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The 1980s Rock On at MEOWMEOWZ! Retro Thrift Shop
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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…

A Secret Coffee Gem at Pasadena Central Library
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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…

Bygone Magic Awaits in Pasadena’s Lower Arroyo
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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…

Ulta Beauty Grand Opening at Monrovia Landing
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Ulta Beauty Grand Opening at Monrovia Landing

Ulta Beauty will be having a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony Friday Sept. 14 at 9:45 a.m. at the Monrovia Landing shopping center. Ulta Beauty is the largest beauty retailer in the U.S. and the premier beauty destination for cosmetics, fragrance, skin care products, hair care products and salon services. Ulta Beauty offers more than…

New Ice Cream Shop in Arcadia is Ready to Roll
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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…

Mastering the Art of Gluten-Free Goodies
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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…

Monrovia Firm Announces Slate of New Hires
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Monrovia Firm Announces Slate of New Hires

The Pacific Bridge Companies fills three new positions in key segments The Pacific Bridge Companies (TPBC) recently announced a slate of new hires in key segments of its business structure. Monrovia-based TPBC is a global financial services network which focuses on generational and geographical wealth transfer within the Pacific Rim and beyond. The three new…

Monrovia and Pasadena Orchard Supply Stores Slated for Closure
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Monrovia and Pasadena Orchard Supply Stores Slated for Closure

The big box stores such as Home Depot and, of course, Amazon had a huge impact on the company’s decision to shutter the popular stores. Orchard Supply Hardware stores nationwide will permanently close by the end of this year. Officials say liquidation will begin Thursday. There are nearly 100 stores in California, along with 4,000…

Cannabis Tax Revenue Increases in Second Quarter of 2018
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Cannabis Tax Revenue Increases in Second Quarter of 2018

Rise shows compliance trend growing The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) recently released revenue numbers for cannabis sales for the second quarter of 2018. Tax revenue from the cannabis industry totaled $74,240,257 from April 1, 2018, through June 30, 2018, which includes state cultivation, excise, and sales taxes. It does not include…

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