We are a small, independently run coffee shop in the up and coming Capitol Park district of Detroit.
I decided to build out this space in 2003, back when I had a full time job. In exchange for free rent from the original owners, I put my own time and money into the buildout of the space, customizing everything. Finally, I opened in 2008 only to close the doors a year later, due to the U.S. economy that significantly impacted Michigan and Detroit. In 2013, I reopened with my new partner and have been open ever since.
We pride ourselves in using and promoting other local businesses and products. We pride ourselves on being part of and promoting the local electronic music scene.
Our customers are mixture of local regulars, and travelers from within Michigan, nationally, and internationally – about 60/40.
Our biggest challenge is to remain competitive with larger chains that have bigger resources – balance sheets, space, staff, etc. as the neighborhood is improved and more residents move in. There are just a few part time employees, and myself. This presents a challenge to focus on improving the business while also running the business as I often work 12-14 hour days.
Our goals for this business are to adapt to the growing needs, and improve our available services as the neighborhood changes and grows around us. We have to upgrade and improve to capture and meet the needs of the anticipated growth in clientele.
I am most proud to have been in Detroit for over 20 years, and I want to remain here for at least 20 more. I want to be part of the survival, changes, evolution, and ultimate success of Detroit and UBC.