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: Wil’s Sport and Tackle
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Business Profile: Wil’s Sport and Tackle

      By Gus Herrera Wil Fitzpatrick, owner of Wil’s Sport and Tackle, is Monrovia’s very own fishing guru. Since 2012, the store has been a sanctuary for local fisherman to procure equipment, maintain their tools, and exchange fish tales. Wil’s carries everything a fisherman would need: reels, fresh and saltwater bait/tackle, hooks, sea-sickness…

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…

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