Facing the Future

Pasadena’s vibrant service community provides the support needed to improve our lives

By Sara Cardine 10/10/2012

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As you gaze at the vast courtyard of the Great Plaza the Mayan shaman has shown you, an intense force whisks you both away to another time and place you do not recognize. It is a dimly lit room in which a man sits bent over his work. As you approach, you see it is a scribe, sitting cross legged and wearing a sarong. The scribes were the means by which kingdoms were made, for it was they who displayed important information about the triumphs of the kings for all the public to see.    
 
Mayan culture revered them, understanding that they performed an extraordinary service to the entire community. Now, thousands of years later, it is the work of scribes and similar artisans that give people a glimpse into the everyday real lives of the Mayans, what they cared about and did. 
 
Similarly, area service providers do what it takes to deliver us from our troubles — toothaches, flat tires, laugh lines and bad hair days — and return us to our busy days with as little interruption as possible. It’s the dentists, attorneys, personal trainers, nail technicians and realtors who earn their livelihoods by making our concerns and desires their own. Though most of their work goes on behind the scenes, it is those in the service industry who support us and give us the time and peace of mind we need to be our better selves and face the future, whatever it may bring.
 
 

BEST ACUPUNCTURE

Dr. Ya-Wen Cheng Acupuncture & Chiropractic

612 W. Duarte Road, Ste. 801, Arcadia

(626) 292-6899 | www.drcheng.net

The ancient healing art of acupuncture is thought to have originated in China some 5,000 years ago as a means of helping vital life energy (chi) flow throughout the body. Today, sit back and let Dr. Cheng, a practitioner with a wealth of experience in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and his associates point the way to better health, relaxation and peace of mind. Other services include chiropractics, herbal remedies and nutrition-related healing.

 

Reader Recommended

Dynahealth Acupuncture Clinic

107 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 396-1799

 

Haines Acupuncture

1060 E Green St., Ste. 106, Pasadena

(626) 796-9987 | www.hainesacupuncture.com

 

BEST ALTERNATIVE

MEDICINE

Roger A. Barnes, MD

1224 E. Green St., Ste. 101, Pasadena

(626) 344-7596

www.pasadenamarijuanaevaluations.com

Don’t let the recent crackdown on LA-area pot dispensaries scare you away from exploring medical marijuana as an alternate (and legal) form of pain alleviation. A licensed physician for 35 years, Dr. Barnes began his career as an anesthetist before finding pot to be an effective, and much safer, alternative to pharmacological treatment. Affiliated with the California Medical Marijuana Program and operating near the Medical Cannabis Caregivers Training Center, Barnes ensures honest, professional evaluations.

 

BEST ARCHITECT

D. S. Ewing Architects’ Office, Inc.

723 E. California Blvd.  Pasadena

(626) 584-0860 | www.dsewing.com

Sometimes you don’t know the artist, but you recognize the work. In this case, consider the Vroman’s Bookstore expansion, the Master Plan of Neighborhood Church and Covina City Hall — behind their graceful lines is D.S. Ewing Architects, a firm that’s served the community since 1972. “We have experience in designing numerous building types, including custom residential, multi-family and senior housing, equestrian, resort and recreational, religious and educational, civic and municipal, retail and restaurants, theaters, auditoriums and entertainment venues,” explains President Douglas Ewing. Last year, Ewing was inducted into the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows, an honor reserved for those who’ve made significant contributions to architecture and society.

 

Reader Recommended

Dahl Architects

1134 El Centro St., South Pasadena

(626) 564-0011 | www.dahlarchitects.com

 

James V. Coane & Associates

30 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

(626) 584-6922 | www.jvca.com

 

BEST ATTORNEY/LAW FIRM

Hahn & Hahn

301 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 796-9123 | www.hahnlawyers.com

Laws may have changed since Hahn & Hahn first opened its doors to the public in 1899, but one thing has remained constant throughout a century or more of tort reform, constitutional amendments and landmark court battles — the firm’s commitment to integrity and intellectual and professional excellence. Here, 25 attorneys specialize in business, litigation and estate/trust planning, but it’s the added emphasis they place on their personal and family lives that sets them apart from the rest.

 

Reader Recommended

John C. Lansing, Esq.

301 E. Colorado Blvd., #407, Pasadena, CA 91101

(626) 844-8774 | www.lansingelderlaw.com

 

The Law Officers of Vanessa M. Terzian

1811 Earlmont Ave., La Cañada Flintridge

(818) 660-0711 | www.pasadenacalawyer.com

 

BEST AUTO

REPAIR/BODY SHOP

Douglas Auto Body & Paint

2453 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 795-7577 | www.douglasautobody.com

No matter how good or bad life seems, no one can argue that the ill health of a vehicle is bound to make things worse. The folks at Douglas Auto Body operate from a natural empathy for grounded motorists, basing the foundation of their work on the Christian principles on honesty, integrity and a job well done. Handling a wide range of services, from towing and insurance claims to detailing and mechanical work, Douglas empowers owners to push past their fear of raising the hood.

