Old Pasadena Alleyway at Gold Bug

Support Woman-Owned Businesses

As Pasadena celebrates Women's History Month, we encourage visitors to support local woman-owned businesses.

Women have played a pivotal part of shaping Pasadena's culture. From NASA/JPL's "human calculator" Rocket Girls, to Octavia Butler (author), to Sally Field (actress), to Julia Child (chef), to Julia Morgan (architect), to Loretta Thompson-Glickman (first Black mayor of Pasadena), to the 1999 US Women's Soccer Team, and so many more, these women have set records and defied boundaries in their fields.

We are more than proud of the ladies who have left their mark on our city, and we encourage you to join us in supporting all the women in Pasadena as they continue to make it a great place to live. Below is a list of some of the local restaurants and retailers owned, run, and lovingly cared for by the women of Pasadena.

Amara's Chocolate food collage
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Artisan Creamery. East Pasadena is ground zero for Carmela Ice Cream chef/owner Jessica Mortarotti and business partner Zachary Cox, who now run three...

Bakery/Café

Carrara's

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Visit Carrara, a family-owned pasticceria, for fine, homemade Italian treats such as cakes, pastries, gelato, and espresso. Helmed by renowned Italian pastry...

Bakery/Café

Cha Redefine

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Cha Redefine. Cha Redefine founded by tea and coffee enthusiasts. They create a new interpretation of traditional tea by combining traditional loose-leaf tea...

Bakery/Café

Chado Tea Room

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Traditional Tea House. Chado Tea Room Pasadena serves over 200 different teas, sandwiches, salads and pastries. There are four Chado Tea Room's throughout...

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Chim means to taste in Thai. Chim! “The Tastes” of Thai Street Food is about bringing the simplicity of good eats on the street of Thailand. Every dish on the...

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Clifton's Gourmet Barbecue offers authentic Southern comfort-style meats that fall off the bone and is drenched in finger-licking, homemade BBQ sauce. Their...

Bakery/Café

Coffee and Plants

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100% aesthetic and 100% plant-based, Coffee and Plants cafe is located in Old Pasadena's One Colorado. Enjoy dairy-free lattes, coffee, teas, and more while...

Spa & Wellness

Cote d'Azur

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Cote d'Azur has been rated one of the top massage destinations in Pasadena since 2003. They offer holistic healing that indigenous elements from around the...

Spa & Wellness

Deer Song Acupuncture

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Traditional Chinese Medicine and Healing Arts. Deer Song Acupuncture offers acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medical services. Owned by Chinese Americans...

Bakery/Café

Delight Pastry

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Delight Pastry has worked to produce the most beautiful and delicious pastries, offering a tantalizing variety of European products including cakes,...

Latin American

Dos Besos

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Dos Besos is a charming Spanish tapas and paella restaurant in Old Pasadena, focusing on the coastal cooking of Valencia, a port city in Southern Spain. The...

Bakery/Café

Dots Café

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A bright & cheerful neighborhood cafe for picking up a handcrafted coffee or family meal, prepared with California farm fresh ingredients. Items are baked...

Additional woman-owned locations you can support

  • LoveBug & Me Music
  • Gold Line Pilates
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • Los Tacos
  • Walker Viden
  • Southern Roots
  • Pacific Harps
  • Mercadito Monarca
  • Pasadena Antique Mall
  • Wellness Powers Life

If you are a small business in Pasadena and wish to be included in this list, please reach out to us via email at marketing@visitpasadena.com.