Business Spotlight / March 21, 2019 Andrea Leos, Realtor: Finding Balance as a Woman in Business

By Emily Glory Peters Arcadia native and Keller Williams realtor Andrea Leos has always worked. From a 13-year career in women’s fashion to freelancing as a licensed stylist for 7 years, she’s kept busy—and then the babies came. “My boys are seven and nine now—and I spent most of that time at home doing hair...

Business Spotlight / March 14, 2019 Photography in the Facetune Era: Lyd and Mo

Husband-and-wife team up to offer timeless portraits and more By Emily Glory Peters “When photographing portraits, you have to bring out the essence of a person,” says Mo Cee, co-owner with his wife Lydia Tam of Lyd and Mo Photography in Pasadena. “Too often I see photographers too focused on their gear—but photography is having...

Business Spotlight / March 7, 2019 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...

Business Spotlight / March 1, 2019 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...

Business Spotlight / February 15, 2019 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...

Business Spotlight / February 7, 2019 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....

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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…

Mastering the Art of Gluten-Free Goodies
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Mastering the Art of Gluten-Free Goodies

By Emily G. Peters Gluten-free. Dairy-free. Vegan. Any one of these dietary restrictions can make the prospect of getting your hands on a tasty baked good tough going. Combine them and you’re looking at saying goodbye to cupcakes forever—right? Not quite. Katie’s Bakery in Pasadena is a name you’re going to want to know, especially…

Community is Key at Copper Moose Fitness
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Community is Key at Copper Moose Fitness

By Emily G. Peters Copper Moose Fitness has positioned itself as Pasadena’s “Family Gym,” with a pretty refreshing philosophy to match. According to its owners, Joseph and April Hawthorne, fitness doesn’t require youth, special equipment or complex routines—it just requires you. “So many people have an injury, ache or pain and need guidance to know…

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