One of the activities of the Bonnell Building Project is to provide space, infrastructure and support for community members with startup projects and organizations (nonprofit and for-profit) that fit into one or more of the areas listed in our mission (social entrepreneurship, science and technology, business, the arts).

Current projects include:

The Beauty Shop
A centerpiece of the Bonnell Building Project, the Beauty Shop provides a unique opportunity to countless young community members to develop and share their creative talents. It came about because two young people, Dom and Phil Rabalais, wanted to turn one space in the building into a music performance venue. They enlisted volunteers and got financial and equipment donations to renovate an available space into a venue that now not only regularly hosts performances by local and touring musicians but also popular art shows featuring the work of young people and movie showings. It includes a cafe serving coffee, tea, and baked goods. The venue is managed by a group of young people. For more information, go to

Recording Studio
A professional recording studio in the basement of the Bonnell Building (58-60 W. Burlington) provides opportunities to do audio recordings as well as learn business and engineering skills. The contact person is Owen Blake,

Art House Vintage
An online vintage clothing business run by Chamolie Thomson and Grace Hartnett is located upstairs at the Bonnell Building, 60 W. Burlington Ave. For more info:

Many Shades of Sisterhood
The mission of Many Shades of Sisterhood is to share sustainable living information, resources, programs, projects, skills and products to inspire livelihoods that will persist during life's everchanging circumstances. Currently located upstairs at the Bonnell Building, 60 W. Burlington Ave. For more information, contact Mama Lynne at 233-0353 or

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