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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Business Spotlight

Fostering a Love for Music at 88 Keys Music Academy

88 Keys Music Academy Arcadia
By Emily G. Peters 88 Keys Music Academy operates on a simple premise: it’s never too early (or late) to bring music into your life. “Music should be available to everybody. Our youngest student is three and a half and extremely mature for her age—she can...

Farmscape Makes Urban Farming Accessible

Farmscape Urban Farming LA
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...

Welcome to the Wolfpack

Der Wolf Pasadena German Beer Hall Bar
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...

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...

A Secret Coffee Gem at Pasadena Central Library

Espress Yourself Pasadena Richard Hawthorne Jamey Lewis
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...

Bygone Magic Awaits in Pasadena’s Lower Arroyo

Pasadena Roving Archers Archery classes 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...

New Ice Cream Shop in Arcadia is Ready to Roll

holy roly ice cream
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...

Tech Rockstars Making IT Easy for Small-to-Medium Businesses

Tech Rockstars Monrovia Steven Price
By Emily G. Peters Technical difficulties: every business has them, but not all have the infrastructure to cope with them. Especially for small and medium-sized businesses, finding IT support that’s both adequate and affordable can seem like the holy grail. For some, Tech Rockstars in...

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...

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...

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