we sat down with new local business owner, dayna mance, to find out more about her grand opening of her cute ‘lil shop, prism boutique, in belmont heights and of course ask her our 7 questions.
1. how did you get here? “i started coming up to lb when i was living in laguna beach and immediately felt that this was a place that i fit in, and i saw myself living. i met an amazing group of friends when i moved here that showed me all the cool spots. i fell in love with my husband here, and we have a Spanish bungalow in rose park where we live with our beagle, pony.”
2. describe your long beach in 3 words… “my. happy. home”
3. if you had just 24 hours left in long beach, what would you do? “pick up some open sesame and a frosted cupcake and head down to bayshore to relax!”
4. is there anything about long beach you’d change? “i’d like to see even more people of my generation open small businesses here.”
5. why are you so passionate about what you do? “fashion, clothes, jewelry has always been my passion and inspiration. for many years, my dream has always been to have my own store and now it’s coming to life. i’m so excited to share it with people.”
6. what’s your favorite small business in long beach? “i’d have to say my dear friends shop, the bicycle stand. they have been a huge inspiration for me to take the risk of opening a business of your dreams and out your whole heart and self into it. i’m also a huge fan of viento y agua coffee shop, best “pbo” (peanut butter banana oat smoothie) you’ll ever have.”
7. what makes a true long beachian? “Whenever i’m driving into lb, whether from la or oc, i always feel a sense of happiness and relief when i get to lb.”
where & what: dayna and her team have since transformed a formerly run-down commercial space built in the 1930’s into a modern boutique that will carry a handpicked selection of statement-making apparel and accessories from emerging designers, plus artisan jewelry crafted in southern california. after more than ten years in the retail industry working for urban outiftters inc. and anthropologie, she left her management position and created prism boutique to follow her dreams of opening her own store and bringing the fashion she loves to the long beach community where she resides.