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Bring Lille Bønne to Life

Help us with the startup costs of building out a cafe and community center at the historic Danish church in Fletcher Place.

$13,510
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Campaign Ends on April 30, 2024

Project Description

Lille Bønne Community Living Room

Lille Bønne is located in a historic Danish Church in Fletcher Place, on the southeast edge of Downtown Indianapolis.

We’ll serve coffee and food, but we’re not a cafe. We’ll offer yoga classes, but we’re not a yoga studio. We also plan on hosting movie nights, game nights, art workshops, events, and all kinds of other fun activities.

So what are we?

We are a community living room: a relaxed place for real-life connection. If you’re curious about what that looks like, take a look at what we have planned.

 

Life is lonelier than ever. Let's change that.

 

The pandemic, remote work, and digital devices have us all feeling more disconnected—and lonelier—than ever. Community is harder to come by, and when we do connect, so much of our connection is virtual. Lille Bønne exists to change that. We are a community living room that gives you the space and opportunity to make the real-life connections that make life worth living.

Lille Bønne exists to create the shared space that fosters those connections

We bought an abandoned church and we’re transforming it into a community living room. Its purpose: to provide a place where people can reconnect with the simple pleasure of being with other people. Here you’ll find delicious coffee and food, yoga classes, and all kinds of activities and events that foster meaningful human connections.

Bring your kids. Bring your grandma. Heck, bring that one neighbor you’ve only ever waved at. After all, life isn’t a single-serving dish. It’s a feast. It’s way more satisfying when shared with others.

 

 

Rooted in history. Reimagined for now.

 

More than 150 years ago, this historic church offered fellowship to a small community of immigrants. Today, Lille Bønne embraces this legacy in a contemporary context. With a full renovation that will include a coffee bar, workspace, yoga studio, and more, Lille Bønne is a beautiful space designed to foster a fun, secular version of fellowship.

Your support will help us:

  • Re-purpose wood from the old church pews into the cafe bar and tables. 

  • Build a multi-purpose studio for yoga classes, art workshops, and more.

  • Open the doors of this historic space to the entire community. Lille Bønne isn't membership-based and we'll have something for everyone at every price-point.

  • Support our community and local economy by working only with local craftspeople, builders, suppliers, and artisans. 

 

 

The Team Behind the Dream

 

We’re longtime and devoted residents of Fletcher Place, looking to build something beautiful and strengthen community in the neighborhood we call home. 

 

Abby Reckard, Founder & CEO

Abby and her husband, two kids, and two cats have lived in (and ever so slightly out of) Fletcher Place since 2013. She has an extensive background in small business and marketing strategy and is obsessed with place-making and community-building. She believes this is some Big Magic and will make you believe it too.

Will Lonnemann, Founding Partner

Will has lived in Fletcher Place with his husband since 2011. He's worked in Indianapolis real estate for nearly 20 years and brings together movers and shakers from every corner of the city. He knows a ton about building community and how to throw a great party.

 

 

 

Many Thanks

 

We're so grateful for the support we've already received from our community and collaborators. Now we get to add YOU to that list. Your contribution will go a long way in helping bring Lille Bønne to life. And the best part? The money you spend will go straight towards getting you some pretty cool stuff once we open. 

Thank you!

