We have started an Indiegogo Campaign!
To see it please visit: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-carol-s-over-the-bridge--2/x/14386446#/
Here is an explanation:
Eleven years ago Carol and I were just completing work on Hungry Mind Café in Middlebury, Vt. when she found she had Cancer and died just before it opened. I renamed it Carol's Hungry Mind Café. It took a few years but it finally became financially profitable. It also became socially successful. As Carol and I imagined it the shop became the hub of social connections. People meeting friends, old and new, as well as business meetings and group gatherings.
Next year the road bridges on the street in front of the shop will be renovated. This means there will be no parking out front from April until November. With customers having to walk from outlying parking areas and the sounds of construction filling the coffee house I am anticipating a dramatic drop in business.
To counteract this problem I have started another Carol's in New Haven, Vt., a few miles North on Rt. 7, a heavily traveled highway. The first phase of the project, a coffee shop in one section of the building aimed at commuters, has been completed and opened. The profits generated by this phase were to fund a diner to be opened in the other section of the building. After two months I have found that business has not been as good as anticipated. In short, my renovation funds have run out.
I have already purchased many pieces of equipment for the diner but there is still the need for two completely renovated bathrooms, one being ADA approved. The entire floor needs to be resurfaced. I would like to install new windows to allow customers to see the wonderful view of the mountains across the valley. And then there are all the tables, chairs, dinnerware, plumbers, electricians, etc. I estimate it to cost $20,000 and another $10,000 for hidden costs and to keep the place open during the initial months until enough people find us.
Many local people who come to the New Haven shop now remember the diner that was in that location years ago and are looking forward to it being there again. They say it was very busy and a good place to see their neighbors. So by contributing to this project you will be preserving a social gathering spot in Middlebury and establishing one in New Haven.
I am offering incentives such as T-shirts, buttons and mugs proclaiming the owner as someone who has helped save Middlebury's social hub and to help start on in New Haven.