History was made this week on Monday, November 27, 2017 with the grand opening of Uncle Bobbie's Coffee & Books. You may be saying to yourself, "Okay Chanta', we see Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, has opened a coffee shop/bookstore in Germantown Philadelphia, and while that's a good thing, you're being a little dramatic by labeling it historic." While you would be correct in saying I'm dramatic, you would be incorrect if you didn't see this event was historic.
In one month and eighteen days, God willing, I will celebrate my forty-eighth birthday, and in all of my nearly forty-eight years, I have never discovered where the cool kids play, until now. The slogan of Uncle Bobbie's is Cool People, Dope Books, and Great Coffee, and I can attest to the fact that this location is just that. From it's famed owner, to it's location in Historic Germantown, to it's fly interior, Uncle Bobbie's will no doubt be the meeting place for intellects, community activist, religious apologists, hip hop heads, and everyone in between that make up the Beautiful Black Community in Urban Philadelphia.
With the opening of Uncle Bobbie's, Dr. Hill has given cool a headquarters. A place for us to chill, grow, be stimulated, and reflect. A place we can feel free to let our youth frequent as much as we do. We can also rest assure in knowing while
we're hanging out and spending the money we would "normally spend" on a cup of coffee else where, we can spend it here and know it's being sown back into our community. One of our own has decided it would be good, to not only open a business in the 'Hood' if you will, but to give us a variety of books to read, purchase and discuss. Uncle Bobbie's has the potential to be to our community what the barbershop once was, a place where we go to be ourselves, discuss our concerns, and feel good while doing it.
As I explored this establishment and saw many artfully placed items like shirts for sale, and antique suitcases, typewriters, and old pictures of great black men both well known and unknown, I couldn't help but to feel nostalgic for my own upbringing. This place gave me the same feeling that I used to get when visiting my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and older cousins, as I was growing up. It was a feeling of both wonder and pride. Wondering what life was like during that time, and pride in the fact that I was black and belonged to a culture filled with such beautiful people.
I am one person who has been blessed by the opening of this place and although I don't live in the area, I look forward to making it a regular stop during my travels throughout the city. I have already told my out of town friends, I have to take them there when they visit Philly, and this will be my meeting place for hear on out. I hope you all make it yours to, because this is definitely the spot where the cool kids play....