A barrier-breaking fundraising campaign has launched on Kickstarter by recent high school graduate and entrepreneur, Zachary Hamlett. He aims to open The Hamlett, San Diego’s newest Black-owned coffee and apothecary shop.
Described by Hamlett as “a community hub and incubator promoting Black-owned enterprises and wellness,” the shop will serve fair-trade coffee, specialty drinks, and healthy bites while promoting local commerce and hosting weekly events. Products for sale will include a variety of hard-to-find apothecary herbs, hand made accessories, books, art, and more.
Events will be supported with stadium seating and a stage to feature open mics, workshops, educational lessons, food drives, and networking events for fellow entrepreneurs. With the success of the campaign, the coffee shop will be located at a 1,900 sq ft venue in Lemon Grove and is set to open in January of 2021.
The Kickstarter funds will contribute to:
* Initial Interior Fabrication
* Exterior Signage
* Updated Premium Equipment
In response to his personal observation of political discord and lack of Black ownership in the Greater San Diego region, Hamlett explains: “Amid another wave of racial injustices against the Black community, I want to be a part of restorative justice by proudly leading my family to be the business owners we wanted to see growing up and to make room for more. My generation and the generations ahead depend on people answering the calls to action.”