about us

a joint passion & love for the community

La Terraza Cafe is a local coffee house specializing in a variety of coffee based drinks, fresh juice, pastries, salads, soups, and sandwiches. Our goal is to provide the community with a place to gather and enjoy delicious drinks and food. La Terraza Cafe also serves as a local art gallery and performance space available to local artists and musicians. The owners of La Terraza Cafe are not new to the area and heavily involved in the community.



Carlos was born in Guatemala and immigrated to Los Angeles along with his mother, father and two older sisters in 1978. The family initially moved to South Central Los Angeles (South LA) where Adams intersects Vermont. Carlos attended elementary school in Los Angeles, but was eventually part of the wave of inner city children who were bused to the valley. After graduating high school he went on to earn a B.S. in Business Administration and B.A in Latin American studies from Cal. State Northridge. Carlos then went on to earn a Juris Doctorate degree from Northern Illinois University, College of Law, class of 2006.



Alisha was born and raised in Northridge, but has by far the oldest roots on the east side of the three owners. Alisha earned a B.A in sociology from Cal. State Northridge and is now employed as a book-keeper for several boutique retail outlets and law firms.

Her paternal grandfather was born and raised in Lincoln Heights in the 1930’s, he was a WWII Purple Heart Recipient, and is of Lebanese decent. Her Paternal Grandmother was born and raised in Boyle Heights, her parents were part of the first wave Russian Jews who migrated to that area.

Her maternal grandmother was raised in the Montecito Heights area of Los Angeles, and her Italian maternal grandfather was born and raised in the Italian neighborhoods of Lincoln Heights and Boyle Heights. The family homes still stand today, and the cemeteries of the area are the resting places to several of her family members.



Evangelina is a native of Southern California with strong roots in Los Angeles. Evangelina is the youngest of four siblings.  Her parents, Jesus and Evangelina immigrated to the United States from Guanajuato, Mexico in the early 70’s. They were raised in Boyle Heights for 19 years. During that time, Evangelina attended Dacotah Street Elementary School.  The Alvarez Family also attended Resurrection Catholic Church and partook in various community activities.

In 1986 her parents purchased a home in the San Fernando Valley.  In 2008, she earned a B.S. in Business Administration, with an Emphasis in Business Law and a Minor in Chicano Studies from Cal. State Northridge.

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