Northwest Detroit, near the University of Detroit Mercy and Marygrove College, gains a new spot for hot Germack coffee and delicious Detroit treats at the new coffeehouse, Detroit Sip.

Jevona Watson, a native Detroiter, was a recent recipient of a Motor City Match grant for her idea to expand the offerings in Detroit outside of the more well-known neighborhoods.

“It’s been a dream of mine for a long time, actually,” Watson said.

Watson went to Michigan State University and said she spent most of her time studying in coffee shops because she found the libraries to be too stuffy and quiet.

When she came back to Northwest Detroit, where she lives now, she realized that there weren’t many spots like the ones she used to frequent so often in school. She realized most students in the area go in and out of campus and never really explore much else.

“It’s one of my motivating factors to drive both the U of D Mercy and Marygrove students beyond those gates,” Watson said.

Watson believes that the right space, the right idea, and comforting snacks and beverages will start to liven up the area and make it feel more like a place you want to stay.

“Everything that is sold in Detroit Sip will be produced within the city limits of Detroit,” Watson said.

The coffee comes from Germack Roasters in Eastern Market and the donuts from Dutch Girl Donuts. The variety of fresh baked goods, tea and more will come from both familiar local names and new businesses in the neighborhood.

“I see it as an opportunity to provide another forum of unknowns,” Watson said.

Watson said that she too is sort of an unknown in the business community since she doesn’t come from a long line of entrepreneurs or a coffee family.

The interior of the coffee shop is very welcoming, like a place to study, read or meet with friends should be, Watson said. Detroit Sip shows off brick walls, visible beams and a full urban look.

The space also has a stage, where open mic nights and other programming will be held, and there’s also a conference room where school groups, businesses and other collaborative forces can come together to meet.

Watson is also a member of FoodLab Detroit and however she can collaborate with them at Detroit Sip, she plans to.

There are also plans to feature young Detroit artists and their work, Watson said.

“I really want to feature the artwork of Detroit students so that they can feel a sense of pride and know that we do still care,” Watson said.

Visit Detroit Sip on Facebook and check out their website to stay updated.

Stop in and see Watson and the team at Detroit Sip, located at 7420 W. McNichols Rd.

Erica N. Rakowicz/After 5

Photo credit: Jevona Watson

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