Rocky
5 Images

The Folk Tree

Rocky
Rochalinne “Rocky” Behr’s Pasadena store, the Folk Tree, is packed to the rafters with folk art from Mexico and Latin America. Rising rent and slower sales are forcing her to look for a new location. (Karen Tapia-Andersen / Los Angeles Times)
Employee
Employee Jennifer Sandoval at work in the Folk Tree. Owner Rocky Behr says sales dropped to $300,000 last year, down 40% from 2006. (Karen Tapia-Andersen / Los Angeles Times)
Masks
Colorfully painted masks line a wall of the store. (Karen Tapia-Andersen / Los Angeles Times)
Day of the Dead figurines
Day of the Dead figurines fill a glass case at the Folk Tree. Last month, owner Rocky Behr was notified that her rent would increase 25% a year for the next four years, so she’s decided to move. (Karen Tapia-Andersen / Los Angeles Times)
Folk Art
A colorful piece for sale at the store. Behr, 78, says traveling and buying the art are what keep her going. (Karen Tapia-Andersen / Los Angeles Times)
1/5