Welcome to Just Ask Molly

Thanks for visiting JustAskMolly.com. I am thrilled to have finally launched this site after talking about it for the last few years. 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 4 years at UCLA and the last 27 years of 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 have finally launched Just ask Molly.com in hopes of creating 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!

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Happy Spring 2015

Happy Spring ! Please save the date for several fun local charity events ….

Once again, the very active South Bay charity season is about to kick-off. I look forward to these great events each year as they seem to keep getting bigger and better and all support very deserving local charities, started by good friends of mine. So without further adieu, here is the run-down….

Kids Play

Thursday April 23rd– 6:30pm-9:30pm

The 6th Annual “Cocktails for a Cause “benefiting Kids Play Intl. Join 3x Olympian, Tracy Evans, along with The Irish Girls,  and several other Olympic athletes, for a fun night of wine tasting, music, appetizers and a great silent auction at, a new location this year, the Belamar Hotel in Manhattan Beach. Buy your tickets today at www.kidsplayintl.org.

 

Verte Fundraiser

Friday May 30th – Grades of Green’s Annual Verte 2015

Once again this party will be held at the MBS Media Campus and will feature a cocktail reception with Patron tequila Bars, margarita bikes and a photo booth, an amazing silent auction a great sit down dinner and dancing to the sounds of Manhattan Beach’s own, Joe’s Band. Buy your tickets now before this great event sells out, www.Gradesofgreen.org

 

Wine Auction Logo

Saturday June 13th – 21st Annual Manhattan Beach Wine Auction benefiting the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation.

Mark your calendars as tickets go on sale on May 1st at www.manhattanwineauction.com and usually sell out within hours. Grab your friends for a fun night of wine tasting under the stars at the Manhattan Beach Country Club.

 

White Nite

Saturday July 18th– The 9th Annual “White Light White Night” Party benefiting another fabulous charity, Walk with Sally.

This is a special evening with over 1500 South Bay locals dressed in their finest white attire enjoying a “Taste of the Southbay” , cocktails by Patron and winetasting by Uncorked, a great silent auction and dancing to the sounds of Super Diamond all while benefiting, Walk with Sally. Tickets will go on sale soon at www.walkwithsally.org

Enjoy this fabulous Spring weather and I hope to see you on the Southbay Charity circuit soon!

 

Cheers, Molly

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How is it even possible that the Holidays are upon us?

How is it even possible that the Holidays are upon us? This year has flown by once again and here we are in the middle of November thinking about the big upcoming Rivalry Game, the UCLA-USC Game on Saturday November 22nd as well as Thanksgiving and Christmas. Here are several not-to-be missed events that are coming up in the next two months….

Wed. Nov. 19th 6:00-9:00 PM – Manhattan Beach Holiday Open House and Pier Lighting: Join local restaurants, businesses and retail stores for a fun night of shopping and dining and strolling the streets of downtown Manhattan Beach. Christmas Carolers and Santa Claus and his helpers will be on hand to set the mood and officially kick-off the holiday season. The stores will stay open until 9:00 PM so you can get a jump start on your Christmas shopping and many will be offering special discounts and holiday promotions. The Mayor will flip the switch at 7:00 PM and illuminate the pier with holiday lights. This is a great Community event put on by our local restaurants, retail stores and businesses as a thank you to the Manhattan Beach Community for their patronage and support throughout the year.

Fri. Nov. 21st 7:00-11:00 PM – The 6th Annual Revelry before the Rivalry Party at the Bel Air Bay Club in the Pacific Palisades benefitting the Wooden Athletic Fund at UCLA. This is a great event with former legends and athletes and hundreds of UCLA alumni and friends. It features an open bar, wine tasting , gourmet food stations, a silent auction and dancing to the sounds of “The Tijuana Dogs”. To buy tickets for this very special evening, please call 310-206-3302 or go to www.woodenathleticfund.com/revelry.  Go Bruins !

