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Restore the Blue Lake Opal Emporium

Join up in revitalizing The Blue Lake Emporium. An historic 1883 mercantile building to be transformed into an upscale community venue.

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pledged of$225,000 goal
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Campaign Ends on November 30, 2021

Project Description

Blue Lake Emporium circa 1912

Historic places are a treasure to our communities.  The 138 year old Blue Lake Emporium is poised for a rebirth in 2022 as the Blue Lake Opal Emporium, an invaluable asset to the history and culture of the hamlet of Blue Lake, located on the NorthCoast of California in Humboldt County.  This restoration will open this shuttered space for the last few decades as two unique, and combinable multi-use venue facility, specializing in visitor servicing.

The $1.2M project, plans for a complete update to the systems, (roofing, paint, electrical, heating, plumbing, lighting, insulation and added fire suppression) along with a newly designed Wallace and Hinz Bar and caterer's kitchen rebuilt in their current location. 

W&H Opal Bar Rendering

This update will create a truly one of a kind space in Northern California, unmatched in it's simple beauty. This building, previously flagged in 1995 by the State Historic Preservation Office as a Building of Significance, will be registered with the National Registry of Historic Places upon completion of the project.

The appeal of this structure will draw clients for special events, not only from all over Humboldt County, but will become a destination venue on the NorthCoast of California.  The Joyologists, LLC specializes in creating intimate, vibrant and memorable events for our clients.  The design incorporated in the build will harken back to the founding French roots of Blue Lake in elegant thoughtful elements creating beauty in highlighting the space.

 

 

A project of this magnitude will need the support of beloved community.  In seeking funding we are looking to you to become part of the Opal Family.  Many hands make light work.  All funds raised will go towards the preservation and rehabilitation of this Grand Dame and prepare her to stand for the next 100 years as the heart and soul of Blue Lake, Humboldt County, CA

Thank you for your consideration,

Charis Bowman

 

Updates

The Campaign FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What's happening at The Blue Lake Emporium? 

After 30 years, this building will be brought back to life in our beloved Blue Lake, California. The revitalization will restore this grand dame as the center of gathering for our north coast community.

Two unique and distinct venue spaces will be created in The Ballroom and The Saloon, which can be utilized separately or combined to create an endless palette of imaginative and memorable events.

  • How can I get involved?

This massive project needs a good old fashioned "barn raising" community effort.  Many hands make light work.  Each dollar raised will go directly to the restoration and preservation of this 138 year old beauty.  The goal is to not only restore, but update her to a standard that will help her stand for another 100+ years

We ask that you donate what you can and share this effort within your own community.

  • What is the timeline for opening?

We have many projects that will go full steam this fall.  Partial roof replacement and exterior painting will be the first step. Update on all systems, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, insulation and floor refinishing will be tackled. A new Wallace & Hinz bar, based right here in Blue Lake, will be built and installed. A caterer's kitchen will be recreated and new ADA bathrooms developed. Fresh paint and wall coverings will be complemented by exquisite lighting to showcase our wide open floor plan.  This work will take us through the winter of 2021/22.  Our goal is to be open by May Day 2022, to welcome our community through our doors.

  • What kind of events will be happening there?

Community is the heart of all things done at The Blue Lake Opal Emporium.  Our goal is to be the first choice for hosting your events. We will cater to an exclusive number of weddings annually. We will offer private event space, corporate retreats, non-profit access, community engagement through our open house policy, ghost kitchen concept, pop-up markets for the makers in our community. Rental space for artists and private instruction classes. You think of it, we will have the place for you to share with your neighbors.

  • How do I book an event?

Our website www.bluelakeopalemporium.com will get you right where you need to be to book your future event.  You will be able to follow what is happening on our Instagram and Facebook pages, and share your story of your time well spent at The Blue Lake Opal Emporium.  Connect with us as we rediscover history and share the restoration of this magnificent building with the world.

