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Greater Pasadena is your best bet for ace professional help and everyday services

By Jana J. Monji 10/23/2013

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Pasadena has a great climate, terrific restaurants, an exceptional arts scene and a historical legacy that’s the stuff of countless books and screenplays. 

Honestly, what more could one ask for? For the good life, people need services that will please everyone. And in Pasadena, innovative folks work tirelessly at keeping people financially secure, medically sound, well-groomed, and in movie-star condition.
 
If you aren’t quite living the celebrity life just yet, a good place to get started is Crossfit Resistance. Or dance those extra pounds away at Lumina Academy of Dance. Instead of watching kung fu flicks on TV, get over to Arnott American Kenpo Karate and kick a bag. For a gentler approach to fitness, Bikram Yoga will keep you balanced and limber. 

After all this strenuous activity, perhaps an alignment will be in order. No worries. Try Innate Family Chiropractic. Or, if a doctor isn’t needed, tune up at Le Studio Pilates. 

Now, let’s work on that face. Begin with eyebrows at the Zoey Van Jones Brow Studio, then move on to acquiring that Hollywood smile with Dr. Michael S Yung. Finish up with Pasadena’s favorite dermatologist, Dr. David A. Denenholtz to keep your skin clear and glowing, while Crowned Studio takes care of the hair and nails.

To stave off the march of time, consult with the area’s best cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Alexander Villicana, or smooth out those minor wrinkles yourself at Glendale’s Oh! U Beauty Medical Spa. Sometimes one only needs a special splash of color, available at Starr House the Salon, to make things better. 

For the physical you, there’s the traditional route to wellness with Huntington Hospital and its exceptional outreach programs. Or perhaps you’re interested in something slightly older — traditional Chinese medicine provided by Arcadia acupuncturist Dr. Ya-Wen Cheng. 

From modern and traditional to the alternative, we turn to Dr. Roger A. Barnes, who provides medical marijuana prescriptions to help ease pain, and Phoenix Pharmacy, which quickly fills prescriptions for modern medical prescriptions and homeopathic remedies.  
Looking to settle down? Mark and Cynthia Cohn will help you find the right home, and Eddie Ajamian at Franklin Loan can help with figuring out the finances. If you want something pricier, Sotheby’s International Realty well knows the area’s luxury estate market.
Already have your own castle? Navarro Construction can renovate and custom decorate the interior. For those who have the scratch to build from scratch, James V. Coane & Associates are masters at residential or commercial design. 

At your new pad, you’ll likely have a pooch or kitty. Oh To Be A Dog can help you take care of your pup’s walking needs, while Foothill Veterinary Hospital is the place to take your furry and feathered friends for wellness check ups, surgery and dental care. 
 
If you’d rather pour money into your ride, Douglas Auto Body & Paint will make your old car look like new — even after an accident. Pasadena Auto Wash is there to keep it pristine clean and check your oil, tires and filters. 

Whether settling legal affairs with Hahn & Hahn, or acquiring financial help from Wells Fargo, or making arrangements at Arcadia Gardens Retirement Hotel, the Best Services of Greater Pasadena will keep you healthy, happy and secure well into your golden years.


BEST ACUPUNCTURE
Dr. Ya-Wen Cheng 
Acupuncture & Chiropractic
51 N. 5th Ave. #305, Arcadia
(626) 292-6899 | drcheng.net
Dr. Cheng has been keeping Pasadena residents well-tuned for a long time. Since 1960 Dr. Cheng’s family has been practicing the ancient art of acupuncture. If you need to be needled, this is where people in Pasadena go for treatment of acute and chronic conditions, including infertility, stress, headaches, allergies, side effects of chemotherapy and sports injuries.

Reader Recommended
Barbara Burns
41 E. Foothill Blvd., #200, Arcadia
(626) 446-5900 | barbaraburns-lac.com/

Dr. Jessica Kim
2750 E. Washington Blvd., 
Ste. 140, Pasadena
(626) 797-5800 | pwcpasadena.com

BEST ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Roger A. Barnes, MD
1224 E. Green St., Ste. 101, Pasadena
(626) 344-7596
pasadenamarijuanaevaluations.com
If you need the kind of pain management that requires marijuana, Dr. Barnes is where Pasadenans go for an evaluation. Barnes has been licensed as a doctor since 1976, doing a tour of duty as an anesthesiologist for the US Navy. For the last five years, he’s been evaluating patients for medical marijuana. According to the doctor, cannabis can be used by patients of cancer, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, chronic pain and Alzheimer’s disease, among other health problems. His patients aren’t just young people. Plenty of seniors are finding that marijuana is the only thing that can relieve their pain. 

