Emily G. Peters

Bear Essentials Gift Shoppe
Business, Business Spotlight

Bear Essentials Gift Shoppe

  Back by popular demand! Story and PhotosBy Emily G. Peters The past few years have been the era of the reboot. “Gilmore Girls,” “X-Files” and more have all come back to us through popular demand. Yet Bear Essentials Gift Shoppe in Arcadia has achieved a much rarer phenomenon: the retail reboot. Before its premature…

Colette Restaurant
Business, Business Spotlight

Colette Restaurant

  Mimosa time and brunch junction at Colette Pasadena! Story and PhotosBy Emily G. Peters Nestled on the border of Pasadena and Sierra Madre is Colette, your new affordable brunch spot. Colette’s take on American cuisine promises good eats and energy for the quiet corner between the two neighborhoods, guided by foodie founders Tony and…

Ready Artwork
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Ready Artwork

  By Emily G. Peters Starting a business takes guts. Success requires passion and patience to plow through the challenges. But just because someone loves their work doesn’t mean they know how to brand or market it. Ready Artwork in Monrovia bridges that gap. Founded by Victor Huynh and Emily Au in 2003, this premier…

Business Profile: Sauté Culinary Academy
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Business Profile: Sauté Culinary Academy

  By Emily G. Peters Cooking well easily qualifies as a universally useful skill—but not everyone feels comfortable in the kitchen. That’s why culinary icons like Anthony Bourdain have championed the idea that learning to cook should be required in school. After all, wouldn’t everyone benefit from mastering the basics of creating a healthy (and…

Treasure Little Children
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Treasure Little Children

  By Emily G. Peters Treasure Little Children (TLC) is more than an organization: it’s a community effort whose ultimate goal is as much a call to action as it is a familiar acronym. TLC is a not-for-profit organization “dedicated to enriching the lives of those in need by providing educational assistance and classroom renovation.”…

Aquafuzion
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Aquafuzion

  By Emily G. Peters Whoever said Beverly Hills had the last word in luxury event specialists clearly never encountered the team at Aquafuzion. In business for over a decade, Aquafuzion has spent years designing some of the most stunning special events and floral arrangements in Los Angeles. Before launching, its owner Debbie Liaw was…

Lavender and Honey Espresso Bar
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Lavender and Honey Espresso Bar

  By Emily G. Peters It’s early morning at Lavender and Honey Espresso Bar, but the place is already buzzing. A steady queue of Pasadena locals stream in for their caffeine fix, sipping on everything from cold brew espresso to Earl Grey lattes. Here, you’re just as likely to see a dressed-down family-on-the-go as you…

Exact Tax, Inc.
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Exact Tax, Inc.

  By Emily G. Peters It was the early 1990s, and Mary Wong was a bright-eyed computer science graduate from Cal Poly Pomona. “I realized I didn’t want to spend my life stuck behind a computer,” said Wong. So when she had the chance to pursue a career in banking, Wong thought she was staring…

Business Profile: Pasadena Sandwich Company
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Business Profile: Pasadena Sandwich Company

  Photos and Story by Emily G. Peters Like a slice of vintage New York, Pasadena Sandwich Company’s Fink family has been serving up old school-deli specialty sandwiches in the San Gabriel Valley for over 20 years. With a sandwich-making pedigree spanning three generations, this landmark shop has deep roots in LA cuisine. Inspired by…

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