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Best Bridal/Tux Shop

Panache Bridals of Pasadena

82 S. Fair Oaks Avenue

www.panachebridals.com

This shop will help brides live with a little more panache. Panache Bridals carries top national and international brands and offers a full-service bridal gown shopping experience. Besides bridal attire, it has accessories, shoes and evening wear.  

 

Reader Recommended

Lovely Bride ,   87 E. Green Street

www.lovelybride.com

 

Connie Tao Designs ,   23 N. Mentor Avenue

www.connietaodesigns.com

 

Best Self Storage

Arroyo Parkway Personal Storage

411 S. Arroyo Parkway

www.smartselfstorage.com

Arroyo Parkway Storage will keep clients’ goodies for safekeeping in any situation.  

 

Reader Recommended

Public Storage ,   Multiple locations

www.publicstorage.com

 

Storbox Self Storage & The Wine Grotto ,   2233 E. Foothill Boulevard

www.thewinegrotto.com

 

Best Electronics/Cameras

Samy’s Camera

1759 E. Colorado Boulevard

www.samys.com/pasadena

Samy’s Digital camera has is a photographer’s dream, stocking cameras, lenses, videocams, film or lighting. It offers rentals for dabblers or for those who want to check things out before buying. It also offers professional custom printing services and pre-owned gear. Looking to learn more? Classes are offered by the experts.  

 

Reader Recommended

Audio Elements ,   117 Union Street

www.audio-element.com

 

JD Audio Visual ,   77 N. Altadena Drive

www.jdav.com

 

Best Farmers Market

Pasadena Certified Farmers’ Marketplace

363 E. Villa Street

www.pasadenafarmersmarket.org

Looking for fresh produce or jams and jellies? On Tuesdays, drop by Villa Parke Center (about 13 vendors), or on Saturday mornings (about 60) stop by Victory Park for the Pasadena Farmers’ Market. There is fresh fruit, vegetables, plants and flowers.  

 

Reader Recommended

South Pasadena (Thursdays) ,   920 Meridian Method, South Pasadena

www.southpasadenafarmersmarket.org

 

Altadena Farmers (Wednesdays) ,   587 W. Palm Street, Altadena

www.altadenafarmersmarket.com

 

BEST FLOWER SHOP

Jacob Maarse Floral Design

655 E. Green Road

www.jacobmaarse.com

Located in a renovated Cadillac dealership in Pasadena’s historic Playhouse District, John Maarse Floral Design has served Pasadena since 1966. It creates arrangements for weddings, funerals, events and home décor. It offers a variety of flowers, including silk flowers.

 

READER RECOMMENDED

Duran’s Flowers ,   315 S. Arroyo Parkway

www.duransflowers.com

 

The Flowerman ,   2450 E. Foothill Boulevard

www.flowerman.net

 

Best Furniture/Accessories Store

Fedde’s

2350 E. Colorado Boulevard

www.fedde.com

Fedde’s is a Pasadena institution. It’s been in business since 1937 and is celebrating its 85th anniversary. Want new furniture? Check out its quality sofas, sectionals, chairs, recliners and other furnishings. Many items are available for immediate delivery. Its motto is: quality home furnishings, exceptional savings.  

 

Readers Recommended

Sofa U Love ,   111 W. Green Street

www.sofaulove.com

 

Crate & Barrel ,   60 W. Co Boulevard

www.crateandbarrel.com

 

Best Local Jewelry

Altadena Watch plus Jewelry

1920 Lake Avenue, Altadena

www.facebook.com/altadenawatchco

Altadena Watch and Jewelry store is the place to go for intimate deliberations over jewelry or to get repairs. Lost an earring or inherited something you want to match? Altadena Watch and Jewelry is the place to go. It not only fixes jewelry and watches, but it can design them. It’s a little treasure of a shop.  

