by: Carl Kozlowski, Jana J. Monji and Celene Vargas

If you’re a high roller, you want the best in perks. A comped luxury hotel room, free access to the tastiest buffets, and free-flowing liquor at the bars in any casino you roll through.

But when you’re home in Pasadena taking a break from the high life in Vegas (or, well, Morongo if you’re not rolling too high), you still expect the best that the city has to offer. This year’s crop of Best of Pasadena Services winners leave no effort untried to bring their customers the best possible experience to make them feel like champs on a daily basis.

You’ve got two great choices to manage your winnings this year, as both John Hornick, CPA and Martin Truitt of Truitt & Company tied for Best Accountant. You also have two great choices to build the mansion of your dreams with your wealth, as both Dahl Architects and Harvest Architecture LLC took Best Architect honors.

Anyone who wants to be a player in life should have an attorney at the ready to help them out of any scrapes they might get into in dealing with their winnings, and the Law Office of Keith Rouse is the team to pick as our Best Attorney/Law Firm winners.

It’s better to look good than to feel good, as the old joke goes, and winners wishing to spiff up their appearance should head to Best Cosmetic Surgery winner Dr. Gordon Sasaki. Clear up your face for your stunning new portraits by making a visit to Comprehensive Dermatology Center of Pasadena.

And if you need a great cut or fade to feel like a winner up top, head over to Best Barber Shop winners Community Barber Shop. Add an extra layer of sharpness to your look by getting your best outfits cleaned at Best Cleaner/Laundry winner Magic Cleaners & Laundry. You also can be ready to flash your pearly whites anytime you feel like smiling about your success by making a visit to Best Dentistry winner Dr. Michael Yung & Associates.

Want to stash your winnings somewhere safe? Look no further than Best Bank winners Wells Fargo. An alternative way to manage your massive pile of money is through the fine folks at Best Credit Union winners Wescom Credit Union.

Or feel free to splurge on a car that’s worth getting the five-star treatment at Best Car Wash winner Pasadena Car Wash. Of course, you’ll want to make yourself feel like a winner by treating yourself to the Best Day Spa/Massage in the city, at Burke Williams Day Spa, or a work-up at Best Chiropractor winner Innate Family Chiropractic.

Hitting it big would make anyone want to dance in the streets, but you might as well move in style by learning some moves at Best Dance Studio winner Lumina Academy of Dance.

Look over your new and wildly successful life through clear eyes by visiting Best Eye Care winner Linden Optometry. It’s easy to see that, like so many of our Service winners, they are key players in making anyone feel like a million bucks.




John Hornick, CPA

709 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 150, Pasadena

(626) 449-6861 |

Specializing in both tax preparation and construction industry financial statements and taxes, John M. Hornick has attracted clients far beyond his Pasadena home base, serving customers in San Diego County, Arizona and Nevada as well. He takes pride in providing personalized individual tax preparation with the personal expertise that software packages are capable of, and always considers how a new child, business, home or inheritance factors into getting the best results.


Truitt & Company

80 N. Euclid Ave., No. 503, Pasadena

(626) 449-6264

Perennial Best of Pasadena winners are a special breed, and Martin Truitt remains at the top of the accounting class this year. He’s also a respected political consultant, giving invaluable guidance to a wide array of contenders in the city’s elections. As a key backer of Mayor Terry Tornek in both his mayoral and City Council races, Truitt has proven that he knows how to win on both financial and political fronts.

Reader Recommended

Mark Harris, Accounting

Management Inc.

1605 E. Elizabeth St., Pasadena


Dr. Ya Wen Cheng Acupuncture & Chiropractic

51 N. Fifth Ave., No. 305, Arcadia

(626) 292-6899

Dr. Cheng has now won this title from readers nine of the past 11 years, a remarkable run that reflects her ability to use acupuncture and chiropractic skills to solve all sorts of life problems, ranging from infertility and chronic fatigue syndrome to radiation side effects and sports injuries. She brings the best of Western and Eastern medicine together, ensuring that nutrition and traditional Chinese medicine are part of the mix.

Reader Recommended

Brenda B. Smith, Pasadena Women’s Wellness Center

99 S. Chester Ave., Pasadena

(626) 356-3220

Tao of Wellness

171 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena

(626) 397-1000 |



Dahl Architects

1134 El Centro St., South Pasadena

(626) 564-0011 |

Dahl Architects has built a strong base of satisfied clients by offering diversified services in residential, commercial and restaurant projects. Their residential work ranges from simple one-room remodels to ground-up builds, while their commercial projects cover interior office spaces through designs for entire mall complexes. Their restaurant projects extend from small hole-in-the-wall joints to large chain restaurants and dinner theaters.

Harvest Architecture, LLC

1510 Oxley St., Suite A,

South Pasadena

(626) 799-1078 |

Longtime Los Angeles-area architect Lisa Henderson founded Harvest in 2002 after working with a forensic architect in Pasadena’s historic Bungalow Heaven neighborhood. Her team has shown a strong commitment to both historic structures and modern living, bringing a sense of fun and surprise to their work when appropriate — even including a secret passageway in a child’s room if a client requests it.

