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The Never Been Kissed Coffee Shop and Tiki Post

Jul 24th, 2009 | By | Category: Movie Locations

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It appears to be “Chas week” here at iamnotastalker.com, because once again I find myself posting locations which were unearthed thanks to the incredible stalking talents of my friend Chas!  A few weeks ago, I enlisted his help in finding both the coffee shop and the Tiki Post locations featured in fave romantic comedy Never Been Kissed.  Chas located both sites pretty much immediately and I am VERY happy to report that the coffee shop featured in NBK is an actual coffee shop in real life, too!  Y’all know how much I love me some coffee!  So, I immediately dragged my fiance out to Monrovia to do some Never Been Kissed stalking  – and to grab an iced latte, too, of course!  :)

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The coffee shop, which was called Nana’s in Never Been Kissed, shows up towards the beginnning of the movie as the spot where Leelee Sobieski and Drew Barrymore grab a bite to eat after cool guy Guy hides Josie’s car.  In reality, that coffee shop is known as the Monrovia Coffee Company and from what information I could gather while stalking it, I believe it is the very same place that was there when NBK was filmed.  The girl working the front counter was a new employee, so she couldn’t answer many of my questions, but she did say she was fairly certain that the Monrovia Coffee Company had occupied that same space for well over ten years.  Maybe it’s just me, but wouldn’t you think the fact that Never Been Kissed had been filmed on the premises would have been part of the information given out during the employee training program???  Sheesh!

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I am very happy to report that the Monrovia Coffee Company looks almost exactly the same in person as it did onscreen in Never Been Kissed.  The decor has changed slighty and new tables and chairs have been added in the ten years since filming took place, but otherwise it is very easily recognizable!

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Even the neon ice cream/coffee cup sign is STILL in place in the front window – albeit in a slightly different spot.  SO LOVE IT!!!!!

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And, of course, I just HAD to sit in the same exact place where Leelee and Drew hung out during the scene.  :)  There is no table in that corner area now, but I was still floored to be sitting there, just the same.

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Chas was able to find this location by noticing an address number posted across the street from the coffee shop when Josie looked out the window during the scene.   He had an inkling the coffee shop was located in Monrovia and, sure enough, he was right!

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The Monrovia Coffee Company is a super cute little place that serves up some great coffee, so I highly recommend stalking it!!

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Just up the street from the NBK coffee shop was the storefront that was used as the Tiki Post where David Arquette worked in the movie.  I say “was the storefront” because, unfortunately, that location no longer exists.  Old Town Monrovia got a bit of a facelift a few years back and the block where the Tiki Post was located was changed considerably.

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I am going to guess that at the time Never Been Kissed was filmed the Tiki Post space was vacant, which is why producers chose to use it.  Shortly after the movie was completed, the entire property was razed and a Cold Stone Creamery built in its place.

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“The Fox and the Hair” salon, which Drew and David are standing in front of in the above screen capture, was also completely torn down and is now a Krikorian Movie Theatre.   The Fox and the Hair moved just around the corner from this location to a storefront on Lime Avenue.

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Chas was also able to pinpoint this location using an address number and a sign posted directly across the street from the Tiki Post which read “L & D Appliance Corp.”  Thankfully, L & D is still located in the exact same spot it was during the filming of Never Been Kissed, which led Chas right to the former Tiki Post location.  I told you he was good!  :)

Big thank you – yet again! – to Chas for finding these locations.

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  :)

Stalk It:  The Never Been Kissed coffee shop, aka the Monrovia Coffee Company, is located at 425 South Myrtle Avenue in Monrovia.  The former Tiki Post location can be found at 408 South Myrtle Avenue, also in Monrovia.

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  1. Carol says:

    I lived within walking distance to Old Town Monrovia for a number of years and went to this coffee shop regularly. I often think I’m looking at Old Town Monrovia when watching movies/TV shows but never know for sure!

  2. Graeme says:

    Anyone notice next door to the former Tiki post is the location for Dog Years from American Pie?

  3. Nikki says:

    I grew up in Monrovia and knew the people who owned the Tiki Post site. It was actually a store at the time of the filming, though nothing close to a Tiki Post kind of place. The scene where Drew Barrymore is in the bathroom of the Tiki Post sick and flashbacks to when she was teased in high school was the bathroom for the store they filmed in. When she pulls the chain on the old fashioned toilet to flush it and the chain breaks, that was unplanned, but they left it in.

    Fun site, glad I stumbled upon it!

  4. Kerry says:

    3 cheers for Chas!!!!!!!!! Nice work!!!


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