 

Reader Recommended

Marco’s Collision Center

559 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 795-7500 | www.marcosautobody.com

 

McCurdy Body Works

583 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 796-7763

 

BEST BANK/CREDIT UNION

Pasadena Federal Credit Union

1038 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 799-0882 | www.pfcu.org

In 1935, a group of Pasadena city employees wanted a way to safely and fairly borrow and save money and opened a window in the city’s Treasury office for customers to do business. Today, operating under the philosophy of “people helping people,” Pasadena Federal Credit Union has expanded its services beyond city employees and their families and offers clients a range of banking options, including checking, VISA cards and ATMs. PFCU also supports several community organizations and nonprofits, keeping its founding spirit alive in Pasadena and beyond.

 

Reader Recommended

Wescom Credit Union

123 S. Marengo Ave., Pasadena

(626) 535-1000 | www.wescom.org

 

Wells Fargo Bank

82 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 449-8611 | wellsfargo.com

1739 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 578-7820

350 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

 (626) 449-3661

655 N. Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena (Inside Vons)

(62) 685-9275

1830 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 296-7190

1390 N. Allen Ave., Pasadena

(626) 296-7190

 

BEST CAR WASH

Pasadena Auto Wash

164 W. Del Mar Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 449-9944 | www.pasadenaautowash.com

Pasadena Auto Wash offers a lot more than your typical spray and wash job. This full-service complex will clean your vehicle inside and out and then do a hand wax and general spiffing up in the auto detailing center. Heck, knock another thing of your to-do list and get your car’s oil changed while you’re there. Whatever it takes to get your baby purring and looking its absolute best not too tall an order at this local legend.

 

Reader Recommended

Lucky Car Wash

3698 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 796-4888 | www.luckycarwash.com

 

Walnut-Hill Hand Car Wash

1465 East Walnut St., Pasadena

(626) 449-6217

 

BEST CHIROPRACTOR

Focus Chiropractic

236 W. Mountain St., #107, Pasadena

(626) 449-0900 | www.focuschiropractic.net

There’s much more to chiropractics than simply cracking backs (although, don’t get us wrong, sometimes a snap, crackle and pop is just what the doctor ordered), and no one knows this better than the folks at Focus. Patients come here to prevent chronic illness and treat small symptoms before they become big problems. With special services for children and pregnant women, Focus goes beyond the standard fare, offering postural exercises, nutritional counseling and lifestyle advice along with massage therapy and Pilates classes.  

 

Reader Recommended

Innate Family Chiropractic

33 S. Catalina Ave., #104  Pasadena

(626) 792-9600 | www.innatefamily.com

 

Dr. Seth Mittleman-Chiropractic Health Center

131 N. El Molino Ave., Pasadena

(626) 793-9915 | www.sanctuaryofwellness.com

 

BEST COOKING SCHOOL

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts

521 E. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 377-9432

www.lecordonbleucollege-losangeles.com

Don’t let the reality cooking shows fool you — a culinary career takes way more than 13 hour-long episodes and a few mystery box challenges to cultivate. Luckily, Le Cordon Bleu is there to help students learn classic cooking techniques alongside innovative modern practices as they explore the world through global cuisine. And unlike TV Land scripts, everyone who leaves is a winner ready to cut their teeth in the real world.  

 

Reader Recommended

Old Town Cooking School

177 S. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 791-0358 | www.oldtowncookingschool.com

 

BEST COSMETIC SURGERY

Dr. Max Lehfeldt

255 E. Santa Clara St., #310, Arcadia

(888) 963-7629 | www.drmaxplasticsurgery.com

When Max Lehfeldt was a boy growing up in Redding, he knew he wanted to be a physician. Perhaps he was following in the footsteps of his father, a radiation oncologist, though he hadn’t considered a specific field. After getting a degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale, Lehfeldt completed a residency in general and plastic surgery at USC’s Keck School of Medicine. Today, he performs all types of cosmetic surgery, including reconstructive surgery and makes sure to spend focused time with each and every patient. See what a childhood dream realized looks like the next time you’re in need of a cosmetological pick me up.

 

Reader Recommended

Dr. Gordon Sasaki,

Sasaki Advanced Aesthetic Medical Center

800 Fairmount Ave., Pasadena

(626) 796-3373 | www.drsasaki.com

 

BEST DANCE STUDIO

Lineage Dance

89 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 844-7008 | www.lineagedance.org 

In its quest to make arts and arts education accessible to all, Lineage Dance reaches out to the community through events like Pasadena’s ArtNight (the next of which falls on Oct. 12) through its Performing Arts Center, which also hosts art exhibits on the side. In spring, look for its Pasadena Dance Festival, a two-week celebration of moving art, and keep your eyes peeled for local theatrical productions that occur throughout the year.