 

Viewer Recommended

Baldwin Jewelry ,   15 Kersting Court, Sierra Madre

www.facebook.com/baldwinjewelers

 

Estate Jewelers ,   700 Fair Oaks Opportunity, South Pasadena

www.estate-jewelers.com

 

BEST LOCAL BOOKSTORE/NEWSSTAND

Vroman’s Bookstore

695 E. Colorado Boulevard

www.vronmansbookstore.com

Vroman’s Bookstore was founded in 1894 by Adam Clark Vroman after he sold his beloved book collection to open a store. It is the oldest independent bookstore in Southern California. The store is famous for holding more than 400 community events each year and its charitable program, Vroman’s Give Back, which has raised over $783, 000 in support of literacy, the homeless and animal welfare.

 

READER RECOMMENDED

Once Upon a Time Book shop ,   2207 Honolulu Avenue, Montrose

www.shoponceuponatime.com

 

Book Alley ,   1252 E. Colorado Boulevard

www.bookalley.com

 

Best Local Men’s Clothing

Banana Republic

150 W. Colorado Boulevard

www.bananarepublic.gap.com

Banana Republic was founded in 1978 and is owned simply by Gap Inc. The upscale retailer sells versatile, timeless styles of men’s and women’s clothing and accessories carefully designed with high-quality materials.

 

Reader Recommended

P. M. Jacoy Menswear ,   2650 Mission Street

www.pmjacoy.com

 

Mark Piscitelli ,   589 E. Green Street

www.markpiscitellimensfashions.com

 

Best Local Pet Store

My Pet Garden

2245 E. Colorado Chaussee

www.mypetgarden.com

Owned by a former Los Angeles zookeeper Joel Tatum, My Pet Garden’s core philosophy revolves around nutrition. It offers dog and cat grooming; training; dog day care; boarding; and a range of food, toys and supplies. Its groomers are all a part of a free dog grooming program called Every Dog Has Its Day, which increases adoption chances.

 

Reader Suggested

Steve’s Pets ,   2395 Lake Avenue

www.stevespetstore.com

 

I Dig My Dog ,   2160 E. Foothill Boulevard

www.idigmydog.com

 

Best Local Shoe Shop

Run With Us

235 N. Lake Avenue

www.clubrunwithus.com

Run With Us was established in early 2000 to address the community’s lack of a store specializing in running. It boasts a large staff with over 110 years of combined experience in the running industry, with firsthand knowledge upon injuries, training programs plus marathon racing. Customers can expect a high-quality experience when shopping for the perfect running shoes.

 

Reader Recommended

DSW ,   300 Electronic. Colorado Boulevard

www.dsw.com

 

Lucha’s Comfort Shoes ,   921 Fair Oaks Avenue

 

BEST LOCAL SPORTING GOODS

REI Co-Op

214 N. Santa Anita Avenue, Arcadia

www.rei.com

REI has been in business since 1938, when Lloyd and Mary Anderson and a group of 21 of their climbing friends became frustrated with the lack of high quality climbing gear and decided to source their own directory from Austria. Since then, REI has been a reliable place to find quality outdoor gear. Because they remain a membership service, 70% of their annual profits are invested back into the outdoor community.

 

READER RECOMMENDED

Run With Us , 235 N. Lake Avenue

www.clubrunwithus.com

 

Big 5 ,   3719 E. Co Boulevard

www.big5sportinggoods.com

   

Ideal Local Women’s Clothing

Sidecca

1389 E. Washington Boulevard

www.sidecca.square.site

For a look that is quirky and shows off every individual style, Sidecca is a perfect stop. The whimsical, retro boutique has a selection of creative women’s clothing, shoes, accessories, décor and gifts. Sidecca’s goal is to give its customers an enjoyable shopping experience that inspires them to take fashion risks and be confident.

 

Reader Recommended

Banana Republic ,   150 W. Colorado Boulevard

www.bananarepublic.gap.com

 

April Blooms Boutique ,   14 E. Bellevue Drive

www.aprilblooms.com

 

Best Shopping Destination

Old Pasadena

23 E. Colorado Boulevard

www.oldpasadena.org

Old Pas is 22 blocks of refurbished late-19th and early 20th century architecture. Locals and visitors encounter many opportunities to shop and dine, as there are many retailers and restaurants in its open-air plazas plus Colorado Boulevard.

