These are the people we rely on to get the job done around the house, the car or the office. We share them with you on one condition: We accept no responsibility for the quality of their work, or the quality of your personal relationship. Just know that we love ‘em. And that they did not pay to get listed here.
Bee removal/hive maintenance
Bee Specialist, 800.636.2434, beespecialist.net. Safe, organic bee removal, typically saving the hive.
Kirk’s Urban Bees, 323.646.9651, kirksurbanbees.com. Hive removal, urban pollination, hive maintenance and honey harvesting.
Carpet & upholstery cleaner and chimney sweeper
Jeff Luttenbacher, Right-Way Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning and Chimney Sweeping, 626.818.1467. Excellent customer service and follow-up.
Christmas light hanging
Rick Rosing, 818.355.0289. Responsible guy, low prices.
Crown City Computer Repair, 626.792.1122. crowncitycomputer.com Quick (same day) response, makes house calls, good prices.
Penny Scott-Fox, scott-foxtraining.com
Dog walker & dog sitter
Cathy Mallory, 626.564.1342
Bryan’s Cleaners & Laundry, multiple locations, 626.796.4335. Pick-up and delivery service is included, and they always repair missing buttons, etc., at no extra charge.
Eco Clean, 2708 E. Colorado Blvd., East Pasadena, 626.844.9382. Chemical-free green cleaning that really works. Super-friendly people and a true neighborhood-focused, family-run business.
The French Hand Laundry, 606 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, 626.792.3881. Expensive, but well worth it for special-occasion garments. Many of the gowns worn to the big awards ceremonies are sent here to be cleaned.
Eco home services
B & B Lumber, 8040 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, 818.983.1645. Used/recycled lumber, doors, windows, sinks and more.
California Graywater Corps., 3400 Holyoke Dr., Los Angeles, 213.949.2343, greywatercorps.com. LEED-accredited architect and ecologist, quick install and not expensive.
ReStore, 770 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, 626.792.3838 and also 17700 S. Figueroa St., Gardena, 310.323.5665. Habitat for Humanity’s store for used/recycled home goods, building materials and more.
Rene Le Beau, Faultless Electric, 626.675.4208
Mihai Serban, 818.201.4433
Michael Sizer, 626.355.8742
John Watson, 626.233.4601
Ralph Siordia, Ralph’s Hardwood Floors, 626.339.1932
Gwyn Stephens, Bottoms Up Gardening Service, 626.797.9100. Also good for tree trimming.
Richard Demier, 323.270.4072. Also a good tree trimmer.
Richard Frausto & Sons, 626.796.8314. Landscaping and maintenance gardening.
Louis Martinez, 626.797.8028
Vivien Fortunaso, 626.818.7650. California garden grooming: native and Mediterranean planting; flower and vegetable gardening; landscape maintenance.
Garden accents and décor
Foothill Fountain (Paul Moreno) 626.844.6453 or 562.964.0101 (Paul’s cell) 3040 E. Foothill, Pasadena. Pots, from petite to large—hand painted terra cotta to modern cement pots au natural or tinted to the color of your choice. Custom planters made on site. Salvage, from wrought iron to great outdoor furniture; statuary and garden knick-knacks. Free delivery in the Pasadena area.
David King, DTK Builders, 323.666.1706
John Walker, Walker-Mattheissen Builders, 626.397.2897
Mike Zenzola, 626.914.2550
Don Hamilton, 818.314.5986. A good carpenter (and former skateboard champ!).
Steve’s Home Maintenance, 626.797.0271, steveshomemaintenance.com. Carpentry, tile, concrete and more; good for building fences and decks and doing all-around home repairs and improvement.
Arunas Zvinakevicius, 213.590.5156. Carpentry, repairs, light electrical and plumbing… he can do almost everything.
Jordi Stringfellow, Jordi & Co. 626.665.4222, jordiandco.com. Seasonal and year-round home decor with a certain WOW-factor. Takes your favorite pieces and adds some new with perfect placement — your decor will never look better.
