Thanks to “Silver Bear” for pointing out this news.
Café Zentro: Hsiu F. Pinder took over the former Monarch Coffee location on Aug. 4 and spruced it up with cozy sofas and artwork. She used to operate a coffee shop by the same name at Washington and 48th streets in Phoenix, but light-rail construction and rising rents prompted her to move.
She sells signature drinks such as a raspberry kiss and peanut butter cup as well as light fare that includes salads, wraps, croissant sandwiches, bagels and lox, and breakfast burritos.
The CoffeeBuzz: Carol and Dimitri Lazarescu of Ahwatukee bought this shop in early October from Andy and Tanya Held, also of Ahwatukee, who opened it in September 2005.
Andy wanted a career change; he is going to do photography and Web design. Tanya also co-owns Tilt Gallery in Phoenix and works full-time at South Mountain Community College. The Helds were on a first-name basis with many customers and hosted rotating art exhibits, many featuring area high school students.
The Lazarescus, who live a mile from the shop, will continue to host art exhibits. They had been shopping for a business to buy and looked at “everything from delis to tanning salons,” Carol Lazarescu said.
They figured this was a perfect fit because it blends their love of coffee and culture. Dimitri has been a violinist with the Phoenix Symphony for 25 years and plans to occasionally serenade customers.