Jevona Watson pleads guilty of doing what most people do in their neighborhoods.
“As a resident, I too have been guilty of minding my own business to the detriment of the community,” says Watson, an attorney, who decided to do something to improve the Bagley neighborhood on Detroit’s west side where she has lived since 2005.
She opened a coffee shop—Detroit Sip—to “bring people together over a cup of coffee.”
Initially, she simply wanted to give University of Detroit Mercy and Marygrove students a reason to venture outside of their gated communities to truly experience the neighborhood.
“Pretty early on, I realized the potential that the coffee shop had to do so much more,” she says.