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Amanda Brewington, owner, Always Brewing Detroit
What’s your business?
Always Brewing Detroit is a creative community space serving locally roasted coffee alongside fresh pastries, sandwiches and salads. Artists looking to develop their craft in front of a captive audience can perform at our weekly open mic nights; while visual artists can display their work on our walls.
Why are you proud of it?
I came up with the idea for Always Brewing Detroit about 10 years ago. It was a business I thought I would open later in life, you know, when I was financially stable or older. When I was 25, I decided I didn’t want to wait, so I quit my job, moved to the city I love and began taking steps to make my idea a reality. After hosting a successful pop-up shop in Grandmont Rosedale, I’m now prepping for the grand opening of my permanent location in the neighborhood later this month (stay tuned for details alwaysbrewingdetroit.com). I’m proud and grateful to become part of this amazing Detroit neighborhood; I couldn’t have done it without the community’s support.
What’s your best advice for a fellow entrepreneur?
Don’t wait but think it through. Life is balance. Make a plan but also be prepared and OK with change. I never opened a business before (most first-time business owners haven’t 🙂 ), but I’m making it happen. It’s OK if you don’t know what you’re doing; just get ready to learn and ask lots of questions.
What local entrepreneur do you look up to and why?
I look to other local entrepreneurs for advice. Pat and Al Harris from The Bottom Line Coffee House created a wonderful space in the heart of Wayne State’s Campus. I met with Pat when I was first starting out; she opened my eyes to all of the pieces of the puzzle, but also made me feel like I could pursue the impossible. Her best advice: talk to the health department EARLY.
What do you do when you need a mental break?
I usually put in my earbuds, put on some Girl Talk and just run. I am actually starting to train for the Detroit Marathon in October.