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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Happy Hour Vibes at Home Brewed Bar
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Happy Hour Vibes at Home Brewed Bar

By Emily G. Peters Flavor-seeking caffeine fiends should make their way to Home Brewed Bar, a Pasadena cafe distilling new flavors from the classics. Managed by “renegade entrepreneur” Brian Molina, Home Brewed Bar’s painstaking “Toddy” technique creates a smoother, less acidic base for its inventive cold-brewed concoctions. “I want people to see that coffee and…

Aquarela Gifts and Flowers
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Aquarela Gifts and Flowers

By Emily G. Peters Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote that “the world laughs in flowers”—a sentiment well-captured by Aquarela Gifts and Flowers in Monrovia. The creative outlet of mother-daughter duo Alejandra (Ale) and Dorys Gonzalez, this flower shop puts a whimsical spin on everything from their designs to business name. “Aquarela is a translation of…

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…

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