Goleta Coffee Company to close after 25 years

From Valerie Cantella for Goleta Coffee Company at 177 South Turnpike Road:

Goleta Coffee Company celebrates 25 years;
Loca Vivant Kitchen transitions to a new model

After 25 years as the neighborhood coffee shop where locals gather for delicious coffee, tasty food, and conversation with friends, Goleta Coffee Company will celebrate its last day in business on Tuesday, February 15. They will host a party that day to celebrate the end of an era for Goleta Coffee Company and the new direction for Loca Vivant Kitchen (LVK).

“Although the shopping center management has chosen a new coffee shop to operate in the Turnpike Center, we are optimistic and excited about the future for Loca Vivant Kitchen,” said co-owner Stacy Rebich Hespanha. “We value our customers and are looking forward to serving them through Loca Vivant Kitchen as a wholesale vegan-friendly, gluten-free bakery, offering locally-grown, prepared foods.”

Loca Vivant is a blend of “locavore” and “bon vivant,” and the company promotes living well by eating local. Its mission is to create a community around food through local and seasonal sourcing, clean and nutritious ingredients, and advancing the well-being of people working in all aspects of the local food industry. When fully launched, the business will be an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT), meaning the majority of the profits will be distributed annually to employees, and a smaller portion will be reinvested in the business and mission.

During the transition period, menu items will be available by pre-order for delivery or pickup from locations in Santa Barbara and Goleta. Once the wholesale kitchen is fully operational, LVK will offer its baked goods and menu items through collaboration with local small business retailers.

On February 15, its final day in operation at 177 S. Turnpike, Goleta Coffee Company will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Regular menu items will be available from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. A special happy hour and “show the love to your local coffee shop & its employees” celebration is scheduled from 3-7 p.m. All proceeds from the day will go toward the cost of covering severance pay for the employees. Many decor items will also be available, with suggested donations going to the employee severance fund.

“We value our staff and believe offering severance pay, although untraditional in this industry, is the right thing to do,” said Rebich Hespanha. “We hope you’ll support our staff and celebrate our last day through this effort.”

Goleta Coffee Company will take pre-orders at discounted prices for its coffee beans through February 6. The pre-orders will be available for pick-up at the cafe at 177 S. Turnpike Avenue between February 8-15.

Follow @goletacoffeeco on Instagram or visit the website at goletacoffeeandcafe.com to stay apprised of Loca Vivant’s offerings as they develop in the coming months.

Photo by reader Primetime

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