BEST ARCHITECT
James V. Coane & Associates
30 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena
(626) 584-6922 | jvca.com
Want something built or remodeled? Pasadena’s James V. Coane & Associates can handle anything: from residential estates and historic renovations to expansions of residential and apartment interiors. They can also handle multifamily residences, corporate interiors, retail structures and small commercial building design. The firm has been serving the Greater Los Angeles area since 1994, while taking on projects n Santa Barbara, Newport Beach and San Diego, as well as in China. Honored by the American Institute of Architects, its designs have been used as location backgrounds for TV programs and films, as well as fashion and advertising. 

Reader Recommended
 Ewing Architects, Inc. 
723 E. California Blvd.  Pasadena
(626) 584-0860 | dsewing.com

BEST ATTORNEY/LAW FIRM
Hahn & Hahn
301 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
(626) 796-9123 | hahnlawyers.com
Hahn & Hahn has been helping Californians since 1899, making it one of the oldest law firms in California. The firm represents a host of Pasadena clients, including churches and local institutions, such as the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, the Huntington Library, Polytechnic School and Vroman’s Bookstore, focusing on business, litigation and trust and estate planning.

Reader Recommended
Law Offices of Donald Schweitler
201 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena
(626) 683-8113 | pasadenalawoffice.com

Law Officers of Vanessa M. Terzian
1811 Earlmont Ave., La Cañada Flintridge
(818) 660-0711 | pasadenacalawyer.com

BEST AUTO REPAIR/BODY SHOP
Douglas Auto Body & Paint
2453 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
(626) 795-7577 | douglasautobody.com
Accidents happen. When they happen to you, take your car to Douglas Auto Body & Paint, which will smooth out the dents and dings without draining your wallet. The mural outside the business on Colorado Boulevard depicts Pasadena history that this family-owned business has been a part of since 1956. Douglas works with all the major insurance companies, just as they’ll work with you to get claims filed, cars towed and rentals booked, all while they work on making mechanical and cosmetic repairs to your main ride.

Reader Recommended
Mitch’s Auto
767 E. Green St., Pasadena
(626) 795-2495
Plati German Car Service & Repairing
442 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena
(626) 792-3330 | platigermancar.com/

BEST BANK/CREDIT UNION
Wells Fargo
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) 296-7340
1390 N. Allen Ave., Pasadena
(626) 296-7190
Western movies might not being do well at the box office right now (the latest iteration of “The Lone Ranger” is a good example), but Wells Fargo Bank gets rave reviews from Pasadenans for its programs for saving, checking, loans, credit and retirement. Wells Fargo should be part of your Pony Express to a sound financial future. 

Reader Recommended
Pasadena Federal Credit Union
1038 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena
(626) 799-0882 | pfcu.org

Wescom Credit Union 
123 S. Marengo Ave., Pasadena
(626) 535-1000 | wescom.org

BEST CAR WASH
Pasadena Auto Wash
164 W. Del Mar Blvd., Pasadena 
(626) 449-9944 | pasadenaautowash.com
It not only rains in Southern California, sometimes it pours. We can’t always wait for a rainy day to wash off the daily dirt from our cars, but we can always head over to Pasadena Auto Wash. While you wait, sample the complimentary cookies and coffee or read the magazines and newspapers in their air-conditioned waiting room. You’ll be so comfortable, you might want to spring for a hand wash and wax. While you’re there, get your oil and filters changed as well.

Reader Recommended
Arroyo Car Wash
605 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena
(626) 795-9368

Walnut-Hill Hand Car Wash
1465 E. Walnut St., Pasadena
(626) 449-6217

BEST CHIROPRACTOR
Innate Family Chiropractic
33 S. Catalina Ave., #104, Pasadena
(626) 792-9600 | innatefamily.com
Chiropractors do more than just crack your back. They realign your bones after you’ve been knocked about — whether in a sports game or a car accident. Dr. Christopher Vargas was born and raised in Southern California and has been practicing for three years in Pasadena. Dr. Adana Moses was born in Iran and arrived in California at age 6. Vargas and Moses have become popular in this area with a practice that focuses on the family. 

Reader Recommended
Focus Chiropractic
236 W. Mountain St., #107, Pasadena
(626) 449-0900 | focuschiropractic.net

Dr. Ya-Wen Cheng Acupuncture 
& Chiropractic
51 N. 5th Ave. #305, Arcadia
(626) 292-6899 | drcheng.net

BEST COOKING SCHOOL
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts
530 E. Green St., Pasadena
(626) 377-9432
lecordonbleucollege-losangeles.com
Le Cordon Bleu has 100 years of tradition behind it, offering an intensive, practical training program to aspiring chefs. You might not be able to afford to attend Le Cordon Bleu, but one can always get a taste of their creations. From time to time, they have an open house. They also have consumer education workshops in which people can learn about different cuisines or subject matter — everything from Japanese cooking to the wonders of chocolate. People can also enjoy Technique Restaurant and Café, which is the hands-on part of Le Cordon Bleu’s curriculum. 

