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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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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