In response to the reader who was missing Coffee Bean in the September 24 2 Cents column:
The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf was a favorite gathering place for its many years in the center of the Palisades. It is sad that it closed, but there are still abundant casual, convenient options for a nice place to sit outdoors and sip a good cup of coffee.
To name a few: In addition to Starbucks at Sunset and Swarthmore, there are outdoor tables and chairs at Estate Coffee—half a block north of Antioch on Via de la Paz; at Erewhon (Sunset and Paseo Lane); and at Edo and at Alfred, side-by-side in the Caruso Village center.
Matthew’s Garden Cafe across from CVS is a lovely garden spot, and lively young crowds keep the benches in front of Palisades Garden Cafe on La Cruz Drive pretty busy.
Give them a try.
‘Magical Giving Tree’
It is a bit of a shame that someone had the need to dismantle the “magical giving tree” on Brooktree Road. It was not only a collective art piece I looked forward to passing on my morning walk, but it was a connection to the other residents of Rustic Canyon.
It made me feel like even though we might not see each other out as much anymore, we are still in this together. In such dark times, it lit me up to see what charm or shell had been added this time and it reminded me of my loving community.
It also made me reminiscent of the Rustic Canyon that I remember fondly and grew up in in the late 1960s. A time when the Canyon was filled with artists, writers, musicians—when something like the “magical giving tree” would be celebrated.
Julie Paris Seltzer
Rustic Canyon resident since 1962
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