Reader Recommended
Old Town Cooking School 
177 S. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena 
(626) 791-0358 | oldtowncookingschool.com

BEST COSMETIC SURGERY
Dr. Alexander Villicana
624 W. Duarte Road, Arcadia
(626) 447-6641 | drvillicana.com
Need less jiggle to juggle, or maybe just a nip here and a tuck there? Dr. Alexander Villicana has been performing cosmetic surgeries for a quarter-century, with many of those procedures performed on an outpatient basis at a state-of-the-art surgery center in Arcadia on an outpatient basis. There you can have your face lifted, or your breasts augmented, lifted or reduced. You can also have a tummy tuck, a face peels or rhinoplasty. An initial consultation will only set you back $75. 

Reader Recommended
Dr. Max Lehfeldt
255 E. Santa Clara St., #310, Arcadia
(888) 963-7629 | drmaxplasticsurgery.com

Dr. Gordon Sasaki-Sasaki Advanced 
Aesthetic Medical Center
800 Fairmount Ave. suite 39, Pasadena 
(626) 796-3373 | drsasaki.com

Dr. Arvin Taneja - My look Surgery
333 S. Arroyo Parkway suite 201, Pasadena
(626) 844-0555 | mylooksurgery.com

BEST DANCE STUDIO
Lumina Academy of Dance
1054 N. Allen Ave., Pasadena
(626) 296-2812 | luminaacademy.com
Kids and adults can find their groove at Lumina Academy of Dance. Whether it’s belly dancing, Afro-Brazilian, salsa or flamenco, Lumina will light the way. Zumba and Latin workouts can help firm up that body and give you stamina for a better and healthier life. Need help getting your steps down for a wedding dance, an audition, or Sweet 16 parties? Make that first step the right one by heading to Lumina. 

Reader Recommended
Athletic Garage
121 Waverly Drive, Pasadena
(626) 229-9769 | athleticgarage.com

Lineage Dance 
89 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena 
(626) 844-7008 | lineagedance.org 

BEST DAY CARE
Goodman Family Daycare
1090 El Campo Drive, Pasadena 
(626) 578-1815 | goodmandaycare.com
When families need full-day preschool daycare in Pasadena, they turn to Jacqueline Goodman, director and founder of Goodman Family Daycare. Tuition rates are reasonable and the daycare has flexible programs, taking in children full-time, part-time, hourly and even allowing drop-ins. Discounts are offered to families with more than one child enrolled. Open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. with drop-off and pick-up service in the San Marino area. 

Reader Recommended
Kids Klub
380 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena
(626) 795-2501 | kidsklubcdc.com

BEST DAY SPA/MASSAGE
Burke Williams
39 Mills Place, Pasadena
(626) 440-1222 | burkewilliamsspa.com
When you need some pampering, take a personal day at Burke Williams. Have some aches or pains? Sign up for a massage or see a chiropractor. For a special treat, try one of Burke Williams’ signature treatments, such as the Hunter’s Retreat (which includes an exfoliating scrub), Savannah’s Surrender, Salt Glo or Emilee’s Intrigue. A thermal seaweed wrap will help eliminate toxins, replenish essential minerals and restore moisture to your body. And who doesn’t want a scalp or foot massage?

Reader Recommended
Butterfly Effect Day Spa
370 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. Suite f, Sierra Madre
(626) 355-5507 | butterflyeffectdayspa.com

Massage Envy
345 S. Lake Ave., Suite 205, Pasadena
(626) 240-1060 | massageenvy.com
3707 E. Foothill Blvd.,Pasadena
(626) 240-1030
333 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale
(818) 246-3689

BEST DENTISTRY
Dr. Michael S. Yung
696 E. Colorado Blvd., #224, Pasadena
(626) 449-5420 | michaelyungdds.com
How do Pasadena’s keep their dazzling smiles? They go to Dr. Michael S. Yung. Yung will calm your children and get them through their growing pains. Yung, a premiere preferred provider of Invisalign, uses the cutting- edge technology to make braces less geeky looking. Yung is also a certified provider of Lumineers and Rockstar White. 

Reader Recommended
Mak & Kleiger DDS
959 E. Walnut St., #216, Pasadena
(626) 793-6175 | makandkleigerdds.com
Dr. Mario Tse
1060 E. Green St., # 208, Pasadena
(626) 793-9109

Dr. James Angelos
1137 E. Green St., Pasadena
(626)584-3031 | jamesangelosdds.com

BEST DERMATOLOGIST
Dr. David A. Denenholtz-
Pasadena Premier Dermatology
960 E. Green St., #330, Pasadena 
(626) 449-4207
pasadenapremierdermatology.com
Dermatology is more than making you fit for more fun in the sun. From athlete’s foot to adolescent acne and even adult acne, Dr. David A. Denenholtz of Pasadena Premiere Dermatology has you covered. Do allergies have you turning red? Are suspicious-looking moles worrying you? Dandruff blowing your confidence? Head to Pasadena Premiere Dermatology. 

