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Manalapan coffee shop brings Southern California to Jersey


In Manalapan, a few steps away from the hustle and bustle of Route 9 traffic, sits a West Coast coffee oasis ready to transport New Jerseyans to the sunny, palm-lined streets of Venice Beach, California.

White boards cover the vast windows of California Cold Co, shielding passersby from its moss-covered walls and fresh, coffee bean scent. Nestled in the center of the Home Fashion Center surrounded by a Turkish market and a music shop, the family-owned coffee shop would look closed without the blinking “Open” sign sitting above the double doors.

Co-owner Kristine Annunziata said it’s simply part of the illusion.

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