Shop Indie | Dine Local | Only in Old Pas!
Old Pasadena is home to a wonderful variety of retailers including prestigious nationals, one-of-kind boutiques, and everything in between. Support local by looking for the "Only in Old Pas" stamp next to businesses that are either one-of-a-kind and unique to Old Pasadena, or have few regional locations and embody the indie spirit. If you choose to shop online or by phone, ask about contact-free curbside pick-up.
The Alley, a Taiwanese bubble-tea chain, specializes in premium tea-based tapioca drinks, using quality, roasted tea leaves sourced from various regions. Its menu is made up of several beverage series, such as milk tea, brewed tea, and fruit tea and juice. Its signature drinks are the brown-sugar "Deerioca" series - named for the brand’s trademark tapioca pearls, cooked with brown-sugar lava for two hours. The slow-cooking process makes them satisfyingly soft and chewy with a distinct sweet flavor, served warm. Guests can choose to pair the Deerioca with fresh milk, soy milk, oat milk, or matcha.
Calling itself "A tea lover’s paradise," Chado Tea Room offers a complete Afternoon Tea (served all day) without a hint of snobbery. Soup, salad, sandwiches, scones, and cakes are also available separately. More than 300 different types of specialty teas are on hand, as well as exclusive tea accessories. The beautiful tea room can be reserved for special events like bridal or baby showers; full catering service is offered too!
Indiana Colony— a namesake derived from the first group of settlers in Pasadena – is a charming marketplace of local, independent food and retail vendors. Housed in a historical building, the collective has been beautifully restored and features the original brick walls and wood floors, giving it a coffeehouse ambiance. Guests can take advantage of plenty of seating and the relaxing atmosphere while enjoying these merchants:
Starbucks, an international chain, has a large, homey location on Colorado Boulevard that offers free WiFi, a selection of premium teas, fine pastries, sandwiches, and snacks – and of course, rich-brewed Italian-style coffee and espresso beverages.