My name is Brittney Lewis “blew.” Born and raised in Virginia, I moved to Philly in 2006 to go to Acting school at University of the Arts, where i learned to further connect and understand the many kinds of people that make up the city. After two years of training I realized that my next step was to start a coffeehouse in Philadelphia. So i took an entrepreneur course through the Empowerment Group which gave me skills to actually start a business! very exciting:)
Having over 6 years of coffee & customer service experience, I partnered with Habitat For Community, in Ohio, an advocate of the third place non-profit organization run by a friend, Les, to help coffeehouse start-ups through portable espresso machines and coffee sales. He connected me with all the equipment needed for a travel coffeehouse (espresso machine, grinder, beans) with an agreement to get people to buy a bag of their delicious coffee (direct trade, organic, & fresh) every week for 6 months—with the costs paying off the machine.
Thus began Leotah’s Place Travel Coffeehouse, named in honor of my mother’s legacy. Mary Leotah was a beautiful mother who taught me how to fix her coffee once i learned to have grips on objects, as well as the importance of hospitality, relationships, and listening to others to create change. i understand the resonance of a motherly warm 3rd place for a neighborhood, and i’m excited to dive right in!
I recently partnered up with dear friends, Kristen & Edward Baskin-Stephens, to help push through the obstacles and open up a permanent coffeehouse, acting as a life giving business in the Kensington neighborhood. At the moment we are hosting & catering events with the travel coffeehouse, such as weddings, fundraisers, concerts, festivals, and other gatherings. We understand the importance of a place, creating a safe environment for the neighborhood as well as to become center of connection for people, art, other cultures, and discussion in order to create change in our streets.
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