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Creation Collective: Becoming Neighbors Again

Bonita came alive last Saturday night, as Schola Coffee’s first Creation Collective event started off in full swing at the Provence house.

For Mahra Lamorena and Peter Abigania, co-owners of Schola Coffee, Creation Collective was born out of a mutual dream where various artists could share their work with the local community. 

“This is something that we want to bring into the South Bay, to be able to have a coffee shop where we can do things like this,” Mahra said. “Not just a coffee shop to study or whatever it might be, but to hold events where people that are creative or passionate…can just come together and network, hangout and talk to each other.”

Among the six vendors, guests brought home handmade treasures including coffee, sinfully delicious cupcakes from Cake M.e., macramé plant hangers created by A.G. Handmade, calligraphy decor from Something Cute By Reese and baby shirts and hats from Seams Sew Kay. On the right, customers could look at samples and order custom-made cards from Sherdellah Designs

We were happy to make our own mark on the event as well, with two lounge areas designed for guests to mingle and rest their feet.

Inside we arranged an assortment of wicker and midcentury modern furniture, while our Mexican bench and chair made in Mazatlan in the 1970s sat on the back lawn. For a more bohemian effect, we included locally sourced rugs, a peacock chair and a shiny Moroccan brass tray table. 

When asked if there would be more events, Mahra responded with a smile. 

"Yes, that is the dream," she said, "...to have something like this, but maybe three times bigger." 

Check out our gallery below for more pictures of the event.