We may have traded in our Walkmans for iPods, but boom boxes still survive. Video stores have been replaced by Netflix and Amazon, but computers are no longer a luxury; they are a necessity. The 1980s marked the rule of the nerds, and now, with Caltech, JPL/NASA and Art Center College of Design, Pasadena has more than its share of brainy people adding to the success of these world-renowned institutions, as well as the city. 

 

If you’re like me, you’ll want to go out dancing and prove that nerds actually can rule the floor. Try the Athletic Garage Dance Center for instruction and then Studio Metamorphosis for cross-training with its Best Cardio Workout. For help with hip hop acrobatics and your street cred, enroll in Arnott Kenpo Karate. On the off chance that instead of breaking bricks you broke your own bones have a friend take you to Huntington Hospital and then get your meds at Cal Oaks. Dr. Yawen Cheng can use acupuncture to take care of some of those aches and pains, or, if you have a deathly fear of needles, Focus Chiropractic can crack your back to get you back into Pasadena’s active lifestyle. 

 

While no one expects you to keep your thoughts pure, you do want to make sure your ideas are pure profit for you and you alone. Don’t forget to consult with Cotman Intellectual Property Law Group before launching your start-up, marketing your invention or signing that film contract. 

 

Even if you are a geek with an astronomical IQ, you don’t have to look like the unkempt characters we see on television. Pasadena’s favorite hair salon, Essence, can make brainy beautiful. Add some eyebrow management at Zoey Van Jones and a manicure and pedicure at Harmony, and with all the money you’ve been saving through Wells Fargo or the Wescom Credit Union you’ll be ready to splurge at the luxurious staycation at the Langham Hotel for brunch, tea or a spa day. If you can tear yourself away from Pasadena, then ask Montrose Travel where you can go for fun, solo or with friends and family. 

 

For a long trek, store your stuff at Arroyo Parkway Self Storage while you’re exploring. For the moments that matter, Dr. Michael S. Yung can make sure you have a picture perfect smile for when you win a Nobel Prize or an Academy Award or when you’re practicing your acceptance speech. 

 

If you’re not renting a limo, then ask Hrant Auto Service to get your car in the best possible condition and take it to Pasadena Auto Wash to make it shine. For your after-party needs, or if you’re joining the citywide New Year’s Eve partying, consult Dolphin Party Rentals. Pasadena’s favorite photographer Nicola Borland is available to photograph special events, since Tweeting might not be enough. 

 

When you’re ready to settle down and buy your own little nest, consult with Navarro Construction for improvements. Owner Robyn Navarro is our town’s top choice for interior design. For the really ambitious, James V. Coane and Associate can build you a house or if your start-up took off and left you a bizillionaire, build you commercial space to your specifications.

 

When the kids start coming, turn to Goodman Family Day Care to keep them occupied and safe, but in summer, send them to Tom Sawyer’s Summer Camp for safe adventures. If you just have fur and feather kids or if you menagerie includes pets as well, Oh To Be A Dog can walk your dog and pet sit. When your loved ones get sick, be sure to consult with Foothill Veterinary Hospital to keep the furry ones well and Dr. Irina Jasper for the two-legged family members. 

 

When your parents or you are ready to ease into your golden years, take refuge at the Fair Oaks at Regency Park. Find your inner peace at Bikram Yoga and tell the younger generation about the days when you did weightlifting with desktop computers and cellphones didn’t Tweet.

 

BEST ACCOUNTANT (TIE)

RUSTY WATKINS

844 COLORADO BLVD., #104, EAGLE ROCK

(323) 254-9033

You will be counting your blessings if you let Rusty Watkins count your assets.


ROBERT HALL

ROBERT HALL & ASSOCIATES

300 W GLENOAKS BLVD., #200, GLENDALE

(818) 242-4888 | ROBERTHALLTAXES.COM

Since 1971, Robert Hall & Associates has been offering professional tax advice to the residents of Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena.


BARRY HENSIEK

HENSIEK AND CARON CPA

650 SIERRA MADRE VILLA, #303, PASADENA

(626) 792-9988 

One of the two accounting powerhouses behind the CPA firm of Hensiek and Caron, Barry Hensiek does it all, providing audit and accounting, tax planning and compliance, business advisory and computer implementation services to local and national clients.  



