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Nicole’s in South Pas

Nicole’s in South Pas

You may think of Nicole’s as a great place to have a Croque Monsieur (or a Croque Nicole!), or to pick up a thick slice of Pâté de Campagne and thin slices of prosciutto to go along with a crusty baguette. But have you looked between the shelves? Have you ventured past the tables, the [...]

Wander Through Leanna Lin’s Wonderland for Mother’s Day

Wander Through Leanna Lin’s Wonderland for Mother’s Day

It’s hard to imagine Wonderland, the vibrant, Tokyo pop-inspired store in Eagle Rock, without owner Leanna Lin Fong…or to imagine the pixie-haired proprietress in a shop setting less unique. Bright and airy, cute and quirky, full of fun — going to Leanna Lin’s Wonderland really is like visiting a happy land where countless cheery cities [...]

Flour + Tea = Mmm Mmm Good

Flour + Tea = Mmm Mmm Good

With a location on the corner of Arroyo Parkway and Cordova and parking in a garage at the bottom of an apartment/condo complex, it would seem as though this tea house/bakery/cafè would be at a disadvantage. But, it is not. While we were chatting with Nancy Ou, co-owner with her cousin Johnson Wang of Flour [...]

Belle’s Nest in Sierra Madre

Belle’s Nest in Sierra Madre

Belle’s Nest is an ode to the arts; an indoor vintage flea market that takes the American Dream and gives it creative whimsy. Owners Gloria Prins and Elena Alonzo opened the shop in 2010 with the mission to create a store that could be what the global website Etsy is to artists and entrepreneurs—a place [...]

Sawhorse in Highland Park

Sawhorse in Highland Park

It’s eclectic. A bit funky. Kind of cool. It’s takes  a moment to get your bearings because it’s not immediately apparent what kind of shop is this Sawhorse in Highland Park. Looking around, there are paintings and mirrors, wooden wall cabinets, china sets, teapots, vases, toasters, books, and jewelry. The owner is Jim. He’s the [...]

South Pasadena’s Book ‘Em!

South Pasadena’s Book ‘Em!

They must feel like an endangered species. The local mystery shop, Book ‘Em Mysteries, is only one of two bookshops dedicated to the mystery and crime genres that still exist in the state of california. Open for 23 years, and after an inauspicious start (seven months after they opened, an arsonist destroyed their building), Mary [...]

The Soap Kitchen: Smell It, Try It, Love It

The Soap Kitchen: Smell It, Try It, Love It

Need some aromatherapy? Welcome to The Soap Kitchen on Fair Oaks Avenue in Old Pasadena. To open the door and step in is to be enveloped with the scents of oils and herbs. Usually right inside the door is the main ingredient in which to mix these oils and herbs. It’s easy to miss, but [...]

Colori in San Marino

Colori in San Marino

  A trip to visit a son who was studying abroad has led to an addition to the kernel of shops on Mission Street in San Marino: Colori. After a long, hot day walking the streets of Venice, a necklace in a shop window caught Lori Samuels’ eye. She and her husband entered the shop [...]

Green House Gifts for Halloween

Green House Gifts for Halloween

For 42 years, the volunteers have done it all. They’ve been buyers, managers, designers, decorators, and saleswomen. Though their location may have changed since they opened the original green-framed shop on East Green Street, their mission has not. The Green House Gift Shop exists to support and raise money for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. At their [...]

A Passion for Color

A Passion for Color

She had no business plan and no financial backing. What she had was passion. Deepali Pareek spent three months in her native India, invested in one container of goods, and opened Livin’ Art on Mission Street in South Pasadena—just as construction started on the nearby metro that shut the small town’s main street, and only [...]

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