Mabel is a startup corner coffee business situated in the fast-changing Ballard Neighborhood.  Profits from this enterprise support the local community by subsidizing the rent and renovations of existing housing stock for a number of affordable housing units.

The coffee shop is named after founder Brooke McCurdy’s Great Aunt Mabel; a remarkable woman who blazed her own storied trail her whole life.  She was one of the first WACs to serve in WWII, and later, in her 80’s, she navigated the great US Highway System at the wheel of her 42-foot GMC Revcon RV.

The tiny coffee shop celebrates Mabel’s spirit of adventure with tasty local fare ready to go for its customers, and delicious coffee drinks for their road less traveled, whether off to work, or a stroll around the surrounding quiet residential streets.  Mabel is next to a busy Metro Bus stop, teaming with people on their way into and out of the city.  Mabel is a friendly place to start and end any day.

The RV Park

Out back, behind the coffee shop, is an open, flexible indoor workspace called “The RV Park” (which stands for Retail Visioning Park).  It’s a utility space for rent to build mockups of retail designs, or even pop-up concept retail stores that customers can visit.  But it is also a place that suits a multitude of community uses.  It’s a perfect place to hold small art classes or community meetings and celebrations.  Everyone is welcome at Mabel and the RV Park.