Have No Fear

Have No Fear

Pasadena offers a wide array of places to shop that can improve even the most melancholy mood or gruesome situation. 

As a matter of fact, most monsters invading our dreams at night would do well to visit some Crown City merchants before getting started on driving us mad.

For flesh and blood monsters like Frankenstein, the Creature, as his friends call him, would have done well by getting some shoes that weren’t two sizes too small.

The Wolf Man didn’t fare much better when it came to the fashion department. No matter what light-colored suit Lawrence Talbot picked out the night before, it was always tattered and torn and soaked in blood—good for only one wearing — by the time the sun came up the next morning.

A number of this year’s Best of Pasadena winners could make even these two ghouls look good. 

For starters, Off Kilter Kilts — voted this year as the Best Local Men’s Clothing Store — would have made them both look great, especially Talbot, with their array of Irish, Celtic and Scottish fashions.

Run With Us, voted Pasadena’s Best Shoe Store, could get the monster out of those tiny little shoes and into something more comfortable and stylish. 

And if they need help improving the look of their cribs, any number of winners offer shopping options that would turn any dungeon or tomb into a castle (one with a moat full of alligators, of course).

Although Dracula is always decked out in a tuxedo, he could stand an upgrade. The best place to do that is Connie Tao Designs which won the Best Bridal/Best Tux Shop award.

The Pasadena Antique Mall has once again been voted Best Antiques by Pasadena Weekly readers, and True Value Hardware Store & Paint is the place to go for any home improvement or coffin- or crypt-building project. 

Looking for some fresh obituaries to read? Vroman’s was once again voted Best Local Bookstore/Newsstand.

If you are looking for a monstrously gorgeous ride, Rusnak is the place to go. The dealership, which sells high-end brands including Porsche, Audi, Mercedes and Jaguar, has been a consistent favorite among local readers over the years. 

Samy’s Camera returns as the Best Local Camera Shop as they continue to expand with more video and lighting equipment and now offer classes for beginners and novice photographers. 

Old Pasadena is still the Best Shopping Destination, according to our readers. The trendy area survived the economic downturn and continues to thrive. That award takes on added prestige as other shopping areas, including Glendale, Arcadia and Monrovia continue to push their own improved downtown areas. 

Yes, Pasadena has something for every taste and everyone — living and undead.

 

BEST ANTIQUES

Pasadena Antique Mall

300 E. Colorado Blvd., No. 125, Pasadena

(626) 304-9886

This antique wonderland is a perennial favorite for many reasons. Chief among them are a stunning array of vintage clothing, collectibles, china and other must-have items for the discerning collector. Rediscover treasures from the past and find your future passion at this amazing mall.


Reader Recommended

Pasadena Antiques & Design

330 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 389-3938 

antiquesofpasadena.com


The Pasadena Antique Center & Annex

480 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 449-7706 

pasadenaantiquecenter.com



BEST ART/
FRAMING STORE

Aaron Brothers

326 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 683-8161 | aaronbrothers.com

Get in the right frame of mind at Aaron Brothers. The Pasadena location is beloved because of the staff’s attention to detail and stellar customer service. Frames in all sizes and styles abound here, and it’s a sure bet that you’ll find art supplies, gift sets and custom framing for every shopper.


Reader Recommended

Aarnun Gallery 

603 E. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 793-4805 

aarnungallery.com 


El Molino Gallery

1245 E. Walnut St., Pasadena

(626) 795-4295 | elmolinogallery.com


Merge Framing & Design

928 E. Altadena Drive, Altadena

(626) 797-0977 | mergeframes.com



BEST AUTO DEALER

Rusnak Auto Group

337 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 449-0770 | rusnakautogroup.com

Finding a sweet ride at an affordable price is a breeze at Rusnak. Their Certified Pre-Owned vehicles are put through rigorous safety checks and vetted thoroughly. You’ll leave this award-winning dealership with peace of mind and the knowledge that you’ve purchased a top-quality vehicle at a fabulous price. From luxury models and family cars to fuel-efficient energy savers, Rusnak’s wheels will get you rolling.


Reader Recommended

Honda of Pasadena

1965 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 325-0016 

hondaofpasadena.com


Toyota Pasadena

3600 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 795-9787 | toyotapasadena.com



BEST BICYCLE SHOP

Pasadena Cyclery

1670 E. Walnut St., Pasadena

(626) 795-7866 | pasadenacyclery.com

Pasadena Cyclery, family owned for the past 40 years, caters to biking enthusiasts of all levels of experience. Customers will find inexpensive, basic models, as well as high-end bikes and accessories to match. 


Reader Recommended

Incycle

175 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 577-0440 | incycle.com


Steve’s Bike shop

843 E. Mariposa St., Altadena

(626) 798-8703



BEST BRIDAL/
TUX SHOP

Connie Tao Designs

23 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena

(626) 765-5939  

connietaodesigns.com

Connie Tao has gifted the world with her stunning eye for design and fashion. Her expertly fitted designs focus on original, as well as popular bridal couture and always deliver when it comes to illuminating and enhancing a bride’s natural beauty. 


Reader Recommended

Friar Tux

1000 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia 

(626) 445-0540

friartux.com

134 N. Maryland Ave., Glendale

(818)242-7900 

friartux.com


La Soie Bridal

650 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 356-9889 | lasoiebridal.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

If you own a camera or any electronic equipment from Samy’s, you’re in excellent company. Since 1976 Samy’s Camera has been providing quality cameras and photography equipment and accessories to the masses. In recent years, Samy’s has expanded upward and outward, now offering classes and workshops to hobbyists and professionals.


Reader Recommended

Audio Element

117 E. Union St, Pasadena

(626) 793-7229 

audio-element.com 


Best Buy – Hastings Village

3415 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 351-9516 | bestbuy.com



BEST EYEWEAR

Linden Optometry

477 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 796-1191

lindenvsp.com 

We can’t rave enough about this busy, wonderful shop. We took our 7-year-old daughter to Linden shortly before the start of school, and not only did she receive excellent care from one of their top-notch eye-care professionals, but she was fitted with beautiful, flattering, affordable glasses that were ready as promised. Linden has custom and standard frames for every age, face and budget, along with a superb team of experts to guide clients through the entire process.


