“The Hip Hop Smoothie Shop”-Skid Row, is a cultural health innovation mobile venture; a social enterprise focused on economically empowering the vibrant residents of Skid Row.
In Los Angeles, more than 70% of those experiencing homelessness are houseless due to poverty and the lack of Housing affordability & availability. Though any amount is a significant number, most homeless people do not struggle with substance abuse or mental illness.
Since economics is a major factor - A central focus of “The Hip Hop Smoothie Shop”-Skid Row is the empowerment of street entrepreneurs, including Artists. We seek to encourage and empower street entrepreneurship and the informal economies of under-resourced communities, and to help lift up this model as a major and viable source of economics for community building.
The Hip Hop Smoothie Shop is one of the many initiatives that is changing the environment of Skid Row. Organizations such as Los Angeles Community Action Network (La Can), Skid Row Coffee and others are helping to do so through holistic healing through the elevation of activism, community organizing and culture. The Hip Hop Smoothie Shop is all about Holistic healing and Community Empowerment
The Business model is co-op in nature, as a result many community organizations and artists are coming together to share their talents, gifts and resources for the benefit of all.
The Hip Hop Smoothie Shop is essentially a live Hip-Hop museum- where all of your senses are awakened; You will feel, see, hear, and of course, taste this experience.
We seek to bring you wokeness (education), goodness, sweetness, health and prosperity in every gulp