Abby & Will

www.lillebonneindy.com

Updates

The Campaign FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • When will Lille Bønne open?
    • We’ve got a lot of work to do, including building renovations, installations, stocking the space and building our team. Our goal is to open in Summer 2024, but we’ll keep you posted!
  • What kind of programs will Lille Bønne have?
    • We’ll offer yoga classes from some of the best local instructors, art classes, dance classes, readings, game nights, book clubs and more. There will be programming available for all age groups, abilities, and orientations. Don’t see what you’re interested in? We’re always looking to offer more options, so let us know what you’re interested in!
  • What's on the menu?
    • We’ll offer espresso drinks, fresh smoothies, baked goods from Lemon Tree Cookies, grab-and go sandwiches and salads, and drinks and snacks from local vendors.
  • How can I share my ideas and/or skills with Lille Bonne?
    • We’re building out our programming plan now and we want to incorporate as much of what our community would like as we can. And since you’re so super smart and talented, let us know if you’d like to share any of those skills or talents with us. That could be anything from teaching classes and facilitating talks to selling art for our galleries or donating your product photography skills. Fill out our survey to share your biggest wishes and best ideas!
Koliba Family
04/11/2024
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
$100
Alex Pesak
04/11/2024
Coffee's On Us
$25
04/11/2024
Fika
$50
Ryan
04/11/2024
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
$100
Ken & Becky
04/10/2024
Monetary Contribution
$300
Amanda Hand
04/09/2024
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
$100
Catrine Kyster Giery
04/07/2024
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
$100
04/04/2024
Coffee's On Us
$25
Joan Lonnemann
04/04/2024
Founding Guru
$1,100
Alex Sanford
04/03/2024
Founding Guru
$1,100
Monetary Contribution

Give any amount you'd like cause you're into what we're doing <3

4 Supporters
Select this reward
15.00 USD
We Like Your Style

You clearly have great taste. We'll share an exclusive Spotify playlist we made of our favorite artists from Indy. 

You'll also get a big shoutout in our newsletter and on Instagram

0 Supporters
Select this reward
25.00 USD
Coffee's On Us

Come join us for a cuppa! You'll get two coffee drinks of your choice, but you've gotta share - you can bring a friend or pay one forward.

You'll also get that exclusive Spotify playlist and a big ol' shoutout on social.
 

8 Supporters
Select this reward
50.00 USD
Fika

You want coffee and a little treat. Fika is the Scandi term for coffee and cake break, which is really the whole point of life, right?

  • 2 coffee drinks + 2 pastries/cookies of your choice (bring a friend or pay one forward!)
  • Exclusive Spotify playlist of local Indy music
  • A big shoutout in our newsletter and on Instagram
11 Supporters
Select this reward
100.00 USD
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

You want to flaunt your Lille Bønne swag and save on coffee for life? Step right up!

  • Exclusive Lille Bønne founder tumbler - bring it in for 50% brewed coffee for a year!
  • 2 coffee drinks + 2 pastries/cookies of your choice (bring a friend or pay one forward!) 
  • Exclusive Spotify playlist of local Indy music
  • A big shoutout in our newsletter and on Instagram
73 Left
27 Supporters
Select this reward
450.00 USD
A Little of This, A Little of That

Maybe you want to dabble in lots that Lille Bønne has to offer. This one's for you! You'll get:

  • 5 yoga class passes
  • 5 art class passes
  • 20% off cafe, classes, and workshops for 6 months (from opening date)
  • 2 coffee drinks of your choice (bring a friend or pay one forward!)
  • Exclusive Spotify playlist of local Indy music
  • A big shoutout in our newsletter and on Instagram
5 Supporters
Select this reward
1,100.00 USD
Founding Guru

If you plan on doing lots of yoga at Lille Bønne, then you're a Founding Guru.

  • Unlimited yoga classes (for one person, for 12 months)
  • 20% off cafe, classes, and workshops for 6 months (from opening date)
  • 2 coffee drinks of your choice (bring a friend or pay one forward!)
  • Exclusive Spotify playlist of local Indy music
  • A big shoutout in our newsletter and on Instagram
5 Supporters
Select this reward
2,400.00 USD
Crafty Founder

Wanna get your craft on at Lille Bønne? Learn something new with a brush in your hand and a pep in your step, you Crafty Founder, you.

