Craig Smith: The Coast Village Coffee wars

Long before there was a Starbucks or a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf or a Jeannine’s on Coast Village Road there was Xanadu Bakery. Located next to the Vons supermarket, it was more than just a bakery. It was a destination for people to gather, to linger and to practice the fine art of hanging out. As far as I can tell, it was one of the first places in this area that was home to a local café society. …  In years past I’ve seen Steve Martin and Rob Lowe standing in line waiting to order along with the Westmont College students who have made this Starbucks the school’s unofficial study hall. more

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