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...

Business Spotlight / August 30, 2018 Mastering the Art of Gluten-Free Goodies

By Emily G. Peters Gluten-free. Dairy-free. Vegan. Any one of these dietary restrictions can make the prospect of getting your hands on a tasty baked good tough going. Combine them and you’re looking at saying goodbye to cupcakes forever—right? Not quite. Katie’s Bakery in Pasadena is a name you’re going to want to know, especially...

Business Spotlight / August 22, 2018 Community is Key at Copper Moose Fitness

By Emily G. Peters Copper Moose Fitness has positioned itself as Pasadena’s “Family Gym,” with a pretty refreshing philosophy to match. According to its owners, Joseph and April Hawthorne, fitness doesn’t require youth, special equipment or complex routines—it just requires you. “So many people have an injury, ache or pain and need guidance to know...

Business Spotlight / August 14, 2018 Protravel Proves That Travel Agents Are Actually Thriving

By Emily G. Peters Travel agents are sometimes regarded as a relic of the past, lumped in with rotary phones or watching TV shows on an actual television. Yet Protravel International is proving the opposite: travel agents are not only alive, they’re thriving. The sentiment is embodied in Gloria Lopez, manager of Protravel International’s Sierra...

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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…

Folia Collective: Pasadena’s Plant Shop
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Folia Collective: Pasadena’s Plant Shop

  By Emily G. Peters If you’ve never been able to keep a plant alive for longer than a week, fear not: no one at Folia Collective is going to judge you. They might, however, suggest one or two ways you can revive your inner sanctum of greenery without going mad. Created by Pasadena-based photographer…

Find Your Sweet Spot at The Bee Cottage
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Find Your Sweet Spot at The Bee Cottage

By Emily G. Peters The Bee Cottage in Pasadena is a feast for the decorative eye; every corner crammed with something to beautify the home or office—especially for the seasons. This month, Easter is on full display, showcasing owner Nicole Robeson’s skill at capturing the spirit of holidays throughout the year. “I wear many hats…

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