Business Spotlight / June 13, 2019 Nonprofit Brings Beauty From the Ashes of Women’s Cancer Diagnoses

By Emily Glory Peters A woman’s cancer diagnosis is an earth-shattering moment—not only for the patient, but for those who love her. From mingled emotions, a rising sense of helplessness is not uncommon—something Amie Satchu, Pasadena native and founder of Foundation for Living Beauty, sought to change. “When Amie’s mom was diagnosed with multiple myeloma,...

Business Spotlight / June 6, 2019 St. Gregory A. & M. Hovsepian School Goes Full STEAM Ahead

By Emily Glory Peters “Don’t throw anything away.” It’s not a hoarder’s mentality—it’s the bedrock of teachers Michele Browning and Arpy Jahjah’s STEAM philosophy at St. Gregory A. & M. Hovsepian School in Pasadena. “For young learners, school is a freight train—it’s cognitive overload,” says Browning, who, like Jahjah, has been teaching since she was...

Business Spotlight / May 30, 2019 Business Struggles? Slide into the Hot Seat at B4B Think Tank

By Emily Glory Peters Picture this: you’re a year (or several) into building your own business and you’ve hit a snag. Perhaps it’s high staff turnover or a low marketing budget—regardless, you know something needs to change to keep your business afloat. Where do you turn? “I started this networking group three years ago because...

Business Spotlight / May 23, 2019 The Plant Goddess is Here to Heal your Water Woes

By Emily Glory Peters Summer is nearly here and there are two likely outcomes for your yard—a crispy-brown lawn or something suspiciously green soaking up Los Angeles’ most precious resource: H20. Fortunately, Plant Goddess in Sierra Madre has a third alternative. “I’ve always been about conserving water in the landscape, and when I learned about...

Business Spotlight / May 16, 2019 Pasadena Mental Health Center Meets Critical Need for Counseling, Trains Next Generation of Therapists

By Emily Glory Peters Therapy. Scorned by some, salvation for others—and inaccessible to many who need it. Back in 1965, a new counseling center sought to change that. Pasadena Mental Health Center (PMHC) opened its doors with one focus in mind: to put high-quality, affordable therapy within reach of the city’s most vulnerable citizens. Fast-forward...

Business Spotlight / May 9, 2019 How Drug-Free Treatment is Changing the Game for Some Special Needs Kids

By Emily Glory Peters May is National Mental Health Month, but outside of a social post online, mental health challenges are still unlikely subjects to pop up in your daily conversation. Yet each year, millions of Americans reportedly struggle with mental and behavioral health issues—and kids are no exception. Notwithstanding advancement in diagnostic techniques in...

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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…

Business Profile: Smitten on Paper
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Business Profile: Smitten on Paper

    By Gus Herrera Smitten on Paper’s team of designers have been transforming their client’s dreams and inspirations into beautiful custom stationery for more than a decade. Although they specialize in wedding invitations, the business is capable of satisfying all of a bride’s custom needs throughout the entire process of their special day: from…

Business Profile: Photoworks by Rick
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Business Profile: Photoworks by Rick

    By Gus Herrera Rick Keshishi, owner of Photoworks by Rick in Monrovia, has always been intellectually geared towards everything mechanical. “I was always a thinker, for everything, but especially electronics,” he reveals. Growing up, his uncle owned a store, similar to his (albeit without the wealth of modern digital technology), so he had…

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