Reader Recommended
Dr. Sara Gaspard, Comprehensive 
Dermatology Center of Pasadena
625 S. Fair Oaks Ave., #200, Pasadena
(626) 793-7790 | compdermcenter.com

Dr. Marion Quinn, Comprehensive 
Dermatology Center of Pasadena
625 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Ste. 200, Pasadena
(626) 793-7790
compdermcenter.com

BEST DOCTOR
Dr.Raffi Iknadossian, DC
2750 E. Washington Blvd., #140
(626) 797-5800 | pwcpasadena.com
Born and raised in Pasadena, Dr. Iknadossian established Premier Wellness Chiropractic in 2006 to help serve the community. Dr. Iknadossian educates his patients about chiropractic care and natural solutions to help solve common ailments. Dr. Iknadossian received his doctor of chiropractic degree from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic at the Southern California University of Health Sciences. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychobiology from USC. Based on the satisfaction of his patients, who have posted their approval online, his hard work has paid off. 

Reader recommended
Dr. Stephen Henry, MD
2319 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena
(626) 797-8800
Dr. Tina Yang, MD
128 N. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena
(626) 795-3000

BEST DRY CLEANER/LAUNDRY
Magic Cleaners & Laundry
89 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena
(626) 796-1975 | magic-cleaners.com
People who need to look their best for that special date or job interview turn to Magic Cleaners and Laundry. Getting ready for a big to-do with special company coming over? Magic Cleaners can take care of not only your clothes, but also your drapes. In fact, Magic will pick up and clean your clothes, drapes and even suede articles, then deliver them to your home or office. 

Reader Recommended
Bryan’s Cleaners
544 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena
(626) 796-4335 | bryanscleaners.com

Fashion Cleaners 
1 W. California Blvd., Pasadena
(626) 796-2590 | myfashioncleaners.com
552 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena
(626) 449-5556
904 Huntington Drive, San Marino
(626) 570-1844

Pasadena Laundry
2585 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
(626) 689-2483 | pasadenalaundry.com
BEST EYEBROW WAXING/
THREADING
Zoey Van Jones Brow Studio
45 E. Union St., Pasadena
(626) 683-3308 | zoeyvanjones.com
For perfect brows, Pasadenans trust Zoey Van Jones Brow Studio. The Old Pasadena salon specializes in giving customers full, natural looking brows for that fresh look. Open in 2007 as BrauHaus, the Brow Studio follows the philosophy that form follows function. If you need to attend a major function, the artists at ZVJ can help you prepare for that big day. 

Reader Recommended
Butterfly Effect Day Spa
370 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. suite f, Sierra Madre
(626) 355-5507 | butterflyeffectdayspa.com

Vinita’s Beauty & Threading Studio
253 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
(626) 304-1107 | threadingstudio.com

BEST FITNESS/
WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM
Ultimate Fitness 
Breakthrough
145 Vista Ave., Pasadena
(626) 232-1918 | ultimatefitnessbreakthrough.com
In Pasadena, Ultimate Fitness Breakthrough gives its clients motivation, guidance and an energy boost through a tailored fitness program that includes attention to diet. And the classes are small enough to ensure you get all the personal attention you need. They don’t want to keep you hungry as much as lean and healthy. Get ready to tone up at Ultimate Fitness Breakthrough. 

Reader Recommended
Lindora Medical Clinic
257 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena
(626) 796-2614 | lindora.com

Weight Watchers
305 N. Rosemead Blvd., Pasadena 
(800) 516-3535 | weightwatchers.com

BEST GOLF COURSE
Brookside Golf Club
1133 Rosemont Ave., Pasadena
(626) 585-3598 | brookside.americangolf.com
The 36-hole Brookside Golf Club course, located next to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena’s scenic Arroyo Seco, was designed by golf architect William P. Bell. It includes the longer C.W. Koiner Course (Course No. 1) and the shorter E.O. Nay Course (Course No. 2), which are divided by the Arroyo. Along with a golf course, Brookside also has a restaurant, banquet facilities, meeting rooms, a pro shop, two practice putting greens, a chipping area, a practice bunker and a driving range. 

