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...

Business Spotlight / May 2, 2019 Inclusive Play, Stress-Free Parties at Dream Big Children’s Center

By Emily Glory Peters Dream big, children. It’s both sound counsel and part of the name for Dream Big Children’s Center, a beautiful indoor playground in Old Town Monrovia. Hidden behind Pinkberry and headed up by founder Cristina Cordeiro, the center has become a popular spot for kids’ parties—but serves a bigger purpose. “I wanted...

Business Spotlight / April 25, 2019 The Cradle Company Wraps New Moms and Families in Judgement-Free Postpartum Support

By Emily Glory Peters Labor is laced with complexities that are unique to a new mom’s experience. After hours beasting through physical and mental pain, a new mom only has about a day or two to absorb all she can from her doctors, nurses and lactation consultants before being sent on her way to parent...

Business Spotlight / April 18, 2019 Lumen Optometric Shines New Light on Eye Health

By Emily Glory Peters It wasn’t a lifelong fascination with the human eye that prompted Dr. Eric To to go into optometry. It was tutoring underserved kids. “I learned some of my students suffered from vision-related learning disorders. They were thrown into remedial classes or neglected due to poor performance—but after a bit of research,...

Business Spotlight / April 11, 2019 Uplifting the “Hidden Poor” Alongside Foothill Unity Center

By Emily Glory Peters Nearly 6,000. That’s the number of volunteers who served food, distributed supplies and fostered hope among similar thousands served by local nonprofit Foothill Unity Center last year. It’s an impressive number in light of April, which just happens to be National Volunteer Month—especially considering there’s still room (and need) for more....

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Pasadena Black Pages Takes a Seat at the Media Table
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Pasadena Black Pages Takes a Seat at the Media Table

How insufficient representation sparked a new outlet for Pasadena’s African-American community By Emily Glory Peters “It started when Councilwoman Jacque Robinson lost the mayoral election in 2015,” says Dennis Haywood, founder and editor-in-chief for online publication Pasadena Black Pages (PBP). It was the first time the seat had been open in 16 years, and was…

Fantasy Frostings Finds its Sweet Spot in Pasadena
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Fantasy Frostings Finds its Sweet Spot in Pasadena

By Emily Glory Peters Congratulations: you’ve made it two months into 2019 and we bet you’re ready for a break from all those health-centric resolutions. Enter Fantasy Frostings. With a 2018 “Best of Pasadena” win to its name and longstanding popularity for its custom cakes and desserts, Fantasy Frostings is the bakery dream come true…

From Sierra Madre, With Love Songs: Zach and Bridget
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From Sierra Madre, With Love Songs: Zach and Bridget

By Emily Glory Peters Business and music seem an unromantic pairing, but for local band Zach & Bridget, they’re two sides of the same coin. Like the performers themselves, one can’t succeed without the other. “When we’re at our best is where I’m the content instigator and she’s the editor,” says Zach Galanis of his…

Monrovia Reads Seeks to Dismantle Illiteracy
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Monrovia Reads Seeks to Dismantle Illiteracy

By Emily Glory Peters Do you remember how you learned to read? Perhaps a conscientious parent or teacher started a favorite story with you at a young age. Most of us consider it a rite of passage and a given skill for kids and adults alike—and yet many in San Gabriel Valley struggle with illiteracy….

Liquid Folklore at RT Rogers Brewing Co.
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Liquid Folklore at RT Rogers Brewing Co.

By Emily Glory Peters “Ryan’s been brewing forever,” said Kelly Rogers of his youngest son, one-fourth of the Rogers crew behind RT Rogers Brewing Company in Sierra Madre. Each member of the family has pivotal roles: Kelly and his wife Joanna handle operation; older son Jesse (an art teacher) oversees graphic design and marketing and…

The Thrill of the Rare Book Chase
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The Thrill of the Rare Book Chase

Whitmore Rare Books carries rarities from the 1400s to modern day By Emily Glory Peters Many books are rare—but according to Dan Whitmore, owner of Whitmore’s Rare Books in Pasadena, that doesn’t necessarily make them valuable. So how does a lawyer-turned-book dealer decide what to carry in his shop? “Whitmore Rare Books has been focused…

Keeping the Peace at Ambrose Cafe
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Keeping the Peace at Ambrose Cafe

By Emily Glory Peters “Ambrose was a saint,” says Andrew Willis of the man for whom his coffee shop is named. Occupying the space that was once Archives Books (the go-to bookstore for Fuller Seminary) the shop’s association alone tells you Willis isn’t being facetious. Ambrose was an actual saint, admired by Willis for his…

Out With the Old, In With the Sew
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Out With the Old, In With the Sew

By Emily G. Peters In an era of mass-produced clothing, limitless fashion stores and a dry cleaner around every corner, sewing has more or less become a relic of the past. However, while they maintain everyone should be taught to sew on a button, Pollard’s Sew Creative in Arcadia has found new ways to make…

Soft Serve with a Swish
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Soft Serve with a Swish

By Emily G. Peters We know you just made your resolution to get in shape in 2019, but we’ve already got your cheat day ready at The Pond Ice cream in Arcadia. Barely a year old, The Pond is all about soft serve with an instagram-worthy swish. It started when coffee shop owner Nancy Lien…

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Movement Takes Root in Arcadia
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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Movement Takes Root in Arcadia

By Emily G. Peters Brazilian jiu-jitsu (known as BJJ) is one of the fastest-growing martial arts in the world. With Japanese roots, the sport flourished in Brazil under the Gracie family, who transformed jiu-jitsu into the grappling phenomenon known today. But you don’t need to travel far to get a taste—simply head to School Brazilian…

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