Business Spotlight / October 11, 2018 Welcome to the Wolfpack

By Emily G. Peters It looks a bit like the Great Hall at Hogwarts, but Der Wolf is not make-believe. In a city of bars where adequate space, affordability and ambiance tend to come at a premium, this German-themed beer hall has managed to combine all three. “Der Wolf (formerly known as ‘Der Wolfskopf’ or...

Business Spotlight / October 5, 2018 The 1980s Rock On at MEOWMEOWZ! Retro Thrift Shop

By Emily G. Peters You’ve likely driven by MEOWMEOWZ! Retro Rock Shop a hundred times without knowing it. For a (relatively) inconspicuous shop dotting Pasadena’s main thoroughfare, this small thrift shop showcases a veritable riot of new, retro and vintage clothing, accessories and music for the 1980s rock-goth-punk in your life. Unsurprisingly, John Hughes is...

Business Spotlight / September 28, 2018 A Secret Coffee Gem at Pasadena Central Library

By Emily G. Peters The sun is baking down on the small coffee kiosk hidden in the courtyard of Pasadena Central Library, but that doesn’t mean customers aren’t ordering the hot stuff. The proprietor of Espress Yourself Coffee Bar, Richard Hawthorne, extends an open tin of tea leaves like a bouquet, inviting the customer to...

Business Spotlight / September 19, 2018 Bygone Magic Awaits in Pasadena’s Lower Arroyo

By Emily G. Peters Nostalgia is a kind of magic, rekindling everything from faded music genres to baby names. So predictable is society’s need to revisit the past that what was fashionable decades ago regularly resurfaces every twenty years or so. But what happens when nostalgia goes further into our human history—all in an attempt...

Business Spotlight / September 11, 2018 New Ice Cream Shop in Arcadia is Ready to Roll

By Emily G. Peters Los Angeles is no stranger to gourmet ice cream, but too many fall into the social media trap of being long on style and short on taste. Koreatown transplant Holy Roly manages to blend its ice cream with beauty, flavor and something more: being arguably junk-free. “I am a big fan...

Business Spotlight / September 5, 2018 Tech Rockstars Making IT Easy for Small-to-Medium Businesses

By Emily G. Peters Technical difficulties: every business has them, but not all have the infrastructure to cope with them. Especially for small and medium-sized businesses, finding IT support that’s both adequate and affordable can seem like the holy grail. For some, Tech Rockstars in Monrovia has become just that. “Tech Rockstars is not your...

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The Peach Cafe: Purveyor of Homestyle Cuisine
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The Peach Cafe: Purveyor of Homestyle Cuisine

By Emily G. Peters Myrtle Avenue in Monrovia is known for its bustling atmosphere, particularly on Friday nights—but homey gems live on the offshoots. That’s where The Peach Cafe comes in. Run by Chef Chris Grattan and Jennifer Grattan, The Peach Cafe opens its doors on Colorado Boulevard at 7:30 a.m. for early breakfasters and…

The Hoppiest Place on Earth
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The Hoppiest Place on Earth

By Emily G. Peters If you’ve been a resident of Pasadena for some time, chances are you’ve collected a handful of your favorite spots around town. Yet just north of the city there’s a gem hidden in plain sight: The Bunny Museum. As the website reads, this isn’t a petting zoo. The Bunny Museum is…

The Craft Distillery that Could: Stark Spirits
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The Craft Distillery that Could: Stark Spirits

By Emily G. Peters Stark Spirits is the first certified craft distillery of its kind in Pasadena. Its course to existence has been anything but smooth—but shares that characteristic resilience with its owners, Greg and Karen Stark. “There’s just the two of us to run this distillery, and our products are entirely handcrafted,” said Karen…

It’s Time to Ready, Sweat, Go
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It’s Time to Ready, Sweat, Go

By Emily G. Peters Physical fitness isn’t just about what your muscles and bones can sustain. It’s mental game, and one that owner Vanessa Sandoval at Ready Sweat Go Pilates studio is helping others master. “What I loved about Pilates was how it made me feel,” said Sandoval, who was introduced to the practice by…

Rosita’s Studio Brings Art to Your Doorstep
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Rosita’s Studio Brings Art to Your Doorstep

By Emily G. Peters Owner of Rosita’s Studio, Ellie Rae Hoffman’s first memories of art revolve around her grandmother, for whom her traveling art studio is named. “My grandma was a ceramicist and a sculptor,” said Hoffman, who created Rosita’s Studio in 2017. “I have very fond memories of sculpting, drawing, and painting with her…

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