BEST ACUPUNCTURE

Dr. Ya-Wen Cheng Acupuncture & Chiropractic

51 N. Fifth Ave., #305, Arcadia

(626) 292-6899 | drcheng.net

916 W. Town and Country Road, Orange

(714) 265-7656

Since 1960, Dr. Cheng’s family has been poking people in the right way — to make them better. If you’re feeling prickly and need to relax, stop by and get adjusted and needled.  Pasadena’s favorite acupuncturist treats 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


Magnoly Acupuncture

625 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Ste. 225, Pasadena

(626) 396-1799


Sarah Adcock

Yu Zhang Acupuncture

133 S. Hudson Ave., Ste. 4, Pasadena

(626) 449-5511

BEST ARCHITECT

James V. Coane & Associates

30 N. Raymond Ave., Suite 611, Pasadena

(626) 584-6922 | jvca.com

Pasadena’s James V. Coane & Associates keeps Pasadena beautiful as they handle everything from residential estates and historic renovations to expansions of residential and apartment interiors. The firm has designed multifamily residences, corporate interiors, retail structures and small commercial buildings. That Pasadena touch doesn’t end at the city borders.  Since 1994, the firm has served the Greater Los Angeles area but also taken on projects in Santa Barbara, Newport Beach and San Diego. 


Reader Recommended

D. S. Ewing Architects, Inc. 

723 E. California Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 584-0860 | dsewing.com


Lisa Henderson

Harvest Architecture

2038 Pine Street, South Pasadena

(626) 799.1078 | harvestarchitecture.com


BEST ATTORNEY/LAW FIRM

Cotman IP Law Group, PLC

117 E. Colorado Blvd., #460, Pasadena

(626) 405-1413|  cotmanip.com

With Caltech and JPL/NASA in the area, there are a lot of inventive minds in Pasadena. Add to that the writers and artists who make Pasadena their home and you have a lot of ideas that need protection. Cotman specializes in the strategic use of intellectual property rights, helping companies protect valuable technologies and brands. The firm’s services cover patent protection and prosecution, trademark services, copyright services  and intellectual property dispute resolution. They also provide free intellectual property threat assessments. 


Reader Recommended

The Law Offices of Hahn & Hahn

301 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 796-9123 | hahnlawyers.com


The Law Offices of Vanessa M. Terzian

727 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge

(818) 864-6174 | pasadenacalawyer.com


BEST AUTO REPAIR/BODY SHOP

Hrant Auto Service

1477 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 798-4064 | hrantautoservice.com

Whether you had an accident or just need a tune up, stop by Pasadena’s best. Hrant Auto Service has been serving the Pasadena area since 1970. Services include brake checks, engine tune ups, lubes and oil changes, transmission replacements, transmission rebuilding, clutches and general engine repairs.


Reader Recommended

Mitch’s Auto

767 E. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 795-2495


Nishikawa Auto Service

510 S. Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena

(626) 792-4372| http://nishikawaautosvc.net/


BEST BANK

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)

(626) 685-9275

1830 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 296-7374

1390 N. Allen Ave., Pasadena (Inside Vons)

(626) 296-7190

From their participation in the Rose Parade to the low-key work of helping locals save money and acquire loans and credit, Wells Fargo is part of Pasadena. Wells Fargo might not be delivering those services via stagecoach, but this bank can help you at all stages of life, from your first savings account to buying that new house.


Reader Recommended

Chase Bank

860 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 795-5177 | chase.com

132 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 395-7706

2670 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(66) 795-4253


Bank of America 

880 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(800) 432-1000 | bankofamerica.com

399 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 683-8324

145 W. California Blvd., Pasadena 

(800) 432-1000


BEST CAR WASH

Pasadena Auto Wash

164 W. Del Mar Blvd., Pasadena 

(626) 449-9944 | pasadenaautowash.com

With the drought and the dog days of summer upon us, your car might be looking a little dull and dusty. Head over to Pasadena Auto Wash. The whole experience can be quite pleasant — sample the complimentary cookies and coffee or read the magazines and newspapers in their air-conditioned waiting room. You can even get your oil and filters changed. How’s that for convenience?


Reader Recommended

Arroyo Car Wash

605 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena

(626) 795-9368


Lucky Car Wash

3698 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 796-4888


BEST CHIROPRACTOR

Focus Chiropractic

236 W. Mountain St., #107, Pasadena

(626) 449-0900 | focuschiropractic.net

Sometimes you need more than an attitude adjustment — you need to have your back adjusted. Whether you banged up your bones in a sports game, a car accident or just daily life, Focus Chiropractic can bring your focus back to the pursuit of the good life in Pasadena. Dr. Kolleen Gregory and Dr. Richard Kachanon, both raised in the Eagle Rock area, both have training and experience with children, so the whole family can get cracking toward a better, pain-free life.


