Let’s see if I can recollect my memories here…about 11 years ago this beautiful tall dreadlocked queen walked into my newly opened café in Baltimore, The Yabba Pot…coming in just to check us out…she said. Her name was Ayoluwa, which honestly took me some time to pronounce correctly. She was from Milwaukee and had recently moved back to Baltimore after briefly attending Morgan State University. We talked that very first day and I hired her almost immediately!
Over the years that I was in business at 2431-33 St Paul St, she helped me to grow my dream into a thriving success. The Yabba Pot was an extremely special venture for me and made me grow up fast! Ayoluwa was there with me just about all the way and saw what it took to create an amazing Vegan Business. One of the many things I loved about Ayoluwa was her ability to create beautiful menu boards, because I was determined not to have a menu that did not have all the ingredients…so we made up the menu daily. Her handwriting was impeccable and artistic too. She was sincere and kind and levelheaded and a plus to have around…especially when I was running around like a Chick-un with my head cut-off!
After about 7 years of this venture I was complete in my mission to help Baltimore have healthier vegan options and to be a space where community folks can come and chill. I left and sold this establishment and moved to Puerto Rico. Ayoluwa continued working for the new owner until they closed…and decided to open her own location in a smaller spot down the block.
She called her new spot, the Grind House Juice bar where she features juices, smoothies, and vegan wraps and snacks. She also hosts community events, like bead making, juice cleanses, and other workshops and programs. She has been open now for several years and clearly needs more space so she is now getting ready to move…GUESS WHERE?? In my old location…2431-33 St Paul St! Home of the old Yabba Pot!! Isnt that Fantastic!! Im so excited for her and want her venture to be successful.
She has a fundraising campaign going on right now to raise the monies that she is going to need to make that move. The space is about 3 to 4 times the amount of space then her current location and Im sure she is going to need to get tons more furnishings, equipment and supplies to make it happen. Please support this venture by sending in money to support and by posting this story in your social media platforms. #vegsuccess101
Click this link to her fundraising Gofundme campaign: http://www.gofundme.com/GRINDHOUSE