Business Spotlight / January 15, 2019 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...

Business Spotlight / January 10, 2019 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...

Business Spotlight / January 3, 2019 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...

Business Spotlight / December 27, 2018 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...

Business Spotlight / December 18, 2018 Night Out and Chill at 38 Degrees

By Emily G. Peters New(ish) kid on the block 38 Degrees Ale House and Grill quietly took up residence in Old Town Monrovia back in 2015—although the level of chill depends on the night. On a Sunday evening, the bar is pleasantly relaxed, with ‘90s era music servings as the non-invasive soundtrack to a great...

Business Spotlight / December 13, 2018 GrandCare Sets High Standard for Home Health Care

By Emily G. Peters Dignity in one’s living situation should be accessible to all, but often requires the involvement and support of others. When caregiving company GrandCare Health Services itself fell on rocky shores, it took a team to lift the agency to its feet again. “Over the last 15 years GrandCare grew quickly, but...

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Farmscape Makes Urban Farming Accessible
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Farmscape Makes Urban Farming Accessible

By Emily G. Peters Americans are getting better at what they put into their bodies. Though not new, the organic food movement has picked up speed in the last few generations, taking plenty of processed and genetically modified foods with it. Still, notwithstanding manifold media attempts to encourage this shift in U.S. eating habits, many…

Welcome to the Wolfpack
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Welcome to the Wolfpack

By Emily G. Peters It looks a bit like the Great Hall at Hogwarts, but Der Wolf is not make-believe. In a city of bars where adequate space, affordability and ambiance tend to come at a premium, this German-themed beer hall has managed to combine all three. “Der Wolf (formerly known as ‘Der Wolfskopf’ or…

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…

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…

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