It’s exciting to be posting my first Brooklyn is for Lovers post! And, it’s pretty fitting that I start with my home neighborhood of South Slope. My hope for this project is not only to spotlight couples in love, and who love Brooklyn, but also to bring attention to the local spots that make Brooklyn the extraordinary place it is.
With that said, meet Jamey and Randi – owners of Roots Cafe. A couple of Alabama natives, one day they decided that they wanted to move to Brooklyn and open a coffee shop. They did, and now their coffee shop is a daily stop in the lives of many South Slopers. A cozy neighborhood staple, regulars drink coffee roasted in Brooklyn from their own mugs that hang on the wall, while around them local artists’ work is displayed and Brooklyn-based musicians swing by to play at night. As Jamey says, it’s a place that fosters a perfect balance of “coffee, community and culture.”
After spending the afternoon photographing Jamey and Randi at the cafe, it’s pretty clear how Roots has become the way it is. If you think the cafe has southern charm and a playful personality, it’s a direct reflection of the owners. The two are an absolute blast to be around, making my job of capturing their love for one another exceptionally easy! One can often spot Jamey behind the counters, and occasionally, Randi will pour your cup as well, so stop by and say hello.
Their love for Brooklyn is obvious in the establishment they’ve built together here. I’m excited to be able to showcase them and their cafe as my first Brooklyn is for Lovers couple!
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