Reader Recommended

Innate Family Chiropractic

33 S. Catalina Ave., #104, Pasadena

(626) 792-9600 | innatefamily.com


Dr. Ya-Wen Cheng Acupuncture & Chiropractic

51 N. Fifth Ave., #305, Arcadia

(626) 292-6899 | drcheng.net

916 W. Town and Country Road, Orange

(714) 265-7656


Premier Wellness Chiropractic

2750 E. Washington Blvd. #140, Pasadena

(626) 797-5800 | pwcpasadena.com


BEST CARDIO WORKOUT

Studio Metamorphosis

676 E. Green St., Pasadena

626) 219-7000 | studiometamorphosis.com

It isn’t too early to get ready for some sexy rendezvous in February or beach time any time the sun is out in Southern California. Studio Metamorphosis can take you from a cozily cocooned couch potato to a ready to run, heart-healthy person with Pilates-inspired workouts enhanced by Lagree Fitness Methods. You can chose from shred, megashred, cycle and shred and cycle workouts. 


Reader Recommended

Push Pull Cardio

2620 E Walnut St, Pasadena

(626) 765-1772 | pushpullcardio.com


Pure Barre Pasadena

107 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena

626) 765-9400 | purebarre.com


BEST CREDIT UNION

Wescom Credit Union 

123 S. Marengo Ave., Pasadena

(626) 535-1000 | wescom.org

Wescom banks with a personal touch and has been helping Southern Californians since 1934. Currently, Wescom has 22 branches, and unlike a regular bank, Wescom is a nonprofit financial cooperative. All members are owners and excess earnings benefit each of the member-owners by providing lower loan rates and higher savings yields along with reduced fees.


Reader Recommended

Pasadena Federal Credit Union

1038 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 799-0882 | pfcu.org


Caltech Employee Federal Credit Union

528 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge

818) 952-4349 | caltechefcu.org


BEST COSMETIC SURGEON

Michael S. Schwartz, MD

425 S. Fair Oaks Ave., #110, Pasadena

(626) 449-8873 |drmichaelschwartz.com

Got some stubborn fat deposits that you want to lose? Think your eyes could be enhanced by a bit of nip and tuck? Dr. Schwartz, who earned his MD in Chicago and came to Los Angeles to train at the USC Medical Center, specializes in state-of-the-art cosmetic surgery of the face, neck, eyelids, nose, breasts and body. He also offers liposculpture, breast augmentation, lifting and reduction and abdominoplasty.


Reader Recommended

Dr. Brian A. Cox, MD

1044 S. Fair Oaks Ave., #101, Pasadena

(626) 795-9511 | drsasaki.com


Leif Rogers, MD, FACS

625 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Suite 270, Pasadena

(626) 537-3737 | leifrogersmd.com


BEST DANCE STUDIO

Athletic Garage

121 Waverly Drive, Pasadena

(626) 229-9769 | athletic-garage.com

Make your salsa dancing sizzle and improve your hip hop, fusion and lyrical techniques at Athletic Garage Dance Center, a place for teens, tweens and adults to have fun finding their inner dancers. You can even audition for the AG Dance Team, which offers scholarships for the gifted few. 


Reader Recommended

Dance Conservatory of Pasadena

66 Waverly Drive, Pasadena

(626) 396-1744 | learntodancewith.us


Arthur Murray Dance Studio

100 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 793-1030 | ampasadena.com


The Sonata Room/Latin Dance Pros

210 N. First Ave., Arcadia

(626) 286-0373 | sonataroom.com


BEST DAY CARE

Goodman Family Daycare Preschool

1090 El Campo Drive, Pasadena 

(626) 578-1815 | goodmandaycare.com

In these tough economic times, two-income and single-parent families need help, and Goodman Family Daycare is there to provide full-day preschool daycare in Pasadena. Director and founder Jacqueline Goodman keeps the tuition rates reasonable and the daycare has flexible programs, taking in children full-time, part-time, hourly and even allowing drop-ins. Goodman offers discounts for families with more than one child enrolled. 


Reader Recommended

Kids Klub

380 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

(626) 795-2501 | kidsklubcdc.com


Happy Sunshine Kids Preschool & Infant Center

169 N. Halstead St., Pasadena

(626) 744-9111 | happysunshinekids.net


BEST DAY SPA/MASSAGE

Burke Williams

39 Mills Place, Pasadena

(626) 440-1222 | burkewilliamsspa.com

Burke Williams is the perfect place for a staycation. Sign up for a massage or see a chiropractor. Get some “me” time and relax or get your spine adjusted. Burke Williams’ signature treatments may be just what you need to come back to the real world with a better attitude. Get the Hunter’s Retreat, which includes an exfoliating scrub, Savannah’s Surrender, Salt Glo or Emilee’s Intrigue. A thermal seaweed wrap will help draw out the toxins, replenish essential minerals and restore moisture to your body.


Reader Recommended

Massage Envy

345 S. Lake Ave., Suite 205, Pasadena

(626) 240-1060 | massageenvy.com

3707 E Foothill Blvd

Pasadena, CA

(626) 351-9100

1136 Fair Oaks Ave

South Pasadena, CA

(626) 403-6000

333 N Brand Blvd

Glendale, CA

(818) 246-3689

659 Foothill Blvd.

La Canada Flintridge, CA 

(818) 952-3689


The Salt Studio

1380 E. Walnut St., Pasadena

(626) 765-6180 | saltstudiopasadena.com


BEST DENTISTRY

Dr. Michael S. Yung

696 E. Colorado Blvd., #224, Pasadena

(626) 449-5420 | michaelyungdds.com

If God didn’t give you a dazzling smile, let Dr. Yung do it. Going to the dentist isn’t everyone’s idea of a great time, and kids particularly might squirm. But Young has a way with the young ones. A premiere preferred provider of Invisalign, Yung is also a certified provider of Lumineers and Rockstar White. 


Reader Recommended

Kathleen J. Lucas, DDS

959 E. Walnut St., Suite 208, Pasadena

(626) 793-6930 | kathleenlucasdds.com


Kent Wilson, DDS,

941 Huntington Drive, Ste. B, South Pasadena,

(626) 441-1167 |  kentwilsondds.com


Mary Chess-Abelson  DDS

500 Columbia St., South Pasadena

(323) 682-1133


BEST DERMATOLOGIST

Dr. Sara Gaspard

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

(626) 793-7790 | compdermcenter.com/about/dr-sara-gaspard/

Sometimes beauty really is only skin deep, so give your skin expert attention. Acne, eczema, psoriasis and psoriasis are all treatable. Dr. Sara Gaspard at the Comprehensive Dermatology Center of Pasadena went to USC’s Keck School of Medicine and graduated with highest distinction. She did her internship at Pasadena’s Huntington Hospital and finished her residency in dermatology at LAC+USC Medical Center where she was chief resident in her final year. 


Reader Recommended

Janice L. Davolio, MD

800 Fairmount Ave., #425, Pasadena

(626) 449-9992 | huntingtondermatologygroup.com/Dr–Davolio.html


Seth Vaccaro, MD

Huntington Dermatology Group

800 Fairmount Ave., South Pasadena

(626) 449-9992 | huntingtondermatologygroup.com/Dr–Vaccaro.html


BEST DOCTOR

Irina Jasper, MD

960 E. Green St. #286, Pasadena

(626) 356-0340 | doctorjasper.com

Dr. Jasper completed her training in Internal Medicine at the University of Illinois Christ Hospital in Chicago where she was awarded “Resident of the Year.” She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, a member of the American College of Physicians and a published author on medical research. As a member of the medical staff of Huntington Hospital, she has access to state-of-the-art treatment options. 


Reader Recommended

Bryan S. Jick, MD

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

(626) 304-2626 | fowh.com/drbryanjick.html


ELISA ALVARADO, MD

630 S RAYMOND AVE #340, PASADENA

(626) 584-0026


BEST DRY CLEANER/LAUNDRY

Magic Cleaners & Laundry

89 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena

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

If you want to dress to impress, don’t forget to get your clothes pressed. Crisp collars and sparkling clean shirts, pants, and jackets will help you shine for that special date or dream job interview. Magic Cleaners can also take care of your drapes and suede articles. The best part: If you’re busy, they’ll deliver to your home or office.


Reader Recommended

Pasadena Laundry

2585 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 689-2483 | pasadenalaundry.com


Bryan’s Cleaners

544 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena

(626) 796-4335 | bryanscleaners.com


BEST EYEBROW WAXING/THREADING

Zoey Van Jones Brow Studio

45 E. Union St., Pasadena

(626) 683-3308 | zoeyvanjones.com

Got caterpillars growing on your forehead? Pasadenans go to Zoey Van Jones Brow Studio to fix what’s wrong with their eyebrows. The Old Pasadena salon specializes in the fresh look with full, natural eyebrows. Opening in 2007 as BrauHaus, cosmetic artists at the Brow Studio believe form follows function. If you have a special event that needs an expert touch, the artists at ZVJ are there to help. 


Reader Recommended

Harmony Nail & Threading Salon

54 S. Pasadena Ave., Pasadena

(626) 578-1807 


Vanita’s Beauty & Threading Studio

253 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 304-1107 | threadingstudio.com


BEST FITNESS/WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM

Pure Barre

107 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 765-9400 | purebarre.com

You don’t have to have dance experience, but if you can hold on to a ballet barre, you can take the Pure Barre challenge. After warming up, work on sculpting arms, toning thighs and giving your seat a lift. Then before cooling down, work on flattening your abs. Pure Barre has intensives to give you fab abs, slenderize your outer and inner thighs or tighten and lift your behind. 


