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Sierra Madre Books

Sierra Madre Books

Small and personable, in the heart of Sierra Madre’s impossibly charming downtown, this new shop is part community hub – offering tutoring, poetry readings and a meeting room – and part new and used bookstore. The selection isn’t large, but you’ll find all the new bestsellers, and well as some terrific used finds. 52 W. […]

Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time

A true community bookstore, this place is owned by Maureen Palacios, who seems to know every customer personally – and every book, too. Her store isn’t large, so she chooses the titles carefully. So even though much of the store is devoted to children’s books, adults will find lots of great reads, with particularly good […]

Imix Bookstore

Imix Bookstore

Literature from Latin America is the focus at this compact and friendly book/gift store in the heart of Eagle Rock. You’ll find titles on politics and culture, English translations of Spanish-language novels, and some fiction and nonfiction in Spanish, too, along with jewelry from Lisa Rocha and Sergio Flores, art from Chicano and Native American […]

Cliff’s Books

Cliff’s Books

Makes one think of the wonderful Arnold Lobel children’s poem that begins, “Books to the ceiling, books to the sky. My piles of books are a mile high.” One makes one’s way gingerly through this cluttered shop of used and rare treasures. Comic and record collectors have made some very special finds here, but mostly […]

Border’s Books

A multimedia megastore, with books, a good collection of CDs (including world music, jazz and classical), DVDs, a decent newsstand, a large children’s section, lots of greeting cards and a popular café. Other locations in Glendale and in the Santa Anita Mall. 475 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena 626.304.9773, borders.com

Badger Band: Ready!

Badger Band: Ready!

Thanks to our friend Ann Erdman, aka Pasadena PIO, for sharing this video of the University of Wisconsin marching band as it prepared to come to Pasadena. They’ve arrived here now, trading snow for rain, but it looks like they’re going to get a classic California day for their big march down Colorado Boulevard. You’ve […]

Vroman’s Bestsellers 12/26/10

Vroman’s Bestsellers 12/26/10

Hardcover Fiction Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, David Sedaris Object of Beauty, Steve Martin Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest, Stieg Larsson Freedom, Jonathan Franzen Our Kind of Traitor, John Le Carre Confession, John Grisham Help, Kathryn Stockett Dead Or Alive, Tom Clancy Reversal, Michael Connelly Freedom, Jonathan Franzen Hardcover Non-Fiction Autobiography of Mark Twain, Mark Twain […]

Cham Korean Comes Into Its Own

Cham Korean Comes Into Its Own

When Cham Korean Bistro opened its doors a little more than a year ago, Korean food had already been catapulted to mainstream dining culture, thanks to a roaming LA food truck that made kimchi tacos a national sensation. But Kimmy Song, owner of successful denim company !iT Jeans, had a vision of introducing to Pasadena […]

Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center

Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center

Established by a retired teacher and Quaker who saw the challenges faced by young, poor, isolated mothers in Northwest Pasadena, Mother’s Club is a lifeline for many local women. It combines a quality preschool for children with education and support for the mostly Latina moms, with classes in English, parenting skills, career planning, support for […]

Stress-Free (!) Shopping at Vroman’s

Stress-Free (!) Shopping at Vroman’s

You may not be hearing those sleigh bells jingling just yet, but if you don’t want to driven insane by the jingling in the final days before Christmas, consider Saturday’s Stressless Soiree at Vroman’s. It’s a new kind of event for the San Gabriel Valley’s literary hub: You pony up $45, and here’s what you […]

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