Avondale venue hosts Ben’s Bells fundraiser

Kelly Meadows, third from left, lets her staff take the reins at BOONgarden. Her staff is Kieran Buvala, Alice Kelton and Lisa Schuur. (West Valley View photo by Tim Sealy)

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

When Kelly Meadows moved to the West Valley and laid eyes on Western Avenue in Historic Avondale, she fell in love.

“It’s so different and such a unique place,” she said. “I always kept my eye on it.”

She thought about rehabbing a building and leasing it, but she took a chance in October 2016 and opened BOONgarden, a community art, garden and coffee space.

“I had just received my master gardener certification and I was into art,” Meadows said. “I wasn’t sure how I was going to support it, then I thought maybe coffee. I realized that craft coffee is a needed thing in the West Valley.”

She and her staff learned everything they could about the different styles of coffee. Besides coffee, it is known for its hibiscus lemonade tea, created with the flowers from its garden.

Now, BOONgarden is working to help others. From 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, September 15, it is hosting “Coffee and Kindness” benefit for Ben’s Bells, a nonprofit that creates and builds bells and leaves them to be found. The organization was founded to honor a young man who died and to inspire kindness.

BOONgarden Guests are invited to paint Ben’s Bells beads and Kindness Coins while enjoying a coffee or meal. Reservations are not required for the free “Coffee and Kindness” event. BOONgarden is giving 20 percent of all food and beverage sales to Ben’s Bells.

“Halfway through the event, they will give a little speech about the benefits of kindness and doing random acts for kindness,” she said. “Ben’s Bells will then take the parts and assemble them back at their gallery.”

Meadows is planning on hosting more benefits.

“Hopefully in the future, we can take this idea and run with our own version of it; something for Avondale,” she said. “We’re thinking about painting rocks with a special message and putting them in people’s yard. I haven’t quite decided yet.”

As for BOONgarden, she’s letting her staff work their magic.

“We’re looking into roasting our own beans,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun. It’s really kind of a blessing that all four of us are very dedicated and passionate. I give them free rein to explore the different things they want to pursue here.”


214 W. Western Avenue, Avondale



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