Sun. Dec. 14th 4:00-8:00 – Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks Festival-This is hands down one of the best nights of the year in Manhattan Beach.  Head down to the pier with your family and friends starting at 4:00 for the opening of the Sketchers Snow Park and to secure your spot for the fireworks viewing. Santa Claus arrives at 5:00 and local bands lead a sing-along of your favorite Christmas carols. The incredible fireworks display starts at 7:00 and it is seriously one of the best shows that you have ever seen. Each year it seems it gets better and better! * Bring Beach chairs, and blankets and coolers to secure your spot. This is a fabulous night in Manhattan Beach and is guaranteed to get you in the Holiday spirit.

Hope to see you at one or all of the above Events!!

Cheers! Molly

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3 New & Exciting restaurants coming to Manhattan Beach!

Manhattan Beach is getting ready for the opening of 3 new and exciting restaurants that will definitely be great additions to the already hot and happening downtown MB Dining scene.

Opening last Monday for lunch and dinner (Breakfast will be served soon), in the former Sashi space in the Metlox Plaza is Nick’s Manhattan Beach. They did a really nice job on the renovation and added a great bar and an open kitchen and a large indoor/outdoor dining area. We were able to attend the soft opening and the staff was very friendly and attentive and the food was fabulous. There is something for everyone on the menu from Herb Roasted Chicken (which was delicious by the way) to a tasty filet mignon, classic burgers, delicious soups and salads and much more. Definitely will be a hot spot in no time!

Love & Salt which is in the former Café Pierre space is about to open in the next couple of weeks and will be an Italian restaurant with wood fired pizzas and homemade yummy pastas. They also did a very nice renovation and with Chef Michael Fiorelli & Rebecca Merhej, both former chefs at Terranea Resort as well as Guy Gabriele and his daughter Sylvie both formerly of Café Pierre, the new venture is sure to be a smashing success.

Lastly, The Arthur J which will be opening in mid 2015 in the former Circa space is bound to be another new MB Hotspot. The Arthur J is brought to you by the Simm’s Brothers (Simmzy’s, Tin Roof, MB Post, Fishing with Dynamite) and the fabulous Chef David Le Fevre (MB Post, Fishing with Dynamite). The restaurant is named after Mike & Chris Simm’s Grandfather, Arthur who was a Manhattan Beach local for years. According to Chef David, the restaurant will be steak-centric but not a traditional steak house. Stay tuned! It is very exciting.

On another note, check out this great opportunity to own a 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath, ocean view condo with a private roof top deck in the heart of Manhattan Beach.

http://www.thehobincompany.idxco.com/i/5599/Mollys_Beach_Listings

Walking distance to everything, the beach, all of the fabulous restaurants and boutiques, the pier and more. You never even have to get in your car. Priced to sell at $1,180,000. If you know of anyone looking to purchase, please send them my way. Thanks very much!

Cheers ! Molly

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Happy Spring ! Save the Date for several fun local charity events…

It is hard to believe that our very harsh winter is over (ha!) and Spring is here which means the kick-off to the South Bay’s action packed Charity season. The following events are some of my favorites, not only are they always a really fun time, but they all benefit very deserving local charities that were started by good friends of mine. So, without further delay, here is the run down…

Thursday April 10th– The 5th Annual “Cocktails for a Cause” benefiting Kids Play Intl. Join 3 x Olympian, Tracy Evans along with The Irish Girls for a fun night of wine tasting, music, appetizers and a silent auction all in the courtyard of the Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach. To purchase tickets, go to www.kidsplayintl.org

Friday June 6th – Grade’s of Green’s Annual Verte 2014. This is always a great event with amazing entertainment, a great silent auction and fun surprise honorees benefiting Manhattan Beaches own, www.Gradesofgreen.org .

Saturday June 14th – 20th Annual Manhattan Beach Wine Auction benefiting the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation. Mark your calendars as tickets go on sale May 1st at www.Manhattanwineauction.com and usually sell out within a few hours. Grab your friends and go for a fun night of wine tasting under the stars at the Manhattan Beach Country Club.

