Local Heroes: Retail

Jan 9, 2010

The holidays are over, and we’re all trembling in fear at the impending arrival of our December VISA bills — but sometimes even in January we need to buy stuff. This is the month of everyday-essential purchases: Some nails and paint to fix that fence, a box of thank-you cards so your kids can acknowledge holiday gifts, a bottle of wine to take to a dinner party, a new leash to replace the one your dog chewed up, some pansies to put around your door now that the poinsettias are dead.

If you share our new year’s resolution to shop local — which builds community, fosters entrepreneurism and, most notably, keeps more money in our towns — here are great alternatives to the chains for those everyday January shopping needs:

A world of hardware at Berg's

Instead of OSH or Lowe’s
Altadena Hardware, 849 E. Mariposa St., Altadena 626.794.4393
Berg’s Hardware, 495 N. Altadena Dr., Pasadena 626.793.6161
Crown City Hardware, 1047 N. Allen Ave., Pasadena 626.794.0234,
Tritch Hardware, 1620 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock 323.255.8222

Instead of Hallmark
Carmody & Company, 121 Union St., Old Pasadena 626.795.2924,
Paperwhites, 2491 Mission St., San Marino 626.441.2196
Webster’s, 2450 N. Lake Ave., Altadena 626.797.1135,

Rosso Wine

Instead of BevMo or Vons
Colorado Wine Company, 2114 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock, 323.478.1985,
Gerlach’s, 1075 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, 626.799.1166
Mission Wines, 1114 Mission St., South Pasadena, 626.403.9463,
Rosso Wine Shop, 3459 N. Verdugo Rd., Montrose 818.330.9130,

Instead of Petco or PetSmart
I Dig My Dog, 2160 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, 626.844.7877,
My Pet Garden, 2245 E. Colorado Blvd., East Pasadena, 626449.1600,
Paw Boutique, 523 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, 626.396.1136,

Instead of Armstrong or Lowe’s
Burkard Nursery, 690 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena 626.796.4355,
Lincoln Avenue Nursery, 804 Lincoln Ave., Pasadena, 626.792.2138
Persson’s, 3115 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., East Pasadena, 626.792.6073
San Gabriel Nursery & Florist, 632 S. San Gabriel Blvd., San Gabriel, 626.286.3782,

6 Responses for “Local Heroes: Retail”

  1. Ann Erdman says:

    This is a great service you are providing, Colleen!

    Of those on your list, I personally shop at Crown City Hardware, Carmody & Company, Webster’s and Burkard’s Nursery. I buy wine from Mission Liquor at the northwest corner of Washington and Allen, which has a great selection.

    I bought most of my Christmas gifts from local, independently owned retailers such as Lula Mae, Carmody and Vroman’s.

    Keep your sales taxes local, everybody! They help fund schools and city services.

  2. Petrea says:

    Excellent post and thanks for the tips. Very helpful!

    Shopping at the chain stores located in our city limits isn’t the worst thing. They do employ locals, and pay local taxes. But I like supporting our local business people and we have some fantastic shops here.

    I haven’t tried My Pet Garden or the Paw Boutique, but even though I Dig My Dog is a great place for a lot of reasons, they don’t carry much in the shop. There is Centinela Feed, ( admittedly a chain, but at least it’s a southern California chain and their prices beat most of what you’ll find at Petco.

  3. Lori Webster says:

    Great article, Colleen, and thanks for the mention! I love that the news about how important shopping locally is to our communities is being spread like (safe) wildfire. I also am very pleased to see the mention of so many fabulous independent businesses – it’s nice to be in such good company!

    Keep up the good work and if anyone is interested to know more about how independent businesses affect our local economies, please see

    Happy New Year to you!

  4. Paul Anderson says:

    Don’t forget about Tritch Hardware Store in Eagle Rock. Probably the most customer-friendly around and very old school!

  5. dali says:

    There’s nothing more essential than every day soap! Don’t forget The Soap Kitchen in Old Town Pasadena for all natural handmade olive oil soaps.

    We love what you’re doing at Hometown Pasadena!

    – Dali



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