The soulful nature of Detroit is definitely steeped in the walls of Always Brewing Detroit. As soon as Amanda Brewington, owner, starts talking about the coffee shop, about Detroit, about her young entrepreneurial adventure, and about the community, there’s no denying the passion brewing in that very cozy setting. ABD is a place for good coffee (and other assorted drinks) made with love where the neighborhood can gather, where Detroiters (and others) can find some tunes or a poetry reading, some delicious treats, and so much more.
Brewington moved to Detroit after living in Lansing for eight years with the sole mission of opening a coffee shop in Detroit. She wasn’t entirely sure how she was going to do it, but she knew it was going to happen in the city. Her adventure began with finding ways to acheive her dream without knowing exactly what she was getting into. After taking a business plan course, Brewington’s plan was drafted in June of 2012 when she approached TechTown to be a part of their Thrive Program where entrepreneurs are matched with mentors and introduced to all sorts of local resources.
The next part was to find a space. Brewington explains, “I wanted to go somewhere where there was a need, where there was a community that wanted a coffee shop.” After checking out lots of different spaces all over Detroit, she found an old neighborhood city hall space in the Grandmont-Rosedale community of northwest Detroit.
The stipulations of a space that would make sense for ABD were not particularly difficult, but they were all necessary. “I needed parking, I needed a roof, I needed bathrooms – these were important things to me,” laughed Brewington. One of the driving factors in her search was a space that would accommodate having live music events, and thankfully the space she found in the Grandmont-Rosedale neighborhood is the right amount of cozy paired with the right amount of space.
Following a pop-up in the space at the end of 2012, Brewington, her boyfriend, her father, and a plumber made the ABD dream a reality. Brewington has been making coffee, creating relationships with the community, and working really hard for over a month now. Thursdays are an Open Mic night and she will be open later on Tuesdays as well with a bit more of a low key ambiance with board game and craft nights. Then, every fourth Saturday of the month, the community gathers for Trash Talking. This is a time for the Grandmont-Rosedale community to drink coffee, talk, and then go pick up trash.
ABD is just one testament to the kind of passion and commitment that Detroiters have for the city. This is prevalent in a lot of the projects that are constantly thriving in each neighborhood. “If you really believe in something then you should go be a part of it,” smiles Brewington. She definitely believes that there’s something Always Brewing in Detroit.