Give a dog a bone birthday cake from Three Dog Bakery in Pasadena

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In an alleyway just off Colorado Boulevard, it’s not unusual to see people trailing their dogs on leashes as they zip in and out of this shop for canine baked goods.

When it comes to all-natural, oven-baked treats and fresh food for dogs, the international chain Three Dog Bakery is the bona fide (bone-ified?) deal, with a strong SoCal presence even beyond its Pasadena storefront. For your four-legged friend’s next special event, consider a fresh-made and customized doggie birthday cake.
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This East Pasadena pet boutique is more than garden-variety

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My Pet Garden does extremely well in balancing the practical with the whimsical.

Here, you’ll find safe, reliable essentials for your pet’s diet and grooming alongside the more indulgent stuff: rewarding toys and pet fashions — argyle-print tanks! — and even Bowser dog beer.
The pet shop in East Pasadena was created by animal expert Joel Tatum, a former zookeeper and producer of the DIY Network’s Pet Care television series.

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Walk it down to Burbank’s Doggie Avenue pet shop

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Over the hill in the nearby San Fernando Valley, Doggie Avenue pet boutique specializes in pampered princess — or princely — pups.

Inside the store, boldly hued walls and bright displays of merchandise make this one of the area’s most visually enticing pet boutiques.

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Sierra Madre’s The Shabby Dog pet boutique is decidedly chic


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The Shabby Dog is a Sierra Madre-based line of fashionable dog products that, betraying its charming name, is far more chic than shabby.
In addition to carrying some serious handcrafted sparkle from B.B. Simon, entrepreneur Sandy Duvall and her team of in-house designers have created a luxurious collection of dog apparel, collars, leads, beds, blankets, bowls, bags and carriers.

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Pussy & Pooch: A coveted patch of grass for pets in Downtown L.A.’s urban jungle

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At the counter, Janene Zakrajsek is preparing a platter of lamb with pureed pumpkin, to which she adds dehydrated chicken and baked cheese, followed by a few dollops of “secret sauce.”
For the second course, she whips up a presentation of salmon with egg, brown rice and kale.
When the dishes are ready, Zakrajsek delivers one plate at a time to her eager, in-house diner. 
It could be the scene in any downtown restaurant — except this one is just a bit more eye-catching because Zakrajsek’s customer is eating his meal on the ground, four paws planted on terra firma.
The hungry guest is her dog Jaxxson, a 3-year-old Jack Russell, who is lucky enough to belong to the co-founders of the modern pet boutique Pussy & Pooch.

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Shop the block: The Jane & Joe Shoppe, 1030 Mission St., South Pasadena

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Exercise your prerogative to shop local and support homegrown fashion designers, too, at The Jane & Joe Shoppe.

And these designer clothes come at astonishing, near-knock-off prices — a point of pride for owner Robin Guzman, who works hard to make it so.
The dominant themes in her shoppe are wearable and polished; comfort and style reign supreme. The elegant, woodsy motif of the boutique also makes for one very serene, down-to-earth shopping experience.
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Shop the block: Zinnia, 1024 Mission St., South Pasadena

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Zinnia calls itself a Space for Contagious Creativity. Indeed, the spacious artists’ store is an explosion of color, with peculiar discoveries just waiting to be made.
Take classes in an array of obscure subjects, like crafting sock creatures, assembling paper dolls, painting in the Tibetan mandala style and soldering charms.
Don’t expect to find an exhaustive array of traditional art supplies in this boutique; It’s not intended to be a stock-all warehouse, but a place overflowing with one-of-a-kind baubles and curios that have been assembled from thrift stores and flea markets and yard sales. To be precise, expect the unexpected.
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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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