Reader Recommended

Alan Zorthian Architects

3990 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Altadena

(626) 797-3359

Alexander Varga, Architect/Realtor

(626) 696-1434 |


Law Office of Keith Rouse

600 S. Lake Ave., Suite 507, Pasadena

(626) 449-4211 |

Keith Rouse brings in-depth experience in both business and fine arts to the practice of law. He not only specializes in bankruptcy, business law and wills and trusts, but also in more unique fields like the complexities of wine law. Rouse earned a BFA in art with a concentration in painting and an MFA in animation from the UCLA Film School, giving him a passion for artist’s rights, copyright and art law.

Reader Recommended

Law Offices of James F. Miller

1275 E. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 792-2910 |

Molly B. Girardi, Attorney

at Law

2425 Mission St., Suite 1, San Marino

(626) 799-9748


Pasadena Automotive Repair

2364 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 793-1800

Covering everything from basic tasks including oil changes and tune-ups, to the big jobs of fixing transmissions and programming updates for vehicle control module software, Pasadena Automotive Repair has been handling the needs of thousands of drivers since opening in 1990. Their staff is ASE Master Technician Certified and the shop is a member of the Bureau of Automotive Repair, helping them win the honor for the second year in a row.

Reader Recommended

Hrant Auto Service

1477 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 798-4064 | /hrant-auto-service

Independent Volvo Service

2244 E. Walnut St., Pasadena

(626) 796-5460 |


Wells Fargo Bank

350 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 449-3661 |

Wells Fargo is the winner again this year, continuing a long streak of success that is rooted largely in their participation in Pasadena causes such as supporting the Rose Parade and other community events. The spirit of their Old West-era founding continues in the present-day as they help voters manage their financial life both on the homestead and in their commercial, investment and retirement, insurance and loan and credit needs.

Reader Recommended

Bank of America

880 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 304-3120 |


860 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 795-5177 |


Community Barber Shop

828 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 399-3026

Their Facebook page has dozens of five-star reviews from customers, and the favorite special is the $12 cuts on Sundays. Customers rave about their fades and line-ups, great conversation and friendly service in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Their Yelp page features plenty of photos of their impressive styling skills, and all that adds up to an experience that’s a cut above for their longtime and loyal customer base.

Reader Recommended

Ben’s Barber Shop

444 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena

(626) 441-6084

Floyd’s 99

888 Cordova St, Pasadena

(626) 784-9648

Luke Walker’s Barber

& Beauty Care

627 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 793-6534


Pasadena Auto Wash

164 W. Del Mar Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 449-9944 | t

Readers perpetually love this car wash because they take care of their customers’ cars, both inside and out with oil change service, auto detailing, car detailing and lube jobs. While their ace staff is working on your car, kick back and relax in the air-conditioned lounge area and enjoy cookies, pretzels and coffee while reading the daily paper and watching TV.

Reader Recommended

Lucky Car Wash

3698 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 796-4888 |

Walnut-Hill Hand Car Wash

1465 E. Walnut St., Pasadena

(626) 449-6217


Innate Family


33 S. Catalina Ave., No. 104, Pasadena

(626) 792-9600 |

Innate Family Chiropractic has become a frequent favorite of our readers since opening in 2010, becoming the leading family chiropractic practice in Pasadena. The husband-wife team of Dr. Chris and Dr. Adana both practice the Webster Technique and are certified by both the National Wellness Foundation and the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). They also use the latest technology from the Insight Subluxation Station to measure the health of their patients’ nervous system on a 0-100 scale.

Reader Recommended

Dr. Gustavo A. Nino, Nicali Sports Medicine

709 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena 

(626) 578-0618 |

Premier Wellness Chiropractic

2750 E. Washington Blvd., No. 140, Pasadena

(626) 797-5800 |


Dr. Gordon Sasaki

800 Fairmount Ave., No. 319, Pasadena

(626) 796-3373 |

Dr. Sasaki’s 6,500-square-foot facility has been the place to be for cosmetic surgery since opening the Sasaki Advanced Aesthetic Medical Center in the Huntington Medical Plaza Building in 1985. The Sasaki team handles it all, from breast, face and body procedures for women to scar revisions for all and special care for men in addition to a wide array of skin care options, all in a relaxing and elegant atmosphere.

Reader Recommended

Dr. Leif Rogers

625 S. Fair Oaks Ave. No. 270, Pasadena

(626) 537-3737 |

Dr. Michael Schwartz

Skin Deep Laser Med Spa

425 S. Fair Oaks Ave., No.110, Pasadena

(626) 449-8873

Dr. Warren Stout

800 E. Colorado Blvd. No. 260, Pasadena

(626) 449-6494 |


Wescom Credit Union

123 S. Marengo Ave., Pasadena

(626) 535-1000 |

Started by 13 Pacific Telephone workers who pooled their money to create a financial institution that would offer themselves loans back in 1934, Wescom Credit Union is clearly the most trusted choice in Pasadena. With nearly 200,000 members, the union manages more than $2 billion in assets and 22 branches throughout five Southern California counties.

