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California Housing Market Eases into Fall Homebuying Season
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California Housing Market Eases into Fall Homebuying Season

California’s housing market eased into the fall homebuying season as seasonally adjusted sales rose both month-to-month and year-to-year in September, 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 past 18 months and totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 436,920…

Storiad Gives Indie Authors a Fighting Chance
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Storiad Gives Indie Authors a Fighting Chance

By Emily G. Peters Here’s a story of a man named Ramzi Hajj—and his determination to give independent authors a shot at success. Together with web developer wiz Nathan Tyler, the pair founded Storiad: a platform designed to solve marketing woes for writers. The software allows authors (and publishers) to customize bookselling campaigns step-by-step, saving…

California Pending Home Sales Stall for Third Straight Month in September
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California Pending Home Sales Stall for Third Straight Month in September

California pending home sales dwindled for the third consecutive month, suggesting that the housing market will slow as the end of the year winds down, the Arcadia Association of Realtors said today. Entering the fall home-buying season, the housing market momentum waned as Realtors reported slower open house traffic and listing appointments. Client presentations also fell…

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Ralphs “Re-opens” Arcadia Store with New Upscale Look 50-Year Old Store Aims for Competitive Edge

By Al Stewart The long awaited official “Grand re-Opening” of the Ralphs supermarket on Foothill Blvd. in Arcadia was mostly business usual, but a gathering of store employees in the parking lot for a mid-morning pep-talk hinted that something was stirring at the old store. Clad in their matching crisp black polo shirts, and beaming…

Welcome Home to Charlie’s House
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Welcome Home to Charlie’s House

By Emily G. Peters Walking into Charlie’s House in Old Town Monrovia feels like strolling into the home of your most stylish, hospitable friend. And it should—owner Kristin Miller runs the gift and home decor boutique independently, with a little help from her husband and parents. The result reflects Miller’s talent for warm, airy interior…

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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…

Setting the Gold Standard at Au79 Teahouse
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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…

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