As You Wish

As You Wish

 

There’s a storybook quality that threads through this year’s Best of Pasadena Services category.

 

Each year, we give our Best of Pasadena Edition a theme. Last year we celebrated the 1980s. The year before that, it was a salute to Hollywood and its many connections to Pasadena, and the year before that we jumped head-first onto the end-of-the-world bandwagon with a uniquely informed rendition of the Mayan culture expertly created and compiled by former Features Editor Sara Cardine.

 

This year, we celebrate our “Enchanted City,” an idea conceived by PW Art Director Carla Cortez about a place where magical things actually do happen, and on a fairly frequent basis. 

 

While other portions of this year’s presentation feature the accomplishments of Greater Pasadena’s extraordinary people, places and events in ways that are sometimes cast in a surreal, but positive light, it is in the Services section where fairytales seem to most easily take human form, with some folks known for one thing and being lauded for another — what they do in real life. 

 

For instance, Martin Truitt is best known as a powerful political consultant, a “kingmaker,” if you will, having worked on Mayor Terry Tornek’s campaign, among others. But this year, Truitt is being honored as the PW’s Best Accountant. Who could have guessed? Congratulations, Martin.

 

In another interesting character twist, there’s former Mayor Bill Paparian, a one-time “crusader” for controversial causes and City Councilman who is this year’s Best Attorney. Kudos to you, sir.

 

There are others. Among them the “kindly workman” along the road who will never steer you wrong, Hrant the mechanic on East Washington Boulevard, fits that description to a T. And there are the all-knowing community “alchemists” (and in a town built on science by virtual alchemists of their times), among them acupuncture specialist and chiropractor Dr. Yawen Cheng. Cheng channels acupuncture, chiropractic knowledge, Western medical procedures, Eastern medicine and nutrition into a strategy for creating an optimum healing process. Of course, the more traditional pharmacies are recognized as well, with Altadena’s Webster’s Pharmacy being voted Best at what it does in the field of healing and relieving pain.

 

And there are “wizards,” those physicians and dentists who are highly skilled and trained at not only healing, like our Best Doctor, Arcadia cardiologist Dr. Karl V. Vogelbach, but also providing “that look” for men and women who demand a higher standard than most when it comes to their appearance. If not enchanted, Pasadena is certainly filled with pretty people, “princes” and “princesses” of all ages. It could probably go without saying that we also possess the Best Hospital in the “shire,” Huntington, but we do, according to our readers.

 

Naturally, any fairytale realm worth its weight in gold — or roses — has to have a populace of potential “heroes,” prepared to face any quest, and there is no shortage of places to trim down and buff up for that next big physical challenge. Whether it’s mixed martial arts, non-contact workouts, or outright fighting lessons, Pasadena is the place to get it on.

 

But what to do after a day of climbing mountains and slaying dragons? Get your chariot washed at Pasadena Auto Wash, or have your clothes cleaned by the fittingly named Magic Dry Cleaners, or have your home cleaned by the Maid Brigade’s Green Team.

 

Perhaps a massage at world-renowned Burke Williams in Old Pas, or maybe a few sessions of Bikram Yoga Pasadena, the original “hot yoga,” will work out all the kinks and cramps.

 

All the many basic and unusual services that actually make a city enchanting are right here every day in Pasadena, a place where the eclectic services provided to its citizens really do make dreams come true.

 

 

 

BEST ACCOUNTANT

Martin Truitt

Truitt & Strowbridge LLP 

301 E. Colorado Blvd., #711, Pasadena

(626) 449-6264 | trustrow.com

Martin Truitt is a great accountant and financial adviser, but he’s perhaps better known around town as one of the city’s top political consultants, a kingmaker, in recent years working with Mayor Terry Tornek’s campaigns for City Council and mayor. Although he has been called a conservative, Truitt once explained that he simply supports the best candidate. “Like many people, I volunteer in local political campaigns, which are nonpartisan,” he once wrote in a letter to a local newspaper. “In 2009, I helped elect two Democrats and a former Green Party member to office. I volunteer for good people who I think are right for the job regardless of political party.”


Reader Recommended

Barry Hensiek

Hensiek & Caron

650 Sierra Madre Villa, Suite 303, Pasadena

(626) 792-9988 | Fax (626) 792-9852 | hccpa.com

 

BEST ACUPUNCTURE

Dr. Yawen Cheng
Acupuncture & Chiropractic

51 N. Fifth Ave., #305, Arcadia

(626) 292-6899 | drcheng.net

Dr. Cheng is no stranger to the Best of Pasadena competition, winning first place laurels from 2006 to 2013. Perhaps that’s a result of Cheng offering a multi-discipline approach, channeling acupuncture, chiropractic knowledge, Western medical procedures, Eastern medicine and nutrition into a strategy for creating an optimum healing process for such acute and chronic conditions as infertility, stress, headaches, allergies, side effects of chemotherapy and sports injuries.


Reader Recommended

Barbara Burns, L.Ac.

41 E. Foothill Blvd., #200, Arcadia

(626) 446-5900 | barbaraburns-lac.com


Magnoly Acupuncture

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

(626) 396-1799 | magnolyacupuncture.com


BEST ARCHITECT

James V. Coane And Associates

30 N. Raymond Ave., #611, Pasadena

(626) 584-6922 | jamescoane.com

Pasadena-based James V. Coane and Associates is widely recognized for its innovative and creative work here, San Marino and in West Los Angeles. But the company’s projects can also be found in such places as Santa Barbara, Montecito, Newport Beach, San Diego, Malibu, Aspen, and even Beijing and Taiwan. Well-versed in historical and modern architecture and design, many of the firm’s structures, according to its website, have been used as locations for television and movie filming as well as fashion and advertising photography. 


Reader Recommended

Gaylaird Christopher

Architecture for Education

65 N. Catalina Ave, Pasadena

(626) 356-4080 | architecture4E.com


Harvest Architecture, LLC

2038 Pine St., South Pasadena

(626) 799-1078 | harvestarchitecture.com

 

BEST ATTORNEY/LAW FIRM

William Paparian Law Offices 

272 S. Los Robles Ave, Pasadena

(626) 795-1750 | criminalattorneyinpasadena.com

Bill Paparian is so well known for his work as Pasadena’s first Armenian-American mayor from 1995 to 1997 that many people may not realize Paparian is also an attorney. And this year, according our readers, he’s been voted the best lawyer working in Pasadena. Space does not permit us to list all of this self-styled knight in shining armor’s many accomplishments, but the former US Marine and Republican–turned-Independent’s Wikipedia entry provides a good nutshell description. “Paparian has been known throughout his political career as an outspoken advocate of controversial causes, including ending the trade embargo against Cuba,” the entry states. “He attracted national media attention for dispatching a Pasadena police helicopter to issue a citation to state aircraft spraying pesticides over the city, and for his urging Rose Parade observers in 2008 to turn their backs on the Chinese float, which he called the ‘Beijing Float of Shame.’” As the LA Times once wrote, “Paparian’s views may seem an incongruous marriage of right and left, but his friends say they mark an independent-minded populist who favors the underdog and answers no clarion but his own.”


Reader Recommended

Cotman IP Law Group, PLC  

35 Hugus Alley, Suite 210, Pasadena

(626) 405-1413 | cotmanip.com


Hahn & Hahn

301 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 796-9123 | hahnlawyers.com

 

BEST AUTO REPAIR/BODY SHOP

Hrant Auto Service

1477 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 798-4064 

In business since 1970, Hrant specializes in brake checks, tune ups, lube jobs, oil changes, transmission replacements, transmission rebuilding, and general engine repair. Without a doubt, your chariot will be running fine after one visit. But his biggest claim to fame is customer service. “I can tell they come from (an) honest and respectful background from how they treat us every time we bring in our cars,” writes one fan on Yelp. “Hrant is always so friendly and welcoming,” says another customer. “He doesn’t try to rip you off, but will always break down what is necessary versus what work can wait.”


Reader Recommended

Mitch’s Auto

767 E. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 795-2495 

 

Plati German Auto

442 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

(626) 792-3330 | platigermancar.com

 

BEST BANK

Wells Fargo Bank

82 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 449-8611 | wellsfargo.com

(And five other locations)

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 an integral part of life in Pasadena. These days, Wells Fargo might not be delivering vital services via stagecoach, like they did in those romantic but highly dangerous days of the Old West. But this bank can help you at all stages of modern life — from opening your first savings account to buying a house.


Reader Recommended

Bank of America

880 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena 

(And nine other locations)


Chase

860 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 795-5177 | chase.com

132 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena

(And 15 other locations)

 

BEST CAR WASH

Pasadena Auto Wash

164 W. Del Mar Blvd., Pasadena 

(626) 449-9944 | pasadenaautowash.com

Where else can you munch cookies, drink coffee, read the paper or watch TV while your car is being washed, waxed and and worked on? For yet another year, Pasadena Auto Wash’s little extra efforts at pleasing customers have paid off with yet another Best of Pasadena Award. Self-respecting squires and ladies need a fly ride, and Pasadena Auto Wash is the place to make that happen.


Reader Recommended

Arroyo California Car Wash

605 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena

(626) 795-9368 | arroyocaliforniacarwash.com  

 Lucky Car Wash

3698 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 796-4888 | luckycarwash.com

 


BEST CHIROPRACTOR

Innate Family Chiropractic

104 N. Madison Ave., Pasadena

(626) 792-9600 | innatefamily.com

Established in 2010, Innate Family Chiropractic has become the leading family chiropractic practice in Pasadena. Both Dr. Chris and Dr. Adana are certified by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) to practice the Webster Technique. Additionally, they are certified pediatric chiropractors by the National Wellness Foundation. At Innate Family Chiropractic, “we specialize in full family wellness care,” states the company’s website. “That means we provide care for everyone from newborns to grandparents and everyone in between.”


