Enchanted Village

Enchanted Village

 

Pasadena and its surrounding communities offer a wide array of shopping opportunities at myriad stores and boutiques that can make your home actually look like a castle and drape you in clothing that really is fit for royalty.

 

Since we all know a magic wand or a potent elixir will not change current circumstances, our voters have compiled a list of places that can help you get started on changing your game for the better.

 

You might want to start your transformation into a prince or princess by improving your home’s décor. The Pasadena Antique Mall has once again been voted Best Antiques by PW readers. Here you’ll find many unusual and tasteful items, as well as furniture and jewelry. The Pasadena Antique Center and Annex and Pasadena Antiques and Design were Reader Recommended dealers in this year’s voting.

 

To get your inner self in order, Pasadena Cyclery can help, meeting all your cycling needs for outdoor biking adventures no matter what your skill level may be. 

 

If cycling is not your thing, or if you just want an enchanted carriage to cruise the streets and catch everyone’s attention, Rusnak Auto has the Bentley, Jaguar or Porsche that will have you hitting the road in style.

 

If you need to look like a princess on that special day, check out La Soie Bridal on Colorado Boulevard, which was voted Best Bridal/Tux Shop. Men’s Wearhouse and Panache Bridal came in as Reader Recommended in our readers’ poll.

 

As ZZ Top once put it, girls are crazy about a sharp-dressed man. And Le Monsieur of Pasadena has been voted one of the city’s top three Best Local Men’s Clothing outlets this year, along with San Marino’s PM Jacoy and Pasadena’s Mark Piscitelli Men’s Clothing. 

 

Not everybody can march in the parade. Someone has to record the event. If this is you, catch all the magic on a device from Samy’s Camera, voted Best Electronics/Camera store. While other electronic stores have virtually disappeared, Samy’s has been a mainstay, offering how-to classes and great sales on clearance items.

 

If healthy living defines your idea of a fairytale life, Pasadena has three farmers’ markets where you can buy organic fruits and vegetables. Then, after loading up on good, nutritious food, head over to Run With Us, Pasadena’s Best Shoe Store and Best Local Sporting Goods, and get just the right pair of shoes to complete your change into a happy, healthy and well-kept person.

 

If there is something still lacking, Vroman’s Bookstore, once again Pasadena’s Best Local Bookstore/Newsstand, has all the best yarns and stories to take you to an even better enchanted land than the one we currently occupy and present to you now.

 

BEST ANTIQUES

Pasadena Antique Mall

300 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 125, Pasadena

(626) 304-9886

Pasadena Antique Mall is a delightful store with hard-to-find books, unique gift items and a wide variety of quality collectibles, including furniture, jewelry and classic designer garments and accessories. It’s a must-see for vintage clothing lovers and discerning collectors alike.


Reader Recommended

Pasadena Antique Center and Annex

480 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 449-7706 | pasadenaantiquecenter.com


Pasadena Antiques and Design

330 S. Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena

(626) 389-3938


BEST ART/FRAMING STORE

Aaron Brothers

326 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 683-8161 | aaronbrothers.com

Selection and superior customer service are hallmarks of this popular frame shop. Visitors can expect to find most if not all of their framing needs met with Aaron Brothers’ wide variety of frames in many styles, sizes and finishes for every budget. Knowledgeable staff and convenient locations throughout the city, including the thriving Pasadena store, offer additional value that makes it a clear winner for patrons.


Reader Recommended

Blick Art Material

44 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

(626) 795-4985 | dickblick.com


Merge Framing & Design

928 E. Altadena Drive, Altadena

(626) 797-0977 | mergeframes.com

BEST AUTO DEALER

Rusnak Auto Group

267 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
(626) 449-2400 | rusnakautogroup.com

Part of Rusnak Auto’s success and longevity in the challenging field of automotive sales is their ability to treat each customer as their No. 1 priority. For more than 50 years, the Rusnak name has been synonymous with stylish, well-priced high-end vehicles, including exotic makes like Bentley, Jaguar and Maserati, as well as more affordable high-performance cars. New or pre-owned, any vehicle purchased from Rusnak Auto Group is a smart, stylish buy.


Reader Recommended

Honda of Pasadena

1965 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(888) 829-4089 | hondaofpasadena.com


Thorson Motor Center

3456 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 817-6465 | thorsonmotorcenter.com


BEST BICYCLE SHOP

Pasadena Cyclery

1670 E. Walnut St., Pasadena

(626) 795-2866 | pasadenacyclery.com

It’s a family affair at Pasadena Cyclery. In business for over 35 years, they continue to be an invaluable resource for cyclists of all types and fitness levels. Their skilled and helpful staff makes them the perfect choice for cyclists at both the professional and novice level, including a gifted crew of experts who lead the repair and maintenance team. 


Reader Recommended

Incycle Bicycles

175 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 577-0440 | incycle.com


Open Road Bicycle Shop

60 N. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 683-9986 | sidemountpedal.com


Velo

2562 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 304-0064 | velopasadena.com


BEST BRIDAL/TUX SHOP

La Soie Bridal

650 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 356-9889 | lasoiebridal.com

Top designers, stunning couture and first-rate service keep wedding stress to a minimum in this sophisticated bridal shop that caters to discriminating brides. La Soie’s consultants offer unparalleled service, and patrons will appreciate their full-service approach to wedding prep and planning and vast inventory, including one-of-a-kind gowns, popular designs, and classic and cutting-edge styles for the more daring bride. That and more can all be found at La Soie Bridal. 


Reader Recommended

Men’s Wearhouse

406 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 395-7422 | menswearhouse.com


Panache Bridal

78 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 585-8200 | panachebridals.com


BEST ELECTRONICS/CAMERAS

Samy’s Camera

1759 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 796-3300 | samys.com

A mainstay on the photography scene, Samy’s Camera has made a name for itself with their superior products and service, along with a comprehensive selection of cameras, video equipment and accessories. Check the website often for up-to-date info on clearance items, including quality used cameras, and the inside scoop on upcoming sales and promotions. Stop by their Pasadena location to take advantage of customer perks, such as how-to classes, workshops and events.


Reader Recommended

Best Buy

3415 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 351-9516 | bestbuy.com


BEST EYEWEAR

Linden Optometry

477 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 796-1191 | lindenvsp.com 

See yourself and the world in its best light with the help of Linden Optometry. This full-service establishment garners raves for their variety of eyewear styles and designs along with reliable, courteous service, but even more essential to their popularity are the gifted professionals that run Linden. Clients can expect to find a superb collection of frames and contact lenses, in addition to comprehensive eye care, such as Lasik consultations and eye exams, including treatment of infections. Many will be pleased by the special attention paid to little ones, sensitive or elderly clients.


