The Swift Factory: Making Dreams Come True for CT Entrepreneurs

Pictured left to right: Brenda Watson, Sasha Fay, Renee DiNino and Gigi and M.A. LawrencePhoto: Meredith

Take a listen, below, as we speak with Brenda Watson, Executive Director for The North Hartford Partnership and two successful local businesses Ovelle Coffee and RastaRant who have found success at The Swift Factory.

Pictured left to right: Shasha, Gigi and M.A. See below to get more details about their amazing businesses.

About Ovelle:

Sasha Fay, Co-Founder of Ovelle coffee shares her personal story and how she and her husband, Ian Fey, came to the Swift Factory to share their Jamaican coffee with Connecticut!

“Bit of Jamaica to your Door

Our mission is to provide premium coffee to all our customers. We believe that once you taste the smooth, sweet flavor of Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee, your everyday coffee experience will never be the same.

Through our Direct Trade with the Jamaican Coffee Growers Association, we enusre fair wages and high quality coffee. And each order is roasted fresh so that you can be certain you are getting the best, from Crop to Cup!

​Take a Sip Today!”

About RastaRant:

Gigi and M.A. Lawrence share their story and partnership of RastaRant and what it means for the community and their family! Delicious Caribbean vegan cuisine is available to you curated by Chef Gigi!!!

“RastaRant was founded by Vegan Master Chef GiGi Lawrence who grew up learning how to cook at the tender age of 8 years old in Kingston, Jamaica. Over the years she mastered the art of preparing Delicious Caribbean Cuisine. RastaRant was created to help families discover their path to a healthier lifestyle. Our goal is to provide high vibrational, delicious, colorful, flavor filled meals for the entire family to enjoy.”

The North Hartford Partnership

The North Hartford Partnership is a nonprofit organization working with the community to advance equitable social and economic development in North Hartford.

The Swift Factory: an 80,000 square foot commercial & community campus in Hartford’s North East neighborhood.

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