Reader Recommended

Ultimate Fitness Breakthrough

145 Vista Ave., Pasadena

(626) 232-1918 | ultimatefitnessbreakthrough.com


MC2 Fit 

(626) 665-3900 | facebook.com/mc2fit


BEST FUNERAL HOME

Cabot & Sons Funeral Home

27 Chestnut St., Pasadena

(626) 793-7159 | cabotcare.com

Death and taxes are unavoidable. So when one of your loved ones leaves the domain of the IRS, go to Cabot & Sons. Since 1921, the Cabot family has been providing the San Gabriel Valley with respectful and dignified care for traditional funerals and cremation services. You never know when your loved ones will meet their maker, so Cabot & Sons are available 24/7. 


Reader Recommended

Mountain View Mortuary, Cemetery and Crematory

2400 Fair Oaks Ave., Altadena

(626) 794-7133 | mtn-view.com


Woods -Valentine Mortuary

1455 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 798-8941 | woodsvalentinemortuary.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, 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

Annandale Golf Club

1 N. San Rafael Ave., Pasadena

(626) 796-6125 | annandalegolf.com


Eaton Canyon Golf Course

1150 Sierra Madre Villa Ave., Pasadena 

(626) 794-6773 | dcgolf.info


Arroyo Seco Golf Course

1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena

(323) 255-1506 | arroyosecogolf.com


BEST GYM (TIE)

Breakthru Fitness

345 S. Lake Ave., #201, Pasadena

(626) 396-1700 | breakthrufitness.com

Breakthru Fitness opened up in 1998 on Arroyo Parkway and then moved to Old Pas in a facility designed to enhance a very personal Pilates experience. Now they’ve moved to their current facility on South Lake Avenue where there’s ample free parking and a beautiful view of the San Gabriel Mountains. Along with yoga, you can join group fitness classes for strengthening, athletic fusion, spinning, cardio-dance and rowing. 


Pure Barre Pasadena

107 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

626) 765-9400 | purebarre.com

At Pure Barre in Pasadena you won’t be dancing — you’ll be sculpting your body, using a ballet barre. If you’re trying to focus on a particular area, try the intensive workout for your abs or for your derriere. Get ready for the new you with a hard body through your choice of fitness fun. 


Reader Recommended

Equinox

260 E. Colorado Blvd., #212, Pasadena

(626) 685-4800 | equinox.com


BEST HAIR SALON

Essence Hair Salon

1212 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 395-9900 | essencehairsalon.com 

Find your inner essence and express it with the cut, color and style of your hair. From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays, Glam Nights features all blow dries for just $35. After getting your hair under control, add some style to your hands and feet with some nail art a special pedicure. If you’re on a budget, Essence has a special menu for students with discounted hair services. 


Reader Recommended

Crowned Studio

54 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

(626) 844-5042 | 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 | navarroconstruction.com

Navarro Construction has been serving the Pasadena area since 1991. Although it began as a construction company, over time it evolved into a full-service design-build firm — one company able to take care of all the details. Go to Navarro Construction for architectural design, new-build construction, remodeling, custom fabrication, project management or permit/planning expedition. Navarro Construction is dedicated to building a better Pasadena

Reader Recommended

Grueter Construction

2672 Fair Oaks Ave., Altadena

(626) 798-9525 | grueterconstruction.com

BEST HOSPITAL 

Huntington Hospital

100 W. California Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 397-5000 | huntingtonhospital.com

Named the eighth best hospital in California, Huntington Hospital has been providing excellent health care for 120 years. The 625-bed not-for-profit hospital has the only level II trauma center in the San Gabriel Valley, and the hospital provides millions of dollars annually in charity care and is famous for its programs in neurosciences, cardiovascular services and cancer care


Reader Recommended

Methodist Hospital 

300 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia

(626) 898-8000 | methodisthospital.org


City of Hope

209 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena

(626) 396-2900 | cityofhope.org

  

BEST HOTEL 

The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa

1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena

(626) 568-3900 | pasadena.langhamhotels.com

The historic Langham Huntington Hotel is situated on 23 acres of lush, cultivated gardens, a perfect location for a wedding or any special occasion. Try the award-winning brunch at The Terrace or unwind with a Tiffin Afternoon Tea at The Lobby Lounge, then dine at The Royce, a steakhouse that specializes in wood-fired fare. When it’s time to splurge, the Langham is Pasadena’s choice.


