Black Urban Gardeners and Farmers of Pittsburgh Co-op
UpPrize Social Innovation


I was honored to be a mentor in the UpPrize social innovation challenge, working with the Black Urban Gardeners and Farmers of Pittsburgh Co-op as they begin to put the pieces together for a co-operative farm, educational opportunities, and farmer's market in the Homewood and Uptown areas of Pittsburgh. We put together a marketing plan for the competition and are in the process of writing a business plan for their grocery store which should be operational by early 2019. 

LA Grocery and Wylie Avenue Bistro
In conjunction with Bridgeway Capital


In conjunction with Bridgeway Capital, I wrote  business plans for these two businesses in 2017. The existing Larimer corner store called LA Grocery wishes to expand their space by at least 50% to offer more fresh foods, grab and go sandwiches and additional conveniences such as lottery and money order services to the community. Wylie Avenue Bistro located in the Hill District area of Pittsburgh will be opening in the summer of 2019. This chef-lead venture boasts job training programs, community education opportunities and a chef's garden. 

Building New Hope


Building New Hope is an incredible Pittsburgh based not-for-profit Coffee co-operative that purchases coffee from a small village in Nicaragua. They provide the farmers with fair prices for their beans, and return the profits of the coffee sales to the community to fund schools and scholarships. Just because Building New Hope has been in existence for over 10 years, doesn't mean they can't benefit from a fresh look at their marketing plan. Currently, they're looking to streamline their coffee selling division, make more revenue from each bag and increase their market share. 

Need your daily caffeine fix?
Visit Building New Hope's website to order yours today! 

El Sabor Latin Restaurant

This exciting Latin restaurant combines unique flavors of some lesser known Latin favorites with the classic taste of traditional Mexican food. Pick Your Poison worked closely with the business owners to research and plan this new restaurant's theme, menu, layout, and overall feel. Construction has begun and this restaurant is set to open in Bloomfield in winter of 2018.