Monthly Archives: June 2009

Pacific Sales on South Lake Avenue in Pasadena

Pacific Sales opening soon on South Lake Avenue

Pacific Sales opening soon on South Lake Avenue

The former Strouds clothing store on South Lake Avenue (across from the newly remodeled Macy’s) was empty for quite some time. However, over the past few months, the appliance store Pacific Sales – famous for “high-end brands at the lowest prices” – has been building out the space. As one can see passing by the store, it looks like the interior is close to finishing and should be opening up any week now. Some brands that they offer include: Miele, Viking, Wolf, Kitchen Aid, and Sub-Zero.

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Levitt Pavilion Commences Free Summer Concert Series in Pasadena

Hundreds gather to watch the free concert series provided by Levitt Pavilion of the Performing Arts

Hundreds gather to watch the free concert series provided by Levitt Pavilion of the Performing Arts

One of the best things about summertime in Pasadena has got to be the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts at Memorial Park. This past week, the free concert series started its program with a variety of music genres for each day of the week starting on Wednesdays all the way through Sundays. From Latin to Jazz to Children’s Hour, concert goers sit comfortably on either the grass or benches in front of the beautiful Art Deco-designed “Gold Band Shell.”

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Gold Bug Retail Store Expands in Old Pasadena

Gold Bug, a purveyor of art and unique pieces, is expanding by annexing a space adjacent to it

Gold Bug, a purveyor of art and other unique pieces, is expanding by annexing a space adjacent to it

The Gold Bug store – selling art and other unique pieces – is expanding in Old Pasadena. It sits on the ground floor of the One Colorado parking structure on Union St. and will be expanding its space through a little reconfiguration.

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A Snapshot of Old Pasadena

Crossing Colorado Blvd

Crossing Colorado Blvd

This past Sunday, as the weather warmed up from the June Gloom overcast days and the chalk festival at Paseo Colorado was taking place, I decided to capture a few shots of pedestrian crowds milling about Old Pasadena. There wasn’t really a particular reason why I decided to take these pictures, but I think it ended up being a nice snapshot of “just another” day in Pasadena.

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Upkeep Around Pasadena

Fountain Glen senior housing complex is getting some cosmetic maintenance done to the facade of the building

Fountain Glen senior housing complex is getting some cosmetic maintenance done to the facade of the building

Looks like the “active lifestyle” senior housing complex, Fountain Glen, is updating the exterior facade by putting on a fresh coat of paint. From what I could tell, it looked like workers were painting the balcony railings from a greenish-hue to black. Besides that, I’m not quite sure what new colors, if any, will be replacing the current neutral tones on the building. The building is located on Union St. across from Target’s garden center.

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Pasadena’s New Convention Center Shines

Franklin High students gather on the plaza with family and friends celebrating their graduation

Franklin High students gather on the plaza with family and friends celebrating their graduation

LA’s Franklin High students graduated this past Friday and celebrated their rite of passage with family and friends at the newly expanded $150 million Pasadena Convention Center. The expansive plaza in front of the new convention center as well as the original 1931 Civic Auditorium create an example of a great public space.

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Elements Kitchen Coming to Pasadena Playhouse, etc.

Elements Kitchen will be opening a second restaurant at the Pasadena Playhouse. Their other location is on Dayton St. and Fair Oaks Ave.

Elements Kitchen will be opening a second restaurant at the Pasadena Playhouse. Their other location is on Dayton St. and Fair Oaks Ave.

Some exciting new developments in the Pasadena dining scene. Elements Kitchen will be taking over a former Moroccan restaurant at the Pasadena Playhouse and complementing Zona Rosa Caffe a couple of doors down on El Molino Ave. Naga Naga Ramen gets its new signage up. And a new “American restaurant” will be taking over the Siena space on Union St.

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New KPCC Radio Station in Pasadena

FM with IQ

"FM with IQ"

I listen to KPCC (89.3 FM) whenever I’m in the car or brushing my teeth in the morning. With all the less-than-stellar music being pumped out on the FM waves these days, I figure I might as well listen to some radio with “IQ” and get something out of it.

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Update on Granite Park Luxury Condos in Pasadena

Granite Park, a luxury condo project, is progressing slowly in line with market conditions

Granite Park, a luxury condo project, is progressing slowly in line with market conditions

Located behind the shops and restaurants on South Lake Avenue, Granite Park has been chugging along slowly (hoping and waiting for the market to rebound I assume). The health of the market is especially important to this project since the condo units here actually start at $1 million and go up to $2 million. If this project turns out to be anything like the Montana Residences, then I think it might actually be attractive/worth it to those who can afford it.

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Ed Hardy Sample Sale at Pasadena Convention Center

Piles and piles of clothes at the Ed Hardy Sample Sale

Piles and piles of clothes at the Ed Hardy Sample Sale

For all those who are still fans of Ed Hardy’s crazy designs (I admit, I have one Ed Hardy shirt in my closet), there is a sample sale going on at the Pasadena Convention Center. According to one of the workers at the front door, this sale is supposed to go through this weekend as well as next weekend. So if you’re in the area and feel like rummaging through piles and piles of clothes, then this might give you something to do.

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