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Founded by Adrian Kalvinskas in 1989, Pasadena’s Distant Lands grew out of his love for travel. From an early age, Adrian followed his mother Louanne on her adventures around the globe, from Morocco to Australia, and to many places in-between. Today, Distant Lands still serves the needs of travelers, whether they are bound for a trekking expedition in Tibet or a relaxing weekend in Santa Barbara. Hailed as a “wanderlust’s dream”, they continue to provide you with the tools you’ll need for traveling anywhere in the world by providing supplies such as maps, clothing, specialty gear, luggage, travel accessories and one of the best travel book libraries this side of the Mississippi. Be sure to check their website for upcoming programs and events.


After only a few months in business, Burbank’s Up Pup ‘N’ Away has already been featured on our local KCBS news as among the top 5 stores for pets. That’s an impressive accomplishment for a new business, but when you’re good, people are going to find out! They have just about everything, but their specialty is travel gear to make you and your best buddy’s life more convenient and comfortable. Plane, train, or automobile, your pet gets to travel in style, with the ultimate goal to make this “the” travel store for pets. All their toys and treats are made in the good ol’ USA, always. Natural food brands like Taste of the Wild and Honest Kitchen are on hand, as are beds, sweaters, rain gear, collars, leashes, and other cute stuff. For two-legged mammals, there are key chains, apparel, jewelry, and gifts. Oh, and no pet owner should be without one of the first aid kits. Training and behavior help are there for stressed out owners and pets, and new grooming services are coming soon! Since Up Pup ‘N’ Away is located in Magnolia Park, it’s no surprise they are open late for Ladies Night Out, held the last Friday of every month.


The Piken Company has long been among the most well-known commercial real estate firms in Southern California. Robert M. Piken, the president of The Piken Company, is a California Licensed Real Estate Broker, and directs the company’s brokerage business, as well as overseeing the other company functions. The company currently manages and provides brokerage services for numerous retail, office, industrial and apartment properties in the region. The Company’s many sales, leasing and property management professionals provide personalized real estate services to many satisfied clients. The company’s hundreds of millions of dollars in retail, restaurant, office, apartment and industrial sales, rental transactional commitments and high occupancy rates attest to the success of its agents and staff. In keeping with its high professional standards, The Piken Company continually educates itself on the current marketplace to determine the appropriate sales prices and leasing rates in the areas that it serves.


Whatever the event, Michael Nogueira’s Sir Michael’s Party Rentals and Limousine Service in Eagle Rock has all your corporate or personal catering, party rental and limousine needs covered (including a classic Rolls Royce and classic convertible Cadillac), all under one roof. This includes everything from tables, linens, flatware and china, to dance floors, champagne fountains and concession equipment - and that’s just the tip of the party-supplies iceberg! Sir Michael’s can bring the party to your own backyard with mouth-watering traditional Mexican dishes, homemade Italian fare and good ol’ backyard BBQ, all from Cafe Bellissimo Catering. Best of all, Sir Michael’s is a non-corporate community business. Stop by for your free consultation and see for yourself!


My Other Office in downtown Burbank operates with the belief that sharing and collaboration in the workplace can lead to innovation and creativity. Their large collaborative space is located in the heart of the city and offers all the amenities in a modern office. If you are in need of a work space for meeting clients, hosting group meetings or conducting a professional seminar, My Other Office is the ideal solution. Or it might be the case that you work from home, but find that there are too many distractions. My Other Office can help with that, too. By having a variety of rooms and spaces set up for short- or long-term use, this shared work environment is great for creative professionals. There are conference rooms wired for presentation capabilities, the common conveniences of an office (like staplers, printers and Wi-Fi), sound-proof phone booths for private calls and even coffee. It has the friendly, interactive atmosphere of a coffee shop in a space that won’t raise eyebrows if you choose to stay for eight or more hours.


For over forty years, the Indian Art Center of California in Studio City has delighted visitors with Southwest Native American jewelry and artifacts. As one of the largest and oldest Native American stores in Los Angeles, it offers something for everyone—from the smallest gift to the most inspiring collection. They specialize in authentic Native American art such as Navajo handmade rugs, jewelry, pottery, Kachinas, dream catchers, flutes, drums and headdresses. A genuine respect for the Native American culture and a passion for craftsmanship have earned them a reputation for quality and authenticity. Whether you are familiar with Native American culture or are eager to learn more, the friendly staff is more than willing to show you around their store, guaranteeing you will leave happy you stopped in.

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