Baldwin Cafe

A fundraising campaign for UpDayton

2019 UpDayton Summit Winner: Baldwin Café

By Leroy Bean & Mariah Johnson


Focus on the “underground” artist-creatives and people of color in this city is essential to creating a strong culture amid rapid redevelopment.

Baldwin Café serves the community in a holistic way as a third space between, work school and home. The black-owned bookstore is a common meeting place with new and used books, African American Literature, and a cafe with tea, vegan and vegetarian options.


UpDayton volunteers are supporting efforts to create a temporary pilot store at McKinley United Methodist Church while building the brand and business model.


With your support, we can make progress on creating a space with intentional culture to the fabric of our city that may otherwise be a missed opportunity. Funding will help cover the initial startup costs such as books, furniture and marketing.

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About the Organization

UpDayton seeks to spur economic growth in the Dayton region by attracting and retaining young creative talent. UpDayton wants to show young adults that the Gem City is a great place to live, work and play. And if top-notch creative young professionals want to live in our community, then top-notch entrepreneurs, businesses and investors want to be here, too!