Reader Recommended

Dr. Ya-Wen Cheng Acupuncture
& Chiropractic

51 N. Fifth Ave., #305, Arcadia

(626) 292-6899 | drcheng.net


Premier Wellness Chiropractic

2750 E. Washington Blvd., #140, Pasadena

(626) 797-5800 | pasadenachiro.com

 

BEST COSMETIC SURGERY

Dr. Michael Schwartz 

Skin Deep Laser Med Spa

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

(626) 449-8873 | drmichaelschwartz.com

Specializing in state-of-the-art cosmetic surgery of the face, neck, eyelids, nose, breasts and body, USC-trained Dr. Schwartz also offers liposculpture, breast augmentation, breast lifting and reduction, and abdominoplasty. According to his website, Dr. Schwartz, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon,  performs standard and endoscopic facial cosmetic surgery, facial rejuvenation with autologous fat transfer, utilizing JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel, Restylane®,Radiesse™ and BOTOX® Cosmetic. 


Reader Recommended

Dr. Alexander Villicana

624 W. Duarte Road, Suite 201, Arcadia

(626)447-6641 | drvillicana.com

 

Dr. Gordon Sasaki

800 Fairmount Ave., #319, Pasadena

(626) 796-3373 | drsasaki.com

 

Dr. Max Lehfeldt

Teleos Plastic Surgery

836 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena

(888) 963-7629 | teleosplasticsurgery.com

 

BEST CREDIT UNION

Wescom Credit Union

123 S. Marengo Ave., Pasadena

(626) 535-1000

Talk about your Cinderella story. Wescom Credit Union started out in 1934 when 13 Pacific Telephone workers pooled their money to create a financial institution from which they could acquire loans. Eighty years later, Wescom Credit Union has nearly 200,000 members, more than $2 billion in assets and 22 branches throughout five Southern California counties. “What hasn’t changed through the years,” states the credit union’s website, “is our commitment to our members. We’ve never lost sight of the fact that we were formed by our members, we’re owned by our members, and we’re here to serve our members.”


Reader Recommended

Caltech Employees Federal Credit Union

528 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge

(818) 952-4444 | caltechefcu.org

1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena

515 S. Wilson Ave., Pasadena

(626) 395-6300 


Pasadena Federal Credit Union

1038 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 799-0882 | pfcu.org


BEST DANCE STUDIO

Dance Street

1715 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 791-7746 | dancestreetca.com

To all “Dancing with the Stars” fans, get ready to rumba, or waltz, or tango. Dance Street is not even a half-year old, but stylish dance partners Nikolay Voronovich and Maria Nikolishina have impressed enough people to put it at the top of our list. That shouldn’t be surprising, because before they became dance directors they were professional Latin Blackpool champions, USA medalists and on the top 10 world ranking list. They would love to help you prepare for your wedding or next enchanted engagement.


Reader Recommended 

Athletic Garage

121 Waverly Drive, Pasadena

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


Lineage Dance

89 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 844-7008 | lineagedance.org


BEST DAY CARE

Goodman Family Daycare Preschool

1090 El Campo Drive, Pasadena

(626) 578-1815 | goodmandaycare.com

The old lady who lived in the shoe and had too many children didn’t know what to do, but people in Pasadena do. They send their kids to Goodman Family Daycare Preschool. Director Jacqueline Goodman founded the program in 1986. Back then, she was about to return to corporate law but was unable to find a suitable community daycare program. Goodbye LA law and hello to being every Pasadena family’s fairy godmother. Goodman has a degree in business law and child development studies and continues to take state certification classes and child development courses. Children at this daycare receive instruction in music appreciation and dancing. They also enjoy nature walks, cooking classes, education games and hearing stories, some of them fairytales. 


Reader Recommended

Kids Klub Pasadena 

Child Development Center & Preschool 

380 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena 

(626) 795-2501 | campkidsklub.com


Linda Vista Children’s Center

1259 Linda Vista Ave., Pasadena

(626) 449-0985 | lvcckids.org


BEST DAY SPA/MASSAGE

Burke Williams

39 Mills Place, Pasadena

(626) 440-1222 | burkewilliamsspa.com

Sometimes to feel magical, one needs a spa day. When recent Emmy Award winner Viola Davis isn’t planning how to get away with murder, she’s treating herself to some time at Burke Williams, as did Ming-Na Wen, the agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the voice of Disney Princess Fa Mulan. Men like Pablo Schreiber of “Orange is the New Black” fame, also find the spa magically relaxing and inspiring. 


Reader Recommended 

Pasadena Massage Company

232 N. Lake Ave. #21, Pasadena

(626) 585-1964 | pasadenamassagecompany.com


Salt Studio

1380 E. Walnut St., Pasadena

(626) 765-6180 | saltstudiopasadena.com


BEST DENTISTRY

Michael Yung, Dds And Associates

696 E. Colorado Blvd., #224, Pasadena

(626) 449-5420 | michaelyungdds.com

Where would Prince Charming be without a magical smile? Would Cinderella win her prince’s heart if her smile was less than perfect? To find your heart-winning grin, visit Dr. Michael Yung. His office strives to be your friendly neighborhood dentist, one who exudes confidence and can easily calm the nerves of frightened kids and jumpy adults alike. Dr. Yung will help all your special evenings be enchanted by providing you with a dazzling smile.


Reader Recommended 

Dr. Charles Arrobio, DDS

175 S El Molino Ave., #6, Pasadena

(626) 796-5750 | drarrobio.com


Mak & Kleiger, DDS

959 E. Walnut St., #216, Pasadena

(626) 793-6175 | makandkleigerdds.com


BEST DERMATOLOGIST

Dr. Janice Davolio

Huntington Dermatology Group

800 Fairmount Ave., Suite 425, Pasadena

(626) 449-9992 | huntingtondermatologygroup.com

Whether a beauty or a beast, you still need to take care of your skin, especially now, with Southern California’s apparently endless summer. People in Pasadena — adults and children — visit Dr. Janice DaVolio for advice and treatment. DaVolio lives locally and enjoys an active life that includes hiking and jogging. While we all know that beauty is only skin deep, it’s important to remember that your skin is the body’s largest organ, in need of its own special care. Our readers believe DaVolio of the Huntington Dermatology Group is the best person to deliver that service. 


Reader Recommended 

Dr. Heather Butler

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

(626) 793-7790 | compdermcenter.com 


Dr. Sara Gaspard

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

(626) 793-7790 | compdermcenter.com


BEST DOCTOR

Dr. Karl H. Vogelbach

900 S. First Ave., Suite E, Arcadia

(626) 247-9202 | huntingtonhospital.com

Pasadenans don’t have to search very far to find the community’s best doctor. With offices in Arcadia, Dr. Karl Vogelbach is a heart specialist at Huntington Hospital.  Vogelbach specializes in various cardiac procedures, including coronary angiography and pacemaker insertion. Now it appears our readers trust their hearts to this good doctor at Huntington, voting him the area’s best physician.


Reader Recommended 

Dr. Bryan Jick

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Fair Oaks Women’s Health

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

(626) 304-2626 | fowh.com


Dr. Stephen Henry

2319 E. Washington Blvd., #2, Pasadena

(626) 797-8800 | huntingtoncarenetwork.com


BEST DRY CLEANER/LAUNDRY

Magic Cleaners & Laundry

89 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena

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

You can’t always count on a fairy godmother to work her magic, but you can depend on Magic Cleaners & Laundry to make sure your clothes are neat and ready for that special event. Before your fairytale wedding, have your best clothes spruced up by dropping them off for a little Magic, the kind that keeps Pasadenans coming back year after year.


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 

1433 E. Huntington Drive, South Pasadena

(626) 441-1820 

904 E. Huntington Drive, San Marino

(626) 570-1844 


BEST EYEBROWS/WAXING

European Wax Center

569 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 449-5000 | waxcenter.com

If you want to be properly waxed for that enchanted evening, exotic vacation or staycation, head over to Pasadena’s European Wax Center, providing services for princes and princesses alike. If your hair makes you feel more like a beast than a beauty, European Wax Center offers full and partial hair removal services, ranging from $10 to $68.


Reader Recommended 

Harmony Nail & Threading Salon

54 S. Pasadena Ave., Pasadena

(626) 578-1807 


Zoey Van Jones Brow Studio

45 E. Union St., Pasadena

(626) 683-3308 | zoeyvanjones.com


BEST FUNERAL HOME

Cabot & Sons Funeral Home

27 Chestnut St., Pasadena

(626) 793-7159 | cabotcare.com

When that time comes, trust Cabot & Sons to make final farewells memorable and tasteful. Cabot & Sons has been providing Pasadenans with personalized end-of-life care since 1921. This year marks the fourth generation of Cabots to care for Pasadenans and their families during that somber occasion.


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 Course

1133 Rosemont Ave., Pasadena

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

You never know where you might meet your prince or princess. It might be during a walk in the woods, or on the greens of Pasadena’s favorite golf course, Brookside, or in the Brookside clubhouse, located right beside the Rose Bowl, a lush and scenic place that many here consider magical. Enjoy 18 holes, or merely practice your swing on the driving range. Then head to the nearby clubhouse for a delicious breakfast on the club patio and watch while others play in the shadow of the mountains surrounding this especially beautiful portion of the Arroyo Seco.


Reader Recommended

Altadena Golf Course

1456 E. Mendocino St., Altadena

(626) 797-3821  


Annandale Golf Club

1 N. San Rafael Ave., Pasadena

(626) 796-6125 | annandalegolf.com


BEST GYM 

Title Boxing Club

87 Fraser Alley, Pasadena

(626) 340-2500 | oldpasadena.titleboxingclub.com

At Title Boxing club, engage in no-hit boxing and kickboxing classes led by trainers who are highly skilled in mixed martial arts. Short on time? Try the 30-minute Calorie Crusher. Need a little bit more? How about the 60-minute Power Hour? Title Boxing will help you keep fit for your days in this enchanted city without the types of bruises that come with body contact. 


