Since then, Wally’s has remained closed and lost almost 90% of its revenue, according to Pointdexter. To help raise money to keep the business afloat, the club started selling merchandise on its website and created a GoFundMe page in June 2020. Besides financial recovery, the fundraiser’s mission is to expand into the building next door, which would become a production facility for musicians to network, practice, creative podcasts, provide lessons, and collaborate with each other. The goal, originally $30,000, was met in less than a week and Wally’s has currently raised $52,000 and counting.
The club has also joined the Boston Black Hospitality Coalition, which provides support for Black-owned businesses affected by COVID-19.
“Minority-owned businesses are a super small portion of live entertainment in Boston,” Poindexter said. “It’s especially hard right now, but by joining the coalition, we found that it’s important for us to stand together and create a collective voice.”
Now, with COVID-19 vaccinations becoming more readily available every day, and with the support of the local community, Poindexter is confident in a triumphant return for Wally’s. He looks forward to new endeavors, like adding streaming capabilities so that musicians can air their performances online, along with renovations to prepare the cafe for when it’s time to re-open.
“People are missing social activities and actual contact,” Poindexter said. “They miss the vitality. But pretty soon, we’ll all get to appreciate our neighbors and the people around us again.”