 

Reader Recommended

Arthur Murray Dance Studio

100 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 793-1030 | www.ampasadena.com

 

Le Studio Dance

57 Palmetto Drive, #200, Pasadena

(626) 792-4616 | www.lestudiodance.com

236 W. Mountain St., Pasadena

(626) 792-9866

 

Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association

73 N. Hill Ave., Pasadena

(626) 799-5689 | www.pasadenaballroomdance.com

 

BEST DAY CARE

Goodman Family Daycare

1090 El Campo Drive, Pasadena

(626) 578-1815

Jacqueline Goodman and her staff believe that successful journeys in life begin with a child’s first milestones, which is why Goodman brings her own experience to bear in all that she does. In addition to her avid work through San Marino School District PTA boards and through volunteer work with several children’s advocacy groups, Goodman has been honored by the mayors of Los Angeles and Pasadena and several state legislators. Consider your child in capable hands.

 

Reader Recommended

Kids Klub

380 S. Raymond Ave. Pasadena

(626) 795-2501 | www.kidsklubcdc.com

 

Lake Avenue Preschool

981 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena, CA 91104

(626) 798-2151 | www.lakeavepreschool.com

 

BEST DAY SPA/MASSAGE

Burke Williams

39 Mills Place, Pasadena

(626) 440-1222 | www.burkewilliamsspa.com

Sit back, relax and let your worries slip away as you enjoy a lengthy menu of services designed to help you maintain. Beyond massage, you can sit in a steam or a mist room, or soak your sorrows in the warm effervescence of a Jacuzzi. So if you’re tired of hearing about the oncoming Apocalypse, turn off the TV, pull some bills out of the mattress and treat yourself for once.

 

Reader Recommended

Butterfly Effect Day Spa

370 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre

(626) 355-5507 | www.butterflyeffectdayspa.com

 

Marina’s Oasis

625 S. Fair Oaks Ave., #255, Pasadena

(626) 696-2747 | www.marinasoasis.com

 

BEST DENTISTRY

Dr. Michael S. Yung

696 E. Colorado Blvd., #224 Pasadena

(626) 449-5420 | www.michaelyungdds.com

When one thinks of dentistry, “compassion” may not be the first word that comes to mind. But since 2003, Michael Yung, DDS, has been working to change that stenotype — one tooth at a time. He’s certified in advanced oral implant reconstruction, but volunteers his time at public health screenings and works as an adjunct professor of Pasadena City College’s Dental Hygiene Program. He welcomes children of all ages for general dentistry, and also practices cosmetic dentistry.

 

Reader Recommended

Dr. Kenneth Mak and Dr. Rodney Kleiger, DDS

959 E. Walnut St., #216, Pasadena

(626) 793-6175 | www.makandkleigerdds.com

 

Park Place Dental Care

277 S. Euclid Ave., Pasadena

(626) 793-4185 | www.pasadenacosmeticdentist.com

 

BEST DERMATOLOGIST

Dr. David A Denenholtz-Pasadena Premier Dermatology

960 E. Green St., #330, Pasadena

(626) 449-4207 | www.pasadenapremierdermatology.com

Is your skin perfect, supple and smooth all over? Do you emanate a glow that seems to radiate outward, almost belying your real age? Do you laugh in the face of laugh lines? If not, would you like to? Dr. Denenholtz and his team at Pasadena Premier Dermatology excel at all things skin, from minor vexations like acne, eczema and rosacea to cosmetic procedures (skin peels and fillers) and even cosmetic surgery. Let your exterior reflect the real you inside. 

 

Reader Recommended

Dr. Janice Davolio, Huntington Dermatology Group

800 Fairmount Ave., #425, Pasadena

(626) 449-9992 | www.huntingtondermatologygroup.com

 

Dr. Marilyn A. Melmauer

10 Congress St., Ste. 320, Pasadena

(626) 585-9474 | www.mehlmauer.com

 

Dr. Marion Quinn, Comprehensive Dermatology Center of Pasadena

625 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Ste. 200, Pasadena

(626) 793-7790 | www.compdermcenter.com

 

 

BEST DOCTOR

Vahe Melkonyan, MD, VENA Vascular Lab & Vein Clinic

333 N. Hill Ave., Ste 101, Pasadena

(626) 449-9922 | www.venavascular.com

Veins — you can go through your entire lifetime without once giving them a second thought. But if you ever wind up in a situation where you have to, like the 80 million Americans who suffer from venous disease, it’s good to know there are medical professionals who’ve dedicated their lives to veins and vascular health. Dr. Vahe Melkonyan, a diplomat of the American Board of Phlebology, is an expert in diagnosis and offers comprehensive treatments, from ablation to spider vein removal.

