Krystle Rodriguez - Owner/Operator
Community has always been Krystle's passion, and she has used her Sociology degree to understand the importance of connection, community, and cultivating a culture.
She is a founding owner and the current operator of Hodgepodge Coffeehouse in Atlanta, Ga, opening the business at the age of 27. Today there are two locations with two more slated to open in the next two years.
Over the last ten years Krystle has found her niche while navigating the small business landscape, even being selected and graduating from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business program. She takes her experience and invests it into concepts that focus on connecting marginalized groups to resources and to each other.
Lauren Carey - Consultant and CEO Of Sorghum & Rye Operations
Lauren managed Peachtree Road Farmers Market from 2009-2017 where helping young food businesses get started was a full-time job. Whether she was dealing with commercial kitchens, licensing and permits, labeling, insurance or good food sourcing, it wasn’t a job but a way of life. With a deep respect for local farmers, she co-founded The Farmer Fund, which supports Georgia’s sustainable farmers after natural disasters. Lauren is a member of Les Dames d'Escoffier International, Atlanta chapter, a co-founder of Community Farmers Markets and heads up the Benteen Elementary School Garden Club.
Today a large portion of her time is spent helping to design, equip and develop kitchen spaces for local Atlanta food entrepreneurs.