Reader Recommended

Moda Optique

Shops On Lake Avenue

415 S. Lake Ave., #104, Pasadena

(626) 796-0111 | modaoptique.com


Old Focals

45 W. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 793-7073 | oldfocals.com


South Pasadena Optometric Group

729 Mission St., #200, South Pasadena

(626) 441-5300 | southpasadenaeyes.com 


BEST FARMERS’ MARKET

Pasadena Certified Farmers’ Market

363 E. Villa St., Pasadena

(626) 449-0179 | pasadenafarmersmarket.org

2925 Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 449-0179 | pasadenafarmersmarket.org

Freshness is the name of the game at Pasadena Certified Farmers’ Market. Visitors travel for miles around to sample some of the delectable items available at this open-air delight. Healthful snacking is a pleasure at Pasadena Certified, with many parents remarking that they enjoy the educational value of teaching their children the importance of eating from the land. Crisp fruits and vegetables are in abundance here, along with a fascinating array of seafood, specialty and international foods, all minimally processed for maximum taste and health value. 


Reader Recommended

Altadena Farmers’ Market

600 W. Palm St., Altadena

altadenafarmersmarket.com


South Pasadena Farmers’ Market

At the corner of El Centro Street and Meridian Avenue in South Pasadena

(626) 403-2820 | southpasadenafarmersmarket.org



BEST FLEA MARKET

Pcc Flea Market

1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 585-7906 | pasadena.edu/fleamarket

Find the bargain of your life at the Pasadena City College Flea Market the first Sunday of each month. Not just the hard-to-find, but the quirky, the classic, the vintage and even that rare piece that draws you upon first glance. 


Reader Recommended

Rose Bowl Flea Market

1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena

(323) 560-7469 | rgcshows.com 

BEST FLOWER SHOP

Jacob Maarse Flowers

655 E. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 449-0246 | jacobmaarse.com

For over 50 years Jacob Maarse has set the standard for flower design. Whether for holidays or other special occasions — or just to experience the healing qualities of fresh flowers in an exquisitely made centerpiece — Jacob Maarse is the preferred authority. 


Reader Recommended

Mary Falkingham Floral Designs

871 E. Mariposa St., Altadena

(626) 797-8711 | maryfalkingham.com


The Flowerman

2450 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 795-1508 | theflowerman.net


BEST FURNITURE/

ACCESSORIES STORE

The Sofa Company

100 W. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 316-1214 | thesofaco.com

Find the right style, color and size furniture at the right price at The Sofa Company. Their sturdy and stylish furniture selection includes contemporary pieces, as well as more classic lines, and all in a pleasing range of textiles, from leather to micro-suede and beyond. The beauty of this unique store is the ease in which the customer can customize furniture and accessories. The website, on which they proclaim “you design it, we build it,” makes it a snap to match sofa colors with the appropriate size and style desired. Whether furnishing a room or an entire house, or just searching for a few accent pieces, you’ll find a solution for every decorating challenge.


Reader Recommended

Ethan Allen

445 N. Rosemead Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 351-9661 | ethanallen.com 


Fedde’s Furniture

32 N. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 844-1160 | fedde.com

2350 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 796-7103 | fedde.com


BEST GIFT BOUTIQUE

Lula Mae

100 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 304-9996 | lulamae.com

It’s easy to see why this unique shop continues to receive accolades. It was also voted one of the top five card shops in LA, and their popularity is due in no small part to their charming collections of note cards, stationery and gifts. They also offer low-tech toys for kids and personalized jewelry and accoutrements for the kitchen and bath, not to mention weekly workshops and classes for the craft-inclined.


Reader Recommended

Assistance League Craft Fair Gift Shop

820 E. California Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 795-4991 | pasadena.assistanceleague.org


Homage Pasadena

2 E. Holly St., Pasadena

(626) 440-7244 | homagepasadena.com 


BEST LOCAL BOOKSTORE/NEWSSTAND

Vroman’s Bookstore

695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 449-5320 | vromansbookstore.com

A venerable literary institution, Vroman’s consistently gets high marks for their diverse collection of books, from fiction to non-fiction, classic literature, comics, young-adult, large-print editions and many other specialty and niche publications and genres. As Southern California’s largest and oldest independent bookstore, Vroman’s is a study in excellence. Their exhaustive selection and myriad scheduled events, including storytime for kids, author-readings and especially the legendary book-signings, are but some of many reasons Vroman’s continues to attract a diverse, loyal crowd of all ages and passions. 


Reader Recommended

Book Alley

1252 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 683-8083 | bookalley.com


Century Books

1039 E. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 796-1703 


BEST LOCAL 

HARDWARE STORE

Altadena Hardware

849 E. Mariposa St., Altadena

(626) 794-4393 | truevalue.com/altadenahardware

It’s tool-time for the masses at Altadena Hardware. The courteous staff can help customers plan any DIY project, from simple to complex. Power and hand tools, electrical and cleaning supplies, and other staples will surely be found here, but they are much more than just a hardware store. Customers will rejoice in the bounty of additional services Altadena Hardware offers, such as window and screen repair, pipe-cutting and threading, key-making and glass-cutting, carpet-cleaner rental, and much, much more — all at prices at or below those of many local competitors.


Reader Recommended

Crown City Hardware

1047 N. Allen Ave., Pasadena

(626) 794-0234 | restoration.com 


Pasadena True Value Hardware & Paint 

409 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 792-2196 | pasadenatruevalue.com

BEST LOCAL HOBBIES/CRAFTS

Stats

120 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

(626) 795-9308 | statsfloral.com

Holiday and special occasion dreams are realized at this remarkable shop that features an amazing variety of holiday decorations and assorted accessories for making special occasions especially fun. Life-sized Halloween displays and Christmas decorations that delight and amuse, along with everything a home needs to feel festive, can be found at this store. Customers will also appreciate their budget-friendly clearance center and patio warehouse center, where fabulous deals are often discovered, particularly in the off-season. A treat any time of the year.


Reader Recommended

Hobby People

270 N. Hill Ave., Pasadena

(626) 568-0883 | hobbypeople.net


Kidd’s Jewelry Heist

1510 Mission St., South Pasadena

(626) 319-9510 
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BEST LOCAL JEWELRY

Wayne Jason Jewelry Designs

105 W. California Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 795-9215 | wjasondesigns.com

It’s been said a well-priced diamond shines brightest, and at Wayne Jason Jewelry Designs, it’s easy to indulge yourself or a loved one — smartly. Wayne Jason’s flair for distinctive, timeless pieces that embody his creative spirit has made him a local favorite for more than a quarter-century. The on-site manufacturing he employs for his creations eliminates a costly middleman, and ensures that clients receive excellent, superior gems and jewelry designs at equally stellar prices. 

