We’ve always been about business-as-unusual
Zaferia has been an essential commercial corridor in southern California since before Long Beach was incorporated
Established by risk takers and visionaries, Zaferia retains the same spirit today as it did in the early 1900s – fiercely independent, community-minded, and a bit off-kilter in the best ways.
And while it’s no longer the Red Cars of the Pacific Electric railroad that drop off a diverse crowd at the corner of Anaheim & Redondo for a drink or a theater show, those who find themselves in today’s Zaferia can still expect the unexpected.
We’re unlike anywhere else, yet quintessentially Long Beach. We have a vibrant food and bar scene, experimental stages, distinctive retail shops, professional and auto services, and design workshops that bring new styles to our streets. Experience us for a night out, or join our business community for generations.
About the Zaferia Business Association
The Zaferia Business Association (formerly known as the East Anaheim Street Business Alliance “EASBA”) is a nonprofit organization first formed in 1991, whose mission is to promote, enhance, and represent the business members of the Zaferia District.
Our members consist of business and commercial property owners representing the area from Junipero Avenue to the west, Pacific Coast Highway to the east, 11th Street to the south and 14th Street to the north. The ZBA conducts public relations and develops/sponsors activities that best advance the members and their businesses. The ZBA is a 501 C (6) not for profit corporation as determined by the IRS in July of 2011.
A Rancho, a railroad, and an earthquake: The history of Zaferia
Read more about the fascinating rise of the Zaferia district, and learn how this thriving neighborhood become the heart of Long Beach. Plus, what does the name “Zaferia” mean, anyway? Unravel the mystery and dive deep into the history of our district.
In what used to be outside the city limits of Long Beach, a small village inhabited by Mexican farm hands for Bixby’s Rancho Los Alamitos, was located at the foot of Signal Hill. Truck farms and small cottages were sprinkled among the mustard fields.
Henry Huntington laid tracks for the Pacific Electric Rail Road (Red Cars) Newport Beach line through this little town, with a stop at Anaheim Road and Redondo Avenue. He placed a sign on the depot: “Zaferia Station” reflecting the name of the area at the time.
Historic Zaferia Gallery
Research provided by Maureen Neeley, M.L.I.S.
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