2019 Small Businesses of Distinction

Micky’s Jewelry Studio, 2019 Small Business of the Year, La Verne
As a family owned and operated business, Micky’s Jewelry Studio has effectively served La Verne and the surrounding community for more than ten years. In addition to operating a successful business, she remains very involved in the community by donating to local charities and organizing an event that showcases small woman-owned businesses. This event not only promotes shopping locally, but also builds a strong, supportive community of women.

Wayne Hurley, Chairman of the La Verne Chamber of Commerce says, “Micky Rehm, owner of Micky’s Jewelry, has always been one of those extraordinary business owners who respects her clients and her community. She happily joins with other local business owners to help promote business for everyone.  Micky’s Jewelry is a strong supporter of both our La Verne Chamber of Commerce as well as the Old Town La Verne Business Association. It’s no wonder she is being recognized for her strength and guidance in our lovely city of La Verne.”

Little Red Hen, Small Business of Distinction, Altadena
The “Little Red Hen” has been part of Altadena’s landscape for over 60 years. The last 50 years it has been owned and operated by one African American family, the “Shay” Family. Mrs. Rena May Shay purchased the restaurant in 1972 and it has been passed down from generation to generation ever since. Today, the coffee shop remains true to the image it held 50 years ago. When one enters, they immediately feel the charm, comfort and warmth of a classic local diner, complete with red stools and a counter. It is not a “fast food” stop, but a place to take a moment and enjoy the simple life found in Altadena.

I Like Pie Bake Shop, Small Business of Distinction, Claremont
Owner Annika Corbin and her shop not only make uniquely delicious pies from scratch, but also established the annual Pie Festival in Claremont that has supported local businesses within the Claremont Village. Earlier this year, festival-goers enjoyed a fun-filled day featuring a pie baking contest, artisan vendor booths, great food,  live music, a pie eating contest, and plenty of pie tasting. The annual Pie Festival has become a community-wide effort and benefit, all thanks to Annika Corbin.

Simply Divine Hair & Barber Salon, Small Business of Distinction, Monrovia
Keshia Carter-Bowen, the owner of Simply Divine Hair & Barber Salon, has been in business for over 20 plus years. She began on a small corner location and has now moved to the main street front. Ms. Carter-Bowen is very dedicated to the community, working with students from Monrovia High School through an apprenticeship program and participating in community events within the city and with Foothill Unity Center.

Around the Cycle, Small Business of Distinction, Pasadena
Around the Cycle is a young, Pasadena-based used and new bicycle shop. Ryan Weaks, the owner, has designed the business to make it easy for people to pass on their old bikes, parts, and gear to others via a retail and online consignment model, helping people buy good-quality used equipment. This helps people save and make money, as well as conserve resources and contribute to a healthier and more sustainable economy. The shop also supports a wide variety of local bicycling and sustainable mobility organizations.

Quality Instant Printing, Small Business of Distinction, San Dimas
Quality Instant Printing is very involved in the community, organizing various events that bring residents and visitors out to experience downtown San Dimas. The owner, Pat Meyers, was a board member of the San Dimas Chamber for many years. After leaving the Chamber Board, he was President of the San Dimas Western Days Committee and ran several successful Western Days events, bringing thousands of visitors to downtown San Dimas during the Western Days weekend. Pat also co-founded the Downtown San Dimas Car Show, now in its 26th year, to bring people downtown to discover and enjoy all the shops and restaurants. Initially, the Car Show benefitted the San Dimas Chamber and now benefits the San Dimas Sheriff’s Station Booster Club, providing financial support and equipment for the Station volunteers.

Casa del Rey, Small Business of Distinction, Sierra Madre
Casa del Rey has been a family owned business since 1972, and takes great pride in serving fresh, homemade and authentic Mexican food. Ed and Donna Rey currently operate Casa del Rey. The restaurant is a fixture in Sierra Madre and a member of the Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce.

Mamma’s Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta, Small Business of Distinction, South Pasadena
Mamma’s Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta is a business that truly supports the community by employing local residents and students and donating to local and regional non-profit organizations, including the South Pasadena Educational Foundation, South Pasadena Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs, Professional Child Development Associates and the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. The owner, Jamie Inzunza, currently serves as Chair of the Economic Development Committee for the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.

Visiting Angels, Small Business of Distinction, Upland
Executive Director Alina Toral has a passion for serving seniors and helping them live a happy and fulfilling life, and has led to Visiting Angels care for hundreds of seniors over the years. Alina consistently looks for needs in the community and ways to serve others by collecting various donations and supporting other small businesses in Upland.