$12,127 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 112 people in 1 month
Created July 21, 2019

Help Olsons Deli to stay in business! My name is Camila and I am the manager for Olsons Deli. On behalf of Olsons, I am reaching out to our beloved customers, new and old, and our wonderful community to ask you for help. We do not want to move or be forced to close this historic little deli and cafe in the heart of Los Angeles. Olsons Deli opened it's doors in 1948 and have served the Scandinavian community for 71 years. Since then a small coffee shop has added to the charm with homemade food, baked goods and delicious coffee. We are reaching out now to all of you to help us stay in business, grow our menu, import more Scandinavian goods and stay open longer hours. Any help is greatly appreciated and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support . Kindly, Camila and all of us at Olsons

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Thank you so much for all your support so far, for the private messages and donations and to all of you who have taken time out of your day to come in to Olsons with words of support and kindness.
There are many questions, of course, what your donations would be used for ;
In taking over the business there is an ongoing struggle and process to keep the premises up to code. Yes,it would be easier to move to a more modern location, but we really want to keep Olsons in its original location. Since we are trying to preserve its original charm we are trying to restore the original deli fridges so that we can use them again. If we can't get them up and running, they will have to be removed, and we really want to avoid that since they are a big part of Olsons heritage.
We are still trying to recover from the 5 (FIVE!!) break-ins that we have had in the last 4 years. Along with stolen inventory, stolen cash registers, broken doors and destroyed store windows, we are still reeling.
We are trying to get permits so that we can cook more food for our community and neighborhood, besides just sandwiches and salads. On our list is also permits, per so many of you, so that we may serve beer and wine while you eat and shop.
Lastly, a small note about importing. To import food from Scandinavia is not for the faint of heart. The amount of restrictions from FDA, customs fees and transportation costs will all be reflected in the price. OF COURSE it will be more expensive to buy a Swedish or Danish item in a small store in Los Angeles than it is in your regular store "back home". Furthermore, we will never be able to compete with IKEA'S prices since they buy in millions and have their own shipping containers. We love IKEA, but we hope you would consider supporting a small business instead.
Thank you for your help and support.
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Raised by 112 people in 1 month
Created July 21, 2019
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