Reader Recommended

COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT 

180 N. FAIR OAKS AVE., PASADENA

(626) 403-7600 | MARRIOTT.COM


HILTON HOTEL PASADENA

68 S LOS ROBLES AVE., PASADENA

(626) 577-1000 | HILTON.COM/PASADENA 


SHERATON PASADENA HOTEL

303 CORDOVA ST., PASADENA 

(626) 449-4000 | SHERATONPASADENA.COM


The Westin Pasadena

191 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena

(626) 792-2727 | starwoodhotels.com/west 


BEST HOUSE CLEANING SERVICE

Maid Brigade

(626) 799-6243 | pasadena.maidbrigade.com

The Green Clean Certified professionals at the Maid Brigade, who value your health and respect your budget, can help you be green and clean for less than you might expect. Make an appointment to get a free estimate. The Maid Brigade offers gift certificates. Maybe that teenager who won’t clean his/her room could use some help? A little cleanliness would make a great gift.


Reader Recommended

Merry Maids Cleaning

422 S Pasadena Ave, Pasadena

(888) 225-3151


BEST INTERIOR DESIGN

Robyn Navarro

3579 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 398-1777 | navarroconstruction.com

You’ve settled into a cozy Pasadena nest, but you want to personalize it. Yet you’re overwhelmed by a tall pile of decorating books and magazines and images on the Internet. Call Robyn Navarro, who will listen to your list of desires, smooth over conflicting requests and find the best possible solutions. Navarro will help you define your style and personality and formulate the perfect interior design for you and your family. 


Reader Recommended

Cynthia Bennett & Associates

501 Fair Oaks Ave, South Pasadena

(626) 799-9701| cynthiabennett.com


BEST LOCAL PHARMACY 

Cal Oaks Pharmacy

55 E. California Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 795-5956

Looking for the cozy comfort of a small town pharmacy? That’s Cal Oaks. Somehow, they also manage to keep prices down and customers from long waits in line. At Cal Oaks, it’s all about customer service and keeping Pasadenans healthy and happy.


Reader Recommended

Fair Oaks Pharmacy & Soda Fountain

1526 Mission St., South Pasadena

(626) 799-1414 | fairoakspharmacy.net


Phoenix Wellness Center

2523 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena 

(626) 791-7600 | phoenixpharmacy.com 


 BEST MARTIAL ARTS

Arnott American Kenpo Karate

915 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 793-2255 | arnottkenpo.com

Arnott American Kenpo Karate provides a safe learning environment in which kids and adults learn group dynamics and martial arts skills. Located on South Fair Oaks Avenue, Arnott Kenpo Karate runs on a belt system that begins with yellow and can progress to three degrees of black. They offer open matt classes on Fridays when you can invite your friends to visit. Arnott also offers Zumba fitness classes. 


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American Kenpo Karate

36 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena

(626) 793-8575 | americankenpokarate.net


Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

2560 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 737-0442 | graciebarra.com


BEST MED SPA

Oh! U Beauty Medical Spa

130 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale

(818) 551-1682 | oubeauty.com

Sometimes it takes more than a good attitude to turn a frown into a smile. A Botox or Derma-filler treatment at OU Beauty Medical Spa in Glendale might be one way to do the trick. Along with wrinkle relief, OU can laser away bothersome facial hair. Dr. James Joijan and his staff of registered nurses and an aesthetician will help you toward a more radiant and youthful look with high-tech facials and minor medical treatments. 


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Elude Med Spa

1388 E. Walnut St., Pasadena

(626) 304-0633 | eludemedspa.com


Skin Deep Laser Med Spa

425 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 449-8873 | skindeeplaser.com


BEST MORTGAGE BROKER

Sierra Capital Mortgage Co.

12 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

(626) 449-8545 | sierracapital.biz

Sierra Capital’s Linda and Roland Wilcox have years of experience with obtaining mortgage financing. Linda has 28 years of experience and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Rochester. Roland, a musician who once played with the Tonight Show Band, has been a mortgage broker for over 12 years. As partners in Sierra Capital, they specialize in purchase, refinance and HELOC loans, as well as jumbo loans up to $5 million and FHA and VA loans. 


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Tru Finance

40 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 397-9997 | trufinance.com


Rob Levy

225 S. Lake Ave., # 830, Pasadena

(626) 404 4599 | roblevyloans.com


BEST NAIL SALON

Harmony Nail & Threading Salon

54 S. Pasadena Ave., Pasadena

(626) 578-1807

In Southern California, the weather is so fine; we can walk around in flip flops or sandals almost all year round. Of course, that means one must maintain a certain level of care. Harmony Nail and threading salon can come to your rescue with a pedicure and a matching manicure. After a hard day, who wouldn’t want to pamper your feet? Here you can even get a foot massage and have your brows threaded to frame your eyes. 


