Family-owned Anderson Business Technology opened in 1912 as Anderson Typewriter, and in its century of business, it’s had several locations in Old Pasadena. An early advertising slogan was "We sell and service anything that writes," and indeed, the company credits its longevity with its ability to adapt with the times, moving first from manual to electric typewriters and then to computer-based communications.
Today, Anderson offers an array of digital-connected office equipment, as well as stand-alone copiers, fax, printers, shredders, dictation equipment, and calculators. Services include consultation, purchase/lease/rental options, free installation, customized training, and on-going product support.
Audio Element is the product of a well-established and respected tradition of quality in-home audio. Owned and operated by Brian Berdan, the staff at Audio Element has a knack for helping to figure out exactly what their clients need and executing the delivery and installation of music systems to the highest degree.
Visiting this highly curated audio space, you’ll experience Audio Element’s one-of-a-Turntable Bar™, featuring a plethora of turntables that can quickly be tested through any set of speakers. Audition several complete systems at various price points providing you with accurate and harmonious sound to enjoy your favorite music with your friends and family. And don’t forget to immerse yourself in their interactive listening room, professionally built to create a neutral space to authentically audition the performance of your desired gear.
Audio Element carries the best sounding audio components for the novice listener all the way to the long-time audiophile. They also offer helpful services such as turntable setup and system tuning.
Old Pasadena’s highly visible, trained, and friendly Block by Block Ambassadors Guides are part of a cooperative effort to enhance and promote Old Pasadena as a unique, authentic, and vibrant downtown experience. Guides provide guests with information and directions to area businesses and attractions, have the ability to communicate with the Pasadena Police Department, and facilitate area improvements through communication and contacts.
The Guides are radio equipped and dispatched for a variety of services. They patrol by foot, bicycle, and Segway throughout the Old Pasadena and are easy to spot with their gold shirts adorned with the Old Pasadena Management District logo on the front and their warm, welcoming smiles.
Ictus Consulting, LLC is an independent company dedicated to providing comprehensive, intelligent, and high quality consulting services in the field of records and information management.
The mission of Idealab – a start-up incubator – is to turn innovative ideas into successful technology businesses. Founded in 1996 by entrepreneur Bill Gross, Idealab has developed and evolved a process for maximizing the potential of its new businesses. Once an idea is prototyped, Idealab shares with its operating companies its market-tested knowledge, operational support, and strategic guidance.
Today, Idealab creates technology businesses based on proprietary technologies that enjoy high margins and have significant potential for sustainable, profitable growth. It provides a full range of resources to infuse start-ups with the support they need to rapidly introduce innovative products and services. Resources include office space and the accompanying office services, development and technology, product and graphic design, marketing, financial advice, human resources, competitive research, legal, accounting and business development support and services. In addition, Idealab provides advice on strategy, branding, and corporate structure.
The Old Pasadena Management District (OPMD) is a non-profit business organization that creatively plans, manages, and develops Old Pasadena as a unique, authentic, and vibrant downtown experience. The OPMD currently contracts with the City of Pasadena to manage the Old Pasadena Business Improvement District (BID). The BID enhances the basic City services by funding district-wide security, marketing, and maintenance programs to provide a clean, safe vibrant downtown experience. All operations are financed through annual tax assessments on privately owned commercial property. The Old Pasadena BID was formed in 2000 and recently approved for a ten-year term to be renewed in 2025.
This organization is led by a cross section of Old Pasadena stakeholders and managed by professional staff. This includes merchants, tenants, property owners, residents and city management, led by 17 volunteer directors. Geographic boundaries of the Business Improvement District (BID) are Pasadena Avenue to the west, Arroyo Parkway to the east, Del Mar Boulevard to the south and Walnut Street to the north. The District is a 22-block National Register Historic District, and includes two historic public parks, Central Park and Memorial Park.
The Management District is:
The caretaker of Old Pasadena's public spaces
A destination marketer
A public policy advocate for Old Pasadena
A center city housing and transportation advocate
An information source
A special events producer
One Colorado is an outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment district spanning one and a half city blocks in Old Pasadena, roughly bounded by Colorado Boulevard, Union Street, De Lacey, and Fair Oaks Avenues. This award-winning destination unites the urban environment of 17 historic buildings with 40 contemporary fashion and dining attractions, including Anthropologie, Patagonia, Sage Plant Based Bistro & Brewery, and IPIC Theaters. One Colorado Food District includes a row of convenient concept restaurants, including Main Chick, Dirt Dog, and Tacos 1986, along Union Street. Longstanding favorites, Russell's diner, renowned for breakfast, and 21 Choices Frozen Yogurt are found on Fair Oaks Avenue.
Shopping options are varied and include both national retailers and independent small businesses. From Sephora and Aesop, to Skin Laundry and The Soap Kitchen, beauty is covered. Jewelers include high-end Place Vendome, trendy Gorjana, and Brilliant Earth to fulfill your diamond needs. Curated home goods can be found at MAUM General Store, and Parachute.
The One Colorado Courtyard, designed in the tradition of European town squares, is one of Old Pasadena’s public gathering spaces, offering regularly scheduled outdoor film screenings, live music, art markets, children’s programs, and site-specific art installations.
For over three decades, PCI has focused on the Southern California marketplace with the singular objective to set a new standard for excellence in the parking industry. Throughout the market, PCI leases, manages or operates over 180 facilities ranging from 200 to 25,000 spaces. In Old Pasadena, PCI operates the three Park & Walk facilities in Old Pasadena: Schoolhouse, De Lacey, and Marriott garages.