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Mt. Lowe Brewing Company

By Emily G. Peters Arcadia’s first microbrewery is ready to pour you a cold one this summer. Owned by fellow brewers Mike Reiling and Shawn Nemanich, Mt. Lowe Brewing Company has a passion for quality craft beer and a love for local history. Neither owners are new to the entrepreneur game—before launching Mt. Lowe, Reiling…

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We Rock the Spectrum Kids’ Gym Pasadena

By Emily G. Peters We Rock the Spectrum is a rarity: an integrated, all-inclusive gym for children. Their business name works as an affirmation, a mantra, a cheer: that children of all ability levels deserve a safe place to play together. We Rock The Spectrum Pasadena is owned by Ani Charthern, a licensed and practicing…

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A Meal With a View: Mary’s Market & Cafe

Story and Photos By Emily G. Peters Snug in the Sierra Madre foothills lives a cafe that has served the hamlet for almost a century: Mary’s Market & Cafe. Mary’s Market got its start in 1921, assuming its current name sometime in the 1950s. Though it had long been a staple in the Sierra Madre…

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Garden View Landscaping, Nursery and Pools

By Emily G. Peters There’s gardening—and then there’s landscape architecture. For Garden View Landscaping, Nursery and Pools, the difference has to be seen to be believed. Founder and president Mark Meahl founded Garden View in 1978 with just enough cash in his pocket to get something going. “I didn’t realize there were a lot of…

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See the Vintage Spectacle with Old Focals

By Emily G. Peters Fellow four-eyes of the world, put down that Lasik brochure. At Pasadena’s vintage eyewear purveyor Old Focals, good old fashioned glasses have always been glam. For the last 30 years, this atypical boutique has given glasses-wearers the chance to set themselves apart with a wide selection of styles from yesteryear. From…

Classic Kickboxing
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Classic Kickboxing

  Photos and Story By Emily G. Peters It’s official—we’re well into our second quarter of 2017. For those struggling with their resolution to get in shape this year, Classic Kickboxing in Pasadena is in your corner. This professional gym got its start in 2002 when founder and head instructor Mauricio Gonzalez decided to share…

Distant Lands
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Distant Lands

Get Ready to Travel to Distant Lands By Emily G. Peters It’s not just a bookstore. It’s not just a luggage shop, or even a travel agency. Distant Lands is a resource; a travel emporium designed to equip those suffering from acute wanderlust. Distant Lands Travel Bookstore and Outfitter is one of those shops that…

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SafariBiz

By Emily G. Peters So many think of visiting Africa as an impossibility. Yet for Pasadena local Sarah Culhane, access to the continent is a birthright—and one that she’s eager to share with others. Born in Kenya and educated in South Africa, Culhane came to the U.S. after a short time working as an architect….

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