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GRAND OPENING 9/21/21: The Story So Far & The Party Plans!


Our Grand Opening is in TWO DAYS on Tuesday, September 21st, 2021 ๐ŸŽ‰


Can you believe it?! If you've been following along, peeking in the windows or tuning into our Instagram stories: you know that it's been quite a ride. It seems only fitting to share a bit about how we got here -- scroll down for the deets on what to look forward to on 9/21!!!


Lightbox Cafe began several years ago with Gaby's desire to create a space for his friends to come together that wasn't a bar. A place to create a job for himself, after spending years in the industry: bartending, restaurant management, and brewery operations. He sold his home in South Philly and knew it was time to make the dream manifest. His original lease was set to start in March 2020, but, we all know what happened then.๐Ÿ˜ท The project was delayed by 9 months; and the lease at 704 S 4th Street started in December 2020.


Through a mutual friend, Jen met Gaby when she made a Jaya Kava delivery to him back in January 2021. She had been working overnights in Flannel's kitchen on East Passyunk to brew, and was definitely tiring of the graveyard shifts. She started helping Gaby here and there, and soon was offered the opportunity to have a legit home of her own to work out of, if only she agreed to help build the space. She jumped at the opportunity! But honestly had no idea what she was getting into. "Helping out" became "Business Partnership" sooner than later.... and we both took the leap of our lifetimes.


Building a brand-new cafe from an empty retail shell turned out to be a giant mound of work that took about three times as long as we initially projected. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ But it is well worth it; the entire space is full of intentional, loving energy. Every single inch has been renovated or hand-made by us or our dear friends. Sure, it took lots of hurdles with L&I, equipment shortages, supply chain issues, debates over recipes, staff interviewing, on-boarding, and ongoing innovations at every turn... but we have finally arrived at our GRAND OPENING!!!


It has been a journey that has taught us, inspired us, and continually pushed us to strive for something better. Our mission is to provide the most ethically sourced products from local vendors that we can possibility find, and to prepare them simply, deliciously, so that even the most carnivorous are inclined to crave our plant-based provisions.


Without further ado, we'd love to showcase some of our vendors that we'll have at our celebratory day of opening, and beyond!!! Stop by the shop10am-10pm on Tuesday, and anytime after 8am every day after that!!! (Except for Mondays, coz we are closed on Mondays ;)


Let's hear it for some of our awesome vendors:


PLUS! Leilo -- the FIRST kava kava soda company, will be here on site offering up tastes of their sweet, relaxing brews from 2pm - 7pm!!!


The amount of support, and energy around Lightbox's opening has brought so much light into our heart's and we cannot wait to open our safe space with you all.


We can't wait to serve you and share our luminous juice with you!


See you on Tuesday! Let's get lit.



Stay Groovy,

Jen and Gaby + The Lightbox Crew <3


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