Shop the Block: Pasadena’s The Loved One

Photo by LEO JARZOMB

Photo by LEO JARZOMB

By Evelyn Barge

Elvia Lahman and Hannah Metz are on a mission to make unmentionables just the opposite. Taking inspiration from their own collections of old-school girly magazines, the pair launched a vintage wholesale business that took root in the late aughts.

Riding on a tidal wave of support for that venture, The Loved One co-owners set out to manufacture their own vintage-inspired lingerie line. They got a major boost from a successful campaign on Kickstarter, the popular crowd-funding website, and launched two pop-up shops to introduce Angelenos and New Yorkers to their growing line of retro underthings. After a positive response, Lahman said they knew it was time to open up shop — a real brick-and-mortar one in Pasadena.

That dream came to fruition in June 2011, when The Loved One moved into its new digs on Holly Street.

“Our desire at The Loved One is to provide an original and fun shopping experience for our customers,” Lahman said. “We pride ourselves on our sometimes cheeky seasonal displays and arrange all of our vintage garments with care, creating easy-to-shop collections.”

The vintage mavens rotate in new, handpicked stock every week, and they also carry some independent design labels, like Dear Creatures, Stacy Ellen Rich and Frances Baker. The Loved One boutique goes beyond the underpinnings, too, offering women’s apparel, and even some menswear and children’s picks.

2 E. Holly St.
Tuesday-Saturday,
11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sunday, noon-6 p.m.
626-304-0009
thelovedone.net

Shop the Block: Glendora Village’s Fiorina


Finding Fiorina is a bit like walking into the oversized closet of a friend with
impeccable taste, and hearing her say she doesn’t mind sharing.
It’s a credit to shop proprietress Nikki Vitale, who’s made a point, since openin

g in 2003, to cater to locals looking for their favorite labels.
“So many women were forced to travel outside the city, to the West side, for the
brands that they love,” said Vitale. “I wanted to bring those big labels to this charming
community.”
Vitale stocks the shop’s brick-lined walls with pulled-together weekend wear (sweaters

from Free People, maxi dresses from Michael Stars and Three Dots), premium denim

(Sold Design Lab, AG, Hudson) and work wear (Michael Kors blazers).
In other words, a little something for everyone.
“What we carry is ageless. We have something for mom and daughter,” Vitale
said.
Men aren’t left out, either. The begrudged plus-ones become a little less begrudged

after walking to the back of the space to find a flat screen TV playing football or a

Nascar race, a comfy couch, and a cup of joe.
Also up for offer? Delicate, nature-inspired jewelry by Rawks and Krista Moline

and soy candles from Fiamma Naturals.

216 N. Glendora Ave.  No. 101, Glendora
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday
626-963-5770
shopfiorina.com

Shop the Block: Glendora Village’s Knot Too Shabby

Photo by Leo Jarzomb

By Brittany Wong


Take one look at the stately Lane Cedar Chest cheekily emblazoned with a
Union Jack flag and you’ll quickly understand: the people at Knot Too Shabby know and
love shabby chic.
Since opening the restoration furniture shop in July 2011, owner Michele
Rivera and her DIY-minded band of merrymakers have taken piece after piece of unloved
furniture and given each a splashy refinish that never encroaches on original detailing.
Take for instance, an armoire with a natural oak finish that the group gave a poppy

Tiffany blue distressed finish.
Customers who have something specific in mind opt for the “pick it before I paint it”

deal, selecting a piece from the shop’s breadth of unfinished furniture so they can call

the shots on how they want it painted.
It’s little wonder Rivera and co. have earned a cult of regular customers following their hard work.
“They’re always returning,” said Macy Clow, painter and Rivera’s right-hand woman. 

“And we’re constantly flipping the store, so there’s always something new to find.”
You won’t just find furniture, though. Between chest of drawers and antique side tables,

you’ll find an impressive scattering of thrifted goods and antique oddities – from a

geography book from 1849 to Remington typewriters, china and old-timey frames.

In tiered candy dishes, pick through bubbled glass knobs that would go for twice

as much at Anthropologie.

