Old church in Fletcher Place creating a new sense of community

A historic church in Fletcher Place will be revived as a new place for the community to gather — and a couple of neighbors are behind the vision.

Exterior shot of old church that will be Lille Bonne Community Living Room

Lille Bønne held an open house in March to share its vision with the community.

At the corner of East McCarty + Noble streets in Fletcher Place sits a 152-year-old church that was built by Danish immigrants in 1872.

Churches have always offered a place for community, and soon this old church will once again provide a space for community — but in a different way.

Lille Bønne Community Living Room (701 E. McCarty St.) had its open house last weekend and shared everything that it plans to offer. It aims to “be a radically inclusive community” where everyone is welcome.

A rendering of the cafe space at Lille Bonne

A rendering of the cafe space at Lille Bønne.

Lille Bønne plans to have a cafe that will serve coffee and food, but it will be much more than that. It will also feature space to hold yoga sessions, art workshops, and events like live music, open mic nights, movie nights, pop-up markets, and more.

CEO and founders Abby Reckard and Will Lonnemann are the faces behind this project and are longtime, devoted residents of Fletcher Place who are looking to deepen their roots in the neighborhood they call home.

The team recently announced a crowdfunding campaign to help make this dream become a reality. Their goal is to raise $80,000 to fund the buildout of the cafe bar, art and yoga studio, furnishings, and equipment. They have until Monday, April 29 to reach that goal, so the clock is ticking. Learn more and donate.

Reckard and Lonnemann are also looking for community input and feedback. You can fill out the survey with your thoughts on the project’s website.

There’s no official grand opening date yet, but be sure to follow along on Instagram for updates.

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