Business Spotlight / July 18, 2018 The Saltner Wine Bar Brings Casual Class to Monrovia

From Paso reds to Italian whites, The Saltner has it all By Emily G. Peters It’s just before the weekend dinner rush at The Saltner Wine & Cicchetti in Monrovia. A four-top tips their wine glasses while Tony Bennett croons quietly in the background. It’s hot outside, too – really hot – and the perfect...

Business Spotlight / July 10, 2018 The Hoppiest Place on Earth

By Emily G. Peters If you’ve been a resident of Pasadena for some time, chances are you’ve collected a handful of your favorite spots around town. Yet just north of the city there’s a gem hidden in plain sight: The Bunny Museum. As the website reads, this isn’t a petting zoo. The Bunny Museum is...

Business Spotlight / July 5, 2018 White Horse Lounge: A Louisiana Haven from the Crazy

By Emily G. Peters When a 100-year-old bar came on the Pasadena market in 2015, future White Horse Lounge owner Yan Agaev knew it was meant to be his. “I walked into the restaurant and thought, ‘Why is nothing here? It’s gorgeous!’” said Agaev. In May of that year, White Horse Lounge opened its doors,...

Business Spotlight / June 27, 2018 Nonprofits, Artists, Marginalized Communities Find a Friend in Lineage Dance

By Emily G. Peters If the popularity of shows like “Dancing With the Stars” is any indication, dance is no stranger to the average U.S. household. Hilary Thomas, artistic director of local dance company Lineage Dance, can definitely vouch for rising interest in the medium—but to her, dance offers something more powerful than mere competitive...

Business Spotlight / June 21, 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 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...

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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…

Business Profile: Amara Chocolate & Coffee
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Business Profile: Amara Chocolate & Coffee

  By Emily G. Peters Old Town Pasadena’s Amara Chocolate & Coffee has a mission: to put smiles on the faces of their community, one cup of chocolate at a time. This intimate cafe has spent the last five years establishing itself as a neighborhood favorite, especially popular for its vegan churros and delicious dipping…

Business Profile: Law Offices of Marc G. Garlett
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Business Profile: Law Offices of Marc G. Garlett

Leaving a Legacy of Love: Garlett Law By Emily G. Peters When Sierra Madre attorney Marc Garlett launched his legal career, he thought he’d find fulfillment in what he described as the “all-out pitched battle” of litigation. And though the firm he established was successful, the contention and negativity took a heavy toll. With the…

Business Profile: Collective Hair
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Business Profile: Collective Hair

    By Emily G. Peters Collective Hair is a new hair styling concept founded by lifelong friends and expert stylists Rachael Scotti, Adrienne Reed and Marco Delgado. Both a salon and an educational program, Collective Hair serves as a breeding ground for hot new hair talent seeking hands-on education. Established in June 2016, the…

Business Profile: Savor the Flavor
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Business Profile: Savor the Flavor

  By Emily Peters Sierra Madre’s Savor the Flavor is bringing the finest gourmet foods and gifts from around the world to the pantries of smalltown America. Established by Karen and Denis Keegan in 1998, this gourmet foods and specialty gift shop was born of their shared love of good food and entertaining. The shop…

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