the story of {open}

{open} opened its doors on November 15, 2003. In March of 2007, {open} relocated to mid-town Long Beach and its current location in the  4th Street business district known as “Retro Row.”

{open} is owned and operated by founders Sé Reed and shea M gauer.

sé reed

Sé is mesmerized by the concept of time and does not want to live in a world without paper. She got her BA in print journalism from CSULB and hasn’t wanted to leave Long Beach since. In addition to {open}, Sé develops and codes websites for folks like LA Record and Blood Is The New Black via her consulting company Sé Reed Media. She also serves as a specialty business advisor at the Small Business Development Center hosted at Long Beach City College and conducts seminars and workshops on various web and business development topics.

shea M gauer

In addition to {open}, shea contributes illustrations and editorial graphics for numerous local publications ( shea currently plays bass in local group Greater California, performs with the experimental duo smgsap and the Southern California Soundscape Ensemble, and is also a member of FLOOD, a local artist collective responsible for downtown long beach’s annual SoundWalk event, and various other installation events.