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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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…

Night Out and Chill at 38 Degrees
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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…

GrandCare Sets High Standard for Home Health Care
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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…

Kid-Focused Rideshare Company Kango Celebrates First Year in L.A.
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Kid-Focused Rideshare Company Kango Celebrates First Year in L.A.

Kango allows modern families to schedule rideshare transportation and babysitting services on-the-go for children of any age, including infants and toddlers. – Courtesy photoBy Emily G. Peters Between band practice and play dates, navigating transportation for the schoolkids is no simple task. Toss in other variables like a single-car/parent home or holidays when your kids…

Everything Must Go: The Reinvention of Meat District Co.
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Everything Must Go: The Reinvention of Meat District Co.

By Emily G. Peters Situated in Old Town Pasadena, Meat District Co.’s roots go further down (under, that is). Founded by an Australian businessman, for the last few years the restaurant spotlighted a menu of dry-aged, grass-fed ribs, burgers and steaks. Between the ambiance, location and socially-aware ingredients it seemed Meat District Co. had the…

The Little Sandwich Company That Could
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The Little Sandwich Company That Could

By Emily G. Peters Pasadena is full of experiences worth waiting for. Take Union Street Sandwich Company, for instance: slinging stellar sandwiches since 2015 under the careful guidance of owner Stacy Ober. Yet even with Ober’s 30-plus years of culinary experience, she took her time to ensure the shop would succeed. “It was never my…

Enchanted Dancewear Keeps Dance Fashion En Pointe
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Enchanted Dancewear Keeps Dance Fashion En Pointe

By Emily G. Peters The key to becoming a great dancer? Mastering the moves, of course. But the first step in that direction might happen even before setting foot on the dance floor. “Look the part,” said Sarah Gallegos, who took over as owner of Enchanted Dancewear about a year ago. “You could literally take…

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