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Christmas Open House at Craft Fair Gift Shop

Christmas Open House at Craft Fair Gift Shop

Over 210 local exhibitors—all of them over the age of 50—who make hand crafted jewelry, pottery, dolls, cards, clothing, home furnishings, wood work pieces, and baby items will be selling their goods at the Assistance League of Pasadena’s Craft Fair Gift Shop for their Christmas Open House on Saturday, November 9th. Complimentary coffee and cookies [...]

Beyond the Olive, 2013

Beyond the Olive, 2013

Ever tasted great olive oil…the kind that brings out the best in recipes or simply tastes delicious—mixed with a 25-year-old balsamic and accompanied by a fresh piece of ciabatta ready for dipping? If that description makes your mouth water, you need to visit Beyond the Olive. This Old Town store calls itself “Pasadena’s premiere source [...]

Cookies & Cream in South Pas

Cookies & Cream in South Pas

Another ice cream joint has arrived, joining the multitude of others in the area, elbowing its way amongst all the cupcake shops, bakeries, and cafés that tempt our waistlines on a daily basis. Cookies and Cream on Fair Oaks Avenue, south of Mission Street and north of Oxley, owned by Mr. Cheng Lui, has opened [...]

Endangered Cultures

Endangered Cultures

I started by making one shirt for my son. He came home and told me that his buddies working at Val Surf asked about it. I didn’t pay attention at first. Then I was making them for him, and his friends were ordering. One friend said he wore a shirt to a party and folks [...]

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 [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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