Reader Recommended

Arnold’s Fine Jewelry

350 S. Lake Ave., #110, Pasadena

(626) 795-8647 | arnoldsfinejewelry.com

 

Gold Bug

One Colorado, 22 E. Union St., Pasadena

(626) 744-9963 | goldbugpasadena.com


BEST LOCAL 

MEN’S CLOTHING (TIE)

Le Monsieur

544 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena

(626) 569-8437 | shoplemonsieur.com 

Besides the rock group ZZ Top, who isn’t crazy about a sharp-dressed man? The Le Monsieur modern man dresses with an easy, casual style that transitions well from professional obligations and daytime functions to nighttime fun and merriment. Le Monsieur’s collection embodies the look of the successful man who sets trends, rather than follows them. Classic cuts are often paired with eclectic modern accessories to dazzling effect, and the savvy shopper will be pleased with the variety of styles available, from sleek to subtle.


Mark Piscitelli Men’s Clothing

589 E. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 578-7382 | markpiscitellimensclothing.com

A one-stop-shop for elegant evening attire, formal and semi-formal occasion-wear for the discerning man. Clients return to this sophisticated establishment season after season because of the attentive staff, classic designs and quality merchandise, in addition to their reasonable prices and relaxing ambiance. 


Pm Jacoy

2650 Mission St., San Marino

(626) 799-4600 | pmjacoy.com

Find the best in men’s fashion in a shop that celebrates the modern man. Tailored suits by PM’s master tailors, avant-garde ties and accessories and the latest fashions and designs in menswear give this shop its distinctive vibe and flair. Truly the best in men’s fashion at prices that also please.


BEST LOCAL PET STORE

My Pet Garden

2245 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 449-1600 | mypetgarden.com

It’s a dog’s wonderful life at My Pet Garden. Never has canine care been so affordable and complete. A love of animals and an expert attention to their welfare is what drives the folks at My Pet Garden. They offer their clients and their owners a friendly, upbeat atmosphere, along with an outstanding selection of minimally processed and specialty foods, including vegetarian, grain-free and organic. Their capable staff will help pet owners work through issues that their special needs pooches may have, such as separation-anxiety disorders, issues with past traumas or other challenges that may impact pet socialization.


Reader Recommended

Paw Boutique

537 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

(626) 396-1136 | pawboutique.com


Steve’s Pets

2395 N. Lake Ave., Altadena

(626) 797-4247 | stevespetstore.com 


BEST LOCAL RECORD STORE

Canterbury Records

805 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 792-7184 | canterburyrecords.com

Canterbury’s vast collection of music from all genres, from indie and classical to world, rock and beyond has created a loyal following among music aficionados and anyone searching for that rare or unique artist or song. From vinyl to digital, Canterbury has something for everyone.


Reader Recommended

Poobah Records

2636 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 449-3359 | poobah.com


BEST LOCAL SHOE STORE

Run With Us

235 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 568-3331 | clubrunwithus.com

Run, don’t walk to this shoe lovers mecca; walking shoes, running shoes training and cross-training footwear, and a shoe for every gait and foot are just part of the attraction to this marvelous store dedicated to an often-overlooked appendage. So much of our total well-being can be tied to the comfort we experience with our footwear, and the staff at Run With Us understands the importance of a well-fitting shoe appropriate to each activity. It is that training that gives them the unique ability to match the proper shoe with the proper client. In addition to many styles and selections of footwear, they also offer shoes in often hard-to-find half-sizes, wide-shoe sizes, and specialty footwear for skeleto-muscular problems.


Reader Recommended

Lucha’s Comfort Footwear

921 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena

(626) 799-6891 | comfortfootwear.com


Neo 39

39 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 683-1257 | neo39.com


Novis Orthopedic Shoes

1836 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 796-4971 


BEST LOCAL SPORTING GOODS

Run With Us

235 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 568-3331 

clubrunwithus.com

Run with the best and find reasonably priced sports equipment and accessories for every sports enthusiast at every fitness level. The “Monday Fun Runs” and other events at Run With Us show their commitment to helping customers achieve optimal fitness levels, and their promotions and affordable prices encourage the healthful lifestyle their products are designed to support. Run With Us makes patrons a winner with every visit. 


Reader Recommended

Play It Again Sports

3640 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 405-9988 | playitagainsportspasadena.com 


BEST LOCAL TOY STORE

The Dinosaur Farm

1510 Mission St., South Pasadena

(626) 441-2767 | dinosaurfarm.com

Attention collectors and dinosaur-lovers; your fervent wishes have come true. Dinosaur Farm is an ode to all things prehistoric; action figures, puzzles, games, plushies, books, posters, room décor and collectibles are among their extensive stock of dinosaur-themed items. Something for every kid — including the one who dwells inside us all — is to be found at this quirky themed shop.


Reader Recommended

San Marino Toy & Book Shoppe

2424 Huntington Drive, San Marino

(626) 309-0222 | toysandbooks.com


Tom’s Toys

2281 Honolulu Ave., La Crescenta-Montrose

(818) 249-2178 | tomstoys.com


BEST LOCAL VIDEO STORE

Vidéothèque   

1020 Mission St., South Pasadena

(626) 403-6621 | vidtheque.com 

Vidéothèque’s importance to cinema and the preservation of it cannot be overstated. With news of yet another video store shuttering their doors, there is an increasing urgency and interest in the study and enjoyment of rare films. Vidéothèque soothes that desire with more than 25,000 titles, including rare films, cult classics, art-house films, documentaries and indie-favs, as well as films on Blu-Ray. They’re a giant among a dying breed of stores and specialty shops devoted to the film genre, and customers will be thrilled with their popular selection of cinema-themed posters, T-shirts, memorabilia and more.

             

BEST LOCAL WOMEN’S CLOTHING

Meredith M

2450 N. Lake Ave., Altadena

(626) 204-2677 

Chic fashions for women and children in bold designs and colors keep fashionistas young and old in style at Meredith M. The latest trends in fashion are always in stock at this eclectic store, where visitors are just as likely to find quality bohemian garb as they are coolly simple minimalist attire. Daring shoppers will delight in the military and Goth selections, and parents will love their children’s clothes — perfect for the stylish tot on-the-move. Meredith M. is also the place to go for cozy footwear, quirky tie-died garments, distinctive jewelry and must-have accessories, like scarves, handbags and hats. With so much to offer, it’s no wonder this trendy store tops the lists of fashion-forward shoppers. 

