It is with the most profound gratitude that we can say we have raised the funds needed to purchase and preserve the coffee house.
Thousands of us stood together to say that community matters, and that a true community space like the coffee house is worth saving. That same spirit and kindness has always made C & P what it is.
All those who gave through the GoFundMe or by other means directly contributed to our effort to save C & P. From the countless friends and Neighbors who gave hundreds to the Fairmount Park student who shyly slid a dollar across the bar; every donation mattered. Please know with pride that we couldn’t have done it without you. We look forward to building friendships and community with you for many years to come
This effort would not have been possible without the advice and expertise of so many from our community. Although resolute, Cam and I were over our heads many times during this process. Our motto was; “They don’t know the amateurs they’re dealing with!” Although there are too many to thank here, we would like to especially acknowledge our lawyers Eric and Brock, John Babauta and HomeStreet Bank, and our dear friend and broker Roger Steiner of RSVP Real Estate. Thanks also to our incredible C & P crew for putting up with us during this process. We couldn’t have done it without all of you.
Kindnss has always been the cornerstone of C& P. For 15 years we have opened our doors and welcomed a neighborhood in. But it wasn’t until the place was in Jeopardy that Cam and I truly learned what community means. Your kindness and commitment has shown us clearly that the coffee house is more than four walls. It is a place where neighbors meet and strangers become friends. It is a place where music and poetry and art are essential. It is a place where social justice is expected and fought for. It is a warm cozy room on a cold day. It is a home. It is YOUR home.
With much love and gratitude,
Cam and Pete
Go For It C & P Coffee!
Hello friends, family and neighbors. A few weeks ago, our beloved and historic coffee house property that we have leased for 15 years was suddenly put on the open market—for $1.2 million! This place has become an center for our community and we are determined to save it. Which means putting in a bid to buy, and the asking price is beyond our means.
We’ve started this fund with two goals in mind: First, to help collect enough for a down payment. Second, there are a lot of accompanying expenses—lawyers fees and other costs. We need help with those too.
Given more lead time, we might have been able to figure this out on our own. But we’ve been told that our landlord is looking at offers in three weeks.
Pete and I are forever changed by this moment. We have been overwhelmed with offers of love and support from a community that recognizes how very important it is to provide a place for life to happen. Our customers have become neighbors and friends, and they all feel this historic property belongs to them. It is place where couples have been married, children have had parties, memorial services have been held, art classes and book clubs form, local musicians gather to jam, community gardens are planted in the back yard and most importantly, people gather to talk to each other face to face!
In Seattle these days, this kind of place is disappearing.
If we are successful in our goal, Pete and I are dedicated and determined to giving back to this neighborhood that has so generously supported us. We are forever changed by your belief in us to be stewards of your second home. We want to continue doing what we do and share that journey with you.
Local artists Jennifer Carrasco, Genna Draper, Engrid Hooper, Heather Brincko and Cameron Moores will exhibit work and offer some paintings for silent auction.
Can be purchased at C & P Coffee or
R.S.V.P. to: email@example.com
Ticket price includes one beverage and appetizers.
The West Seattle Helpline is a nonprofit social service agency offering emergency assistance for our West Seattle and White Center neighbors. They provide information, referrals, clothing, and financial assistance to help low-income individuals and families in need. They strive to strengthen our community through “neighbors helping neighbors.”
Over the holiday season, one of our lovely customers, gave us these beautiful cranes. Origami cranes have long been symbols of hope and healing during challenging times. Not wanting to hoard them all, I decided that a spring display would remind folks how good it feels to give back to our community.
We hope you will consider donating to our Crane Campaign.
By purchasing a string of cranes, you are helping to build a stronger community. Your donation will go to support local organizations that provide hope and healing, all year long. You can find out more about what services these organizations offer by going to:
WestSide Baby https://westsidebaby.org/,
West Seattle Food Bank http://www.westseattlefoodbank.org/,
Northwest Helpline http://www.northhelpline.org/,
and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project https://www.nwirp.org/.
Together, we can make spring brighter for our neighbors!
$20.00 Suggested Donation.
Well the world has shifted since my last post, but one thing stays the same…community. We are so fortunate to live in such a supportive, creative and progressive part of the world. We all understand the importance of inclusion, kindness, acceptance and supporting each other through the good and the bad times. That’s what neighbors do!
C & P is proud to support many local organizations and hope that you will join us, either with financial contributions (accepted at the coffee shop) or by volunteering your time. We welcome new opportunities to be involved, so keep us posted on organizations or events that are important to you.
WestSide Baby is the only social service agency in the West King County area that collects, inspects and distributes free diapers, clothing, cribs and safety gear for babies and children. http://westsidebaby.org/
West Seattle Food Bank is committed to providing food security and community connections to our neighbors in need. We envision a strong and connected community in which all people have access to safe and nutritious food and the essential necessities of living. http://www.westseattlefoodbank.org/
The West Seattle Helpline is a nonprofit social service agency offering emergency assistance for our West Seattle neighbors. Our mission is to empower our neighbors to regain their self-sufficiency after facing an emergency or unexpected hardship. We fulfill our mission by providing information, referrals, clothing, bus tickets, and rent and utility assistance to help low-income families in need. We strive to strengthen our community through our philosophy of “neighbors helping neighbors.”
Now that the rains have come, stop by C & P and settle in with a great book. You can find some amazing local authors in our new WordsWest Library. Come celebrate the unveiling of a new library featuring a book by every author who has read at WordsWest. The WordsWest Community Reading Library will serve to promote authors as well as serve as an inspiring, free resource available for patrons of C & P Coffee Co. to read at their leisure while in the coffee shop.
This is no average literary event, but then again, West Seattle is not your average community!
Every third Wednesday, 7pm, at C & P Coffee Company, WordsWest hosts literary events that range from readings by published local and national authors, to guided writing explorations. Each month we also host a community member to share his or her favorite poem as part of the Favorite Poem Project.
The next WordsWest Literary Series will present Alma García & Imani Sims.
Wed., November 16, 2016, 7pm, C & P Coffee Co., 5612 California Ave. SW
Favorite Poem by and Dessert Benefit for West Seattle Food Bank
Alma García’s short fiction has been published as an award-winner in Narrative Magazine, Enizagam, Passages North, and Boulevard; has most recently appeared in Kweli Journal, Duende and Bluestem; and appears in the anthology, Roadside Curiosities: Short Stories on American Pop Culture (University of Leipzig). A past recipient of a fellowship from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, she makes her home in Seattle, where she teaches fiction writing at the Richard Hugo House and is a private editing consultant as well as a violin instructor. She recently completed her first novel.
Imani Sims is a stiletto loving Seattle native who spun her first performance poem at the age of fourteen. Since then, she has developed an infinitely rippling love for poetry in all of its forms. She believes in the healing power of words and the transformational nuance of the human story. Imani works to empower youth and adults through various writing courses and interdisciplinary shows all over Washington. She is a 2015 Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Fellow and 2015 Jack Straw Fellow. She is the author of three books of poetry: Twisted Oak, Beloved: Collision and the October 2016 (A)live Heart.