Collective Avenue Coffee is moving from pop-up to brick and mortar business as part of COOP LA, a 10-person collective venture of four co-located cooperative businesses. Along with the coffee shop, COOP LA includes De La Luna Catering, Salazar Landscaping, and Semillas Wellness. According to Next City, COOP LA is the first commercial space in California comprised entirely of worker cooperatives.
“We’re going to revamp small business development, not from outsiders but by strengthening existing communities,” Gutierrez says. “We’re not keeping the community separate…we’re including them as part of the process.”