 

Reader Recommended

Stephen Henry, MD

2319 E. Washington Blvd., Ste 2, Pasadena

(626) 797-8800

 

Tina Yang, MD, Tina Yang Medical Clinic

128 N. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena

(626) 795-3000

 

BEST DRY CLEANER/LAUNDRY

Magic Cleaners & Laundry

89 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 796-1975 | www.magic-cleaners.com

Who couldn’t use a little magic in their lives? Born out of the owners’ frustration of being customers and bending over backwards to accommodate traditional cleaners, Magic Cleaners & Laundry promises promptness and quality. Each garment is given a six-point inspection before pickup to ensure no buttons were lost in the process. Other convenience services offered by Magic include alterations, shoe/purse repair and a wash and fold service — they’ll make your to-do list disappear.

 

Reader Recommended

Bryan’s Cleaners

544 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena

(626) 796-4335 | www.bryanscleaners.com

 

Fashion Cleaners

1 West California Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 796-2590 | myfashioncleaners.com

552 South Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 449-5556

904 Huntington Drive, San Marino

(626) 570-1844

 

BEST EYEBROW

WAXING/THREADING

Zoey Van Jones Brow Studio

45 E. Union St., Pasadena

(626) 683-3308 | www.zoeyvanjones.com

Frida Kahlo had fantastic bone structure and a face proud enough to support a furious browline. But for those of us less blessed with Aztec features, or for those who prefer their brows in pairs, local brow artist Zoey Van Jones and crew will create a masterpiece that will have Trotsky eyeing you from across the dinner table.

 

Reader Recommended

Harmony Nail Salon

54 S. Pasadena Ave., Pasadena

(626) 578-1807

 

Vinita’s Beauty & Threading Studio

253 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 304-1107 | www.threadingstudio.com

 

BEST FITNESS/WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM

Ultimate Fitness Breakthrough

(626) 232-1918

www.ultimatefitnessbreakthrough.com

This local boot-camp style training focuses on teamwork and creating a lifetime of fitness and good health through more positive habits. Work with a trainer and in a group of people who support each other. The average number of inches lost in clients’ hips and waists was 3.5 inches in a four-week period. If you’ve been stuck on a plateau and can’t seem to elevate to the next level, maybe it’s time to break on through to the other side.

 

Reader Recommended

Bar Method Pasadena

32 Mills Place, Pasadena

(626) 844-7888 | www.pasadena.barmethod.com

 

Lindora Medical Clinic

257 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 796-2614 | www.lindora.com

 

BEST GOLF COURSE

Brookside Golf Club

1133 Rosemont Ave., Pasadena

(626) 585-3598 | www.brookside.americangolf.com

Picture it: Everyone is at work as you place a ball on a tee and gaze out across the Arroyo Seco. You pick your club and get in a couple of practice swings beforehand. It’s a beautiful day, and you wouldn’t be anywhere else than on this 36-hole course. Opened in 1970, Brookside is a main attraction in Pasadena, where it has played host to championships like the Los Angeles Golf Open and the National Public Links Championship. But even if you’re not a pro, you’ve still got a leg up over us workaday chumps.

 

Reader Recommended

Annandale Golf Club

1 N. San Rafael Ave., Pasadena

(626) 796-6125 | www.annandalegolf.com

 

Eaton Canyon Golf Course

1150 Sierra Madre Villa Ave., Pasadena

(626) 794-6773 | www.dcgolf.info

 

BEST GYM

24 Hour Fitness

465 N. Halstead St., Pasadena

(626) 351-2222 | www.24hourfitness.com

525 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 795-7121

You woke up at 3:45 a.m., plagued by a dream of a future dystopia. A shaman came through the corridors of time to tell you something, something important. But what? You can’t put your finger on it, but you know one thing — you can not go back to sleep. If you do, the dream might become real. So you throw on some shorts, grab your sneakers and head to 24 Hour Fitness, the only gym for annihilation weary night dwellers who still have enough presence of mind to avoid the doughnut shop.

 

Reader Recommended

Breakthru Fitness

345 S. Lake Ave., #201, Pasadena

(626) 396-1700 | www.breakthrufitness.com

 

Equinox Pasadena

260 E. Colorado Blvd., #212, Pasadena

(626) 685-4800 | www.equinox.com

 

BEST HAIR SALON

Starr House The Salon

2636 Mission St., San Marino, CA 91108

(626) 799-0828 | www.starrhouse.com

They say the haircut makes the man. But for most women, there is no verb that adequately describes the effect a truly fabulous haircut can have on those mysterious and deeper levels of feminine consciousness. Karen Milne and staff understand the power personal style has to transform our state of mind, to say something about who we are and who we want to be. Working in a team atmosphere, staff members help you express that style and proclaim it to the world.

 

Reader Recommended

Crowned Studio

54 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

(626) 844-5042 | www.crownedstudiosalon.com

 

Tangles Salon

145 W. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 792-2948 | tanglespasadena.com

 

BEST HOME REMODELING

Navarro Construction

3579 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 398-1777 | www.navarroconstruction.com

Since 1991, Navarro Construction, Inc. has produced beautiful projects, on time and on budget. With a long list of happy client referrals, Navarro Construction, Inc. has delivered beautiful results from concept through completion. If you are a discerning homeowner with appreciation for detail, Navarro Construction, Inc. is your contractor and a licensed general, plumbing, electric and carpentry firm with excellent customer service and an eye towards integrity.

