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Homesteading in the Year 2012

Homesteading in the Year 2012

You say “homesteading” and people imagine the 19th century and wagon trains; families venturing west, battling weather, illness, transportation break-downs, and dwindling supplies as they head to unknown territory to set down new roots and live off the land. And then, some people simply say, “What’s homesteading again?” Homesteading in this year 2012 can be [...]

Special Occasions Head to Toe

Special Occasions Head to Toe

We’re looking for a particular clothing store. We think it’s within the first three blocks on Mission Street, west of Fair Oaks. Several drive-bys prove fruitless. Then, oh, this one looks familiar. We park; we lock; we step inside. Okay, now not so familiar. But, hmmm, look at this… A multi-colored dress attracts our eye. [...]

The Alphabet Starts at ‘D’

The Alphabet Starts at ‘D’

That’s her slogan and she’s sticking to it. Jenette Goldstein says that she was forty years old and wearing a bra “that made me look matronly and vulgar at the same time.” Mon dieu, that wasn’t going to do at all. Once she was enlightened to the bliss of wearing a properly-sized bra, Jenette tossed [...]

TLO: Vintage Heaven

TLO: Vintage Heaven

Locals who (understandably) complain that Old Pasadena is just another mall, if an outdoors one, need to get off Colorado Boulevard and explore the side streets—especially Holly Street, where a gaggle of indie merchants are thriving. Our new fave is the Loved One, aka TLO, a vintage boutique that recently set a group of college [...]

Tea’s for the Birds

Tea’s for the Birds

Lan Ong, owner of Bird Pick Tea & Herb, is a third-generation tea connoisseur and an admitted tea purist. Her goal is to bring China’s tea culture to the mainstream—to turn tea novices into aficionados. In pursuit of that goal, she displays massive glass jars full of teas and herbs imported from estates in China, [...]

Keep Your Hat On!

Keep Your Hat On!

When you step through the door at 49 W. Colorado in Old Town, you step into a late 19th-century mise en scène par 1895, the year Goorin Brothers Hats was born in San Francisco’s Mission District. From the old pedestal table near the entrance to the vintage hat racks, tractor-seat barstools (thanks to Restoration Hardware), [...]

The Battery Books & Music

The Battery Books & Music

So, you’ve just finished Héctor Tobar’s The Barbarian Nurseries and you’d like to keep it, but your bookshelf simply refuses to accept any new neighbors. You have a new option: The Battery Books & Music store in South Pasadena. Though it is primarily a used book store, if you’ve bought a book new and read it, [...]

It’s Holly Street for the Holidays

It’s Holly Street for the Holidays

On Thursday, November 10th, you can kick off the season of giving on Holly Street at Therapy Clothing, Maude Woods and The Market on Holly. Therapy‘s dozens of designers include Nicole Richie’s Winter Kate, luxury denim designers Citizens of Humanity, and Hanky Panky, which makes lingerie. The art of living at Maude Woods begins with luxurious furnishings and vintage, [...]

Art’s a Driving Force at Cactus

Art’s a Driving Force at Cactus

Six and a half years ago, Sandra Mastroianni went down to Puerto Iguazu, Argentina—the land of waterfalls and butterflies—and fell in love. Literally. She met an artisan, fell in love, returned home, quit her job teaching, and opened Cactus Gallery & Gifts in Eagle Rock. Her initial focus was selling her then-husband Abraham’s jewelry, followed by [...]

Altadena Hardware Lives

Altadena Hardware Lives

It may have seemed a horror for locals when their neighborhood hardware store, owned by the same family for three generations, was sold last year. The good news is that the new owners, the Orlandini family, are continuing the legacy. They kept old scales, file drawers and bulk nail bins from the old store that [...]

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