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Day 159: Lula Mae

Up for eccentric  gift shopping Pasadena?

Have we got the location for you! Day 159 of 365 things to do in Pasadena send us to Lula Mae.

lula maeHearing about this quaint little gift shop through the “Pasadena Grape Vine” we thought we would get some feed back from you, our faithful followers, to see what thoughts you had to share about this wondrous boutique.

We’ve heard wonderful stories about the darling shop owner and her adorable shop cat. We’ve seen lovingly written reviews about the trinkets and unique gifts that only Lula Mae can conger up.

Check out their  story:

Lula Mae isn’t just a great place to shop, she was also a real lady. Lula Mae Whitfield Thomas was the great, great grandmother of shop owner Marci Toombs-Christensen. She was mother to Lola, Vivian, Luther, Opal, and George. When Lola died much too young, Lula Mae took up the task of raising her daughters Charlene and Mazie. To this day, Aunt Mazie and Grandma Charlene are Lula Mae’ s biggest fan’ s (the store and the person)!

She made clothes for her whole family, kept house, and doled out advice. She even chased people away from the house with a shotgun and a one-liner: ” I’ ll see you later if the Devil has no objections.”

If these aren’t reasons enough to name the boutique after her, then we don’ t know what are!

Lula Mae, gifts of style, wit, and whimsy, lives by the motto: “We think simple-simple, but we always end up overdoing it. More is more.” And is that really such a bad thing?! We are the retail equivalent of that friend of yours who never leaves the house without lipstick on, cracks you up over coffee, and always remembers your birthday.

We are pleased to announce that we are celebrating our 6 year anniversary, all year long! We’ll take any excuse to have a party and as soon as we get this jar of olives open, we’ll be on our way.

We delight in making your visit with us & experience unlike any other. Service like the good old days is our aim. We’ve got a huge crush on all things nostalgic.

Lula Mae is located at located at 100 North Fair Oaks Avenue in the heart of historic Old Pasadena California, 2 blocks north of Colorado Boulevard. They are open 7 days a week. For additional information please visit the Lula Mae Website.

By the way, Lula Mae is participating in this month’s Local Only Thursday in Old Pasadena.  They are offering the following special:

* Spend $40 or more and receive a $10 gift certificate


If you live or work in Pasadena, now is the perfect time to check this fun place out.

We are planning on peeking our heads into the quaint little boutique soon and doing a spot of early holiday shopping! We look forward to hearing YOUR Lula Mae shopping stories and what some of your favorite purchase have been. As always, we thank you for sharing.

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