177 N. Glendora Ave., Glendora
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, closed
Sunday
626-914-1600
knottooshabbyfurnishings.com

Shop the Block: Glendora Village’s Lola Baby

Photo by Leo Jarzomb


By Brittany Wong

Suzy Ramirez curates a boutique for the coolest kiddos on the block at Lola
Baby. The former children’s wear designer cherry picks Run DMC-referencing onesies
and tiny Tom shoes, and sells them alongside pretty party dresses and prim
petticoats.
“I used to find all these cool independent designers when I was doing it myself
and it really made me want to open up a store featuring their stuff,” Ramirez said,
reflecting on the store’s opening four years ago.
For the girly girl, Ramirez, mom to a little girl herself, stocks fancy frocks and
pantaloons from Persnickety and vintage-inspired dresses with gingham bows and a
ruffled hemline from La Petite Couture.
A wall toward the register brims with giftable bottlecap barrettes and candy
colored bows – most which are handcrafted by local savvy stay-at-home moms that live in the area.
For the little guy or tomboy shopper, Mini Shatsu screen tees emblazoned with
faux guitars and skateboards are perfect for pairing with a fedora from the rows of Goorin
Brothers hats.
For little feet, Ramirez features everything from marigold flats with oversized
bowties by Joyfolie – a brand whose equally cutesy women’s line is sold at
Anthropologie – to socks done up to resemble checkered Vans from the brand Trumpette.
And to round everything out, there’s chic graphic printed and floral diaper bags
from longtime customer fave Petunia Pickle Bottom.

100 N. Glendora Ave.  No. 101, Glendora
11 a.m. – 5 p.m Monday-Saturday, closed Sunday
626-335-6060
facebook.com/LolaBabyGlendora

Shop the Block, East Colorado: MeowMeowz!

By Brittany Wong

Photo by Walt Mancini

Veronica Sorrow, proprietor of MeowMeowz! 1 Stop Rock shop

2423 E Colorado Blvd.
MeowMeowz! 1 Stop Rock Shop

One by one, Veronika T. Sorrow watched the Melrose punk shops of her youth disappear. When she opened her own shop MeowMeowz! in 2009, she drew heavily from memory.
“My greatest compliment is when folks realize I’m completely inspired by those rad shops from yesterday,” said Sorrow, citing Retail Slut, Bleeker Bob’s and Vinyl Fetish as examples. “East Colorado, to me, represents the new frontier.”
Like the punk shops that preceded it, MeowMeowz! carries a mom-and-pop sensibility – if mom and pop were weaned on the Ramones and Misfits records and squeezed into bondage pants.
You’ll find those pants packed into racks filled with a variety of used and new clothing: jean and leather jackets, Chinese dragon robes, Ringwald-esque polka dot dresses and the occasional pit crew button-up. Nearby, the aforementioned bands can be found in an expansive vinyl record collection, neatly organized by genre (classical, comedy, new wave, heavy metal, etc.)
The shop’s shoe selection includes platform creepers, spiked heels suggestive of Louboutin, and fringe booties, cheekily deemed “Punkahontas” on the price tag.
And like any punk shop worth its stripe, MeowMeowz! stocks posters in varieties both macabre (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Romero’s Dawn of the Dead) and maudlin (Morrissey, a print of Billie Holiday’s “Lady in Satin”).
Want to put the band buttons and patches you picked up to good use? Every Friday and Saturday night, the shop hosts a live show.

2423 E. Colorado Blvd.
626-798-6969
noon – 8 p.m. daily
meowmeowzrockshop.com; Twitter: @meowmeowzrocks

Shop the Block, East Colorado: The Original Whistle Stop

Fred Hill, owner of the Original Whistle Stop, holds a model locomotive.


By Brittany Wong

Photo by Walt Mancini
2490 E. Colorado Blvd.
The Original Whistle Stop

Near the front of The Original Whistle Stop, under locomotive headlights and salvaged train signs, sits a model mining-town with a railway that stops kids and grown-ups alike dead in their tracks.
“What would it take to build this?” the kids ask of the built-from-scratch scene, as they watch the train wiggle around a figure-eight track.
For more than 60 years, The Original Whistle Stop has sparked that kind of curiosity in its customers, which at one point included the current proprietor, Frank Hill. As a boy in the 1950s, Hill biked into the hobby store, then owned by Ed and Irene Hakkinen.
“It’s funny, though, because now I’ve watched generations come through here,” Hill said, above the small talk of diehard hobbyists on a recent Saturday afternoon.
The small-scale enthusiasts come in to buy an HO-scale double-arm windshield wiper, or a fire ant-sized hobo for a station scene and to gawk at the gleaming brass models behind glass that go for thousands of dollars. For the younger crowd, there’s Thomas the Train sets, t-shirts and conductor hats.
Railroad reads include hobby magazines and books organized by railway (New York Central, Pennsylvania, Southern Pacific, etc.).
It’s the shop’s sprawling selection that brings in everyone from JPL scientists, moms with toddlers on their hips and the occasional ‘70s rockstar hobbyist — Rod Stewart and Phil Collins among them.
“Hey, even rock stars are into trains,” Hill laughed.

