By Jessica Nguyen
What do you imagine when you think of coffee? Do you think of its familiar aroma? Early mornings? You might even envision a comforting mug between your hands that envelops you with its warmth, or you may picture some of your favorite local coffee shops. Soon, you’ll be adding a new shop to that list: Legendary Coffee and Books! This new coffee shop, coming to Downtown Stockton’s Waterfront Warehouse in December, offers something unique to downtown: coffee and books! As a society, we’re always so busy hurrying to meetings, rushing to complete our next errand, or feeling pressured by deadlines, so there’s nothing more relaxing than taking a breath, sinking into a chair and immersing ourselves in a book while sipping on some delicious coffee. Everyone needs a break, why not take yours here?
Meet the Owner
Stockton Native Gwen Overton is the owner of the new Legendary Coffee and Books. A kind and family-oriented woman, she wanted to ensure her children graduated from college before turning her dream of owning a coffee shop into reality — a dream that was first sparked ten years ago. Her inspiration for adding books to the coffee mixture? The recent closure of Stockton’s only Christian bookstore. Legendary Coffee and Books will also be the only coffee shop in the Waterfront Warehouse, so don’t forget to pick up some coffee to accompany that delicious cupcake from Dlilah’s Cakery and save some room for coffee after dinner at Nena’s Mexican Restaurant!
What’s on the menu?
Legendary Coffee and Books will not only be serving your favorite caffeinated beverages, but will also include a selection of teas. So if you’re looking for a cup of Joe or a lighter beverage, this is the place to be! And if you’re feeling indecisive, you could always try both. As for the printed works, Gwen shares that there will be wide selection to choose from — Bibles, books on health, finance, marriage, and everything in between. Coffee and books? Perfect, now you can increase your energy and knowledge at the same time!
What is your vision for Legendary Coffee and Books?
With passion encompassing every word, Gwen shares, “atmosphere is really important to me.” She is adamant about providing a “safe, fun, loving, warm atmosphere” where people can come to relax and enjoy themselves. A Christian woman dedicated to her faith, Gwen also wants visitors to feel the love of Christ upon entering the shop.
The shop will be open to everyone, and will also be a nice, quiet location to work or study (don’t forget to order a steaming mug of coffee to help you get through that study session!). If you’re not into studying, Gwen also plans on hosting Open Mic occasionally on Friday nights. There are also talks about possible book club meetings, but these are still in the works, so stay tuned for updates!
Why did you choose Downtown Stockton?
Gwen shared that as she was searching for a location, someone told her, “I picture you by the water.” She loved the idea, and looked into possible locations near water. She was drawn in by the Waterfront Warehouse’s beautiful views of the Stockton waterfront, so that sealed the deal! The Legendary Coffee and Books found itself a new home in downtown’s Waterfront Warehouse. Gwen is also excited at the prospect of being surrounded by the variety of shops and businesses that also call the Waterfront Warehouse home.
What else would you like the community to know about Legendary Coffee and Books?
“Once they come in, they will always return!”
Soft Opening: December 3rd, 2019
Grand Opening: January 24th, 2020
Follow them on instagram! @legendary_coffee_books