 

Reader Recommended 

Atelier Femme

1033 E. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 793-1200 | atelierfemme.com


High Low Vintage

1031 E. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 356-0402 | highlowvintage.com


BEST NURSERY

Bellefontaine Nursery

838 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 796-0747 | bellefontainenursery.com

Gardening made simple and pleasurable, along with all the tools and support you’ll need to nourish your green thumb, are what you’ll find at Bellefontaine Nursery. From small- to large-scale gardening, their learned staff is eager to help you find the right plants and greenery for your personal gardening needs and assist you with maintaining it all so it continues to delight throughout the seasons. 


Reader Recommended

Armstrong Garden Center

352 E. Glenarm St., Pasadena

(626) 799-7139 | armstronggarden.com


Lincoln Avenue Nursery

804 Lincoln Ave., Pasadena

(626) 792-2138 | lincolnavenuenursery.com


BEST OUTDOOR FURNITURE

Fishbecks Patio Center

150 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

(626) 796-9255 | fishbecks.com

Fishbecks’ sells patio furniture and outdoor living accessories that allow customers to truly experience the advantages of living in Pasadena and its surrounding cities, chiefly being the magnificent, sunny climes that allow for virtual year-round outdoor dining and entertainment. All of Fishbecks’ classic and contemporary furniture collections feature durable, well-crafted furniture fit for the simplest or most extravagant outdoor rooms, complete with fire-pit, barbeques and outdoor lighting options, along with other essentials for al fresco dining. Don’t miss their occasional clearances, including the popular end-of-summer sale. There, customers will often find deep discounts above and beyond already low prices.


Reader Recommended

Patioworld

520 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 795-5803 | patioworld.net


BEST SHOPPING DESTINATION

Old Pasadena 

1 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105

(626) 356-9725 | oldpasadena.org

The perfect place for shopping and people-watching, Old Pasadena consistently charms visitors with a mix of high-end shops and assorted stores and establishments that appeal to a diverse population with diverse tastes. With Pasadena’s famous classical architecture as a backdrop, patrons can stroll along streets designed for leisurely promenading and discover — or rediscover — this amazing gem. World-class fine dining, chic boutiques, gadget shops, pizzerias, juice bars and movie theaters highlight the many ways to be entertained and nourished at this perennial favorite. 


Reader Recommended

Paseo Colorado 

280 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(877) 225-5337 | paseocoloradopasadena.com


South Lake Avenue

251 S. Lake Ave., #180, Pasadena

(626) 792-1259 

southlakeavenue.org


BEST SMOKE/TOBACCO SHOP

Ace Smoke Shop

2501 N. Lake Ave., Altadena

(626) 296-0273

A puffer’s paradise. This beloved smoke shop carries just about everything for the tobacco and herbal enthusiast. They feature the best and latest in equipment and accessories, including vape products, atomizers, cartomizers, water pipes and blunt wrappers. Combine their extensive selection with a friendly, helpful staff that’s eager to please and you’ll come back to Ace’s for good vibrations again and again.


Reader Recommended

Captain Tobacco

2371 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 795-4714

captaintobacco.com


Cigars By Chivas

58 S. De Lacey Ave., Pasadena

(626) 395-7475 | cigarsbychivas.com


BEST SPECIALTY FOOD STORE

Whole Foods Market 465 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena 

(626) 204-2266 | wholefoodsmarket.com

3751 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 351-5994

Whole Foods Market reminds us that it is still possible to find a wide range of fresh, pesticide-free fruits and vegetables and other items that are minimally processed and/or additive-free at a reasonable price. While it’s true that Whole Foods’ strength is in its selection and quality of natural foods, including vegan and vegetarian and gluten-free, many don’t realize it is also an invaluable resource for healthy frozen and packaged meals for quick-prep, hot-food dishes and also exotic meats, like bison, ostrich and buffalo, in addition to hard-to-find ethnic foods. A well-stocked nutritional section includes supplements, elixirs, teas and powders. Delectable fresh-baked goods, specialty foods and healthier, less-processed versions of many items found at popular grocery stores have also begun to entice foodies, health-conscious shoppers and even just the occasional shopper looking to try something new and different.

Reader Recommended

Bristol Farms

606 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena

(626) 441-5450 | bristolfarms.com


Trader Joe’s

345 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 395-9553 | traderjoes.com

610 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena

(626) 568-9254 

613 Mission St., South Pasadena

(626) 441-6263 

         

BEST STATIONERY

Vroman’s Bookstore

695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 449-5320 | vromansbookstore.com

Visit Vroman’s for their timeless collection of creative note cards, writing-themed gift sets and superior writing implements for gadget-free communicating with style and flair.


Reader Recommended

Paper Source

163 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 577-3825 | papersource.com


Shaboo Prints

Pasadena

shabooprints.com


BEST THRIFT SHOP

Acts Thrift Store

1382 Locust St., Pasadena

(626) 577-4477 | actsthrift.org

Customers can expect to find rare vintage and classic shoes and garments mixed amid an ample collection of repurposed items, such as furniture, electronics, appliances, clothing, games and children’s toys. Shop smart and contribute much-needed dollars to a worthy cause at this first-rate nonprofit entity that commands a loyal following and continues to entice new shoppers daily.


Reader Recommended

Goodwill

340 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena 

(626) 204-3576 | goodwillsocal.org

183 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena

(626) 564-0335 

703 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 204-0618 


Meowmeowz! 1 Stop Rock Shop

2423 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 798-6969 | meowmeowz.bigcartel.com 


BEST VINTAGE/RESALE STORE

High Low Vintage

1031 E. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 356-0402 | highlowvintage.com

High Low Vintage continues to make waves and create buzz in the vintage-clothing market. The shop’s moniker is a nod to its approach to fashion and creating the perfect ensemble; the owner’s philosophy is that classic fashions are best complemented by a pairing with contemporary styles. For example, take a stylish, retro-themed top and pair it with a sophisticated pant with modern lines, or vice versa. 

Reader Recommended

Crossroads Trading Co.

104 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 793-2000 | crossroadstrading.com  


Meowmeowz! 1 Stop Rock Shop

2423 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 798-6969 | meowmeowz.bigcartel.com 


BEST WINE/BEER SHOP

Everson Royce

155 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

(626) 765-9334  

eversonroyce.com

Nestled in the bosom of Old Pasadena and possessing a vast selection of wines, spirits and beers, this full-service store enjoys a stellar reputation that’s due in large part to its attention to customer service. But they also excel in their ability to stay abreast of changes and trends in the market. Everson Royce is as noted for their collection of fine, special-occasion and rare wines and spirits as they are for their affordable, everyday wines from local and niche wineries, as well as craft and specialty beers. It’s a one-stop shop for all your libation needs.


Reader Recommended

Mission Wine & Spirits

1785 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 797-0500 | missionliquor.com


Monopole Wine

21 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena

(626) 577-9463 

monopolewine.com

 

 

Enchanted Village

 

Pasadena and its surrounding communities offer a wide array of shopping opportunities at myriad stores and boutiques that can make your home actually look like a castle and drape you in clothing that really is fit for royalty.

