A town square or plaza. The heart of the city. The center of social activity.
For almost two decades, a locally owned and independently operated coffee house and roastery has stood at 645 Bancroft Ave in San Leandro, California. Originally Dean's Beans, and then Zocalo Coffeehouse, the shop aims to serve as a crossroads to enable and promote connections in a true Third Place environment. 'Zocalo' is a Mexican-Spanish word meaning "town square" or "town center," and was chosen to reflect the goal of community building and participation.