Reader Recommended

Equinox

260 E. Colorado Blvd., #212, Pasadena

(626) 685-4800 | equinox.com


Pure Barre Pasadena

107 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

626) 765-9400 | purebarre.com


BEST HAIR SALON

Tangles Salon

145 W. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 792-2948 | tanglespasadena.com

Rapunzel kept her tress untangled even when she tangled with love to escape from her tower. To help you look your Disney-princess best, make sure your locks have been given “the treatment” at Tangles Salon. The owner was a L’Oréal professional educator for seven years who now operates an elite L’Oréal Professional Salon, carrying the exclusive L’Oréal expert hair care line. Tangles sponsors events to pamper its customers and to help raise funds for righteous causes, like battling breast cancer. 


Reader Recommended

Crowned Studio

54 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

(626) 844-5042 

crownedstudiosalon.com


Essence Hair Salon

1212 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 395-9900 | essencehairsalon.com 


BEST HEARING SPECIALIST

Love Hearing Services

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

(626) 796-4535 | lovehearingservices.com

Love Hearing Services will improve your hearing to help keep your fairytale life in the enchanted city on track. An independent audiology facility that provides comprehensive audiological evaluations for hearing, tinnitus and dizziness/balance problems, Love Hearing also offers a vast range of assistive listening devices as well as earplugs for musicians, hunters, pilots, motorcyclists and other specialty fields.

Reader Recommended 

Dr. Lucy Shih

622 W. Duarte Road, #105, Arcadia

(626) 574-6921 | huntingtonhospital.com


Hear Center

301 E. Del Mar Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 796- 2016 | hearcenter.org


BEST HOME REMODELING

Navarro construction, inc.

3579 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 398-1777 | navarroconstruction.com

Every monarch needs their castle, which sometimes demands repairs or a just little remodeling. Turn to Navarro Construction. It will take more than a wave of a wand, but what Navarro does is no less magical, and it’s much more practical. Navarro has been in business since 1991, and besides remodeling provides new build construction, custom fabrication and project management services. 


Reader Recommended

1 Stop Remodel

450 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 844-6618 | 1stophomeremodel.com


Green II Builders

1548 Corson St., Pasadena

(626) 795-7120


Noble Construction

300 Sycamore Glen, Pasadena

(626) 577-5300


BEST HOSPITAL 

Huntington Hospital

100 W. California Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 397-5000 | huntingtonhospital.com

When their physical problems can’t be cured with a spell or a potion, Pasadenans turn to Huntington Hospital, which offers programs and services ranging from preventive health care to specialized diagnostic and treatment services. Huntington Hospital is certified as a primary stroke center as well as a STEMI Receiving Center. It is home to the only level II trauma center in the San Gabriel Valley and a regional neonatal intensive care unit. 


Reader Recommended

Kaiser Permanente Pasadena Medical Offices

3280 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(800) 954-8000 | healthy.kaiserpermanente.org


Methodist Hospital 

300 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia

(626) 898-8000 | methodisthospital.org


BEST HOTEL 

The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa

1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena

(626) 568-3900 | langhamhotels.com

For that staycation, special event, brunch, dinner or spa day, the Langham Huntington Hotel is the place to indulge. The historic and scenic grounds are beautiful, and the food is legendary. Celebrate your special occasions or take your young squires and ladies there for a taste of real royalty. The rooms are elegantly furnished with views of the San Gabriel Mountains — a veritable sanctuary from the bustling city. 


Reader Recommended

Courtyard by Marriott 

180 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 403-7600 | marriott.com


Pasadena Hilton Hotel

68 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena

(626) 577-1000 | hilton.com


The Westin Pasadena

191 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena

(626) 792-2727 | starwoodhotels.com


BEST HOUSE CLEANING SERVICE

Maid Brigade

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

The Green Clean Certified professionals at Maid Brigade value your health and budget when it comes to cleaning your castle. After a week of battling modern-day monsters, you may not have the time or energy to make your abode magically clean and tidy. Make an appointment with the Maid Brigade’s Green Team for a free estimate. Maid Brigade offers gift certificates and, most importantly, the gift of cleanliness.


Reader Recommended

True Blue Maids

18 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

(626) 466-8488 | trueblucleaning.webs.com


BEST INTERIOR DESIGN

Robyn Navarro

Upstage Design

(FORMERLY NC DESIGN GROUP)

964A Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge

(818) 790-0300 | ncdesigngroup.com

Your castle may look great on the outside, but it must appear regal within as well. Robyn Navarro can help you achieve that quest. If your theme is less formal and filled with more whimsy, Navarro can handle that too. Navarro can do it all; from paint schedules to space planning, window treatments and lighting design. She can also help with home staging for selling and restyling your home to make it more fit for your rule. 


Reader Recommended

Casa wasy Interior Design

1510 Oxley St., South Pasadena

(626) 799-7755 | casawasy.com


Interiors by Liz Duzian

interiorsbylizduzian.com


BEST LOCAL PHARMACY 

Webster’s Community Pharmacy

2450 N. Lake Ave., Altadena

(626) 797-1163 | websterscommunitypharmacy.net

When you need to have your prescriptions filled, turn to Pasadena’s and Altadena’s best local alchemist, er, pharmacy: Webster’s Community Pharmacy in Altadena. Started in 1926, Webster’s has been serving Pasadena and Altadena for 89 years. Now owned by Meredith and Michael Miller, who formerly owned Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain in South Pasadena, Webster’s is a full service prescription pharmacy that also carries medical supplies and equipment, including wheelchairs and walkers. 


Reader Recommended

Fair Oaks Pharmacy & Soda Fountain

1526 Mission St., South Pasadena

(626) 799-1414 | fairoakspharmacy.net


Phoenix Pharmacy

2523 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena 

(626) 791-7600 | phoenixpharmacy.com


BEST MARTIAL ARTS

American Kenpo Karate

36 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena

(626) 793-8575 | americankenpokarate.net

If Fa Mulan lived in Pasadena and needed to prepare for her next big battle, she’d be at American Kenpo Karate polishing her black belt skills. Mulan was a Chinese princess and Kenpo Karate is basically a Japanese art, but it never hurts to add different disciplines to your fighting arsenal. This martial arts center celebrates 20 years this year and offers kids and adult classes in karate as well in self-defense. Training is offered at the center and online. 


Reader Recommended

Arnott American Kenpo Karate

2012 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock

(323) 999-7369 | arnottkenpo.com


Pasadena Martial Arts Academy

752 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 356-0073 | kaizenpasadena.com


BEST MED SPA

Oh! U Beauty Medical Spa

130 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale

(818) 551-1682 | oubeauty.com

When you’re just not ready for the Big Ball and need more than a massage, seek out Oh! U Beauty on Brand Boulevard in the heart of downtown Glendale. Owned by board-certified Dr. James Kojian, this medical spa offers various anti-aging treatments, including Botox injections, laser hair removal, cool sculpting that freezes fat away without surgery, and skin treatments, such as chemical peels and micro-dermabrasions. 


Reader Recommended

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.

1055 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 500, Pasadena

(626) 449-8545 | sierracapital.us

When you need a little help finding and financing your new castle, look to Sierra Capital Mortgage Company in Pasadena. Sierra Capital Mortgage was founded in 1996 and remains committed to giving expert advice and providing competitive interest rates, as well as exceptional customer service, in refinancing and purchasing new homes.


Reader Recommended

Franklin Loan Center

87 E. Green St., #306, Pasadena

(626) 791-4300 | flchomeloans.com


HomeStreet Bank

251 S. Lake Ave., #130, Pasadena

(626) 404-4599 | homestreet.com


TG Loans Mortgage Team

First Priority Financial

1276 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 207, Pasadena

(626) 583-1623 | tgloans.com


BEST NAIL SALON

Harmony Nail & Threading Salon

54 S. Pasadena Ave., Pasadena

(626) 578-1807

When you’re getting ready for the next enchanted evening, be sure your nails are properly clipped and the polish matches the dress. From a simple manicure to putting whimsical artistic designs on your nails, this is the favorite place of our readers for all things having to do with nails. Don’t forget: Halloween is coming. If you need to nail that costume contest, little details count.


DeLacey Beauty Salon

48 S. DeLacey Ave., Pasadena

(626) 577-4809


Tinzee Nail Salon

436 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena

(626) 403-3311 | tinzeenailsalon.com


BEST PARTY RENTALS

Dolphin Rentals

1901 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena 

(626) 795-5131 | dolphinevents.biz

Are you planning an enchanted evening, a fairytale wedding or any other type of epic event? Call Dolphin Rentals. The company was founded by Carl and Mary Ellen Dolphin in 1941 as an ambulance service, but under Patrick Dolphin added party and special event rentals in the mid-1970s. From small nonprofit socials to fairs, festivals, graduations, weddings and tournaments, Dolphin Rentals offers rentals for any size event at reasonable prices.


Reader Recommended

Arcadia Party Rentals

124 Wheeler Ave., Arcadia

(626) 445-7166 | arcadiapartyrentals.net


Town and Country Event Rentals

523 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena

(626) 795-7700 | townandcountryeventrentals.com


BEST PET SERVICE

My Dog Spot Pasadena

(626) 399-1951 

mydogspot.info

Sometimes unconditional fairytale love comes in a furry, four-legged package. If that’s the case, you’ll want to keep your fuzzy beauty happy, even when you can’t be there. Lily Reiche has been in the pet care industry since 2006. Her company stresses force-free, positive reinforcement. She’s certified and ready to keep your little love happy through her pet-sitting and dog-walking services, which include trips to the dog park and hikes around the Arroyo Seco and Eaton Canyon.


Reader Recommended 

I Dig My Dog

2160 E. Foothill Blvd, Pasadena

(626) 844-7877 | idigmydog.com


Oh To Be A Dog 

(818) 231-9728 | ohtobeadog.com


BEST PHOTOGRAPHER

Nicola Borland Photography

1815 El Sereno Ave., Pasadena

(323) 240-4407 | nicolaborland.com

Selfies can be more dangerous than sharks, so for your next enchanted evening or big event call Nicola Borland Photography. Nicola came from Scotland to Southern California to be a surf photographer. Now in Pasadena, everyday people have become his passion. He’s devoted to “capturing the beauty in you,” as his tagline proclaims, be it for businesses, weddings, or newborns. 