Saturday July 19th – The 8th Annual White Light White Night Party benefiting another fabulous local charity, Walk with Sally.  This is a very special night with everyone dressed in their favorite white attire enjoying the sounds of a soon to be announced big name artist, bidding on amazing items in the enormous silent auction and sampling food and drinks from many local restaurants with a “Taste of the Southbay”. More information will be coming soon but make sure to put these events on your calendar so you don’t miss out. In the meantime, enjoy this fabulous spring weather and I look forward to seeing you on the Southbay Charity circuit soon.

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Save the Date for 3 Great Manhattan Beach Holiday Events 2013

Sunday, October 27th, 2013, Manhattan Beach Pier
11:00am – 5:00pm  – World Famous Pumpkin Races

Pumpkin Race

Pumpkin Race Car
Head down to the pier at noon and watch the very competitive world famous pumpkin races. This is a hilarious event that started in Manhattan Beach in 1990 and has been happening every year since. It is fun for the whole family. Prizes are awarded for the most creative, best costume, best crash and of course the fastest. Watch out for cheaters, their pumpkins will be smashed by the Mallet O’ Justice. The finals start at 4:00. For a complete schedule of events check out www.pumpkinraces.com

 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 – 5:00 – 9:00 pm

Manhattan Beach Holiday Open House & Pier Lighting

Christmas in Manhattan Beach

 

Join local restaurants, businesses and retail stores for a fun night of shopping and dining and strolling the streets of downtown Manhattan Beach. Christmas carolers and Santa and his helpers will be on hand to set the mood and officially kick-off the Holiday season. The stores will stay open until 9:00 and many will be offering special discounts and promotions. The Mayor will flip the switch at 7:00 pm and illuminate the pier with holiday lights. This is a great community event put on by the local restaurants and retail stores and businesses as a Thank You to the Manhattan Beach community for their patronage and support throughout the year.

www.DowntownManhattanBeach.com/

Sunday, December 8th 3:00-8:00 Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks Festival

Fireworks in Manhattan Beach on Christmas

This is hands down one of the best nights of the year in Manhattan Beach. Head down to the pier with your whole family starting at 3:00 for the opening of the Skecher’s Snow Park. Bring blankets, beach chairs and coolers to secure your spot on the beach or on the Strand or on Manhattan Beach Blvd. for the fireworks viewing. Santa arrives at 4:00 and the John Brown Band as well as several other local bands lead a sing a-long of your favorite Christmas carolers. The incredible fireworks show which is choreographed to holiday music starts at 7:00 and there is another fireworks show by Sketcher’s at 8:30. This seriously is always one of the best fireworks shows you have ever seen. This very special night in Manhattan Beach is guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit. Looking forward to seeing you at all 3 of these great holiday events! Cheers !!

www.mbfireworks.com/?link=celebration

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Happy Summer

Happy Summer !  Where has the time gone? It has been a crazy spring with the local Manhattan Beach Real Estate market in a complete frenzy. Our inventory remains at an all -time low, interest rates remain very low (although have just crept up a bit in the last two weeks), and the Buyer demand continues to be extremely strong. This creates a frenzy with multiple offers on most properties and sales happening extremely quickly with most properties selling above the listing price and often all cash. The bottom line is, if you are a Seller, it is a great time to sell. If you are a Buyer, you better have your Pre-Qual letter in hand, and be prepared to move quickly should you find a property you wish to purchase. As always, if you would like any information on the current residential market, please do not hesitate to contact me Molly@Thehobincompany.com or 310-546-2257. My business is based on 100% referrals so I do really appreciate you keeping me in mind should you have any friends or family members who may be interested in Buying or Selling?

Now on to the fun stuff…..There is nothing better than Summer in the Southbay and that means an endless supply of fun events. Here are two not to be missed that are coming up…

Thursday June 20th

The Walk with Sally, White Light, White Night Kick-off party at 200 Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach. Come join the Irish Girls and Walk with Sally and lots of other Southbay locals for a fun night featuring winetasting by Uncorked, cocktails by Patron, music provided by Vox DJ’s and appetizers by Gum Tree, That Greek Place and Silvio’s BBQ. You will also have the opportunity to buy tickets to the South bay’s best party of the Summer,www.whitelightwhitenight.org Tickets for the kick-off party are $20.00 at the door.