Reader Recommended
Altadena Golf Course
1456 E. Mendocino St. Altadena
(626) 797-3821 | parks.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dpr/.../Golf/Altadena_Golf_Course

Annandale Golf Club
1 N. San Rafael Ave., Pasadena
(626) 796-6125 | annandalegolf.com


BEST GYM
Crossfit Resistance
464 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
(661) 333-7233 | crossfitresistance.com
As most gym rats know, the best places to work out are as much about location and camaraderie as the equipment. Crossfit is conveniently located on Colorado Boulevard, near Los Robles Avenue. Close to Paseo Colorado, the Pasadena Playhouse and Old Pasadena, Crossfit patrons can shop, dine or enjoy fine film and stage entertainment before or after working out. Trainers aim to give their clients definition through varied, high intensity and functional movements. There are classes for all fitness levels. Start today with a free introductory class. 

Reader Recommended
24 Hour Fitness
465 N. Halstead St., Pasadena
(626) 351-2222 | 24hourfitness.com
525 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
(626) 795-7121

Breakthru Fitness
345 S. Lake Ave., #201, Pasadena
(626) 396-1700 | breakthrufitness.com

BEST HAIR SALON
Crowned Studio
54 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena
(626) 844-5042 | crownedstudiosalon.com
To ensure your crowning glory is worthy of Pasadena high society, trust your tresses to Crowned Studio Salon in Old Pasadena. Want to feel inspired? Check out the art in the studio. These custom-made pieces are locally made and keep you in touch with the artistic vibe of the city. If your 9-to-5 existence is strictly bureaucratically boring, rest assured that while you’re having your new ‘do’ done, you can soak up the creative spirit of locals and leave refreshed and ready to create your own crown-worthy moments.  

Reader Recommended
Starr House The Salon
2636 Mission St., San Marino, CA 91108
(626) 799-0828 | starrhouse.com

Tangles Salon
145 W. Green St., Pasadena
(626) 792-2948 | tanglespasadena.com

BEST HOME REMODELING
Navarro Construction, Inc.
3579 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena
(626) 398-1777 
navarroconstruction.com
Navarro Construction began as a construction company but has evolved into a full service design-build firm. Serving Pasadena since 1991, the company is all about the details and getting it right the first time. Need help with architectural design, new build construction, remodeling, custom fabrication, project management or permit/planning expedition? Navarro Construction is where Pasadenans go to get the job done right.
Reader Recommended
Cynthia Bennett
501 Fair Oaks Ave, South Pasadena
(626) 799-9701 | cynthiabennett.com

BEST HOSPITAL 
Huntington Hospital
100 W. California Blvd., Pasadena
(626) 397-5000 | huntingtonhospital.com
Huntington Hospital makes a point of being part of the Pasadena community, providing a number of community outreach programs. Their senior care network program is supported by a resale shop located across the street from the hospital, and people can visit the community health library for books, pamphlets and videos on various topics. A visit to Huntington Hospital can actually be the ounce of prevention you need to guard against hospitalization.

Reader Recommended
Methodist Hospital 
300 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia
(626) 898-8000 | methodisthospital.org

Verdugo Hills Hospital
1812 Verdugo Blvd., Glendale
(818) 790-7100 | uscvhh.org

BEST HOTEL 
The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa
1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena
(626) 568-3900 | pasadena.langhamhotels.com
Treat yourself to a spa day at the luxurious Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa. Situated on 23 acres of gardens, you can easily forget that you’re just minutes away from downtown Los Angeles. The Langham has historic ballrooms and gardens as well as world-class dining. Try the spa for a Traditional Chinese Medicine wellness experience as well as a massage, facial or pedicure. Foodies can take in the award-winning brunch at The Terrace or unwind with a Tiffin Afternoon Tea at The Lobby Lounge. Dine at The Royce, a steakhouse that specializes in wood-fired fare. 

Reader Recommended
Courtyard by Marriott
180 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena
(800) 627-7468 | marriott.com

The Westin Pasadena
191 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena
(626) 792-2727 
starwoodhotels.com/westin /pasadena 

BEST HOUSE CLEANING SERVICE
Maid Brigade
(626) 799-6243 | pasadena.maidbrigade.com
After a hard day at work, there are a million things you’d rather do than clean up your kitchen or bathroom, but someone needs to do it. Are your friends and folks coming for the holidays?  Need some holiday cleanup help before they arrive? Turn to the Maid Brigade. These Green Clean Certified professionals value your health and respect your budget, offering free estimates, gift certificates and even local specials. 

BEST INTERIOR DESIGN
Robyn Navarro
3579 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena
(626) 398-1777 | navarroconstruction.com
When your inner sanctuary needs more than just a bucket of paint to add some pizzazz, call Robyn Navarro. Navarro will look at your must-haves and see your must-keeps and weigh your style and personality to come up with the perfect interior design for you and your family. The kings and queens of their castles all had advisers. Why not make Robyn Navarro yours?

Reader Recommended
Sharon Kelley
(213) 308.4384

BEST LOCAL MAKEUP ARTIST 
Zoey Van Jones Brow Studio
45 E. Union St., Pasadena
(626) 683-3308 | zoeyvanjones.com
Got a hot date? Or do you just need some advice on developing that special look? Zoey Van Jones Brow Studio can recommend where to get your makeup done, but she’ll get you started by shaping your eyebrows to properly frame your face in a way that makes your eyes sparkle.

