Shop the block: Build up your Halloween reserves at Montrose Candy Co.

 
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Who, really, can resist the old-fashioned candy shop, with gleaming rows of clear plastic bins and shovel-sized scoops standing ready to deliver sugary goodness?
If that sounds romantic, you’re due for a visit to the Montrose Candy Co., which specializes in your childhood favorites, from the nostalgic to the hard-to-find. The store also stocks imported candies, including some that arrive from as far away as Britain, Italy, Belgium, France, Japan and the Middle East.
While holidays like Halloween and Easter are a boon for business, the shop is always a popular stop-off for patrons headed to catch a flick, and also for bakers and confectioners looking to candy-coat their creations.
Owner Linda Eaton says the candy boutique is also known for its salt-water taffy selection — more than 40 flavors — from Utah’s Taffy Town, and for its frozen treats, like Balboa-style ice cream bars and frozen bananas.
“Our goal was to bring a favorite vacation treat to the foothills and ensure it was authentic,” Eaton says.
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Shop the block: There’s plenty of EyeCandy at this modern, minimalist beauty bar in Montrose

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This ultramodern beauty bar is boiled down to an essence: It focuses entirely on beauty treatments for the face. Threading, make-up application and facials comprise the menu of options.
EyeCandy‘s expert threaders will design the perfect eyebrow arch for you, and its estheticians will create a facial treatment tailored to your skin’s needs. Owner Karolin Sahakian takes pride in her EyeCandy specialists, who each focus exclusively on an area of beauty expertise. 

On the retail side, Sahakian has also curated an exceptional array of sought-after luxury skin-care products — including brands like Natura Bisse, DermaQuest, Clarisonic and Colorescience.
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Shop the block: Boutique Jasleen, 1020-A Mission St., South Pasadena

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39792-RBLOG-SHOP-SECTIONHEADER.jpgFrom the casual to the glamorous, Boutique Jasleen continually carries a well-curated collection of seasonal and classic fashions.
Even the store’s mannequins sport ensembles that you’d actually love to don. Bold patterns and old-fashioned hats make for a striking, modernist blend of style, and extraordinary accessory pieces cinch the deal.
It’s a little bit of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” with a whole lot of Carrie-style “Sex in the City.”
Also look for carry-all purses that come just the way we like them: big enough to double as an overnight bag.
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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.
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Shop the block: L&G Fashion Boutique, 302 S. Myrtle Ave., Monrovia

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This boutique is brimming with you-can-do-no-wrong ensembles for summer and beyond.
Draw them in with turquoise and sea-foam delights that can be worn afternoon or, paired with heels, at night. Indeed, the array of colorful fabrics and accessories on hand may make you dizzy with happiness.
Look out for some killer handbags in the feminine-Western vein that are almost big enough to accomodate every item you’ll score when shopping here.
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Shop the block: Jenni B., 106 E. Lime Ave., Monrovia

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A shop that manages to be both extensive in its collections and still feel cozy, Jenni B. is an ideal boutique for scooping up special-occasion wear and investing in classic pieces upon which to build a wardrobe.
Look for Poetic License shoes — especially the divine, colorful summer strappies — and dresses and tanks from Kyumi and Voom by Joy Han. It feels a bit like Downtown L.A. fashion-district heaven, but this retail remix resides in the heart of Old Town Monrovia.
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Shop the Block: B.la, 24 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.


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This is the smallest but most precious gift shop in which you’ll ever set foot. Owner Deb Doumitt packs a spatially-restrained but powerful punch in her eclectic mix of goodies. Her stock of stationery and fine paper goods is always plentiful and far more meaningful than those you’ll find in traditional card stores. Each is a small and colorful objet d’art.
24 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Suite B, Sierra Madre, 626-355-2906

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Shop the Block: Attitude!, 90 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.


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A bit like an upscale Melrose shop, Attitude! is a gem in the crown of Sierra Madre’s boutique shopping scene. The owners create many of their own designs and execute them in craftsman-like detail. Handbags, in particular, are a specialty here, from the offbeat to the glamorous to the everyday. Expect to pay a bit more for the high-quality of each piece, but know it’s an investment worthy of your hard-earned moolah.

90 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, 626-355-3929

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Shop the Block: La Bella Rouge, 34 N. Baldwin Ave.


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French provincial touches meet the Montmarte-ian in La Bella Rouge, a women’s clothing and accessories boutique. Notebooks and knick-knacks put a hint of Anthropologie in this roadside shop, but without the sky-high prices and with a little more love. La Bella Rouge caters to women of all ages, making it a best-bet when your shopping buddy is an older or younger gal than you are.

34 N. Baldwin Ave., Sierra Madre, 626-355-1427

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Shop the Block: Old Focals, 45 W. Green St.


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Remember when your eyewear routine consisted of a trip to LensCrafters? (The horror!)
And then you discovered Old Focals, one of those Old Pasadena gems that’s so shiny and treasured even the L.A. crowd considers it worth the trip.
Owner Russell Campbell is a master of vintage frames, and he has a knack for matching his clients to a perfect pair of frames. (Kinda like an aura reading, but with glasses.)
Remember the last time you got an unsolicited compliment on your glasses? Well, you better get on that.
45 W. Green St., 626-793-7073, oldfocals.com


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(Photo by Walt Mancini / Staff)