Cultivate is about people, and many people don’t have a place. We never had a place that we frequented where we felt like we belonged; one that was safe for all people, beautiful, and inspiring for both personal and social change. In January of 2015 we took an old auto shop and spent 9 months transforming it into exactly this type of place for both ourselves and as a gift to our community. Today, Cultivate has become a community space in Ypsilanti. One that is obsessed with crafting excellent products and experiences, works to be a safe and inspiring community for all, and invests in causes and people we believe in.
Being invested in the community means that we use our time as a staff to serve the community and invite others to do the same. These hours represent time that Cultivate has spent working with local non-profits along with the hundreds of volunteers that have helped build, encourage and support our work.
Since the beginning of Cultivate, we have featured a 12 raised bed on site garden run by our resident gardener, Katie, and many dedicated volunteers. Everything grown is donated to Food Gatherers where it can be distributed to local food pantries. Cultivate also collects canned and boxed food for Food Gatherers all year long! Nonperishable foods go to support more than 170 local agencies and programs in the community. We believe this is one tangible way we can impact the community by using the space we have.
We are so thankful for the way that the community has joined us in supporting local organizations. Through this, we have been able to give 115,000 back to community non-profits that we believe in. Every tip that is given at the register has gone toward the impact work we are doing in our community along with funds raised at concerts, themed events & tap takeovers.