This year’s Selby JazzFest was memorable, and it wasn’t solely due to the presence of jazz legend Najee.
During this year’s event, festival organizers and Golden Thyme Coffee and Café owners, Mychael and Stephanie Wright announced that they had sold the beloved community establishment to Rondo Community Land Trust. The couple has owned the café for over 24 years and were planning on retiring when approached to sell the place. “I didn’t believe we’d get that kind of offer,” Mychael said in a statement. “I said, ‘That’s one of the best things I’ve ever heard!’”
The location is set to become a small business incubator called Golden Thyme Presents as early as next month. “It’s just the beginning,” said Mikeya Griffin, executive director of the Rondo Community Land Trust. “We couldn’t be more honored to steward the Golden Thyme legacy in innovative ways that build collective wealth, while also continuing the history of Black entrepreneurship along this corridor.”
Look for a story about the future of Golden Thyme Presents in an upcoming edition of the MSR. Find photo highlights from this year’s Selby JazzFest with the headliner Najee below. All photos below by Steve Floyd.