Loren's Badass Chick: Carol Downs

Owner of Bella Luna & the Milky Way in JP.

August 10, 2018
Loren's Badass Chick

Carol Downs Headshot

This week's Badass Chick is Carol Downs, the co-founder of Bella Luna and the Milky Way in JP. 


Over 25 years ago, Carol and her friend Kathy had a vision to create a restaurant that would have a real impact on their community. They wanted to create jobs and to foster an environment that is inclusive of absolutely everyone. Not only do they offer weekly LGBTQ events, but they offer a safe space for people to speak their minds with open mic nights, and they also offer teachers half off food on Tuesdays (because let's face it: teachers don't get paid enough!!!). 


I asked Carol what type of legacy she was hoping to leave through her restaurant, and I loved her answer. She said it's not about big things left behind… it's about those day-to-day moments that require conscious thought, care and nurturing to make the community feel as comfortable and supported as humanly possible. It's no wonder she's been able to keep this going for over two decades!

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