Reader Recommended

Charles J. Korth Optometry

1 W. California Blvd., No.513, 

Pasadena

(626) 793-9987 | korthvision.com 


Specstacular Fine Eyewear

13 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

(626) 584-5859  



BEST FARMER’S MARKET

Pasadena Certified 

Farmer’s Market

363 E. Villa St., Pasadena

(626) 449-0179 

pasadenafarmersmarket.org

Pasadena Certified Farmer’s Market is a favorite among those who prefer the sustainable because there is so very much to choose from. Crisp, fresh fruits and vegetables are regularly found here, delivered by local farmers and growers dedicated to their craft who only sell what they grow. They share the space harmoniously with other local vendors offering jams and jellies and a wide variety of mouth-watering delectable treats.


Reader Recommended

Altadena Farmer’s Market

600 W. Palm Ave., Altadena

altadenafarmersmarket.com


South Pasadena Farmer’s Market

Meridian Avenue and El Centro Street, South Pasadena

(626) 403-2820 

southpasadenafarmersmarket.org  



BEST FLEA MARKET

Rose Bowl Flea Market

1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena

(323) 560-7469 

rgcshows.com 

You’ll find an eclectic mix of old and new, vintage and modern at the award-winning Rose Bowl Flea Market. Hard-to-find items mix easily with new treasures and quirky gift items. The beauty and fun of the flea market is that you’ll never know what you’ll find from month to month. For over 45 years, the Rose Bowl Flea Market has drawn visitors from all walks of life and all incomes. 


Reader Recommended

PCC Flea Market

1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 585-7906 | pasadena.edu/community/flea-market/



BEST FLOWER SHOP

Jacob Maarse 

floral designs

655 E. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 449-0246  jacobmaarse.com

Since the 1960s, Jacob Maarse has been the gold standard when it comes to floral designs. Their team of talented florists is expert at crafting a look and creating a mood for any special occasion. At Jacob Maarse you’ll find a floral color scheme and design that draws the eye and complements, rather than overwhelms. 

Reader Recommended

Duran’s Flowers

315 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena

(626) 405-0048 | duransflowers.com


The Flowerman

2450 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 795-1508 | theflowerman.net



BEST FURNITURE/ACCESSORIES STORE

Fedde’s Furniture

2350 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 796-7103 | fedde.com

32 N. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 844-1160 | fedde.com

Dress up every room of your home in Fedde style. Their inventory includes furniture ranging from traditional to trendy and everything in between, all in a variety of colors, configurations and fabrics. Their inventory also features sectionals, ottomans, recliners, sleeper-sofas and a bounty of home-décor accessories and lighting fixtures, and they have a clearance section of discontinued and deeply discounted items that’s sure to delight. 


Reader Recommended

Crate and Barrel

75 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 683-8000 |crateandbarrel.com


The Sofa Company

100 W. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 316-1214 | thesofaco.com



BEST GIFT BOUTIQUE

Lula Mae

100 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 304-9996 

lulamae.com

Gifts by the gifted. That’s the recurring theme at Lula Mae’s. From the quirky to the quaint, Lula Mae’s sense of whimsy is evident in everything they sell. For those tired of the more pedestrian approach to gift-giving, this charming shop makes customizable gifts that are fun and unique, as well as affordable.


Reader Recommended

Hoopla

2591 Fair Oaks Ave., Altadena

(626) 797-1135 | shopathoopla.com


Vroman’s Bookstore

695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 449-5320 

vromansbookstore.com

BEST LOCAL BOOKSTORE/NEWSTAND

Vroman’s

695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 449-5320 

vromansbookstore.com

If you live in Pasadena and its surrounding cities, chances are you’ve stopped at Vroman’s Bookstore. It’s a veritable landmark of a building that houses an extensive selection of books, including classic literature, books on history, home improvement, self-improvement and most every interest and topic under the strong San Gabriel Valley sun. Celebrities and former presidents have been known to grace this establishment for book signings simply because Vroman’s is known as THE place to be for those with a love of reading and knowledge. Bibliophiles are drawn to this establishment like a moth to a flame. In addition to an impressive selection of fiction and nonfiction titles, you’ll also discover wonderful, imaginative cards and gifts at Vroman’s, along with pen sets and stationery to make you eager to revisit the lost art of letter writing.


Reader Recommended

Book Alley

1252 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 683-8083 | bookalley.com


Century Books

1039 E. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 796-1703 

centurybooksofpasadena.com



BEST LOCAL
HARDWARE STORE

Pasadena True Value Hardware & Paint

409 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 792-2196  

pasadenatruevalue.com

Since 1912, Angelenos have come to rely on Pasadena True Value Hardware & Paint for all their home improvement needs. Maintaining, enhancing and upgrading your home is easy with this popular shop in your corner. There, you’ll find an extensive inventory of materials and equipment for electrical, plumbing and structural work, including painting, sanding and finishing tools and accessories. Pasadena True Value Hardware & Paint is the personification of home improvement — improved.



Reader Recommended

Altadena Hardware

849 E. Mariposa St., Altadena

(626) 794-4393 

altadenahardware.com 


Crown City Hardware

1047 N. Allen Ave., Pasadena

(626) 794-1188 

restoration.com



BEST LOCAL HOBBIES/CRAFTS

Lula School – Lula Mae

100 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 304-9996 

lulamae.com 

Taking the theme of unique gift-giving one step further, Lula Mae has introduced Lula School, an exciting range of classes on a variety of subjects, including leather workshops, dream catcher making, loom weaving, introduction to calligraphy, embroidery, art therapy and much more.  


Reader Recommended

The Original Whistle Stop

2490 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 796-7791 

thewhistlestop.com



BEST LOCAL JEWELRY

Wayne Jason Jewelry Designs

105 W. California Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 795-9215

waynejasonjewelry.com

Since 1986, Wayne Jason Jewelry Designs has been lighting the bodies of discerning Pasadena shoppers with its eye-catching jewelry. Jason specializes in one-of-a-kind, custom-made pieces and high-quality stones in traditional styles, but his shop also boasts an extraordinary selection of striking colored stones and pearls in modern settings. His collections include a unique line of equine-themed jewelry, combining his fondness for horses with a rare talent for gem design. 


