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'Storage Wars' Stars Open New Shop in Long Beach

Jarrod Schulz and Brandi Passante of "Storage Wars" bring their fame and second-hand outlet to Long Beach.

Storage War stars Jarrod Schulz and Brandi Passante could not have picked a better day to celebrate the opening of their second Now And Then store, this one in Long Beach.

Located at 129 W. 5th Street just east of Pacific Avenue, the second-hand shop swung open its doors under sunny skies on Sunday, featuring reused items like clothing and household goods — some from the pair's successful bids on self-storage lockers.

The competition for contents in abandoned Southern California lockers is the basis for Storage Wars, the A&E Network series that is billed as a reality show but which has come under fire by one of its ex-stars as being staged. Producer Thom Beers has denied that charge.

Critics have written mixed reviews of the show, with one calling it "trivial and magnetic." 

Schulz and Passante, who are promoted as the "young guns" in the show, opened their first shop in Orange at 810 N. Tustin St. 

The unveiling of their Long Beach shop began with an obligatory ribbon cutting. They had a rather large crowd, numerous food trucks, a DJ and raffles during the day, along with deals on items that viewers may have seen in the popular A&E show.

Were you at the opening? Tell us about it in the comments and upload your photos!

Dave Newell March 11, 2013 at 02:31 AM
In my own personal opinion, I do not believe the show is rigged. I DO believe that Dave Hester should face some sanctions for the shill bidding he does just to drive up the price.
Eric March 11, 2013 at 09:28 PM
Look at the ghetto tagging on the walls, they will fit right in downtown, better there than ruining Bixby Knolls with that trashy shop
Jay Grosflam March 12, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Eric - arrogent much?
Jay Grosflam March 12, 2013 at 03:37 PM
arrogant*
Jacqueline March 13, 2013 at 04:53 AM
I love the show.. U two are funny
Scott Thompson April 13, 2013 at 04:32 AM
Went to check out Jarrod n Brandi's new store this past week . Really had a great experience, Josh the person tgat helped us was so knowledgeable and a real help to us. We will be returning on a regular basis! Its nice to go to a store with genuinely nice persons to assist the customers. Thanks again Josh, in hopes we can do business with all of you at Now and Then soon. Lizz n Scott
Scott Thompson April 13, 2013 at 04:33 AM
Went to check out Jarrod n Brandi's new store this past week . Really had a great experience, Josh the person that helped us was so knowledgeable and a real help to us. We will be returning on a regular basis! Its nice to go to a store with genuinely nice persons to assist the customers. Thanks again Josh, in hopes we can do business with all of you at Now and Then soon. Lizz n Scott

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