When the Cotto family began planning the opening of La Paloma Sabanera more than a decade ago, they wanted to fill a niche Hartford’s Latino community so desperately needed. For years their venture was a success – the shop was adored and adopted by Latinos as a gathering place and destination for strong coffee, a good book and even better conversation – but now, the shop is about to close its doors for good.

The modest-and-funky coffee shop and book store on Capital Avenue, originally founded by the Cotto family in 2004 and now owned by Virginia Iacobuuci, will call it quits on June 27. Even if the space’s final event — a farewell gathering the evening before — turns excessively spirited, the countdown to its closure has been deliberate and orderly, reflecting the shop’s origins and life as a business.

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