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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Storiad Gives Indie Authors a Fighting Chance
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Storiad Gives Indie Authors a Fighting Chance

By Emily G. Peters Here’s a story of a man named Ramzi Hajj—and his determination to give independent authors a shot at success. Together with web developer wiz Nathan Tyler, the pair founded Storiad: a platform designed to solve marketing woes for writers. The software allows authors (and publishers) to customize bookselling campaigns step-by-step, saving…

Welcome Home to Charlie’s House
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Welcome Home to Charlie’s House

By Emily G. Peters Walking into Charlie’s House in Old Town Monrovia feels like strolling into the home of your most stylish, hospitable friend. And it should—owner Kristin Miller runs the gift and home decor boutique independently, with a little help from her husband and parents. The result reflects Miller’s talent for warm, airy interior…

Monsieur Crêpe Brings French Cafe Culture to L.A.
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Monsieur Crêpe Brings French Cafe Culture to L.A.

By Emily G. Peters Near the base of the “Village of the Foothills,” French bistro Monsieur Crêpe is bringing a little piece of Paris to the sidewalks of Sierra Madre. To chef Aurelien “Tony” Mosconi, the hamlet’s evolving food scene is about as close to European cafe culture as you can get in Los Angeles….

Brooks Berdan, Ltd. – By Audiophiles, For Audiophiles
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Brooks Berdan, Ltd. – By Audiophiles, For Audiophiles

By Emily G. Peters There’s audio equipment—and then there’s Brooks Berdan. Founded by husband-and-wife team Sheila Berdan and the late Brooks Berdan, this impressive shop has been supplying audio junkies with their fix for nearly 30 years. Specializing in high end audio gear and installation, Brooks Berdan was highly respected in the audio industry throughout…

Setting the Gold Standard at Au79 Teahouse
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Setting the Gold Standard at Au79 Teahouse

By Emily G. Peters Some believe reading tea leaves can reveal your future. For Au79 Teahouse owner Megan Lee, her career path has been clear since age 19: she was destined for the tea business. Sharing ownership with her family, the Lees have opened successful Au79 teahouse storefronts in Arcadia, Pasadena and San Gabriel. Their…

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The Magic of Reading Revived: Century Books

Story and Photos by Emily G. Peters Is reading is a dying art? Some statistics would say so. According to a 2015 Pew Research study, one in four Americans never even got around to reading a book. That same year, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences found the average amount of time Americans spend…

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Elevating Scavenging to an Art Form: Maude Woods

By Emily G. Peters Though named after one, Maude Woods is not your grandmother’s home decor. Each piece in this airy boutique is thoughtfully curated so your home reflects your personal style—not IKEA’s. Founded by designer Carrie Davich, Maude Woods has its roots in Los Angeles’ fashion design scene. Entrepreneurial at heart, Davich co-owned the…

For the Greener Good: Go Green Solutions
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For the Greener Good: Go Green Solutions

By Emily G. Peters Corporate environmentalism is not a new concept, but it’s an attitude that can be hard to adopt. To help, Pasadena’s Go Green Solutions, Inc. aims to take make energy-friendly lighting accessible to offices and parking spaces across Southern California. Go Green’s owners have an unexpected background. Both successful businessmen, William Meurer…

Realizing a Dream: Saint-Clark Bridal Suite
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Realizing a Dream: Saint-Clark Bridal Suite

By Emily G. Peters Getting engaged is arguably one of the most exciting milestones—until the planning starts. At Saint-Clark Bridal Suite, owner Lisa Saint-Clark keeps bridal stress at bay with deep expertise, high-touch service and a touch of romance. Saint-Clark Bridal Suite is a fresh addition to Old Town Monrovia, brought to life in 2016…

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