Reader Recommended

Arnold’s Fine Jewelry

350 S. Lake Ave., No. 110, Pasadena

(626) 795-8647 

arnoldsfinejewelry.com


Valia’s jewelers

690 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 795-5602 

valiasjewelers.com


BEST LOCAL
MEN’S CLOTHING

Off Kilter Kilts

2610 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 817-9999 

offkilterkilts.com

Celtic culture is alive and well in Pasadena. Off Kilter Kilts specializes in kilts for every occasion, with a wonderful array of patterns, colors, lengths and fabrics. From traditional kilts to hip, trend-setting brands, they’ve got it all, and much of their work is provided by local artisans. There’s even an extensive selection of Celtic, Faire and Irish music at this fascinating shop that celebrates a unique heritage with Gaelic style.


Reader Recommended

Le Monsieur

544 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena

(626) 569-8437 

shoplemonsieur.com


PM Jacoy

2650 Mission St., No. 104, 

San Marino

(626) 799-4600 

pmjacoy.com



BEST LOCAL PET STORE

I Dig My Dog

2160 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 844-7877 

digmydog.com

What I dig the most about this wonderful establishment is their commitment to animals. It’s a fun, exciting, cage-free environment that treats your pets just as you would — if you had the opportunity to cater to their every need on a round-the-clock basis. Offering daily rates as well as monthly, I Dig My Dog gives your pet the unfettered but supervised freedom he or she wants and needs.

 

Reader Recommended

K9 Loft

495 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena

(626) 795-6060 | k9loft.com


My Pet Garden

2245 E. Colorado Blvd., No. 106, Pasadena

(626) 449-1600 

mypetgarden.com



BEST LOCAL
RECORD STORE

Canterbury Records

805 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 792-7184 

canterburyrecords.com

In 1956, Leonard Gordon’s dream of starting a record shop came to fruition. Now, 60 years later, Canterbury Records remains a leader in the music business and has expanded their business model to include DVD sales and community outreach by offering discounted sales to libraries and schools. From country, rock and bluegrass to classical, show tunes, jazz, R&B and everything in-between, you’ll find an incredible selection of music for every mood and fancy — and often at cut-rate prices. Canterbury Records is also one of the few music shops around to carry an extensive selection of actual vinyl records, both new and previously owned, as well as current, digital forms of many music genres.


Reader Recommended

Audio Element

117 E. Union St., Pasadena

(626) 793-7229 

audio-element.com


Poo Bah 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

Despite boasting a multitude of shops catering to exercise gear in the Pasadena area, Run With Us was the first shop of its kind truly devoted to the sport of running and providing all the necessary appurtenances to support the lifestyle. The store features the latest in shoes, accessories and running accoutrements, but that’s not all. In 1999 they took their commitment to health and fitness a step further by partnering with local community organizations, such as running clubs, high schools, doctors and other health-conscious groups to promote and spread the message that movement is marvelous for mind, body and soul. 


Reader Recommended

Lucha’s Comfort Footwear

921 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena

(626) 799-6891 

comfortfootwear.com



BEST LOCAL
SPORTING GOODS

Run With Us

235 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 568-3331 | clubrunwithus.com

Just as there’s a lid for every pot in relationships, so too is there a shoe for every foot. Run With Us has a trained staff that will fit even the widest and narrowest of feet with stylish, comfortable footwear for a variety of sports and in a plethora of styles and colors. Since many of the Run With Us professional team are runners themselves, you’ll feel comfortable allowing them to guide you through the process of picking the perfect shoe at an affordable price. At this remarkable shop, you’ll find their customer commitment and substantial inventory ample reason to return, year after year.



BEST LOCAL
TOY STORE

The Dinosaur Farm

1510 Mission St., South Pasadena

(626) 441-2767 

dinosaurfarm.com

Oh, to be a kid again and blessed with a store with a wondrous collection of toys and games, from the dinosaur-themed to classic toys, under one roof. Prehistoric playthings were never so attractive. The Dinosaur Farm’s online offerings are limited to the fossilized, but check out their physical store regularly for new items and returning favorites. Dinosaur Farm is a kid’s — and a dinosaur’s — best friend.


Reader Recommended

San Marino Toy & Book Shoppe

2476 Huntington Drive, San Marino

(626) 309-0222

toysandbooks.com



BEST LOCAL
VIDEO STORE

Vidéothèque   

1020 Mission St., Suite J, 

South Pasadena

(626) 403-6621 | vidtheque.com 

The spirit of indie films burns brightly at Vidéothèque. Film lovers in the know count this establishment as one of the few places that truly caters to aficionados of independent cinema, vintage and rare films, as well as obscure titles and genres of films, documentaries and more. From short films to director’s cuts, here is where you’ll find all your old faves — and discover new ones. 

BEST LOCAL
WOMEN’S CLOTHING

Meredith M

2450 N. Lake Ave., Altadena

(626) 204-2677

Dress yourself and your little ones in enviable style at Meredith M, where fashionable designs at surprisingly good prices are this chic emporium’s hallmark. New arrivals in gorgeous fall colors will lure you in, but you’ll stay and browse for the fashion and fit.


Reader Recommended

Elisa B.

16 E. Holly St., Pasadena

(626) 397-4770 

elisab.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

Founded in 1939 by the Uchida family, the gorgeous Bellefontaine Nursery shows a clear and continuing dedication to flower cultivation and landscape preservation, and continues to be a family-owned business. Its traditional values still represent an admirable approach to customer and community service, with sustainable gardening tips and outreach events, such as the annual Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour and Ask the Experts Day, an event held in November. 


Reader Recommended

Armstrong Garden Centers

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 

FURNITURE Center

150 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

(626) 796-9255 

fishbecks.com

Outdoor entertaining has come a long way since the days of families crowding onto rickety, uncomfortable lawn furniture or eating on splintery, water-damaged wooden picnic tables. Now there are entire outdoor rooms in a variety of motifs replete with weather-resistant sofas, tables and chairs, fire pits and torch lighting. Families can now lounge under attractive, shade-providing canopies, awnings and pergolas. This is the world that Fishbecks Patio Furniture Center understands, and they do their level best to ensure that their customers are fitted with the outdoor furniture that works best for their lifestyle, taste and budget.


