Opening a coffee shop has been a long time dream for Malakiah and her business partner April. From the tantalizing aroma of a fresh hand-poured coffee to the social buzz found at local coffee shops, the full coffee experience has always excited them.
Last March they decided to finally take the plunge, quitting their jobs and emptying their 401Ks to open Broke Girl’s Coffee Bar in the urban community of Normal Heights.
The combination of eclectic décor, a large outdoor patio with a performance stage and locally sourced coffee beans make Broke Girls a San Diego gem worth discovering. However, what makes this café truly special is its two owners with their contagious smiles and their deep care for the community.
Though Malakiah and April were able to complete a lot of the initial build out of their coffee bar with their own funds, they quickly ran out of capital and needed extra help. They will use their $10,000 Kiva loan to finish the plumbing, as well to finish furnishing and stocking the shop with initial inventory for opening.
There is already a lot of interest from the community that is eager to welcome this new coffee bar to the scene. Malakiah and April hope that their coffee bar will become a gathering place for the community, featuring the talents of local musicians and artists. Furthermore, as members of the sober community, they hope to host meetings and gatherings helping people get sober.