2014 Giving, Spending Patterns, Buzzfeed & Living Wage Update!

Here are some stats for 2014 and some recent news – including 2014 giving and local spending stats, artist meets/new shop development and sustainability efforts.

Giving Stats

2014 Total – 6,564.81

Financial contribution total – 5,641.81


In Durham – 4937.81

Towards building a more equitable city – 3626.06

eg. Hayti Heritage Center, El Centro Hispano, Spirit House…

Within 1.5 miles of shop – 3728.50

Arts – 2128

eg. The Carrack Modern, WUNC, DSA…

Indie Business – 801

eg. KoKyu, The Makery…

In Kind – 923 (missing a handful- we’re improving record keeping on this in 2015!)


Percentages of total expenditures going to Local and Independent Business for 2014.

92.09% of our total spent on businesses and indviduals was based in North Carolina

84.78% in the Triangle

78.30% in Durham

70.55%  to Indie Businesses and Local Payroll (i.e. non chain or governmental)


Cocoa Cinnamon was featured on BuzzFeed as one of 24 U.S. Coffee Shops to Visit Before You Die, which got us a bunch of attention and a couple features on WRAL and WNCN.

We, with the direction of David Solow Art + Design & and our landlord Linton Architects, have started working with a good handful of artists to create the design in the new shop.  A lot of you have mentioned seeing changes in the building.  Linton is doing the renovation that you see and we will get in to add our design, bar and equipment sometime around June.  Everyone likes to ask when it will be done.  It’s hard to say exactly, but sometime it’s looking like some time in Fall.





Sustainability and the Durham Living Wage Program –  

Leon and Susie have been participating in the volunteer work group to help get the Durham Living Wage program started.  We’re super psyched one of the first 20 Founding certified Living Wage Businesses in Durham.

Can’t wait for the launch of the kickstarter startup campaign.  Check out the program website for details –


Since our inception we have continued to strive to make Cocoa Cinnamon a great place to work and be. At the suggestion of Ronnie Angerer, we’ve started reading Maverick, by Ricardo Semler as a catalyst towards continuing to engage in a deeper crew-wide conversation and take it a step further.

We were recognized as the 2014 Green Plus Sustainable Enterprise of the year.  We were honored to receive the award for our efforts so far and know that we are just at the beginning of reaching our goals.


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