What’s New with Hometown Pasadena?

Mar 8, 2010

The answer? A lot. So we’d like to share a bit.

For one thing, readership continues to climb. Last month saw some 30,000 visitors checking in with us, reading nearly 130,000 pages in the process. We are grateful for your company and hope to hear more from you.

For another, we’re proud to bring you a wonderful new series by graphic design and handy guy Bill Smith, who with his wife, Sheryl Scott, has undertaken the restoration of a dilapidated cottage in Pasadena’s Historic Highlands. We’ll follow their progress as they share the history of the house, what it will take to make it livable, and tales from the rehab front.

We’ve also launched a new department called Kid Stuff, where you’ll find destinations, book reviews, ideas and even think pieces of interest to Pasadena-area families with children. Thanks to neighbor and contributor Claire Glidden for the idea to add this needed section.

And there’s yet another new department: You Better Shop Around, where we’re featuring a worthwhile independent retailer every week, a shop that sells the sort of goods — from handbags to hardware — that you’re not likely to find anywhere else.

Of course, there are frequent new posts in our recurring sections; right now you don’t want to miss our guide to the best drinks in town, or our resident historian Matt Horman’s look at the life and work of author Charlotte Perkins Gilman, or Jill Ganon’s report on the hot new Old Town bistro Dish, or William Goldstein’s review of Slaw Dogs, or Mel Malmberg’s advice on good books, or our tips on the coolest events in town… and the list goes on.

Finally, we want to thank our growing roster of sponsors, who are making this all possible. These businesses are our neighbors, our friends, our resources, and we encourage you to patronize them whenever possible. They include: Balanced Concepts, Camp Shi’ini, Carmody & Co., Carrie Benuska, Darrell Done, Dream Dinners, Maude Woods, Motif Gifts, Partnership Painting, Plati German Car Repair and Super King Markets. If you’d like to join this roster of supporters, we’d love to talk to you; call Caroline at 626.793.9796 or e-mail her at



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