Note about this campaign: this campaign did not reach its minimum lending goal by the deadline of November 28, 2014, so no Squareholder funds will be committed to this loan. You can read more about how our loans work on this page.

The B&O is coming back

We're bringing back the B&O. This $20,000 loan assists in the re-opening of the B&O Espresso as a Parisian cafe, bakery, bar & restaurant.

About the campaign

Help from the community will allow the B&O to remain a part of Seattle's cultural history, both past and present. The CSC loan will assist in re-opening the B&O as a cafe, bakery, full-service French restaurant and bar in the equally iconic Frontier Room space in Belltown at 1st and Blanchard.

Funding provided through CSC and our community will give us the opportunity to successfully re-open a well-loved, Seattle establishment.

The B&O represents Seattle's history and unique coffee culture. Providing Seattle with espresso since 1976, the B&O would become a community meeting place for the artistic, creative and entrepreneurial spirits who would later put Seattle on the map. By re-opening the B&O and preserving its identity as a Seattle cultural landmark, we can give the community an opportunity to preserve these important social establishments and draw inspiration from them for years to come. It shows we can come together to value people and culture over commercial pursuits.

The B&O represents so many aspects of Seattle's original culture... all in a coffee cup! By re-opening the B&O, we celebrate the history of that culture and provide a positive foundation for the expression of next generations.

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About B&O Espresso

The B&O is one of the first coffee houses in Seattle. It may even be considered where Seattle's unique and well-known coffee culture started.

B&O Espresso was established in 1976, and is located in Seattle, WA.

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By connecting community members, small business owners and mission-aligned funders to the goal of creating healthy communities, we’re introducing a new purpose for financial systems, removing barriers to success for entrepreneurs, and building meaningful relationships around money.

Providing affordable capital to community businesses is vital to our economy

Small businesses are the key generators of jobs in our economy and character in our communities. Everyone seems to know that. What most people don't know is how important funding is to the success of a business.

Even in this day and age, most small businesses simply cannot access the funding they need to succeed. New lenders have emerged to serve this need, but many of them charge equivalent interest rates upwards of 20 or 50 percent. These rates can compromise the stability of the businesses that ultimately provide stability to our communities.

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