It is with a light and liberated heart that I share the news that I am no longer an owner of Dandelion Communitea Cafe, having recently signed a settlement. The settlement stopped the lawsuit to dissolve the business. The incredible place I infused with so much of my heart, soul and essence will continue on to feed our Orlando community and I am free to begin creating magic once again. This near-decade with Dandelion has been an unbelievable ride, and there are no words adequate to describe my gratitude to have been in such a unique position to participate and observe at such an incredible time in Orlando’s localist revival.
I hold immense love for everyone who has supported Dandelion through the years, making it the dynamic place it is. From the unique characters who I had the pleasure of working with, to the amazing patrons/friends who always delighted, I am blessed by your presence and influence in my life. I am a better person because of you, and Orlando is so obviously a better place in large part influenced by what has emerged from this space. I am still in awe of the incredible raving fans who share their love for Dandelion far and wide. It’s a testament to each of you showing that kind of support that makes a lil ole vegetarian cafe tucked into a side street a raging success.
Incredible recognition and thanks to Sandra Diaz, Amber Melendy and Henry Melendy whose friendship for the past decade through thick and thin has demonstrated everything that is good and right about our world. Also, to Anna McCambridge, Bethany Myers, Jeremy Seghers, Morgan Steele, Shawn Welcome and the women at the Florida School of Holistic Living for their synergistic contributions, along with the artists, musicians, wordsmiths, drummers, dancers and crafters who have cultivated such a high vibration over the years. Of course, there are too many amazing Dandelion employees to name here, however, I now join so many of you who moved on from the cafe to find yourself involved in incredible projects around the world. I hope our paths will cross again in serendipitous and delightful ways.
And to YOU, the wise & kind many who know and understand without explanation: each individual act of extending a hand or a hug or supportive words has cast a safety net a mile wide and allowed me to experience true social security through this new-old thing called the caring & sharing economy. I will be forever grateful for this incredible experience being held up by so many of your hands as I’ve lived this last decade out loud. I will continue to pay it forward in the same, often quiet, ways it was offered.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I’m going to take a moment to integrate all that I’ve experienced, but I’m also bursting with excitement over a few projects I’ve been tinkering on. In addition to a bewildering personal announcement I have around the corner, I’ve also been busy crafting a new community concept that I think you’ll like. And ladies, I’ve also got an idea I’ve been mulling over, and it’s time to plant some seeds – look for an invite to join me on that adventure shortly. If you want to be one of the first to know where I’m dedicating my energy next like me on Facebook or simply subscribe to this blog (scroll down to do that). I imagine I’ll be throwing a party before summer’s end, so we can also catch up in person (which is way more fun)! Oh, and you can still hear me on Front Porch Radio every Wednesday at 4pm on WPRK 91.5 FM.
As I resurface with fresh perspective, insight and inspiration, know that I rise because of, and for, you. (And Maya, everything is for Maya!)
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