Reggie at Goodbye Junk, 800.407.6662. Professional, tidy and very nice.
All models-Gene’s Automotive Service (Jerry), Eagle Rock, 323.256.9193
American cars- Crescenta Valley Ford Specialists (Dennis Cann), La Crescenta, 818.248.8711
BMW & Mercedes – Plati German Car Service, Pasadena 626. 792.3330 platigermancar.com
Subaru- Suby Specialties (Steve Courtice), Monrovia, 626.358.4235, subyspecialties.com
Tires- B & D Auto Center, Altadena, 626.797.0848, banddautocenter.com
Toyota, Lexus, Honda, Acura, Nissan– Accurate Autoworks, Pasadena, 626.584.6632
Volvo & Mercedes- Independent Volvo Service (Vartkes Azazian), Pasadena, 626.796.5460
Peter Carpenter, 323.225.6180. Not cheap, but artistic and very high quality work.
Jonathan Martinez, 626.441.0315, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mario Osorio, 818.359.8345. Good work, low prices.
Scott Penn, Partnership Painting, partnershippainting.com. Full-service hometown painting contractor; great for larger jobs and complete house painting.
Craig Penne, 626.446.6133. Expensive but worth it for meticulous work.
Leslie Robinson, Diversified Painting, 213.453.4508, diversifiedpaintingcontractors.com.
Richard Stewart Painting, 818.951.1181. Excellent job for a reasonable price; great references and a reliable crew.
Foss Termite Control, 626.792.4154, fosstermite.com. Nontoxic methods.
Choice Pest Control, 626.535.9053. Let’s be honest: Norway rats are an issue in this town. The guys at Choice will thoroughly rat-proof your house.
Walsh’s Pest Control, 626.359.4712. Handles termites, ants and rodents.
Rafael Garcia, 323.563.3854
Fred Fehl, 626.791.1296
George’s Piano Service, 626.351.2077
Blaine Hebert, 626.795.5170. Also repairs pianos and other stringed instruments.
Ariel Fischer, Sooner Plumbing, 626.255.4144. Good all-around plumber.
Doug Kutruff, 626.793.0461. Great for smaller jobs.
Keithly Plumbing, 626.449.0387. A good choice for bigger jobs.
Happy Sam’s Plumbing, 800.679.6861
E. L. Plumbing, Altadena, 626.240.9627 Affordable and professional.
Rick Jenkins, 626.287.8521
Tom Pike, 626.791.0574
Campagna Roofing, 626.398.1302
Devon Roofers, 626.796.6996
Sam Hart, 1041 E. Green St., 2nd floor, Pasadena, 626.840.5993. Great for suits and special-occasion clothing, but also does a great job hemming jeans at a fair price.
Laurel’s Apparel Service, 871 N. Baldwin Ave., Sierra Madre, 626.355.3280. Everything from wedding-dress altering to hemming pants.
Tailoring Plus, 463 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena, 626.577.4101. George is a reliable tailor for everyday jobs, from taking in pants to hemming skirts.
Zinke’s Shoe Repair, 592 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626.793.5790. An iconic spot with a fabulous neon sign. It’s slated to be torn down for condos, so get your shoes fixed while you can.
Solar City, James Thiel, 310.913.6200, solarcity.com. Purchase and lease programs available.
Tile & stone installation
Pablo De Lazaro, 818.437.4091
Tile & tub restoration/matching
Miracle Method, 818.957.2177. Montrose-based company that can match your oldest tiles and bathtubs.
Danny Osti Tree Service, 626.355.7087. Highly experience certified arborist who does work for such cities as La Cañada.
Gabriel Astorga, Safe and Beautiful Tree Co., 626.794.5074. Certified arborist with very good prices.
Oscar at Sky’s the Limit, 626.483.1801. Licensed in San Marino.
Frank Park, Artistic Trees, 626.915.3003
Lynnette Adams, 626.398.6317. Creative, affordable upholstery and window coverings.
Walter Garrido, G & G Window Cleaning, 323.234.7242. Also does pressure washing and cleans rain gutters.