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18-Year-Old To Launch Black-Owned Coffee & Apothecary Shop In San Diego
Zachary Hamlett is only 18-years-old and has his eyes set on opening the newest Black-owned coffee and apothecary shop in San Diego.
After graduating High Tech High School in San Diego, Hamlett says he was met with some harsh realities brought on by the global pandemic, an uncertain economy, and the current racial and political division across the country. In his quest to support local Black businesses in Southern California, he was shocked when he realized how few existed in San Diego.
That’s why he is creating his own.
The Hamlett, Coffee Shop & Apothecary was inspired by his love for coffee, apothecaries, and holistic wellness and the need for more Black-owned businesses within in the community.
“The Hamlett is so much more than just a coffee or apothecary shop; featuring workshops, arts, and collaboration,” Hamlett stated on his Kickstarter. “It aims to become a sought-out destination that adds to the flavor of San Diegan life.”
He adds, “the Hamlett will provide the Lemon Grove community with an elevated, well-curated, coffee shop that also provides safe space, educational development, and exposure for up-and-coming black-owned businesses.”
The coffee shop will feature stadium seating, an apothecary “by the ounce” center, a curated Black-owned business section, hand-made accessories and books for sale, and more.
So far, Hamlett has launched a Kickstarter to help raise capital that will support the 1,900 sq. ft. venue. The Kickstarter will support the exterior signage, furniture, and updated premium equipment.