Reader Recommended
Michael Gallego-Cheveux Salon
2516 Huntington Drive, San Marino
(626) 285-2600 
cheveuxhairandmakeup.com

BEST LOCAL PHARMACY 
Phoenix Wellness Center
2523 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena 
(626) 791-7600 ‎| phoenixpharmacy.com 
Owner and founder Jim Avedikian opened Phoenix Pharmacy in 1995 as part of the Phoenix Wellness Center, which embraces herbal, homeopathic and modern medicine.  Pasadena’s favorite pharmacy prides itself on being the neighborhood corner drugstore. Located on Washington Boulevard at Altadena Drive, Phoenix is a full-service pharmacy that provides fast service. Most prescriptions are filled in 30 minutes or less. If they don’t have something you need, they get it for you, usually in just 24 hours. Refills can be ordered online and local delivery is also available. Phoenix accepts most major insurance plans, Medi-Cal and Medicare. Besides routine prescriptions, Phoenix specializes in senior care and in care for chronic conditions like cancer, diabetes and HIV. Confidential and anonymous HIV testing is provided in a private consultation room. HIV patients get free vitamins as well. 
 
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 N. Lake Ave., Altadena
(626) 797-1163 | websterscommunitypharmacy.net‎ 

BEST MARTIAL ARTS
Arnott Kenpo Karate
915 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena
(626) 793-2255 | arnottkenpo.com
The best place to get a black belt is Arnott American Kenpo Karate, which provides a safe learning environment for kids and adults. Located on South Fair Oaks Avenue, between Glenarm Street and California Boulevard, Arnott Kenpo Karate runs on a belt system. Students begin as yellows and can progress to three degrees of black. Belt requirements are clearly listed on their Web site. Friends can visit on Fridays during their open mat classes. Families get discounts and kids can invite their friends to karate parties. Arnott also offers Zumba fitness classes. 

Reader Recommended
Fight Academy
61 W. Valley St., Pasadena
(626) 737-0442 | fightacademymma.com
Pasadena Martial Arts Academy
752 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena
(626) 793-9565 | pasadenama.com

BEST MED SPA
Oh! U Beauty Medical Spa
130 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale
(818) 551-1682 | oubeauty.com
To erase frown lines, have a Botox or Derma-filler day at Oh! U Beauty Medical Spa in Glendale. Get that extra bothersome hair lasered away. Or how about a photo facial? Dr. James Kojian and his staff of registered nurses and aesthetician will help you toward a more radiant and youthful look. 

Reader Recommended
Marina’s Oasis
625 S. Fair Oaks Ave., #255, Pasadena
(626) 696-2747 | marinasoasis.com

Skin Deep Laser Med Spa
425 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena
(626) 449-8873 | skindeeplaser.com

BEST MORTGAGE BROKER
Eddie Ajamian-Franklin 
Loan Center
87 E. Green St. Suite 306, pasadena
(626) 791-4300 | flchomeloans.com 
Unless you’re Walter White of “Breaking Bad” fame, you would probably need a loan to buy a home. Franklin Loan Center is the place and Eddie Ajamian is the person to get the best possible loan or refinancing deal. Ajamian will help you dig through the piles of paperwork for a frustration-free journey to a new home, one with a lower interest rate and easy monthly payment schedule. Just what we all need: Less paperwork and more attention paid by an expert who can cut through the legalese. 

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homestreet bank
Rob Levy
225 S. Lake Ave., # 830. Pasadena
(626) 404 4599 | roblevyloans.com

Sierra Capital Mortgage Co.
12 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena
(626) 449-8545 | sierracapital.biz

BEST NAIL SALON
Starr House The Salon
2636 Mission St., San Marino
(626) 799-0828 | starrhouse.com
Some people go to Starr for their work with hair — a cut, a coif or a waxing. Some go for eyelashes, eyebrow tints and makeup. Yet others who love having their nails buffed and polished consider Starr to be the best place for a manicure or pedicure. A mani sets you back $25; a pedicure is $35. You can also change your polish, repair a nail or get a full acrylic set. Then let your hands do the talking.

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DeLacey Beauty shoppe
48 S. De Lacey Ave., Pasadena
(626) 577-4809 

Tinzee Nails
436 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena
(626) 403-3311 | tinzeenailsalon.com

BEST PARTY RENTALS
Dolphin event services
1901 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena 
(626) 795-5131 | dolphinpartyrentals.com
Get everything from tables, chairs, tents and heaters to dance floors, gas grills, silverware, china and glassware at Dolphin Party Rentals. For a special kid’s party, or a DIY wedding, or a fundraiser, or a corporate event, Dolphin is the place Pasadenans find what they need. Founded by Carl and Mary Ellen Dolphin in 1941, the business has changed with the times. For instance, its new computer system allows clients to see how their event will look with 3-D illustrations. When it comes to partying, no one does it better than Dolphin Rentals.

