January 3, 2008
Contrary to the criticism leveled at the ArcLight Sherman Oaks by one of your readers ["ArcLight: Big Whoop," Letters, Dec. 27], I found the movie experience on Christmas Day to be quite comfortable and patron-friendly. While the space is not as soaring as its big brother, what other movie house offers reserved seats, a coffee bar, a "sit down" short-order cafe and 16 screens for less than $13? Jerome V. Posell Calabasas
October 25, 2006 |
SOUTHERN California is used to the spotlight, but when it comes to independent coffeehouses, we're still in the rain shadow of the Pacific Northwest. Maybe this is because Angelenos don't have to endure the lurking damp and early darkness that send so many Seattleites running to the comfort of their neighborhood coffee bars.
April 27, 2003 |
At the Rev. Al Holm's drive-through espresso place, you can get a latte, a mocha or a husband. Cheri Henderson chose the latter, marrying Bryan Myers in a five-minute ceremony. "Well, wham bam," Henderson said at the conclusion of the wedding, witnessed by the barista and customers of Holm's Sacred Grounds caffeine-and-commitment emporium. Sacred Grounds occupies a former pizza counter in the back of the A-n-D Mini Mart on a busy street a block from Interstate 90.
September 5, 2002 |
It's just 'round midnight at the Howling Monk, and the old refurbished Inglewood storefront has taken on the fervor of a revival meeting. Drummer Winard Harper's jazz sextet has a crowd of about 60 people--mostly African American, mostly over 30--clapping time to a version of Bobby Timmons' "Moanin'," shouting out from their rows of chairs, steaming up the plate glass windows, dancing in the doorways thrown open to Market Street.
August 18, 2002 |
Coffee machines hiss and splutter, spouting foamy cappuccinos and lattes in a hubbub of 40 customers crammed into a small, air-conditioned cafe. This is tea-drinking India, but the hot new gathering place is the coffee bar. With a guitar leaning against the wall and a music system belting out Grammy-winning hits, this outpost of Barista, India's foremost coffee bar chain, is drawing throngs of high school and college students, bored homemakers and pinstriped businessmen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 2000 |
The teller at the bank branch is accepting deposits, the baristas at the coffee cart are whipping up mochas and the day-care workers are playing with giggling babies. Then the principal's voice comes over the intercom, reminding students of the time for baseball practice and announcing that seniors are leading the contest to show which class has the most school spirit. Students operate nine businesses at St. Helen's High School in this small town 20 miles north of Portland.