Reader Recommended

Caltech Employees Federal Credit Union

515 S. Wilson Ave., Pasadena

(626) 395-6300 | (800) 592-3328

Pasadena Service Federal Credit Union

670 N. Rosemead Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 351-9651 |


Lumina Academy of Dance

1052 Allen Ave., Pasadena

(626) 296-2812

The Lumina Academy was founded as a place where people from different backgrounds could come together to share and appreciate the dances of different cultures. Its founders pride themselves on being one of the best and friendliest professional dance studios in Los Angeles County and offer a diverse slate of classes in Argentinian tango, belly dancing, flamenco, Zumba/Latin and Afro-Brazilian dance. Come here and you’ll be able to take on dance floors all over the world.

Reader Recommended

Dance Street

1715 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 791-7746 |

Lineage Performing Arts Center

89 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 844-7008 |


Arakelyan Family Child Care

1245 N. Sierra Bonita Ave., Pasadena

(626) 487-7226  | child-care/pasadena-ca-1245-n- sierra-bonita-ave

Arakelyan Family Child Care offers preschool and daycare services to up to 145 children from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Pre-school, nursery and pre-Kindergarten are all found here, making this a well-rounded way to prepare your kids for that eventual first day of school. Numerous five-star Yelp reviews reinforce just how positively parents feel about the staff here, with one parent commenting their daughter learns something new every day.

Reader Recommended

Goodman Family Daycare &

1090 El Campo Drive, Pasadena

(626) 578-1815 |

Kids Klub Pasadena

Child Development Center &


380 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

(626) 795-2501 |


Burke Williams Day Spa

39 Mills Place, Pasadena

(626) 440-1222 |

Tucked away in Old Pasadena, Burke Williams Spa carries on the tradition of the 10-location California chain that’s been giving its clients heavenly treatment since 1984. Themes like “Escape,” “Defy”, “Balance” and “Revitalize” are the different levels of their “Transformative Journey” packages, while those skipping the full Journey can still enjoy massage therapy, Ayurvedic treatments, spa baths and even chiropractic care. Walk in tense, leave utterly relaxed.

Reader Recommended

Massage Envy

345 S. Lake Ave. No. 205, Pasadena

(626) 240-1060 |

3707 E. Foothill Blvd. Pasadena

(626) 351-9100

1136 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena

(626) 403-6000

659 Foothill Blvd. La Cañada


(818) 952-3689

333 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale

(818) 246-3689

Salt Studio

1380 E. Walnut St., Pasadena

(626) 765-6180 |


Dr. Michael Yung and


696 E. Colorado Blvd., No. 224, Pasadena

(626) 449-5420 |

You’re never too young to take care of your teeth, so Dr. Yung provides dental services for patients as young as 1. As a result, he has built a loyal customer base that has enabled him to score this top title for 11 years in a row. A San Marino native, Yung established his Pasadena practice in 2003, specializing in fillings, porcelain veneers, implants and teeth whitening, while using digital X-rays to minimize radiation. 

Reader Recommended

Leslie Carpenter, DDS

200 S. Oak Knoll Ave. No.102,


(626) 795-4369 |

Mak & Kleiger, DDS

959 E. Walnut St., No. 216, Pasadena

(626) 793-6175 |

Dr. Mario Tse, DDS

1060 E. Green St., No.208, Pasadena

(626) 793-9109



Dermatology Center of Pasadena

625 S. Fair Oaks Ave., No. 200, Pasadena

(626) 793-7790 |

The center’s three physicians — Dr. Sara Gaspard, along with Dr. Heather Butler and Dr. Han Lee — and an in-house aesthetician work in treatment suites featuring the latest dermatological lasers, an in-house acne treatment center for all ages and stages of acne, and a full line of skin care products designed to leave their patients glowing.

Reader Recommended

Dr. David Denenholz

960 E. Green St., No. 330, Pasadena

(626) 449-4207

Dr. Paul McAndrews

50 S. Alessandro Place, Suite 115,


(626) 405-1155 |


Dr. Irina Jasper

960 E. Green St., No. 286,


(626) 356-0340 |

Dr. Jasper was awarded the title of “Resident of the Year” while training in Internal Medicine at Chicago’s University of Illinois Christ Hospital. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and a published author of medical research. She works closely with the hospitalists group of Huntington Hospital of Pasadena, ensuring access to state of the art treatment options to manage chronic medical conditions while solving acute problems.

