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Monsieur Crêpe Brings French Cafe Culture to L.A.
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Monsieur Crêpe Brings French Cafe Culture to L.A.

By Emily G. Peters Near the base of the “Village of the Foothills,” French bistro Monsieur Crêpe is bringing a little piece of Paris to the sidewalks of Sierra Madre. To chef Aurelien “Tony” Mosconi, the hamlet’s evolving food scene is about as close to European cafe culture as you can get in Los Angeles….

Brooks Berdan, Ltd. – By Audiophiles, For Audiophiles
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Brooks Berdan, Ltd. – By Audiophiles, For Audiophiles

By Emily G. Peters There’s audio equipment—and then there’s Brooks Berdan. Founded by husband-and-wife team Sheila Berdan and the late Brooks Berdan, this impressive shop has been supplying audio junkies with their fix for nearly 30 years. Specializing in high end audio gear and installation, Brooks Berdan was highly respected in the audio industry throughout…

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Setting the Gold Standard at Au79 Teahouse

By Emily G. Peters Some believe reading tea leaves can reveal your future. For Au79 Teahouse owner Megan Lee, her career path has been clear since age 19: she was destined for the tea business. Sharing ownership with her family, the Lees have opened successful Au79 teahouse storefronts in Arcadia, Pasadena and San Gabriel. Their…

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The Magic of Reading Revived: Century Books

Story and Photos by Emily G. Peters Is reading is a dying art? Some statistics would say so. According to a 2015 Pew Research study, one in four Americans never even got around to reading a book. That same year, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences found the average amount of time Americans spend…

First City Credit Union Celebrating 80th Anniversary
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First City Credit Union Celebrating 80th Anniversary

First City Credit Union in Los Angeles is celebrating its 80th anniversary with a number of celebration events in September, culminating on the credit union’s “birth date” or date of establishment, Sept. 28. Open houses will take place in each of the credit union’s eight branches, including its branch in Pasadena. The open houses will take…

California Housing Market Defies Tight Inventory as Sales and Median Price Propel Higher
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California Housing Market Defies Tight Inventory as Sales and Median Price Propel Higher

California’s housing market defied gravity as existing home sales and median home price registered increases on both a monthly and an annual basis in August, the Arcadia Association of Realtors® said today. Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California remained above the 400,000 benchmark for the 17th consecutive month and totaled a…

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Elevating Scavenging to an Art Form: Maude Woods

By Emily G. Peters Though named after one, Maude Woods is not your grandmother’s home decor. Each piece in this airy boutique is thoughtfully curated so your home reflects your personal style—not IKEA’s. Founded by designer Carrie Davich, Maude Woods has its roots in Los Angeles’ fashion design scene. Entrepreneurial at heart, Davich co-owned the…

For the Greener Good: Go Green Solutions
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For the Greener Good: Go Green Solutions

By Emily G. Peters Corporate environmentalism is not a new concept, but it’s an attitude that can be hard to adopt. To help, Pasadena’s Go Green Solutions, Inc. aims to take make energy-friendly lighting accessible to offices and parking spaces across Southern California. Go Green’s owners have an unexpected background. Both successful businessmen, William Meurer…

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