Owners of the Cocoa Cinnamon in Durham expect to open their second location within the next couple weeks.
Owners Leon Grodski de Barrera and Areli Barrera de Grodski said they plan to have the health inspectors visit around Jan. 18 and hope to open within one to two weeks after the inspection.
The couple said they will open the coffee/tea/hot chocolate shop in “Beta” mode, which means it will have a more limited menu and more limited hours until they get up to full speed. “We’ll be letting it unfold,” said Areli Barrera de Grodski. This mimics how the couple how opened their last shop on West Geer Street in Durham.
The 1,470-square-foot-shop is located at 2627 Hillsborough Road in Durham, next door to Mesa Latin Kitchen. It has 60 seats inside and 50 seats outside.
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The couple opened their first shop in January 2013. My co-worker Virginia Bridges described their start as a “broke-to-Hipsterella story.” The couple got down to their last $75 and began riding around downtown Durham and selling coffee from a bike cart.
The couple relied heavily on community financing to open their first shop, raising more than $32,000 via Kickstarter and a $10,000 Slow Money loan. This time, they raised $50,100 via Community Sourced Capital, a Seattle-based certified B Corporation that provides a platform that mixes crowdfunding and interest-free loans.
Grodski de Barrera told Bridges: “I can’t imagine opening another shop without people being a part of it. For us, the neighborhood and the community has to be in on it.”