Reader Recommended

Dr. Claire Tilem

65 N. Madison Ave., No. 800,


(626) 792-3141|

Dr. Stephen Henry

2319 E. Washington Blvd., No. 2, Pasadena

(626) 797-8800 | hen-henry-418142


Magic Cleaners &


89 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 796-1975 |

Extending its hold on this title to six years, Magic Cleaners & Laundry has served the San Gabriel Valley for the past three decades. Their sophisticated barcode system scans every item, ensuring nothing gets lost, and they offer fresh popcorn and coffee for those who choose to wait. Finally, they utilize a six-point inspection process to ensure no mistakes, while offering to fix anything they do find in-house and within the same day.

Reader Recommended

Jack’s Cleaners

2465 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 797-7323 |

Tip Top Cleaners

565 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 796-6777


Peggy Kelley Timeless

(626) 222-1808

Covering an extensive slate of full wedding, social and community event planning, Timeless Celebrations has helped Pasadenans since 2006. Kelley has created magic for nonprofit organizations, numerous wedding couples and several major corporations, while also caring for individuals who want to be surrounded by love and laughter at birthdays and bar and bat mitzvahs. Their attention to detail at fundraisers leaves clients free to engage in discussions that can lead to fruitful donations. 

Reader Recommended

Joie de Vivre & Co.

(626) 720-1321 |

Miller Hawkins Productions

61 S. Baldwin Ave., No. 1658,

Sierra Madre

(626) 791-1225


Linden Optometry

477 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 796-1191 |

Linden has long been a favorite of Pasadenans thanks to its amazingly extensive inventory of more than 10,000 types of sunglasses and glasses as well as contact lenses. With over 30 optometrists ready to handle customers with personalized care, they also look to the future by offering the ECO (Earth-Conscious Optics) line of green eyewear, composed of 95 percent recycled metal and plastics.

Reader Recommended

Dr. Charles Korth

1 W. California Blvd., No. 513, Pasadena

(626) 793-9987 |

Diamond Vision Optometry

350 S. Lake Ave., Suite 111, Pasadena

(626) 683-6868


Integrity Lash

350 S. Lake Ave., Suite 290, Pasadena

(626) 437-4000 |

The simple truth is lash extensions make everyone look better. The secret to more defined eyes that impart a youthful sparkle is the definition gained by adding single extensions to your lash line. If you need more flutter and flash for that big night on the town, for not much cash the technicians at Integrity Lash can help bring out the best in your sexy peepers.

Reader Recommended

Vinita’s Beauty and Threading Studio

253 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 304-1107 |

Zoey Van Jones Brow Studio

455 S. Lake Ave., Studio 7, Pasadena

(626) 683-3308 |


Burke Williams Day Spa

39 Mills Place, Pasadena

(626) 440-1222 |

When you’re going out to play, you need to put your best face forward, so head over to Burke Williams. In your battle with Father Time, try their anti-aging facial which will brighten your skin and help repair damage. They also have facials specifically for gents and teens. While you’re there, you can also indulge in a massage or a bit of bone straightening. Burke Williams can bring out your inner glow and get you relaxed and ready for a great night out.

Reader Recommended

Sasaki Innovessence Medical Skincare Center

800 Fairmount Ave. S. No. 319, Pasadena

(626) 796-3373 |

The Salt Studio

1380 E. Walnut St., Pasadena

(626) 765-6180 |


Cabot & Sons Funeral Home

27 Chestnut St., Pasadena

(626) 793-7159 |

When someone you loves passes away, Cabot & Sons can handle the details and help you cope, just as they’ve been giving guidance to Pasadenans since opening in 1921. This family-owned funeral home prides itself on providing a personal touch and providing everything from cremation to burial options. If you’re the kind of person who likes to know all their options, Cabot & Sons provides a free planning book.

Reader Recommended

Mountain View Mortuary & Cemetery

2400 Fair Oaks Ave., Altadena

(626) 794-7133 |

Woods-Valentine Mortuary

1455 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 798-8941


Brookside Golf Course

1133 Rosemont Ave., Pasadena

(626) 585-3594 |

Just in case you get invited to a celebrity golf invitational in Palm Springs, you need be ready. Here in Pasadena, you can stay sharp with a few rounds at the lush greens of Brookside Golf Course. Located next to the Rose Bowl, Brookside is about more than just golf. You can boost your energy with delicious breakfasts served on the club’s patio.

Reader Recommended

Altadena Town and Country Club

1456 E. Mendocino St., Altadena

(626) 797-3821

Annandale Golf Club

1 N. San Rafael Ave., Pasadena

(626) 796-6125 |


Title Boxing Club

87 Fraser Alley, Pasadena

(626) 340-2500

At Title Boxing Club you don’t have to worry about losing any teeth with its no-hit boxing and kickboxing classes. Skilled trainers will take you from hand wrapping to hitting the bag. Once there, you can sharpen your punching and kicking skills and transform your body while losing weight and some of that LA-road rage — all without anyone getting hurt.

