history of our first shop in
The concept of East 59 was introduced during a weeklong pop-up shop as part of the October 2013 REVIVE Birmingham event, sponsored by REV Birmingham. During an extensive renovation of two formerly vacant shop spaces, the “Welcome to EAST LAKE” mural was designed and painted on the exterior of the building by East 59 staff. This later led to the creation of a courtyard in the space adjacent to the mural, by a group that included REV Birmingham, East Lake Initiative, local churches, and neighborhood volunteers.
Our establishment was opened in March 2015 by the Tolbert, Glenn and Bates families, seeking to establish a community-focused café and retail establishment in the East Lake community’s commercial district. The early success of this location lead to the opening of an additional café location at the Hoover Public Library in January 2017.
Our families were sad to close the East Lake location in 2018 as we chose to not renew our lease under poor building conditions.
During the nearly 4 years of operations in East Lake, the Café served hand-crafted coffee and espresso drinks as well as breakfast, sandwiches, and salads to over 65,000 customers. The shop has also served as a venue for many parties, showers, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, and corporate gatherings. Our greatest success was the meaningful relationships that were established by our team and with our community members.
It was our great privilege to serve the community of East Birmingham and we appreciate each and every customer that gave us an opportunity to serve. You all embraced us with open arms and we will always cherish the relationships and memories we’ve created together. For this and so much more, we thank you.