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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.

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  • The Pasadena Anthropologie is but one of the national chain's nearly 200 stores, but its setting in one of Old Pasadena's historic brick buildings, its creative displays, and the unique mix of clothing, accessories, gifts, and home décor gives it an indie feel. Patrons can meander through the store’s multiple rooms and find clothing for all occasions, dresses both casual and pricey, sleep ware, bed and bath accessories, and a beautiful kitchen section with colorful table settings, gadgets, towels, and aprons. Always make sure to check out the sale room!

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    Blick Art Materials is in its third generation of family ownership and is the largest and oldest provider of art supplies in the United States. Dick Blick's first catalog originated in 1911, and the Blicks' first product was a lettering pen, which quickly became a bestseller. Their "warehouse" was their kitchen, and their "shipping department" was the Galesburg, Illinois post office.

    Today, the chain’s products cater to the full spectrum of artists - from children to well-known, gallery-represented professionals. The store’s reputation centers on its superior customer service, extensive selection, and competitive prices.

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    New location on Holly Street!

    Inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s short story "The Gold Bug," a tale in which a gold scarab leads the way to an incredible discovery of buried pirates’ treasure, the Gold Bug Gallery is, indeed, a treasure trove of rare and unusual wonder. Gold Bug is a 21st-century cabinet of curiosities brought to life by 100+ contemporary artists and bound by threads of science and natural history. Curated with its own neo-Victorian point of view, Gold Bug invites its customers to fall into a truly unique gallery experience, presenting works by some of today’s most interesting emerging designers in a retail space with a museum atmosphere.

    As the one-of-a-kind creations on display at the gallery come and go on a daily basis, the store is in constant evolution. Whether you are looking for a piece of jewelry, an article of clothing or accessory to add to your wardrobe, an embellishment for your home, or a gift for a special friend or family member, this is the place to find it.  After 15 years on Union Street, check out Gold Bug at their new larger location on Holly Street!

  • Inspired gifts and jewelry chosen with an eye for detail and design is what you will find at Homage. Homage is part of a community of independently owned businesses that make up the diverse and eclectic mix of stores known as The Shops on Holly. Artisanal studio wares and unique handmade goods are the cornerstone of the product mix at Homage, where customers can also expect personal service and unique gift wrapping.

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    Maude Woods opened in October, 2009 when owner Carrie Davich followed her dream to open a furniture store/gift shop. Her beautiful space immediately filled a niche within the local market with her selection of upscale and unique home décor, vintage pieces, and artful gifts. The open, light-filled store is comfy and inspiring, informally divided into “rooms” that display furnishings for the living room, dining room, and kitchen.

  • Joining the stretch of independent retail known as the Shops on Holly, Retreat is an artisan gift shop with an emphasis on jewelry. You'll find a beautiful selection of handcrafted jewelry, accessories, candles, hand-drawn cards, journals, wall art, pottery, barware, leather goods, and more!


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    National chain Urban Outfitters finds its Old Pasadena home in one of the district’s historical buildings on Colorado Boulevard. The specialty retail company offers a variety of lifestyle merchandise, gifts, and men and women’s apparel.

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