Total loan: $10,000


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Oakland, CA, United States / Food

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Catherine's story

I'm a cafe owner and advocate for local community. Currently I'm working on expanding my North Oakland business and will be opening a second cafe location here. I live in the area, in a flat in with pink stairs and cute landscaping, with my partner and our five year old daughter. As a long-time resident of Oakland, I am a true believer in serving and investing in my community. This is an incredible place to call home for dozens of reasons, including a thriving arts scene, diversity, political engagement, friendly neighborhoods, proximity to great regional parks, great food and nightlife. I was raised in a small town in the North Bay called Sebastopol. Through my cafe projects I like to bring the charm and casual, small town vibes to the city. It's important to me to create space for neighbors and customers to connect. My main objectives are to bring people together, to serve well crafted, locally roasted coffee and delicious snacks, to host community events, and to create new jobs within a rewarding work environment. In my spare time I love to camp, hike, cook, garden, make art with my daughter, knit, hang out with friends and family and listen to records.