HWMR (Houston White Men's Room) is a community barbershop located in the Camden Neighborhood in the heart of North Minneapolis. The new HWMR will be part barbershop, part retail store, part coffee bar, part cafe and all community, bringing together people of all identities, races, cultures and backgrounds.
To do this, HWMR is expanding to serve more people, create more jobs, and hold more space for the celebration of black excellence.
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Houston White is a visionary leader and entrepreneur.
Houston and I (Dan) first met over and about coffee more than 4 years ago. Houston shared his vision of bringing specialty coffee to North Minneapolis. His personal experience with specialty coffee was that it was neither welcoming nor diverse. He wanted to set out to change that.
We’ve been busy together over these past years exploring, imagining, listening,
sharing, learning, building and now... we are bringing forth The Get Down Coffee Co.
The Get Down Coffee Co. will not be just a coffee shop. It will be a coffee company, including roasting and selling it’s own coffee and a 2 year goal to build its own roasting facility in North Minneapolis.
As the owner and leader of The Get Down Coffee Co., Houston plans to build his
team from within the North Minneapolis community. He will lead The Get Down in ways that honor his core belief in the power of human connection
and his goal of creating cultural collision.
For Dogwood’s part, our best metaphor is that The Get Down will be our sibling. What’s ours is theirs: our knowledge, experience, people, resources, relationships, facility and equipment will be made fully available to them. Furthermore, we look forward to incorporating their knowledge, perspective, leadership and voice into Dogwood, knowing that it too will further strengthen and enrich.
Initially, The Get Down will operate out of Dogwood’s roasting facility allowing them time to grow their business, resources and systems before building their own roasting facility. The Get Down will open its first retail coffee bar in late spring of 2021. It will be located within the new HWMR expansion project at 1500 North 44th Avenue, MPLS.
We are honored and excited for our next chapter with Houston, with Dogwood, and with The Get Down.
Dan & Angie Anderson
Dogwood Coffee Co.