On Tuesday the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce held its last meeting until September, and it was a little less formal than usual.
At the third annual Summer Blast, a crowd of mostly local merchants gathered at Joseph’s, a new restaurant beneath The Sands Atlantic Beach, to kick back and ring in the busiest season of the year.
“They work hard enough the whole year,” said Michael Kerr, the chamber president. “We want the merchants to relax and enjoy the night.”
More than 200 people sat at tables across the restaurant floor, filled the crystal-themed bar or hung out on the boardwalk behind the restaurant. The sounds of The Fog, a NY-based cover band, filled air as merchants and their guests took to the dance floor.
Kerr said the Blast is a pressure-free way for merchants to meet each other and network. For Ingrid Schwartz, mission accomplished. The title insurance agent met Christine Hallahan, a CPA, through Schwartz’s friend Michael Feldman, a financial planner.
“It’s been a great experience,” she said. “Wonderful business opportunities and making new friends, it’s nice.”