Supporting small businesses is always a good idea!
Whether it’s a local thrift shop, a family owned restaurant or a coffee shop that supports local artists – like the one I’m going to tell you about today – in this era of Big Box/Mega/Super Stores, it is critical to keep these small businesses alive! Today we are enjoying Home Boy Cinnamon Coffee Cake at HOLY GROUNDS Coffee & Tea located on Alhambra Ave in the East Los Angeles Area (El Sereno). Holy Grounds is no regular coffee shop and as far as you can get from the ubiquitous Starbucks on every street corner. (My mom calls, the McDonalds of Coffee).
I would have to say this place is actually feels sacred – true to its name! When you first walk in, you are struck by vibrant and colorful art everywhere: including a wall filled with arts & crafts for sale, from Local Artists in the El Sereno/East Los Angeles/Alhambra area, like Andrew Cervantes. The two women serving us are sweet and welcoming! You you can order your homeboy coffee cake and latte or tea together 5$ Hey, I know you may think that’s expensive if you’re on a budget like me, but it’s worth it! Always better to support a small business than a corporation!
Once you want into the patio you literally find yourself NOT in Los Angeles anymore. Sort of like you’re in the middle of Oregon and New Mexico combined. There’s a big water fountain and small wooden chairs and tables spread out so you can enjoy a little snack with your friend or hopefully working on YOUR activist blog. There is art out here too, adding a folksy quaintness and magic feel, along with the gorgeous painted wall fountains.
There is also a mini stage with two paper mache skull senoritas where fellow Angelinos can come do some spoken word or stand up comedy and screen movies. Steve, the owner, has created a wonderful venue to bring the community together, one of his main goals. He is caring and community-minded and he built this magical oasis right in the middle of nothing! No coffee shops in this industrial enclave!
My purpose today is not only to recommend that you think FIRST of your local small business for all things. But next to SHOUT OUT this wonderful place. Holy Grounds!
Hope you like the photos! Come here and take beautiful photos for yourself and discover the Magic of Holy Grounds!
To Learn more about Holy Grounds Coffee and Tea
Check out there website here!