Much loved coffee house Damascena has just turned 7 and is raising money for charity to celebrate.
With four sites across Birmingham, the popular Middle-Eastern café group is celebrating another successful year with a fundraiser for Acorn’s Children’s Hospice.
From 7thto 13thJune Damascena will be generously donating 10% of sales to Acorn’s Children’s Hospice across all branches. The local charity provides care and support for families of life limited and life threatened children.
After a turbulent year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, owner A Zein Al-Abdeen says giving back to the community is the best way the team could celebrate the milestone while helping others.
He says: “We’re thrilled to hit another milestone and want to repay the kindness the city has shown us over the years. Hopefully by donating 10% of every transaction – for the week commencing June 7th– we’ll be able to raise a substantial amount for this brilliant local charity that does so much to help others.”
Now a household name in Brum, the coffee shops are located in central Birmingham as well as Jewellery Quarter, Harborne and Moseley.
Mr Al-Abdeen says: “I would like to thank every person who has helped Damascena grow in popularity, customers, community, establishments and, of course, the amazing team that work so hard to give customers a positive experience every time.
“The amazing people who have been there from the start, past and current have been a part of our family and all played an instrumental role in the growth of Damascena. We’re proud to be independent and we’re proud to create jobs for local people.”
Initially opening in Moseley in May 2014, Damascena started life as a small café with just 12 covers.It wasn’t long before the opportunity to expand came along and a site opened alongside Colmore Row, followed by Harborne and Jewellery Quarter which all continue to thrive.
He concludes: “We’re both grateful for and proud of all we’ve achieved over the last 7 years and we hope to celebrate many more milestones. It’s an honour to be supporting Acorn Children’s Hospice and we hope to see lots of our customers during our fundraising week.”
The name “Damascena” (meaning Damascus Rose) reflects not only the city that inspires the food, but also the beautifully themed coffee houses. Customers can enjoy coffee and traditional sweet bakes like baklava as well as mezze, wraps and pastries.
I’ve written about these venues before – check out this previous article for more information and food snaps.