In Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood is where you can find Aundrea McCarthy’s vibrant cafe, Luv-a-Latte Espresso.
Aundrea is as creative as she is entrepreneurial. Luv-a-Latte Espresso is anything but basic, with an all-pink-everything interior and colorful drink specials to match. By serving great coffee with an extra shot of joy to each customer who stops by, her popularity continues to grow.
Learn more about Luv-a-Latte in this week’s business spotlight Q&A!
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
What’s your favorite part about the community your business is in & why?
My favorite part of having a business in the Hilltop is the ability to connect with folks, make a difference in the community and be an integral part of its growth and development. But my #1 is the people! I am extremely passionate about giving back to the community.
Why is it important to you and your business that people #SpendLikeItMatters?
Spending money here is not just about enjoying a great cup of coffee; it’s about making a meaningful impact and supporting a business that embodies diversity, culture, and social progress.
What’s something your customers may not know about you or your business?
I started working here [in this same building] in 2012! It was a cafe called Towers. They sold in 2019 and I continued working for Hilltop Cafe until I purchased it last year.
Where did you get your entrepreneurial spirit from? Who or what inspired you?
My uncle John. He’s owned a trucking company most of my life, and I started working with him when I was in 7th grade and just loved that we were able to hustle at our own speed.
Tell me about all the pink in the shop!💕 is it your favorite color, an ode to Barbie, what?
Pink just makes me happy. Gives Girl Boss Vibes and I’m so here for that!
Fun fact: You can purchase a Black Black Friday card for 20% off and spend it at Luv-a-Latte Espresso, as well as 100+ other Black-owned businesses in the greater Seattle area!