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9 Great Kids’ Books for Holiday Gifting

9 Great Kids’ Books for Holiday Gifting
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San Marino Toy & Book Shoppe employs some of the savviest elves in town, ever ready to help with the eternal question, “What should I get for my niece/cousin/neighbor in the (fill in the blank here) age group?” The large and airy space on Huntington Drive is a mecca for birthday and holiday shoppers, because […]

Yes, Virginia, There Are Great Books About Winter Holidays

Yes, Virginia, There Are Great Books About Winter Holidays

Winter abounds with holiday traditions, and unless your family is an equal-opportunity celebrator, you may be as stumped as I am when asked simple questions like “what does Hanukkah celebrate?” Or “What’s on the sixth night of Kwanzaa?” or “Why are there Christmas trees?” I remember one Christmas morning (we are  nominal Protestants, and that’s […]

Shop for the Animals

Shop for the Animals

South Pasadena’s über-creative hangout, Common Thread Studio, is hosting an event they’re calling the Common Rally on Saturday, and basically it appears to be a craft geek’s paradise. Taking place at three Mission Street craft havens—Common Thread, Abuelita’s and Zinna—the day is devoted to raising money for the Pasadena Humane Society and to celebrating the […]

Lulu Brandt

Lulu Brandt

This elegant boutique showcases more exclusive designers than any other shop in town: Hugo Boss for women, Matthew Williamson, Stella McCartney, Blumarine and more. The shoes and accessories are great as well. It’s a little bit of Vogue magazine in unlikely Old Pasadena. Most importantly, the service is renowned — a saleswoman once insisted on running to the store’s nearby warehouse […]

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 […]

Marz

Marz

In the heart of hip Mission Street, Marz has whimsy and wit galore, offering everything from vintage sterling candlesticks to Mexican folk art to kid’s bandages with pictures of sushi. The eclectic collection includes books, cards, wrapping paper, scarves, pillows, dishes, baby clothes and lots of silly gift items. Staples: Some of the best greeting cards in town, seasonal home-decor items […]

Farrin O’Connor

Farrin O’Connor

This is the place for jewelry-making supplies – both tools and such raw materials as sterling silver and semiprecious beads and gems. Wannabe jewelry makers can sign up for a class or get expert advice from owner Margo Farrin, a Pasadena treasure. Staples: Everything the novice to expert jewelry maker needs. Don’t Miss: The bead room. You won’t believe […]

Mission Antiques

Mission Antiques

A great spot to bring the kids, Mission is small enough to keep an eye on them and carries plenty of fun, funky and affordable items that will hold their interest. If the fabulous folk-art felt pumpkin pillow is gone, we’re sorry – we just couldn’t help ourselves. Staples: Homey American furniture, old books and records, light fixtures and a […]

Distant Lands

Distant Lands

A traveler’s best friend, Distant Lands houses everything from an on-site travel agency to a fabulous library of books and maps. The staff members are all passionate travelers, so you’re likely to get good advice just in conversation, and they’ll point you toward the best books for your destination — or your daydreaming. Check out the regular events […]

Clothes Heaven

Clothes Heaven

Larayne Brannon says, “We make sure women have fun here – after all, shopping is a recreational sport.” And you will indeed have fun exploring this high-end collection of gently worn goods. The best way to negotiate the crowded store is to follow the signs. “Extra Snazzy,” for instance, marks suits and dresses from such elite designers as Armani, Chanel and Escada. They’re […]

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