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Artist Emma Craigen designed the "Black Her-Story Matters" t-shirt currently sold at Overflow Coffee Bar. The t-shirt is actually a screen printing of a piece of Emma's original artwork titled, "Grow from Your Roots, " a combination Black History Month/Women's History Month art piece critiquing and satirizing what is, or rather, what is not, taught in schools. This piece specifically highlights the history of Black women in America, which is even more overlooked, and therefore what Emma wanted to celebrate and emphasize.
"The past few years of middle school, my adopted black sister has lamented and been frustrated by a lack of recognition, relevance, and realism in schools when it comes to Black History and current events. A group of multiracial middle schoolers don't just want to learn about the old white guys who wrote the constitution, they want to know the stories about people that look like them, too. It's time that curriculum was changed to reflect a full and diverse reality.
Black History Matters. Black Women Matter. Representation Matters. Especially in schools.
Model: my beautifully ferocious and ferociously beautiful budding social justice princess warrior little sister: Trinity"
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Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Bianca Mack left a warm, loving family (in a much warmer Southern climate) to live and study in fickle-weathered-Chicago.
Bianca's currently studying Community Counseling at Loyola University and weathering her first endless Chicago winter with plenty of hot coffee at Overflow Coffee Bar! She plans to graduate with a license to practice counseling; however, her ultimate goal is to earn her Ph.D.
Bianca first visited Overflow when she met Kari Pendleton in the fall of 2017 to help with the Bakes By Kari Pie Tasting Event at Entrenuity. Realizing she needed to find a job that would allow more time and flexibility for her school responsibilities and hoping to work in a fun environment, Bianca was excited to apply for a Barista position at Overflow when Kari later told her about the opportunity. Bianca joined the Overflow staff in January 2018.
Bianca enjoys working in the coffee industry for the variety of coffee and the chance to make connections with the community. As a creative (and graduate from a performing arts high school), she believes coffee and art are connected and gains great inspiration from being around others who enjoy the beverage as much as she does! She loves the team she works with, Bakes by Kari pies and especially the conversations she has with the regular customers. When one of the regulars recently greeted her with a friendly and unexpected, "Hi Queen B!" Bianca said she was left smiling through the rest of her shift.
When she's not practicing her latte art, expertly serving Overflow customers, or hitting her studies, Bianca enjoys painting and writing.
Self-proclaimed coffee nerd and introvert Kari Pendelton was born on the South Side of Chicago, the fourth of five siblings. Her family moved to Scotland when she was 10, so her father could participate in a semester study abroad program through Moody Bible Institute. They loved it so much they stayed, and Kari spent the remainder of her school years in Glasgow. She then moved back to Chicago in 2011 to attend Moody Bible Institute herself.
Kari's love for coffee first began in Scotland, along with a love for baking. As a teenager, she lovingly kept her family's home supplied with fresh baked, traditional Scottish shortbread and ultimately found herself selling them to a local businessman. Dreams of one day having her own bakery took shape in Kari's mind: Bakes by Kari--a place where people could come and enjoy the warmth of a cozy bakery and experience the power of hospitality. Kari truly believes that when people experience genuine love and warmth, it has the power to change them for the better.
Kari continued to practice and perfect her baking skills while still in Scotland and after moving to Chicago, as well as perfecting her coffee nerdiness through 10 years working in the coffee industry. Over the years, Kari developed a strong conviction that love for people should drive passion for product and a work ethic that includes intentionally seeking ways to do good.
Kari brought that conviction and work ethic to Entrenuity as Overflow Coffee Bar's new Manager. With quality training directly from Ipsento Coffee, where Kari worked for the past year, Kari's excited to present Overflow's specialty coffee from Ipsento at its very best, consistently. Entrenuity's also excited to help her launch Bakes by Kari and feature her baked goods at Overflow. We hope you'll enjoy being on this journey with us as we seek to intentionally do good in and through our community while offering an exceptional coffee experience.
Entrenuity's expanded mission for 2018 includes not only launching new businesses, but also developing existing businesses in the community. These ventures create employment, skills training and real-time opportunities for entrepreneurs, while increasing sustainability for businesses and Entrenuity.
In Jan 2018, Entrenuity bought Overflow Coffee Bar, located in the same building as the Entrenuity offices at 1550 S State Street in Chicago, from founders Brandon and Amanda Neely. Continuing the mission to be more than just a typical coffee shop, Entrenuity upholds Overflow's commitment to ethically sourced products and to building community. More than just not doing harm, we seek to add value to the world by actively doing good in and through the community--including employees, vendors, customers, neighbors and visitors. We specifically want to do this while offering everyone who comes through Overflow's doors an exceptional coffee experience.
Overflow's new Manager, Kari Pendelton, has over 10 years' experience in the coffee industry and is also an entrepreneur in the process of launching her own baking business, Bakes by Kari. Entrenuity is excited to offer Kari business coaching and training to get Bakes by Kari off the ground, and to also offer Kari a platform to feature her baked goods by selling them at Overflow Coffee Bar. Kari considers herself a coffee nerd and her unyielding commitment to excellence and consistency has Overflow's specialty coffee from Ipsento Coffee tasting better than ever!