2490 E. Colorado Blvd.
626-796-7791
10 a.m-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays; 11 a.m.-4 p.m Sundays
thewhistlestop.com

Shop the Block, East Colorado: Pink Plum Antiques

Inside the Pink Plum Antiques store

 

 

By Brittany Wong

2580 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pink Plum Antiques

On a recent Sunday afternoon, all manner of locals streamed into the Pink Plum Antiques shop.
There were newlyweds looking to transform their tiny living rooms into something Pinterest-worthy; patrons known on a first-name basis; and garage sale stalwarts hoping to end their weekend search on a high note.
The items they’re after may differ, but they’ve all got one thing in common – the desire to find the right piece at the right price.
They’ll likely find it at Pink Plum Antiques. Since uprooting to Pasadena from the Westside more than 10 years ago, brothers and proprietors Mitch and Craig London have made a name for themselves, largely because of the fair prices they affix to their estate-sale finds, prices that approach thrift-store levels.
“When we first opened 30 years ago, the prices were just kind of high for what thrift stores should be,” said Mitch. Their customers, after all, “are people hunting for bargains,” he added.
But the Londons also have an uncanny sense of hodgepodge. Klingons and Wookies coexist peacefully in the toy section and a handsome highboy dresser is comfortable with the tiger-print bar booth nearby.
That little-bit-of-everything take on inventory makes finding a gift for someone a cinch: A vintage Löwenbräu plug-in wall sign for your beeroisseur brother; a ‘60s smoked glass and white vinyl dining set for your modernist-loving mother; a rare Monty Python record for your dear old Anglophile dad.
Once you’ve found your prize, head to the back of the shop for a kitschy, lovingly curated Hawaiian-Polynesian paradise. Relax under the framed cheesecake pinups, hand-carved tiki statues and Easter Island heads.

2580 E. Colorado Blvd.
626-584-0046
11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through Saturdays; noon – 5 p.m. Sundays. Closed Tuesdays

Celebrations: The wedding dress

Lissette Lopez changes a wedding dress in the window display. (Photos by Sarah Reingewirtz)

MARYLINN’S COUTURE BRIDAL

MaryLinn’s Couture Bridal salon in Old Pasadena boasts top designers from around the country and the world while attracting a clientele that is almost as diverse.

The shop’s exclusive yet eclectic collection includes wedding gowns from the high-end Lebanese designer Elie Saab, award-winning British designer Ian Stuart and the popular New Jersey-based Eve of Milady.

“Our mission is to find the inner bride in every client,” said Cecy Barajas, the store’s assistant manager. “Everyone has their own vision of their wedding; our mission is to help them accomplish that.”

With more than 200 dresses in the showrooms at all times, the 6,500-square-foot store bills itself as having memorable customer service, experienced consultants and tailoring to customize any gown.

The wide-ranging collection caters to “all budgets,” with prices from $900 to $15,000.

“The trend is unique dresses and fit and flair,” Barajas said. “A lot of brides are more body conscious and want to showcase their shape.”

Wedding gowns should be ordered between five and seven months in advance.

Shoe designs from Benjamin Adams, accessories such as veils, tiaras and jewelry along with dresses for bridesmaids and mother of the bride are also sold here.

The store’s Pasadena branch opened in 2000.

78 S. Fair Oaks Ave. at Green Street
Appointments are recommended
626-585-8200
www.marylinn.com/pasadena1.html

 

Veronica Trebels (Photos by Walt Mancini)

LA SOIE BRIDAL

La Soie Bridal in the Playhouse District offers its private label for a “one-of-a-kind” wedding gown as well as first-rate designers such as Enzoani, Luna Novias by Rosa Clara and Essence of Australia.

The elegant La Soie brand — “soie” means “silk” in French — offers an array of designs, including silhouettes ranging from lace to sheath, to silk and heavily-beaded styles.

