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Juanita-Michelle Darden,
Founder of JM Enterprise

Juanita-Michelle is the owner of Third Perk Coffeehouse & Wine Bar located at 146 East Third Street in downtown Dayton. Third Perk has become a community hub in the area and has been named as a top coffeehouse in the region.


Third Perk Express opened at the Dayton Mall in August of 2019 located near the center court right outside of Macy’s Department Store. The third & fourth cafes will open in the Spring of 2021 at the Gem City Market and in Greene County.


Third Perk has been recognized by Governor Kasich, The City of Dayton, and the Dayton Business Journal as a top business in 2018. Third Perk was a finalist as Dayton’s Best for three years. Juanita-Michelle has been recognized as a 2017 Top Woman to Watch by the Better Business Bureau’s WIBN.


Juanita-Michelle’s first published work, The Wait of Success was released in April of 2018. Juanita-Michelle is a former tenured, Associate Professor of mathematics at Sinclair Community College for 12 years.


Juanita-Michelle launched the SHE-Roe Storytelling event at Third Perk in 2017, recognizing that the stories of African American women mattered and needed to be shared. In 2021, the SHE-Roe Storytelling program is in its fourth season with 6 new women sharing their stories with the Dayton community.

Juanita-Michelle is a member of Phillips Temple CME Church, and she is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

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