Welcome to Just Ask Molly

Thanks for stopping by. JustAskMolly.com is a free local resource for friends, family, clients and potential clients of The Hobin Company. It is meant to be a fun site with local resources, favorite hot spots, and a weekly blog featuring upcoming events, new restaurant openings, local real estate news, travel adventures and more. For some reason, while I was growing up in Northern California with my three younger brothers, and throughout high school, my years at UCLA and during my real estate career, my family and friends would always say "Just Ask Molly". I would constantly get calls and emails with questions like, "I am going to be in Santa Monica tonight and where should I go for dinner? " or "I am going to San Francisco where should I stay?" or "I need the name of a good plumber " ? So... after much urging from my three brothers, I launched JustAskMolly.com to create a database with local resources and fun places that I have been or that have come highly recommended to me by others. Check back frequently for updates and sign up for the blog. Thanks very much!


California Dreaming Monopoly

“MANHATTAN BEACH, CA —MONOPOLY lovers rejoice! The new California Dreaming edition is now on sale and it captures the essence of California cool. What’s more, it was designed by Manhattan Beach-based and internationally renowned artist Kathleen Keifer.

Keifer, who has a studio at 932 Manhattan Beach Blvd, stopped all other work for six months to focus solely on the game. “Every detail on the board is original,” she said. She also added three unique, plated die-cast tokens—a yacht, a jet plane, and a woodie surfboard—to complement the iconic shoe, Scotty dog, and top hat.

The game takes players on a visually stunning journey that captures the Golden State’s diverse architecture and cultures, crossing the Pacific Coast Highway along Route 66 to Sunset Boulevard, while touching other famous boulevards and iconic locations from San Diego to San Francisco with stops in Los Angeles, Hollywood, Palm Springs, and famed beach cities.

LA Magazine described her California Dreaming as, “fluidly capturing pop culture in a tapestry of layered color.”

The new game, as well as original works of art created for and inspired by the game, are available for purchase at www.kathleenkeifer.com.”


Source :https://patch.com/california/manhattanbeach/monopoly-gets-cool-make-over-manhattan-beach-artist

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MB Pier Aquarium re-opens!

The Roadhouse Aquarium Teaching Center, located at the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier, reopened this past weekend on Saturday, April 3rd! Up to 12 people can enjoy the aquarium at a time and they are allowing visitors 15 minute sessions to explore. Have fun learning about life under the sea!

The Roundhouse is open from 2 to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.  

They will be accepting walk-ups but you can reserve a slot to visit the Roundhouse online at https://roundhouseaquarium.org/health-and-safety-guidelines/.

The Roadhouse Aquarium is also offering a 4 part virtual Earth Day series that you can check out and reserve here :  https://roundhouseaquarium.org/earthmonth/

Roundhouse Aquarium - Roundhouse Aquarium Teaching Center - Manhattan  Beach, California
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Happy Easter weekend!

Wishing everyone a happy and safe Easter weekend! May your weekend be filled with lots of quality family time and a perhaps a bit of relaxation that we all so deserve. God bless!

Happy Easter - Village of Colonie, NY
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Tabula Rasa – Spring Event!

Tabula Rasa has a special offer going until Saturday April 3rd : Save 25% off all Vietri collection items !

Looking for Easter gifts or some fun new items to spruce up your home for Spring – look no further. Tabula Rasa has you covered!

Tabula Rasa’s DT MB location: 919A Manhattan Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA, 90266


#TabulaRasa #DTMB #ManhattanBeach #spring #SpringSale #exclusiveevent #shoplocal #downtownmanhattanbeach #beachliving #manhattanbeachluxury #livingthedreaminmanhattanbeach #justaskmolly #hobincompany

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Tuesdays @ MB’s famous farmer’s market!

Here, in Manhattan Beach, we LOVE Tuesdays! As the days gets warmer each week let’s all meet up at our local Manhattan Beach farmer’s market! They are bringing out new vendors each week and there are so many new fruits and veggies in season to pick from. Personally, I can’t get enough of the fresh berries and specialty breads from Bread Blok. See you there!

Market hours are 11-3pm – entrance is on Morningside and 13th Street.⠀📍326 13th Street #90266

#buildingcommunity #goodfood #tuesdays #supportlocal #manhattanbeachliving #mbfm #manhattanbeachfarmersmarket #southbay #smallfarms #supportlocalbusiness #locallygrownproduce #wellness #healthy

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Home by Design – April Issue

Hi everyone! My newest issue of Home By Design has hit the news stands! This month’s magazine is about ‘Suite Dreams: The Bedroom Issue’ and highlights ways to revamp your bedroom depending on your personal style. You don’t want to miss it as we are spending more and more time at home and having a good nights sleep should never be overlooked!