 

Since we all know a magic wand or a potent elixir will not change current circumstances, our voters have compiled a list of places that can help you get started on changing your game for the better.

 

You might want to start your transformation into a prince or princess by improving your home’s décor. The Pasadena Antique Mall has once again been voted Best Antiques by PW readers. Here you’ll find many unusual and tasteful items, as well as furniture and jewelry. The Pasadena Antique Center and Annex and Pasadena Antiques and Design were Reader Recommended dealers in this year’s voting.

 

To get your inner self in order, Pasadena Cyclery can help, meeting all your cycling needs for outdoor biking adventures no matter what your skill level may be. 

 

If cycling is not your thing, or if you just want an enchanted carriage to cruise the streets and catch everyone’s attention, Rusnak Auto has the Bentley, Jaguar or Porsche that will have you hitting the road in style.

 

If you need to look like a princess on that special day, check out La Soie Bridal on Colorado Boulevard, which was voted Best Bridal/Tux Shop. Men’s Wearhouse and Panache Bridal came in as Reader Recommended in our readers’ poll.

 

As ZZ Top once put it, girls are crazy about a sharp-dressed man. And Le Monsieur of Pasadena has been voted one of the city’s top three Best Local Men’s Clothing outlets this year, along with San Marino’s PM Jacoy and Pasadena’s Mark Piscitelli Men’s Clothing. 

 

Not everybody can march in the parade. Someone has to record the event. If this is you, catch all the magic on a device from Samy’s Camera, voted Best Electronics/Camera store. While other electronic stores have virtually disappeared, Samy’s has been a mainstay, offering how-to classes and great sales on clearance items.

 

If healthy living defines your idea of a fairytale life, Pasadena has three farmers’ markets where you can buy organic fruits and vegetables. Then, after loading up on good, nutritious food, head over to Run With Us, Pasadena’s Best Shoe Store and Best Local Sporting Goods, and get just the right pair of shoes to complete your change into a happy, healthy and well-kept person.

 

If there is something still lacking, Vroman’s Bookstore, once again Pasadena’s Best Local Bookstore/Newsstand, has all the best yarns and stories to take you to an even better enchanted land than the one we currently occupy and present to you now.

 

BEST ANTIQUES

Pasadena Antique Mall

300 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 125, Pasadena

(626) 304-9886

Pasadena Antique Mall is a delightful store with hard-to-find books, unique gift items and a wide variety of quality collectibles, including furniture, jewelry and classic designer garments and accessories. It’s a must-see for vintage clothing lovers and discerning collectors alike.


Reader Recommended

Pasadena Antique Center and Annex

480 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 449-7706 | pasadenaantiquecenter.com


Pasadena Antiques and Design

330 S. Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena

(626) 389-3938


BEST ART/FRAMING STORE

Aaron Brothers

326 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 683-8161 | aaronbrothers.com

Selection and superior customer service are hallmarks of this popular frame shop. Visitors can expect to find most if not all of their framing needs met with Aaron Brothers’ wide variety of frames in many styles, sizes and finishes for every budget. Knowledgeable staff and convenient locations throughout the city, including the thriving Pasadena store, offer additional value that makes it a clear winner for patrons.


Reader Recommended

Blick Art Material

44 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

(626) 795-4985 | dickblick.com


Merge Framing & Design

928 E. Altadena Drive, Altadena

(626) 797-0977 | mergeframes.com

BEST AUTO DEALER

Rusnak Auto Group

267 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
(626) 449-2400 | rusnakautogroup.com

Part of Rusnak Auto’s success and longevity in the challenging field of automotive sales is their ability to treat each customer as their No. 1 priority. For more than 50 years, the Rusnak name has been synonymous with stylish, well-priced high-end vehicles, including exotic makes like Bentley, Jaguar and Maserati, as well as more affordable high-performance cars. New or pre-owned, any vehicle purchased from Rusnak Auto Group is a smart, stylish buy.


Reader Recommended

Honda of Pasadena

1965 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(888) 829-4089 | hondaofpasadena.com


Thorson Motor Center

3456 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 817-6465 | thorsonmotorcenter.com


BEST BICYCLE SHOP

Pasadena Cyclery

1670 E. Walnut St., Pasadena

(626) 795-2866 | pasadenacyclery.com

It’s a family affair at Pasadena Cyclery. In business for over 35 years, they continue to be an invaluable resource for cyclists of all types and fitness levels. Their skilled and helpful staff makes them the perfect choice for cyclists at both the professional and novice level, including a gifted crew of experts who lead the repair and maintenance team. 


Reader Recommended

Incycle Bicycles

175 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 577-0440 | incycle.com


Open Road Bicycle Shop

60 N. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 683-9986 | sidemountpedal.com


Velo

2562 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 304-0064 | velopasadena.com


BEST BRIDAL/TUX SHOP

La Soie Bridal

650 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 356-9889 | lasoiebridal.com

Top designers, stunning couture and first-rate service keep wedding stress to a minimum in this sophisticated bridal shop that caters to discriminating brides. La Soie’s consultants offer unparalleled service, and patrons will appreciate their full-service approach to wedding prep and planning and vast inventory, including one-of-a-kind gowns, popular designs, and classic and cutting-edge styles for the more daring bride. That and more can all be found at La Soie Bridal. 


Reader Recommended

Men’s Wearhouse

406 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 395-7422 | menswearhouse.com


Panache Bridal

78 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 585-8200 | panachebridals.com


BEST ELECTRONICS/CAMERAS

Samy’s Camera

1759 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 796-3300 | samys.com

A mainstay on the photography scene, Samy’s Camera has made a name for itself with their superior products and service, along with a comprehensive selection of cameras, video equipment and accessories. Check the website often for up-to-date info on clearance items, including quality used cameras, and the inside scoop on upcoming sales and promotions. Stop by their Pasadena location to take advantage of customer perks, such as how-to classes, workshops and events.


Reader Recommended

Best Buy

3415 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 351-9516 | bestbuy.com


BEST EYEWEAR

Linden Optometry

477 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 796-1191 | lindenvsp.com 

See yourself and the world in its best light with the help of Linden Optometry. This full-service establishment garners raves for their variety of eyewear styles and designs along with reliable, courteous service, but even more essential to their popularity are the gifted professionals that run Linden. Clients can expect to find a superb collection of frames and contact lenses, in addition to comprehensive eye care, such as Lasik consultations and eye exams, including treatment of infections. Many will be pleased by the special attention paid to little ones, sensitive or elderly clients.


