Every Community has its beacons. The S.O.S. Coffee and Bar at Fabian’s Landing on the south side of St. Thomas is one of them – or was. Opened in February, 2015 by Anna Fitzgerald and Grace Lili, this tiny “community café where everyone is welcome” has been exactly that - a gathering place for a diverse audience of artists and boatyard workers, local and tourist – all colors, all stripes. Within a mere year and a half of opening, S.O.S. Coffee and Bar was voted “Best Breakfast” by the readers of the Virgin Islands Daily News. That’s unprecedented. It’s also a testament to the determination and passion that Anna and Grace have brought to their business. If anyone can pull through in the wake of these devastating hurricanes, it’s these two.
First ripped open by the violent winds of Hurricane Irma, then severely flooded shortly thereafter by Hurricane Maria, the damage has been extensive. Any worse, and it may have been a total loss, but the bones are still there. It’s going to take a monumental effort to get them back on their feet, but it’s still small enough and salvageable enough that there’s a very high likelihood of success for this project if we can raise the funds. Timing matters.
The extent of the damage to the surrounding area is significant, the loss and depression palpable. My name is Sue Schmidt. My partner, Mike Fabian owns Fabian's Landing. We believe with all our hearts that the resurrection of the S.O.S. will have a tremendously positive impact. It will give Anna and Grace their livelihood back, and it will give the community the beacon it lost, but so desperately needs. We have made this our top priority, despite other losses in the area. Anna and Grace put heart and soul and everything they had into the (now aptly named) S.O.S. Coffee and bar. They had literally just finished renovations.
How will the money be spent?
All funds from this campaign will go directly to Anna Fitzgerald to spend on whatever it takes to get the S.O.S. Coffee and Bar back up and running. Flooding from Maria wrought havoc on the newly installed professional grade restaurant appliances large and small that need replacing. Funds from this campaing will be withddrawn directly by Anna and used to replace these appliances so they can open again as soon as possible.
Daunting? Absolutely. But Anna and Grace can do it – with help from their friends, and ours, and from you, and yours, a bit at a time. Please share this link and encourage your friends, coworkers, and families to contribute to this direct-aid campaign.
Let’s throw them a life line. Help rebuild the S.O. S. Coffee and Bar and get a little corner of St. Thomas back as it should be. No matter how small, your contributions are tremendously appreciated.
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