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The New Jam on Parkside – Rise Collaborative (via Rise Collaborative)

The New Jam on Parkside – Rise Collaborative (via Rise Collaborative)

Those recently meandering down Parkside may have noticed something “perking up” at Russell and Parkside. North Buffalo can soon add a cafe to its list of new hot spots – Jam is set to open this fall. The twist? The cafe will be a Benefit Corporation […]

Have you tried our Farmer’s Breakfast muffin?

Have you tried our Farmer’s Breakfast muffin?

More than “just a muffin,” it’s a muffin with a hard-boiled egg baked inside. Makes a great breakfast. Maybe even a nice light lunch if you’re lucky enough to still find one in our pastry case that late in the day. Seven days a week, […]

JAM Coffee & Community, Part 2: Community

JAM Coffee & Community, Part 2: Community

Everything about JAM is a community effort.

After years of grassroots service in the Parkside neighborhood, Amber Small and Monica Cichon founded JAM as the coffee shop that people wanted, but built in a way that it has already become a vested and reciprocating member of the Parkside, Buffalo, and Western  New York communities we all cherish.

Our full array of coffee drinks is powered by Tipico Roasters Coffee, along with a wide selection of teas and chai. We’re also proud to be partnering with Mundy Cakes to provide fresh pastries and muffins daily. Read more about our coffee menu.

At least 50 friends and neighbors contributed to the complete renovation of our cozy shop with cleaning and painting, as our general contractor ReUse Action completely transformed the space, highlighted by the custom bar handcrafted from reclaimed maple gym flooring. Our signature custom light boxes were locally crafted by Brauen Custom Millwork. The new space was designed by Arch&Type.

Even our corporate structure is community-based and unique to Western New York. JAM is a benefit corporation cafe with more than 70 community shareholders. When we needed capital for our final build out, we turned to Grant Street non-profit Westminster Economic Development Initiative. We’re proud to share WEDI’s goals in creating a more diverse and sustainable community.

Aside from offering great coffee and a true community gathering space, JAM operates with the intention of putting profits back in to our neighborhood through good works and projects that will beautify and enhance life in Parkside and all of Western New York.

Community means something different to everyone, and we hope that you’ll make JAM part of your community. Stop in and find out what makes JAM Parkside special for you. Grab a cup of coffee and tell us what you think.

Read more: JAM Coffee & Community, Part 1: Coffee

We’re open for business!

We’re open for business!

Coffee and community at the corner of Parkside and Russell starts Saturday, March 30! We’ll open our JAM Parkside doors at 10am that first day, and then daily from 7am to 7pm with our full array of coffee drinks powered by Tipico Roasters Coffee, along […]

JAM Coffee & Community, Part 1: Coffee

JAM Coffee & Community, Part 1: Coffee

One of the questions we’ve heard more than most as we’ve been preparing to open JAM is… What makes your coffee shop special? The shorthand response is: coffee and community. Those are the two equal pillars of why we do what we do. Our coffee […]

JAM Careers- Store Manager

JAM Careers- Store Manager

301 Parkside Ave. | Buffalo, NY 14214

JAM is a modern cafe set in the beautiful Parkside Neighborhood in Buffalo’s Northside. JAM was created to help fill a void in one of the city’s prized and historic neighborhoods. We wanted to fill a vacant storefront with something that made the city, the neighborhood, the surrounding area of Delaware Park stronger and filled with culture and action. JAM isn’t just a coffee shop; it is an opportunity for community.

Primary Job Responsibilities:
● Create an exceptional coffee experience and be a coffee industry leader
● Lead and direct the business activities of the café
● Serve as a voice and the face of JAM Parkside
● Manage inventory and all monetary transactions
● Ensure quality by proper training of all café employees
● Attend regular meetings with the owners
● Conduct staff meetings with café personnel on a regular basis
● Maintain café maintenance and cleanliness
● Educate customers on all of our products
● Maintain high quality and consistent product standards
● Cup and taste coffee regularly to maintain familiarity with product and quality standards
● Stay informed of new coffee availability and attributes
● Other duties as assigned

Job Requirements
● Applicant should have previous cafe experience
● History in a leadership role
● Passion for high quality coffee and customer service
● Occasionally travel for procuring supplies is required, so access to an automobile is necessary
● Stand and walk—must be able to stand for shifts and move about the café
● Perform repetitive motion with the hands, wrists and forearms to operate espresso machinery
● Talk/hear – frequently communicates with customers
● Carry weight, lift – lift up to 5 pounds frequently and up to 50 pounds occasionally

JAM offers competitive pay, plus tips and free coffee drinks.
Interested applicants should email jamparkside@gmail.com with a cover letter or letter of interest and a resume.
JAM promotes an environment that is diverse, and filled with tolerance for all people. We are seeking the right candidate and will not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law.
JAM careers – Barista

JAM careers – Barista

JAM is a modern cafe set in the beautiful Parkside Neighborhood in Buffalo’s Northside. JAM was created to help fill a void in one of the city’s prized and historic neighborhoods. We wanted to fill a vacant storefront with something that made the city, the […]

With Community Backing Jam Hits Funding Goal,  Breaks Escrow

With Community Backing Jam Hits Funding Goal, Breaks Escrow

With Community Backing Jam Hits Funding Goal, Breaks Escrow Build-out of community owned café to begin in Parkside BUFFALO, NY – Today Jam announced that it hit its capital campaign goal for its café in Buffalo’s Parkside neighborhood. “We’re so excited to be able to share […]

“Rust Belt Capital” – Community Based Capital Models (via Buffalo Rising)

“Rust Belt Capital” – Community Based Capital Models (via Buffalo Rising)

What would happen if community members came together to take control of their own destinies?

Source: Buffalo Rising

Can Community Capital Programs Regenerate Upstate NY? | Upstate Venture Connect (via Upstate Venture Connect)

Can Community Capital Programs Regenerate Upstate NY? | Upstate Venture Connect (via Upstate Venture Connect)

Parkside in Buffalo, NY is one Upstate neighborhood victim to our transitioning rust belt economy. The area is now being revitalized with Community Capital. Source: Upstate Venture Connect

Parkside leaders working on community cafe (via The Buffalo News)

Parkside leaders working on community cafe (via The Buffalo News)

Parkside community leaders are working on opening a restaurant at the corner of Parkside Avenue and Russell Street that would redefine “neighborhood café.” Source: The Buffalo News