Word Up Cafe
Sharron with two r’s made her entry into this world , doing the twist with chubby checker (Come on baby Let’s do the twist). That’s the story her parents fondly relay to her with a smile. Sharron born in Brooklyn now the mother of two daughters , wife of Herbert –Frost, loves the Lord, people , traveling and the beach . She has taught in the schools of East New York Brooklyn for more than twenty years. Word Up Café born from the heart of a teacher, Ms Sharron J Kennedy-Frost. I initiated the Poetry & Jazz Café more than 10 years ago in Public School 328, located in East New York Brooklyn. In 1995, I began teaching in the community of East New York. At the time I lived there with my grandparents whom called this place home for over 30 years. When my church moved from Brownsville to East New York (ENY) , my spiritual commitment was cemented in ENY, live, work, walk and worship in ENY. It started out as a math lesson and turned into the Phillis Wheatley Poetry & Jazz Café. The purpose of the Café was to teach math in a memorable way, raise money for instruments and more importantly to introduce the students to the idea of entrepreneurship.The cafe raised enough money to purchase instruments and produce the PW Jazz Band, it gave students a place where they could showcase their talent and express their feelings in non-violent ways. It was met with enthusiasm from the students, staff and community at large.The ideal was so successful and heartwarming that it inspired the idea to eventually open Word Up Cafe. It is my belief that we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keeper.
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Mission Statement- Is to be a positive presence in the community utilizing , Spoken Word, Poetry & Jazz to enlighten, support and uplift the community. Word Up Café Incorporated in 2012 started off as a pop up cafe hosting various themed events such as a mother daughter brunch. Celebrating Good Men, Meet the Author Book Signings, and Speed dating. These events all have something in common they encourage positive communication among it’s participants and an opportunity for artistic expression. Vent verbally instead of violently I like to say. From April 23rd to September 30th 2015 Word up Café operated in an incubator space at 175 New Lots Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11207. Where in a shipping container was transformed into a café.. Currently Word Up Café is a pop up café that will be opening up in a traditional brick and mortar in East NY, Brooklyn Word Up Café is an up – scale specialty Café with a Beer and Wine Garden. It also has an entertainment component featuring, poetry, jazz, and local artists. Open mic nights, spoken word, book clubs, Sunday Brunch will be a part of its weekly routine. Additionally, Wi Fi access and co working space will be available. Word Up offers an environment that is relaxing, positive and unique. Word Up Café offers a distinct food and beverage line that is currently unavailable in the East New York Community. The Café will enjoy multiple streams of income; however its main source of income will come from its delectable food and beverage sales, which boasts a menu that promotes healthy food choices to combat the high rate of diabetes in the community. Gourmet coffee, herbal teas, salads, An assortment of Pastries, sandwiches Vegetarian options will also be available.
What is the purpose of this loan?
The loan will be instrumental in helping to pay for the build out costs for the new location. Additionally, it will assist with purchasing furnishings and refrigeration, The cost for build out will cost $3,000.00 refrigeration.1,000.00 , chair , seating, 2,000 The loan will be a tremendous benefit to my business because it will provide the funds as needed. Therefore creating an environment inviting to customers and increasing storage capacity. I expect the purchases to increase the revenue by at least 70 %.. The loan will be a great relief for my family. It will be one less financial concern and it will give me the opportunity to focus on growing the business.
Years in operation: 1 year – 3 years