A farewell ‘Garage Sale’

As A Noise Within (ANW), the acclaimed classical
repertory theatre company, says farewell to Glendale, it is cleaning house before moving to its new home in Pasadena this fall and will hold a huge garage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 13 at the Glendale location.

The sale will feature discounts on scenery, props, costumes, wigs,
furniture, lighting and lighting equipment, curtains, fabric, seating
and more.

The Glendale location has been ANW’s home for the last
19 years. Now, the company is in the final stretch of a $13.5 million capital
campaign for its anticipated 33,000 square-foot,
state-of-the-art venue in Pasadena, set to open Oct. 29. Tax
deductible donations for the capital campaign will also be accepted during the
garage sale.

Admission is $2. Cash is preferred for purchases but
credit cards will be accepted with a minimum purchase and subject to a
service charge.

ANW’s Glendale location is at 234 S. Brand Blvd. For more information, visit www.AnoiseWithin.org.

Shop the block: Bellini Baby & Teen Furniture, 1020 Mission St., South Pasadena

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Bellini’s domain encompasses all types of furniture for babies and children, and the boutique on Mission Street is filled with exquisite cribs in decorated display vignettes.
Here you’ll find the perfect gift for a baby shower or for your own little one, from elegant armoires for storing away diapers and wipes to stylish, pint-size hair accessories by Sweet Caroline.
A portable playhouse for the whole family, the Makai Sport Hut is a lightweight, collapsible tent that pops open right where you need shade. The hut fits a family of four and comes in bold, cheerful colors.
Bellini is a chain retailer, but the South Pasadena store is populated with friendly locals who’ll remind you how welcoming it can be to shop in a charming town.
More photos after the jump.

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Shop the block: The Sofa Company, 100 W. Green St.

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The Sofa Company‘s Pasadena showroom is housed in the historical framework of the old Friend Paper Company building.

The mid-century modern design — with accordion-pleated roof and huge walls of glass — feels like an open invitation to plop down and put your feet up for a while.

And, if you like the seating arrangements enough, you can bring one home with you.

While you’re furniture shopping, pop into the Pappa Rich Korean pastry shop and cafe, new to the historic 1960s building. (It fills the vacancy left by the Daily Grind coffeehouse.)

100 W. Green St., 10 a.m.-8 p.m., 888-778-7632, thesofaco.com

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(Photos by Walt Mancini / Staff)

Shop local: Eco-conscious furniture designs for babies and children

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Muu is a year-old eco-conscious children’s furniture company that says it won’t compromise safety, sustainability or style.

The
products, finished with non-toxic lacquers, are manufactured locally to
reduce the environmental impact of transporting them to retail stores,
according to Muu founder Robert Kwak. The wood used is certified MDF,
made of recycled wood fibers, obtained from local sources.

The furniture is designed to adapt to the child as he
or she grows.

“We really felt like there was an opportunity to create a
product that had all of the customizations to it,” Kwak said. “It’s
furniture that is designed to grow with you.”

Muu’s current line, the Sam Collection, features the Sam
Crib, that can be transformed into a toddler bed with a conversion kit.
The collection was recognized as a 2009 International Design Excellence
Award finalist among 1,600 entries worldwide.

Kwak developed the concept with the environment and safety in mind.

“We have children, and we make sure they put out a product that is safe,” he said about its manufacturers.

The Sam Collection is available at:


Stacey Wang (Photos courtesy Muu)