  • Unlimited art classes (for one person, for 12 months)
  • 20% off cafe, classes, and workshops for 6 months (from opening date)
  • 2 coffee drinks of your choice (bring a friend or pay one forward!)
  • Exclusive Spotify playlist of local Indy music
  • A big shoutout in our newsletter and on Instagram
0 Supporters
Select this reward
5,000.00 USD
VIP Founder

My gosh, we're blushing. We love you, too! With this super generous contribution, you'll get:

  • Unlimited art classes (for one person, for 12 months)
  • Unlimited yoga classes (for one person, for 12 months)
  • 2 tickets to VIP preview party
  • 20% off cafe, classes, and workshops for 6 months (from opening date)
  • 2 coffee drinks + 2 treats of your choice (bring a friend or pay one forward!)
  • Exclusive Spotify playlist of local Indy music
  • A big shoutout in our newsletter and on Instagram
0 Supporters
Select this reward

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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Give any amount you'd like cause you're into what we're doing <3

4 Supporters
Select this reward
15.00 USD
We Like Your Style

You clearly have great taste. We'll share an exclusive Spotify playlist we made of our favorite artists from Indy. 

You'll also get a big shoutout in our newsletter and on Instagram

0 Supporters
Select this reward
25.00 USD
Coffee's On Us

Come join us for a cuppa! You'll get two coffee drinks of your choice, but you've gotta share - you can bring a friend or pay one forward.

You'll also get that exclusive Spotify playlist and a big ol' shoutout on social.
 

8 Supporters
Select this reward
50.00 USD
Fika

You want coffee and a little treat. Fika is the Scandi term for coffee and cake break, which is really the whole point of life, right?

  • 2 coffee drinks + 2 pastries/cookies of your choice (bring a friend or pay one forward!)
  • Exclusive Spotify playlist of local Indy music
  • A big shoutout in our newsletter and on Instagram
11 Supporters
Select this reward
100.00 USD
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

You want to flaunt your Lille Bønne swag and save on coffee for life? Step right up!

  • Exclusive Lille Bønne founder tumbler - bring it in for 50% brewed coffee for a year!
  • 2 coffee drinks + 2 pastries/cookies of your choice (bring a friend or pay one forward!) 
  • Exclusive Spotify playlist of local Indy music
  • A big shoutout in our newsletter and on Instagram
73 Left
27 Supporters
Select this reward
450.00 USD
A Little of This, A Little of That

Maybe you want to dabble in lots that Lille Bønne has to offer. This one's for you! You'll get:

  • 5 yoga class passes
  • 5 art class passes
  • 20% off cafe, classes, and workshops for 6 months (from opening date)
  • 2 coffee drinks of your choice (bring a friend or pay one forward!)
  • Exclusive Spotify playlist of local Indy music
  • A big shoutout in our newsletter and on Instagram
5 Supporters
Select this reward
1,100.00 USD
Founding Guru

If you plan on doing lots of yoga at Lille Bønne, then you're a Founding Guru.

  • Unlimited yoga classes (for one person, for 12 months)
  • 20% off cafe, classes, and workshops for 6 months (from opening date)
  • 2 coffee drinks of your choice (bring a friend or pay one forward!)
  • Exclusive Spotify playlist of local Indy music
  • A big shoutout in our newsletter and on Instagram
5 Supporters
Select this reward
2,400.00 USD
Crafty Founder

Wanna get your craft on at Lille Bønne? Learn something new with a brush in your hand and a pep in your step, you Crafty Founder, you.

  • Unlimited art classes (for one person, for 12 months)
  • 20% off cafe, classes, and workshops for 6 months (from opening date)
  • 2 coffee drinks of your choice (bring a friend or pay one forward!)
  • Exclusive Spotify playlist of local Indy music
  • A big shoutout in our newsletter and on Instagram
0 Supporters
Select this reward
5,000.00 USD
VIP Founder

My gosh, we're blushing. We love you, too! With this super generous contribution, you'll get:

  • Unlimited art classes (for one person, for 12 months)
  • Unlimited yoga classes (for one person, for 12 months)
  • 2 tickets to VIP preview party
  • 20% off cafe, classes, and workshops for 6 months (from opening date)
  • 2 coffee drinks + 2 treats of your choice (bring a friend or pay one forward!)
  • Exclusive Spotify playlist of local Indy music
  • A big shoutout in our newsletter and on Instagram
0 Supporters
Select this reward