What To Do, Shop, See and Learn this Month in Pasadena

Vintage Revival

What’s old is cool again as secondhand shopping offers a sustainable, stylish option to grow your wardrobe. Samara Hodgson and her partner, Robert, opened clothing boutique South Pas Vintage on Mission Street in South Pasadena. It’s the first vintage shop of its kind in the area, featuring a treasure trove of finds from about a dozen vendors under one roof, meaning customers get a mix of different styles—from Gucci loafers to a Tupac tank top straight from the ’90s—at various price points, from $5 to hundreds of dollars. Vendors run the gamut from up-and-coming shops like My Friend Vintage to seasoned shops like Picky Jane, whose 1920s Hungarian blouse was spotted on actress Amber Heard.

Hope Grows

World-renowned health center City of Hope provides cancer patients access to top-quality care, clinical trials, and cutting-edge innovations. Recently, City of Hope completed its acquisition of Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), a network of oncology hospitals and outpatient care centers across the United States. With CTCA, the combined organization will serve approximately 115,000 patients each year, with more than 11,000 team members and 575 physicians across a network of locations in California, Arizona, Illinois, and Georgia. City of Hope’s world-class cancer services and capabilities will now reach many more patients, families, and communities.


Following the success of Byredo’s pop-up at The Grove, the fragrance-driven brand opened its latest retail space in Silver Lake in February. The boutique is well-stocked with its signature perfumes, home items, body care, and makeup, all set against a Scandinavian-style backdrop. Popular picks include candles ($45–$90) crafted in smoked black-glass vessels that elevate any space, while the label’s cult perfumes, like Gypsy Water (from $196), are worth a prominent place on your nightstand.

Much like Byredo’s product packaging, the store’s unique design concept is both modern and refreshingly minimal. The exterior façade is composed of light-reflecting lava stone while the interior incorporates key design elements, including contrasting textures, pops of color, and high ceilings. Custom Italian terrazzo and aluminum are found in all doors and counters in a variety of finishes, accented by steel-clad wall panels and bubblegum-pink-lacquered tables, offset by bespoke pieces, including a Moroccan hand-knotted carpet and a custom daybed.

Wine + Dine

Neighborhood liquor store Altadena Beverage & Market has a fresh look and hip vibe thanks to new owners Adam and Kate Vourvoulis, who also own Pasadena’s popular natural wine purveyor Good Luck Wine Shop and winery Vin de California.

In addition to wine and liquor, the market houses a curated assortment of local products, including small-batch, fruit-infused vinegars from Sideyard Shrubs, artisanal baguettes and loaves from Bub and Grandma’s, and CSA boxes from biodynamic Windrose Farm. In addition to fresh fare, there’s also shelf-stable goods, snacks, and sweets for your larder, including pasta from Pasadena’s own Semolina.

Hands-on Fun

Formerly known as the Xiem Clay Center, the recently rebranded Green & Bisque Clayhouse fosters an ever-growing community of ceramic artists under the leadership of new owner Bridgette Mathews and her team of dedicated instructors. Inside the inspiring studio environment, all skill levels can embrace their creative spirit and explore the craft. The North Lake Avenue studio space offers six-week classes for adults throughout the year, including wheel work and hand building, workshops with well-pedigreed guest instructors, and classes for kids on Sundays. Those seeking extra “hands-on” training can sign up for private lessons.

Love at First Strike

Elevate your home-fragrance experience from strike to flame with new perfumed matches from local candle company Boheme Fragrances. Whether you’re lighting a votive or some kindling, these elongated, elegant matches will surely add flair to your fire.  Handcrafted in Poland from sustainable aspen wood, the Girl on Fire collection is available in four scents: Marisol (cardamom, clove, and sandalwood), Seraphina (petitgrain, iris, and oriris), Ember (red currant, mimosa, and vanilla), and Phoenix (pink pepper, violet, and rosewood).