Shoreline coffee shop blends business with activism

After only a year in business, Black Coffee Northwest is already growing its business and its community reach. #k5evening

SHORELINE, Wash. — It’s fair to say a lot of good things begin over coffee. And that was the case for Darnesha and Erwin Weary, who met over coffee more than 20 years ago for their first date.  

“Our first date was at a coffee shop. It was the one thing we could agree on that we both liked,” shared Darnesha. 

These days, Darnesha and Erwin are still bonding over their favorite beverage as the owners of Black Coffee Northwest in

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Black-owned Shoreline coffee shop vandalized for third time within nine months

Black Coffee Northwest has been hit three times in nine months. Previously, vandals threw Molotov cocktails at the building and drew racist images on the walls.

SHORELINE, Wash. — As she walked into work Friday, MaeLea Willis, manager of Shoreline’s Black Coffee Northwest, locked the door behind her, with one question going through her mind.

“Why? Why would you want to put so much energy into trying to destroy something that does nothing but build the community up and focus on nothing but positive things?” Willis wondered. 

Sometime overnight someone smashed one of the glass doors at Black Coffee

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