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Pasadena Black Pages Takes a Seat at the Media Table
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Pasadena Black Pages Takes a Seat at the Media Table

How insufficient representation sparked a new outlet for Pasadena’s African-American community By Emily Glory Peters “It started when Councilwoman Jacque Robinson lost the mayoral election in 2015,” says Dennis Haywood, founder and editor-in-chief for online publication Pasadena Black Pages (PBP). It was the first time the seat had been open in 16 years, and was…

Fantasy Frostings Finds its Sweet Spot in Pasadena
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Fantasy Frostings Finds its Sweet Spot in Pasadena

By Emily Glory Peters Congratulations: you’ve made it two months into 2019 and we bet you’re ready for a break from all those health-centric resolutions. Enter Fantasy Frostings. With a 2018 “Best of Pasadena” win to its name and longstanding popularity for its custom cakes and desserts, Fantasy Frostings is the bakery dream come true…

Lifeline for Pets Gives Animals a Second Chance
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Lifeline for Pets Gives Animals a Second Chance

By Emily Glory Peters Pet overpopulation remains a tremendous challenge for Los Angeles, where hundreds of animals regularly pour into already crowded shelters. In Pasadena, no-kill rescue organization Lifeline for Pets makes an impact by transitioning neglected and abused animals into beloved pets. “For us, rescue means taking full responsibility for the lives and care…

From Sierra Madre, With Love Songs: Zach and Bridget
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From Sierra Madre, With Love Songs: Zach and Bridget

By Emily Glory Peters Business and music seem an unromantic pairing, but for local band Zach & Bridget, they’re two sides of the same coin. Like the performers themselves, one can’t succeed without the other. “When we’re at our best is where I’m the content instigator and she’s the editor,” says Zach Galanis of his…

Monrovia Reads Seeks to Dismantle Illiteracy
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Monrovia Reads Seeks to Dismantle Illiteracy

By Emily Glory Peters Do you remember how you learned to read? Perhaps a conscientious parent or teacher started a favorite story with you at a young age. Most of us consider it a rite of passage and a given skill for kids and adults alike—and yet many in San Gabriel Valley struggle with illiteracy….

Liquid Folklore at RT Rogers Brewing Co.
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Liquid Folklore at RT Rogers Brewing Co.

By Emily Glory Peters “Ryan’s been brewing forever,” said Kelly Rogers of his youngest son, one-fourth of the Rogers crew behind RT Rogers Brewing Company in Sierra Madre. Each member of the family has pivotal roles: Kelly and his wife Joanna handle operation; older son Jesse (an art teacher) oversees graphic design and marketing and…

The Thrill of the Rare Book Chase
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The Thrill of the Rare Book Chase

Whitmore Rare Books carries rarities from the 1400s to modern day By Emily Glory Peters Many books are rare—but according to Dan Whitmore, owner of Whitmore’s Rare Books in Pasadena, that doesn’t necessarily make them valuable. So how does a lawyer-turned-book dealer decide what to carry in his shop? “Whitmore Rare Books has been focused…

Keeping the Peace at Ambrose Cafe
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Keeping the Peace at Ambrose Cafe

By Emily Glory Peters “Ambrose was a saint,” says Andrew Willis of the man for whom his coffee shop is named. Occupying the space that was once Archives Books (the go-to bookstore for Fuller Seminary) the shop’s association alone tells you Willis isn’t being facetious. Ambrose was an actual saint, admired by Willis for his…

Out With the Old, In With the Sew
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Out With the Old, In With the Sew

By Emily G. Peters In an era of mass-produced clothing, limitless fashion stores and a dry cleaner around every corner, sewing has more or less become a relic of the past. However, while they maintain everyone should be taught to sew on a button, Pollard’s Sew Creative in Arcadia has found new ways to make…

Soft Serve with a Swish
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Soft Serve with a Swish

By Emily G. Peters We know you just made your resolution to get in shape in 2019, but we’ve already got your cheat day ready at The Pond Ice cream in Arcadia. Barely a year old, The Pond is all about soft serve with an instagram-worthy swish. It started when coffee shop owner Nancy Lien…

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