Leotah’s Place Coffeehouse Mission
Leotah’s Place Coffeehouse is a warm, welcoming space for neighbors to congregate; a hub for both community activism and greater cultural awareness, and a comfortable venue where people from all walks of life can enjoy delicious, affordable coffee and other goods.
*Providing affordable coffee & goods
Leotah’s Place will focus on the diversity of the neighborhood; we will be able to be affordable and also thrive as a cost-effective business by using local distributors, offering dollar coffee to expand our market base, as well as selling high-end espresso drinks. By limiting these costs and as owners, making only what we need, we will be able to reinvest more into the business and into strengthening its ties to the community at large.
*Supporting Local & Eco-Conscious Distributors
Leotah’s Place will use recycled & eco-friendly goods from a nearby supplier, sell baked goods from local, independent bakers, and employ neighbors. This practice of creating ties with local businesses will strengthen the value of the Coffeehouse to its community. Some local businesses that we will be using are LAP distributors, Merrymead Farms, Turner’s Bakery, Greensgrow Farms, and PJP Marketplace.
*Center for Cultural Enrichment
The Kensington neighborhood embraces many diverse cultural identities and we hope to bring them together while appreciating the unique nature of each. We will do this by having monthly educational focuses, English- and Spanish-language menus, music from many countries, and goods that reflect the diversity of our neighborhood.
Kensington has a rich history of families who have lived here for many generations. They have an intricate understanding of the neighborhood power that exists and also for the areas of life that they would like to change. There are also many new, young and ambitious folk to the neighborhood that are waiting for opportunities to use their talents in the community. We will be a warm place that encourages people to link with local organizations and design neighbor-informed projects. We will become a center for education regarding current Philadelphia issues, creating conversations & connections for active change.
*More Than A Coffeehouse
Kensington is in need of life-giving businesses to provide a relational environment and creative outlets. We will fulfill this by offering a welcoming fun space to be utilized for awareness, art, and recreation for all types of demographics in the neighborhood.
· Overflowing mug concept: cup ‘o’ love
Care for customers and fellow employees
· Bulletin board of community events
· Venue for local artists
· Kids corner
· English and Spanish classes
· Host of events, such as games, open mic nights, and skill shares
· Guest lectures and discussion