Opening a B&B was a dream that Martin and Belizaire both shared. After experiencing a bad New York winter snow storm, the couple had all of the motivation they needed to take the plunge.
"[2015 was] a busy year for us at The Runaway. Between rum punches and all-nighters, we accomplished more than we could have imagined"
JANUARY - After 3 months of living and researching in Jamaica we closed the deal on a property for The B&B.
FEBRUARY - We assembled a #team of rockstars and began planning our Kickstarter campaign.
MARCH - Our campaign launched, was named a Kickstarter Staff Pick, and received overwhelming support.
APRIL - Our campaign ended and we officially became the 1st successfully funded B&B on Kickstarter.
MAY - We drove the entire coast of Jamaica (in the name of research and fun times), began our furniture build and created and launched TheRunawayJamaica.com.
JUNE - Construction began on the interior renovations and rooftop design and we secured partnership deals with some awesome brands.
JULY / AUGUST / SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER - We overcame surprise termites, leaky roofs and other unexpected expenses, partnered with artisans and local businesses, sourced materials, managed contractors and tested a lot of recipes (and gained a few pounds to prove it!).
NOVEMBER - We opened for business and excitedly welcomed, fed and entertained guests from Florida, DC, New York, Texas and New Jersey.