“We carry quite a variation within our own line so we can appeal to a wide market of brides,” said Veronica Trebels, manager of La Soie Bridal in Pasadena.

Whether you are looking for a trumpet fit, a mermaid gown, a modified A-line or a short wedding dress, La Soie will likely have the style for you. And if you don’t find exactly what you want out of the approximately 200 dresses in the showrooms, the store does custom alterations “that can change the look and feel of the dress in many ways,” Trebels said.

Wedding gowns range in price from about $800 to $3,900 and should be ordered at least seven to eight months in advance. Those from the local Aria line, needs ordering three months in advance.

“Pasadena is a big city with a small town feel,” Trebels said. “We feel like we’re the little bridal shop around the corner that serves the community.”

With its all-glass windows and high ceilings, the store has a clean, airy feeling that lends itself to photography, which the store permits.

Bridesmaid and mother-of-the-bride dresses as well as accessories are also available.

650 E. Colorado Blvd. at El Molino Avenue
Appointments are recommended
626-356-9889
www.lasoiebridal.com

 

Alina Pizzano (Photos by Walt Mancini)

ALINA PIZZANO COUTURE BRIDAL

Wedding gown designer Alina Pizzano custom designs gowns from start to finish with her clients and has her own private collection with the same name.

Brides that choose custom-design gowns are deeply involved in creating a dress that is “uniquely for her,” Pizzano said.

“We go through a process of a sketch, to selecting her fabrics,” Pizzano said. The bride will “feel the fabric” to help her choose. ” the San Gabriel resident said.

A fashion designer for more than 11 years, Pizzano launched her wedding gown business several years ago after discovering a “hidden pleasure” while designing her sister’s wedding gown that had a classic, old-Hollywood feel.

“I just fell in love with it,” Pizzano said. “It’s also a special time in a girl’s life … I’m honored to be sharing it with them.”

Today she owns the Alina Pizzano Couture Bridal with her husband, artist Jameel Haiat. Pizzano said she enjoys using textured and traditional bridal fabrics for the silhouettes in her collection or adding a unique twist to something more traditional.

The inspiration for her collections, including Old Hollywood, has ranged from the curvacious folds of flower petals to Frank Gehry’s design of the renowned Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Prices start at $2,500 in her private collection and have averaged between $3,800 and $6,000 for her custom made gowns, she said. Mother-of-the-bride dresses are also available and she hopes to introduce her own bridesmaid dress collection in the future, she said.

The store also sells its own belts and veils. Pizzano said she typically needs between four to six months to prepare a dress.

235 E. Colorado Blvd
Appointments only
626-584-0076
www.alinapizzano.com

– Brenda Gazzar

Shop the Block: Paseo Colorado

(Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz)

B.Luu

Since opening in 2001, on-trend women’s boutique B.Luu has remained a mainstay at the ever-changing Paseo Colorado. That’s largely a credit to the careful curation of shop owner Bachmai Luu, who packs her boutique with a bit of everything, from Plastic Island motor jackets for the bike bound to perfectly tailored blazers for the office for the clotheshorse/workhorse.

The 1,300-square feet space, done up dramatically with peach-hued accents and canopied dressing rooms, is an all-in-one shop stop. Amid the lush interior, find easy Coachella-wear (like a Dolce Vita American flag tank with a cutaway hem that’s dying to be paired with cutoff jeans,  and party dresses from the likes of Ella Moss and Frock! By Tracy Reese.

For the more mod-minded girl, the boutique features a spade of ‘60s-inspired frocks from Alice + Olivia and flowy, color blocked tiered tanks from Patterson J. Kincaid. There’s denim from faves DL 1961 and Adriano Goldschmeid, while a center counter brims with all the Michael Stars tees and tanks you’d ever need for pairing.

The shop also features neon-hued clutches and handbags from Big Buddha and aromatic candles by Votivo (the red currant, with its hints of sugary vanilla bean ice cream, is a particular favorite.)

Be sure to snag some locally-designed barrettes and bedazzled bobby pins by Jane Tran.

340 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 135
10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday
626-792-4140
bluustyle.com

 

Peter Dille gets a haircut by master stylist Berjouhi Beramian. (Photo by Walt Mancini)

18 | 8

On a back wall of the men’s hair salon 18 | 8, there hangs portraits of Bogart, Cary Grant and Sean Connery. Besuited and suave, the three serve as patron saints of the well-groomed man the upgraded barbershop has sent off into the world since opening on Colorado Boulevard in October 2002.