Reader Recommended

Orchard Supply Hardware

452 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena

(626) 403-8115 | osh.com

3425 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 395-7115 | osh.com


PatioWorld

520 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 795-5803 | patioworld.net



BEST SHOPPING DESTINATION

Old Pasadena 

oldpasadena.org

A shopper’s paradise nestled in a charming, historic section of our beautiful city, Old Pasadena remains a favorite for the die-hard bargain hunter, as well as the occasional and reluctant shopper. Trendy boutiques and bridal shops harmoniously reside next to thriving chain stores, hotels, salons, and the beloved nonprofit Armory Center for the Arts, which draws thousands of visitors every year. Intimate cafés, bistros and eateries can be found along with family restaurants, bakeries, coffee houses and casual dining establishments. Technology is represented here too, with the thriving Apple Store, AT&T Store, Audio Element and Bang and Olufsen. Old Pasadena’s limitless options for dining and entertainment embody the city’s approach to life and the pursuit of happiness.


Reader Recommended

Paseo Colorado 

300 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 795-9100

paseocoloradopasadena.com


South Lake Avenue

25 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 792-1259 

southlakeavenue.org


BEST SMOKE/
TOBACCO SHOP

Universal Stop

1878 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 797-3333

Their customer loyalty and testimonials prove it: Universal Stop is the place to go for a fantastic selection of smoking products and accessories, including vape products and hookahs, at the best prices in town. Alkaline water is available here, too. 


Reader Recommended

ACE Smoke Shop

2501 Lake Ave., Altadena

(626) 296-0273


VapeMastaz

1446 E. Walnut St., Pasadena

(626) 657-8911

vapemastaz.com



BEST SPECIALTY
FOOD STORE

The Bea’s Knees/Beyond The Olive

120 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

(626) 795-9308 

thebeaskneespasadena.com, 

beyondtheolive.com

Known for its artisanal fare, The Bea’s Knees is a local business with a growing fan base. Customers flock to this charming shop because of its unique approach to the crafts of cheese, chocolate and olive-oil making. They also offer an impressive selection of wines and baked goods. Mouthwatering treats, specialty sandwiches, top-notch wines, hand-crafted cheese, and good company mean The Bea’s Knees will always be just that. Check out the Beyond The Olive section and find the most incredible and creative `olive oils from the subtle and sublime to the dramatic in flavor and flair.


Reader Recommended

Trader Joe’s

610 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena

(626) 568-9254

traderjoes.com

345 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 395-9553 

467 N. Rosemead Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 351-3399


Whole Food’s Market

465 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena 

(626) 204-2266 

wholefoodsmarket.com

3751 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 351-5994


BEST STATIONERY

Vroman’s Bookstore

695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 449-5320

vromansbookstore.com

Some say that Vroman’s Bookstore’s stationery section should be credited with single-handedly bringing back the lost art of letter writing to Pasadena and the surrounding area. And this isn’t mere hyperbole. Their creative and unique invitations offer a plethora of options, including engraved, letterpressed, embossed and more. Quirky and original, as well as a sophisticated and classic greeting cards and stationery, pair perfectly with the precise writing instruments and pen sets found at Vroman’s.


Reader Recommended

Shaboo Prints

86 N. Allen Ave., Unit 1, Pasadena

(626) 405-8827

shabooprints.com


The Paper Source

163 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 577-3825 

papersource.com



BEST THRIFT SHOP

ACTS Thrift Store

1382 Locust St., Pasadena

(626) 577-4477

actsthrift.org

More than just providing a community service, ACTS is the thrift store with a heart — and a finger on the pulse of the neighborhoods it serves. A popular e-waste program offers e-cyling for many household goods free of charge, and much of the proceeds collected go directly toward programs for Pasadena’s youth and outreach groups.

Their weekly tag sale offers significant discounts to already bargain-basement prices, and club members save even more. But while the prices can’t be beat, the quality of the merchandise is even more surprising. At ACTS, you’ll find many one-of-a-kind items, ranging in condition from good to great to new, along with a priceless sense of community spirit and support. 


Reader Recommended

Goodwill

340 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 204-3576 | goodwill.org

Pasadena Donation Centers

112 E. California Blvd.

(626) 449-3721

183 N. Altadena Drive

(626) 564-0335

703 N. Lake Ave.

(626) 204-0618


MeowMeowz

2423 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 798-6969  



BEST VINTAGE/
RESALE STORE

MeowMeowz

2423 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 798-6969  

The funkiest retro-themed thrift store on the planet, MeowMeowz patrons love that this shop is the best place to find gently used records, vintage clothes, art and much more from an oft-overlooked era. It’s a store that, at its heart, could be affectionately billed as an ode to the ’80s. MeowMeowz reminds us of the eclectic vibe of 1980’s music, movies and the dance scene through memorabilia and other hard-to-find items and accomplishes it all with nostalgia-inducing prices. 


Reader Recommended

High Low Vintage

1031 E. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 356-0402 

highlowvintage.com 


Style on Green

1136 E. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 796-9924

styleongreen.com



BEST WINE/BEER SHOP

Mission Wine & Spirits

1785 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 797-0500 

missionliquor.com

Quench your thirst and satisfy your budget simultaneously at Mission Wine & Spirits. Their wine experts will help you choose the perfect wine for special occasions, as well as for everyday casual dining and entertaining with family and friends. They also feature a large selection of craft and specialty beers and beverages for every palate and at every price. 


Reader Recommended 

BevMo

885 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena

(626) 356-9462 |bevmo.com   

3730 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 744-0520


Everson Royce

155 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

(626) 765-9334 | eversonroyce.com 

  

Have No Fear

Pasadena offers a wide array of places to shop that can improve even the most melancholy mood or gruesome situation. 

As a matter of fact, most monsters invading our dreams at night would do well to visit some Crown City merchants before getting started on driving us mad.

For flesh and blood monsters like Frankenstein, the Creature, as his friends call him, would have done well by getting some shoes that weren’t two sizes too small.

The Wolf Man didn’t fare much better when it came to the fashion department. No matter what light-colored suit Lawrence Talbot picked out the night before, it was always tattered and torn and soaked in blood—good for only one wearing — by the time the sun came up the next morning.

A number of this year’s Best of Pasadena winners could make even these two ghouls look good. 

For starters, Off Kilter Kilts — voted this year as the Best Local Men’s Clothing Store — would have made them both look great, especially Talbot, with their array of Irish, Celtic and Scottish fashions.

