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Olympia's favorite breakfast and lunch spot, The New Moon Cafe is turning into a worker owned coop cafe!
Black Moon
Small Business
Olympia, Washington
United States
1 Team Member

Who we are:We have been preparing and serving food in restaurants in Olympia for over ten years. If you've eaten downtown over this last decade, chances are one of us has prepared or served you a meal!

We have already purchased the New Moon and are transitioning the cafe into a worker owned business, which will be complete on August 1 of this year. The workers at the New Moon will be making the decisions that effect them in their workplace. This means everything from internal policy to how we re-distribute our surplus. The intention of the cooperative is to reinvest profits into creating better jobs, new cooperatives and other exciting social projects in the Olympia community. We started this indiegogo campaign so that we can expedite the process of transitioning ownership and help the cooperative reach its full potential sooner.

Our collective has a range of food service experience- from kitchen management to lead servers- from accounting to outreach. Many of us have already collectively managed a restaurant, the Flaming Eggplant- an organic, locally sourced cafe on the Evergreen State College campus. Our experience in traditional work environments and our knowledge and practice of their alternatives has inspired us to create a worker-owned cooperative in downtown Olympia.

We have existing relationships with local vendors, and we want to build on these connections to integrate more local and organic sourcing into the New Moon Cafe. We have the experience, we have the drive- with your help, we can make our dream become a reality. 


As a worker-owned and collectively-managed restaurant, we believe in the right of all people to have control over their lives and livelihoods. We honor our collective and individual autonomy by creating jobs that foster self-development and well-being; that affirm our worth and equality as workers. We strive to make good food accessible to more people and to grow strong relationships with local farmers, producers, and distributors. We seek to utilize our resources and space to support the greater Olympia community.

Why we need your help:

We have collected enough money for the down payment for the business. The money we are raising now will fund our start up costs. This is a lot of money. Banks rarely recognize cooperatives, and getting a loan to buy a restaurant is nearly impossible. As food service workers starting this project, we don't have a lot of money to begin with.

Here is a breakdown of our costs:

Rent/Insurance: $8,500
  • Fees/Permits: $6,130
  • Training: $5,000
  • Inventory: $21,500
  • Contingency Funds/Start-up Cash: $8,870
  • Total: $50,000

Not everyone has $...

…and we understand this. Support doesn't only look like dollar signs. If you are not in a financial situation to invest in this project, you can share our link on your social networking site, tell your friends about us, or come to a fundraising event! When we re-open in August, come in and have a meal!
If you would like to stay in the loop about fundraising events and news, sign up for our mailing list!


We need the help of our community. Even if we don't reach our goal, we still intend to go forward with the project despite however much we raise; every dollar counts.

Be a part of a lasting resource.

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raised by 148 people in 1 month
17% funded
No time left
$50,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
Campaign Closed
This campaign ended on July 15, 2013
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  • $5USD
    Thank You!

    Thanks for your contribution! Every dollar helps us toward our goal - we appreciate your donation :)

    4 claimed
  • $10USD
    Hot Beverage for Cold Days

    HOT BEVERAGE Feel like a cup of locally roasted coffee? Care to peruse an illustrious collection of fine teas? Or perhaps you would like a cup of tasty chai or creamy hot chocolate? This pledge gives you the chance to try something new!

    8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $25USD
    Have a Meal

    Its nice to go to your favorite cafe and get a warm meal without having to pay. With this pledge you receive a complimentary meal at the New Moon Cafe!

    15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $40USD
    Out-of-Towner Tier

    T-SHIRT + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD + POSTER For those not in Olympia who want to contribute we offer the Out-of-Towner tier: our way of saying thanks by sharing art and music we create in our daily lives. Includes: -Black Moon Collective T-Shirt designed by Peter McCoy, our logo designer -Digital Download featuring original music from all the bands that collective members have been involved with- Ragana, Outlook, Hail Seizures, Prank War and more! -Hand-Printed Black Moon Poster by Matt Beaudoin

    30 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $50USD
    Birthday Meal

    HOT BEVERAGE + MEAL + BIRTHDAY MEAL Come celebrate your birthday at your favorite restaurant – don't worry, we'll take care of the bill!

    6 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $75USD
    Black Moon Collective T-Shirt

    HOT BEVERAGE + MEAL+ BIRTHDAY MEAL + T-SHIRT All of our customers are well dressed. We know this, and if you pledge this amount we will give you a Black Moon Collective T-Shirt to add to your excellent wardrobe collection.

    7 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $100USD
    Invitation to Grand Re-Opening

    HOT BEVERAGE + MEAL+ BIRTHDAY MEAL + T-SHIRT + INVITE TO GRAND RE-OPENING We throw great parties. Our grand re-opening will be an event to remember- live music, guest speakers, local art- all catered and curated by the New Moon Cafe. Pledge this amount and you will receive an invitation to the private party before the event, where we can all share food and congratulations before opening the doors to the public!

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $200USD
    6 Months of Unlimited Coffee

    MEAL+ BIRTHDAY MEAL + T-SHIRT + INVITE TO GRAND RE-OPENING + 6 MONTHS OF FREE COFFEE We know you love coffee. That's why you are reading this. Yes. You will receive all the coffee (or any hot beverage) you could ever want, for 6 months, free of charge. You just did the math. You're right. It's a great deal.

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $500USD
    One Year of Unlimited Coffee

    MEAL+ BIRTHDAY MEAL + T-SHIRT + INVITE TO GRAND RE-OPENING + A FULL YEAR OF FREE COFFEE Pledge this amount and you can expect to keep yourself warm and satiated throughout all winter, spring, summer and fall- an entire year- filled with hot chocolate, chai, coffee and tea. Bottoms up!

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $1,000USD
    Two Meals a Month for a Year

    T-SHIRT + INVITE TO GRAND RE-OPENING + A FULL YEAR OF FREE COFFEE + TWO COMPLIMENTARY MEALS EVERY MONTH FOR A YEAR You are appreciated, and we share love through food. As our thanks to you, come in and dine on two free meals a month for an entire year without charge!

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $5,000USD
    Re-Name a Menu Item & More

    T-SHIRT + INVITE TO GRAND RE-OPENING + A FULL YEAR OF FREE COFFEE + TWO COMPLIMENTARY MEALS EVERY MONTH FOR A YEAR + RE-NAME A MENU ITEM + AN EVENING AT THE NEW MOON Leave your mark on the New Moon menu! Be immortalized for all time with this pledge! Also, you can utilize the New Moon Cafe space to hold your own evening event!

    0 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $10,000USD
    The Ultimate Package

    This is the Ultimate Package. We really want to thank you for your generous pledge in person! You will receive a catered event for up to 30 people anywhere in the Olympia area, free of charge. You will have the opportunity to hold 5 evening events of your choosing in the New Moon Cafe. Establish your legacy with us as an integral part of the Pacific Northwest Cooperative Workers Movement and make a difference for workers everywhere.

    0 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
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