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Business Spotlight

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...

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....

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...

Rockin’ Rollers Gives Glimpse into Sierra Madre’s Underground

By Emily G. Peters Rockin’ Rollers in Sierra Madre is a music studio and hair salon combined—and it’s coming for the status quo. With quite possibly the best pun possible as a name for their combo-business, Rockin’ Rollers was the brainchild of musician “Joe Normal” Hutchinson...

The Saltner Wine Bar Brings Casual Class to Monrovia

From Paso reds to Italian whites, The Saltner has it all By Emily G. Peters It’s just before the weekend dinner rush at The Saltner Wine & Cicchetti in Monrovia. A four-top tips their wine glasses while Tony Bennett croons quietly in the background. It’s hot...

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,...

White Horse Lounge: A Louisiana Haven from the Crazy

By Emily G. Peters When a 100-year-old bar came on the Pasadena market in 2015, future White Horse Lounge owner Yan Agaev knew it was meant to be his. “I walked into the restaurant and thought, ‘Why is nothing here? It’s gorgeous!’” said Agaev. In May...

Nonprofits, Artists, Marginalized Communities Find a Friend in Lineage Dance

By Emily G. Peters If the popularity of shows like “Dancing With the Stars” is any indication, dance is no stranger to the average U.S. household. Hilary Thomas, artistic director of local dance company Lineage Dance, can definitely vouch for rising interest in the medium—but...

The Craft Distillery that Could: Stark Spirits

By Emily G. Peters Stark Spirits is the first certified craft distillery of its kind in Pasadena. Its course to existence has been anything but smooth—but shares that characteristic resilience with its owners, Greg and Karen Stark. “There’s just the two of us to run this...

From Summer Jobs to Business Ownership: Partnership Painting

By Emily G. Peters It’s highly likely that you’ve seen the fruit of Partnership Painting’s labor around town. From Cal Tech to Westridge School to Vroman’s Bookstore, owners and best friends Scott Penn and Brad Cage have kept our neighborhoods gleaming for decades. “We learned how...
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