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.
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.
Commune Records is an independent record store located on Holly Street. They carry a selection of most genres of new and used vinyl from vintage classics to current pop culture artists. They specialize in hard-to-find pressings of indie, jazz, rock, punk, hip hop, soul, world, rnb, electronic and psychedelic. In addition to records, Commune Records also offers a small curated selection of books on music, art, design, street, and DIY culture. They buy, sell, and trade vinyl, books, and memorabilia.
Paper Source is a premier paperie, art supply, greeting card, and gift retailer offering each customer an intimate, boutique-feel when they enter the store. More than half of its products feature original Paper Source designs from the company’s Chicago-based team, showcasing a unique aesthetic and exclusive color palette. Shoppers can find a curated selection of personalized stationery, wedding invitations, custom announcements, calendars and planners, gift wrap, party supplies, craft kits, and distinctive gifts.
The store regularly schedules craft workshops that feature demonstrations in everything from custom rubber stamp cutting to creating handmade holiday cards. Check the website for current schedules.
The Rudolf Steiner Community Center is operated by the Anthroposophical Society in America, which is a nonsectarian, nonpolitical organization open to everyone regardless of religion, race, nationality, social standing, scientific or artistic conviction. It was founded as "an association of people who would foster the life of the soul, both in the individual and in human society, on the basis of a true knowledge of the spiritual world."
Housed at this location, the Library & Bookshop contains an extensive collection of books by Rudolf Steiner in English and German, as well as books on Anthroposophical subjects by other authors. Memberships are open to the public and free of charge. Donations are welcome to help cover the cost of new acquisitions.
Whitmore Rare Books specializes in providing collectors with important first edition books of exceptional quality across the fields of literature, philosophy, science, and history. The store specializes in relationships with both seasoned collectors and the rising generation of readers who see rare books as meaningful gifts to give or receive; it also works directly with institutional clients to source research-rich, unique materials that support teaching, research and exhibition programs. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday.