The Modern House Coffee Shop to open in Birmingham’s Titusville neighborhood on Sept. 23 [PHOTOS]

The Modern House
Troy Whetstone (Ben Johnson/ Bham Now)

The Modern House Coffee Shop is returning to its roots in the Titusville neighborhood.

The non-profit coffee house, which hires homeless people to provide them with job training and life skills, is opening Friday September 23rd at its new 422 Sixth Avenue South location.

Bham Now first reported on the new Titusville coffee shop over a year and half ago in early 2020, when owner Troy Whetstone and Seeds Coffee Company announced a joint partnership. 

Modern Coffee Decor 2 The Modern House Coffee Shop to open in Birmingham’s Titusville neighborhood on Sept. 23 [PHOTOS]
Modern Coffee Decor 2 ( Ben Johnson / Bham Now)

“So many people believe in what we’re doing,” added Whetstone.

The list of The Modern House partners is long and includes: 

The Location

The Modern House
Modern Coffee (Bham Now / Ben Johnson)

Whetstone, whose family lives in Titusville, believes they have chosen a great spot for the coffee shop.

“I was looking for a place, so I was driving back and forth from Sixth Avenue South and then I saw this house. It reminded me of New Orleans,” he told Bham Now.

The location is special. It is near UAB. Across the street is the Birmingham Police Department and Academy. A block or two away—within walking distance—there is Memorial Park, DC BLOX and Golden Flake. 

And beginning this week the new Xpress line has a stop less than a block from The Modern House.

Birmingham Express (Bham Now)
Birmingham Express (Bham Now)

Great Food and Coffee

The Modern House
Modern Coffee Bags (Ben Johnson / Bham Now)

Of course there is the big question. How is the food? If you have ever patronized The Modern House pop-ups, you know Chef Marcus will be serving his specialties:

  • Waffles 
  • Cinnamon buns
  • Loaded grits bowl 
  • Pastries, such as blondies, chocolate chip cookies, peanut cookies, red velvet cake and lemon cake

Another homegrown Magic City twist — the coffee is roasted locally from Seeds and the drinks will pay homage to Birmingham with names like Black Barons, Rickwood and Vulcan.

Excitement is Building

The Modern House
Troy Whetstone (Ben Johnson/ Bham Now)

The community is very excited about The Modern House coming to Titusville to lead a new renaissance.

“District 6 is excited to welcome a new business,” said Birmingham City Councilor Crystal Smitherman. “This is the perfect location to pick up some coffee on the way to work or study and drink a latte. This will be a place for people to have small gatherings where artists can showcase their spoken word or poetry. Titusville was like the Black Wall Street years ago and this is just the beginning of bringing back black businesses along the Sixth Avenue corridor.”

More Information

The Modern House
Modern Coffee Exterior (Ben Johnson / Bham Now)

Initially, The Modern House will be open Monday through Friday from 6:00AM to 2:00PM. 

The space will be available on weekends for rental. Hours may change based on demand.

“We’re basically trying to set the stage for the community to tell us what they want to do,” Whetstone concluded.

Other details:

Want to call-in an order? 1 (205) 202-2788

Location: 422 Sixth Avenue South, Birmingham


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Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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