Reader Recommended

Moda Optique

Shops On Lake Avenue

415 S. Lake Ave., #104, Pasadena

(626) 796-0111 | modaoptique.com


Old Focals

45 W. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 793-7073 | oldfocals.com


South Pasadena Optometric Group

729 Mission St., #200, South Pasadena

(626) 441-5300 | southpasadenaeyes.com 


BEST FARMERS’ MARKET

Pasadena Certified Farmers’ Market

363 E. Villa St., Pasadena

(626) 449-0179 | pasadenafarmersmarket.org

2925 Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 449-0179 | pasadenafarmersmarket.org

Freshness is the name of the game at Pasadena Certified Farmers’ Market. Visitors travel for miles around to sample some of the delectable items available at this open-air delight. Healthful snacking is a pleasure at Pasadena Certified, with many parents remarking that they enjoy the educational value of teaching their children the importance of eating from the land. Crisp fruits and vegetables are in abundance here, along with a fascinating array of seafood, specialty and international foods, all minimally processed for maximum taste and health value. 


Reader Recommended

Altadena Farmers’ Market

600 W. Palm St., Altadena

altadenafarmersmarket.com


South Pasadena Farmers’ Market

At the corner of El Centro Street and Meridian Avenue in South Pasadena

(626) 403-2820 | southpasadenafarmersmarket.org



BEST FLEA MARKET

Pcc Flea Market

1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 585-7906 | pasadena.edu/fleamarket

Find the bargain of your life at the Pasadena City College Flea Market the first Sunday of each month. Not just the hard-to-find, but the quirky, the classic, the vintage and even that rare piece that draws you upon first glance. 


Reader Recommended

Rose Bowl Flea Market

1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena

(323) 560-7469 | rgcshows.com 

BEST FLOWER SHOP

Jacob Maarse Flowers

655 E. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 449-0246 | jacobmaarse.com

For over 50 years Jacob Maarse has set the standard for flower design. Whether for holidays or other special occasions — or just to experience the healing qualities of fresh flowers in an exquisitely made centerpiece — Jacob Maarse is the preferred authority. 


Reader Recommended

Mary Falkingham Floral Designs

871 E. Mariposa St., Altadena

(626) 797-8711 | maryfalkingham.com


The Flowerman

2450 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 795-1508 | theflowerman.net


BEST FURNITURE/

ACCESSORIES STORE

The Sofa Company

100 W. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 316-1214 | thesofaco.com

Find the right style, color and size furniture at the right price at The Sofa Company. Their sturdy and stylish furniture selection includes contemporary pieces, as well as more classic lines, and all in a pleasing range of textiles, from leather to micro-suede and beyond. The beauty of this unique store is the ease in which the customer can customize furniture and accessories. The website, on which they proclaim “you design it, we build it,” makes it a snap to match sofa colors with the appropriate size and style desired. Whether furnishing a room or an entire house, or just searching for a few accent pieces, you’ll find a solution for every decorating challenge.


Reader Recommended

Ethan Allen

445 N. Rosemead Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 351-9661 | ethanallen.com 


Fedde’s Furniture

32 N. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 844-1160 | fedde.com

2350 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 796-7103 | fedde.com


BEST GIFT BOUTIQUE

Lula Mae

100 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 304-9996 | lulamae.com

It’s easy to see why this unique shop continues to receive accolades. It was also voted one of the top five card shops in LA, and their popularity is due in no small part to their charming collections of note cards, stationery and gifts. They also offer low-tech toys for kids and personalized jewelry and accoutrements for the kitchen and bath, not to mention weekly workshops and classes for the craft-inclined.


Reader Recommended

Assistance League Craft Fair Gift Shop

820 E. California Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 795-4991 | pasadena.assistanceleague.org


Homage Pasadena

2 E. Holly St., Pasadena

(626) 440-7244 | homagepasadena.com 


BEST LOCAL BOOKSTORE/NEWSSTAND

Vroman’s Bookstore

695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 449-5320 | vromansbookstore.com

A venerable literary institution, Vroman’s consistently gets high marks for their diverse collection of books, from fiction to non-fiction, classic literature, comics, young-adult, large-print editions and many other specialty and niche publications and genres. As Southern California’s largest and oldest independent bookstore, Vroman’s is a study in excellence. Their exhaustive selection and myriad scheduled events, including storytime for kids, author-readings and especially the legendary book-signings, are but some of many reasons Vroman’s continues to attract a diverse, loyal crowd of all ages and passions. 


Reader Recommended

Book Alley

1252 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 683-8083 | bookalley.com


Century Books

1039 E. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 796-1703 


BEST LOCAL 

HARDWARE STORE

Altadena Hardware

849 E. Mariposa St., Altadena

(626) 794-4393 | truevalue.com/altadenahardware

It’s tool-time for the masses at Altadena Hardware. The courteous staff can help customers plan any DIY project, from simple to complex. Power and hand tools, electrical and cleaning supplies, and other staples will surely be found here, but they are much more than just a hardware store. Customers will rejoice in the bounty of additional services Altadena Hardware offers, such as window and screen repair, pipe-cutting and threading, key-making and glass-cutting, carpet-cleaner rental, and much, much more — all at prices at or below those of many local competitors.


Reader Recommended

Crown City Hardware

1047 N. Allen Ave., Pasadena

(626) 794-0234 | restoration.com 


Pasadena True Value Hardware & Paint 

409 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 792-2196 | pasadenatruevalue.com

BEST LOCAL HOBBIES/CRAFTS

Stats

120 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

(626) 795-9308 | statsfloral.com

Holiday and special occasion dreams are realized at this remarkable shop that features an amazing variety of holiday decorations and assorted accessories for making special occasions especially fun. Life-sized Halloween displays and Christmas decorations that delight and amuse, along with everything a home needs to feel festive, can be found at this store. Customers will also appreciate their budget-friendly clearance center and patio warehouse center, where fabulous deals are often discovered, particularly in the off-season. A treat any time of the year.


Reader Recommended

Hobby People

270 N. Hill Ave., Pasadena

(626) 568-0883 | hobbypeople.net


Kidd’s Jewelry Heist

1510 Mission St., South Pasadena

(626) 319-9510 
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BEST LOCAL JEWELRY

Wayne Jason Jewelry Designs

105 W. California Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 795-9215 | wjasondesigns.com

It’s been said a well-priced diamond shines brightest, and at Wayne Jason Jewelry Designs, it’s easy to indulge yourself or a loved one — smartly. Wayne Jason’s flair for distinctive, timeless pieces that embody his creative spirit has made him a local favorite for more than a quarter-century. The on-site manufacturing he employs for his creations eliminates a costly middleman, and ensures that clients receive excellent, superior gems and jewelry designs at equally stellar prices. 

