Thursday, April 15, 2010

Legislative Issues on the June Ballot - Got Opinions?

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Take a look at Cal Chamber legislative info and bone up on the upcoming ballot propositions. Let us know at the Legislative Committee - and join us for a discussion. We'll be reviewing the South Pasadena Chamber recommendations at our May meeting. Visit for details on that committee.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Shop Local 1.4. ShopItToMe!

A friend referred me to a new online shopping service that both helps and hinders the Chamber's quest to support an increasingly old-fashioned shopping tactic - you know, going into a real store! It's a website, subscription based, free, customized and controlled by the shopper, with the promise of fashion-forward deep-discounts and early bird notification of new trends, delivered directly to you via - yup, your PC. Yes, they're on Facebook too, with thousands of "Fans."

It appears most of the retailers on board are the big boys, though I saw some hope from a family-owned LA store. Here's a clip from an early ShopItToMe blog: "What is a shocker (a quite pleasant one) is these shoes by Cynthia Vincent will be available for purchase at Target for $30 or less. Talk about a bargain!" Online convenience. Big box retailer buy-in. Savings! Trends. Here it is, local boutiques: The opportunity IS the threat. Maybe you should log in and become a ShopItToMe retailer, as a convenience to your current customers as well as a defense against losing them to the ease of this cyberdepartmentstoremallpersonalshopper. If you do, please let me know how it goes!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Music Lovin' Shoppers

Hi. If the headline grabbed ya, keep readin'. On May 1 we're bringing downtown southpas to life. Come on by! Details at

Paco Underhill's Booklist'

Paco Underhill's Booklist'

Chamber Champs at Relay for Life

Chamber Champs are planning to burn up the track again - doin' laps to raise money to find a cure. It's this weekend at the South Pasadena Relay for Life. Our team captain is David Melford of Sotheby's International Realtors. Give him a call or an email if you'd like to join in the fun!

David Melford, Sotheby's International Realty
459 East Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena CA 91101
(626)396-3903   Fax: (626)441-0461
Mr. David Melford

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Keep the Farmers' Market Local - No Foolin!

Today the Chamber goes before an appointed board and makes our best pitch to win the contract to operate the South Pasadena Farmers' Market. It'll be very tempting to crack a joke or two, being April Fools' day, but I think we might refrain. In all seriousness - this is important for the City and for the Chamber. Our whole approach to the market is to keep it locally controlled. We're thankful that a corporate entity stepped in to operate it when the local sponsoring agency went bust, but we're even more thankful that the City had the sense to put it out for bid to give us a chance to bring it back to South Pasadena. Stay tuned, we'll probably be asking for support one way or another at an April 21 City Council meeting when the recommendation of the advisory panel will be considered.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Food Trucks and South Pasadena

Vittles on wheels have become all the rage, in case you have not noticed.  So we've booked a few food trucks to complement our Angel City Brewery and Donati Wines at the upcoming Eclectic Music Festival & Art Walk on May 1. And we'll have a "sample" on April 3 at SoPas Gallery for the opening of the next exhibition - J.T. Burke & Angela. Just in case you want to read up it all first, here's a story. But seriously, the thing to do is come on down and taste it! See you soon.