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Berg Hardware

Berg Hardware

A hometown hardware store since 1923, Berg has the most helpful, knowledgeable staff anywhere, bar none. They’ll match the screw or bolt you bring in, they’ll help you choose the right kind of glue for that craft project, and, if you’re a JPL scientist seeking a widget for an unusual project, they’ll help you with [...]

Mary Falkingham

Mary Falkingham

Mary does abby fabby custom work, especially for big occasions like weddings and charity balls, and her work is often showcased in posh magazines and venues like the Pasadena Showcase House. But she also does special one-off arrangements that will wow the lucky recipient. This is a small storefront shop with limited hours, so it’s [...]

SUO

SUO

This large, loft-like boutique is stocked with vintage-inspired feminine dresses and tops that won’t break the bank — think a more affordable Anthropologie. There’s also an array of great costume jewelry, accessories and inexpensive handbags that take note of designer trends. The look you’ll find here will keep you up with the Joneses but will [...]

B.Luu

B.Luu

A cozy boutique in the heart of Paseo Colorado, B.Luu offers designer brands that are contemporary and delectable. The target customer is on the younger side, mid-20s to late 30s, and she’s generally pretty fashion savvy. With such edgy brands as La Rok, Alica + Olivia, and Genetic denim, B.Luu is not selling the same [...]

Dinosaur Farm

Dinosaur Farm

Our kids may be too old for toys now, but they still get misty-eyed when we pass this South Pas destination, where we bought so many birthday presents back in the day. Owner David Plenn has kept the store as fresh as ever, mixing the kid-staple basics (Legos, Thomas the Tank Engine, storybooks) with a [...]

Onesipkim

Onesipkim

It’s not often that you know a shop owner’s drinking habits before you enter, but Kim Madolora’s store is named for hers. This beautiful, modern space in Old Town is rich in the newest names in L.A. fashion — Voom, LA Made, EVER, Revolver, Hourglass — as well as Lollia fragrances and candles, bags by [...]

Potted

Potted

Sometimes you’ve got to wander a short way out of the San Gabriel Valley to find just the thing you’re looking for — and if you’re looking for something for the garden that you won’t find anywhere else, you need to head west to up-and-coming Atwater and spend some time browsing Potted, the finest garden-accessory [...]

Flutter

Flutter

A newish Pasadena (and now San Marino) institution, Flutter carries a wide array of such designer brands as Cynthia Steffe, Ella Moss, Nanette Lepore, One Girl Who and Single for customers ranging in age from late 30s to hip-mature. The mix ensures that you’ll find something for everyone. With well-known, quality brands come steep prices, [...]

Lincoln Avenue Nursery

Lincoln Avenue Nursery

Built around a 1903 cottage, this is one of Pasadena’s more hidden and low-key nurseries, but it deserves to be sought out. Owner Ramon Franco spent 30 years as a landscape contractor before he and his wife, Teresa, bought the place from the Japanese-American family that had owned it for two generations, and he brings [...]

Jenni B.

Jenni B.

All SGV fashionistas thank heaven for Jenni B., a truly exemplary contemporary boutique in not-so-contemporary Old Town Monrovia that saves locals a trek to the westside. The selection is magnificent, with amazing pieces from Voom, Fremont, Susana Monaco, Yoana Baraschi, Kuyumi NY and more. There are also casual pieces from Free People and AG Jeans, [...]

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