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For This Gym, Boxing is Bigger Than Physical Strength
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For This Gym, Boxing is Bigger Than Physical Strength

By Emily Glory Peters As Mike Tyson once famously observed, everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.  Still, having a (thoughtful) approach to caring for your physical and mental health is a great idea—especially in an era where burnout and overstimulation are painfully real. At 15th Round Boxing in Pasadena, brothers…

Integrity: The Secret to this Motorcycle Shop’s Longevity
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Integrity: The Secret to this Motorcycle Shop’s Longevity

By Emily Glory Peters When Luis Luna named his motorcycle repair shop “Lunatic Psycles,” he was just looking for a unique alternative to the standard “Bob’s Cycles/Joe’s Cycles” option. What’s been truly loony is his approach to growing—or self-sabotaging—his business. “I’m the world’s worst salesperson,” he attests. And perhaps it’s true. Before launching Lunatic Cycles…

A Personal Passion for Tea Takes Off
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A Personal Passion for Tea Takes Off

By Linda Taubenreuther As the child of a struggling single mom in the inner city of Canton, Ohio, the only tea Lawrence Charles knew about was instant Lipton in a pitcher. Today, he’s a sophisticated tea enthusiast and celebrated purveyor of “the bespoke artisan tea experience,” able to discuss in detail how a plantation and…

Take a Stroll Down Book Alley, a Pasadena Staple
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Take a Stroll Down Book Alley, a Pasadena Staple

By Emily Glory Peters One of Pasadena’s best kept secrets is its healthy number of exceptional independent bookstores. Book Alley, founded in 1992 and located just a few blocks from Pasadena City College, is no exception—though weathering a quarter century’s worth of business storms hasn’t been an easy ride. “I got into the book business…

Local Interior Designer Makes Gorgeous Living Spaces
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Local Interior Designer Makes Gorgeous Living Spaces

By May S. Ruiz Owning a house and making it a home is something most of us aspire to. We take great pains to make our abode a place where we can live comfortably and take pride in; where we can hold get-togethers or dinners with colleagues; where our children can invite their friends for…

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