Business Spotlight / February 20, 2018 Chirp Karaoke Café Connects Kids and Parents Through Music

By Emily G. Peters Who says that karaoke is reserved solely for the tipsy or the tone deaf? Kids can have their moment in the spotlight too—that’s where Chirp Karaoke Café in Pasadena comes in. Ideal for anyone from casual singers to the next generation of The Voice hopefuls, this ingenious bit of kid-focused fun...

Business Spotlight / February 13, 2018 Happy Hour Vibes at Home Brewed Bar

By Emily G. Peters Flavor-seeking caffeine fiends should make their way to Home Brewed Bar, a Pasadena cafe distilling new flavors from the classics. Managed by “renegade entrepreneur” Brian Molina, Home Brewed Bar’s painstaking “Toddy” technique creates a smoother, less acidic base for its inventive cold-brewed concoctions. “I want people to see that coffee and...

Business Spotlight / February 6, 2018 “Helping One Person Every Day” at Hope Café in Pasadena

By Emily G. Peters With more than a thousand nonprofits to look out for the well-being of others, in many ways Pasadena is a people-centric city. Hope Café and Catering is doing its part by bringing Hope—Helping One Person Every day—to those society may deem “unemployable.” “Our mission is to reach the outcast, outsourced and...

Business Spotlight / February 2, 2018 Stationery Artisan KC Hopper Invites You to Go Local

By Emily G. Peters Say what you will about Valentine’s day, but a gift or card is never a bad idea. With last week’s business spotlight on flowers, Monrovian stationery artisan KC Hopper makes a fitting combination for the upcoming holiday or any special event. Passing through a few hands in its 13-year history, KC...

Business Spotlight / January 23, 2018 Aquarela Gifts and Flowers

By Emily G. Peters Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote that “the world laughs in flowers”—a sentiment well-captured by Aquarela Gifts and Flowers in Monrovia. The creative outlet of mother-daughter duo Alejandra (Ale) and Dorys Gonzalez, this flower shop puts a whimsical spin on everything from their designs to business name. “Aquarela is a translation of...

Business Spotlight / January 18, 2018 Restoring the Vanishing Skill of Quilting at Cat’s Quilting Corner

By Emily G. Peters “A vanishing skill.” That’s how Monrovia-based shop owner Cathy “Cat” Knudtson refers to the art of quilting—one she’s saved from the brink of extinction at her quilt supply shop, Cat’s Quilting Corner. “Cat’s Quilting Corner was dreamed up several years ago, but in 2016 it became a reality,” said Knudtson. “My...

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Taking Pasadena Beyond the Olive
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Taking Pasadena Beyond the Olive

By Emily G. Peters Epicure Lisa Grabow recently posted an Instagram picture with the caption “I’ve got olives in my pockets, olio nuovo in my mouth and hand and customers on my mind. A delicious day!” It neatly sums up why she can accurately call her business Beyond the Olive. Grabow’s involvement with Beyond the…

Dual Crossroads Sheds New Light on New Age
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Dual Crossroads Sheds New Light on New Age

By Emily G. Peters Located at a literal crossroads by the Metro Gold Line in South Pasadena, Dual Crossroads invites you to explore your light and dark sides at this New Age boutique. Barely a year old, the shop got its start when owner Jennifer Maimone saw the light at the end of her corporate…

Float Lifts Us Up Where We Belong
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Float Lifts Us Up Where We Belong

By Emily G. Peters Pasadena’s Burlington Arcade is a rainbow—and Float its pot of gold. Fixed at the end of the dreamiest alleyway in town, this cafe has a fresh set of owners who are introducing small—but delicious—additions to Float’s popular menu. “It’s like a fresh coat of paint, learning something new every day” said…

Storiad Gives Indie Authors a Fighting Chance
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Storiad Gives Indie Authors a Fighting Chance

By Emily G. Peters Here’s a story of a man named Ramzi Hajj—and his determination to give independent authors a shot at success. Together with web developer wiz Nathan Tyler, the pair founded Storiad: a platform designed to solve marketing woes for writers. The software allows authors (and publishers) to customize bookselling campaigns step-by-step, saving…

Welcome Home to Charlie’s House
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Welcome Home to Charlie’s House

By Emily G. Peters Walking into Charlie’s House in Old Town Monrovia feels like strolling into the home of your most stylish, hospitable friend. And it should—owner Kristin Miller runs the gift and home decor boutique independently, with a little help from her husband and parents. The result reflects Miller’s talent for warm, airy interior…

Monsieur Crêpe Brings French Cafe Culture to L.A.
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Monsieur Crêpe Brings French Cafe Culture to L.A.

By Emily G. Peters Near the base of the “Village of the Foothills,” French bistro Monsieur Crêpe is bringing a little piece of Paris to the sidewalks of Sierra Madre. To chef Aurelien “Tony” Mosconi, the hamlet’s evolving food scene is about as close to European cafe culture as you can get in Los Angeles….

Brooks Berdan, Ltd. – By Audiophiles, For Audiophiles
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Brooks Berdan, Ltd. – By Audiophiles, For Audiophiles

By Emily G. Peters There’s audio equipment—and then there’s Brooks Berdan. Founded by husband-and-wife team Sheila Berdan and the late Brooks Berdan, this impressive shop has been supplying audio junkies with their fix for nearly 30 years. Specializing in high end audio gear and installation, Brooks Berdan was highly respected in the audio industry throughout…

Setting the Gold Standard at Au79 Teahouse
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Setting the Gold Standard at Au79 Teahouse

By Emily G. Peters Some believe reading tea leaves can reveal your future. For Au79 Teahouse owner Megan Lee, her career path has been clear since age 19: she was destined for the tea business. Sharing ownership with her family, the Lees have opened successful Au79 teahouse storefronts in Arcadia, Pasadena and San Gabriel. Their…

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