Business Spotlight / October 16, 2018 Farmscape Makes Urban Farming Accessible

By Emily G. Peters Americans are getting better at what they put into their bodies. Though not new, the organic food movement has picked up speed in the last few generations, taking plenty of processed and genetically modified foods with it. Still, notwithstanding manifold media attempts to encourage this shift in U.S. eating habits, many...

Business Spotlight / October 11, 2018 Welcome to the Wolfpack

By Emily G. Peters It looks a bit like the Great Hall at Hogwarts, but Der Wolf is not make-believe. In a city of bars where adequate space, affordability and ambiance tend to come at a premium, this German-themed beer hall has managed to combine all three. “Der Wolf (formerly known as ‘Der Wolfskopf’ or...

Business Spotlight / October 5, 2018 The 1980s Rock On at MEOWMEOWZ! Retro Thrift Shop

By Emily G. Peters You’ve likely driven by MEOWMEOWZ! Retro Rock Shop a hundred times without knowing it. For a (relatively) inconspicuous shop dotting Pasadena’s main thoroughfare, this small thrift shop showcases a veritable riot of new, retro and vintage clothing, accessories and music for the 1980s rock-goth-punk in your life. Unsurprisingly, John Hughes is...

Business Spotlight / September 28, 2018 A Secret Coffee Gem at Pasadena Central Library

By Emily G. Peters The sun is baking down on the small coffee kiosk hidden in the courtyard of Pasadena Central Library, but that doesn’t mean customers aren’t ordering the hot stuff. The proprietor of Espress Yourself Coffee Bar, Richard Hawthorne, extends an open tin of tea leaves like a bouquet, inviting the customer to...

Business Spotlight / September 19, 2018 Bygone Magic Awaits in Pasadena’s Lower Arroyo

By Emily G. Peters Nostalgia is a kind of magic, rekindling everything from faded music genres to baby names. So predictable is society’s need to revisit the past that what was fashionable decades ago regularly resurfaces every twenty years or so. But what happens when nostalgia goes further into our human history—all in an attempt...

Business Spotlight / September 11, 2018 New Ice Cream Shop in Arcadia is Ready to Roll

By Emily G. Peters Los Angeles is no stranger to gourmet ice cream, but too many fall into the social media trap of being long on style and short on taste. Koreatown transplant Holy Roly manages to blend its ice cream with beauty, flavor and something more: being arguably junk-free. “I am a big fan...

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Carmela Ice Cream Co.

Churn Down for what? Carmela Ice Cream Photos and Story by Emily G. Peters For most of us, it’s never too early for ice cream. On a Sunday morning at Pasadena’s Carmela Ice Cream, doors open at 11 a.m. It’s just late enough so a scoop of something sweet is completely allowable. Here, Carmela patrons…

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Mt. Lowe Brewing Company

By Emily G. Peters Arcadia’s first microbrewery is ready to pour you a cold one this summer. Owned by fellow brewers Mike Reiling and Shawn Nemanich, Mt. Lowe Brewing Company has a passion for quality craft beer and a love for local history. Neither owners are new to the entrepreneur game—before launching Mt. Lowe, Reiling…

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We Rock the Spectrum Kids’ Gym Pasadena

By Emily G. Peters We Rock the Spectrum is a rarity: an integrated, all-inclusive gym for children. Their business name works as an affirmation, a mantra, a cheer: that children of all ability levels deserve a safe place to play together. We Rock The Spectrum Pasadena is owned by Ani Charthern, a licensed and practicing…

Garden View Landscaping, Nursery and Pools
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Garden View Landscaping, Nursery and Pools

    By Emily G. Peters There’s gardening—and then there’s landscape architecture. For Garden View Landscaping, Nursery and Pools, the difference has to be seen to be believed. Founder and president Mark Meahl founded Garden View in 1978 with just enough cash in his pocket to get something going. “I didn’t realize there were a…

Classic Kickboxing
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Classic Kickboxing

  By Emily G. Peters It’s official—we’re well into our second quarter of 2017. For those struggling with their resolution to get in shape this year, Classic Kickboxing in Pasadena is in your corner. This professional gym got its start in 2002 when founder and head instructor Mauricio Gonzalez decided to share his fighting expertise…

Distant Lands
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Distant Lands

  Get Ready to Travel to Distant Lands By Emily G. Peters It’s not just a bookstore. It’s not just a luggage shop, or even a travel agency. Distant Lands is a resource; a travel emporium designed to equip those suffering from acute wanderlust. Distant Lands Travel Bookstore and Outfitter is one of those shops…

SafariBiz
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SafariBiz

  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…

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