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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...

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...

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...

New Lowe’s Store Coming to Monrovia

Lowe’s, the Fortune 500 home improvement retailer, recently informed the City of Monrovia that they want to open a new appliance-centric store concept at 725 W. Huntington Drive (what used to be Orchard Supply Hardware) that will also provide opportunities to purchase home improvement...

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...

Getting Off the Beaten Colorado Boulevard Path: Old Pasadena Management District

By Emily Glory Peters “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain” rings (partially) true for the folks behind Old Pasadena Management District (OPMD), the nonprofit you probably never heard of. Contracting with the City of Pasadena, the organization masterminds many of the creative...

The Soap Kitchen: Good for Your Body, Good for the Earth

By Emily Glory Peters Soap making is an age-old practice. Evidence of soap-like substances has been traced back to the ancient Romans, Egyptians, even the Babylonians, all whipping up mysterious emulsions of oils, salts and Mother Nature’s other odds and ends to get squeaky clean. That...

Pasadena’s Legendary Big Mama’s Rib Shack Closing

Big Mama’s founder Dargin McWhorter. – Courtesy photo / Amanda Sulker-Hall Originally posted June 27 at 9 a.m. / Updated June 27 at 2:51 p.m. with correct phone number By Amanda Sulker-Hall Big Mama’s Rib Shack, also known as Big Mama’s, opened in 2002 but...

Beating the Burnout: Self-Care at Sierra Madre Massage Company

By Emily Glory Peters Burnout. Once a catch-all phrase for wearisome workaholics, burnout is now a diagnosable condition as stress made manifest in the body—yet most coverage on the subject lacks recommended cures. So if a long-term tropical location or quitting your job altogether are...

Meet Century Rooter

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We are Century Rooter service and plumbing. Family owned and operated, we know plumbing. A stopped up toilet, a leak that keeps on leaking, and a clogged drain pipe are problems that must be fixed quickly and correctly. That is why we offer 24 hour...
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