One of our biggest dreams came true when we opened an espresso bar in the Rocky Butte community! We had always envisioned this location (8505 NE Fremont St Portland, OR 97220) as a gathering space. We talked with Bennie Moore who pastors Consumed by the Harvest church about using their space when they aren't, and he was all for it. Wow - how simple was that? We were impressed with his willingness to work with us and partner together.
Opening during the Covid pandemic has limitations, but it gave us an opportunity to start serving coffee even without it all figured out yet. We've been able to meet neighbors and connect with people we hadn't met yet and hear their dreams for the space too.