We met 7 years ago as neighbors during undergrad at the USC School of Architecture, only to find out later that our families grew up in the same neighborhood in the Philippines. Once we got past the odds of that happening, we realized our similar family upbringing has really shaped the way we appreciate what ‘home’ means to us. It’s such an important part of who we are that we want to create a place that shares that warm, familiar sense of community with others.
But like all recent grads, we did what was expected of us - we got jobs. And after a few years working in the profession of architecture and developing an idea of what we wanted and didn’t want, we're listening to our hearts and using what we've learned to finally open a humble coffee shop for everyone to enjoy. If you have to put a label on it, we are formally trained as architects / designers, but we don’t want that to limit the possibilities that our education has given us. We’re passionate about creating environments for people to enjoy, and we value the craft that goes into making it all happen - from making coffee to the conversations it instigates. We believe that this is our way of adding value to the world. We're just two people who enjoy the company of people, and love everything about coffee.
We've saved enough money to purchase in advance the coffee equipment that we'll be using in our shop, so in the mean time to help fundraise, we'll be using it for pop-up / catering events. We've done a couple gigs so far, and it's awesome to see all the positive reactions and support with what we're doing.
We've designed and are in the middle of building our coffee cart (we call it the, "Kid Kart") that we'll be wheeling around for the pop-up events. With the help of one of our good friends, this cart will be put to good use, and will eventually be part of our future shop for everyone to use.
Though we understand the importance of raising money and using it effectively to get a business going, we always remind ourselves that everything starts with an idea. This helps reconnect us to what we value, and how those values translate into the real world.
Our hope is to open our humble shop in Pasadena, CA -- we love its deeply rooted culture, character, and quaintness. Also, one of us (Danah) grew up in the area, so it has always been a place we called home.
We're actively pursuing a beautiful 750 sq. ft. space off Colorado Blvd., towards the tail end of the Pasadena Rose Parade route. We'll be doing all the design (and probably demolition!) work ourselves, to which we're being super resourceful about the materials, finishes, and furniture we use. All your generous contributions will go towards the permitting and construction (primarily mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and labor) that comes with getting our design approved by the city.
All of our rewards have been designed and produced with love either by us, or by close friends who we know appreciate the value of giving such things to others -- enjoy!
It's one thing for us to share our passion for what we do with people, but it's another thing to collaborate with others who have the same, if not more passion, to share their craft.
This crazy coffee adventure has been incredible in the making. But, we also value our friends who all, in their own ways, have amazing talent. Huge thanks to the brilliant people who were generous enough to devote their time and energy into helping us make this all happen :
Mike, Pete, Rich, and Sean - your amazing work always inspires us to continually believe and push our individual crafts. we piggy-back off your momentum to simply do, beautiful work!
Of course, thanks to our family and friends who have unconditionally supported our passion for this along the way. The classic, "architecture school, and now a coffee shop?" is something we will always respond to with, "YUP!"
Last, but certainly not least, we'd like to thank YOU for contributing and taking the time to see what we're up to; this is just the beginning! Don't be afraid to drop us a note at any time -- we're more than happy to make new friends!
Risks and challenges
With all great ideas comes risks and challenges, which to us, makes any idea worth pursuing. These are the moments that are the most potent opportunities for us learn, grow, and contribute.
Pulling permits and getting things approved by the city shouldn't be a hurdle at all, but when it comes to the actual build-out, it's a bit of a challenge to tell what's embedded within the walls and ceilings of the existing space. From start to finish, we're projecting between 3-4 months to get this thing fully built out -- depending on what we find, this may slow down (or even speed up!) the construction of the build out itself. But there is no need to worry, cause' we're grateful to have close friends who are in the world of construction that will help us get through anything!
Without a doubt, no risk or challenge is a show stopper to us. We're fully committed to getting Two Kids Coffee off the ground for everyone to enjoy as soon as possible!
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