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.