The one and only Black-owned coffee shop in Detroit’s Rosedale Park neighborhood has a lifelong connection to the area. Named after a loyal community resident Rosa Malone, the “Rosa” coffee shop is named after a woman who left her mark on Rosedale in a way few others ever have.
The coffee shop on Grand River Avenue has a lot of sentimental value and oozes with family warmth. The inside of the shop is extraordinarily colorful and full of positive vibes because of one remarkable woman in the area. “It’s also like grandma’s house,” said Co-Owner, Charity Dean told Click on Detroit. “We want you to come in and feel comfortable and feel at home. We are bringing in locally roasted coffee, so we are going to work with a company called Faust Haus,” Dean said. “It’s in the area. Black-owned coffee company.” Detroit resident Derek English, 43, founded and operates the Faust Haus Roasting Co., a brand that launched as an online coffee company, bringing Ethiopian flavors to its patrons.
The Shop’s namesake is labeled after Dean’s grandmother, Rosa Malone. “This is Rosa,” Dean said. “Her and my great grandfather Elijah really were pioneers and trailblazers in this neighborhood.” Rosa Malone spent 44 years in the Grandmont Rosedale Community and faced serious discrimination when she first moved in. “My great grandmother bought a house in Rosedale park in 1973,” Dean said. “They were the second Black family to move into the neighborhood, and their journey into the neighborhood wasn’t easy. She endured lots of stress and trauma. Folks didn’t want her moving into the neighborhood.”
But now, her legacy will be carried on with every cup of coffee poured in Rosedale Park. “She loved this neighborhood,” Dean said. “It was important for me to continue her legacy and to remember what she stood for and what she went through. Also, we want for this cafe to represent good neighbors.”
In addition to delicious coffee, Rosa sells delightful coffee mugs and accessories