What is it
Jamari Espresso house was a cafe I opened in 2018 in Hintonburg, a small neighbourhood in Ottawa. I didn't do it on purpose. It was originally meant to be the waiting area for my studio, located at the back of the space, but in the end it grew to have it's own life and personality. I just tried to keep up with its growth. Like many small businesses, Covid shut us down and sadly I closed our doors in November of 2020. I left behind a thriving space that hosted live music, open mics, poetry readings, book clubs, awasome cocktails and a delightful cafe that had an awesome vibe. It was heartbreaking. Message me anytime and we can go for coffee or have a zoom chat and I'll share the story.
Why it matters
Building a small business and community is tough work, but if you are willing to commit to 24/7, it gives back. So many came out on closing date with stories, memories and sad faces that we were closing up shop and for just that day, all the hours were worth it.