Reader Recommended

Arnold’s Fine Jewelry

350 S. Lake Ave., #110, Pasadena

(626) 795-8647 | arnoldsfinejewelry.com

 

Gold Bug

One Colorado, 22 E. Union St., Pasadena

(626) 744-9963 | goldbugpasadena.com


BEST LOCAL 

MEN’S CLOTHING (TIE)

Le Monsieur

544 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena

(626) 569-8437 | shoplemonsieur.com 

Besides the rock group ZZ Top, who isn’t crazy about a sharp-dressed man? The Le Monsieur modern man dresses with an easy, casual style that transitions well from professional obligations and daytime functions to nighttime fun and merriment. Le Monsieur’s collection embodies the look of the successful man who sets trends, rather than follows them. Classic cuts are often paired with eclectic modern accessories to dazzling effect, and the savvy shopper will be pleased with the variety of styles available, from sleek to subtle.


Mark Piscitelli Men’s Clothing

589 E. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 578-7382 | markpiscitellimensclothing.com

A one-stop-shop for elegant evening attire, formal and semi-formal occasion-wear for the discerning man. Clients return to this sophisticated establishment season after season because of the attentive staff, classic designs and quality merchandise, in addition to their reasonable prices and relaxing ambiance. 


Pm Jacoy

2650 Mission St., San Marino

(626) 799-4600 | pmjacoy.com

Find the best in men’s fashion in a shop that celebrates the modern man. Tailored suits by PM’s master tailors, avant-garde ties and accessories and the latest fashions and designs in menswear give this shop its distinctive vibe and flair. Truly the best in men’s fashion at prices that also please.


BEST LOCAL PET STORE

My Pet Garden

2245 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 449-1600 | mypetgarden.com

It’s a dog’s wonderful life at My Pet Garden. Never has canine care been so affordable and complete. A love of animals and an expert attention to their welfare is what drives the folks at My Pet Garden. They offer their clients and their owners a friendly, upbeat atmosphere, along with an outstanding selection of minimally processed and specialty foods, including vegetarian, grain-free and organic. Their capable staff will help pet owners work through issues that their special needs pooches may have, such as separation-anxiety disorders, issues with past traumas or other challenges that may impact pet socialization.


Reader Recommended

Paw Boutique

537 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

(626) 396-1136 | pawboutique.com


Steve’s Pets

2395 N. Lake Ave., Altadena

(626) 797-4247 | stevespetstore.com 


BEST LOCAL RECORD STORE

Canterbury Records

805 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 792-7184 | canterburyrecords.com

Canterbury’s vast collection of music from all genres, from indie and classical to world, rock and beyond has created a loyal following among music aficionados and anyone searching for that rare or unique artist or song. From vinyl to digital, Canterbury has something for everyone.


Reader Recommended

Poobah Records

2636 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 449-3359 | poobah.com


BEST LOCAL SHOE STORE

Run With Us

235 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 568-3331 | clubrunwithus.com

Run, don’t walk to this shoe lovers mecca; walking shoes, running shoes training and cross-training footwear, and a shoe for every gait and foot are just part of the attraction to this marvelous store dedicated to an often-overlooked appendage. So much of our total well-being can be tied to the comfort we experience with our footwear, and the staff at Run With Us understands the importance of a well-fitting shoe appropriate to each activity. It is that training that gives them the unique ability to match the proper shoe with the proper client. In addition to many styles and selections of footwear, they also offer shoes in often hard-to-find half-sizes, wide-shoe sizes, and specialty footwear for skeleto-muscular problems.


Reader Recommended

Lucha’s Comfort Footwear

921 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena

(626) 799-6891 | comfortfootwear.com


Neo 39

39 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 683-1257 | neo39.com


Novis Orthopedic Shoes

1836 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 796-4971 


BEST LOCAL SPORTING GOODS

Run With Us

235 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 568-3331 

clubrunwithus.com

Run with the best and find reasonably priced sports equipment and accessories for every sports enthusiast at every fitness level. The “Monday Fun Runs” and other events at Run With Us show their commitment to helping customers achieve optimal fitness levels, and their promotions and affordable prices encourage the healthful lifestyle their products are designed to support. Run With Us makes patrons a winner with every visit. 


Reader Recommended

Play It Again Sports

3640 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 405-9988 | playitagainsportspasadena.com 


BEST LOCAL TOY STORE

The Dinosaur Farm

1510 Mission St., South Pasadena

(626) 441-2767 | dinosaurfarm.com

Attention collectors and dinosaur-lovers; your fervent wishes have come true. Dinosaur Farm is an ode to all things prehistoric; action figures, puzzles, games, plushies, books, posters, room décor and collectibles are among their extensive stock of dinosaur-themed items. Something for every kid — including the one who dwells inside us all — is to be found at this quirky themed shop.


Reader Recommended

San Marino Toy & Book Shoppe

2424 Huntington Drive, San Marino

(626) 309-0222 | toysandbooks.com


Tom’s Toys

2281 Honolulu Ave., La Crescenta-Montrose

(818) 249-2178 | tomstoys.com


BEST LOCAL VIDEO STORE

Vidéothèque   

1020 Mission St., South Pasadena

(626) 403-6621 | vidtheque.com 

Vidéothèque’s importance to cinema and the preservation of it cannot be overstated. With news of yet another video store shuttering their doors, there is an increasing urgency and interest in the study and enjoyment of rare films. Vidéothèque soothes that desire with more than 25,000 titles, including rare films, cult classics, art-house films, documentaries and indie-favs, as well as films on Blu-Ray. They’re a giant among a dying breed of stores and specialty shops devoted to the film genre, and customers will be thrilled with their popular selection of cinema-themed posters, T-shirts, memorabilia and more.

             

BEST LOCAL WOMEN’S CLOTHING

Meredith M

2450 N. Lake Ave., Altadena

(626) 204-2677 

Chic fashions for women and children in bold designs and colors keep fashionistas young and old in style at Meredith M. The latest trends in fashion are always in stock at this eclectic store, where visitors are just as likely to find quality bohemian garb as they are coolly simple minimalist attire. Daring shoppers will delight in the military and Goth selections, and parents will love their children’s clothes — perfect for the stylish tot on-the-move. Meredith M. is also the place to go for cozy footwear, quirky tie-died garments, distinctive jewelry and must-have accessories, like scarves, handbags and hats. With so much to offer, it’s no wonder this trendy store tops the lists of fashion-forward shoppers. 

 

Reader Recommended 

Atelier Femme

1033 E. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 793-1200 | atelierfemme.com


High Low Vintage

1031 E. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 356-0402 | highlowvintage.com


BEST NURSERY

Bellefontaine Nursery

838 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 796-0747 | bellefontainenursery.com

Gardening made simple and pleasurable, along with all the tools and support you’ll need to nourish your green thumb, are what you’ll find at Bellefontaine Nursery. From small- to large-scale gardening, their learned staff is eager to help you find the right plants and greenery for your personal gardening needs and assist you with maintaining it all so it continues to delight throughout the seasons. 