 

Reader Recommended

Westfield Santa Anita Mall ,   400 S. Baldwin Avenue

www.shopsatsantaanita.com

 

South Lake Method ,   201 S. Lake Opportunity

www.southlakeavenue.org

 

Best Nursery

Armstrong Garden Centers

352 E. Glenarm Street

www.armstronggarden.com

Having served California communities for 130 years, Armstrong Garden Centers has a plethora of gardening and landscape experience in our unique climate. The company strives to provide the customers the best horticultural knowledge and the widest range of high-quality plants and garden products.

 

Audience Recommended

Bellefontaine Nursery ,   838 S. Fair Oaks Avenue

www.bellefontainenursery.com

 

San Gabriel Nursery & Florist ,   632 S. San Gabriel Chaussee

www.sgnursery.com

 

Best Local Toy Store

The Dinosaur Farm

1510 Mission Road

www.dinosaurfarm.com

Established in 1994, The Dinosaur Farm dubs itself as “not your ordinary toy store. ” While it carries items unrelated to dinosaurs and traditional staples, the shop is known for its wide range of dinosaur toys, books, games, costumes and more. Its online store also features nothing but prehistoric creatures.  

 

Reader Recommended

San Marino Toy & Book Shoppe ,   2476 Huntington Drive

www.sanmarinotoys.com

 

Vroman’s Bookstore ,   695 E. Colorado Boulevard

www.vromansbookstore.com

 

IDEAL ANTIQUES

Pasadena Antique Mall 

309 E. Green Street

www.thepasadenaantiquemall.com

The Pasadena Antique Mall boasts a wide range of inventory from antique furniture to Disney memorabilia. If you can’t find what you are looking for, it offers a “wish list” feature that adds your own items to a dealers’ list. It can then search its inventory and the store’s buyers can keep an eye out for them on acquisition trips.

 

READER SUGGESTED

Huntington Collection ,   2670 E. Colorado Boulevard

www.huntingtonhealth.org/community/ huntington-collection

 

Pasadena Antique Center ,   480 S. Fair Oak trees Avenue

www.pasadenaantiquecenter.com

 

BEST RESALE/VINTAGE

Huntington Collection

2670 E. Colorado Boulevard

www.huntingtonhealth.org/community/ huntington-collection

The Huntington Collection is a resale shop benefiting the Huntington Senior Care Network, a program that helps older and disabled adults stay healthy and independent. It is a small part of the larger organization Huntington Health, an affiliate of Cedars-Sinai.

 

READER RECOMMENDED 

Full Circle Thrift ,   2245 River Avenue, Altadena

www.fullcirclethriftshop.org

 

Meowmeowz ,   2423 E. Colorado Boulevard

www.meowmeowz.bigcartel.com

 

Best Appliances

Snyder Diamond

432 H. Arroyo Parkway

www.snyderdiamond.com

Snyder Diamond is a family-owned and -operated business that was established in Los Angeles in 1949. Its three locations feature a large array of decorative plumbing, fine hardware and brand-name appliances at reasonable prices for its local community.

 

Reader Recommended

George’s Kitchen & Bath ,   99 Palmetto Drive

www.georgesshowroom.com

 

Ultra Bathroom & Kitchen/Friedmans Home Experience ,   318 Electronic. Huntington Drive

www.friedmanshomeexperience.com

 

Best Outdoor/Patio Furniture Retailer

Fishbecks Patio Center

a hundred and fifty S. Raymond Avenue

www.fishbecks.com

A tradition in Pasadena since 1899, Fishbecks Patio Center is one of the region’s largest outlets for outdoor plus casual furniture. Its retro brick warehouse showcases trendy wood, metal and wicker items perfect for outdoor living in Southern California.

 

Reader Recommended

Patioworld ,   520 E. Co Boulevard

www.patioworld.net

 

Terra Outdoor Living ,   422 S. Lake Avenue

www.terraoutdoor.com

 

Best Flea Market

Rose Bowl Flea Market

1001 Rose Bowl Drive

www.rgcshows.com

The Rose Bowl Flea Market is one of the most well-attended and vendor-profitable flea markets in the nation. Occurring on the second Sunday of every month, the market offers a range of high-quality vendors that not only attracts shoppers of all ages but worldwide attention.

 

Readers Recommended

Pasadena Community College Flea Market ,   1570 E. Colorado Boulevard

www.pasadena.edu

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