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Town and Country Event Rentals
7725 Airport Business Park Way, Van Nuys
(818) 908-4211
townandcountryeventrentals.com

Vanny’s Party Supply
41 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena
(626) 440-7475 

BEST PET SERVICE
Oh To Be A Dog 
(818) 231-9728 | ohtobeadog.com
When work or life gets in the way of taking care of your dog, call Oh To Be A Dog to give your furry friend a private dog walk or stop-in visit. They provide real-time GPS monitoring, so you’ll know what’s happening and for how long. This team will treat your pet like a member of their own family. Founder and CEO Shannon Sardella is a certified pet care technician through Pet Care Services Association, as well as certified in pet first-aid by the American Red Cross.
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My Pet Garden
2245 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
(626) 449-1600 | mypetgarden.com

Pasadena Pets
815 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena
(626) 796-3647 | pasadenapet.net

BEST PHYSICAL THERAPY
CATZ
801 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena
(626) 793-3867 | catzpasadena.com
The CATZ Physical Therapy Institute, with offices in four cities, including Pasadena, features a highly qualified physical therapy team that delivers orthopedic rehabilitation, injury prevention training and sports performance training for people of all ages. Their personal attention will inspire you, and the results are amazing. CATZ also offers speed performance, adult fitness, kids’ fitness and birthday parties that will keep children moving with races, soccer and other activities. 

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Landswick Physical Therapy, Inc.
959 E. Walnut Street, Ste. 240, Pasadena
(626) 795.2390 | landswickpt.com

Select Physical Therapy
301 N. Lake Ave. #201, Pasadena
(626) 568-9115 | selectphysicaltherapy.com

BEST PILATES
Le Studio Pilates
236 W. Mountain St., #111, Pasadena
(626) 792-9866 | lestudiopilates.com
Le Studio has certified experienced Pilates instructors who provide private and semi-private classes for reasonable rates. The quiet location is professional and parking isn’t a problem. Pilates builds up your core muscles and heightens body awareness by teaching correct muscle activation and correcting posture and body alignment, all of which makes your internal organs function better. When your body feels better, you feel better and life opens up to greater possibilities.

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Wundabar Pilates
860 E. Green St., Pasadena
(626) 304-2600 | pilatespluspasadena.com

Zoë A Pilates Studio
22 S. Oakland Ave., Pasadena
(626) 585-8853 | zoepilates.com

BEST REAL ESTATE OFFICE
Sotheby’s International Realty
459 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
(626) 229-0909 | sothebyshomes.com/
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Pasadenans turn to Sotheby’s International Realty when they are looking for something special anywhere in the Greater Pasadena area. Sotheby’s specializes in luxury homes and properties located near popular shops and restaurants. Their agents can guide you to architectural properties, historic homes and ranch listings for luxury homes or rentals. They’ll find the right home to improve your lifestyle in a uniquely Pasadena way. 

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Deasy/Penner & Cohn
200 S. Los Robles Ave., Suite 100, Pasadena
(626) 683-0777 | cynthiaandmark.com

Dilbeck Estates
225 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
(626) 584-0101 | dilbeck.com

BEST REALTOR
Mark and Cynthia 
Cohn - Deasy/Penner & COHN
200 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena
(626) 600-1620 | cynthiaandmark.com
When you are ready to take the plunge into home ownership, let Mark and Cynthia Cohn guide you. With more than 19 years of combined experience, they know what Pasadenans want. Mark has been a member of the Tournament of Roses. Cynthia is a board director of the Pasadena Foothills Association of Realtors. She’s also a Pasadena Rotarian. Hoping to sell your house for something bigger or smaller? Call Mark and Cynthia Cohn to get the best deal for your situation. 

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Ann Marie Villicana - Dilbeck
225 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
(626) 431-2252 | dilbeck.com

Pete Whan-Keller Williams
251 S. Lake Ave., Ste. 150, Pasadena
(626) 204-3434  
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BEST SENIOR/ASSISTED LIVING
Arcadia Gardens 
Retirement Hotel
720 W. Camino Real Ave., Arcadia
(626) 574-8571 | arcadiagardensretirement.com
Arcadia Gardens is a licensed residential care facility with a Mediterranean style property that is landscaped to provide give residents with a sense of peace and serenity. For those who want to cook for themselves, the facility offers kitchenettes. It also provides tenants with access to a pool, Jacuzzi and fitness room. Residents have an on-call maid service, scheduled transportation, elegant restaurant-style dining, 24-hour emergency staffing and a busy activities program. 

