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...

Business Spotlight / May 8, 2018 Air-Tech Heating and Air Conditioning

By Emily G. Peters Don’t be fooled by the recent mild weather in the Southland. In an area that’s barely emerging from one of its worst historical droughts, Air-Tech Heating and Air Conditioning has one message: let’s get your home or business summer-ready. Before starting Air-Tech Heating and Air Conditioning in 1988, founder Larry Rodriguez...

Business Spotlight / May 1, 2018 New Culinary Experiences Are Brewing at Bone Kettle

By Emily G. Peters In a 132-year old city with restaurant loyalty that runs just as deep, it takes a special restaurant in Pasadena to offer something to get the locals going. Bone Kettle’s pumped-up Indonesian cuisine has done just that. “Bone Kettle came on the heels of our first business’s success,” said executive chef,...

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Business Profile: Big Leaguer Baseball
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Business Profile: Big Leaguer Baseball

      By Gus Herrera Coach Daniel J. Flores, owner of Big Leaguer Baseball, is a former pro who trains clients with the professionalism of a major league staff. Already having had an impressive career playing professionally in Sweden, Mexico, and the US, Flores is now translating his knowledge and expertise into a successful…

Business Profile: Highlander Pet Center
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Business Profile: Highlander Pet Center

      By Gus Herrera Highlander Pet Center’s owner, Jill Jungheim’s has had lifelong passion for animals. Growing up, she kept a myriad of pets: cats, dogs, birds, fish, lizards, mice, and even a squirrel, “You’d think we lived on a farm, but I was raised in Hollywood,” said Jungheim. After spending years on…

Business Profile: The Fountain Pen Shop Inc.
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Business Profile: The Fountain Pen Shop Inc.

  By Gus Herrera The Fountain Pen Shop Inc. has been repairing and selling pens since 1922. A true family operation, owner and president Fred Krinke’s grandfather started the business with a partner after moving to Southern California from New Jersey. Krinke’s father took over the business in 1940, retired in 1975, and since then…

Business Profile: The Dollmaker’s Kattywompus
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Business Profile: The Dollmaker’s Kattywompus

  By Gus Herrera   The Dollmaker’s Kattywompus is one of the most unique businesses in the San Gabriel Valley. Operated by the sister trio of Pam Fitzpatrick, Jennifer Ranger, and Cindy Ranger, this year will mark the store’s 25th anniversary with the Monrovia community. Originally known as just The Dollmaker’s, a tribute to the…

Business Profile: Centre Stage Inc.
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Business Profile: Centre Stage Inc.

  By Gus Herrera Centre Stage Inc. is a non-profit community theatre company based in Monrovia. Founded in 2000 with the belief that “everyone deserves a chance to discover the joys of music and theatre,” the company creates opportunities for local youth and adults to participate in high-quality theatre productions led by a passionate, experienced…

Business Profile: Ten Thousand Villages
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Business Profile: Ten Thousand Villages

By Gus Herrera Ten Thousand Villages in Pasadena is re-defining gift giving. A non-profit retail store selling “handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor, art and sculpture, textiles, serve-ware, and personal accessories representing the diverse cultures of artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East,” they are built upon the principles of fair trade. The…

Business Profile: Jon’s Rugs
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Business Profile: Jon’s Rugs

By Gus Herrera When you step inside Designer Rugs & Kilims, aka Jon’s Rugs, in Pasadena you are stepping into much more than your typical antique rug store, you are entering an art gallery housing pieces that span hundreds of years of human history from all around the world. This gallery, meticulously curated by owner…

Business Profile – Eat Feed Love
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Business Profile – Eat Feed Love

By J. Shadé Quintanilla Eat Feed Love, a new business based in Southern California and Victoria, Canada, creates an opportunity for their customers to purchase delicious goods while also giving them a chance to help feed the millions of people suffering from hunger worldwide. The online grocery company stands by the belief that there is…

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