Run With Us, voted Pasadena’s Best Shoe Store, could get the monster out of those tiny little shoes and into something more comfortable and stylish. 

And if they need help improving the look of their cribs, any number of winners offer shopping options that would turn any dungeon or tomb into a castle (one with a moat full of alligators, of course).

Although Dracula is always decked out in a tuxedo, he could stand an upgrade. The best place to do that is Connie Tao Designs which won the Best Bridal/Best Tux Shop award.

The Pasadena Antique Mall has once again been voted Best Antiques by Pasadena Weekly readers, and True Value Hardware Store & Paint is the place to go for any home improvement or coffin- or crypt-building project. 

Looking for some fresh obituaries to read? Vroman’s was once again voted Best Local Bookstore/Newsstand.

If you are looking for a monstrously gorgeous ride, Rusnak is the place to go. The dealership, which sells high-end brands including Porsche, Audi, Mercedes and Jaguar, has been a consistent favorite among local readers over the years. 

Samy’s Camera returns as the Best Local Camera Shop as they continue to expand with more video and lighting equipment and now offer classes for beginners and novice photographers. 

Old Pasadena is still the Best Shopping Destination, according to our readers. The trendy area survived the economic downturn and continues to thrive. That award takes on added prestige as other shopping areas, including Glendale, Arcadia and Monrovia continue to push their own improved downtown areas. 

Yes, Pasadena has something for every taste and everyone — living and undead.

 

BEST ANTIQUES

Pasadena Antique Mall

300 E. Colorado Blvd., No. 125, Pasadena

(626) 304-9886

This antique wonderland is a perennial favorite for many reasons. Chief among them are a stunning array of vintage clothing, collectibles, china and other must-have items for the discerning collector. Rediscover treasures from the past and find your future passion at this amazing mall.


Reader Recommended

Pasadena Antiques & Design

330 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 389-3938 

antiquesofpasadena.com


The Pasadena Antique Center & Annex

480 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 449-7706 

pasadenaantiquecenter.com



BEST ART/
FRAMING STORE

Aaron Brothers

326 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 683-8161 | aaronbrothers.com

Get in the right frame of mind at Aaron Brothers. The Pasadena location is beloved because of the staff’s attention to detail and stellar customer service. Frames in all sizes and styles abound here, and it’s a sure bet that you’ll find art supplies, gift sets and custom framing for every shopper.


Reader Recommended

Aarnun Gallery 

603 E. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 793-4805 

aarnungallery.com 


El Molino Gallery

1245 E. Walnut St., Pasadena

(626) 795-4295 | elmolinogallery.com


Merge Framing & Design

928 E. Altadena Drive, Altadena

(626) 797-0977 | mergeframes.com



BEST AUTO DEALER

Rusnak Auto Group

337 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 449-0770 | rusnakautogroup.com

Finding a sweet ride at an affordable price is a breeze at Rusnak. Their Certified Pre-Owned vehicles are put through rigorous safety checks and vetted thoroughly. You’ll leave this award-winning dealership with peace of mind and the knowledge that you’ve purchased a top-quality vehicle at a fabulous price. From luxury models and family cars to fuel-efficient energy savers, Rusnak’s wheels will get you rolling.


Reader Recommended

Honda of Pasadena

1965 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 325-0016 

hondaofpasadena.com


Toyota Pasadena

3600 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 795-9787 | toyotapasadena.com



BEST BICYCLE SHOP

Pasadena Cyclery

1670 E. Walnut St., Pasadena

(626) 795-7866 | pasadenacyclery.com

Pasadena Cyclery, family owned for the past 40 years, caters to biking enthusiasts of all levels of experience. Customers will find inexpensive, basic models, as well as high-end bikes and accessories to match. 


Reader Recommended

Incycle

175 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 577-0440 | incycle.com


Steve’s Bike shop

843 E. Mariposa St., Altadena

(626) 798-8703



BEST BRIDAL/
TUX SHOP

Connie Tao Designs

23 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena

(626) 765-5939  

connietaodesigns.com

Connie Tao has gifted the world with her stunning eye for design and fashion. Her expertly fitted designs focus on original, as well as popular bridal couture and always deliver when it comes to illuminating and enhancing a bride’s natural beauty. 


Reader Recommended

Friar Tux

1000 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia 

(626) 445-0540

friartux.com

134 N. Maryland Ave., Glendale

(818)242-7900 

friartux.com


La Soie Bridal

650 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 356-9889 | lasoiebridal.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

If you own a camera or any electronic equipment from Samy’s, you’re in excellent company. Since 1976 Samy’s Camera has been providing quality cameras and photography equipment and accessories to the masses. In recent years, Samy’s has expanded upward and outward, now offering classes and workshops to hobbyists and professionals.


Reader Recommended

Audio Element

117 E. Union St, Pasadena

(626) 793-7229 

audio-element.com 


Best Buy – Hastings Village

3415 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 351-9516 | bestbuy.com



BEST EYEWEAR

Linden Optometry

477 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 796-1191

lindenvsp.com 

We can’t rave enough about this busy, wonderful shop. We took our 7-year-old daughter to Linden shortly before the start of school, and not only did she receive excellent care from one of their top-notch eye-care professionals, but she was fitted with beautiful, flattering, affordable glasses that were ready as promised. Linden has custom and standard frames for every age, face and budget, along with a superb team of experts to guide clients through the entire process.


Reader Recommended

Charles J. Korth Optometry

1 W. California Blvd., No.513, 

Pasadena

(626) 793-9987 | korthvision.com 


Specstacular Fine Eyewear

13 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

(626) 584-5859  



BEST FARMER’S MARKET

Pasadena Certified 

Farmer’s Market

363 E. Villa St., Pasadena

(626) 449-0179 

pasadenafarmersmarket.org

Pasadena Certified Farmer’s Market is a favorite among those who prefer the sustainable because there is so very much to choose from. Crisp, fresh fruits and vegetables are regularly found here, delivered by local farmers and growers dedicated to their craft who only sell what they grow. They share the space harmoniously with other local vendors offering jams and jellies and a wide variety of mouth-watering delectable treats.