Saturday July 27th

White Light White Night 2013 will be held this year at the Manhattan Beach Studios. Get out your favorite white dress or white slacks and shirts and hats and join hundreds of South Bay locals for a very special evening benefiting Walk with Sally. Enjoy a Taste of Southbay, Cocktails by Patron, Winetasting by Uncorked, an amazing silent auction, and dance the night away to the sounds of Big Bad Voo Doo Daddy. This is truly a fabulous event raising money for a very worthy cause. For more info. Check out www.whitelightwhitenight.org .

In addition to these two great charity events, there are numerous other events taking place this summer. Concerts in the Park kicks off on Sunday June 23rd with the “Hyperion Serenaders “and runs every Sunday through Labor Day at Polliwog park.  Get there early to get a good spot!  Music starts at 5:00 and you can bring your beach chairs, a picnic dinner and your vino for a fun night of music in the park.

The now infamous Charlie Saikley 6-man beach Volleyball Tournament returns to the Manhattan Beach pier this year on July 31st and August 1st. This event is always entertaining to watch as all of the teams compete in costume. It is hilarious!

Stay tuned for the Opening of Little Sister coming in the next few weeks to the space formerly occupied by Hamptons. The Pan-Asian inspired restaurant from the guys behind Abigail’s in Hermosa should be a great addition to our downtown Manhattan Beach dining scene.

Enjoy this beautiful Weather!  I hope to see you out and about at many of our local events this summer.  Cheers !!

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Save the Date for 3 Great Local Charity Events

First off on February 20th is the “Networking Matters” event sponsored by the Bank of Manhattan.  This event in its’ 4th year, brings together over 250 local professionals for a fun night of networking, eating and drinking all while benefiting two local charities, the Toberman Neighborhood Center and the Peninsula Seniors. The event will be held at the recently renovated, Manhattan Country Club from 6:00-9:00 PM. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to www.LAnetworkingmatters.com.

Another great charity event coming up on Saturday, February 23rd at The Knights of Columbus Hall in Manhattan Beach from 6:30-11:00 is the 5th Annual Mulligan Fundraiser benefiting the St. Sebastian Sports Project. Come join us for Dinner, Drinks, Entertainment and an Auction while raising much needed funds to support sports opportunities for Catholic inner-city youth. To purchase tickets, please go to www.saintsebastianproject.org .

Finally, on April 11th at the Bel Air Bay Club in the Pacific Palisades is the Grades of Green, “Verte 2013” honoring Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company. This will be a really fun night in a fabulous setting over-looking the Pacific Ocean with cocktails, dinner and live entertainment. Grades of Green was founded in Manhattan Beach three years ago by four of my girlfriends and today they are in 4 countries, 26 states and over 165 schools. How cool is that? Their mission is to inspire and empower kids and the broader school community to care for the environment. This years’ Verte 2013 is going to be a very special night. Tickets are available at www.GradesofGreen.org.

I hope to see you at all of these fabulous events benefiting three very deserving local charities!

Cheers!
Molly

 

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Pitfire Pizza Grand Opening and Community Day and You are Invited!

Great News !Pitfire Pizza is Opening in Manhattan Beach on Wednesday January 30th and they are having a special community Day. 100% of the net proceeds from the sales between 11:00 AM and 10:00 PM on their Opening Day will benefit one of my very favorite local charities, Walk with Sally. Walk with Sally is a wonderful charity providing mentoring support to children whose parents or siblings have cancer. www.walkwithsally.org .