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Bellacures

40 Mills Place, Pasadena

(626) 264-8616 | bellacures.com


Dashing Diva

27 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

(626) 449-3482 | dashingdiva.com


DELACEY BEAUTY SALON

48 S. DELACEY AVE., PASADENA

(626) 577-4809


BEST PARTY RENTALS

Dolphin Rentals

1901 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena 

(626) 795-5131 | dolphinpartyrentals.com

Dolphin Party Rentals has whatever you need to plan the perfect party: tables, chairs, tents, heaters, dance floors, gas grills, silverware, china and glassware. Carl and Mary Ellen Dolphin founded the company in 1941, but they still strive to keep up with the times. Their new computer system allows clients to see how their event will look with 3-D illustrations. 


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Town and Country Event Rentals

523 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena

(626) 795-7700 | 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

Oh To Be A Dog gives your furry BFF a private walk or a stop-in visit and provides real-time GPS monitoring so you can be in the know. Founder and CEO Shannon Sardella is a certified pet care technician through Pet Care Services Association and is also certified in pet first-aid by the American Red Cross, so she’ll be prepared should something happen to your little darling. 


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My Pet Garden

2245 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 449-1600 | mypetgarden.com


Planet Doggy Day Care

2300 E.; Walnut St., Pasadena

(626) 793-7344 | planetdoggy.com


BEST PHYSICAL THERAPY

Pasadena Physical Therapy

95 W. California Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 304-0565 | pasadenapt.com

Pasadena Physical Therapy, located across the street from Huntington Hospital, has been caring for Pasadenans since 2004 and is ready to help with your post-injury or post-operation care. This includes treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and help with problems involving muscles, joints, and nerves that result in pain, weakness and decreased range-of-motion. Treatment includes pool therapy and an anti-gravity treadmill. 


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CATZ

801 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

(626) 793-3867 | catzpasadena.com


Evergreen Physical Therapy Specialists

200 E. Del Mar Blvd., #302, Pasadena

(626) 683-8536 | evergreenpt.net


Landswick Physical Therapy, Inc.

959 E. Walnut St., Ste. 240, Pasadena

(626) 795.2390 | landswickpt.com


BEST PHOTOGRAPHER

Nicola Borland Photography

1815 El Sereno Ave, Pasadena

(323) 240-4407 | nicolaborland.com

Nicola Borland is confident her photographs will be “capturing the beauty in you.” Born in Scotland, she’s traveled to the Czech Republic, the Canary Islands, Australia, Fiji and Africa. No doubt she has wonderful photos from those travels, but at her studio she specializes in portraits, as well as newborn and maternity photos. Borland also shoots weddings and other special events. 


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Bob Paz 

(626) 695-0811 | bobpaz.com


BEST PILATES

Studio Metamorphosis

676 E. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 219-7000 | studiometamorphosis.com

Studio Metamorphosis combines the principles of Pilates with the Lagree Fitness Method. That means you’ll get a heart-pumping workout that will give you the transformation you crave. Strength, resistance and cardio training will leave you sweat-drenched but happy that you burned away those calories. Get shapely with Studio Metamorphosis.

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Pilates Barbell Club

300 S. Raymond Ave., #18, Pasadena

(626) 316-7767 | facebook.com/pilatesbarbellclub


Wundabar Pilates

860 E. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 304-2600 | pilatespluspasadena.com


BEST REAL ESTATE OFFICE

Deasy/Penner& Partners

200 S. Los Robles Ave., #100, Pasadena

(626) 683-0777 | deasypenner.com

Deasy, Penner & Partners is a real estate brokerage dedicated to the art of design and has gathered many like-minded partners — currently totaling 100, giving them a unique depth of knowledge of Southern California. The firm covers Malibu to Palm Springs and considers itself a leader in cutting-edge residential design. A member of the Luxury Real Estate Network, the company has made a commitment to a sustainable future. 


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Partners Trust

594 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 696-4800 | thepartnerstrust.com


Podley Properties 

897 Granite Drive, Pasadena

(626) 795-6262 | podley.com


BEST REALTOR

Mark and Cynthia Cohn

251 S. LAKE AVE., #150, PASADENA

(626) 204-3300

With 19 years of experience, Mark and Cynthia Cohn know what Pasadenans want. Active members of the community, Mark is a board member with the Tournament of Roses, and Cynthia is a Pasadena Foothills Association of Realtors board member as well as a Pasadena Rotarian. If you are upgrading to a larger house or downsizing for when the kids leave the nest, call Mark and Cynthia Cohn to find the best solution for your situation. 


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Lucy Mao

Associate Partner at Partners Trust

594 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 696-4800 | thepartnerstrust.com


Paula Walker

210 S. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 825-5550 | paulawalker.com


BEST SELF STORAGE

Arroyo Parkway Self Storage

411 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena

(626) 768-7774

arroyoparkwayselfstorage.com

Need a separate place to store documents, furniture or precious items? Try Arroyo Parkway Self Storage. Located across from Whole Foods Market and close to the 134, 210 and 110 freeways, Arroyo Parkway Self Storage offers free quote and a free driver. Your items will be safe under the constant video surveillance and you can pay with your credit card. 


