Business Spotlight / June 5, 2018 From Summer Jobs to Business Ownership: Partnership Painting

By Emily G. Peters It’s highly likely that you’ve seen the fruit of Partnership Painting’s labor around town. From Cal Tech to Westridge School to Vroman’s Bookstore, owners and best friends Scott Penn and Brad Cage have kept our neighborhoods gleaming for decades. “We learned how to paint houses from my father Gary Penn who...

Business Spotlight / May 30, 2018 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...

Business Spotlight / May 24, 2018 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...

Business Spotlight / May 15, 2018 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...

Business Spotlight / May 8, 2018 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...

Business Spotlight / May 1, 2018 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,...

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A Firm Foundation with The Wizard of Bras
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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…

Homes Fetch Top Dollar With Staged Spaces
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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…

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…

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