5 Days To Save Everett’s Firewheel Coffeehouse

September 30, 2016

Downtown Everett, Everett

Firewheel

Co-owner Mike LaPointe talks with a volunteer outside the shop Friday afternoon

Firewheel

This sign greets customers as they enter.

The final kick is on to save Everett’s Firewheel Coffeehouse. Co-owners Mike and Angie have until Wednesday to come up with $5000.00 to stave off eviction. “Our landlord has been more than generous with us,” said Mike LaPointe. “We’ve just gotten too far behind and have to make up ground quickly.”

What began as Firewheel Books and Beans opened five years ago on Oakes just north of Hewitt. Later the shop moved to its current location at 2727 Colby in downtown Everett. It was born out of the spirit of the Occupy Wall Street movement and the rally against the so-called 1 percenters. It’s an eclectic place that tries to welcome everyone, even those who may be down on their luck. Now the owners are making the following plea for your help…

The Firewheel has struggled financially while becoming a needed safe haven and successful resource in our community. We have hosted meetings, movies, weddings, baby showers, anniversaries and fundraiser events for many other worthy purposes and charities. The list goes on and on.

We offered this space to the community without charge. We gratefully accept donations but have never turned anyone away who could not pay. And those who visit our cafe have joined in our building our community . Our “shared coffee” program has provided a free, warm cup of coffee and comfortable place to rest for many a a weary soul.

Individuals and local businesses have provided all weather gear and other essentials to those in need of shelter and last year a Thanksgiving feast for all who came through our door. The rich, poor, in between, the desperate and the grateful have all filled our space to share a meal, conversation and a smile.

If there was ever a time to come to the aid of The Firewheel, this is the time. Enjoy this event and head over to the Shop for more good conversation. There are so few special places left in our communities we cannot afford to let another fall by the wayside.

If you can help between now and Wednesday please do. If you’d like to learn more about the Firewheel check out their Facebook page here.


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19 Responses to “5 Days To Save Everett’s Firewheel Coffeehouse”

  1. Thomas Drew Says:

    I am tired of Firewheel CONSTANTLY begging for money. It is A FOR PROFIT company that is privately owned! It is not tax exempt and yet it hits people up for donations. It is NOT FAIR that Silver Cup Espresso, Frost and Zippies have to pay taxes and living wages to employees when Firewheel keeps begging for money and accepting donations. It is NOT a charity. It is a privately owned for profit company. Mike Lapointe has some real things to answer for. He always has people volunteering for things and always publicly has his hands out looking for money. Firewheel has been rude to anyone who didn’t share Lapointes views. I know so many people who stopped going there because of Mike and his rants. The place is shady and should not be begging for money or accepting donations when it is a FOR PROFIT, privately owned store.

    LET IT CLOSE.

  2. Concerned Citizen Says:

    Please do not give to this effort. There is no point in the public subsidizing a failing coffee shop. This is the way the market is supposed to work. The public did not value their service/product at a price and quantity sufficient to sustain the business…and now it fails. Nothing personal. Good luck to Mr. LaPointe in future endeavors.

    • Thomas Drew Says:

      I am tired of Firewheel CONSTANTLY begging for money. It is A FOR PROFIT company that is privately owned! It is not tax exempt and yet it hits people up for donations. It is NOT FAIR that Silver Cup Espresso, Frost and Frost have to pay taxes and living wages to employees when Firewheel keeps begging for money and accepting donations. It is NOT a charity. It is a privately owned for profit company. Mike Lapointe has some real things to answer for. He always has people volunteering for things and always publicly has his hands out looking for money. Firewheel has been rude to anyone who didn’t share Lapointes views. I know so many people who stopped going there because of Mike and his rants.

      LET IT CLOSE.

  3. hello Says:

    That place is a joke, pandering their liberal and progressive gobblyegook.

    I THOUGHT BERNIE WAS GOING TO PAY YOUR RENT?

  4. Soul Power Says:

    This is funny, these folks were hostile to anyone who did not share their progressive utopian vision, they they support the fake compassion and infantile ideology that is taxing working people into poverty and giving criminals a free pass.

