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Great Eats, Sweets at North MB Stroll

Talented chef/caterer and Manhattan Beach resident Tammy Lipps joins other North Manhattan Beach business owners for a Centennial Summer Stroll Thursday night. How about a freshly baked almond chocolate chip cookie from Cake Bakeshop or an edible spoon fr

North Manhattan Beach business owners will welcome visitors to their annual Summer Stroll Thursday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The free event, in which businesses offer special tastes, giveaways and offers, gives the public the opportunity to become acquainted with the ocean-close north end of town that surrounds Rosecrans Avenue near its intersection with Highland Avenue.

Two relatively new shops in North MB will feature some seriously good eats: will be handing out freshly baked almond chocolate chip cookies and the makers of Health Ade [the artisan Kombucha that is made in the shop] will be on hand handing out samples, and The Ripe Choice will offer edible spoons appetizers and desserts--a Cilantro Shrimp w/Avocado and Mango on Edible Corn and Lime spoons, Smore's on edible chocolate spoons and petite "grown-up" grilled cheese sandwiches.

The Ripe Choice is the newest addition to NMB, moving into the space that previously housed . Chef owner/caterer Tammy Lipps is an MB resident whose catering business required that she find a permanent kitchen to prepare her gourmet cuisine in. The NMB shop also gives her the chance to sell food to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, she told Manhattan Beach Patch on Tuesday.

Cake Bakeshop, which changed hands about a year ago when staff baker Laura Mandracchia took over as owner, will also hold a drawing for a 9-inch celebration cake.

, 401 Rosecrans Avenue, is offering free parking in their lot for the stroll.

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