Reader Recommended 

Jason Ballard Photography

jkbphotography@hotmail.com | jkbphotography.com


Nick Boswell Photography

2481 Mission St., San Marino

(626) 799-2120 | nickboswell.com


BEST PHYSICAL THERAPY

Pasadena Physical Therapy

95 W. California Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 304-0565 | pasadenapt.com

Not all fairytales have happy endings. Invariably, after a hard day of battling dragons, climbing up and down beanstalks, and outwitting wolves, a hero’s bound to break an arm or a leg, twist an ankle, bang up a knee, tweak a neck muscle or two, or crack a rib. When this kind of thing happens — and it does every day — get medical attention. Then, our readers believe the best place to visit is Pasadena Physical Therapy. 


Reader Recommended 

Landswick Physical Therapy, Inc.

959 E. Walnut St., Suite 240, Pasadena

(626) 795.2390 | landswickpt.com


Select Physical Therapy

301 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 568-9115 | selectphysicaltherapy.com


BEST PILATES

Studio Metamorphosis

676 E. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 219-7000 | studiometamorphosis.com

Before wandering off into a forest or climbing a beanstalk, take time to get your core fit and your body balanced at Studio Metamorphosis. Riding dragons, much like walking and riding a bike, requires a keen sense of balance, and Pilates and bicycling are just the things to the build stamina needed to contend with the incredible creatures and situations we all encounter on a daily basis.


Reader Recommended 

Essence of Motion

1041 E. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 583-9089 | essenceofmotion.com


Le Studio Pilates

236 W. Mountain St., #111, Pasadena

(626) 792-9866 | lestudiopilates.com


Pure Barre Pasadena

107 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 765-9400 | purebarre.com


BEST REAL ESTATE OFFICE

Partners Trust

594 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 696-4800 | thepartnerstrust.com

Partners Trust can help you find the right place in the rough and tumble Los Angeles real estate market. If your current abode has become too cramped, or if you’re downsizing for a cozier cottage, or if your magical mystery tour requires you to leave our enchanted city, turn to Partners Trust. 


Reader Recommended

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

388 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 584-0050 | coldwellbankerhomes.com


Sotheby’s International Realty

800 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 150, Pasadena

(626) 229-0909¬ | sothebysrealty.com


BEST REALTOR

Tim Hartley

(626) 379.2549 | timhartley.net

Tim Hartley can give you personalized service, whether you are looking for a castle or a cottage. He has been representing buyers and sellers in the Los Angeles area for over 10 years and specializes in homes located in communities in the San Gabriel Valley and East Los Angeles. Having formerly lived in Silver Lake, he now resides in Pasadena with his husband, two sons and their dog. 


Reader Recommended 

Ann-Marie Villicana

Dilbeck Estates Pasadena

225 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 319-0585 |


Mark and Cynthia Cohn

Keller Williams Realty

251 S. Lake Ave., #150, Pasadena

(626) 204-3300 | cynthiaandmark.com


BEST SELF STORAGE

Storbox Self Storage

2233 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 793-9888 | storbox.com

When seven little people and a wannabe princess share one cottage, things can become cramped pretty quickly. With your family growing and onetime storage space about to become the next bedroom, check out Storbox Self Storage. Put the stuff you can temporarily live without into a Storbox Self Storage unit, then settle back for easier living.


Reader Recommended 

Arroyo Parkway Self Storage

411 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena

(626) 768-7774 | arroyoparkwayselfstorage.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


U-Haul Moving & Storage of Pasadena

552 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

(626) 795-6888 | uhaul.com

234 Allen Ave, Pasadena

(626) 578-1790

3559 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 795-2102

461 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena

(626) 844-7567


BEST SENIOR/ASSISTED LIVING

The Fair Oaks By Regency Park

951 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 921-4108 | regencyparkfairoaks.com

Regency Park Senior Living has earned a national reputation for building and operating first-class retirement communities. Dedicated to a commitment to excellence, Regency Park provides high-quality housing and personalized care and services that meet the industry’s highest standards. Senior living experts from around the world, according to its website, visit these communities, including the Fair Oaks by Regency Park, to learn why the company has become a leader in the world of senior housing.


Reader Recommended

The Kensington

245 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre

(626) 355-5700 | thekensingtonsierramadre.com    


Villa Gardens 

842 E. Villa St., Pasadena

(800) 958-4552| villagardens.org


BEST SPEECH SPECIALIST

Justine Sherman & Associates

55 Auburn Ave., Sierra Madre

(626) 355-1729 | justineshermanslp.com

Justine Sherman & Associates takes great pride in fulfilling the speech-language, educational and orofacial myofunctional therapeutic needs of our area. They design customized treatment plans with meaningful, measurable goals conducted by certified and licensed speech-language pathologists and supervised speech-language pathology assistants. Their holistic approach to treatment calls for a thoughtful and collaborative relationship with families, educators and health care professionals alike to ensure the best opportunity for client/student success.


Reader Recommended

Briggs and Associates

595 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (Mezzanine Level)

(626) 793-0937| briggsandassociates.com


BEST SUMMER CAMP

Tom Sawyer Camps

707 W. Woodbury Road, #F, Altadena

(626) 794-1156 | tomsawyercamps.com

Your kids won’t be painting fences at Tom Sawyer Camps, but they will be having fun and making friends. Tom Sawyer Camps offers programs after school as well as holiday and summer camps. They even have a horseback riding school. Every prince and princess needs to know how to ride a horse. At day camps, campers are placed by grade into all-girl or all-boy groups of 13 under the supervision of a senior and junior counselor. Each group gets to select their activities. They’ll come home tired, but imaging more.


Reader Recommended

Goodman Family Daycare Summer Camp

1090 El Campo Drive, Pasadena 

(626) 578-1815 

goodmandaycare.com


Summerkids Camp

3697 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Altadena

(626) 577-9979  

summerkids.net


BEST TATTOO/PIERCING

Prix Body Piercing

56 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 405-9253 | prixbodypiercing.com

Whatever it takes to make your image more enchanting, Prix Body Piercing can make it happen. Danny Dunbar and Andres Saucedo are tattoo artists making dreams come true at the Pasadena store. EdD Herrera is the shop’s piercing artist who works both in West Hollywood and Pasadena for Prix. 


Reader Recommended

Anomaly Body Piercing Studio

1842 E. Walnut St., Pasadena 

(626) 793-8930 

anomaly2.com

BEST TRAVEL AGENCY (TIE)

AAA Automobile Club Of 

Southern California

801 E. Union St., Pasadena

(626) 795-0601 | aaa.com

Every prince or princess looking for their happily-ever-after needs travel advice. When you’ve traded in your white charger for a different kind of horsepower, AAA is a good place to visit. They offer members free maps and brochures, plus, they have a dedicated travel agency.


Montrose Travel

2349 Honolulu Ave., La Crescenta-Montrose

(818) 553-3200 | montrosetravel.com

If you’re looking for a boutique shop to meet your travel needs and guide your love of travel, turn to Montrose Travel. Recognized as one of America’s Top 50 Travel Management Companies, Montrose Travel has made a business out of “helping people travel, one at a time.” 


BEST VETERINARIAN

VCA Foothill Veterinary Hospital

2204 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena 

(626) 792-1187 | foothillvet.com

Pasadenans take their beloved furry friends to VCA Foothill Veterinary Hospital to make sure their pets remain in the best of health. Foothill provides primary, preventive and advanced care for cats and dogs, as well as pet grooming and boarding. They also treat canine and feline diabetes and provide home delivery of medications and food for prescription diets.


Reader Recommended

Pasadena Pets Veterinary Hospital

2850 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 568-1115 | pasadenapetshospital.com


Dr. Daniel Vanderhoof

Vanderhoof Veterinary Hospital

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

(626) 798-5901 | vanderhoofvet.com


BEST WEIGHT LOSS 

PROGRAM

Weight Watchers

305 N. Rosemead Blvd., Pasadena

(800) 516-3535 | weightwatchers.com

Extra weight won’t magically go away. Looking to slim down and get healthy? Weight Watchers will help you. This nationwide program provides nutritional counseling and support while you’re counting calories. Whatever the need or reason, Weight Watchers can help you reach your goal in a healthy way.


Reader Recommended 

Lose 2 Win @ Breakthru Fitness

345 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 396-1700 | breakthrufitness.com


Pasadena Weight Loss Center

774 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 844-4686 | pasadena-weight-loss-center.com


BEST WORKOUT

Title Boxing Club

87 Fraser Alley, Pasadena

(626) 340-2500 | oldpasadena.titleboxingclub.com

You can’t climb a beanstalk and outrun giants without being in shape. Tone up and get the moves needed for your fairytale life by working out at Title Boxing Club, the fitness club with a punch. Title Boxing, according to its website, offers explosive total body boxing and kickboxing fitness workouts that help women and men burn up to 1,000 calories per hour in group classes. 


Reader Recommended

Flawless Fitness

1458 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 644-8182 | flawlessfitness.com


Pure Barre Pasadena

107 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 765-9400 | purebarre.com


BEST YOGA

Bikram Yoga Pasadena

2089 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 304-9642 | bikrampasadena.com

Seeking peace of mind? Need to decompress after a hard day of cleaning up after Snow’s seven little friends? Head over to Bikram Yoga Pasadena. There you’ll find what you need with what founder Val Sklar Robinson calls the original and authentic Hot Yoga. “We are not a fad,” says Val. “We have been healing bodies and changing lives since 1998.”


Reader Recommended

Yoga House 

11 W. State St., Pasadena

(626) 403-3961| yogahouse.com


YogaWorks Pasadena

277 W. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 381-9785 | yogaworks.com n 


Freelancer Rebecca Waer contributed to this report.

