Dandelion Communitea Cafe

  (Orlando, Florida)
Relocalizing Our Communitea
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Think Local First: Vote with your dollars!

I was recently asked how the economy was affecting our business and it's been an interesting diagnosis. The authentic values that are at the foundation of Dandelion are ones that naturally resonate with people and, in comparison to what I hear about most other businesses, ours is doing well in terms of patron support (thanks so much to all of you!!). Yet, rising costs from fuel, the impossibilities of affordable healthcare and a harder to predict volume (some days we are slammed, others unusually slow) make it more and more challenging to operate our business on a day to day basis.

It becomes clearer with every passing day that securing a local food supply and educating our citizens about the importance of supporting independent establishments over big box or chain stores is an absolute necessity. In my opinion, the current economic situation is a natural and expected outcome of the loss of connection between people, communities and our environment. As the current structure disintegrates, it is imperative that we rebuild and rebirth a local living economy in a way that is supportive of people & planet. This is the way humanity will be able to ensure it's long term survival with a chance at a healthy & happy quality of life.

Most observers would think that our bustling cafe translates into a healthy monetary return, but rising costs have made it a struggle to pay our bills. While we have faith we will make it long term, I think it is instructive to share this struggle with you so you can understand that your continued support of our business, as well as the many other amazing independent establishments, is going to make all the difference in these challenging times. I urge you to think consciously every time you choose to spend your hard earned money - transfer those dollars spent feeding mega business to the folks in your local community who are all feeling the mounting pressure of these rising costs and encourage your friends and co-workers to do the same. Read more...

I expect this economic correction to strengthen earth & people centric businesses in the long term as people discover that supporting local businesses that emphasize the health of people & planet, as well as profits, are good investments in their newfound wellness care and long term security. Holistic local self-reliance is the most sustainable economic solution and empowers communities to avoid the instability inherent when you are at the mercy of volatile markets for your basic needs of nutrition and energy.

I found a great piece on the internet that talks about one man's vision for local self-reliance might look like. Let it inspire you to dream about Orlando's own version! Check it out here.

Seeking Community Capital

There are many opportunities at this time for solid financial investments in our local community. If you or someone you know is interested in investing capital into community enriching enterprises and programs, now is the time to step forward and open a discussion on several projects and programs that are in the works. There are a tremendous amount of intelligent, hardworking and conscious individuals within the for profit and non-profit sectors who have the knowledge, passion and ability to make our community an amazing place to call home. Please connect with me if you are interested in learning more about some unique opportunities in our community. Email julie-AT-dandelioncommunitea.com

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