Business Spotlight / June 19, 2018 The Craft Distillery that Could: Stark Spirits

By Emily G. Peters Stark Spirits is the first certified craft distillery of its kind in Pasadena. Its course to existence has been anything but smooth—but shares that characteristic resilience with its owners, Greg and Karen Stark. “There’s just the two of us to run this distillery, and our products are entirely handcrafted,” said Karen...

Business Spotlight / June 14, 2018 A Neighborhood Lounge That Hits the Spot

By Emily G. Peters Walking up to Magnolia House in Pasadena has its own allure: a hideaway not immediately recognizable as a converted home. Comfortably situated outside the hectic Old Town orbit, the lounge offers something owners Chris and John Bicos saw lacking in the area: comfort, craveable food, and cocktails all within walking distance...

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...

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  By Emily G. Peters So many think of visiting Africa as an impossibility. Yet for Pasadena local Sarah Culhane, access to the continent is a birthright—and one that she’s eager to share with others. Born in Kenya and educated in South Africa, Culhane came to the U.S. after a short time working as an…

ALL PRO Health Center
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ALL PRO Health Center

  By Emily G. Peters An image of Blake Griffin and your doctor is a pretty great endorsement, whatever medical treatment you’re seeking. At Arcadia’s ALL PRO Health Center, the photo serves as a sign to patients (athletes or otherwise) that powerful healing is within their reach. ALL PRO Health Center has been a labor…

Bear Essentials Gift Shoppe
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Bear Essentials Gift Shoppe

  Back by popular demand! Story and PhotosBy Emily G. Peters The past few years have been the era of the reboot. “Gilmore Girls,” “X-Files” and more have all come back to us through popular demand. Yet Bear Essentials Gift Shoppe in Arcadia has achieved a much rarer phenomenon: the retail reboot. Before its premature…

Colette Restaurant
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Colette Restaurant

  Mimosa time and brunch junction at Colette Pasadena! Story and PhotosBy Emily G. Peters Nestled on the border of Pasadena and Sierra Madre is Colette, your new affordable brunch spot. Colette’s take on American cuisine promises good eats and energy for the quiet corner between the two neighborhoods, guided by foodie founders Tony and…

Business Profile: Sauté Culinary Academy
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Business Profile: Sauté Culinary Academy

  By Emily G. Peters Cooking well easily qualifies as a universally useful skill—but not everyone feels comfortable in the kitchen. That’s why culinary icons like Anthony Bourdain have championed the idea that learning to cook should be required in school. After all, wouldn’t everyone benefit from mastering the basics of creating a healthy (and…

Business Profile: My Pet Garden Pet Store and Spa
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Business Profile: My Pet Garden Pet Store and Spa

  By Emily G. Peters Tucked in an east Pasadena strip mall is My Pet Garden Pet Store and Spa, an oasis for all-things-dog-and-cat. This family-owned boutique started in 2008, just as the Great Recession was gaining sway. Though store owners Joel and Ruth Tatom knew they were going up against major challenges, their backgrounds…

Business Profile: Treasure Little Children
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Business Profile: Treasure Little Children

  By Emily G. Peters Treasure Little Children (TLC) is more than an organization: it’s a community effort whose ultimate goal is as much a call to action as it is a familiar acronym. TLC is a not-for-profit organization “dedicated to enriching the lives of those in need by providing educational assistance and classroom renovation.”…

Business Profile: Aquafuzion
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Business Profile: Aquafuzion

  Go with the flow with Aquafuzion Events and Design By Emily G. Peters Whoever said Beverly Hills had the last word in luxury event specialists clearly never encountered the team at Aquafuzion. In business for over a decade, Aquafuzion has spent years designing some of the most stunning special events and floral arrangements in…

Business Profile: Chasworth Place – The Color Whisperer
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Business Profile: Chasworth Place – The Color Whisperer

By Emily G. Peters Dreary dens, boring bedrooms: living spaces in need of inspiration have found their savior in Monrovia’s own “Color Whisperer.” Interior designer Jeanette Chasworth bears the title proudly, transforming local houses into homes with her keen eye for color. Although she launched her interior design company Chasworth Place in 2003, she finds…

Business Profile: Pasadena Sandwich Company
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Business Profile: Pasadena Sandwich Company

  Photos and Story by Emily G. Peters Like a slice of vintage New York, Pasadena Sandwich Company’s Fink family has been serving up old school-deli specialty sandwiches in the San Gabriel Valley for over 20 years. With a sandwich-making pedigree spanning three generations, this landmark shop has deep roots in LA cuisine. Inspired by…

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