Eugene Cho

your friendly cafe with a cause

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It really is fun. Not always easy. But really fun to run a non-profit community place featuring a cafe, live music, art, rental space, and events. It’s been a great joy for me to serve as its Executive Director. In fact, maybe my saving grace this past year. The staff, baristas, and volunteers have made it that much more enjoyable. And of course, it doesn’t hurt to get some amazing free coffee & tea.

It’s taken us a few years and lots of ups & downs and while we still have much to learn, it’s alot of fun when you see folks in the neighborhood and city really enjoy your space.

Last night, I had a chance to swing by the Q Cafe to take a peek at one of the “local” bands I’ve enjoyed called Noah Gundersen and the Courage. Here’s couple pretty cool videos:

and this one

If you’re interested in volunteering with live music or know of a fabulous artist looking to adorn our walls with their art, contact our live music & art coordinator – bethany@qcafe.org

Shoot us some suggestions for Northwest artists you want us to hear in the future. Who are the ones we need to pursue and book?

And if you’re looking for rental space for whatever events including weddings [we’ve booked numerous already], shoot us an email at rentals@qcafe.org

Lastly, we donate 10% of our sales each month to a different local non-profit doing great work locally or globally. This month: Tusubira.  Next month: KEXP. We’d love to hear your suggestions.

Which non-profits in the Western Washington area should we put on our radar for future donations?

Here’s our official bio for Q Cafe:

Q Cafe hosts live music shows every Fridays and hosts an OPEN MIC on Tuesday nights.

We proudly serve Stumptown Coffee; support local artists and musicians through our art gallery and live music venue; host many groups through the rental of our space; host community events; help collect resources for the homeless community; and give back 10% of all cafe sales to local and global non-profit causes. In addition to great coffee and tea, Q Cafe also features free WiFi for laptop users, 2 desktop kiosks for internet [30 minutes/purchase], a new kids’ room for parents and children, countertop tables and benches for laptop user with easy access to outlets, a piano, and plenty of comfy chairs and sofas.

We are your friendly communitycafe with a cause.

For more info about the music venue, visit us at myspace.com/theqcafe or qcafe.org.

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5 Responses

  1. Jake Johnson says:

    Very cool! Thanks for sharing.

  2. […] your friendly cafe with a cause « eugene cho eugenecho.wordpress.com/2009/10/10/this-is-how-we-do-it – view page – cached It really is fun. Not always easy. But really fun to run a non-profit community place featuring a cafe, live music, art, rental space, and events. — From the page […]

  3. I love this idea. I love cafes. And I really do admire all of your thoughts and causes and the way you share them so earnestly and sharply and openly. I just got wordpress recently, but I’ve been following your blog like a lurker on the advice of several friends who also appreciate your profundity.. so I thought I’d comment, finally! Thank you for the cool music (via this post), and all your other posts- your honesty & integrity. =)

    be blessed,
    – C.

  4. Jenna says:

    Want another way to support your cause? Check out http://www.cafegive.com, where a portion of every purchase goes directly to supporting the non-profits you love. How sweet is that? Get what you need and help make the world a better place. Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

  5. stephanie says:

    I love the Q Cafe.. the building, the people, the music, the coffee (!!!!!!!) the wifi, the mission.. as I drove to the Q Cafe this week, I had to drive past the remains of the Green Bean and felt my heart breaking for those I know who see the Green Bean how I see the Q Cafe, and it made me so thankful for it.

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