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Third Year of CalligraFair a Sweeping Success
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Third Year of CalligraFair a Sweeping Success

By Emily Glory Peters Calligraphy—once the stuff of ancient scripts—has risen again as a covetable skill amongst professional artists and casual hobbyists alike across Los Angeles. This past week, they converged at CalligraFair, a two-day event hosted by Monrovia’s own Smitten on Paper.  Now in its third year, CalligraFair has flourished from a modest celebration…

The Best Self-Defense is a (Unyted) Offense
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The Best Self-Defense is a (Unyted) Offense

By Emily Glory Peters If you were like the average American kid, keeping healthy might have included a stint in karate, tae kwon do or other martial art for a few months before teetering into your next recreational activity. But what does fitness look like now as an adult? For some, self-defense for fitness is…

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…

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…

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