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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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…

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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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‘Medicine Works’ at Dr. Domotor’s Animal House

By Emily G. Peters When a college-aged Sylvia Domotor told her mother she planned on becoming an astronaut, the reply was simple: You’re going to be a veterinarian. When Domotor completed her undergraduate degree and declared herself a future anthropologist, the answer was still clear—veterinary medicine was her future. As it turned out, mom was…

Imprintability Makes Branding Virtually Limitless
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Imprintability Makes Branding Virtually Limitless

By Emily G. Peters “You can’t be everywhere, but your logo can.” This is the slogan of Imprintability, a printing and promotional products business founded by owner Jennifer Stone in 2005. It’s the kind of brand-forward thinking that’s allowed Stone to transform her lone-wolf operation into a successful business. “I do the sales, the marketing,…

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Entrepreneurship, Simplified: The Executive Factor

By Emily G. Peters The “American dream” has many iterations—self-employment chief among them. Yet translating an idea into a marketable business can seem like an insurmountable task for many. The Executive Factor in Arcadia simplifies that process. Created by U.K. native Andrew Gregson and his wife Tricia in 2010, the couple formed a professional workspace…

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Kings Row Gastropub

By Emily G. Peters It’s Sunday morning, and the crew at Kings Row Gastropub is getting ready for the day. Kids dart in an out from the main dining room, enjoying their freedom before the pub overflows with weekend revelers looking for a bite and a beer. This is Kings Row, Old Pasadena’s first gastropub….

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