Southern Grind Cofe, Baton Rouge’s New Black-Owned Coffee Shop


Southern Grind Cofe. Southern Grind is a black-owned coffee shop, here in North Baton Rouge!

I felt that it was only right that Coffee x Hustle, a brand that runs strictly on the assistance of its caffeinated creative partner and ambition, visit a new supplier, I mean potential hangout spot. A new space to feed my coffee addiction, allow me a thinking space to be creative and offer me the chance to network with other like-minded individuals. I can chat here with people who understand the struggle of being an entrepreneur and find value in connecting and collaborating to build each other up and most importantly, get me a nice cup of “get shit done.” Yall know I love my coffee!

I stepped out of the car, near the front door and was immediately greeted by Nene & Nellie, of Boodha Noony. Pop up style, in front of the coffee shop, the two were glowing and gleaming while one shared all that is Boodha Noony. She was so excited about educating me on the benefits of the product and I felt how passionate she was about the brand she represents. We ended up chatting for a while about this body butter (that smells absolutely amazing) before I finally stepped into this new “for the culture” coffee shop.

The first thing I noticed was these inviting leather sofas that were comfy as hell, by the way, and these huge tables that I could see myself brainstorming at. I could feel this huge smile creeping up across my face as my eyes landed on this lemon pound cake, followed by this enormous feeling of guilt for even considering cheating on my diet! I can hear one voice screaming “It’s almost summertime, sis!!”, thankfully much louder than the “eat the cake, Anna Mae!”

I had the pleasure of running into the Will’s or should I say, The Urban Bros. These brothers are promoting healthy lifestyles, preaching that “health is wealth”, and providing plant-based amazingness with delicious drinks that both taste good and are good for you. I recommend trying 1, 2 and 3. Can we say, bomb.com? I got the trio for 20 bucks and can’t wait to try them on as meal replacements. I’m knowing that in order for me to be outchea living my BEST life, it’s a must that I get my health together!

Soon after talking to Will, I also got the chance to meet the owner, Horatio who was very welcoming and hospitable and above all, MODEST. Horatio refused to let me sing his praises and shied away from my continuous congratulations. He said, “I just want to see my people happy.” which made me want to support his vision even more!  I’m like dude, people always say be the change you want to see and look at you doing just that! Executing! Outchea humbly, making history!

photo: Country Roads Magazine

Wait, did I tell yall how lit it was there? I don’t think yall get it! The energy in there was everything and to hear more about businesses here in my city doing their thing was LIFE. Know who else was in the building? the beautiful garden lady!

We got a chance to chat and discovered that we’ve been following each other for some time now. It’s so live when you get the opportunity to finally put a face with a name after you’ve been liking and commenting your life away on their IG.

So to wrap this up? The vibe is dope, the prices are on point and the snacks are vegan! Yes, putting you up on game with healthier options. I’m expecting great things from Southern Grind and I anticipate doing great business with my new found happy place!

This coffee shop is convenient to Southern University. Check them out, 8418 Scotland Ave, right next to Chicken Shack.

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