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Rather than a traditional route, the Q Cafe has created something to demonstrate 'relationship' with its neighbors by creating this non-profit community cafe. The concept was simple: rather than consumerism and capitalism being the only focus, how does we redeem those values in our Western culture? Is it possible to serve direct trade [fair trade] coffee and tea and demonstrate care for our environment and coffee farmers? Is it possible to create a unique venue where not only would people enjoy incredible coffee but be connected to the larger community? Is it possible to create a space where local artists and musicians would have a platform to share their talents? Is it possible to create a space where children, parents, college students, local businesspeople, the homeless, and senior citizens can all come to enjoy a neighborhood cafe? These are our goals.
Q is an innovative non-profit cafe featuring fair trade, organic, shade grown Stumptown coffee, loose leaf teas, internet access, live music and art shows, special events and accomodations for group meetings. The cafe also gives 10% of its income to local organizations working on local or global causes.
Since its inception from 2002, Q Cafe is making its mark. In addition to writeups in the Seattle Weekly and the Seattle Times, it was also named one of the notable independent cafes in the country by Worthwhile Magazine. It has hosted countless local musicians through shows and open mic in addition to national musicians such as Tyrone Wells, Ingred Michaelson, Smoosh, Nickelcreek, Tyrone Wells, etc. Every 4-6 weeks, local artists adorn the walls with their expressions. Hundreds of homeless men and women have been helped through the resources we collect in partnership with Quest Church's To the Streets program. Two families were given an opportunity to be placed into permanent housing. Over $10,000 have been raised thus far for benevolent and justice causes like the Tsunami Fund, AIDS, , etc. The space is used by local businesses, neighborhood groups, study groups, churches, other non-profits, moms' group, and rented for all purposes - even weddings. Q Cafe is growing into a community presence...
We are located in Interbay - 3223 15th Ave. West - just south of the Ballard Bridge. Our hours currently are 8am-5pm [M/W/F]. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the cafe is open from 8am-9pm. We feature OPEN MIC on Tuesdays from 6.30-9pm and QCafe re-opens on Fridays at 7.30pm for live music shows.
- Melissa Cushman
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