 

 

 

As You Wish

 

There’s a storybook quality that threads through this year’s Best of Pasadena Services category.

 

Each year, we give our Best of Pasadena Edition a theme. Last year we celebrated the 1980s. The year before that, it was a salute to Hollywood and its many connections to Pasadena, and the year before that we jumped head-first onto the end-of-the-world bandwagon with a uniquely informed rendition of the Mayan culture expertly created and compiled by former Features Editor Sara Cardine.

 

This year, we celebrate our “Enchanted City,” an idea conceived by PW Art Director Carla Cortez about a place where magical things actually do happen, and on a fairly frequent basis. 

 

While other portions of this year’s presentation feature the accomplishments of Greater Pasadena’s extraordinary people, places and events in ways that are sometimes cast in a surreal, but positive light, it is in the Services section where fairytales seem to most easily take human form, with some folks known for one thing and being lauded for another — what they do in real life. 

 

For instance, Martin Truitt is best known as a powerful political consultant, a “kingmaker,” if you will, having worked on Mayor Terry Tornek’s campaign, among others. But this year, Truitt is being honored as the PW’s Best Accountant. Who could have guessed? Congratulations, Martin.

 

In another interesting character twist, there’s former Mayor Bill Paparian, a one-time “crusader” for controversial causes and City Councilman who is this year’s Best Attorney. Kudos to you, sir.

 

There are others. Among them the “kindly workman” along the road who will never steer you wrong, Hrant the mechanic on East Washington Boulevard, fits that description to a T. And there are the all-knowing community “alchemists” (and in a town built on science by virtual alchemists of their times), among them acupuncture specialist and chiropractor Dr. Yawen Cheng. Cheng channels acupuncture, chiropractic knowledge, Western medical procedures, Eastern medicine and nutrition into a strategy for creating an optimum healing process. Of course, the more traditional pharmacies are recognized as well, with Altadena’s Webster’s Pharmacy being voted Best at what it does in the field of healing and relieving pain.

 

And there are “wizards,” those physicians and dentists who are highly skilled and trained at not only healing, like our Best Doctor, Arcadia cardiologist Dr. Karl V. Vogelbach, but also providing “that look” for men and women who demand a higher standard than most when it comes to their appearance. If not enchanted, Pasadena is certainly filled with pretty people, “princes” and “princesses” of all ages. It could probably go without saying that we also possess the Best Hospital in the “shire,” Huntington, but we do, according to our readers.

 

Naturally, any fairytale realm worth its weight in gold — or roses — has to have a populace of potential “heroes,” prepared to face any quest, and there is no shortage of places to trim down and buff up for that next big physical challenge. Whether it’s mixed martial arts, non-contact workouts, or outright fighting lessons, Pasadena is the place to get it on.

 

But what to do after a day of climbing mountains and slaying dragons? Get your chariot washed at Pasadena Auto Wash, or have your clothes cleaned by the fittingly named Magic Dry Cleaners, or have your home cleaned by the Maid Brigade’s Green Team.

 

Perhaps a massage at world-renowned Burke Williams in Old Pas, or maybe a few sessions of Bikram Yoga Pasadena, the original “hot yoga,” will work out all the kinks and cramps.

 

All the many basic and unusual services that actually make a city enchanting are right here every day in Pasadena, a place where the eclectic services provided to its citizens really do make dreams come true.

 

 

 

BEST ACCOUNTANT

Martin Truitt

Truitt & Strowbridge LLP 

301 E. Colorado Blvd., #711, Pasadena

(626) 449-6264 | trustrow.com

Martin Truitt is a great accountant and financial adviser, but he’s perhaps better known around town as one of the city’s top political consultants, a kingmaker, in recent years working with Mayor Terry Tornek’s campaigns for City Council and mayor. Although he has been called a conservative, Truitt once explained that he simply supports the best candidate. “Like many people, I volunteer in local political campaigns, which are nonpartisan,” he once wrote in a letter to a local newspaper. “In 2009, I helped elect two Democrats and a former Green Party member to office. I volunteer for good people who I think are right for the job regardless of political party.”


Reader Recommended

Barry Hensiek

Hensiek & Caron

650 Sierra Madre Villa, Suite 303, Pasadena

(626) 792-9988 | Fax (626) 792-9852 | hccpa.com

 

BEST ACUPUNCTURE

Dr. Yawen Cheng
Acupuncture & Chiropractic

51 N. Fifth Ave., #305, Arcadia

(626) 292-6899 | drcheng.net

Dr. Cheng is no stranger to the Best of Pasadena competition, winning first place laurels from 2006 to 2013. Perhaps that’s a result of Cheng offering a multi-discipline approach, channeling acupuncture, chiropractic knowledge, Western medical procedures, Eastern medicine and nutrition into a strategy for creating an optimum healing process for such acute and chronic conditions as infertility, stress, headaches, allergies, side effects of chemotherapy and sports injuries.


Reader Recommended

Barbara Burns, L.Ac.

41 E. Foothill Blvd., #200, Arcadia

(626) 446-5900 | barbaraburns-lac.com


Magnoly Acupuncture

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

(626) 396-1799 | magnolyacupuncture.com


BEST ARCHITECT

James V. Coane And Associates

30 N. Raymond Ave., #611, Pasadena

(626) 584-6922 | jamescoane.com

Pasadena-based James V. Coane and Associates is widely recognized for its innovative and creative work here, San Marino and in West Los Angeles. But the company’s projects can also be found in such places as Santa Barbara, Montecito, Newport Beach, San Diego, Malibu, Aspen, and even Beijing and Taiwan. Well-versed in historical and modern architecture and design, many of the firm’s structures, according to its website, have been used as locations for television and movie filming as well as fashion and advertising photography. 


Reader Recommended

Gaylaird Christopher

Architecture for Education

65 N. Catalina Ave, Pasadena

(626) 356-4080 | architecture4E.com


Harvest Architecture, LLC

2038 Pine St., South Pasadena

(626) 799-1078 | harvestarchitecture.com

 

BEST ATTORNEY/LAW FIRM

William Paparian Law Offices 

272 S. Los Robles Ave, Pasadena

(626) 795-1750 | criminalattorneyinpasadena.com

Bill Paparian is so well known for his work as Pasadena’s first Armenian-American mayor from 1995 to 1997 that many people may not realize Paparian is also an attorney. And this year, according our readers, he’s been voted the best lawyer working in Pasadena. Space does not permit us to list all of this self-styled knight in shining armor’s many accomplishments, but the former US Marine and Republican–turned-Independent’s Wikipedia entry provides a good nutshell description. “Paparian has been known throughout his political career as an outspoken advocate of controversial causes, including ending the trade embargo against Cuba,” the entry states. “He attracted national media attention for dispatching a Pasadena police helicopter to issue a citation to state aircraft spraying pesticides over the city, and for his urging Rose Parade observers in 2008 to turn their backs on the Chinese float, which he called the ‘Beijing Float of Shame.’” As the LA Times once wrote, “Paparian’s views may seem an incongruous marriage of right and left, but his friends say they mark an independent-minded populist who favors the underdog and answers no clarion but his own.”


Reader Recommended

Cotman IP Law Group, PLC  

35 Hugus Alley, Suite 210, Pasadena

(626) 405-1413 | cotmanip.com


Hahn & Hahn

301 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 796-9123 | hahnlawyers.com

 

BEST AUTO REPAIR/BODY SHOP

Hrant Auto Service

1477 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 798-4064 

In business since 1970, Hrant specializes in brake checks, tune ups, lube jobs, oil changes, transmission replacements, transmission rebuilding, and general engine repair. Without a doubt, your chariot will be running fine after one visit. But his biggest claim to fame is customer service. “I can tell they come from (an) honest and respectful background from how they treat us every time we bring in our cars,” writes one fan on Yelp. “Hrant is always so friendly and welcoming,” says another customer. “He doesn’t try to rip you off, but will always break down what is necessary versus what work can wait.”


Reader Recommended

Mitch’s Auto

767 E. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 795-2495 

 

Plati German Auto

442 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

(626) 792-3330 | platigermancar.com

 

BEST BANK

Wells Fargo Bank

82 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 449-8611 | wellsfargo.com

(And five other locations)

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 an integral part of life in Pasadena. These days, Wells Fargo might not be delivering vital services via stagecoach, like they did in those romantic but highly dangerous days of the Old West. But this bank can help you at all stages of modern life — from opening your first savings account to buying a house.


Reader Recommended

Bank of America

880 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena 

(And nine other locations)


Chase

860 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 795-5177 | chase.com

132 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena

(And 15 other locations)

 

BEST CAR WASH

Pasadena Auto Wash

164 W. Del Mar Blvd., Pasadena 

(626) 449-9944 | pasadenaautowash.com

Where else can you munch cookies, drink coffee, read the paper or watch TV while your car is being washed, waxed and and worked on? For yet another year, Pasadena Auto Wash’s little extra efforts at pleasing customers have paid off with yet another Best of Pasadena Award. Self-respecting squires and ladies need a fly ride, and Pasadena Auto Wash is the place to make that happen.


Reader Recommended

Arroyo California Car Wash

605 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena

(626) 795-9368 | arroyocaliforniacarwash.com  

 Lucky Car Wash

3698 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 796-4888 | luckycarwash.com

 


BEST CHIROPRACTOR

Innate Family Chiropractic

104 N. Madison Ave., Pasadena

(626) 792-9600 | innatefamily.com

Established in 2010, Innate Family Chiropractic has become the leading family chiropractic practice in Pasadena. Both Dr. Chris and Dr. Adana are certified by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) to practice the Webster Technique. Additionally, they are certified pediatric chiropractors by the National Wellness Foundation. At Innate Family Chiropractic, “we specialize in full family wellness care,” states the company’s website. “That means we provide care for everyone from newborns to grandparents and everyone in between.”


