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New Croissant on the Block: Wheat Shop
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New Croissant on the Block: Wheat Shop

By Emily G. Peters Space is a luxury in ever-growing Old Town Pasadena, where you’re fortunate to find an open chair at the more popular weekend spots. New bakery Wheat Shop is changing all that with plenty of room for your laptop, latte, and perhaps a couple of friends thrown in, too. Founded in 2016,…

Arcadia Association of Realtors Announces ‘Healthy Gains’ In Housing Market
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Arcadia Association of Realtors Announces ‘Healthy Gains’ In Housing Market

Led by the San Francisco Bay Region, California home sales registered healthy gains in February on both a monthly and annual basis after January’s weak start, according to the Arcadia Association of REALTORS®. Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 422,910 units in February, according to…

From Croatia, With Love: Cafe LuMar
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From Croatia, With Love: Cafe LuMar

By Emily G. Peters Until the last decade, Croatia has largely flown under the radar in popular culture. And while California boasts one of the more significant Croatian American populations in the United States, its cuisine also remains lesser known—that is, except to those who have dined at Cafe LuMar in Monrovia. The inconspicuous cafe…

Lemon Drop Cookie Shop
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Lemon Drop Cookie Shop

By Emily G. Peters Lent is nearly over—and for some that means sugar is back on the menu in a big way. Fortunately, Monrovia’s Lemon Drop Cookie Shop has been supplying the sugar fix with its custom gourmet cookies since 2012. “Having a family that prefers anything other than cakes, I went in search of…

No End in Sight for the Rise of Craft Breweries
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No End in Sight for the Rise of Craft Breweries

By Jackie Gonzales Over the last six years the craft brewery industry has seen a renaissance. With breweries sprouting up in every city, there has never been a better time to be a beer lover. According to industry experts the growth amongst breweries can be attributed to a number of different factors. One major influence…

Folia Collective: Pasadena’s Plant Shop
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Folia Collective: Pasadena’s Plant Shop

By Emily G. Peters If you’ve never been able to keep a plant alive for longer than a week, fear not: no one at Folia Collective is going to judge you. They might, however, suggest one or two ways you can revive your inner sanctum of greenery without going mad. Created by Pasadena-based photographer Danae…

Find Your Sweet Spot at The Bee Cottage
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Find Your Sweet Spot at The Bee Cottage

By Emily G. Peters The Bee Cottage in Pasadena is a feast for the decorative eye; every corner crammed with something to beautify the home or office—especially for the seasons. This month, Easter is on full display, showcasing owner Nicole Robeson’s skill at capturing the spirit of holidays throughout the year. “I wear many hats…

Happy Hour Vibes at Home Brewed Bar
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Happy Hour Vibes at Home Brewed Bar

By Emily G. Peters Flavor-seeking caffeine fiends should make their way to Home Brewed Bar, a Pasadena cafe distilling new flavors from the classics. Managed by “renegade entrepreneur” Brian Molina, Home Brewed Bar’s painstaking “toddy” technique creates a smoother, less acidic base for its inventive cold-brewed concoctions. “I want people to see that coffee and…

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