    They support enabling the drug addicts who steal from us and leave needles in the parks, they welcome registered sex offenders and pretend they are not evil.their coffee was crap, the service was snotty and the atmosphere obnoxious….unless you are in your early 20s or subscribe to the wide eyed authoritarian fantasy.

    Not sorry to see them go

    I am sure the space will become another Vape shop, hair salon or bank, because Everett always needs more of those

  5. JimBeam Says:

    MEN is the last man standing who posts reader comments, cheers to that!!!

    I find it amazing that there is a disconnect from this business or or any other when it fails, a bit like the presidential election, 2+2 does not equal 97, its still 4.

    • skankhunt42 Says:

      Don’t expect dramatic results when you’ve got Bernie and Socialist movement propaganda in your windows. You make non-political people feel pressured to feel political in your political-non-political store.

      If one were to set up a Trump Coffee shop, that catered to the alt-right- What percentage of the American population would be drawn to that? 30%? MAYBE.
      Would you see a super liberal in there to actually enjoy the coffee, and not protest? Probably not.

      Bad business model. I am not a fan of businesses mixing with politics. It’s sleazy and you know the money is going into lining pockets. Even on local levels.

      • JimBeam Says:

        A Trump coffee stand may not work, but people with his alignment may have a stronger work ethic and a bigger sack and more likely would succeed just guessing. I’m staying neutral on the subject and gleaning info from the press, if you work hard you can have pockets but you should always keep in mind =4

      • Thomas Drew Says:

        I’m not a fan of FOR PROFIT businesses accepting donations and having their hands out to pay their bills. I go to Silver Cup and Frost and Starbucks and Zippys. They are quality and don’t beg for money or hide behind a facade of being a nonprofit when they are not.

  6. Mark Warren Says:

    I will be down to visit Monday. I am sad to see all those who not only wont help the less fortunate, bit they dont want anyone else to help them either.

    Of we just ignore the poor long enough… they will just go away or blow away… and then there wont be any poor no more…

  7. Sharon Says:

    this is insane! I really hope people don’t waste their money saving this place. Stop enabling poor choices!!!!

  8. Robert Says:

    Holy crap… you mean you can’t turn a profit or even afford to exist by handing out services and products for free?? Who would have thunk it. I think someone needed a simple economics class or a financial primer before deciding to open up shop. While I support the 1% movement… that doesn’t excuse the lack of small business knowledge. “There’s no such thing as a free lunch,” they should have realized the cost would be externalized somewhere.

  9. BBI Says:

    I guess the occupy movement model doesn’t work. Who would have thought? There is a reason businesses charge for their services. Because there are bills to pay. If you can’t figure that out you do not need to run a business. Everyone needs to do their part to help out the less fortunate but if you can’t keep yourself afloat you can’t help anyone. Moral. If businesses don’t float everyone sinks.

  10. Wa-fix Says:

    Let them go under. Who cares, no one visited, they had no business model, they’re in debt, and the “location” makes no money. The post here on M-E-N is more valuable than their entire store.

  11. anon Says:

    So they needed a bail out, just like Wall Street?

    Is this article supposed to be funny? The Irony is hilarious.

  12. Julie David Says:

    Sad to see this. I was the first Firewheel Books and Beans. Firewheel B&B was a great place for me..I loved my shop and customers. The Firewheel is the state wild flowers of Oklahoma, my home state. Best of luck. Julie

    • Julie David Says:

      Fyi…the original Firewheel wasn’t born of of Occupy Everett. I was before that. The Firewheel was meant to be a safe place to chill and have great coffee.

    • Thomas Drew Says:

      Julie, Your Firewheel was a success. It paid taxes and required employees to be compensated and have food permits. It had a good rep. The Firewheel after you closed was a Socialist nightmare where money disappeared and was mispent and bullying replaced democracy. I was glad when that closed up. It was creepy and had lazy staff that never washed hands or took showers. This last Firewheel has been the worst. Lying to the people and the public and pretending it was a nonprofit, getting people to work for free, accepting donations, not having proper permits, and basically hitting up the public when its Starbucks clone idea didn’t work. It is not a charity and it needs to get sued for constantly misrepresenting itself to the public.

  13. Bourne Says:

    ‘It was born out of the spirit of the Occupy Wall Street movement…’

    I stopped reading right there.