Welcome to Boho Utopia!!!
We are a 100% vegan cafe and hippy hideout in the heart of South Manchester. Boho was born in 2016 by 2 long term best friends, Whitney and Gina, who had a dream of creating a home from home cafe, serving everyone's favourite comfort food, coffee and cakes alongside a host of events for positive mental health and to build a safe community space for everyone! We ran a crowdfunding campaign for our creative coffee shop and raised just enough to get ourselves going and begin living our dream!
Since the day we opened we have been on an incredible journey with plenty of ups and downs, we've undergone several mini transformations, had 2 babies born into the boho family, and in January 2018 we turned 100% vegan! Check out our Instagram!
But we are more than just veganism. We are a tribe of conscious light workers, a community of the curious and misfits. Our Boho space is a social hub filled with artwork, trinkets, colouring, books and board games for our customers to take in and enjoy. Our Utopia room is a relaxed space with comfy sofas, tapestries, fairylights and beanbags. We are a space for everyone; whether you're a parent diving into the toy chest in Utopia as an after school treat, a group of students looking for a hangover food fix, an old person feeling a bit lonely, or someone who's mental health could do with a little perk! (We've learnt that a cuppa and conversation really can fix most of life's problems!)
We've spent the last 3 years building our community and have gained such an amazing reputation in that time, we finally feel established within the community and we want to carry on!!
We are approaching the end of our rental lease and we would love to stay in our humble little abode, however our building needs some serious TLC for us to feel it is worthwhile to stay! We have spent the majority of our time here secretly battling with the estate agents and landlord over who is responsible for this work but we have now chosen to take matters into our own hands and make it happen ourselves (with your help!)
We are aiming to raise £15,000; this money will clear any and all of our existing debts and will be used to make the following improvements in our space;
- We have hated our toilets since day one but when we didn't initially raise as much as we needed we didn't have the funds to budget in the major work and instead chose to make it as good as we could but we'd love a lovely loo!!!
- Keeping our cafe ventilated was never an issue at the start but as we have grown our customer base has pretty much tripled and we are finding our current method isn't sufficient and we desperately need to get this sorted to keep the air as fresh and healthy as possible for ourselves and our customers!
- We would love to turn our wasted space into something amazing! Our long term plans are to create a secret garden downstairs; a space filled with toadstools, unicorns, nature, arcade games and pinball machines enjoy whilst you dine during the day, then an intimate live music, theatre or cinema space by night and the remaining funds (or extra if we go above our goal!) will contribute towards the cost of making a start on this!
More Staff, Better Training, Longer Opening Hours
- We would love to be here and open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week but we are only 2 humans. We need the same rest as everyone else, and we can't do it all alone! We would love to make an investment into staffing, be able to provide better training as well as developing ourselves as bosses! In having the money to cover extra staff wages we would be able to open longer opening hours and keep building and developing into bigger and better things!
We don't mean to scare y'all, but without these funds we cannot be 100% certain about the future of Boho Utopia so please bear in mind that if you support this project you are not only supporting 2 girls chasing a dream; you are saving the lives of hundreds of animals, you are giving a community a place to go where they can feel safe to be themselves and you get to long continue eating all our homemade food and cakes!!!!