Luz Arango waves to a regular at Lupita's Corner Market and Deli, a family-owned business in L.A.'s Westlake District for nearly 30 years. <span class="copyright">(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Luz Arango waves to a regular at Lupita’s Corner Market and Deli, a family-owned business in L.A.’s Westlake District for nearly 30 years. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

People have been dropping by Lupita’s corner for years.

¡Hola mija! they often shout as they walk past the front door.

Qué hay de bueno? What’s new? 

For 27 years, the little market at West 3rd Street and Lucas Avenue in L.A.’s Westlake neighborhood has been far more than just a store.

“It’s a place that feels like home — like it belongs to us,” said Josefina Reynoso, 72.

Luz Arango, right, helps Josefina Reynoso, who was the first customer at Lupita's 27 years ago. <span class="copyright">(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Luz Arango, right, helps Josefina Reynoso, who was the first customer at Lupita’s 27 years ago. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Before the pandemic struck, sealing off much of the world around us, Lupita’s Corner Market was on the verge of a rare transformation. Lupita Olague, 67, the single

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