Bonton is a South Dallas community where 85% of men have been to prison, poverty is rampant and jobs are scarce. Bonton is also a ‘Food,Desert’ where access to healthy foods is non-existent. Through its farming of fresh, healthy foods, Bonton Farms is cultivating a healthy community, creating jobs, and igniting hope for the future.
Spencer + Company worked with Bonton Farms to develop a space plan for a café eating area in a new building – The Market. Spencer + Company designers were tasked with creating a layout to comfortably seat 40 guests within a 700 square foot space.
Knowing cost was a concern for the non-profit Bonton Farms, we contacted numerous manufacturers hoping to find tables and seating at a highly discounted rate. JSI Furniture stepped up and donated all of the tables and chairs to Spencer + Company to use for the indoor cafe area.
Spencer + Company’s own installation company, Metroplex Facilities Services (MFS), delivered and installed all the furniture in September 2018. Behind the scenes, Spencer + Company also donated 2 workstations (that had been used for a client mockup) to be used as an office for The Market staff.
The Market has given Bonton residents a place to not only eat a healthy, balanced meal, but also purchase fruits and vegetables and learn various methods for cooking them, giving them a sustainable, healthy way of living.