Alicia George, Owner of Motor City Java House

Alicia George opened Motor City Java House in October 2010. The local community calls Alice’s special creation “just Java House” — but it serves much more than coffee and food. As the hub of spirited conversations, one-of-a-kind concerts, and a passion for public art, Motor City Java House is a visit not to be missed. Come by and enjoy a slice of home made pie and community with us.

“Motor City Java House started because I had a dream of owning my own coffee shop in the year 2000. Although I had a dream and vision, it was a group of individuals that helped. It was everybody. Artists, poets, musicians, volunteers from universities, corporations, everybody joined in to produce something that eventually became the Artist Village.”

“The hardwood floors came from five abandoned houses from an area nearby called Bright Moore. Once we put in the floors, we started getting more help. People started donating furniture, people started painting the tiles. We raised funds to renovate the entire place. It’s become a hub, a safe haven, and people from all over the world have come to see it.”


Parking is available on-street or in the parking lot at Lahser Rd and Orchard St [map]

Artist Village is entered from the back door of Motor City Java House. It’s an interconnected set of community-driven art spaces conceived by co-founders Alice George, John George, Chazz Miller that welcomes eyes with open arms. When you visit the Motor City Java House, be sure to venture out the back door while you’re enjoying the fine food and company there. You’re in for an amazing surprise.

And don’t miss the “Room Without A Roof” — it is breathtaking!