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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 [...]

Chocolate de Venezuela

Chocolate de Venezuela

Little Tokyo. Strawberry Mojito. Acropolis. What have these to do with Venezuelan chocolate, you may ask. One evening not too long ago, Amara Chocolate & Coffee‘s co-owner Amara Barroeta was eating at a sushi restaurant and became absorbed and intrigued by the many flavors. She then began to consider how these tastes could blend with her 100% [...]

Let’s Go Vintage: High & Low

Let’s Go Vintage: High & Low

Something’s up on Green Street. High Low Vintage has just opened with “an eye towards Mid-Century Modern, Industrial Age, and Post Modern clothes, antiques, and collectibles.” They carry movie posters from the 1930′s through the 1950′s, and also have art and furniture from the 18th & 19th centuries. Proprietor Carolyn Gray says, “Yes, we’re eclectic!” [...]

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 [...]

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