Reader Recommended

Dr. Ya-Wen Cheng Acupuncture
& Chiropractic

51 N. Fifth Ave., #305, Arcadia

(626) 292-6899 | drcheng.net


Premier Wellness Chiropractic

2750 E. Washington Blvd., #140, Pasadena

(626) 797-5800 | pasadenachiro.com

 

BEST COSMETIC SURGERY

Dr. Michael Schwartz 

Skin Deep Laser Med Spa

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

(626) 449-8873 | drmichaelschwartz.com

Specializing in state-of-the-art cosmetic surgery of the face, neck, eyelids, nose, breasts and body, USC-trained Dr. Schwartz also offers liposculpture, breast augmentation, breast lifting and reduction, and abdominoplasty. According to his website, Dr. Schwartz, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon,  performs standard and endoscopic facial cosmetic surgery, facial rejuvenation with autologous fat transfer, utilizing JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel, Restylane®,Radiesse™ and BOTOX® Cosmetic. 


Reader Recommended

Dr. Alexander Villicana

624 W. Duarte Road, Suite 201, Arcadia

(626)447-6641 | drvillicana.com

 

Dr. Gordon Sasaki

800 Fairmount Ave., #319, Pasadena

(626) 796-3373 | drsasaki.com

 

Dr. Max Lehfeldt

Teleos Plastic Surgery

836 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena

(888) 963-7629 | teleosplasticsurgery.com

 

BEST CREDIT UNION

Wescom Credit Union

123 S. Marengo Ave., Pasadena

(626) 535-1000

Talk about your Cinderella story. Wescom Credit Union started out in 1934 when 13 Pacific Telephone workers pooled their money to create a financial institution from which they could acquire loans. Eighty years later, Wescom Credit Union has nearly 200,000 members, more than $2 billion in assets and 22 branches throughout five Southern California counties. “What hasn’t changed through the years,” states the credit union’s website, “is our commitment to our members. We’ve never lost sight of the fact that we were formed by our members, we’re owned by our members, and we’re here to serve our members.”


Reader Recommended

Caltech Employees Federal Credit Union

528 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge

(818) 952-4444 | caltechefcu.org

1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena

515 S. Wilson Ave., Pasadena

(626) 395-6300 


Pasadena Federal Credit Union

1038 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 799-0882 | pfcu.org


BEST DANCE STUDIO

Dance Street

1715 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 791-7746 | dancestreetca.com

To all “Dancing with the Stars” fans, get ready to rumba, or waltz, or tango. Dance Street is not even a half-year old, but stylish dance partners Nikolay Voronovich and Maria Nikolishina have impressed enough people to put it at the top of our list. That shouldn’t be surprising, because before they became dance directors they were professional Latin Blackpool champions, USA medalists and on the top 10 world ranking list. They would love to help you prepare for your wedding or next enchanted engagement.


Reader Recommended 

Athletic Garage

121 Waverly Drive, Pasadena

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


Lineage Dance

89 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 844-7008 | lineagedance.org


BEST DAY CARE

Goodman Family Daycare Preschool

1090 El Campo Drive, Pasadena

(626) 578-1815 | goodmandaycare.com

The old lady who lived in the shoe and had too many children didn’t know what to do, but people in Pasadena do. They send their kids to Goodman Family Daycare Preschool. Director Jacqueline Goodman founded the program in 1986. Back then, she was about to return to corporate law but was unable to find a suitable community daycare program. Goodbye LA law and hello to being every Pasadena family’s fairy godmother. Goodman has a degree in business law and child development studies and continues to take state certification classes and child development courses. Children at this daycare receive instruction in music appreciation and dancing. They also enjoy nature walks, cooking classes, education games and hearing stories, some of them fairytales. 


Reader Recommended

Kids Klub Pasadena 

Child Development Center & Preschool 

380 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena 

(626) 795-2501 | campkidsklub.com


Linda Vista Children’s Center

1259 Linda Vista Ave., Pasadena

(626) 449-0985 | lvcckids.org


BEST DAY SPA/MASSAGE

Burke Williams

39 Mills Place, Pasadena

(626) 440-1222 | burkewilliamsspa.com

Sometimes to feel magical, one needs a spa day. When recent Emmy Award winner Viola Davis isn’t planning how to get away with murder, she’s treating herself to some time at Burke Williams, as did Ming-Na Wen, the agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the voice of Disney Princess Fa Mulan. Men like Pablo Schreiber of “Orange is the New Black” fame, also find the spa magically relaxing and inspiring. 


Reader Recommended 

Pasadena Massage Company

232 N. Lake Ave. #21, Pasadena

(626) 585-1964 | pasadenamassagecompany.com


Salt Studio

1380 E. Walnut St., Pasadena

(626) 765-6180 | saltstudiopasadena.com


BEST DENTISTRY

Michael Yung, Dds And Associates

696 E. Colorado Blvd., #224, Pasadena

(626) 449-5420 | michaelyungdds.com

Where would Prince Charming be without a magical smile? Would Cinderella win her prince’s heart if her smile was less than perfect? To find your heart-winning grin, visit Dr. Michael Yung. His office strives to be your friendly neighborhood dentist, one who exudes confidence and can easily calm the nerves of frightened kids and jumpy adults alike. Dr. Yung will help all your special evenings be enchanted by providing you with a dazzling smile.


Reader Recommended 

Dr. Charles Arrobio, DDS

175 S El Molino Ave., #6, Pasadena

(626) 796-5750 | drarrobio.com


Mak & Kleiger, DDS

959 E. Walnut St., #216, Pasadena

(626) 793-6175 | makandkleigerdds.com


BEST DERMATOLOGIST

Dr. Janice Davolio

Huntington Dermatology Group

800 Fairmount Ave., Suite 425, Pasadena

(626) 449-9992 | huntingtondermatologygroup.com

Whether a beauty or a beast, you still need to take care of your skin, especially now, with Southern California’s apparently endless summer. People in Pasadena — adults and children — visit Dr. Janice DaVolio for advice and treatment. DaVolio lives locally and enjoys an active life that includes hiking and jogging. While we all know that beauty is only skin deep, it’s important to remember that your skin is the body’s largest organ, in need of its own special care. Our readers believe DaVolio of the Huntington Dermatology Group is the best person to deliver that service. 


Reader Recommended 

Dr. Heather Butler

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

(626) 793-7790 | compdermcenter.com 


Dr. Sara Gaspard

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

(626) 793-7790 | compdermcenter.com


BEST DOCTOR

Dr. Karl H. Vogelbach

900 S. First Ave., Suite E, Arcadia

(626) 247-9202 | huntingtonhospital.com

Pasadenans don’t have to search very far to find the community’s best doctor. With offices in Arcadia, Dr. Karl Vogelbach is a heart specialist at Huntington Hospital.  Vogelbach specializes in various cardiac procedures, including coronary angiography and pacemaker insertion. Now it appears our readers trust their hearts to this good doctor at Huntington, voting him the area’s best physician.


Reader Recommended 

Dr. Bryan Jick

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Fair Oaks Women’s Health

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

(626) 304-2626 | fowh.com


Dr. Stephen Henry

2319 E. Washington Blvd., #2, Pasadena

(626) 797-8800 | huntingtoncarenetwork.com


BEST DRY CLEANER/LAUNDRY

Magic Cleaners & Laundry

89 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena

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

You can’t always count on a fairy godmother to work her magic, but you can depend on Magic Cleaners & Laundry to make sure your clothes are neat and ready for that special event. Before your fairytale wedding, have your best clothes spruced up by dropping them off for a little Magic, the kind that keeps Pasadenans coming back year after year.


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 

1433 E. Huntington Drive, South Pasadena

(626) 441-1820 

904 E. Huntington Drive, San Marino

(626) 570-1844 


BEST EYEBROWS/WAXING

European Wax Center

569 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 449-5000 | waxcenter.com

If you want to be properly waxed for that enchanted evening, exotic vacation or staycation, head over to Pasadena’s European Wax Center, providing services for princes and princesses alike. If your hair makes you feel more like a beast than a beauty, European Wax Center offers full and partial hair removal services, ranging from $10 to $68.


Reader Recommended 

Harmony Nail & Threading Salon

54 S. Pasadena Ave., Pasadena

(626) 578-1807 


Zoey Van Jones Brow Studio

45 E. Union St., Pasadena

(626) 683-3308 | zoeyvanjones.com


BEST FUNERAL HOME

Cabot & Sons Funeral Home

27 Chestnut St., Pasadena

(626) 793-7159 | cabotcare.com

When that time comes, trust Cabot & Sons to make final farewells memorable and tasteful. Cabot & Sons has been providing Pasadenans with personalized end-of-life care since 1921. This year marks the fourth generation of Cabots to care for Pasadenans and their families during that somber occasion.


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 Course

1133 Rosemont Ave., Pasadena

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

You never know where you might meet your prince or princess. It might be during a walk in the woods, or on the greens of Pasadena’s favorite golf course, Brookside, or in the Brookside clubhouse, located right beside the Rose Bowl, a lush and scenic place that many here consider magical. Enjoy 18 holes, or merely practice your swing on the driving range. Then head to the nearby clubhouse for a delicious breakfast on the club patio and watch while others play in the shadow of the mountains surrounding this especially beautiful portion of the Arroyo Seco.


Reader Recommended

Altadena Golf Course

1456 E. Mendocino St., Altadena

(626) 797-3821  


Annandale Golf Club

1 N. San Rafael Ave., Pasadena

(626) 796-6125 | annandalegolf.com


BEST GYM 

Title Boxing Club

87 Fraser Alley, Pasadena

(626) 340-2500 | oldpasadena.titleboxingclub.com

At Title Boxing club, engage in no-hit boxing and kickboxing classes led by trainers who are highly skilled in mixed martial arts. Short on time? Try the 30-minute Calorie Crusher. Need a little bit more? How about the 60-minute Power Hour? Title Boxing will help you keep fit for your days in this enchanted city without the types of bruises that come with body contact. 