Reader Recommended

Altadena Farmer’s Market

600 W. Palm Ave., Altadena

altadenafarmersmarket.com


South Pasadena Farmer’s Market

Meridian Avenue and El Centro Street, South Pasadena

(626) 403-2820 

southpasadenafarmersmarket.org  



BEST FLEA MARKET

Rose Bowl Flea Market

1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena

(323) 560-7469 

rgcshows.com 

You’ll find an eclectic mix of old and new, vintage and modern at the award-winning Rose Bowl Flea Market. Hard-to-find items mix easily with new treasures and quirky gift items. The beauty and fun of the flea market is that you’ll never know what you’ll find from month to month. For over 45 years, the Rose Bowl Flea Market has drawn visitors from all walks of life and all incomes. 


Reader Recommended

PCC Flea Market

1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 585-7906 | pasadena.edu/community/flea-market/



BEST FLOWER SHOP

Jacob Maarse 

floral designs

655 E. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 449-0246  jacobmaarse.com

Since the 1960s, Jacob Maarse has been the gold standard when it comes to floral designs. Their team of talented florists is expert at crafting a look and creating a mood for any special occasion. At Jacob Maarse you’ll find a floral color scheme and design that draws the eye and complements, rather than overwhelms. 

Reader Recommended

Duran’s Flowers

315 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena

(626) 405-0048 | duransflowers.com


The Flowerman

2450 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 795-1508 | theflowerman.net



BEST FURNITURE/ACCESSORIES STORE

Fedde’s Furniture

2350 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 796-7103 | fedde.com

32 N. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 844-1160 | fedde.com

Dress up every room of your home in Fedde style. Their inventory includes furniture ranging from traditional to trendy and everything in between, all in a variety of colors, configurations and fabrics. Their inventory also features sectionals, ottomans, recliners, sleeper-sofas and a bounty of home-décor accessories and lighting fixtures, and they have a clearance section of discontinued and deeply discounted items that’s sure to delight. 


Reader Recommended

Crate and Barrel

75 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 683-8000 |crateandbarrel.com


The Sofa Company

100 W. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 316-1214 | thesofaco.com



BEST GIFT BOUTIQUE

Lula Mae

100 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 304-9996 

lulamae.com

Gifts by the gifted. That’s the recurring theme at Lula Mae’s. From the quirky to the quaint, Lula Mae’s sense of whimsy is evident in everything they sell. For those tired of the more pedestrian approach to gift-giving, this charming shop makes customizable gifts that are fun and unique, as well as affordable.


Reader Recommended

Hoopla

2591 Fair Oaks Ave., Altadena

(626) 797-1135 | shopathoopla.com


Vroman’s Bookstore

695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 449-5320 

vromansbookstore.com

BEST LOCAL BOOKSTORE/NEWSTAND

Vroman’s

695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 449-5320 

vromansbookstore.com

If you live in Pasadena and its surrounding cities, chances are you’ve stopped at Vroman’s Bookstore. It’s a veritable landmark of a building that houses an extensive selection of books, including classic literature, books on history, home improvement, self-improvement and most every interest and topic under the strong San Gabriel Valley sun. Celebrities and former presidents have been known to grace this establishment for book signings simply because Vroman’s is known as THE place to be for those with a love of reading and knowledge. Bibliophiles are drawn to this establishment like a moth to a flame. In addition to an impressive selection of fiction and nonfiction titles, you’ll also discover wonderful, imaginative cards and gifts at Vroman’s, along with pen sets and stationery to make you eager to revisit the lost art of letter writing.


Reader Recommended

Book Alley

1252 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 683-8083 | bookalley.com


Century Books

1039 E. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 796-1703 

centurybooksofpasadena.com



BEST LOCAL
HARDWARE STORE

Pasadena True Value Hardware & Paint

409 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 792-2196  

pasadenatruevalue.com

Since 1912, Angelenos have come to rely on Pasadena True Value Hardware & Paint for all their home improvement needs. Maintaining, enhancing and upgrading your home is easy with this popular shop in your corner. There, you’ll find an extensive inventory of materials and equipment for electrical, plumbing and structural work, including painting, sanding and finishing tools and accessories. Pasadena True Value Hardware & Paint is the personification of home improvement — improved.



Reader Recommended

Altadena Hardware

849 E. Mariposa St., Altadena

(626) 794-4393 

altadenahardware.com 


Crown City Hardware

1047 N. Allen Ave., Pasadena

(626) 794-1188 

restoration.com



BEST LOCAL HOBBIES/CRAFTS

Lula School – Lula Mae

100 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 304-9996 

lulamae.com 

Taking the theme of unique gift-giving one step further, Lula Mae has introduced Lula School, an exciting range of classes on a variety of subjects, including leather workshops, dream catcher making, loom weaving, introduction to calligraphy, embroidery, art therapy and much more.  


Reader Recommended

The Original Whistle Stop

2490 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 796-7791 

thewhistlestop.com



BEST LOCAL JEWELRY

Wayne Jason Jewelry Designs

105 W. California Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 795-9215

waynejasonjewelry.com

Since 1986, Wayne Jason Jewelry Designs has been lighting the bodies of discerning Pasadena shoppers with its eye-catching jewelry. Jason specializes in one-of-a-kind, custom-made pieces and high-quality stones in traditional styles, but his shop also boasts an extraordinary selection of striking colored stones and pearls in modern settings. His collections include a unique line of equine-themed jewelry, combining his fondness for horses with a rare talent for gem design. 


Reader Recommended

Arnold’s Fine Jewelry

350 S. Lake Ave., No. 110, Pasadena

(626) 795-8647 

arnoldsfinejewelry.com


Valia’s jewelers

690 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 795-5602 

valiasjewelers.com


BEST LOCAL
MEN’S CLOTHING

Off Kilter Kilts

2610 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 817-9999 

offkilterkilts.com

Celtic culture is alive and well in Pasadena. Off Kilter Kilts specializes in kilts for every occasion, with a wonderful array of patterns, colors, lengths and fabrics. From traditional kilts to hip, trend-setting brands, they’ve got it all, and much of their work is provided by local artisans. There’s even an extensive selection of Celtic, Faire and Irish music at this fascinating shop that celebrates a unique heritage with Gaelic style.


