A Shop and Café
Our current shop is a few shelves in the corner of our kitchen area. It brings in an annual income of over £1,300, and it is a great place to get specialist books and Buddhist items such as statues and malas. However, it is only accessible to those who are visiting for centre activities.
We also offer tea and coffee on a donation basis with biscuits and cakes bought in by the students, and again these are only accessible to those who are visiting for centre activities.
What we would like to achieve:
A shop space will enable us to store and sell more products and provide an additional source of income to help the centre be more sustainable. The shop will sell mainly Buddhist items but there will be opportunities to extend the range of items for sale and help us engage with the local community.
A café would offer a number of advantages and would attract a wider range of people. This would help us engage with the local community, help us become more widely known and give us the option of being open to the public all day, providing ways to engage with Buddhists and non Buddhists while benefiting the community. Similar models work for other buddhist groups like the Jamyang Café in London.
If you would like to help us achieve our goal then get involved !