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Vanity Room

Vanity Room

A salon and boutique combined, Vanity Room is like a trip to your best friend’s closet. Tiny and comforting, the boutique is a breath of fresh air from the hustle and bustle of malls and even the grander boutiques around town. Since it’s so tiny, the owner focuses on buying hip items that you can […]

Leonora Moss

Leonora Moss

Mom and daughter owners run this stellar gift boutique and flower shop. Fresh-cut flowers are in the big fridge for your shopping pleasure, or pre-plan with Laurie and Judith, both of whom are talented designers. There’s also a good selection of accessories, reasonably priced linen clothing, one-of-a-kind jewelry and gifts for teen girls, their moms […]

Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse

Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse

It seems like anyone who’d open a large independent bookstore in this Amazon era would have to be insane, and yet Lenora and Peter Wannier appear to be completely sane – and smart, too. They’ve done everything right in the handsome new store they built from scratch: chosen the titles carefully to reflect the interests […]

Jacob Maarse Florists

Jacob Maarse Florists

Located in an old, converted Cadillac dealership in the Playhouse District, Jacob Maarse has been around since 1966 and is the place that well-bred Pasadenans call when stunning arrangements must be sent. Extras include garden accoutrements, gifts and ready-made arrangements. Flowers from Jacob Maarse mean something in this town. His countless friends are now grieving […]

La Cañada Goes Mad

La Cañada Goes Mad

In a manner of speaking, that is. Saturday brings the March Madness Sale to Foothill Boulevard, and the merchants are promising a lot of bargains. They’ll be moving the goods out onto the sidewalk, and there might even be some snacks involved. The event will run all the way from the Apple Cart on the […]

La Bella Rouge

La Bella Rouge

This quaint boutique has a cohesive vibe, with everything in the same category of “upbeat casual.” You can create a put-together look without spending a lot. There is a great jewelry selection at amazing prices—check out the cocktail rings, which look like they’d cost many times what they actually do. Besides the season’s big, bold […]

Gamble House Bookstore

Gamble House Bookstore

The former garage for the Gamble House is jam-packed with enough Arts & Crafts–related books, art and gifts to make an aficionado tremble with joy: limited-edition sets of drawings of Greene & Greene houses; gorgeous books on the Gamble House, the Greene brothers, the Arts & Craft movement, architecture, design and local history; greeting cards; […]

Salvation Army Antique Store

Salvation Army Antique Store

Behind the huge Salvation Army Thrift Store lies this smaller cottage where the better goods go. That’s not to say this is fancy stuff—it’s still a funky thrift shop, with the expected racks of old clothing and household tchotchkes. But this is where the better furniture goes, and savvy shoppers stop in weekly for a […]

Koi Style

Koi Style

At this revered store (which longtime locals still call “Sonnie’s,” a name dating from when four shops occupied this space), the style is unstructured and comfortable, with soft, flowing jackets, long skirts, pants, T-shirts, jewelry and accessories. Many of the pieces are particularly great for travel, because they pack well and can handle wrinkles. Clothing highlights include the Victorian-inspired pieces […]

Book ‘Em Mysteries

Book ‘Em Mysteries

If you can’t get enough of Inspector Dagliesh or Kinsey Millhone – and what murder-mystery buff can? – you’ll want to haunt Book ’Em, which carries new and used murder mysteries, detective novels and crime fiction. It’s quite a bright and cheerful place for such dark subject matter, and the staff members are not at […]

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