 

Reader Recommended

All in One Construction

3060 Gainsborough Drive, Pasadena

(626) 793-1763

 

 

BEST HOSPITAL

Huntington Hospital

100 W. California Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 397-5000 | www.huntingtonhospital.com

From its modest beginnings in 1892 as the Pasadena Hospital Association, today Huntington Hospital treats more than the patients who come through its doors.  In 2009, the hospital provided some $55 million in community benefits to vulnerable populations, health research, education and training and charity care. The Huntington Hospital Center for Trauma Care is designated a Level II trauma center and is the only center serving the San Gabriel Valley. After 120 years, Huntington’s history verifies its motto, “Here to Stay. Here for you.”

 

Reader Recommended

Methodist Hospital

300 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia

(626) 898-8000 | www.methodisthospital.org

 

BEST HOTEL

The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa

1401 S, Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena

(626) 568-3900

www.pasadena.langhamhotels.com

Not many take advantage of the opportunity to spend the night in a hotel in their own neighborhood, but they might want to consider getting away from it all at the luxurious and stunning Langham. Set on 23 lush acres overlooking the city of San Marino, this hotel embraces service traditions established since 1865. Today, it thrills visitors with a range of business and leisure services as well as a full-service spa, fine dining and amenities that will help you wring out the blahs of the week.

 

Reader Recommended

Hilton Pasadena

168 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena

(626) 577-1000 | www.hilton.com/pasadena

 

The Westin Pasadena

191 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena

(626) 792-2727 | www.starwoodhotels.com/westin 

 

BEST HOUSE CLEANING SERVICE

Maid Brigade

1433 Glengarry Road, Pasadena

(626) 478-2780 | www.pasadena.maidbrigade.com

If you don’t have a million dollars but want to feel like you do, why not sit back and let someone else handle your light work? Maid Brigade goes beyond mere window washing as part of a commitment to maintaining a clean and healthy home through the use of green cleaning techniques. So if you want to put more time into your day (or just sit there and watch someone else do the work), consider calling in the Maid Brigade.

 

Reader Recommended

Merry Maids

(626) 219-8110 | www.local.merrymaids.com

 

Molly Maids of North San Gabriel Valley

(626) 510-6040 | www.mollymaid.com

 

BEST INTERIOR DESIGN

Robyn Navarro

3579 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 398-1777 | www.navarroconstruction.com

With the talents of interior designer Robyn Navarro, an architectural designer with a strong art and design background who doubles as principal designer for Navarro Construction, you can finish the job down to the last throw pillow, making sure your personal style is reflected throughout the space to maximum effect.

 

Reader Recommended

Cynthia Bennett & Associates

501 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena

(626) 799-9701 | www.cynthiabennet.com

 

Jennifer Bevan Interiors

729 Mission St., ste. 400, South Pasadena

(626) 799-9924 | www.jenniferbevan.com

 

BEST LOCAL MAKEUP ARTIST (TIE)

Michael Gallego-Cheveux Salon

2516 Huntington Drive, San Marino

(626) 285-2600 | www.cheveux-salon.com

To understand the important role makeup often plays in the overall package of beauty, simply Google “celebrities without makeup.” Not only will it give you arguably hours of entertainment (of the guilty pleasures variety), but it will inform you of how much of an asset gifted makeup artists really are. At Cheveux Salon, which opened in January, owner Michael Gallego has brought his experience working with the top names in cosmetology to local beauty mavens who wouldn’t dream of being seen without a proper face on.

 

Anne Ott-Anomaly Body Piercing Studio

760 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 793-8930 | www.anomaly2.com 

Some wear makeup to hide themselves, while others wear it to set their true selves free. For the latter set is Anne Ott, lead stylist and makeup artist at the fashion forward body piercing and professional hair studio Anomaly. Ott has worked with models on photo shoots and the popular TV show “Project Runway,” turning regular Jane and John Does into fierce fashion plates. So, the next time you need to shine, bring your tired mug and tresses in and let Ott get you camera ready, dahling.

 

BEST LOCAL PHARMACY

Phoenix Wellness Center

2523 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 791-7600 | www.phoenixpharmacy.com 

If you want to call a big-box pharmacy and wade through a 20-step automated message to fill a prescription then wait in line at the store for what seems like forever and have to pay for it at the front counter, that is your right. But if you want to talk to professionals with a more personal and far-reaching aim, check out Phoenix. Since 1995, the wellness center’s mission has been to blend the wisdom of the ages with modern medicine to heal body mind and spirit. When all are well, true health is achieved.

