Buy Local Pasadena Blog

Local “Washing” on NPR

n54662951261_3569Stacey Mitchell, Senior Researcher with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, was a guest on Patt Morrison, yesterday, along with Buy Local Pasadena’s Tamara Johnston McMahon and VP of communications for the International Council of Shopping Centers, Malachy Kavanagh.

Read and listen about the controversy over big box stores changing to a more “local” image. Is it local or is it washing?

For a more in depth look, read Stacey Mitchell’s article, The Corporate Co-opt of Local.


Recessions Sure Are Good for Movies! Pass the Popcorn!
March 20, 2009, 6:23 am
Filed under: Living Local, Local Entertainment, Media

The Golden Age of Hollywood was a result of and born during the Great Depression of the 1930s.  In the depths of the Great Depression, between 60 and 80 million Americans went to the movies once a week or more.  It’s time to escape again, and our local movie theaters are making it easier than ever to indulge in a little celluloid escapism.  Read on to hear about deals from 2 local faves!

Laemmle Playhouse 7

Laemmle Playhouse 7

New Deal Tuesdays! Laemmle Playhouse Movies for $6 bucks! Popcorn for $1

Laemmle Theatres is pleased to announce New Deal Tuesdays. Every Tuesday they’ll charge only $6 for tickets and $1 for small popcorns. The offer is good at all of their theaters, for people of all ages, for any screening on Tuesdays, open to close, special engagements excluded. They haven’t had general admission prices this low in about twenty years, and popcorn prices this low since the ’70s. It is a limited time offer, so take advantage!  We love the tongue in cheek reference to FDR’s “New Deal!”

Laemmle’s Playhouse 7
673 East Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, 91101
Map & Parking Information

The Academy in the 1950s!

The Academy in the 1950s!

Academy 6 Is The Best Deal In Town!

If you’ve passed by the old Academy 6 Theater on Colorado & Catalina, then you’ve noticed it is once again the hottest ticket in town.  Regular tickets are always $3 – any night – at the good old Academy.  Matineés (films before 6pm) are only $2! And yes, you’ve heard it right: for you hot dog lovers, all Beef Eisinberg Hot Dogs are always $1!

Academy Cinemas – Pasadena

1003 E. Colorado Blvd
At Colorado & Catalina
Pasadena, CA. 91106

NYT: Resilient in Hard Times: The Family Business
February 5, 2009, 12:08 am
Filed under: Media, Shop Owner's Corner

There’s an encouraging article by Jane Birnbaum in the New York Times today about the resiliency of small and family-run businesses during tough economic times. Go locals! We can do it!

Daniel Rosenbaum for The New York Times

Daniel Rosenbaum for The New York Times

In tough times, family businesses can pull together in ways that ventures with unrelated workers may not do as easily. “A family business can become like a turtle that pulls inward under its shell,” said Patricia M. Cole, an associate professor of family business and family therapy at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Blair High School and NPR
November 3, 2008, 5:05 am
Filed under: Media | Tags: , , , , , , ,

From Mr. Alfredo Mathew (History Teacher at Blair):

My students at Blair IB high school and I were interviewed by Madeleine Brand from NPR for a story on Education and the 2008 election.  Check us out Monday morning on Day to Day between 9am-10am, and hear what the youth have to say about this election and my approach to handling the election in the classroom.  The show is broadcast nationally, a day before the polls open, so it is very exciting to be a part of the national conversation.  Regardless of your political persuasion it is great to see public education and young people celebrated!

Help for ‘Lazy Locavores’!
Trevor Paque at work in San Francisco in a garden his company planted in a client’s backyard. Photo by Peter DaSilva for the NYT

Despite the catchphrase containing the word “lazy” this new trend is actually kind of interesting. It seems as if not everyone has time to pick up like Barbara Kingsolver and enjoy the adventure of living off an inherited family farm for a year. Yesterday’s New York Times had a quirky piece by Kim Severson about help for ‘Lazy Locavores’ i.e. city dwellers who insist on eating food grown close to home but have no inclination to get their hands dirty. It’s all about the food and the carbon footprint, too!

“The highest form of luxury is now growing it yourself or paying other people to grow it for you,” said Corby Kummer, the food columnist and book author. “This has become fashion.”

As a result of interest in local food and rising grocery bills, backyard gardens have been enjoying a renaissance across the country, but what might be called the remote-control backyard garden — no planting, no weeding, no dirt under the fingernails — is a twist.

Read all about hired help for urban locavores, here.

Romancing the American Small Business – On A T-Shirt

Destee Nation T-ShirtsGet ready folks, Buying Local is the new American zeitgeist.

This Sunday’s New York Times Magazine has an interesting article by Rob Walker about Destee Nation T-Shirts, a company based in Seattle that sells indy t-shirts from real, local homegrown businesses from around the country (particularly California & Hawaii). The t-shirts aren’t fake, they’re from real places that Destee’s founder, Matt Morgan, discovers on his travels. A summary of the Times article:

Founded in 2004, the company now has 21 employees and sales approaching 10,000 T-shirts a month. “Basically,” Morgan says, “we’re using fashion as a way to save local landmarks.”

This is the point. Destee Nation is not selling nostalgia or hipster kitsch but romance — the romance of the American small business, the neighborhood diner, the old bar, the mom-and-pop shop that has managed to linger into the era of big-box chains.

In fact, the company’s mission statement includes the assertion that supporting these businesses might “help keep the big-box brands one step further from taking over our communities.”

And this is my favorite sentiment, and something we are thinking about as we grow Buy Local Pasadena:

Morgan says it’s more about being positive about small businesses with history and character than with being overtly negative (or “whiny”) about larger ones.

‘Nuff said.

Read the full article here.