Ted McNulty, a close-cropped regular, is one of them. After three years of patronage, McNulty can ably sum up the salon’s appeal: “good service, great haircuts and free beer.”

Indeed, outside of the obligatory issues of Esquire and Car and Driver, the men are welcomed with a drink of their choice (wine, a Corona or Coors or more soberly, coffee) and a steady stream of Sinatra and Dino to set the tone.

Once called up, patrons are treated to two types of haircuts: the classic, which includes a cut, shampoo and condition and a hot towel finish or the executive, an option that comes with all of the above along with a five-minute neck and shoulder massage.

Master stylist Berjouhi Beramian said she’s seen an uptick in the men coming in for additional services. Having scrapped the idea that grooming is a discredit to their masculinity, they now come in to have the gray in their mustache dabbed out or for straight edge shaves, the latter which Beramian calls “the ultimate luxury for men.”

“What a day at the spa is for women, the straight edge shave is for men,” Beramian said. “They love it.”

374 E. Colorado Blvd.
626-844-7188
10 a.m.-7 p.m Monday
10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday
9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday
11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
eighteeneight.com

 

(Photo by Walt Mancini)

Buttercup

With its eco-friendly toys and one-size-doesn’t fit all philosophy on strollers, just-under-a-year-old Buttercup has quickly endeared itself to the mindful, design-savvy parent.

The roughly 3,000-square feet shop, owned by a local mother of two, stocks a stroller brand for every kind of parent. For the outdoorsy, marathon-training mom, B.O.B. makes sturdy strollers ready for all-terrain, while 4moms’ new origami stroller folds in on itself with a push of the button – clearly an ideal feature for the multi-tasking papa. (The high-tech ride also features an LCD screen that reads speed, distance and current temperature.)

The shop’s equally unique clothing selection includes cheeky statement onesies from Punkster (“Big in Japan,” “Make Babies, Not War,” “iPood”) and two-piece PJs and tees made from bamboo from Kicky Pants.

As for toys, Speck’s foamy, freestanding iPad case makes gameplay easy for toddlers while Hape’s award-winning mini cars come with customizable parts that can be disassembled and fit to other cars for maximum vroom-ing.

“The kids really get into them, but dads love them,” Buttercup manager Frances Chen said of the bamboo-made cars.

An open-air play area in the back allows parents and kids to get tactile with samples of toys in stock, including many by Plan Toys, a company whose play sets (carports, play food and tea sets) are made from clean, natural rubber wood and pieced together with certified E-Zero glue in place of traditional toxic wood glue.

Buttercup also stocks all the tried and true toys we’ve all grown up with, from sock monkeys to classic roller toys for toddlers. “Which one is the quietest?” a mother of a 2-year-old asked of the roller toys on a recent Saturday afternoon. Chen laughed, and said: “Try them out and see.”

289 East Green St.
11 am – 9 pm. Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday
626-796-0066
buttercupbabystore.com

– Brittany Wong

Shop the Block: Lake Ave.

Carmody & Co. 

(Walt Mancini / Staff Photographer)

As a recent Saturday night inches closer to closing time at Carmody & Co. card store, an older man walks in, offers a greeting and summarily makes his plan known: “I want to find something that’s not nice—something for an 85-year-old, something…curmudgeonly.”

He’s in the right place. Since opening its doors five years ago, Carmody & Co. has served everyone from elementary schoolers looking to top their last themed birthday party to 80-somethings looking to prank their buddies.
After trading their Union and Arroyo Parkway digs for The Commons and the draw of validated parking, the Carmody & Co. crew is back to servicing patrons with predilection for all things personal.
“People are starting to say, ‘I’m sick of emails, I need to write a thank you note,’” shop owner  Terry Clougherty happily reports.
Carmody & Co. can pull off bling—a plume of purple feathers here, a scattering of Swarovski crystals there—but they’ve got understated in the bag, too, as evidenced by an orange cursive-script gala invitation the store recently designed. (The card seller provides non-profits and schools with a 15 percent discount.)
Besides a wall-to-wall selection of in-house cards, the store boasts a library of book-ordering catalogues from the likes of Lallie and industry darlings Crane & Co. and William Arthur.
And on weekdays, graphic designer and store manager Kathy Boyadzhyan is on hand to provide the choosiest of brides-to-be with custom cards.
146 S. Lake Ave., Ste. 106
 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday
(626) 795-2924, carmodynco.com 
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The Cheese Store of Pasadena

(Walt Mancini / Staff Photographer)

Look past the immaculate Ferrari-red slicer and the shelves of sea salt and truffle oil, and you’ll find what you’re really after: cheese. Slabs of it, decorously laid out on individual silver platters for your peering pleasure. From 12-year-old sharp cheddar lovingly aged by Wisconsin’s Hook’s Cheese Co. to France’s speckled blue St. Agur, the Cheese Store of Pasadena has it all.
Since its well-timed 10.10.10 opening, Louis and Natalia Pastis’ shop at The Commons has gained a reputation as a landing place for the just-returned traveler, eager to track down the brie they fell in love with in Europe. But it’s also the place where the artisan-cheese unacquainted can taste their way to an education.
“We’re a perfect venue for beginners, actually,” Louis says. “At a grocery store, you need to know what you’re looking for because you’re basically on your own. Here, a cheesemonger helps you pair your cheese with different types of food and drink.”
The non-dairy products are well worth bringing home, too, from olive oil sourced from artisan brands like Sonoma’s Merchant & Millers to handmade, naturally-colored pasta imported from Italy. Twice a week, local artisan baker Bread Lounge delivers baguettes and olive loafs that beg to be joined in a crusty grilled cheese union with your cheese of choice
And all this with nary a slip of the “s” word.
“Cheese is never ‘stinky’ in our store. We always use the word ‘aromatic,’” Louis says.
Then he divulges an insider’s tip: The stinkier, the better.

140 S. Lake Ave., Ste. 107
10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
(626) 405-0050, cheesestorepasadena.com 
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Kimono no Kobeya 

(Walt Mancini / Staff Photographer)

When Mikko Nakatomi first opened Kimono no Kobeya, a modestly-sized kimono and Japanese accessories boutique nestled in the Burlington Arcade, the name, which she roughly translates to “Kimono is in a Small Room,” was fitting.
But since opening in 2006, that room had become a little too fitting, the handpicked inventory Nakatomi’s nabs from biyearly supply-runs to Kyoto bursting the seams of the tiny shop.
“There was just too, too much stuff!” laughs Nakatomi, who recently settled into a much larger 900-square feet space across the way. (The shop is also directly across from her namesake hair salon, allowing the petite proprietress to peek over when she’s too tied up in tresses to be there.)
Nakatomi’s careful curation of kimonos and haoris (a half-length kimono jacket) has endeared her to an Asian Pacific Museum-savvy clientele, who drape the kimonos over a basic tank or black evening dress for an interesting silhouette or breezily repurpose them  as table runners and tapestries.

The space is also filled with gift items, origami paper and tea ceremony essentials like handkerchiefs and sweet picks for divvying up moist cakes.
But the focus remains on the haoris and kimonos, all of which are arranged by color—new mingling with vintage, geometric patterns and swirling florals rubbing shoulders with silk done up in stunning Shibori tie dye.
380 S. Lake Ave., Ste. 103, (626) 796-8881 
Tuesday-Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday
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Ten Thousand Villages

(Walt Mancini / Staff Photographer)

A good news star picks up a little wind and sways near the front door of Ten Thousand Villages. The ornament’s coiled recycled newsprint construction is impressive, but the piece’s real worth lies in the opportunities it may provide.
With each purchase made, the artisans of the Women’s Multipurpose Cooperative in the Philippines are ensured a fair wage and provided with assistance in obtaining skills training.
At Ten Thousand Villages, every product tells a story. Many of them are handily relayed on the attached price tags or a print out passed on at the checkout.
“It makes it so much more personal if you’re giving something as a gift,” says Hayley Chesshir, a sales associate who’s seen customers commute from as far as Ventura for the fair-minded goods.
Laid out by color, the store features a bevy of gift contenders, from multicolored scarves and shawls from India to fair-trade coffee and knitted finger puppets from Peru for the little ones. You’ll also find furniture made from sustainable wood sourced from Indonesia and supplied by Portland-based Tropical Salvage.
Fresh from celebrating its fifth birthday in a new location across the way from their old address, the shop is still the sole California outpost for Ten Thousand Villages, a national fair-trade retailer that features work by artisan groups from more than 38 countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

567 S. Lake Ave.
10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday
(626) 229-9892, pasadena.tenthousandvillages.com 

- By Brittany Wong, Correspondent