 

Reader Recommended

Cal Oaks Pharmacy

55 E. California Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 795-5956

625 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 696-1583

 

Webster’s Pharmacy

2450 Lake Ave., Altadena

(626) 797-1163 | www.websterscommunitypharmacy.net

 

BEST MARTIAL ARTS

Arnott American Kenpo Karate

915 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 793-2255 | www.arnottkenpo.com

If the Mayan 2012 prophecy turns out to be true, what are you going to do to defend yourself in a post-apocalyptic world? Do you have Annie Oakley sharpshooting skills? Could you fend off a hungry mob intent on availing itself on the contents of your personal stockpile? If this topic leaves you a little nervous, there’s still time to learn some self-defense. Kenpo Karate blends safety and fitness, and this Dojo has a special focus on respect in its classes for adults and children. Face the dawning of a new era with confidence!

 

Reader Recommended

Fight Academy

61 W. Valley St., Pasadena

(626) 737-0442 | www.fightacademymma.com

 

Kaizen Martial Arts Academy

1705 E. Walnut St., Pasadena

(626) 356-0073 | www.karateinpasadena.com

 

Pasadena School of Tai-Chi Chuan

(626) 798-5949 | www.cataichi.com

 

BEST MED SPA

O U Beauty Medical Spa

130 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale

(818) 551-1682 | www.oubeauty.com

OK, let’s say you’ve steamed, scrubbed and wrapped yourself from head to toe but still see a couple of things that need taking care of — where can you find a place that will give you that scientific edge on youth, beauty and freshness? O U Beauty in Glendale offers injectables, as well as Intense Pulse Light therapy, which rejuvenates the look of skin and reverses age spots, rosacea and the effects of sun exposure. Once they’re done with you, you’ll take one look in a mirror and exclaim to the younger you looking back, “O, there U R!”

 

Reader Recommended

Marina’s Oasis

625 S. Fair Oaks Ave., #255, Pasadena

(626) 696-2747 | www.marinasoasis.com

 

Radiance Medical Group, Inc.

707 Foothill Blvd., #2, La Cañada Flintridge

(855) 723-7721 | www.lcmedspa.com

 

BEST MORTGAGE

BROKER (TIE)

Eddie Ajamian

Franklin Loan Center

333 E. Foothill Blvd., San Dimas

(909) 962-6350 | www.franklinlcsd.com 

Buying a new home, or refinancing your old one, can be a source of anxiety and frustration, but if you choose the right people to help you through the process, you may be pleasantly surprised at how pain-free it can be. Take Eddie Ajamian, a senior loan officer at the Franklin Loan Center. A graduate of Cal State, Northridge, Ajamian treats clients with respect, whether they’re buying a new home, refinancing a mortgage or trying to cash out on their home equity.

 

Naomi M. Farley

245 S. Los Robles Ave., #110, Pasadena

(626) 685-2065 | www.wfhm.com/naomi-farley

A private mortgage banker operating throughout the Pasadena area, Naomi Farley works closely with clients, making sure they have support they need to help them make informed decisions. Farley and staff at Wells Fargo provide competitive rates and fees, prompt communication and service that continues long after a loan closes. If you’re looking for financing help, call Farley for a free consultation.

 

Reader Recommended

Brett Stumm, Kennedy Capital

553 S. Marengo Ave., Pasadena

(626) 484-8275

www.brettstummmortgageplanner.com

 

BEST NAIL SALON

Starr House The Salon

2636 Mission St., San Marino

(626) 799-0828 | www.starrhouse.com

If you take a certain pride in the health, style and the overall loveliness of your nails, you know the value of finding a salon you can trust. The nail technicians at Starr House have a clientele following that goes back 20 years. Come for a mani/pedi and leave with a full acrylic set beautiful enough to scratch down the length of Channing Tatum’s back in a moment of passion — you know, the next time you find yourself in that situation.

 

Reader Recommended

Dashing Diva

27 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

(626) 449-3482 | www.dashingdivapasadena.com

 

Harmony Nail Salon

54 S. Pasadena Ave., Pasadena

(626) 578-1807

 

BEST PARTY RENTALS

Dolphin Rentals

1901 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 795-5131 | www.dolphinpartyrentals.com

Dolphin Rentals long service in Pasadena began in 1941, when Carl and Mary Ellen Dolphin opened a private ambulance service and medical equipment rental business. When the couple retired in the mid-’60s, the business split, with son Joseph taking over the ambulance service and son Patrick overseeing rentals. Patrick expanded the company menu to include party equipment rentals and today Dolphin provides tables, chairs, dance floors, concession machines and more — whatever you need to turn a plan into a par-tay!

