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Dovecote Cafe, The Baltimore City Community Nest​

Black folks in America grow up in communal spaces like this, where the throwback R&B tracks are loud (think cafe-wide sing-a-longs), conversations are dynamic and lively, and even if we’re minding our own business, we still look out for and take care of each other. Much has been made about the specialty coffee bar as a new sort of “third space,” and Dovecote has found incredible success here in Baltimore by putting its community first, in a cafe space that is unapologetically, authentically Black.

Sprudge September 5, 2017

 

The Dovecote Café Serves Up More Than Just Great Coffee

Spend a little time at Dovecote and you’ll understand why “community first, café second” is its motto, mission and war cry. “Social spaces are what make a neighborhood,” says Aisha Pew....“As black people, we’ve been taught that those things only exist in white neighborhoods, and once they open near our homes, we can’t afford to be there anymore.”

Food & Wine October 16, 2017

 

Dovecote Cafe brings new life to Reservoir Hill

People are talking about the Dovecote Cafe -- not just about the peach upside-down cake, but about turning the community upside down and making it work again. The Dovecote Cafe is a gem on Madison Street, a throwback to a time when people wanted to know one another.

WBAL TV Aug 25, 2017

 

DOVECOTE: BALTIMORE’S NEWEST ART CAFE

I noticed the wallpaper first. Gorgeous wallpaper. On one wall, a towering framed section of a twist on classic Contemporary French Toile, Harlem Toile de Jouy by Sheila Bridges, depicting African-American subjects shooting hoops and jamming to boomboxes. The natural light in this space is beautiful, too. Twin glass porches form the front of Dovecote Cafe in Baltimore’s Reservoir Hill and provide private sunny nooks in which to sip your coffee and work or read quietly. Then you notice the eclectic mix of furniture, which balances stylish plastic acrylic chairs with rustic wooden tables. Every detail in this space seems to have been lovingly curated and this is exactly the way the owners of Dovecote Cafe want it.

BMore Art December 19, 2015