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Grinds & Vines: a Black-owned coffee and wine bar

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A coffee and wine bar social enterprise in Portland, providing you a caffeine kick to get you going or a glass of wine to unwind.

Story

Grinds & Vines is a black-owned coffee and wine bar with a relaxed, comfortable feel. A place to take a breather, to be welcomed by familiar faces, to dream creatively together. The vibe is laid-back, the seats are comfortable, and we're always glad to see you. Leave the hustle and bustle for a moment, come on in and enjoy some music and delicious pastries while sipping your favorite brew or vintage.

We want to create a social enterprise that is an incubator for upcoming Black leaders. 25% of all our profits will go toward The Voices Project, an organization that provides insight on how to be effective in leadership within one’s respective area of cultural influence in a way that is rooted in the history and experience of people of color.

Risks & Challenges

Did you know that only 6% of businesses are Black-owned? One of our biggest challenges is to secure the funding needed to create a sustainable social enterprise here in northeast Portland.

About Leroy Barber

Leroy Barber has dedicated 30 years living and working towards what Dr. King called “the beloved community.” Leroy starts projects that shape society. In 1989, burdened by the plight of Philadelphia’s homeless, he and his wife, Donna, founded Restoration Ministries to serve homeless families and children living on the streets. In 1994 he became Director of Internship Programs at Cornerstone Christian Academy. Leroy was licensed and ordained at Mt Zion Baptist Church where he served as Youth Director with Donna, and also served as Associate Minister of Evangelism. In 1997 he joined FCS Urban Ministries in Atlanta, GA working with the Atlanta Youth Project to serve as the founding Executive Director of Atlanta Youth Academies, a private elementary school providing quality Christian education for low-income families in the inner city. Leroy also helped found DOOR Atlanta, Community Life Church, South Atlanta Marketplace, and Community Grounds Coffee shop in Atlanta, as well as Green My Hood and The Voices Project. Leroy is an innovator, entrepreneur and lover of the arts. Leroy is currently Director of Innovation for an Engaged Church serving the Greater NW area of the United Methodist Church. Leroy is also the Co-Founder of the Voices Project and the Voices School for Liberation and Transformation, and Adjunct professor at Multnomah University. Rev. Barber has served on the boards of The Simple Way, Missio Alliance, The Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN), and the Former Board Chair of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA).