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Vroman’s Bookstore

Vroman’s Bookstore

At the flagship Colorado store you can roam many shelves of books and still have that inner glow of knowing you are supporting a local business – this Pasadena institution is going strong after more than 100 years. In fact, in 2008 Publishers Weekly named it Bookseller of the Year. Call ahead and pick something [...]

Sierra Madre Books

Sierra Madre Books

Small and personable, in the heart of Sierra Madre’s impossibly charming downtown, this new shop is part community hub – offering tutoring, poetry readings and a meeting room – and part new and used bookstore. The selection isn’t large, but you’ll find all the new bestsellers, and well as some terrific used finds. 52 W. [...]

Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time

A true community bookstore, this place is owned by Maureen Palacios, who seems to know every customer personally – and every book, too. Her store isn’t large, so she chooses the titles carefully. So even though much of the store is devoted to children’s books, adults will find lots of great reads, with particularly good [...]

Imix Bookstore

Imix Bookstore

Literature from Latin America is the focus at this compact and friendly book/gift store in the heart of Eagle Rock. You’ll find titles on politics and culture, English translations of Spanish-language novels, and some fiction and nonfiction in Spanish, too, along with jewelry from Lisa Rocha and Sergio Flores, art from Chicano and Native American [...]

Cliff’s Books

Cliff’s Books

Makes one think of the wonderful Arnold Lobel children’s poem that begins, “Books to the ceiling, books to the sky. My piles of books are a mile high.” One makes one’s way gingerly through this cluttered shop of used and rare treasures. Comic and record collectors have made some very special finds here, but mostly [...]

Border’s Books

A multimedia megastore, with books, a good collection of CDs (including world music, jazz and classical), DVDs, a decent newsstand, a large children’s section, lots of greeting cards and a popular café. Other locations in Glendale and in the Santa Anita Mall. 475 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena 626.304.9773, borders.com

9 Great Kids’ Books for Holiday Gifting

9 Great Kids’ Books for Holiday Gifting

San Marino Toy & Book Shoppe employs some of the savviest elves in town, ever ready to help with the eternal question, “What should I get for my niece/cousin/neighbor in the (fill in the blank here) age group?” The large and airy space on Huntington Drive is a mecca for birthday and holiday shoppers, because [...]

Yes, Virginia, There Are Great Books About Winter Holidays

Yes, Virginia, There Are Great Books About Winter Holidays

Winter abounds with holiday traditions, and unless your family is an equal-opportunity celebrator, you may be as stumped as I am when asked simple questions like “what does Hanukkah celebrate?” Or “What’s on the sixth night of Kwanzaa?” or “Why are there Christmas trees?” I remember one Christmas morning (we are  nominal Protestants, and that’s [...]

Shop for the Animals

Shop for the Animals

South Pasadena’s über-creative hangout, Common Thread Studio, is hosting an event they’re calling the Common Rally on Saturday, and basically it appears to be a craft geek’s paradise. Taking place at three Mission Street craft havens—Common Thread, Abuelita’s and Zinna—the day is devoted to raising money for the Pasadena Humane Society and to celebrating the [...]

Lulu Brandt

Lulu Brandt

This elegant boutique showcases more exclusive designers than any other shop in town: Hugo Boss for women, Matthew Williamson, Stella McCartney, Blumarine and more. The shoes and accessories are great as well. It’s a little bit of Vogue magazine in unlikely Old Pasadena. Most importantly, the service is renowned — a saleswoman once insisted on running to the store’s nearby warehouse [...]

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