So, Please come down to Pitfire Pizza located at 401 Manhattan Beach Blvd. (corner of Morningside ) on Wednesday January 30th and let’s pack the restaurant and Welcome Pitfire to Manhattan Beach and raise a lot of much needed funds for Walk with Sally. Hope to see you there ! Spread the word and Bring your friends. Thanks so much ! Molly

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Commit to get Fit in 2013 and Win an iPod Shuffle

As we kick off the New Year, I am sure that you like yours truly and many other people have made it a goal or a New Year’s resolution to “commit to get fit”. My favorite work out place is Fit-On Studios, a local boutique studio offering indoor cycling, Barre and TRX classes. It is located at 2709 N. Sepulveda Blvd. at the corner of Marine and Sepulveda and has lots of convenient parking in the back. The owners, local Manhattan Beach residents and friends of mine, Franca Stadvec and Angela Bennett along with their husbands, Michael and Taylor, have done an amazing job creating a really fun exercise studio with a great vibe and a real sense of community. They offer classes for every fitness level and at different times throughout the day so you are sure to find one that fits your busy schedule. My favorite is the 6:00 AM indoor cycling class on Tuesday and Thursdays. The music is always great and it is so nice to get my work-out over and done with and be back in my kitchen having my coffee by 7:15 AM. It is a fabulous start to the day! Check out www.fitonstudios.com for a complete schedule of classes and for more information.

If you prefer working out in your own home, check out this new amazing piece of exercise equipment, Core Stix, www.corestix.com invented by local Manhattan Beach resident Kregg Koch & his partner Mike Kadar, the strength and conditioning coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins. This light –weight, easy to use training device can be used for every muscle group in your body and provides an incredible low-impact full body work-out. For more information and to purchase your own core stix go to www.corestix.com. Be sure to tell them Just ask Molly sent you!

Finally, if you haven’t already signed up to receive our Just ask Molly Blog, Sign up now before January 31st and you will be entered into a drawing to win an iPod shuffle or a Just ask Molly tank top. Tell your friends.

Wishing you all a fabulous and Fit 2013!

Cheers ! Molly

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A Few Last Minute Local Shopping Ideas For The Holidays

If you haven’t finished your shopping just yet, don’t worry there is still time. Here are a few of my favorite local stores that have amazing gifts for everyone on your list.

Bella Beach/Bella Beach Kids – 227 Manhattan Beach Blvd.

www.Shopbellabeach.com

From cute party dresses and festive tops to beach bags and shoes and jewelry and warm flannel pj’s, Bella Beach & Bella Beach Kids has it all. Great selections from your favorite designers including one of yours truly’s all -time favorites, Lilly Pulitzer. Stop in and visit Kris or Heather and they will help you find the ideal gift.

 

Tabula Rasa Essentials – 919 Manhattan Avenue

www.Tabularasamb.com

From the moment you walk through the door of Tabula Rasa Essentials, you are on sensory overload. The place smells amazing ! From beautifully scented candles and room diffusers to exotic body lotions and soaps, the selection is endless. You will also find an amazing selection of beachy home accessories and coffee table books and a great assortment of jewelry. You will have no problem finding fun stocking presents or a special gift for everyone on your list. Maureen and her amazing staff will be very happy to help you.

For the Wine Lovers or Beer Lovers on your list, you must stop in and visit with Kathy, Jeff & Gerry at Uncorked Hermosa located at 302 Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach. www.uncorkedhermosa.com . They have an incredible selection of wines and craft beers as well as a lot of really fun gifts. From gift baskets that are ready to go to wine charms and chardonnay scented candles to the very popular corksicles, you are sure to find the ideal gift. How about the gift that keeps on giving every month? A membership to the Uncorked Wine Club is perfect for your special wine lover.

If you are thinking that a Gift Card might be the way to go, Check out two of my amazing friend’s local companies, www.erincondren.com for a great selection of fun note cards, life planners, photos on canvas, calendars and gift boxes and www.Birdaria.comfor bright, happy & inspiring wall art for a home, baby’s room or office.

Good Luck finishing up your Holiday shopping. Remember to mention www.Justaskmolly.com sent you when you visit any of my local favorite businesses above.

I hope you take some time to enjoy your friends and family during this holiday season as that is what it is really all about. Cheers to a fabulous 2013 !!!

Molly

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