Reader Recommended

Armstrong Garden Center

352 E. Glenarm St., Pasadena

(626) 799-7139 | armstronggarden.com


Lincoln Avenue Nursery

804 Lincoln Ave., Pasadena

(626) 792-2138 | lincolnavenuenursery.com


BEST OUTDOOR FURNITURE

Fishbecks Patio Center

150 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

(626) 796-9255 | fishbecks.com

Fishbecks’ sells patio furniture and outdoor living accessories that allow customers to truly experience the advantages of living in Pasadena and its surrounding cities, chiefly being the magnificent, sunny climes that allow for virtual year-round outdoor dining and entertainment. All of Fishbecks’ classic and contemporary furniture collections feature durable, well-crafted furniture fit for the simplest or most extravagant outdoor rooms, complete with fire-pit, barbeques and outdoor lighting options, along with other essentials for al fresco dining. Don’t miss their occasional clearances, including the popular end-of-summer sale. There, customers will often find deep discounts above and beyond already low prices.


Reader Recommended

Patioworld

520 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 795-5803 | patioworld.net


BEST SHOPPING DESTINATION

Old Pasadena 

1 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105

(626) 356-9725 | oldpasadena.org

The perfect place for shopping and people-watching, Old Pasadena consistently charms visitors with a mix of high-end shops and assorted stores and establishments that appeal to a diverse population with diverse tastes. With Pasadena’s famous classical architecture as a backdrop, patrons can stroll along streets designed for leisurely promenading and discover — or rediscover — this amazing gem. World-class fine dining, chic boutiques, gadget shops, pizzerias, juice bars and movie theaters highlight the many ways to be entertained and nourished at this perennial favorite. 


Reader Recommended

Paseo Colorado 

280 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(877) 225-5337 | paseocoloradopasadena.com


South Lake Avenue

251 S. Lake Ave., #180, Pasadena

(626) 792-1259 

southlakeavenue.org


BEST SMOKE/TOBACCO SHOP

Ace Smoke Shop

2501 N. Lake Ave., Altadena

(626) 296-0273

A puffer’s paradise. This beloved smoke shop carries just about everything for the tobacco and herbal enthusiast. They feature the best and latest in equipment and accessories, including vape products, atomizers, cartomizers, water pipes and blunt wrappers. Combine their extensive selection with a friendly, helpful staff that’s eager to please and you’ll come back to Ace’s for good vibrations again and again.


Reader Recommended

Captain Tobacco

2371 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 795-4714

captaintobacco.com


Cigars By Chivas

58 S. De Lacey Ave., Pasadena

(626) 395-7475 | cigarsbychivas.com


BEST SPECIALTY FOOD STORE

Whole Foods Market 465 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena 

(626) 204-2266 | wholefoodsmarket.com

3751 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 351-5994

Whole Foods Market reminds us that it is still possible to find a wide range of fresh, pesticide-free fruits and vegetables and other items that are minimally processed and/or additive-free at a reasonable price. While it’s true that Whole Foods’ strength is in its selection and quality of natural foods, including vegan and vegetarian and gluten-free, many don’t realize it is also an invaluable resource for healthy frozen and packaged meals for quick-prep, hot-food dishes and also exotic meats, like bison, ostrich and buffalo, in addition to hard-to-find ethnic foods. A well-stocked nutritional section includes supplements, elixirs, teas and powders. Delectable fresh-baked goods, specialty foods and healthier, less-processed versions of many items found at popular grocery stores have also begun to entice foodies, health-conscious shoppers and even just the occasional shopper looking to try something new and different.

Reader Recommended

Bristol Farms

606 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena

(626) 441-5450 | bristolfarms.com


Trader Joe’s

345 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 395-9553 | traderjoes.com

610 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena

(626) 568-9254 

613 Mission St., South Pasadena

(626) 441-6263 

         

BEST STATIONERY

Vroman’s Bookstore

695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 449-5320 | vromansbookstore.com

Visit Vroman’s for their timeless collection of creative note cards, writing-themed gift sets and superior writing implements for gadget-free communicating with style and flair.


Reader Recommended

Paper Source

163 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 577-3825 | papersource.com


Shaboo Prints

Pasadena

shabooprints.com


BEST THRIFT SHOP

Acts Thrift Store

1382 Locust St., Pasadena

(626) 577-4477 | actsthrift.org

Customers can expect to find rare vintage and classic shoes and garments mixed amid an ample collection of repurposed items, such as furniture, electronics, appliances, clothing, games and children’s toys. Shop smart and contribute much-needed dollars to a worthy cause at this first-rate nonprofit entity that commands a loyal following and continues to entice new shoppers daily.


Reader Recommended

Goodwill

340 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena 

(626) 204-3576 | goodwillsocal.org

183 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena

(626) 564-0335 

703 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 204-0618 


Meowmeowz! 1 Stop Rock Shop

2423 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 798-6969 | meowmeowz.bigcartel.com 


BEST VINTAGE/RESALE STORE

High Low Vintage

1031 E. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 356-0402 | highlowvintage.com

High Low Vintage continues to make waves and create buzz in the vintage-clothing market. The shop’s moniker is a nod to its approach to fashion and creating the perfect ensemble; the owner’s philosophy is that classic fashions are best complemented by a pairing with contemporary styles. For example, take a stylish, retro-themed top and pair it with a sophisticated pant with modern lines, or vice versa. 

Reader Recommended

Crossroads Trading Co.

104 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 793-2000 | crossroadstrading.com  


Meowmeowz! 1 Stop Rock Shop

2423 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 798-6969 | meowmeowz.bigcartel.com 


BEST WINE/BEER SHOP

Everson Royce

155 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

(626) 765-9334  

eversonroyce.com

Nestled in the bosom of Old Pasadena and possessing a vast selection of wines, spirits and beers, this full-service store enjoys a stellar reputation that’s due in large part to its attention to customer service. But they also excel in their ability to stay abreast of changes and trends in the market. Everson Royce is as noted for their collection of fine, special-occasion and rare wines and spirits as they are for their affordable, everyday wines from local and niche wineries, as well as craft and specialty beers. It’s a one-stop shop for all your libation needs.


Reader Recommended

Mission Wine & Spirits

1785 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 797-0500 | missionliquor.com


Monopole Wine

21 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena

(626) 577-9463 

monopolewine.com

 

 

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Sierra Madre Playhouse Event @ Sierra Madre Elementary School
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Book Signings at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
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Performances à la Carte @ Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church
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