Help Queen Mary’s Easter Morning 1000 Duck Hunt – Press Telegram

Queen Mary will host an Easter themed duck scavenger hunt on Sunday, March 31. (Photo courtesy of Queen Mary).

Long Beach residents will have the opportunity to take part in a unique Easter event this weekend, courtesy of the Queen Mary and her crew.

Instead of the classic Easter egg hunt, the Queen Mary will hide around 1,000 small duck figurines throughout the ship for people on board to search for – an event that aims to combine two recent duck-themed trends .

A few years ago, cruise ship passengers began hiding miniature ducks — personalized with tags that read “keep or hide, you decide” — for other passengers to find. It has become something of a scavenger hunt and has even gained such a buzz that onboard gift shops have stocked the creatures for purchase.

A similar trend – which has recently been popularized on the social media app TikTok – features people pranking their loved ones by hiding little ducks around their loved ones’ homes or workplaces.

Queen Mary’s duck hunt, combining both of these trends with the classic Easter egg hunt, aims to engage guests of all ages – and encourage them to explore the ship in all her glory.

Guests who find the 10 ducks can visit Queen Mary’s sweet shop, Piccadilly Delights, for a treat.

Queen Mary’s Easter Sunday Duck Hunt and Brunch will take place from 9am to 3pm on Sunday. A brunch reservation is required to participate in the duck hunt.

Visit the Queen Mary website for additional information and reservations.

Treats the dog

Belmont Shore dog owners will soon have a new local place to spoil their beloved furry friends — with the anticipated opening of “bark! belly!”, a retail store offering a variety of services.

“We’ve been known for dog day care, hotel, grooming (and) training facilities,” owner Danielle Portillo wrote in an email, “but now we’re entering the retail space.”

The business was originally established in Downtown Long Beach more than 15 years ago, according to its website, and bark! bark! later opened a second location in Signal Hill. They currently have a pop-up shop at the 2nd & PCH shopping center, Portillo said, which has been very successful since opening.

But bark! bark! is still expanding — and aims to open its newest location in the former Runners High storefront at 5338 2nd St. until Wednesday, May 1.

“Our new venture is a dog boutique and bar,” Portillo said.

Except bark!bark! treated bar, the storefront will offer a “barks’ n crafts” experience, where customers can create necklaces and friendship bracelets for their dogs.

“We’re providing a unique retail experience for our customers,” said Portillo, “that goes beyond just a store where you make a quick purchase.”

When the new location opens, Portillo said, it will be open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 to 20:00; and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m

Extra caffeine

Chapter II Cafe has opened in the former Moon Mountain Coffee storefront in Belmont Shore.

The new cafe, at 5277 2nd St., has an expanded menu including breakfast and lunch options. And don’t worry—the new owners are still offering Moon Mountain Coffee.

Green instruction

Long Beach residents Coby Skye and Gabrielle Weeks have teamed up to launch Blue Skye Environmental Consulting, LLC, which provides a variety of planning and consulting support to businesses looking to go green.

They offer a variety of services, including waste audits, sustainability plans and recommendations on how to navigate permitting and environmental regulations.

“Our experience in years of public service can help tackle any sustainability challenge or successfully launch a new initiative,” Skye wrote in an email.

To learn more, visit

Space Beach

The Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce held its second annual Space Beach Panel at the Hotel Maya on Tuesday, March 26.

Leaders from Boeing, Relativity Space, Rocket Lab, SpinLaunch and Vast Space spoke about the future of Long Beach and its role in the future of aerospace.

Mandy Vaughn, founder and CEO of GXO, Inc., served as the event moderator. Opening remarks were given by Long Beach Economic Development Director Bo Martinez and chamber president and CEO Jeremy Harris.

“Long Beach’s space industry continues to evolve and presents new and compelling opportunities for the business community and surrounding areas,” said Harris. “We are fortunate to have a growing aerospace sector in Long Beach that is leading the charge on so many fronts on the ground and in the air, and truly represents ‘Space Beach’ for California and the nation.”

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