Reader Recommended

Equinox

260 E. Colorado Blvd., #212, Pasadena

(626) 685-4800 | equinox.com


Pure Barre Pasadena

107 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

626) 765-9400 | purebarre.com


BEST HAIR SALON

Tangles Salon

145 W. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 792-2948 | tanglespasadena.com

Rapunzel kept her tress untangled even when she tangled with love to escape from her tower. To help you look your Disney-princess best, make sure your locks have been given “the treatment” at Tangles Salon. The owner was a L’Oréal professional educator for seven years who now operates an elite L’Oréal Professional Salon, carrying the exclusive L’Oréal expert hair care line. Tangles sponsors events to pamper its customers and to help raise funds for righteous causes, like battling breast cancer. 


Reader Recommended

Crowned Studio

54 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

(626) 844-5042 

crownedstudiosalon.com


Essence Hair Salon

1212 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 395-9900 | essencehairsalon.com 


BEST HEARING SPECIALIST

Love Hearing Services

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

(626) 796-4535 | lovehearingservices.com

Love Hearing Services will improve your hearing to help keep your fairytale life in the enchanted city on track. An independent audiology facility that provides comprehensive audiological evaluations for hearing, tinnitus and dizziness/balance problems, Love Hearing also offers a vast range of assistive listening devices as well as earplugs for musicians, hunters, pilots, motorcyclists and other specialty fields.

Reader Recommended 

Dr. Lucy Shih

622 W. Duarte Road, #105, Arcadia

(626) 574-6921 | huntingtonhospital.com


Hear Center

301 E. Del Mar Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 796- 2016 | hearcenter.org


BEST HOME REMODELING

Navarro construction, inc.

3579 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 398-1777 | navarroconstruction.com

Every monarch needs their castle, which sometimes demands repairs or a just little remodeling. Turn to Navarro Construction. It will take more than a wave of a wand, but what Navarro does is no less magical, and it’s much more practical. Navarro has been in business since 1991, and besides remodeling provides new build construction, custom fabrication and project management services. 


Reader Recommended

1 Stop Remodel

450 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 844-6618 | 1stophomeremodel.com


Green II Builders

1548 Corson St., Pasadena

(626) 795-7120


Noble Construction

300 Sycamore Glen, Pasadena

(626) 577-5300


BEST HOSPITAL 

Huntington Hospital

100 W. California Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 397-5000 | huntingtonhospital.com

When their physical problems can’t be cured with a spell or a potion, Pasadenans turn to Huntington Hospital, which offers programs and services ranging from preventive health care to specialized diagnostic and treatment services. Huntington Hospital is certified as a primary stroke center as well as a STEMI Receiving Center. It is home to the only level II trauma center in the San Gabriel Valley and a regional neonatal intensive care unit. 


Reader Recommended

Kaiser Permanente Pasadena Medical Offices

3280 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(800) 954-8000 | healthy.kaiserpermanente.org


Methodist Hospital 

300 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia

(626) 898-8000 | methodisthospital.org


BEST HOTEL 

The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa

1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena

(626) 568-3900 | langhamhotels.com

For that staycation, special event, brunch, dinner or spa day, the Langham Huntington Hotel is the place to indulge. The historic and scenic grounds are beautiful, and the food is legendary. Celebrate your special occasions or take your young squires and ladies there for a taste of real royalty. The rooms are elegantly furnished with views of the San Gabriel Mountains — a veritable sanctuary from the bustling city. 


Reader Recommended

Courtyard by Marriott 

180 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 403-7600 | marriott.com


Pasadena Hilton Hotel

68 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena

(626) 577-1000 | hilton.com


The Westin Pasadena

191 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena

(626) 792-2727 | starwoodhotels.com


BEST HOUSE CLEANING SERVICE

Maid Brigade

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

The Green Clean Certified professionals at Maid Brigade value your health and budget when it comes to cleaning your castle. After a week of battling modern-day monsters, you may not have the time or energy to make your abode magically clean and tidy. Make an appointment with the Maid Brigade’s Green Team for a free estimate. Maid Brigade offers gift certificates and, most importantly, the gift of cleanliness.


Reader Recommended

True Blue Maids

18 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

(626) 466-8488 | trueblucleaning.webs.com


BEST INTERIOR DESIGN

Robyn Navarro

Upstage Design

(FORMERLY NC DESIGN GROUP)

964A Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge

(818) 790-0300 | ncdesigngroup.com

Your castle may look great on the outside, but it must appear regal within as well. Robyn Navarro can help you achieve that quest. If your theme is less formal and filled with more whimsy, Navarro can handle that too. Navarro can do it all; from paint schedules to space planning, window treatments and lighting design. She can also help with home staging for selling and restyling your home to make it more fit for your rule. 


Reader Recommended

Casa wasy Interior Design

1510 Oxley St., South Pasadena

(626) 799-7755 | casawasy.com


Interiors by Liz Duzian

interiorsbylizduzian.com


BEST LOCAL PHARMACY 

Webster’s Community Pharmacy

2450 N. Lake Ave., Altadena

(626) 797-1163 | websterscommunitypharmacy.net

When you need to have your prescriptions filled, turn to Pasadena’s and Altadena’s best local alchemist, er, pharmacy: Webster’s Community Pharmacy in Altadena. Started in 1926, Webster’s has been serving Pasadena and Altadena for 89 years. Now owned by Meredith and Michael Miller, who formerly owned Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain in South Pasadena, Webster’s is a full service prescription pharmacy that also carries medical supplies and equipment, including wheelchairs and walkers. 


Reader Recommended

Fair Oaks Pharmacy & Soda Fountain

1526 Mission St., South Pasadena

(626) 799-1414 | fairoakspharmacy.net


Phoenix Pharmacy

2523 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena 

(626) 791-7600 | phoenixpharmacy.com


BEST MARTIAL ARTS

American Kenpo Karate

36 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena

(626) 793-8575 | americankenpokarate.net

If Fa Mulan lived in Pasadena and needed to prepare for her next big battle, she’d be at American Kenpo Karate polishing her black belt skills. Mulan was a Chinese princess and Kenpo Karate is basically a Japanese art, but it never hurts to add different disciplines to your fighting arsenal. This martial arts center celebrates 20 years this year and offers kids and adult classes in karate as well in self-defense. Training is offered at the center and online. 


Reader Recommended

Arnott American Kenpo Karate

2012 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock

(323) 999-7369 | arnottkenpo.com


Pasadena Martial Arts Academy

752 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 356-0073 | kaizenpasadena.com


BEST MED SPA

Oh! U Beauty Medical Spa

130 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale

(818) 551-1682 | oubeauty.com

When you’re just not ready for the Big Ball and need more than a massage, seek out Oh! U Beauty on Brand Boulevard in the heart of downtown Glendale. Owned by board-certified Dr. James Kojian, this medical spa offers various anti-aging treatments, including Botox injections, laser hair removal, cool sculpting that freezes fat away without surgery, and skin treatments, such as chemical peels and micro-dermabrasions. 


Reader Recommended

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.

1055 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 500, Pasadena

(626) 449-8545 | sierracapital.us

When you need a little help finding and financing your new castle, look to Sierra Capital Mortgage Company in Pasadena. Sierra Capital Mortgage was founded in 1996 and remains committed to giving expert advice and providing competitive interest rates, as well as exceptional customer service, in refinancing and purchasing new homes.


Reader Recommended

Franklin Loan Center

87 E. Green St., #306, Pasadena

(626) 791-4300 | flchomeloans.com


HomeStreet Bank

251 S. Lake Ave., #130, Pasadena

(626) 404-4599 | homestreet.com


TG Loans Mortgage Team

First Priority Financial

1276 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 207, Pasadena

(626) 583-1623 | tgloans.com


BEST NAIL SALON

Harmony Nail & Threading Salon

54 S. Pasadena Ave., Pasadena

(626) 578-1807

When you’re getting ready for the next enchanted evening, be sure your nails are properly clipped and the polish matches the dress. From a simple manicure to putting whimsical artistic designs on your nails, this is the favorite place of our readers for all things having to do with nails. Don’t forget: Halloween is coming. If you need to nail that costume contest, little details count.


DeLacey Beauty Salon

48 S. DeLacey Ave., Pasadena

(626) 577-4809


Tinzee Nail Salon

436 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena

(626) 403-3311 | tinzeenailsalon.com


BEST PARTY RENTALS

Dolphin Rentals

1901 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena 

(626) 795-5131 | dolphinevents.biz

Are you planning an enchanted evening, a fairytale wedding or any other type of epic event? Call Dolphin Rentals. The company was founded by Carl and Mary Ellen Dolphin in 1941 as an ambulance service, but under Patrick Dolphin added party and special event rentals in the mid-1970s. From small nonprofit socials to fairs, festivals, graduations, weddings and tournaments, Dolphin Rentals offers rentals for any size event at reasonable prices.


Reader Recommended

Arcadia Party Rentals

124 Wheeler Ave., Arcadia

(626) 445-7166 | arcadiapartyrentals.net


Town and Country Event Rentals

523 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena

(626) 795-7700 | townandcountryeventrentals.com


BEST PET SERVICE

My Dog Spot Pasadena

(626) 399-1951 

mydogspot.info

Sometimes unconditional fairytale love comes in a furry, four-legged package. If that’s the case, you’ll want to keep your fuzzy beauty happy, even when you can’t be there. Lily Reiche has been in the pet care industry since 2006. Her company stresses force-free, positive reinforcement. She’s certified and ready to keep your little love happy through her pet-sitting and dog-walking services, which include trips to the dog park and hikes around the Arroyo Seco and Eaton Canyon.


Reader Recommended 

I Dig My Dog

2160 E. Foothill Blvd, Pasadena

(626) 844-7877 | idigmydog.com


Oh To Be A Dog 

(818) 231-9728 | ohtobeadog.com


BEST PHOTOGRAPHER

Nicola Borland Photography

1815 El Sereno Ave., Pasadena

(323) 240-4407 | nicolaborland.com

Selfies can be more dangerous than sharks, so for your next enchanted evening or big event call Nicola Borland Photography. Nicola came from Scotland to Southern California to be a surf photographer. Now in Pasadena, everyday people have become his passion. He’s devoted to “capturing the beauty in you,” as his tagline proclaims, be it for businesses, weddings, or newborns. 


