific City, Huntington Beach Police Department, Huntington Beach Fire Department, Huntington Beach Art Center, Huntington Beach Public Library, International Surfing Museum, Ruby’s Diner, Huntington Beach Civic Center, Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, Golden West College, Old World Village, Newland House, Duke’s Restaurant, and Surf City Seniors.
The Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts is continuing its mission by “igniting the creative artists of the future.” APA is known for its award-winning theatre and musical theatre shows, accomplished dance program, strong orchestra, innovative Music Media and Entertainment Technology (MMET) program, and professional-grade, career-oriented Technical Theatre and Costume Design departments. HB APA provides master-level instruction in classical and popular music, dance, acting, playwriting, costume design and stagecraft to approximately 740 students each year. APA is the arts magnet program for the Huntington Beach Union High School District and its students take part in a huge variety of performances, awards ceremonies and various competitions in the district’s landmark auditorium and bell tower (built in 1926), always striving to represent the spirit and pride of the Surf City community.
The Academy for the Performing Arts is a proven, award-winning blueprint for success that offers outstanding, innovative, exemplary programs that address today’s modern performing art student’s changing needs. Each of APA’s nine top notch departments provide students with a wide range of classes, outings and specialized training; combining all aspects of instruction to put on numerous stage shows that are completely performed and produced by students in the program, achieving a level of acting, dance, modern music, orchestra and technical production rarely seen in high school, or even at the college level.
It is APA’s strong belief that performing arts are an integral part of educational opportunities for those that live in and around the Orange County and Los Angeles areas, home to much of our nation’s entertainment industry. It is this shared belief that brings forth hundreds of talented young hopefuls who audition for the Academy each year. The auditioning process is highly professional, rigorous, nerve wracking, and less than half that apply are accepted. In the end, APA boasts the cream of the crop of aspiring actors, theatre technicians, costumers, media talent, musicians, singers, and dancers. APA students are constantly learning by doing, and earning opportunities to perform in a variety of programs, dance concerts, plays, musicals and performing arts events open to the public.
The Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts program inspires an environment of creativity and students definitely benefit from being surrounded by like-minded peers, instructors and staff who share a deep passion for making and celebrating art. This is a place where students can strive for excellence and really engage in their own learning experience, ultimately creating a range of options for continued education, and quite possibly a career in the arts. However, regardless of whether a student continues to study or go for more, APA believes that as a result of immersing themselves in a creative arts environment in high school, these students will always be appreciative and supportive of the arts.
It can be said that few schools do it better than APA and on any given weekday at Huntington Beach High School there is a veritable riot of artistic activity happening. Whether it’s backstage with power tools, props and paint, or in the costume shop with dress forms, fabric and the whir of sewing machines, or in the black box with actors running their lines, or in the media studio recording, editing and creating the next gem, or the sound of beautiful music and talented voices filling the hallways of the M-building, sometimes it all seems never ending. Yet all of this emerging talent and colorful energy is what makes the Academy for the Performing Arts one of Southern California’s, and the country’s, best programs for budding young artists. The Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts is a true treasure in our own backyard.
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BY CRISTAL GONZALEZ, HB HOSPITAL
Huntington Beach Hospital, the first community hospital to be built in the City of Huntington Beach, celebrated its 50th Year Anniversary on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. The celebration began at 11:30 a.m. at the hospital’s entrance, where it all started.
Dignitaries, leaders, and staff gathered to commemorate the hospital’s accomplishments over the last 50 years. Among those in celebration was Lance Patrick Emma, the first baby to be born at Huntington Intercommunity Hospital, as it was first known. Emma happily shared his experiences at the hospital and the city he called home. He was joined by his mother Pat Emma, and wife Angie Emma as he was recognized for being a part of the hospital’s history.
In 1967, just one day after the hospital was dedicated, the maternity unit received their first patient. As the first all-electric hospital to be constructed in Orange County, the 141-bed facility was ahead of its time. The $2.1-million-dollar facility helped transform what was then among the fastest-growing cities in the nation into an urban community.
Emma and his mother became part of the hospital’s rich history 50 years ago. “Huntington Beach Hospital is wonderful. I am really happy that it is here for us and the community,” said, Pat Emma. She was overjoyed that she had the opportunity to meet the leadership, staff and community members that have helped Huntington Beach Hospital progress. Emma and his family were grateful to be a part of the hospital’s milestone.
In 2006, Prime Healthcare purchased Huntington Beach Hospital, which has been operating as the only not-for-profit hospital in Huntington Beach since 2013. “Our goal when we purchased Huntington Beach Hospital was to operate a quality hospital close to home for residents of the Huntington Beach area,” said Prem Reddy, MD, Chairman, President & CEO of Prime Healthcare. “Huntington Beach Hospital has a proud history and it has a strong and secure future. Congratulations to the hospital on its first 50 years and I look forward to their continuing service to the community.”
Throughout the course of Huntington Beach Hospital’s 50-year development, one thing has remained the same; the dedication and care of the employees and medical staff. Today, Huntington Beach Hospital has more than 450 employees and a medical staff of more than 200. Specialized service lines have continued to grow to include the geropsychiatric unit, behavioral health unit, emergency care, wound care, and surgical services to name a few.
Huntington Beach Hospital also recently announced their certification as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, an independent, non-profit organization. This collective achievement was made possible by the hospital’s patient-focused nurses, staff and committed physicians. Every second counts when it comes to stroke care and as the only hospital in the community, this certification will provide local patients with those crucial, extra lifesaving seconds in the event of a stroke.
The hospital’s commitment to excellence is also evidenced by its 2017 ranking of Top Performing Hospitals for the treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). This prestigious award would not have been possible without the hard work and determination of Huntington Beach Hospital’s staff and its relentless drive to provide quality care for each patient.
With over $200 million donated to the community since its founding, Huntington Beach Hospital will continue to evolve and serve the community in the best way it knows how: by providing quality, compassionate healthcare to the residents of Huntington Beach and surrounding cities.
The last 50 years have been a testament to the hard work and dedication that has been put into creating a quality, community hospital. “We are very grateful for the contributions that so many have made over the past fifty years. While we will never forget the past, we are intently focused on the future and meeting the evolving healthcare needs of Huntington Beach for the next fifty years,” said Richard M. Rowe, Pharm. D, CEO of Huntington Beach Hospital.
Founded in 1967, Huntington Beach Hospital is a 131-bed, not for profit, acute-care community hospital, and member of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)3 public charity. As the only hospital in Huntington Beach, Huntington Beach Hospital is proud to be the community hospital serving the residents of Huntington Beach and the surrounding area for the past 50 years. Fully accredited by The Joint Commission, and with nearly 200 physicians and more than 400 healthcare and other professionals on staff, our team is committed to providing outstanding service in a safe, comfortable, and caring environment. 

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