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STORBOX Self Storage

2233 E Foothill Blvd, Pasadena

(626) 407-3439 | storbox.com


Public Storage

888 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 765-4727

1240 N. Lincoln Ave., Pasadena

(626) 765-4754

2773 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 593-1215

150 N. Halstead St., Pasadena

(626) 765-4710

550 S. San Gabriel Blvd., San Gabriel

(626) 999-0773


BEST SENIOR/ASSISTED
LIVING

The Fair Oaks by Regency Park

951 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 921-4108 | regencyparkfairoaks.com

Spend your retirement years in comfort and elegance at Fair Oaks by Regency Park, Pasadena’s best independent and assisted living community. The Fair Oaks includes fine dining, daily housekeeping and local transportation, and apartments are bright, airy and tastefully furnished. Plus, there’s a home movie theater, a fitness center, a spa and massage room, libraries and reading rooms, a beauty salon, a game room and a computer café with WiFi in select areas. 


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Pasadena Highlands

1575 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 768-7764 | pasadenahighlands.net


Villa Gardens 

842 E. Villa St., Pasadena

(800) 958-4552| villagardens.org


BEST SPEECH/HEARING 

SPECIALIST

Love Hearing Institute

11 W. Del Mar Blvd., #101, Pasadena

(626) 796-4535 | ovehearingservices.com

How can you dance to the beat of a different drummer if you can’t hear the beat? Hearing loss can strike at any time, but the audiologists at Love Hearing Institute — Julia Shih, Nancy McCoy and Dion Dvihovec — can make sure you get the appropriate care to lessen the effects or proactively help prevent premature hearing loss. 


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Hear Center

301 E. Del Mar Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 796-2016 | hearcenter.org


Lucy Shih

622 W. Duarte Road, Arcadia

(626) 574-6921


BEST SUMMER CAMP

Tom Sawyer Camps

707 W. Woodbury Road, Altadena

(626) 794-1156 | tomsawyercamps.com

At Tom Sawyer Camps, kids channel their energy through adventures on horseback and learning about the outdoors. Tom Sawyer Camps have year-round afterschool programs, holiday day camps, rope courses and a regular horseback riding program. Here, focus is placed on building confidence and developing new skills while learning to cooperate and play well with others. 


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Goodman Family Daycare Summer Camp

1090 El Campo Drive, Pasadena 

(626) 578-1815 | goodmandaycare.com


Summer Kids

3697 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Altadena

(626) 577-9979 | summerkids.net


BEST TATTOO/PIERCING

Anomaly Body Piercing Studio

1842 E. Walnut St., Pasadena 

(626) 793-8930 | anomaly2.com

In Pasadena, you won’t be an anomaly if you go beyond ear piercing at Anomaly Body Piercing Studio. The artists here are ready to poke, pierce and etch you with precision to give you a unique look — whatever you desire. Bedazzle your chest, nose, navel, tongue or lip. You can even get a piercing in discreet 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 

Montrose Travel

2349 Honolulu Ave., La Crescenta-Montrose

(818) 553-3200 | montrosetravel.com

Montrose Travel has been recognized as one of America’s Top 50 Travel Management Companies. That’s because this company has made a business of “helping people travel, one at a time.” They understand what you want, what you need and how best to deliver a well-deserved vacation. 


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AAA Automobile Club of Southern
California

801 E. Union St., Pasadena

(626) 795-0601 | aaa.com


BEST VETERINARIAN

VCA Foothill Veterinary Hospital

2204 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena 

(626) 792-1187 | foothillvet.com

VCA Foothill Veterinary Hospital has been keeping everyone’s feathered and furry friends healthy since 1953 with services that include wellness exams, vaccinations, surgery, dentistry, micro-chipping, boarding and bathing. Foothill can also provide special medical supervision during your vacation with 24-hour medically supervised boarding. The staff is well-trained and will make your non-human family members feel welcome and loved. 


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Dr. Daniel Vanderhoof-Vanderhoof
Veterinary Hospital

2235 N. Lake Ave., Ste. 101, Altadena

(626) 798-5901 | vanderhoofvet.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

After driving on the 110 you might need something or someone to help you de-stress. Try Bikram Yoga. You don’t have to hurry to reserve your space; that can be done online. Just bring a towel, a washcloth and a bottle of water, and stretch and sweat away those anxieties. Bikram, which has been serving the Pasadena area for over 15 years, offers a community class at 3 p.m. Saturdays.


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Tara Napoli’s Power Yoga

2100 E. Walnut St., Pasadena

(626) 817-2197| yogahouse.com


Yoga Works

277 W. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 381-9785 | yogaworks.com n