Reader Recommended 

Jason Ballard Photography

jkbphotography@hotmail.com | jkbphotography.com


Nick Boswell Photography

2481 Mission St., San Marino

(626) 799-2120 | nickboswell.com


BEST PHYSICAL THERAPY

Pasadena Physical Therapy

95 W. California Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 304-0565 | pasadenapt.com

Not all fairytales have happy endings. Invariably, after a hard day of battling dragons, climbing up and down beanstalks, and outwitting wolves, a hero’s bound to break an arm or a leg, twist an ankle, bang up a knee, tweak a neck muscle or two, or crack a rib. When this kind of thing happens — and it does every day — get medical attention. Then, our readers believe the best place to visit is Pasadena Physical Therapy. 


Reader Recommended 

Landswick Physical Therapy, Inc.

959 E. Walnut St., Suite 240, Pasadena

(626) 795.2390 | landswickpt.com


Select Physical Therapy

301 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 568-9115 | selectphysicaltherapy.com


BEST PILATES

Studio Metamorphosis

676 E. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 219-7000 | studiometamorphosis.com

Before wandering off into a forest or climbing a beanstalk, take time to get your core fit and your body balanced at Studio Metamorphosis. Riding dragons, much like walking and riding a bike, requires a keen sense of balance, and Pilates and bicycling are just the things to the build stamina needed to contend with the incredible creatures and situations we all encounter on a daily basis.


Reader Recommended 

Essence of Motion

1041 E. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 583-9089 | essenceofmotion.com


Le Studio Pilates

236 W. Mountain St., #111, Pasadena

(626) 792-9866 | lestudiopilates.com


Pure Barre Pasadena

107 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 765-9400 | purebarre.com


BEST REAL ESTATE OFFICE

Partners Trust

594 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 696-4800 | thepartnerstrust.com

Partners Trust can help you find the right place in the rough and tumble Los Angeles real estate market. If your current abode has become too cramped, or if you’re downsizing for a cozier cottage, or if your magical mystery tour requires you to leave our enchanted city, turn to Partners Trust. 


Reader Recommended

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

388 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 584-0050 | coldwellbankerhomes.com


Sotheby’s International Realty

800 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 150, Pasadena

(626) 229-0909¬ | sothebysrealty.com


BEST REALTOR

Tim Hartley

(626) 379.2549 | timhartley.net

Tim Hartley can give you personalized service, whether you are looking for a castle or a cottage. He has been representing buyers and sellers in the Los Angeles area for over 10 years and specializes in homes located in communities in the San Gabriel Valley and East Los Angeles. Having formerly lived in Silver Lake, he now resides in Pasadena with his husband, two sons and their dog. 


Reader Recommended 

Ann-Marie Villicana

Dilbeck Estates Pasadena

225 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 319-0585 |


Mark and Cynthia Cohn

Keller Williams Realty

251 S. Lake Ave., #150, Pasadena

(626) 204-3300 | cynthiaandmark.com


BEST SELF STORAGE

Storbox Self Storage

2233 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 793-9888 | storbox.com

When seven little people and a wannabe princess share one cottage, things can become cramped pretty quickly. With your family growing and onetime storage space about to become the next bedroom, check out Storbox Self Storage. Put the stuff you can temporarily live without into a Storbox Self Storage unit, then settle back for easier living.


Reader Recommended 

Arroyo Parkway Self Storage

411 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena

(626) 768-7774 | arroyoparkwayselfstorage.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


U-Haul Moving & Storage of Pasadena

552 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

(626) 795-6888 | uhaul.com

234 Allen Ave, Pasadena

(626) 578-1790

3559 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 795-2102

461 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena

(626) 844-7567


BEST SENIOR/ASSISTED LIVING

The Fair Oaks By Regency Park

951 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 921-4108 | regencyparkfairoaks.com

Regency Park Senior Living has earned a national reputation for building and operating first-class retirement communities. Dedicated to a commitment to excellence, Regency Park provides high-quality housing and personalized care and services that meet the industry’s highest standards. Senior living experts from around the world, according to its website, visit these communities, including the Fair Oaks by Regency Park, to learn why the company has become a leader in the world of senior housing.


Reader Recommended

The Kensington

245 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre

(626) 355-5700 | thekensingtonsierramadre.com    


Villa Gardens 

842 E. Villa St., Pasadena

(800) 958-4552| villagardens.org


BEST SPEECH SPECIALIST

Justine Sherman & Associates

55 Auburn Ave., Sierra Madre

(626) 355-1729 | justineshermanslp.com

Justine Sherman & Associates takes great pride in fulfilling the speech-language, educational and orofacial myofunctional therapeutic needs of our area. They design customized treatment plans with meaningful, measurable goals conducted by certified and licensed speech-language pathologists and supervised speech-language pathology assistants. Their holistic approach to treatment calls for a thoughtful and collaborative relationship with families, educators and health care professionals alike to ensure the best opportunity for client/student success.


Reader Recommended

Briggs and Associates

595 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (Mezzanine Level)

(626) 793-0937| briggsandassociates.com


BEST SUMMER CAMP

Tom Sawyer Camps

707 W. Woodbury Road, #F, Altadena

(626) 794-1156 | tomsawyercamps.com

Your kids won’t be painting fences at Tom Sawyer Camps, but they will be having fun and making friends. Tom Sawyer Camps offers programs after school as well as holiday and summer camps. They even have a horseback riding school. Every prince and princess needs to know how to ride a horse. At day camps, campers are placed by grade into all-girl or all-boy groups of 13 under the supervision of a senior and junior counselor. Each group gets to select their activities. They’ll come home tired, but imaging more.


Reader Recommended

Goodman Family Daycare Summer Camp

1090 El Campo Drive, Pasadena 

(626) 578-1815 

goodmandaycare.com


Summerkids Camp

3697 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Altadena

(626) 577-9979  

summerkids.net


BEST TATTOO/PIERCING

Prix Body Piercing

56 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 405-9253 | prixbodypiercing.com

Whatever it takes to make your image more enchanting, Prix Body Piercing can make it happen. Danny Dunbar and Andres Saucedo are tattoo artists making dreams come true at the Pasadena store. EdD Herrera is the shop’s piercing artist who works both in West Hollywood and Pasadena for Prix. 


Reader Recommended

Anomaly Body Piercing Studio

1842 E. Walnut St., Pasadena 

(626) 793-8930 

anomaly2.com

BEST TRAVEL AGENCY (TIE)

AAA Automobile Club Of 

Southern California

801 E. Union St., Pasadena

(626) 795-0601 | aaa.com

Every prince or princess looking for their happily-ever-after needs travel advice. When you’ve traded in your white charger for a different kind of horsepower, AAA is a good place to visit. They offer members free maps and brochures, plus, they have a dedicated travel agency.


Montrose Travel

2349 Honolulu Ave., La Crescenta-Montrose

(818) 553-3200 | montrosetravel.com

If you’re looking for a boutique shop to meet your travel needs and guide your love of travel, turn to Montrose Travel. Recognized as one of America’s Top 50 Travel Management Companies, Montrose Travel has made a business out of “helping people travel, one at a time.” 


BEST VETERINARIAN

VCA Foothill Veterinary Hospital

2204 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena 

(626) 792-1187 | foothillvet.com

Pasadenans take their beloved furry friends to VCA Foothill Veterinary Hospital to make sure their pets remain in the best of health. Foothill provides primary, preventive and advanced care for cats and dogs, as well as pet grooming and boarding. They also treat canine and feline diabetes and provide home delivery of medications and food for prescription diets.


Reader Recommended

Pasadena Pets Veterinary Hospital

2850 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 568-1115 | pasadenapetshospital.com


Dr. Daniel Vanderhoof

Vanderhoof Veterinary Hospital

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

(626) 798-5901 | vanderhoofvet.com


BEST WEIGHT LOSS 

PROGRAM

Weight Watchers

305 N. Rosemead Blvd., Pasadena

(800) 516-3535 | weightwatchers.com

Extra weight won’t magically go away. Looking to slim down and get healthy? Weight Watchers will help you. This nationwide program provides nutritional counseling and support while you’re counting calories. Whatever the need or reason, Weight Watchers can help you reach your goal in a healthy way.


Reader Recommended 

Lose 2 Win @ Breakthru Fitness

345 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 396-1700 | breakthrufitness.com


Pasadena Weight Loss Center

774 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 844-4686 | pasadena-weight-loss-center.com


BEST WORKOUT

Title Boxing Club

87 Fraser Alley, Pasadena

(626) 340-2500 | oldpasadena.titleboxingclub.com

You can’t climb a beanstalk and outrun giants without being in shape. Tone up and get the moves needed for your fairytale life by working out at Title Boxing Club, the fitness club with a punch. Title Boxing, according to its website, offers explosive total body boxing and kickboxing fitness workouts that help women and men burn up to 1,000 calories per hour in group classes. 


Reader Recommended

Flawless Fitness

1458 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 644-8182 | flawlessfitness.com


Pure Barre Pasadena

107 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 765-9400 | purebarre.com


BEST YOGA

Bikram Yoga Pasadena

2089 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 304-9642 | bikrampasadena.com

Seeking peace of mind? Need to decompress after a hard day of cleaning up after Snow’s seven little friends? Head over to Bikram Yoga Pasadena. There you’ll find what you need with what founder Val Sklar Robinson calls the original and authentic Hot Yoga. “We are not a fad,” says Val. “We have been healing bodies and changing lives since 1998.”


Reader Recommended

Yoga House 

11 W. State St., Pasadena

(626) 403-3961| yogahouse.com


YogaWorks Pasadena

277 W. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 381-9785 | yogaworks.com n 


Freelancer Rebecca Waer contributed to this report.

 

 

 

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