Business Spotlight / August 15, 2019 Need a Staycation? The Historic Bissell House is the Answer

By Emily Glory Peters Built in the 1880s, the Bissell House Bed and Breakfast is nearly as old as Pasadena itself. Named for that Bissell family (you probably owned one of their carpet cleaners at one point), this grand dame of San Gabriel Valley straddles much: the border of Pasadena and its southern sister; Victorian...

Business Spotlight / August 8, 2019 Build Your Tribe by Giving Back with the Pasadena Jaycees

By Emily Glory Peters The course toward (and through) adulthood never did run smooth, especially where community is concerned. Some studies have posited that making friends is harder as you get older—and one could argue the same follows for making a social impact for the better.  “I was born in Pasadena and grew up in...

Business Spotlight / August 1, 2019 From Honduras to Pasadena: The Journey of Bessy’s Boutique

By Emily Glory Peters When was the last time you walked into an indie shop for an item of clothing? Bessy Centeno wants to know—because for her, your choice to shop local holds the power to change lives. “Growing up in Honduras, I got involved in fashion as a means of survival,” says Centeno. Work...

Business Spotlight / July 25, 2019 Of Tattoos, Stigma, and the Art of Getting Inked

By Emily Glory Peters For those of you who broke your mother’s heart when you came home with your first tattoo, rejoice. The years of tattoo stigma are in the past—or at least fading into something like acceptance for an art form. “It used to be that people who got tattoos were part of an...

Business Spotlight / July 18, 2019 Sierra Madre Rotarians Aren’t Afraid to Tackle Big Ideas

By Emily Glory Peters Reading the news these days can be a grim exercise—you never know what fresh bleak reality you’ll face. Some, understandably, may feel ill-equipped to do much to stop the carousel of social crises. “I’m just one person,” you may think. “What difference can I really make?” When the first Rotary Club...

Business Spotlight / July 11, 2019 Keeping Custom Jewelry a Cut Above

By Emily Glory Peters “Lover of all colored stones—and listens like your bartender” is how Tracy Wilke is described on the website for G.H. Wilke and Co., her family-run jewelry business in San Gabriel. And like the work of an expert jeweler, she considers listening an art form. “I get called a bartender because I...

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Bear Essentials Gift Shoppe
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Bear Essentials Gift Shoppe

  Back by popular demand! Story and PhotosBy Emily G. Peters The past few years have been the era of the reboot. “Gilmore Girls,” “X-Files” and more have all come back to us through popular demand. Yet Bear Essentials Gift Shoppe in Arcadia has achieved a much rarer phenomenon: the retail reboot. Before its premature…

Colette Restaurant
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Colette Restaurant

  Mimosa time and brunch junction at Colette Pasadena! Story and PhotosBy Emily G. Peters Nestled on the border of Pasadena and Sierra Madre is Colette, your new affordable brunch spot. Colette’s take on American cuisine promises good eats and energy for the quiet corner between the two neighborhoods, guided by foodie founders Tony and…

Business Profile: Sauté Culinary Academy
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Business Profile: Sauté Culinary Academy

  By Emily G. Peters Cooking well easily qualifies as a universally useful skill—but not everyone feels comfortable in the kitchen. That’s why culinary icons like Anthony Bourdain have championed the idea that learning to cook should be required in school. After all, wouldn’t everyone benefit from mastering the basics of creating a healthy (and…

Business Profile: My Pet Garden Pet Store and Spa
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Business Profile: My Pet Garden Pet Store and Spa

  By Emily G. Peters Tucked in an east Pasadena strip mall is My Pet Garden Pet Store and Spa, an oasis for all-things-dog-and-cat. This family-owned boutique started in 2008, just as the Great Recession was gaining sway. Though store owners Joel and Ruth Tatom knew they were going up against major challenges, their backgrounds…

Business Profile: Treasure Little Children
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Business Profile: Treasure Little Children

  By Emily G. Peters Treasure Little Children (TLC) is more than an organization: it’s a community effort whose ultimate goal is as much a call to action as it is a familiar acronym. TLC is a not-for-profit organization “dedicated to enriching the lives of those in need by providing educational assistance and classroom renovation.”…

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…

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