Hello All! We have a small bit of good news, and some bits of reality to go over with you all so let’s jump right into this!
Some Good news!
The large care and maintenance debt reconciliation we have had ongoing with our landlords has been resolved very much in our favor. The 6 figure number was reduced by half then an order of magnitude, et voila...all solved. It's a big weight off our shoulders. A lot of months long uncertainty wiped away in a single email. So Yay!
Now, the reality of the situation:
We are still in pretty rough shape.
For the past few weeks, we have worked on subleasing the cafe out in state. It would have been tough on us financially, but we felt it was worth not throwing away a ton of money and the time we put into the project to see it at least running again.
The deal fell through yesterday.
It's with a lot of regrets that we are beginning to piece out the equipment for sale. We are working with the landlords to find a new tenant, and that will be that.
The not so good
We owe a fair bit of money on cleanly closing out the cafe and to the lovely folks at Visa and Mastercard. Many of you have asked if we are going to do a fund raiser, a go-fund me, whathaveyou...but that's not who we are. We made these decisions, we wanted to try something new, and we are all adults. That said, we need to get folks paid, so we are going to do this is the most EndGame way we can think of:
1) We are going to have a Holiday Board game Auction on 10/7/17. It will work EXACTLY like our April one, with only one single difference: You will be able to donate a portion of ALL of your auction credit to Oakland's Holiday Toy drive.
2) We will place our Holiday giving tree out early this year. No decorations, no donation box...just the giving tree. What is this Giving Tree? We have had a small tree with Gift Cards on it for a few years. When you buy one, you are donating that amount of money to be spent on gifts through EndGame for Local kids during the holiday season.
By donating early and often to the Holiday Program, you'll be loaning us the money we need to get through this pretty rough patch. We have our product to back it up too.
So, that's what's happening. We aren't out of rough waters yet but are coming up on our best months of the year. The goal is to get to them, then through them. Participating in our auction and or donating to the holiday gift program would be an excellent way to help us get there.
That's the honest both meat and cake update we have to give.
We very much appreciate your support through the past weeks on your condolences for the cafe and have asked what you can do to help. This is it. Full transparency.
If you care to donate to our Holiday Toy drive/Recovery efforts, you can also Pay Pal us directly through firstname.lastname@example.org