Help me keep my business going! Save Candlepin!!

Hello! My name is Autumn, I’ve been attempting to keep this bowling alley running. Unfortunately Candlepin Bowling lane parts run extremely expensive and I have (known to be) one of the oldest pinsetter machines (1949-1955). I am my only employee during this time and really I am just looking to get enough to hold me until I can replace the lane parts! I really would love to hire on employees, get my kitchen going, and be able to expand in the future to bring Candlepin bowling past the New England area. Everyday I struggle doing things on my own. I have to do everything by reservation only so I have time for every chore. Cleaning, sanitizing, stocking beer, cleaning bathrooms, maintenancing lanes, and all other chores that normally would have multiple employees for. I’m working my butt off to get this place to keep open and even though it’s been a challenge, I absolutely love this place! Unfortunately the building and lanes dealt with a lot of neglect from previous owners and it just needs the proper maintenance and attention. This alley and candlepin itself means so much to me. The money will be to help pay my bills and to finally hire on employees so I can finally have time to work on the lanes more. I work everyday and after the alley closes, I usually am still maintaining lanes and cleaning up for at least another 3-4 hours. Please help me keep this wonderful gem going! My ultimate goal is to give back by bringing Candlepin to as many places as I can in my lifetime in the United States since it can only be found in New England. Your donation means everything to me ❤️ You can check out my videos of my everyday struggles and challenges I face on TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Even just spreading the word about Candlepin is helping me out too! You can read about myself and the business on my website as well!

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    • $50 
    • 2 d
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    • $500 
    • 18 d
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    • 3 mos
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Autumn Mowery
Ellsworth, ME

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