Bob & Toni Hodge. Courtesy Shangri-La
Bob & Toni Hodge. Courtesy Shangri-La

The owners of Shangri-La Tearoom and Divine Lotus Tea Company say if they can’t raise $20,000 from a crowd funding campaign, they may have to close up shop. 

Bob & Toni Hodge say a new landlord took over ownership of their building at Federal Way and Overland Rd. on the Boise Bench last year. 

“Last year they demanded what I can only describe as an extremely unreasonable increase in our lease payment,” the couple wrote.  “We can no longer work with the present owners.”

The pair say they have a new spot picked out, but need the donated cash to make it work.  

 “We do have a new location in mind, but due to our higher lease payments over the last year, we simply cannot do this on our own.”

As of this writing three days after launch, the campaign has raised about 4% of its $20,000 goal. 

Thanks Lara for the tip! 

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Don has been covering news in Boise for 20 years. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.