Business Spotlight / December 6, 2018 Kid-Focused Rideshare Company Kango Celebrates First Year in L.A.

Kango allows modern families to schedule rideshare transportation and babysitting services on-the-go for children of any age, including infants and toddlers. – Courtesy photoBy Emily G. Peters Between band practice and play dates, navigating transportation for the schoolkids is no simple task. Toss in other variables like a single-car/parent home or holidays when your kids...

Business Spotlight / November 27, 2018 Everything Must Go: The Reinvention of Meat District Co.

By Emily G. Peters Situated in Old Town Pasadena, Meat District Co.’s roots go further down (under, that is). Founded by an Australian businessman, for the last few years the restaurant spotlighted a menu of dry-aged, grass-fed ribs, burgers and steaks. Between the ambiance, location and socially-aware ingredients it seemed Meat District Co. had the...

Business Spotlight / November 20, 2018 The Little Sandwich Company That Could

By Emily G. Peters Pasadena is full of experiences worth waiting for. Take Union Street Sandwich Company, for instance: slinging stellar sandwiches since 2015 under the careful guidance of owner Stacy Ober. Yet even with Ober’s 30-plus years of culinary experience, she took her time to ensure the shop would succeed. “It was never my...

Business Spotlight / November 13, 2018 Enchanted Dancewear Keeps Dance Fashion En Pointe

By Emily G. Peters The key to becoming a great dancer? Mastering the moves, of course. But the first step in that direction might happen even before setting foot on the dance floor. “Look the part,” said Sarah Gallegos, who took over as owner of Enchanted Dancewear about a year ago. “You could literally take...

Business Spotlight / November 6, 2018 GymnastiKids Helps Kids Build Confidence Through Movement

By Emily G. Peters Gymnastics made headlines this week in the form of Simone Biles, making history once again by clinching medals in every event at the World Gymnastics Championship. She’s undoubtedly inspired plenty of kids to explore the sport—but to Brian Smith of GymnastiKids and TNT Dunk Squad, it’s not all about the gold....

Business Spotlight / November 1, 2018 The Lost Cuban Kitchen Delivers the Island to Your Doorstep

By Emily G. Peters For many of us West Coasters, exposure to Cuban cuisine is limited at best. Particularly in the San Gabriel Valley, only a handful of restaurants and cafes are serving up old school arroz con pollo, leaving plenty of Cubans and Cuban-food fans strapped for options —something The Lost Cuban Kitchen is...

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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…

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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