Cuties began as a simple coffee & doughnut backyard get together. Today, it has become the only LGBT-focused coffee shop in Los Angeles, a city that's home to the second largest LGBT population in the U.S. and just after New York City. Evan Kleiman from KCRW had a chance to talk with General Manager Sasha Jones on how their sense of community is thriving while closed during the pandemic. Hear how the coffee shop's nurturing environment is extending outside of it's physical location. More to listen and read below:
UPDATE: Cuties has officially, permanently closed.
Reported by Evan Kleiman, Joseph Stone and Laryl Garcia for KCRW: Cuties, the only queer-centered coffee shop in Los Angeles, opened in the summer of 2017. General Manager Sasha Jones says the value and message of Cuties is to create a sense of belonging. With a core group of four employees, Jones shares that “people come for the drinks and stay for the vibes.” The shop is closed due the pandemic, but Cuties is staying connected with their community through Instagram.