Reader Recommended

MC2 Fit

460 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena

(626) 665-3900 |

Pure Barre Pasadena

107 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 765-9400 |


Tangles Salon

145 W. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 792-2948 |

You always need to look sharp for a night on the town. To make sure your mane is ready to go, stop by for a visit with these Old Pasadena stylists. You can get a New York blow dry for that sexy celebrity look that will make you the star of whatever event you attend. From Deva Curly hair and Japanese straightening to hair extensions, weaves and even some discrete nonsurgical hair replacement, this Green Street salon has your mane matters covered.

Reader Recommended

Fantastic Sam’s

502 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 639-3737 |

3645 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 351-4720 |

Little Kuts

350 S. Lake Ave., Suite 104,


(626) 585-9075 |


Love Hearing

2623 E. Foothill Blvd., No. 101, Pasadena

(626) 796-4535

To keep swooning to the tunes of Old Blue Eyes and his Rat Pack pals, consult with Love Hearing, which has been serving the San Gabriel Valley since 1947. Love Hearing prides itself on a staff that is in continual training so doctors Julia Shih, Nancy McCoy and Vion Svilhovec and their staff can offer clients the newest products and procedures.

Reader Recommended

HEAR Center

301 E. Del Mar Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 796- 2016 |


Navarro Construction, Inc.

3579 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 398-1777

Need to update your pad so your pals can get in the groove? Consult with Pasadena’s best. Navarro Construction has the answer to all your remodeling or new build construction needs. Navarro has 26 years of experience at keeping customers happy throughout the greater Pasadena area. With the philosophy “Cover all of the details, right from the start,” they work only on referral.

Reader Recommended

All in One Construction

3060 Gainsborough Drive, Pasadena

(626) 793-1763 |


Huntington Hospital

100 W. California Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 421-7733 |

Been swinging a little too hard? Even a good-time Charley needs a checkup once in a while, and with more than 70 top-notch services Huntington Hospital is the scene in which to be seen. The 625-bed facility was named for SoCal businessman Henry Edwards Huntington whose estate donated $2 million to Pasadena Hospital in the 1930s. From caring for babies in the neonatal intensive care unit to providing cancer and psychiatric treatments, Huntington Hospital is where Pasadenans turn for the best in medical service.

Reader Recommended

City of Hope

1500 E. Duarte Road, Duarte

209 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena

(626) 256-4673 |

Methodist Hospital

300 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia

(626) 898-8000


The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa

1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena

(626) 568-3900 |

The Langham Huntington Hotel is the kind of place where you’d expect high rollers to hide out during the winter, when they tire of the Vegas scene and want to be close — but not too close —to Hollywood. The Langham won’t reveal exactly which celebrities have graced its halls, but before Pierce Brosnan was James Bond, he was at the Langham as Remington Steele. Other TV programs that filmed here include “90210,” “Master Chef,” “Private Practice” and “Scandal.” Like the stars, other lesser known visitors can also enjoy dining at Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse, have a lovely afternoon tea with Wedgewood or go California casual at The Terrace. The Langham is nice splurge for a wedding, a stay-cation or a mental health weekend.

Reader Recommended

DusitD2 Hotel Constance

928 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena

(626) 898-7900 |

The Westin Pasadena

191 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena

(626) 792-2727 |


True Blue Maid Service

2104 E. Walnut St., Pasadena

(626) 466-8488 |

If you’re spending nights doing the town, you need a good maid service to keep your pad cool enough for company. Family-owned True Blue Maids takes pride in using a personalized touch of sparkling cleanliness in every home they visit. They wipe down windowsills and baseboards as well as vacuum, polish and dust. Whether it’s a one–time clean up or regular weekly gig, True Blue Maids are just the professionals to get the job done right.

Reader Recommended

Granny’s Spic ’n Span

(626) 765-7250

Maid Brigade

(323) 254-6240


Peltier Interiors

1011-A Mission Street, South Pasadena

(626) 799 2265

Amy Peltier is a Midwest gal who arrived in Southern California in 2010 and quickly gave the carefree California way a mid-western twist. Her interiors are all about family and comfort — with a sense of refinement and a bit of pop style. Plus, Peltier works with clients to create the perfect home design that best reflects who they really are.

Reader Recommended

Robyn Navarro

Upstage Design

964A Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge

(818) 790-0300 |


766 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 107, Pasadena

(845) 393-4262 |


Pasadena Laundry

2585 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 744-2948 |

The folks at Pasadena Laundry know looking smart is a matter of pride for any high roller. Here, they fluff and fold your clothes by the pound ($1.35 per pound with a $12.50 minimum). And, if you’re in a hurry, they have you out by 6 p.m., if you turn in your clothes by 10 a.m. You can even do it yourself and use their express washer. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll find someone interesting to chat with while you’re drying your clothes. If not, you don’t have to be cut off from your social media gang, with Pasadena Laundry offering Wifi to its customers.

