LONG BEACH — Tamara Angel has returned to her caffeinated roots.
On July 1 Angel became the official owner of The Great Escape, a coffee stand at 201 Bolstad Ave. in Long Beach. It has been the culmination of a dream that began with a mobile coffee business in Hawaii more than two decades ago.
“I used to have an espresso business that was extremely successful,” Angel said. “I sold it and so this was always something that was on the backburner.”
From consignment to coffee
Angel and her husband John previously owned and operated Cosign Me, a re-sale shop 1806 Pacific Ave. in Long Beach. After 10 years in the re-sale business, Angel closed the store and sold the building. Their attention is now on the coffee stand along Bolstad, Angel said.
“It’s a dream come true for myself and the seller,” Angel said. “Things just happened to fall into place. It’s been a really smooth transaction for the both of us.”
Strong summer start
Angel estimated that she serves up to 150 people daily and goes through about 50 pounds of coffee beans weekly. She said her first month in business has been ‘excellent,’ boosted by community events such as the rodeo and the Friday Farmers Market.
“It’s been bringing a lot of people around,” Angel said. “The (Long Beach) Rodeo was fantastic — we had horses coming though.”