Reader Recommended

Le Monsieur

544 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena

(626) 569-8437 

shoplemonsieur.com


PM Jacoy

2650 Mission St., No. 104, 

San Marino

(626) 799-4600 

pmjacoy.com



BEST LOCAL PET STORE

I Dig My Dog

2160 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 844-7877 

digmydog.com

What I dig the most about this wonderful establishment is their commitment to animals. It’s a fun, exciting, cage-free environment that treats your pets just as you would — if you had the opportunity to cater to their every need on a round-the-clock basis. Offering daily rates as well as monthly, I Dig My Dog gives your pet the unfettered but supervised freedom he or she wants and needs.

 

Reader Recommended

K9 Loft

495 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena

(626) 795-6060 | k9loft.com


My Pet Garden

2245 E. Colorado Blvd., No. 106, Pasadena

(626) 449-1600 

mypetgarden.com



BEST LOCAL
RECORD STORE

Canterbury Records

805 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 792-7184 

canterburyrecords.com

In 1956, Leonard Gordon’s dream of starting a record shop came to fruition. Now, 60 years later, Canterbury Records remains a leader in the music business and has expanded their business model to include DVD sales and community outreach by offering discounted sales to libraries and schools. From country, rock and bluegrass to classical, show tunes, jazz, R&B and everything in-between, you’ll find an incredible selection of music for every mood and fancy — and often at cut-rate prices. Canterbury Records is also one of the few music shops around to carry an extensive selection of actual vinyl records, both new and previously owned, as well as current, digital forms of many music genres.


Reader Recommended

Audio Element

117 E. Union St., Pasadena

(626) 793-7229 

audio-element.com


Poo Bah 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

Despite boasting a multitude of shops catering to exercise gear in the Pasadena area, Run With Us was the first shop of its kind truly devoted to the sport of running and providing all the necessary appurtenances to support the lifestyle. The store features the latest in shoes, accessories and running accoutrements, but that’s not all. In 1999 they took their commitment to health and fitness a step further by partnering with local community organizations, such as running clubs, high schools, doctors and other health-conscious groups to promote and spread the message that movement is marvelous for mind, body and soul. 


Reader Recommended

Lucha’s Comfort Footwear

921 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena

(626) 799-6891 

comfortfootwear.com



BEST LOCAL
SPORTING GOODS

Run With Us

235 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 568-3331 | clubrunwithus.com

Just as there’s a lid for every pot in relationships, so too is there a shoe for every foot. Run With Us has a trained staff that will fit even the widest and narrowest of feet with stylish, comfortable footwear for a variety of sports and in a plethora of styles and colors. Since many of the Run With Us professional team are runners themselves, you’ll feel comfortable allowing them to guide you through the process of picking the perfect shoe at an affordable price. At this remarkable shop, you’ll find their customer commitment and substantial inventory ample reason to return, year after year.



BEST LOCAL
TOY STORE

The Dinosaur Farm

1510 Mission St., South Pasadena

(626) 441-2767 

dinosaurfarm.com

Oh, to be a kid again and blessed with a store with a wondrous collection of toys and games, from the dinosaur-themed to classic toys, under one roof. Prehistoric playthings were never so attractive. The Dinosaur Farm’s online offerings are limited to the fossilized, but check out their physical store regularly for new items and returning favorites. Dinosaur Farm is a kid’s — and a dinosaur’s — best friend.


Reader Recommended

San Marino Toy & Book Shoppe

2476 Huntington Drive, San Marino

(626) 309-0222

toysandbooks.com



BEST LOCAL
VIDEO STORE

Vidéothèque   

1020 Mission St., Suite J, 

South Pasadena

(626) 403-6621 | vidtheque.com 

The spirit of indie films burns brightly at Vidéothèque. Film lovers in the know count this establishment as one of the few places that truly caters to aficionados of independent cinema, vintage and rare films, as well as obscure titles and genres of films, documentaries and more. From short films to director’s cuts, here is where you’ll find all your old faves — and discover new ones. 

BEST LOCAL
WOMEN’S CLOTHING

Meredith M

2450 N. Lake Ave., Altadena

(626) 204-2677

Dress yourself and your little ones in enviable style at Meredith M, where fashionable designs at surprisingly good prices are this chic emporium’s hallmark. New arrivals in gorgeous fall colors will lure you in, but you’ll stay and browse for the fashion and fit.


Reader Recommended

Elisa B.

16 E. Holly St., Pasadena

(626) 397-4770 

elisab.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

Founded in 1939 by the Uchida family, the gorgeous Bellefontaine Nursery shows a clear and continuing dedication to flower cultivation and landscape preservation, and continues to be a family-owned business. Its traditional values still represent an admirable approach to customer and community service, with sustainable gardening tips and outreach events, such as the annual Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour and Ask the Experts Day, an event held in November. 


Reader Recommended

Armstrong Garden Centers

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 

FURNITURE Center

150 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

(626) 796-9255 

fishbecks.com

Outdoor entertaining has come a long way since the days of families crowding onto rickety, uncomfortable lawn furniture or eating on splintery, water-damaged wooden picnic tables. Now there are entire outdoor rooms in a variety of motifs replete with weather-resistant sofas, tables and chairs, fire pits and torch lighting. Families can now lounge under attractive, shade-providing canopies, awnings and pergolas. This is the world that Fishbecks Patio Furniture Center understands, and they do their level best to ensure that their customers are fitted with the outdoor furniture that works best for their lifestyle, taste and budget.


Reader Recommended

Orchard Supply Hardware

452 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena

(626) 403-8115 | osh.com

3425 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 395-7115 | osh.com


PatioWorld

520 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 795-5803 | patioworld.net



BEST SHOPPING DESTINATION

Old Pasadena 

oldpasadena.org

A shopper’s paradise nestled in a charming, historic section of our beautiful city, Old Pasadena remains a favorite for the die-hard bargain hunter, as well as the occasional and reluctant shopper. Trendy boutiques and bridal shops harmoniously reside next to thriving chain stores, hotels, salons, and the beloved nonprofit Armory Center for the Arts, which draws thousands of visitors every year. Intimate cafés, bistros and eateries can be found along with family restaurants, bakeries, coffee houses and casual dining establishments. Technology is represented here too, with the thriving Apple Store, AT&T Store, Audio Element and Bang and Olufsen. Old Pasadena’s limitless options for dining and entertainment embody the city’s approach to life and the pursuit of happiness.


