The exterior of Bloom & Plume Coffee in Historic Filipinotown
The Harbor BusinessSource Center helped long-term clients, entrepreneurs and brothers Moses and Maurice Harris open Bloom & Plume Coffee at 1638 West Temple Street in Los Angeles’ Historic Filipinotown neighborhood.

Moses was first referred to the Harbor BusinessSource in early 2018. At the time, Moses and his brother Maurice co-owned the Bloom & Plume floral studio and wanted to create a neighborhood coffee shop to display their work.

As construction began and they encountered unexpected costs, the Harris brothers turned to the Harbor BusinessSource for assistance. After an initial assessment, their business coach determined that the best option was to simultaneously apply for several short-term microloans backed by the flower shop and request a credit line increase from the original lender for the coffee shop project.

After submitting the request, the original lender agreed to increase their credit limit by $25,000. In addition, the business was approved for a $10,000 microloan in April 2018 and a $15,000 microloan in May 2018.

With the additional capital they were able to start the process of building out the coffee shop space in summer 2018.

On February 2, 2019, Bloom & Plume Coffee held their soft opening, creating seven local jobs in the Historic Filipinotown neighborhood. An official grand opening is scheduled for March 16, 2019.

EWDD’s BusinessSource and WorkSource Centers offer a variety of Business Services, including several Financial and Development Incentive Programs and a Small Business Loan Program. Learn how EWDD can help.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of February 25, 2019. Read this issue and more.