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Recipe for Success: Heart and Soul.

Updated: May 4, 2022

Thank you Phoenix Business Radio X and Karen Nowicki for interviewing us and letting us share our story. We believe the secret to a great cup of coffee and a great business is heart and soul. And we love sharing our love of community with Arizona.

From left-to-right: Karen Nowicki, Gabe Hagen, and Jesse Shank.

Brick Road Coffee is a locally and LGBTQ+owned coffee shop in Tempe, Arizona serving artisanal coffee, pastries, and pizzas. At Brick Road, everyone is welcome. Community is very important to co-owners, Gabe Hagen and Jesse Shank. We all travel our own paths in life, laying one brick at a time and taking each turn as it comes. Whatever direction our own Brick Road takes you, some things remain constant. We all hope to find acceptance, community, and maybe a great cup of coffee to warm us on our journey. Their mission is to be more than just a fabulous little coffee shop. They are working hard to create a place where the community intersects, connects, and supports each other in their individual goals. For many, the recent global pandemic has been a time to reflect on how time and energy are spent and what marks an individual will leave on their family and neighbors. Gabe and Jesse knew it was time to leave the corporate world and create a legacy born out of the desire to create and cultivate community.


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