TEMPE, AZ (Show the Love) -- The Coughee Company is a coffee shop specializing in CBD-infused coffee. Owner Donnell Jackson spent 10 years in the hospitality business, working 12–16 hours a day, seven days a week. Exhausted and craving more control over his life, he decided to open his own business. But first, he took on a monthlong trip to Europe. It was in Amsterdam that Jackson thought of the idea of creating a cannabis-friendly coffee. The Coughee Company was born.

While they serve a more traditional coffee shop-style menu, The Coughee Company focuses on health and wellness; they are a vegan and organic shop. Many chain coffee shops offer unhealthy items containing large quantities of white sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, or processed products. That's a trend you won't see at The Coughee Company.

Another goal of the shop is to support small businesses, especially BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) businesses. For instance, although they have a kitchen, they will never have a kitchen staff. Instead, local chefs and culinary entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to come in and run the kitchen for a few days at a time. The idea is to give those businesses a chance to make money and promote their products in a brick-and-mortar location without the steep cost of renting or owning their own space.

In Show the Love, we partner with Local First Arizona to meet Arizona business owners. LFAZ gave us this rare sneak peek into a business about to open its doors. The Coughee Company opens in Tempe in October.

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