Business Spotlight / August 8, 2018 Get Geared Up at Churro Garage

By Emily G. Peters Churro Garage co-owner Elizabeth Garcia was in a flurry of prep work when she paused for a half an hour to talk about the pop-up business she launched last year with her husband Chris. “I’ve always wanted to do something different. I was an executive assistant working nine to five, stuck...

Business Spotlight / August 2, 2018 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...

Business Spotlight / July 26, 2018 Rockin’ Rollers Gives Glimpse into Sierra Madre’s Underground

By Emily G. Peters Rockin’ Rollers in Sierra Madre is a music studio and hair salon combined—and it’s coming for the status quo. With quite possibly the best pun possible as a name for their combo-business, Rockin’ Rollers was the brainchild of musician “Joe Normal” Hutchinson and stylist Gigi Hutchinson. The duo met early in...

Business Spotlight / July 18, 2018 The Saltner Wine Bar Brings Casual Class to Monrovia

From Paso reds to Italian whites, The Saltner has it all By Emily G. Peters It’s just before the weekend dinner rush at The Saltner Wine & Cicchetti in Monrovia. A four-top tips their wine glasses while Tony Bennett croons quietly in the background. It’s hot outside, too – really hot – and the perfect...

Business Spotlight / July 10, 2018 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...

Business Spotlight / July 5, 2018 White Horse Lounge: A Louisiana Haven from the Crazy

By Emily G. Peters When a 100-year-old bar came on the Pasadena market in 2015, future White Horse Lounge owner Yan Agaev knew it was meant to be his. “I walked into the restaurant and thought, ‘Why is nothing here? It’s gorgeous!’” said Agaev. In May of that year, White Horse Lounge opened its doors,...

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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…

DIY Finds a Home at Craft Sierra Madre
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DIY Finds a Home at Craft Sierra Madre

By Emily G. Peters The advent of Pinterest in 2008 marked a turning point in DIY (do-it-yourself) projects. Making items by hand became fashionable as well as practical, with burlap and mason jars enjoying a whole new renaissance. But not every aspiring crafter can get by solely on an internet tutorial—and that’s where Craft Sierra…

Air-Tech Heating and Air Conditioning
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Air-Tech Heating and Air Conditioning

By Emily G. Peters Don’t be fooled by the recent mild weather in the Southland. In an area that’s barely emerging from one of its worst historical droughts, Air-Tech Heating and Air Conditioning has one message: let’s get your home or business summer-ready. Before starting Air-Tech Heating and Air Conditioning in 1988, founder Larry Rodriguez…

New Culinary Experiences Are Brewing at Bone Kettle
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New Culinary Experiences Are Brewing at Bone Kettle

By Emily G. Peters In a 132-year old city with restaurant loyalty that runs just as deep, it takes a special restaurant in Pasadena to offer something to get the locals going. Bone Kettle’s pumped-up Indonesian cuisine has done just that. “Bone Kettle came on the heels of our first business’s success,” said executive chef,…

Trust over Trends: Finding Fashion at Elisa B.
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Trust over Trends: Finding Fashion at Elisa B.

By Emily G. Peters Fashion boutique owner Elisa Bruley is a woman on the move. Fresh from a buying jaunt to Italy, last weekend she headed off to Coachella for a weekend with the reigning Queen Bey. That same spirit of variation is evident in her shop, Elisa B.—serving looks that could be worn everywhere…

Waffles de Liege: Not Your Momma’s Belgian Waffle
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Waffles de Liege: Not Your Momma’s Belgian Waffle

By Emily G. Peters It’s chewy, caramelized and crowned with a melty scoop of ice cream. It’s Waffles de Liege—and they’re coming for your sweet tooth. Owned by Lawrence Tai and George Wu, Waffles de Liege started as a food truck before landing its Old Town Pasadena storefront in 2017. Tai, who studied mechanical engineering,…

Where the Styled Things Are: Homage Pasadena
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Where the Styled Things Are: Homage Pasadena

By Emily G. Peters Pay one visit to Homage in Old Town Pasadena and you’ll wonder why you’ve been wasting your time looking for gift inspiration elsewhere. Owned by designer Jill Pearson and her husband Bill, the selections here prove Pearson has taste to spare. “I worked for a retail entrepreneur that was a mentor…

New Croissant on the Block: Wheat Shop
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New Croissant on the Block: Wheat Shop

By Emily G. Peters Space is a luxury in ever-growing Old Town Pasadena, where you’re fortunate to find an open chair at the more popular weekend spots. New bakery Wheat Shop is changing all that with plenty of room for your laptop, latte, and perhaps a couple of friends thrown in, too. Founded in 2016,…

From Croatia, With Love: Cafe LuMar
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From Croatia, With Love: Cafe LuMar

By Emily G. Peters Until the last decade, Croatia has largely flown under the radar in popular culture. And while California boasts one of the more significant Croatian American populations in the United States, its cuisine also remains lesser known—that is, except to those who have dined at Cafe LuMar in Monrovia. The inconspicuous cafe…

Lemon Drop Cookie Shop
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Lemon Drop Cookie Shop

By Emily G. Peters Lent is nearly over—and for some that means sugar is back on the menu in a big way. Fortunately, Monrovia’s Lemon Drop Cookie Shop has been supplying the sugar fix with its custom gourmet cookies since 2012. “Having a family that prefers anything other than cakes, I went in search of…

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