In partnership with the city of Louisville, businesswoman Pam Haines is sweetening up 2900 W. Broadway.
Friday morning, Haines cut the ribbon for her a cafe in Louisville Metro’s Nia Center, which houses various education, workforce and businesses services.
Haines opened the original Sweet Peaches at 1800 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. in 2014, and it has become a mainstay of the Russell neighborhood, which has few restaurants. It was Scott Love, economic development manager for Louisville Forward, who then reached out to her with the idea of opening a second location, she said.
“They had faith in me from the time I landed on 18th Street,” Haines said. “Because of their faith and my will, Sweet Peaches 2 Roll came about.”
The city also invested almost $100,000 to turn the 450-square-foot space near the entrance of the Nia Center into a cafe. The money funded the purchase of equipment, the movement of water lines and furniture. Luckett & Farley designed the renovation, and Bornstein General Contracting did the actual construction work.
Sweet Peaches 2 Roll is going to be “somewhere where you can come and relax,” Haines said. It will sell salads, sandwiches, fresh pastries, coffee and tea.
Haines has hired four new employees to help run the new location and told the crowd at the ribbon-cutting that she hopes to open a third Sweet Peaches somewhere.
Mayor Greg Fischer praised Haines at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“She keeps at it day in, day out,” he said, “always has a smile, always has a great attitude and always has great food.”
Fischer added that Sweet Peaches 2 Roll is just one of the newer services offered at the Nia Center. It also houses the Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship Program, the Kentucky Career Center and a new business clinic run by Louisville Forward.
“It is important that business ownership — black business ownership — is on the rise here in Louisville,” Fischer said.
The hours of operation for Sweet Peaches 2 Roll are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.