Business Spotlight / January 16, 2018 Chef Carmen’s 3 C’s: Cakes, Catering and Consulting

By Emily G. Peters Chef Carmen Richardson Moore of Chef Carmen’s 3 C’s has a message for all your 2018 events: stop stressing out about the food. “Most caterers offer one genre of food or one style of décor with their food. I offer everything that most anyone could want. From a simple office meeting...

Business Spotlight / January 9, 2018 A Firm Foundation with The Wizard of Bras

By Emily G. Peters Want to look and feel better in 2018? You could jump start your new year’s bod with a detailed workout regimen and diet plan—or simply pay a visit to Creative Woman: The Wizard of Bras. This bra and lingerie boutique is no stranger to the bra biz, opening its doors more...

Business Spotlight / December 27, 2017 Homes Fetch Top Dollar With Staged Spaces

By Emily G. Peters From a quick haircut to a little makeup, we all like to look our best when going out. Staged Spaces in Monrovia applies the same principle to selling homes—polishing properties to their highest shine to close a sale. The success of staging a home rests on the power of suggestion, enticing...

Business Spotlight / December 19, 2017 Vendome Wine & Spirits Puts Twist on Modern Bottle Shop

By Emily G. Peters The term “liquor store” conjures up visions of a place to grab a six-pack and a salty snack—someplace convenient, but not exactly a destination. Arcadia’s Vendome Wine and Spirits seeks to change that by putting their own twist on the modern bottle shop. “We are a fully featured bottle shop with...

Business Spotlight / December 12, 2017 Preserving Pet-Senior Companionship with Pet Porter Pals

By Emily G. Peters The power of pet companionship in undeniable, as evidenced by the millions who follow social media accounts like The Dodo and Doug the Pug. Pet Porter Pals founder Carmel Mims has found a way to preserve that power—especially for senior members of our community. “I can’t even begin to imagine how...

Business Spotlight / December 5, 2017 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...

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Imprintability Makes Branding Virtually Limitless
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Imprintability Makes Branding Virtually Limitless

By Emily G. Peters “You can’t be everywhere, but your logo can.” This is the slogan of Imprintability, a printing and promotional products business founded by owner Jennifer Stone in 2005. It’s the kind of brand-forward thinking that’s allowed Stone to transform her lone-wolf operation into a successful business. “I do the sales, the marketing,…

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Entrepreneurship, Simplified: The Executive Factor

By Emily G. Peters The “American dream” has many iterations—self-employment chief among them. Yet translating an idea into a marketable business can seem like an insurmountable task for many. The Executive Factor in Arcadia simplifies that process. Created by U.K. native Andrew Gregson and his wife Tricia in 2010, the couple formed a professional workspace…

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Kings Row Gastropub

By Emily G. Peters It’s Sunday morning, and the crew at Kings Row Gastropub is getting ready for the day. Kids dart in an out from the main dining room, enjoying their freedom before the pub overflows with weekend revelers looking for a bite and a beer. This is Kings Row, Old Pasadena’s first gastropub….

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The Thrill of the Hunt: Kaleidoscope Antiques

Story and Photos by Emily G. Peters “Being an antique dealer is like a continuous treasure hunt,” said Bill Taylor, owner of Monrovia’s magnificent Kaleidoscope Antiques. “The antique business changes as styles change—but there always is a demand.” Taylor should know. The brainchild of his late wife Linda Taylor and her business partner C.J. Granados,…

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Dare to be Bare: Off Kilter Kilts

By Emily G. Peters It’s summer in Los Angeles. It’s hot—insanely hot. And call us crazy, but it’s times like these where a kilt starts to look like a mighty desirable fashion choice. Luckily for us, Off Kilter Kilts (OKK) in Pasadena is here to help. This boutique kilt shop is the new(er) kid on…

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Lark Cake Shop

By Emily G. Peters Lark Cake Shop has been getting some buzz the last few years. It’s garnered multiple local awards and, just this winter, Los Angeles Magazine noted their berry shortcake as a must-try in Los Angeles. Though only arriving on the scene in Pasadena in 2015, Lark Cake Shop owner John Hensley has been building…

Skip Seasonal Stress With Holiday Celebration Club
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Skip Seasonal Stress With Holiday Celebration Club

By Emily G. Peters Many of us spend holidays and milestones surrounded by friends and family. Yet for those seeking an alternative to the norm, L.A.-based Holiday Celebration Club has put together a whole new way to party. Holiday Celebration Club creates “major fun for major holidays without major stress,” opening up events for anyone…

Culinary Collaboration: Harlowe’s French Dip
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Culinary Collaboration: Harlowe’s French Dip

Old Town Pasadena gets its own spin on a beloved Los Angeles staple By Emily G. Peters If you’ve grown up in Los Angeles, chances are you’ve tasted one of its famous French dip sandwiches at least once. Yet, we’d like to suggest a Pasadena alternative—Harlowe’s French Dip. Although this sandwich saloon is a newcomer…

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