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April 14, 2020

Meet Akino West & Jamila Ross, Hospitality/F&B Entrepreneurs

The Copper Door B&B is a genuine hospitality concept, created by Akino West & Jamila Ross, where Miami’s African American history, art, and culinary expertise thrive. Opening in July 2018, the work behind the bed & breakfast is a labor of love as West and Ross did a great deal of the renovation work themselves – keeping as much charm from the original 1940s building as possible. The end result is a communal, comfortable setting where West and Ross also serve as city ambassadors encouraging their visitors to explore all of Miami’s unique neighborhoods bustling with culture and history including Historic Overtown where the hotel resides. Over the last year, The Copper Door has won the Dade Heritage Trust Preservation Award as well as Legacy Magazine’s Business of the Year award.

The Copper Door B&B, 439 NW 4th Ave, Miami, FL 33128, @copperdoorbnb, gift cards are available online.

How have you pivoted your business since COVID-19 social distancing measures went into effect?

We had to close the hotel side of our business but decided to keep our kitchen open to serve our residential neighborhood as there are not many places to get food here. So we created a pop-up cafe called Rosie’s and opened up our vintage-style space to the general public to serve our chef-inspired breakfast for take-out or delivery via Uber Eats, GrubHub & DoorDash. 

We also invite other vendors to utilize our outdoor area; if any farmers’ markets, grocers, or other essential service businesses are looking for vending space at no cost, please contact us at

What are your goals as entrepreneurs once COVID-19 is over?

Our goals as entrepreneurs include creating a very successful winter season and finishing development of Rosie’s, our cafe concept.

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