Let me introduce you to the ladies of the newest neighborhood coffee shop Sip & Sonder, Amanda-Jane Thomas and Shanita Nicolas. These ladies are not only co-owners but best friends, former attorneys and co founders of the Los Angeles Black Investor Club. Sip & Sonder, black owned and women ran, planted its roots in Inglewood, CA in 2017. With the name Sip & Sonder, Sonder meaning the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own, these two ladies have strived to bring back a vivid life to the African American community through coffee.
Sip & Sonder offers a creative work space for every type of creative there is. Whether you are a poet, singer, writer or looking for a inviting space to get some work done. With a open floor plan no detail has been overlooked. Sip & Sonder is definitely the place to be. With ongoing weekly and monthly events Sip & Sonder has everything from open mic, game night and my favorite Sip & Chill. Sip & Sonder not only offer community events, they have studio and gallery space for artist to rent. They are recreating black lifestyle and what community means all under one coffee shop. The coffee shop has an open floor plan, natural browns and black colors.
The cafe bar menu doesn’t disappoint either, especially for those who love coffee as much as I do. My go to order has been the rose latte with vanilla flavoring and a matcha bar donut. The rose latte has a lightly floral taste with a beautiful fragrant. It is very smooth with a light vanilla aroma. Sip & Sonder is definitely serving up some of the best drip, iced or espresso coffee this side of the 405. Serving top quality beans from Red Bay Roastery, a black on roaster in Oakland, CA.
Amanda and Jane, New York natives, have definitely been making a mark on not only the African American community but the Inglewood neighborhood also. Being an Inglewood native myself and a avid coffee drinker having a place to go and be creative with people that look like me is very important. Sip & Sonder is more than a coffee shop, it is a place to come and connect. I hope more people take the lead of Sip & Sonder and continue to bring back community support for African American people, entrepreneurs, creatives and artist.