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 group three years ago because I...

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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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…

Protravel Proves That Travel Agents Are Actually Thriving
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Protravel Proves That Travel Agents Are Actually Thriving

By Emily G. Peters Travel agents are sometimes regarded as a relic of the past, lumped in with rotary phones or watching TV shows on an actual television. Yet Protravel International is proving the opposite: travel agents are not only alive, they’re thriving. The sentiment is embodied in Gloria Lopez, manager of Protravel International’s Sierra…

Get Geared Up at Churro Garage
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Get Geared Up at Churro Garage

By Emily G. Peters Churro Garage co-owner Elizabeth Garcia was in a flurry of prep work when she paused for a half an hour to talk about the pop-up business she launched last year with her husband Chris. “I’ve always wanted to do something different. I was an executive assistant working nine to five, stuck…

The Peach Cafe: Purveyor of Homestyle Cuisine
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The Peach Cafe: Purveyor of Homestyle Cuisine

By Emily G. Peters Myrtle Avenue in Monrovia is known for its bustling atmosphere, particularly on Friday nights—but homey gems live on the offshoots. That’s where The Peach Cafe comes in. Run by Chef Chris Grattan and Jennifer Grattan, The Peach Cafe opens its doors on Colorado Boulevard at 7:30 a.m. for early breakfasters and…

The Hoppiest Place on Earth
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The Hoppiest Place on Earth

By Emily G. Peters If you’ve been a resident of Pasadena for some time, chances are you’ve collected a handful of your favorite spots around town. Yet just north of the city there’s a gem hidden in plain sight: The Bunny Museum. As the website reads, this isn’t a petting zoo. The Bunny Museum is…

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