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...

Business Spotlight / September 5, 2018 Tech Rockstars Making IT Easy for Small-to-Medium Businesses

By Emily G. Peters Technical difficulties: every business has them, but not all have the infrastructure to cope with them. Especially for small and medium-sized businesses, finding IT support that’s both adequate and affordable can seem like the holy grail. For some, Tech Rockstars in Monrovia has become just that. “Tech Rockstars is not your...

Business Spotlight / August 30, 2018 Mastering the Art of Gluten-Free Goodies

By Emily G. Peters Gluten-free. Dairy-free. Vegan. Any one of these dietary restrictions can make the prospect of getting your hands on a tasty baked good tough going. Combine them and you’re looking at saying goodbye to cupcakes forever—right? Not quite. Katie’s Bakery in Pasadena is a name you’re going to want to know, especially...

Business Spotlight / August 22, 2018 Community is Key at Copper Moose Fitness

By Emily G. Peters Copper Moose Fitness has positioned itself as Pasadena’s “Family Gym,” with a pretty refreshing philosophy to match. According to its owners, Joseph and April Hawthorne, fitness doesn’t require youth, special equipment or complex routines—it just requires you. “So many people have an injury, ache or pain and need guidance to know...

Business Spotlight / August 14, 2018 Protravel Proves That Travel Agents Are Actually Thriving

By Emily G. Peters Travel agents are sometimes regarded as a relic of the past, lumped in with rotary phones or watching TV shows on an actual television. Yet Protravel International is proving the opposite: travel agents are not only alive, they’re thriving. The sentiment is embodied in Gloria Lopez, manager of Protravel International’s Sierra...

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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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