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Help Rescue Shangri-La Tearoom

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Shangri-La Tearoom and Vegetarian Restaurant and the Divine Lotus Tea Company have been a fixture in Boise, Idaho for many years. Almost 11 years for the restaurant and more than 20 years for the tea company.

We are the only vegetarian and vegan restaurant in Boise. We also serve the community with special needs foods as well as our own herbal teas and suppliments.
Nutritional education and advice is available as well.

Service to the community has always been our primary goal and we have striven to meet the needs of our customers.

As a business we have enjoyed a level of sucess in that we have always paid our bills and always met our payroll.

Our problems began when a new group of investors took control of the building that we are located in, a few years ago and began to want more money. Last year they demanded what I can only describe as an extremely unreasonable increase in our lease payment. We can no longer work with the present owners.

We are forced to find a new building or give up on what we feel is our calling in life. Our lease ends at the end of July, so we really need to make some decisions quickly.

Shangri-La Tearoom and Divine Lotus Tea Company employ 13 people who would all lose their employment should we have to close. Boise would lose it's only true vegetarian and vegan option for dining out.

My wife Toni and I, along with all our employees would be very grateful for any help in preventing us from closing our restaurant.

All donations will be used to keep our dream of continuing to serve Boise alive. We do have a new location in mind, but due to our higher lease payments over the last year, we simply cannot do this on our own.

You're donation will be used for moving costs, preparing our new site for business, and promotion so that our customers will know that we have moved.

Our tea company, Divine Lotus Tea has suffered greatly in the last year to the point of losing wholesale customers, simply because we couldn't afford to invest in ingredients for our signature teas. We hope to remedy this problem as well.

Thank you for for checking us out and thank you to all who donate and help us stay afloat.

                                  Bob and Toni Hodge, owners
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Well here we are in September. Still no permit but getting closer! Plan review today or tomorrow. We are excited to get started with the remodel . But this last 11,000.00 is critical. We had to close at the old address on August 30th so now two weeks without income coming in and permits will need to be paid for soon and the start up expense. We are keeping the remodel modest but the city requirements have changed quite a lot in the last ELEVEN years. More than we expected. Thank you for all of the help thus far we would not have gotten this far without you. So please do us a favor and pass this on to anyone who would be interested in helping us reach our goal. for those who can give large donations there will be a fabulous dinner and gift for you with others who have given big. There is so much going on in the world and we have always been a place people could get away to to feel safe and relaxed and get help with their nutritional needs.We know resources are spread thin with so many needs in the country and world but won't you help us to do our part? We are anxious to get back at it. Thank You and Peace to You and Yours.
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Update: We are now at day 4 of the move to our new location. Want to thank Sean at Ashley furniture for his indispensable assistance with a truck and muscle. Many thanks! We could really use some help today with the last leg of the move. Anyone with a couple of extra hours today can meet at the tearoom at Overland and Federal Way. We would really appreciate the help!

Still have many needs that are coming up. We really want to help our employees through the time that we are closed, but the move is proving to be more costly than we thought. We would truly appreciate help in this area. Our permits still have not been issued by the city and this delay is proving to be costly. Small donations really help. Thanks!
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My gofundme page is acting a bit wonky. It usually shows me who I have thanked and who I haven't thanked. I'm trying to get it straightened out today. So, if you haven't gotten a thank you or if you have been thanked more than once, I want to say thank you, thank you, thank you!
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Update: All the demolition in our new space is finished and we are now waiting for the ok by the city to begin the remodel phase. Hopefully the city will not drag its heels on this part of the process.

We are really pleased with our relationship with our new landlord and he seems genuinely pleased to have us in our new space. A complete turnaround of what we have experienced over the last several years. Thanks Gregory!!

We hope to be open in our new space by the middle of September, which means we may be closed for a little while. We still have many obligations that must be met that we still do not have all the resources to meet. Please think about a donation or just come by and support us in our present location.

Thanks so much to all who have donated and continue to support us at the tearoom.
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