My name is Krystle Rodriguez and I'm the founding owner and current operator of Hodgepodge Coffeehouse in Atlanta. My noter, Mauvelette McNeill is my silent partner who is off enjoying retirement. I had the dream of creating a community space for as long as I can remember. An environment where people can go to simply exist, create or connect. The idea of what kind of space it would be changed over time, but the concept was never far from my mind. I’ve built a burgeoning coffee empire here in the city, with two locations currently open and two more slated to open over the next two years.
I also created Leaven Kitchen, Darling Josephine and The Hall at Darling Josephine, all of which focus on connecting marginalized groups to resources and each other. I understand this community and its people, and I have spent the last decade dreaming about these spaces and making them into reality. My motivation behind every project is to create an environment for people like me: people who are often overlooked.