The owners of Bella Luna Restaurant and Milky Way Lounge have launched a public GoFundMe campaign to pay off thousands of dollars in debt. Carol Downs, one of the five owners, explained why they're asking the public's assistance to pay off their debts. "In 2009 we moved our business from 405 Centre Street to 284 Amory Street due to a huge rent increase. That relocation, the build-out of our new space, and the interest on those loans, cost over $1,000,000. We have been working since then to pay off that debt. We were expecting to make our final loan payment next year in 2021. Our abrupt closing on March 16, 2020 has left us owing the remaining balance on our bank loan plus over two hundred thousand dollars to vendors, many of whom are small local businesses," wrote Downs on the Bella Luna 27 Campaign GoFundMe page. The goal of the Bella Luna 27 campaign, named so because the business was open for 27 years, is to raise $75,000 to pay off their debts. Downs asked for people to donate $27 for every year the restaurant and lounge was open.
ByBoston City Councilor At-Large Annissa Essaibi-George's office |
Boston City Councilor At-Large Annissa Essaibi-George recently welcomed 120 women small business owners to Bella Luna Restaurant and Milky Way Lounge for an evening of networking and celebrating Boston's many thriving women-owned businesses. Bella Luna, a women-owned business, is also celebrating 26 years of being in business. The event, held on May 31, was co-sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Woman’s Advancement and Women Entrepreneurs Boston (WeBos). “As a small business owner, I think it is so important for us women to get together, talk and collaborate," said Essaibi-George. "When I talk with other women who own small businesses, even if we’re not in the same business, the conversations about what’s working and not working for us are really, really important.
Do you like vintage video games? Do you like giant Jenga? Do you like helping a good cause? Then you'll want to attend the Game Night and Fundraising Tournament for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) at Bella Luna on April 16th. Come face off in a classic NES video game or Jenga tournament with BARCC's hotline team at Bella Luna & The Milky Way and help us raise money for BARCC's Annual Walk for Change happening on April 22nd.
Everyone is welcome to attend Bella Luna’s 2nd Annual Peace Tree Lighting and enjoy hot cocoa and tasty treats on Dec. 6th. The event will take place on Bella Luna's patio snow, rain or shine. Join in as everyone is welcome to decorate ornaments to hang on the tree. Families and children are welcome, but pets are not allowed.