We have been a part of the Harlesden community for over 10 years. We have seen the changing face of Harlesden and been a part of so many amazing testimonies and activities, but after the impact that we and many others have faced due to the global pandemic, we think now is the time to go for more!
This project of opening a coffee shop and restaurant is an open door for us to continue to run some of the activities that we already do, as well as develop so many new ones. And our goal is to be able to do this in a place that we can call our own. We want to host people, invite them in, bless them and serve them, and sometimes the starting point for this is a nice cup of tea or coffee!
We have given out countless cups of coffee and tea over the years, and we have seen how it is a tool to interact with people, to start conversations that turn into relationships where we get to see God's blessing and healing over individuals- so our heart is to continue to do this and more, and the next step, the biggest step, is to finally have a place of our own. Join us in this dream!
The number shown above is an overall sum from different offerings collected, between GoFundMe and other methods.
WE HAVE THE KEYS!
We recently signed the contract for a shop! It's a large space just 10 minutes walking from our base that will be able to facilitate the whole dream- restaurant, cafe, workshops, events, etc! We are so blown away by the miracles and provision of God, but this move did require spending everything we've received so far and a bit more.
We've spent the last weeks cleaning and renovating and doing all the legalities of the business. There's lots of work to do- replacing the boiler, rewiring the electricity, plastering, painting, furnishing, etc. Most of the structural changes will cost us about £7,000 before we even paint. We've moved this far with a lot of a faith and we're expect to see God keep on providing!
Finally this is happening and we cant wait to have you over for a nice cup of coffee!
£1,800 - £2,000 Monthly rent will vary or it may change.
£1,000 - £1,200 Electricity, Gas and Water will vary on a monthly bases .
£200 - £300 Insurance and various other licenses
£100 - £200 Wifi, telephone bills and till/card reader machine.
£500 Initial repairs on bathrooms and kitchen (we will do most if not all the work ourselves to cut down the costs).
£500 Paint, furniture, and decorations for inside and outside seating.
£7,000 All structural renovations- a new boiler and pipes, new electricity, re-plastering.
Food & Drinks
£300 - £600 Food: includes all ingredients to make food and baked goods for sale (this can vary with increase of sales).
£200 - £300 Drinks, coffee and tea. This includes milk, juices and soft drinks
£100 - £200 take away cups, cutlery, boxes and napkins.
GOD HAS ALREADY PROVIDED SO MUCH!
We have: 4 industrial fridges, 1 industrial oven and stove, 1 industrial microwave, an espresso machine, a coffee grinder, cutting boards, all kitchen equipment (pots, pans, cutlery, etc.), baking oven, baking mixer, 2 soup kettles, tables, chairs, and more!
ways to pay and donate
Bank Name: Natwest
Account Name: YWAM Urban Key London
Account #: 47090952
Sort Code: 50-41-20
kitchen & food
Pastries, cakes, cookies, and more! We'd like to provide both sweet and savory snacks that can be for takeaway or eating in.
We're hoping to have licenses to be able to run a full kitchen, which would enable us to also provide full meals for our customers including serving all day breakfast, sandwiches and other meal options. We want to experiment with different world foods, changing the menu to experiment every 3 months.
As a coffee shop we would provide basic drinks like tea and coffee, but we also want to be able provide other options like milkshakes and smoothies.
In the past, we have run open mic nights and game nights in the base for some people from our neighbourhood to join. This is something that we would like to run in the shop on a monthly basis to bring the community together.
There are lots of mums around the area, so we would like to host a mums and toddlers group/session.
Senior afternoons that will range with fun activities, pampering sessions, and small groups
Youth workshops. We have people on our staff who are photographers, painters, craftsmen, so our aim is to run youth workshops, and give them a chance to exhibit their work by running exhibitions at the cafe.
We want to be able to connect with other organisations and services, to partner up and become food providers, or hosts for different events, and through this to influence people in different spheres and areas of society.
part of our staff have developed a joint business called Attic & Ivy, where they do various things like event organising and decorating, flower arrangements, photography and filmography, and handmade jewellery. Our hope for the future is to be able to collaborate together, to allow the possibility for gifting and talents within our staff to be used to create things and be able sell and bless people with.