Reader Recommended

Bryan’s Cleaners

544 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena

(626) 796-4335 |

French Hand Laundry

606 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 792-3881 |


Pasadena Central


285 E. Walnut St. Pasadena

(626) 744-4066

The Mediterranean-style Central Library was designed by the firm of Myron Hunt and H.C. Chambers, the same architects who built Huntington Library and Occidental College. The library first opened its doors at its current location in 1927 and expanded in the 1960s to include the Children’s Story Room and two reference wings. In the mid-1980s, private donations funded the renovation and restoration of the Donald R. Wright Auditorium, a climate-controlled Pasadena Centennial Room, the Ria C. Lee Humanities Wing, the Community Bank Business Room, the Ida Lloyd Crotty Genealogy Room, and the Ernestine C. Avery Children’s Wing, complete with a fully functional and expanded story room.  The library, listed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks, is open seven days a week.

Reader Recommended

Altadena Library

600 E. Mariposa St., Altadena

(626) 798-0833 |

Crowell Public Library

1890 Huntington Drive, San Marino

(626) 300-0777 |


Webster’s Community

2450 N. Lake Ave., Altadena

(626) 797-1163

Entering its 91st year, Webster’s Community Pharmacy in Altadena knows the right prescription for serving Pasadena and Altadena residents. Currently owned by Meredith and Michael Miller, this full service prescription pharmacy not only fills prescriptions with a smile, but also supplies wheelchairs and walkers. If you’ve got a friend on the mend from a bad deal or a fender bender, the pharmacy also has boutique gifts and greeting cards to cheer them up. 

Reader Recommended

Cal Oaks Pharmacy

625 S. Fair Oaks Ave., No125,


(626) 696-1583 |

Phoenix Wellness Center

2523 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 791-7600


Arnott Kenpo Karate

2012 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock

(323) 999-7369 |

When Mark Arnott refers to the fifth degree, he’s probably talking about his black belt in American Kenpo Karate. He’s been teaching in the Pasadena area since 1992 in studios and at public and private schools.  Arnott has classes for kids and adults, in either private or groups setting, and he even offers seminars from time to time.

Reader Recommended

American Kenpo Karate

36 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena

(626) 793-8575 |

Fight Academy

36 W. Colorado Blvd., B1, Pasadena

(626) 737-0442


Pasadena Massage


232 N. Lake Ave., Suite 213,


(626) 585-1964

Working all day and playing all night can be exhausting. When life starts catching up with you, take time out and relax with a nice deep-tissue massage, or a foot rub, or exfoliation treatment, or all three at Pasadena Massage Company. Even if you simply need to chill out and relieve stress, getting worked on here can deep six all anxiety, and even provide some pain management.

Burke Williams

39 Mills Place, Pasadena

(626) 440-1222 |

The Salt Studio

1380 E. Walnut St., Pasadena

(626) 765-6180 |


OH! U Beauty Medical Spa

130 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale

(818) 551-1682 |

If you want to be oh là là impressive like Shirley MacLaine in “Can Can,” then OH! U Beauty Medical Spa in Glendale is the place to go for a variety of beauty treatments. They specialize in anti-aging Botox injections, laser hair removal for extra smooth skin, and/or chemical peels and micro-dermabrasions to put your best face forward. Dr. James Kojian has a staff that includes eight nurses, an aesthetician and four Class II technicians, all ready to make you appear as smart as nature and your wallet allows.

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Sasaki Innovessence Medical Skincare Center

800 S. Fairmount Ave., No. 319, Pasadena

(626) 796-3373 |

Skin Deep Laser Med Spa

425 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 449-8873


Sierra Capital

Mortgage Co.

12 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

(626) 449-8545 |

When Pasadenans are looking for competitive interest rates and a good home, they turn to the  husband-wife team of Linda and Roland Wilcox. For the last two decades, the couple has been giving locals the best terms possible for home financing from an array of lending partners. If you need to refinance your pad, count on Linda and Roland Wilcox—now in their third year on PW’s Best of Pasadena list — to land great money-saving deals.

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Franklin Loan Center

101 E. Green St., Suite 11, Pasadena

(626) 219-7196 |

HomeStreet Bank

Pasadena Home Loan Center

251 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 765-8200 |


Nail Lounge

700 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena

(626) 799-3667

Looking to make your talons tasteful, fanciful or ready for a mani-cam? Pasadenans have some great choices. One is the Nail Lounge, offering not only manicures and pedicures, but massages. At the Nail Lounge, you can get a hot-stone pedicure or a dream manicure. Having a baby shower? One of the nail artists can make some designs just for that occasion. Love strawberries or want to be Rose Parade ready? You can have those designs created here, and more.

Olive & June 

146 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 440-9700 | 

If you’re playing poker or blackjack, you need your fingers to look fine, whether you’re a man or a woman. Keeping clean, neat nails may seem natural enough, but there is an art to cuticle care, one practiced daily at Olive & June, who have given names to all their packaged services. The June is nail-shaping, cuticle care and a massage. Also with this option, customers can choose from 250 polish options. The Emma is for pregnant mothers and goes all natural, but includes a massage for the soon-to-be mommy’s swollen and tired feet. Men can select The Vern, which includes a hot soak, exfoliation and heavy-duty hydration. Then there’s the Joss, where you can make your nail art dreams come true. 