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The Fair Oaks by Regency Park
951 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena
(626) 204-1700 | regencypk.com

The Oaks of Pasadena
2954 E. Del Mar Blvd., Pasadena
(626) 356-2600 | oaksofpasadena.com

BEST SPEECH/HEARING 
SPECIALIST
Justine Sherman & Associates
55 Auburn Ave., Sierra Madre
(626) 355-1729 | justineshermanslp.com
From kids to adults, sometimes people need assistance with hearing and being heard.  Justine Sherman and Associates helps patients of all ages reduce accents and deal with debilitating diseases as cerebral palsy, autism spectrum and aphasia.  Their teams of therapists are trained clinical psychologists, educators, occupational and physical therapists, and medical and dental professionals.  Using individual or group therapy programs, their therapists work to improve a client’s quality of life by optimizing their ability to communicate.

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Love Hearing Institute
11 W. Del Mar Blvd., Pasadena
(626) 796-4535 | hearing-aids-ca.com

BEST SUMMER CAMP
Tom Sawyer Camps
(626) 794-1156 | tomsawyercamps.com
It’s never too early to be planning for next summer. At Tom Sawyer Camps, kids won’t learn about how to paint a fence, but they’ll have other adventures on horseback, learn about archery and get out into nature. Besides their summer camp, Tom Sawyer Camps have year-round afterschool programs, holiday day camps, rope courses and a regular horseback riding program that focuses on building confidence, trust and learning new skills while working with others. 

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Pasadena Musical Theatre Program
3579 E. Foothill Blvd., #464, Pasadena
(323) 250.3150 | pasadenamusicaltheatre.org

Theatre 360 Summer Camp
75 N. Marengo Ave., Pasadena, CA 
(626) 577-5922 | theatre360.org

BEST TATTOO/PIERCING
Anomaly Body Piercing Studio
760 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena 
(626) 793-8930 | anomaly2.com
When you’re ready, the artists at Anomaly Body Piercing Studio are ready to poke, pierce and etch you with precision. We aren’t talking about your grandmother’s sweet little one-per earlobe piercing. Here bedazzled studs can be placed on your chest, in your nose or navel, tongue or lip. You can even find the limits of skin and gravity with ephemme suspension as well as get piercings in those x-rated places for those naughty nights. 

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In the Skin Studios
586 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena 
(626) 683-8380 | intheskinstudios.com

Prix Body Piercing
56 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
(626) 405-9253 | prixbodypiercing.com

Shogun Tattoo
2480 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena 
(626) 578-1330 | shoguntattoo.com

BEST TRAVEL AGENCY
Distant Lands Travel
20 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena
(626) 449-3220 | distantlands.com
As wonderful as life is in Pasadena, one still might feel the need to travel to Distant Lands, the place for advice and even a little preparatory exploration. There you can find maps and books and attend free inspirational destination-specific talks, films and slideshows. Distant Lands also carries clothing, luggage and other travel accessories. 

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AAA Automobile Club of Southern California
801 E. Union St., Pasadena
(626) 795-0601 | aaa.com
Fantasy Tours
555 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena
(626) 797-7410 | fantasytourstravel.com

BEST VETERINARIAN
VCA Hospital
2204 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena 
(626) 792-1187 | vcahospitals.com
Foothill Veterinary Hospital has been serving the Pasadena community since 1953 with services that include wellness exams, vaccinations, surgery, dentistry, micro-chipping, boarding and bathing. If your pet needs special medical supervision, have a carefree vacation by leaving your beloved friend under 24-hour medically supervised boarding. And for those unfortunate occasions when your four-legged buddy has an unscheduled rendezvous with another critter, Foothill can help with needed repairs.

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Dr. Daniel Vanderhoof-Vanderhoof 
Veterinary Hospital
2235 N. Lake Ave., Ste. 101, Altadena
(626) 798-5901 | vanderhoofvet.com

Pasadena Pets
2850 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena
(626) 568-1115 | pasadenapetshospital.com

Rose City Veterinary Hospital
2695 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena
(626) 796-8387 | rosecityvets.com

BEST YOGA
Bikram Yoga Pasadena
2089 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
(626) 304-9642 | bikrampasadena.com
Let Bikram Yoga help you stretch into better health and an anxiety-free state of mind.  Bring your own towel, washcloth and a bottle of water, then arrive 15 minutes early. You can buy and reserve your space online. On Saturdays, Bikram offers a community class at 3 p.m. Bikram has been serving the Pasadena community for 15 years, healing bodies and changing lives, and is now in newly expanded facilities. 

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Yoga House
11 W. State St., Pasadena
(626) 403-3961 | yogahouse.com

Yoga Works
277 W. Green St., Pasadena
(626) 381-9785 | yogaworks.com

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