Total loan: $7,000


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Utica, NY, United States / Food

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A loan helped reopen a beloved local Cafe, Arts & Entertainment Venue.

Robin's story

I was born & raised in Utica NY, pursuing my higher education at the local community college. I chose to find an opportunity in opening a small vintage clothing business from 1993 until 2002. I also opened a small coffeehouse venue in 1999 until 2003. I believe in creating businesses and projects that are inclusive to all walks of the community. I have always encouraged creativity, individuality, and support for each person. To me, providing a "third place" safe space & welcoming area for shared experiences and performances is integral to our small City of Utica NY. Much of what I offered was considered necessary and helpful to the whole community. I have over 20 years of experience in my own businesses. I also worked for multiple small independent local shops in the past and still support them regularly. With a small bank loan & bootstrap mentality, I opened another well-received Coffeehouse/Cafe/Venue Mom & Pop Business along with my partner Garrett Ingraham from 2008 through to 2018, taking a much-needed restructure break. The Tramontane Cafe was home to a plethora of cultural, artistic, and musical offerings plus much more. "The Tram" served beverages & foodstuffs that appealed to a wide market as well as to those with dietary restrictions. We did not serve alcohol, so all ages were encouraged. We called ourselves Inter-generationally friendly. We were on the road to reopening Tramontane Cafe in late 2019 when a loan denial happened as well as the outbreak of Covid-19 in the early months of 2020. We have been currently using our personal funds to work on much-needed upgrades & changes while planning the eventuality of once again serving the community that misses us greatly.