Tinzee Nail Salon

436 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena

(626) 403-3311 |

Since 1999, the good folks at Tinzee Nail Salon have operated on the premise that everyone is different, with different needs and different desires. That’s why they go out of their way to listen to clients and tailor their services to fit their specific needs. It also helps that clients are greeted with a smile and a solution to whatever problems they may have. They understand how important your nails are to you and work very hard to keep prices affordable and quality of service high. If you’re looking for a certain “look” for a special occasion, such as a wedding or any special gathering, don’t gamble: Tinzee Nail salon can create the right look for you.


Dolphin Event Services

1901 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 795-5131 |

When your Rat Pack needs to plan a perfect party in Pasadena, turn to Dolphin Rentals, which for 76 years has been serving Pasadena and Greater Los Angeles. Dolphin Rentals started out as an ambulance service for Pasadena, but since the 1970s they’ve been helping locals make party plans by handling special event rentals. You can have stylish seating and tents for everything from weddings and festivals to graduations, anniversaries and other special occasions.

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JD Audio Visual

77 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena

(626)792-6682 |


Town & Country Event


523 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena

(626) 795-7700


I Dig My Dog

2160 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 844-7877

This comprehensive, cage-free boarding, daycare, grooming and training facility is designed to provide the highest quality care for your best friend. Furry guests stay here for a variety of reasons and for any length of time, from a few hours to a few months. The staff doesn’t take any chances, dedicating themselves to providing superior quality of care and cleanliness throughout the 32,000-square-foot facility.

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My Dog Spot

47 Eloise Ave., Pasadena

(626) 399-1951

My Pet Garden

2245 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 106,


(626) 449-1600


Jerry Camarillo


(626) 375-6684

In Los Angeles, everyone seems to need a headshot. Jerry Camarillo will find your inner beauty in either a headshot or a full portrait because this kind of photography is his passion. Not just for actors, corporate types sometimes need a good photo to shop around.  Of course, sometimes you may need to see or show more below the neck, and Camarillo does that as well, with models, people in yoga poses and dancers. When you need to be seen to make the scene, Camarillo’s photos will help you put your best face forward.

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JKB Photography

(626) 841-0860

Lyd & Mo Photography

Studio & Gallery

27 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena

(626) 652-8302


Landswick Physical Therapy, Inc.

959 E. Walnut St., Suite 240,


(626) 795.2390 |

When Erik Landswick started Landswick Physical Therapy in 2004 he took a chance and came up a winner for the San Gabriel Valley. Landswick won’t gamble with your health and strives to provide the best physical therapy care in the San Gabriel Valley, or anywhere. The 2,700-square-foot facility provides plenty of room for patients to do their physical therapy exercises and transition into functional training programs. Landswick is a familiar face to football players at St. Francis High School in La Cañada Flintridge because during football season he volunteers his services.

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Nicali Sports Medicine

709 E. Colorado Blvd., No 140, Pasadena

(626) 578-0618 |

330 N. Garfield Ave., No. 1

(626) 458-2339

Pasadena Physical Therapy Associates

95 W. California Blvd., Pasadena

8(626) 304-0565 |


Pilates of Pasadena

990 S. Arroyo Parkway, Unit 2,


(626) 765-6500

With a friendly atmosphere, skilled staff, clean facilities, trainers with diverse backgrounds and a wide variety of special equipment, Pilates of Pasadena is a true royal flush. Reviewers rave about the professional and caring staff as well as the individualized sessions. So whether one is looking to improve their core strength or overall health, Pilates of Pasadena is the obvious choice.

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Studio Metamorphosis

676 E. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 219-7000


860 E. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 304-2600 |


John Alle Company

600 S. Lake Ave., No. 510, Pasadena

(626) 795-1511

The John Alle Company provides unparalleled services for their clients, which include landlords, investors, developers and tenants. Their knowledgeable agents possess a deep understanding of the industry and the region, making it the best there is in the commercial real estate brokerage business.

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Partners Trust

594 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 696-4800 |

Podley Properties

897 Granite Drive, Pasadena

(626) 795-6262 |

Sotheby’s International Realty

800 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 229-0909


Barbara Richardson King

Coldwell Banker

388 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 319-0315 |

With over 20 years of experience, top sales agent Barbara Richardson King is the Pasadena area’s go-to Realtor. Whether one is buying or selling in Greater Los Angeles or the San Gabriel Valley, one can bet on Richardson King’s razor sharp negotiating skills to get the best deal possible..

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Luis Segura

John Aaroe

42 S. Pasadena Ave., Pasadena

(626) 233-2884 |

Roland Wilhelm

Partners Trust

594 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 533-8001 |


Arroyo Parkway Self Storage

411 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena

(626) 768-7780

Choosing Arroyo Parkway Self Storage to place your precious records, valuables and other items is no gamble. At Arroyo Parkway Self Storage, a dedicated staff provides a dependable and hassle-free storage experience with low prices and great service that guarantees customer satisfaction.

