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About Eklectico Cafe

What does Eklectíco mean?

Eklectíco represents an “eclectic collective”. Coined by founder Jenny Mezzapelle, "Eklectico" represents a collaboration between people, culture, and creativity. It's Spanish flair is symbolic to Jenny and her time spent in living abroad in Sevilla, Spain. 

 

Why Café? 

To us, café symbolizes a sense of togetherness, comfort, and creative inspiration. Like many cafes through Europe, we want Eklectíco Café to be a inviting place for people come together.

We invite you to check out our Pop-Up Schedule + follow us:

As our inventory will be changing frequently to coincide with the seasons, we encourage you to check back in regularly to see what we’re brewing up.


Our Mission  


At Eklectico Cafe we strive for our curated collection and pop-ups to be sources of inspiration and enjoyment. We aim to be an active community partner, with a continuous focus on charitable and sustainable initiatives.  

How is our mission put into action?
It is an integral part of our mission to be charitable and collaborative. At every pop-up event we donate a portion of our proceeds to a charitable cause. We welcome feedback on what causes are near and dear - whether it be animal welfare, the veterans, homelessness, education, or another meaningful cause. 

We chose to introduce our signature bamboo sunglasses as one of Eklectíco’s break out products because of bamboo’s eco-friendly nature. As one of the world’s fastest growing grasses, bamboo does not need for fertilizers, pesticides. It is heartier than most hardwoods, so you know you are buying a high-quality, durable product. We look forward to more bamboo items to join our collection soon.  


 

“People don’t take trips,

trips take people.” –

John Steinbeck


Our founder


Eklectíco Café was founded by Jenny Mezzapelle, a marketing professional and Fairfield University Dolan School of Business alum. Eklectíco Café was officially founded in 2015, but the inspiration behind it came seven years earlier in the south of Spain.

In the spring of 2008 Jenny lived abroad in Sevilla with a family who didn’t speak any English. She says this experience was not only a challenge but it was an awakening. She became enthralled in all things travel – art, architecture, people, culture, music, food & drink.

Studying the History of Spanish Art and International Marketing in an ancient city influenced by thousands of years of history, was an extremely humbling, and motivating experience for Jenny. 

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"It made me feel very small, but very much alive at the same time," Jenny says. 

Passing the Alcazar- the ancient royal residence and the Cathedral- the 3rd largest in the world, to get to friends apartments was a regular occurrence for Jenny while living in Sevilla.

"It was an incredibly profound experience for me as a 20 year old, and it's no wonder to me now that Sevilla is where and why the Eklectíco roots were planted." 

 

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 Top of La Giralda Tower, May 2008. 

Top of La Giralda Tower, May 2008. 

The seed has been sown. Now, having traveled to some of the world’s most renowned museums and landmarks like the Reina Sofia & the Prado in Madrid, the Louvre & Musée d'Orsay in Paris, the Acropolis in Athens, and the Sydney Opera House, Jenny says what resonates the most is the inspiration she finds in the street. She vividly recalls her adventures through Las Ramblas in Barcelona, and trekking up the hills of Granada, wandering through the Barrio Alto of Lisbon, and through the alleyways of Morocco.

She was and is still, fascinated by street art. She often recounts how much inspired she became by it, for its ability to transcend any language and cultural barriers. "From graffiti, to music, to hand-made items sold by street vendors, every sight, smell, and sound has a story to tell."

 

 Photos from Morocco 

Photos from Morocco 

"It is not until you go out of your element, that you truly find your element." Looking back, she says, "its no wonder that the inspiration for 'Eklectico' would trace back to my time spent living in a city with two thousand years of artisans in its history."

Now she and Eklectíco Café have set out with the goal to create and collaborate globally and the passion to inspire. 


 Torre del Oro, "The Tower of Gold" 

Torre del Oro, "The Tower of Gold" 

Discover Sevilla, the city that inspired Eklectíco Café 

 Alcazar, the ancient Royal Residence 

Alcazar, the ancient Royal Residence 

 Catedral de Santa María de la Sede

Catedral de Santa María de la Sede

 Mudejar influence inside the Alcazar.  Mudejar is the name given to the Muslim influence of architecture which began after the Reconquista in 1492. 

Mudejar influence inside the Alcazar.  Mudejar is the name given to the Muslim influence of architecture which began after the Reconquista in 1492. 

 Catedral by night 

Catedral by night 


 
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..Curated to Captivate..