We have copies galore and would love to send you a copy! Please drop a comment so we can add you to our mailing list and you can receive a special copy of my Home By Design magazine straight to your doorstep. We have extras here in the office too so feel free to drop by next time you are exploring Downtown Manhattan Beach – Bailey loves visitors! See you soon!
#homebydesign #manhattanbeach #mailinglist #justaskmolly #hobincompany

Come on by and grab a copy!
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Top o’ the mornin’ and Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! Wear some green and grab a pint of Guinness at one Hennessey’s 3 locations – Hermosa Beach, Redondo or Manhattan! Some other fun spots are H.T. Grill in Redondo where they will be serving up Corned Beef and Reubens and Patrick Molloy’s in Hermosa where you can grab some festive green beer! Cheers!

#stpatricksday2021 #southbay #hennesseys #supportlocal

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Homie MB’s last days!

We are very sad to see our favorite local café in Manhattan Beach go so soon. My go to item was the Border Crossing Bowl and Tom’s fave was the Hunni Burger! It truly is bittersweet and they will be incredibly missed! Try and stop by before their final day next Monday, March 22nd, to send them off in style! They have a little shop inside too – great for gifts! #supportlocal #localbusiness #womanowned #manhattanbeach

Address: 1140 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Post from Kelley Bailey Haley, Homie business owner:

“As many already know, today is Day 1 of homie’s last week. For the next 7 days of this “bittersweet” final week I am going to attempt to paint a picture in words detailing the highlights (and low lights) of my more memorable stories. So here goes: Nugget #1: in the past 3 years we’ve served 28, 891 Honey Lavender Latte. It’s true. I have this super nifty POS system that can search specific sales records in a few short key strokes. By my modest calculations I personally poured over 20K of these babies myself. Nugget #2: Can you say ‘Best Breakfast Burrito’ in the entire South Bay. How do I know that? Not only am I told they are THE BEST every single day, but we’ve pumped out 37, 314 of these bad boys and the momentum keeps building. I am proud to make people happy with my signature food and drinks. Stay tuned my friends❤️ #Manhattanbeach #inittowinit #girlstrong

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Restaurant Review – JOEY MB

We highly recommend Joey Manhattan Beach which just opened last week in Manhattan Village across from CPK. We had a great dinner there last night on their covered heated patio. The food was amazing and the service was top notch and it was a really fun atmosphere. Looking forward to going back soon. #joeymanhattanbeach #outdoordining

Do-It-All Canadian Chain Joey Opens Big in Manhattan Beach Next Week -  Eater LA

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March Issue of Home By Design Magazine!

The Manhattan Beach Dining Scene is about to change drastically for the better. In addition to all of our great local restaurants that have made it through the past year, there are several new restaurants slated to open in the next few months. The Manhattan Village Mall which is undergoing a huge $250 million renovation will be home to many of the new restaurants that are soon to open. They are as follows..

  • Edo Little Bites which will serve breakfast pastries, salads, sandwiches and lasagna and pizza.
  • Joey Manhattan Beach which is set to open on March 4th, 2021 and will serve fast casual food with Asian, Mediterranean and American dishes.
  • Sunlife Organics which serves smoothies and acai bowls.
  • Dan Modern Chinese which we are very excited about as Manhattan Beach really needs a good Chinese restaurant. It will serve modern Chinese food as its’ name suggests and is supposed to open in May.
  • Smashburger is supposed to open in June and will serve burgers and fries and salads and chicken sandwiches etc.
  • Sidecar Doughnuts and Coffee is also supposed to open in June and will have yummy doughnuts and really good coffee.
  • Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream has over 60 locations throughout the Country and is supposed to open in June as well.
  • Sweetgreen is a healthy national chain with salads, chicken plates and bowls.
  • Silverlake Ramen is scheduled to open in August and is a casual noodle and Ramen shop.

In addition to these restaurants, Eddie V’s is set to open on Rosecrans and will have a huge outdoor dining patio and prime seafood and steak, hand crafted cocktails and live Jazz nightly. Esperanza is soon to open in downtown Manhattan Beach in the former Shark’s Cove space. It is being opened by the same owners as Palmilla in Hermosa Beach and Tower 12 and Shark’s Cove and is sure to have really incredible Mexican food in a very cool modern new building. Lastly, one of the many casualties of the
Corona Virus and the restaurants being shut down, was that Costa Manhattan Beach closed its’ doors permanently. The good news is that the current owners plan to open a yet to be named new concept in the next few months. Stay tuned for more news on that one! Wishing you all a very heathy and safe Spring and I hope to see you out and about at one of our many new or established fabulous local restaurants.

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