 

Reader Recommended

Sir Michael’s

4771 Eagle Rock Blvd., Eagle Rock

(323) 255-5466 | www.sirmichaelsrentals.com

 

Town and Country Event Rentals

523 S. arroyo parkway, pasadena

(626) 795-7700

townandcountryeventrentals.com

 

BEST PET SERVICE

Oh To Be A Dog

(818) 231-9728 | www.ohtobeadog.com 

Dog owners — you love your pooch, shower it with affection and even deign to carry its poop around with you in a little bag when necessary. But sometimes, when life gets busy, you may need to call an expert to help with walking, pet sitting, training, etc. If that’s the case, look to Shannon Sardella and Oh To Be a Dog, whose mission is to provide pet parents with peace of mind for all their pet care needs. The company’s services include pet check technology that lets you spy on Spot’s GPS whereabouts wherever you are.

 

Reader Recommended

I Dig My Dog Cage-Free Dog Boarding

2160 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 844-7877 | www.idigmydog.com

 

My Pet Garden

2245 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 449-1600 | www.mypetgarden.com

 

BEST PILATES                 

Le Studio Pilates

236 W. Mountain St., #111, Pasadena

(626) 792-9866 | www.lestudiopilates.com

The owners of Le Studio Pilates work hard to create an atmosphere that promotes serenity and tranquility, because they know that when it comes to exercises that promote well-being, Pilates takes the (fat free, sugar free, gluten free) cake. So the next time you are on the floor in the shape of a quivering, barely there “V” doing micro crunches, remember the tranquility of fitting into skinny jeans that awaits.

 

Reader Recommended

Essence of Motion with Evelyn Kuo

1041 E. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 583-9089 | www.essenseofmotion.com

 

Wundabar Pilates

860 E. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 304-2600 | www.pilatespluspasadena.com

 

Zoe: A Pilates Studio

22 S. Oakland Ave., Pasadena

(626) 585-8853 | www.zoepilates.com

 

BEST REALTOR

Mark and Cynthia

Cohn- Deasy/Penner

200 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena

(626) 600-1620| www.cynthiaandmark.com

Don’t let a down economy get you down — if you are looking to buy or sell a home or property, there are professionals who can get you top dollar for your investment. Consider Mark and Cynthia Cohn, who apply the same character qualities that laid the foundation for their relationship and family to their practice. They also bring their professional backgrounds to the table; Mark uses his executive management and financial skills in negotiations, while Cynthia uses her sales background to develop creative marketing approaches. Together, they demonstrate two heads really are better than one.

 

Reader Recommended

Pete Whan- Keller Williams

445 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 204-3434 | www.pasadena.yourkwoffice.com

 

Tim Hartley- Deasy/Penner

200 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena

(626) 379-2549 | www.timhartley.net

 

BEST SENIOR/ASSISTED LIVING

The Fair Oaks by

Regency Park

951 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 204-1700 | www.regencypk.com

In the classic ’80s sitcom “Golden Girls,” a stern-faced Dorothy used to keep her troublemaking mother Sophia in line by threatening to return her to Shady Pines, a retirement home known for its negligence. Had there been an environment like Pasadena’s The Fair Oaks by Regency Park in Miami, however, Sophia never would have left. This luxurious independent and assisted living senior community abounds with amenities, like daily housekeeping, an in-house movie theater and restaurant-style dining. Thanks, but no thanks, Dorothy.

 

Reader Recommended

The Oaks of Pasadena

2954 E. Del Mar Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 356-2600 | www.oaksofpasadena.com

 

Villa Gardens Retirement Communities

842 E. Villa St., Pasadena

(800) 958-4552 | www.villagardens.org

 

BEST SUMMER CAMP

Tom Sawyer Camps

707 W. Woodbury Road, Altadena

(626) 794-1156 | www.tomsawyercamps.com

The wind in your hair, the sun shining on your face, the feel of grass beneath you and quality time spent outdoors with good friends — staff members at Tom Sawyer Camps believe these experiences are the building blocks of a happy life. That’s why, whether it’s in their 10-week summer camp program, holiday camps or after-school programs, participants are encouraged to laugh, get dirty and explore the beauty of the surrounding Arroyo Seco as they engage in fun activities, games and trips. Tom and Becky wish they’d had it this good!

 

Reader Recommended

Pasadena Musical Theatre Program

3579 E. Foothill Blvd., #464, Pasadena

(323) 250.3150 | www.pasadenamusicaltheatre.org

 

Theatre 360 Summer Camp

75 N. Marengo Ave., Pasadena, CA

(626) 577-5922 | theatre360.org

 

BEST SPEECH/HEARING SPECIALIST (TIE)

Justine Sherman & Associates

55 Auburn Ave., Sierra Madre

(626) 355-1729 | www.justineshermanslp.com

As Justine Sherman explains, ““Our mission is to work collaboratively with clients and their families to help them progress communicatively and academically across multiple settings. To accomplish this, our therapy program consists of structured sessions in which our licensed therapists both deliver and teach the strategies necessary to address individualized goals in and outside of our clinic.” This dual approach, she adds, “facilitates stronger carry-over that produces improved gains over time. We provide consultative, diagnostic and therapeutic services for a range of speech-language disorders and educational needs.”