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Public Storage

171 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena

(626) 765-4675 |

(and six other locations)


2233 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 407-3439


Regency Park Fair Oaks

951 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 799-9906

Client comfort is one of the most important services employees at Regency Park Fair Oaks strive to provide people in their care. Pasadena’s most modern and luxurious independent and assisted living community, Regency Park allows people to live and relax in elegant bliss.


2212 El Molino Ave, Altadena

(877) 357-8521 |

Villa Gardens

842 E. Villa St., Pasadena

(800) 958-4552 |



3697 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Altadena

(626) 577-9979 |

Count on Summerkids for a memorable camp experience that will have children wanting to return year after year. Summerkids’ endgame is to make summer a special time for learning new skills through games while surrounded by natural beauty and a caring staff.

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Goodman Family Daycare & Preschool

1090 El Campo Drive, Pasadena

(626) 578-1815

Tom Sawyer Camps

707 W. Woodbury Road, Altadena

(626) 794-1156


Prix Body Piercing and Tattoo

56 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 405-9253

It’s winner take all in the booming body art business, and at PRIX the only thing customers have to worry about is how much they’re going to love the work being done on them. The qualified staff at PRIX is dedicated to providing the safest techniques to obtain the best results with a minimum amount of pain, making it all worthwhile.


Distant Lands

20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

(626) 449-3220 |

For a hassle-free trip, don’t just roll the dice and hope for the best. Head to Distant Lands in Old Pasadena. Open since 1989, Distant Lands has become the go-to travel agency, becoming the best source for everything travel-related — from having a knowledgeable staff and helping travelers plan their next adventure to being a one-stop shop for trip necessities like books, accessories and luggage.

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AAA of Pasadena

801 E. Union St., Pasadena

(626) 795-0601

Montrose Travel

2349 Honolulu Ave.,

La Crescenta-Montrose

(818) 553-3200


Pasadena Pets Veterinary Hospital

2850 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 568-1115

The mission statement of this full-service veterinary hospital is simple: “To take the best care of you and your pets.” To that extent, the doctors and staff at Pasadena Pets Veterinary Hospital seek to provide top service, best treatments, and the most compassionate care available for our furry friends. Most reviews on Yelp- show people really love this place, calling its staff “amazingly kind, quick to serve, and compassionate,” as well as “professional, understanding and patient.”

Vanderhoof Veterinary Hospital

2235 Lake Ave., Ste. 101, Altadena

(626) 798-5901

When it comes to the best local veterinary care, Vanderhoof Veterinary Hospital ranks high among the best facilities in the region. Unlike many others, however, Vanderhoof welcomes some exotic pets. But perhaps best of all, the Vanderhoof staff of certified professionals takes the gamble out of seeking pet care, showing compassion to animals and their owners before and after any procedure.

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VCA Foothill Veterinary


2204 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 792-1187


European Wax Center

569 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena

(626) 449-5000

259 N. Rosemead Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 466-9070

After a hard day of dealing with everything from work and bosses to kids and spouses, strut over to European Wax Center for a little pampering. With a long list of waxing services, customers are sure to find what they need to reveal beautiful skin. EWC strives to help customers have the confidence to go about life with their best foot forward.

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Tinzee Nail Salon

436 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena

(626) 403-3311

Zoey Van Jones Brow Studio

455 S. Lake Ave., Studio 7, Pasadena

(626) 683-3308


MC2 Fit

460 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena

(626) 665-3900 |

MC2 FIT founder Maggie Chen doesn’t just talk the talk. After she achieved her own weight loss goal, Chen set out to help others live a better, healthier life. Chen takes the gamble out of the idea of losing weight, providing others with an example of the dedication and excellence that her weight loss program provides to change lives.

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Pure Barre

107 S. Fair Oaks Ave., No. 109, Pasadena

(626) 765-9400 |

Weight Watchers

305 N. Rosemead Blvd., Pasadena

(800) 651-6000 |


Title Boxing Club

87 Fraser Alley, Pasadena

(626) 340-2500

Go for the gold at Title Boxing Club, where a great workout is waiting for you, whatever your experience level. Title Boxing knows that life is hard, which is why they invite people to join them for an hour to leave those worries behind and relieve stress. This is one fight you won’t lose.

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MC2 Fit

460 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena

(626) 665-3900 |

Pure Barre

107 S. Fair Oaks Ave., No. 109, Pasadena

(626) 765-9400 |


Hot Yoga

2089 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 304-9642

Whether it is for reducing arthritic pain, toning one’s body or relieving stress, Hot Yoga can help, thanks to the Original Bikram Method. The studio opened in 1998 and got a major update in 2013 by expanding and remodeling in order to provide a five-star experience and the support to aid people in their journey to a better quality of life.

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Yoga House

11 W. State St., Pasadena

(626) 403-3961 |


277 W. Green St., Pasadena

(626) 381-9785 |