Reader Recommended

Paseo Colorado 

300 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 795-9100

paseocoloradopasadena.com


South Lake Avenue

25 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 792-1259 

southlakeavenue.org


BEST SMOKE/
TOBACCO SHOP

Universal Stop

1878 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 797-3333

Their customer loyalty and testimonials prove it: Universal Stop is the place to go for a fantastic selection of smoking products and accessories, including vape products and hookahs, at the best prices in town. Alkaline water is available here, too. 


Reader Recommended

ACE Smoke Shop

2501 Lake Ave., Altadena

(626) 296-0273


VapeMastaz

1446 E. Walnut St., Pasadena

(626) 657-8911

vapemastaz.com



BEST SPECIALTY
FOOD STORE

The Bea’s Knees/Beyond The Olive

120 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

(626) 795-9308 

thebeaskneespasadena.com, 

beyondtheolive.com

Known for its artisanal fare, The Bea’s Knees is a local business with a growing fan base. Customers flock to this charming shop because of its unique approach to the crafts of cheese, chocolate and olive-oil making. They also offer an impressive selection of wines and baked goods. Mouthwatering treats, specialty sandwiches, top-notch wines, hand-crafted cheese, and good company mean The Bea’s Knees will always be just that. Check out the Beyond The Olive section and find the most incredible and creative `olive oils from the subtle and sublime to the dramatic in flavor and flair.


Reader Recommended

Trader Joe’s

610 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena

(626) 568-9254

traderjoes.com

345 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 395-9553 

467 N. Rosemead Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 351-3399


Whole Food’s Market

465 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena 

(626) 204-2266 

wholefoodsmarket.com

3751 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 351-5994


BEST STATIONERY

Vroman’s Bookstore

695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 449-5320

vromansbookstore.com

Some say that Vroman’s Bookstore’s stationery section should be credited with single-handedly bringing back the lost art of letter writing to Pasadena and the surrounding area. And this isn’t mere hyperbole. Their creative and unique invitations offer a plethora of options, including engraved, letterpressed, embossed and more. Quirky and original, as well as a sophisticated and classic greeting cards and stationery, pair perfectly with the precise writing instruments and pen sets found at Vroman’s.


Reader Recommended

Shaboo Prints

86 N. Allen Ave., Unit 1, Pasadena

(626) 405-8827

shabooprints.com


The Paper Source

163 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 577-3825 

papersource.com



BEST THRIFT SHOP

ACTS Thrift Store

1382 Locust St., Pasadena

(626) 577-4477

actsthrift.org

More than just providing a community service, ACTS is the thrift store with a heart — and a finger on the pulse of the neighborhoods it serves. A popular e-waste program offers e-cyling for many household goods free of charge, and much of the proceeds collected go directly toward programs for Pasadena’s youth and outreach groups.

Their weekly tag sale offers significant discounts to already bargain-basement prices, and club members save even more. But while the prices can’t be beat, the quality of the merchandise is even more surprising. At ACTS, you’ll find many one-of-a-kind items, ranging in condition from good to great to new, along with a priceless sense of community spirit and support. 


Reader Recommended

Goodwill

340 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 204-3576 | goodwill.org

Pasadena Donation Centers

112 E. California Blvd.

(626) 449-3721

183 N. Altadena Drive

(626) 564-0335

703 N. Lake Ave.

(626) 204-0618


MeowMeowz

2423 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 798-6969  



BEST VINTAGE/
RESALE STORE

MeowMeowz

2423 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 798-6969  

The funkiest retro-themed thrift store on the planet, MeowMeowz patrons love that this shop is the best place to find gently used records, vintage clothes, art and much more from an oft-overlooked era. It’s a store that, at its heart, could be affectionately billed as an ode to the ’80s. MeowMeowz reminds us of the eclectic vibe of 1980’s music, movies and the dance scene through memorabilia and other hard-to-find items and accomplishes it all with nostalgia-inducing prices. 


Reader Recommended

High Low Vintage

1031 E. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 356-0402 

highlowvintage.com 


Style on Green

1136 E. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 796-9924

styleongreen.com



BEST WINE/BEER SHOP

Mission Wine & Spirits

1785 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 797-0500 

missionliquor.com

Quench your thirst and satisfy your budget simultaneously at Mission Wine & Spirits. Their wine experts will help you choose the perfect wine for special occasions, as well as for everyday casual dining and entertaining with family and friends. They also feature a large selection of craft and specialty beers and beverages for every palate and at every price. 


Reader Recommended 

BevMo

885 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena

(626) 356-9462 |bevmo.com   

3730 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 744-0520


Everson Royce

155 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

(626) 765-9334 | eversonroyce.com 

  

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10:30 am NEA Big Read Project Activities ... @ Pasadena Public Library Central Branch
NEA Big Read Project Activities ... @ Pasadena Public Library Central Branch
Feb 17 @ 10:30 am
As part of the NEA’s Big Read Project, which highlights the book “When the Emperor was Divine” by Julie Otsuka, the library presents various activities, including a discussion by Megan Asaka of the US government’s[...]
11:00 am Zumba Class at Lamanda Park Library @ Pasadena Public Library, Lamanda Park Branch
Zumba Class at Lamanda Park Library @ Pasadena Public Library, Lamanda Park Branch
Feb 17 @ 11:00 am
A zumba class for all ages and skill levels starts at 11 a.m.
1:00 pm Guided Tour at Norton Simon @ Norton Simon Museum
Guided Tour at Norton Simon @ Norton Simon Museum
Feb 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
A guided tour visits works in the museum’s collections containing images of lovers, from 1 to 2 p.m., included in museum admission of $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, free for members, students and those[...]
2:00 pm Pasadena Symphony Concert @ Ambassador Auditorium
Pasadena Symphony Concert @ Ambassador Auditorium
Feb 17 @ 2:00 pm
The concert features Stravinsky’s “Firebird” suite, with performances at 2 and 8 p.m. David Lockington conducts, with featured cello soloist Inbal Segev. The concert also includes Dvorak’s “Cello Concerto,” and a new work by Dale[...]
4:00 pm Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Feb 17 @ 4:00 pm
Chris Finan discusses and signs “Drunks: An American History” at 4 p.m.

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