 

 

Kat Snowden
07/15/2021
I ❤️ Blue Lake
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06/30/2021
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$50
Terry
06/23/2021
It Takes a Village
$100
Bob
06/23/2021
It Takes a Village
$200
Suzanne Renton
06/22/2021
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$50
06/21/2021
It Takes a Village
$100
Joan Schirle
06/20/2021
I ❤️ Blue Lake
$25
06/20/2021
Dig Old Buildings
$50
06/20/2021
Hold My Seat
$500
Julie Perry
06/20/2021
I ❤️ Blue Lake
$25
25.00 USD
I ❤️ Blue Lake

Appreciate your support

4 Supporters
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50.00 USD
Dig Old Buildings

BLOE Logo WoodLab Designs Sticker

3 Supporters
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100.00 USD
It Takes a Village

Logo Branded Coffee Mug

8 Supporters
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500.00 USD
Hold My Seat

Branded Hoodie. Wear our swag with pride!

2 Supporters
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1,000.00 USD
Table for Five

A limited run letterpress print commemorating rebirth of The Blue Lake Opal Emporium. Inclusion as part of the Leaves of our Givers Tree Memorial Plaque.  Invitation to private pre grand-opening cocktail party for elite donors

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1,500.00 USD
Best Seat for People Watching

A limited run letterpress print commemorating rebirth of The Blue Lake Opal Emporium. Inclusion as part of the Branches on our Givers Tree Memorial Plaque. Includes Sticker, Mug & Hoodie along with an invitation to private pre grand-opening cocktail party for elite donors

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5,000.00 USD
The Opal Club

This elite group of supporters will be honored on our Givers Tree Memorial Plaque as our Trunk contributors in the restoration of The Emporium for future generations.  One personal event rental date for Saloon Venue will be honored.  A commemorative limited run letterpress print will be included along with Sticker, Mug & Hoodie. Cordial Invitation to the private pre grand-opening cocktail party for elite donors 

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10,000.00 USD
The Semper Virens Club

This level of support is the foundation for the rebirth of the Emporium.  Donors will receive the aforementioned gifts and recognition as Heartwood status on the Givers Tree Memorial Plaque for display in the Blue Lake Opal Emporium for future generations.  As a grateful thank you, donor will be granted one private event date with your choice of Ballroom or Saloon Venue, hosted by the Opal Staff at your pleasure.  A granted golden key for a 2 night stay at "La Petite Maison de Clemente", our future vacation rental stay.  A commemorative letterpress print and a cordial invitation to the private grand-opening cocktail party for donors

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Rewards

25.00 USD
I ❤️ Blue Lake

Appreciate your support

4 Supporters
Select this reward
50.00 USD
Dig Old Buildings

BLOE Logo WoodLab Designs Sticker

3 Supporters
Select this reward
100.00 USD
It Takes a Village

Logo Branded Coffee Mug

8 Supporters
Select this reward
500.00 USD
Hold My Seat

Branded Hoodie. Wear our swag with pride!

2 Supporters
Select this reward
1,000.00 USD
Table for Five

A limited run letterpress print commemorating rebirth of The Blue Lake Opal Emporium. Inclusion as part of the Leaves of our Givers Tree Memorial Plaque.  Invitation to private pre grand-opening cocktail party for elite donors

0 Supporters
Select this reward
1,500.00 USD
Best Seat for People Watching

A limited run letterpress print commemorating rebirth of The Blue Lake Opal Emporium. Inclusion as part of the Branches on our Givers Tree Memorial Plaque. Includes Sticker, Mug & Hoodie along with an invitation to private pre grand-opening cocktail party for elite donors

0 Supporters
Select this reward
5,000.00 USD
The Opal Club

This elite group of supporters will be honored on our Givers Tree Memorial Plaque as our Trunk contributors in the restoration of The Emporium for future generations.  One personal event rental date for Saloon Venue will be honored.  A commemorative limited run letterpress print will be included along with Sticker, Mug & Hoodie. Cordial Invitation to the private pre grand-opening cocktail party for elite donors 

0 Supporters
Select this reward
10,000.00 USD
The Semper Virens Club

This level of support is the foundation for the rebirth of the Emporium.  Donors will receive the aforementioned gifts and recognition as Heartwood status on the Givers Tree Memorial Plaque for display in the Blue Lake Opal Emporium for future generations.  As a grateful thank you, donor will be granted one private event date with your choice of Ballroom or Saloon Venue, hosted by the Opal Staff at your pleasure.  A granted golden key for a 2 night stay at "La Petite Maison de Clemente", our future vacation rental stay.  A commemorative letterpress print and a cordial invitation to the private grand-opening cocktail party for donors

0 Supporters
Select this reward