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One Week Away and Belfry Kickstarter Still Shy of Goal




The Belfry, the popular new music venue in Sisters, is in trouble.

Only seven days remain on its Kickstarter campaign and the little music hall that could has raised just over 45% of its goal amount. As of today, fans of The Belfry had pledged $16,476 toward the $34,500 goal. Owner Angeline Rhett had hoped to use the funds for "fun stuff" like lighting and sound equipment, but she recently learned she'd need the money to bring her building up to code.

City building department officials told her she'd need to install a sprinkler system, two exit doors and other such last-minute additions in order to be in compliance. Rhett figures it'll cost her $50,000 to meet the necessary requirements—that's all of her Kickstarter funds plus some.

"This is what a I had tried to avoid by getting EVERYBODY from city in here before I did this," Rhett says.

The Belfry owner, who also owns Angeline's Bakery, a gluten-free-friendly cafe in Sisters, is frustrated because she says she was misled by building inspectors who assured her many of the potential issues with the converted church were, "grandfathered in." Now, after she's been open for nearly six months, Rhett is hearing something totally different from the city. And she's scrambling to meet its demands.

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