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Articles by Bethany Nash

You are sitting in Starbucks at 10 p.m. trying to finish up the very last bit of the assignment due by 11:59 p.m. You begin to think you are going to make your deadline, when the barista comes over and tells you that the lobby is closing for the evening.

64 percent of all Americans drink at least one cup of coffee a day.

Some might say the only thing better than good coffee, is good community.

Owner Joe Paraiso was born and raised in La Mesa, California. Paraiso and his nephew wanted to create a project together while also bringing together the community.

Two years ago his nephew opened up, Public Square, another coffee shop in La Mesa. Six months later Paraiso opened Brew Coffee Spot.

“I think it’s a cool story in that it is kind of in the family,” Paraiso explained.

Since its opening in March of 2017, Brew Coffee Spot has become a local favorite.

Friends of East County Arts fundraised more than $830,000 for the community’s art organizations and school art programs since 1984. 

This year, Friends of East County Arts (FECA) is hosting another fundraiser, “Friends Fashion Fling.” The event will be held at 2 p.m. on June 2 located at the Ronald Reagan Center to showcase upcoming summer fashion while being entertained by The International Academy of Jazz and enjoying food from Cupid’s catering.

Mainstream, chain based coffee houses are not the only option for a cup of Joe in East County.

Not everyone likes the busy and high-demand Starbucks line, and sometimes one would like a less corporate coffee house to get caffeine. East County holds many small, family-owned coffee shops such as The Library Coffee Shop and Kaffee Meister.

El Cajon receives a special guest this month. From the country side of Alabama, flying in on the well-known harmonies of her classic hits, comes country music star Sara Evans.

A Country Music Award-winning artist with eight studio albums to her name, as well as chart-topping performances, Evans has decided it is time to take her tour bus back to the west coast. She will be performing at Sycuan Casino at 8 p.m. on April 24.

“I love coming out west,” said Evans. “We try to stay out west as long as we can.”

By Bethany Nash

For the East County Californian

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