From the outside, a passerby would not expect to find a warm, welcoming vegan panaderia in the rugged stripmall of Bristol Street and Civic Center Avenue. Inside there are tables and chairs waiting for you to sit and relax for awhile.
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When you first walk into Old Town Orange’s Contra Coffeehouse & Tea, you are greeted with a library of books lining the wall. It trails down, showcasing a collection of local students’ artwork. To the left lie pastel-colored drink taps, boasting creative drink combinations mixing bases like horchata, dark coffee and various teas. Despite its appearance, Contra Coffee lies in the midst of a bookstore, art gallery and a podcast studio all-in-one thanks to its collaboration with 1888, a non-profit literary arts organization.
In the midst of bustling Fourth St., Sarah Rafael Garcia stands out on her own. She converses with curious bystanders, engaged in each conversation. Behind her lay rows of books, neatly arranged on wooden shelves and crates. She wears a beaming smile as she presents Libromobile, her solution for downtown Santa Ana’s missing Latino bookstore.
Attendees dressed as characters from Star Wars and Ghostbusters pushed and shuffled between aisles of books, visiting booths and making their way to panel discussions. Others were dressed in intricate costumes that mimicked Darth Vader and Stormtroopers down to the smallest detail. There was even a life size replica of R2D2 that moved and made noise.