 

Love Hearing Services

11 W. Del Mar Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 796-4535 | (626) 470-6655

There’s no way to quantify the value of healthy hearing; it’s more the kind of thing you never seem to appreciate until it’s lost, when you can no longer hear “I love you” or make out a birdsong in the park, can’t listen to your favorite song or carry on conversations with loved ones. The staff at Love Hearing Service knows this, and so approach the work of administering hearing tests and evaluations for hearing aids with an ear tuned to perfection.

 

BEST TATTOO/PIERCING

Anomaly Body Piercing Studio

760 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 793-8930 | www.anomaly2.com

Since the days when tattoos in America were isolated to the realms of prisoners and old sea dogs, there has been an amazing resurgence of an art form that, in other cultures, already occupies a religious status. Part of that resurgence means more angry Tweety Birds and misspelled Chinese words of wisdom. But it also means more people creating symbols of personal significance and bookmarking important milestones in their lives. Artists at Anomaly understand that, whether it’s a tattoo, barbell or stud, every act of ornamentation is an act of freedom and self expression.

 

Reader Recommended

In the Skin Studios

586 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 683-8380 | www.intheskinstudios.com

 

Prix Body Piercing

56 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 405-9253 | www.prixbodypiercing.com

 

Shogun Tattoo

2480 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 578-1330 | www.shoguntattoo.com 

 

BEST TRAVEL AGENCY (TIE)

AAA Automobile Club of Southern California

801 E. Union St., Pasadena

(626) 795-0601 | www.aaa.com

When it’s December and global warming’s got temps stuck in the triple digits, you may need to come up with an emergency mobilization plan. Where can refuge be found? Are throngs of scorched earth Californians heading north to the promise of cooler climes? Are major thoroughfares safe, or are they exactly where marauding opportunists might strike? Head to your local AAA office, which offers free customized road trip advice, a full-service travel agency and roadside assistance, which could come in handy should you find yourself stranded on a desolate freeway in the dark.

 

Montrose Travel

2349 Honolulu Ave., La Crescenta-Montrose

(818) 553-3200 | www.montrosetravel.com

When you are looking to travel for less, Montrose Travel is the best place to visit. When you call, an agent picks up the phone right away. No recordings or waiting. Web site testimonials show Montrose Travel enjoys a 98.6 percent approval rating from customers. That’s because Montrose will take you from planning your trip to giving you a welcome home phone call when you return. The best part is all the costs are covered and approved ahead of time, with no surprises on your credit card statement later.

 

Reader Recommended

Protravel Interntional

119 W. California Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 796-4448 | www.protravelinternational.com

 

BEST VETERINARIAN

Foothill Veterinary Hospital

2204 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 792-1187 | www.foothillvet.com

There are many benefits to being a pet caregiver — unconditional love, warmth in winter, endless entertainment — but when your pooch or purry gets sick, all those benefits fly right out the window. They’re refusing food, curled up in a pathetic ball or not using the bathroom. They’re scared, or flea ridden and won’t get in the pet taxi to save their lives. It’s a nightmare, save for the presence of Foothill Veterinary Hospital, which has walk-in hours that operate on a first come, first served basis. It’s an utter blessing for all creatures great and small (and their human companions!)

 

Reader Recommended

Dr. Andrea Allsup,

VCA A Breed Apart Animal Hospital

777 S. Arroyo Parkway, Ste. 106, Pasadena

(626) 795-4444 | www.vcahospitals.com/a-breed-apart

 

Dr. Daniel Vanderhoof,

Vanderhoof Veterinary Hospital

2235 Lake Ave., Ste. 101, Altadena

(626) 798-5901 | www.vanderhoofvet.com

 

BEST YOGA

Bikram Yoga Pasadena

2089 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 304-9642 | www.bikrampasadena.com

The long-practiced art of yoga has traditionally been associated with peaceniks and, well, yogis. Today, by contrast, you’ll find it at your local YMCA, senior center or Kaiser Permanente Medical Center. And there are as many varieties as there are facilities that hold classes, so what makes Bikram (hot) special? Practitioners swear that the heat makes the body more suppliant and receptive to the deep messages the Hatha yoga poses deliver. If you’ve got a yen to rid yourself of toxins and learn healthy breathing and you can take the 105 degree temps, check it out at Pasadena’s favorite spot.

 

Reader Recommended

The Awareness Center Yoga Studio

2801 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 796-1567 | www.awarenesscenteryoga.org

 

Yoga House

11 W. State St., Pasadena

(626) 403-3961 | www.yogahouse.com

 

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This is a long and thought out list. I just moved to Pasadena and this site has helped me a lot. I went to Douglas auto and body shop and they took good care of me. My car was fixed sooner than expected so that was a good surprise. I would like to provide an honorable mention to the dental circle. Although not in Pasadena, they're just a few minutes away. I know everyone there and they do whatever it takes to make sure you leave happy.

http://www.thedentalcircle.com

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