After spending 6 years in the advertising industry, I made the radical decision to embark on a new career path. Taking a page from my grandfather’s book (the owner of a bustling neighborhood coffee shop and general store), I set out to create a space that was functional, inspiring, and which would coherently integrate my passion for design, craft and social entrepreneurship.
The result is The Assembly. Our offerings include the acclaimed Counter Counter Coffee of Durham, NC as well as pastries from local favorite The Larder (*changing to Farmshop effective early April 2016). We also offer various food and beverage items from local vendors such as Donut Snot, FOODLAB, Clover Juice and Letterpress Chocolate. Local artisans have been tapped for much of the design elements in the space, and we feature curated offerings via an on-going collaboration with local retailer Poketo.
We also seek to eventually move closer toward our social entrepreneurship model — a business that is ethically, socially and environmentally responsible in all levels of operation and structure. Simply put, our goal is that by being in business, we are bettering and/or helping other communities, people and businesses (locally or internationally).
- Counter Culture Coffee
- August Uncommon Tea
- The Larder (pastries, changing to Farmshop in early April 2016)
- Donut Snob (donuts every Friday)
- FOODLAB (sandwiches/salads)
- Clover Juice
- Letterpress Chocolate
- Poketo (in-store retail)
- WRF Lab (ceramics)
- MyBabyOliveJuice (glass mugs)
- MATINE (online store, leather accessories)
- Sir/Madam (online store, home goods)
- Darling Magazine
We felt so welcomed as soon as we walked in The Assembly! It’s one of those places you want to hang out every day because it inspires you and you feel at home. They also work with so many other companies so they have a big selection of things to eat, drink or event accessories and little knick knacks. We loved hearing the heart of how it all started and the goals to bring people together in this place. The coffee and food was really good, be warned you WILL want to buy one of everything and try it all haha. OH and these donuts were the best we’ve ever had, so so good.