A community hub for art, music, sustenance and caffeine, Foxy Loxy Cafe is ready to expand to offer more seating & event space.
Foxy Loxy is a specialty coffee shop, bakery and Tex-Mex cantina all rolled into one. We are located in Savannah, Georgia's beautiful Victorian district with locals and students making up the bulk of our clientele. Having just been open a little over a year and a half, we have already outgrown our existing space! We currently inhabit the bottom floor of a 19th century Victorian home turned commercial property. The upstairs, until recently, had been leased out by our landlords as a residential space. The last tenants moved out a couple of months ago and Foxy is ready to expand!
Since we are a very young business, we are still working to pay off our start-up costs. Offering more seating, exhibition space as well as performance space is needed but the cost of the project is beyond our means given the city requirements for the upstairs expansion build out. A substantial part of the expense involves our need to split the upstairs into two spaces, the front half to be used by Foxy Loxy Cafe and the back half to remain as a small apartment.
Here are images of our current space:
HERE IS A PREVIEW OF THE KICKSTARTER REWARDS!
A SNEAK PEAK OF THE SPACE WE ARE DEVELOPING:
WE'RE ALREADY PAST THE FIRST HURDLE, CITY PERMITTING! We have already acquired all necessary permits to transition the upstairs from a 100% residential space to a split 50/50 commercial/residential space and to begin construction. We have also received approval from the historical society for any impact the expansion will have on the exterior appearance of the building.
WHERE YOU COME IN. . . We have acquired an estimate and proposal for work from a licensed/reputable contractor. Below is a summary of what must be done and the costs associated with each project area:
-Construction/Doors & Trim, Paint & Patch: We need to open a doorway in the existing downstairs plaster wall to create stairwell access. Also three doorways upstairs must be covered with dry wall to separate residential from commercial areas. The existing front door for the upstairs must be turned into an emergency exit-only out swinging door: labor + materials = $3,000
-Heating and Cooling: a new 3 ton unit plus new duct work is required by the city in order to separate the airflow between the back half residential area from the front half commercial space: labor + materials = $5,000
-Safety: an early fire detection and signaling device/system must be installed in the upstairs commercial space. In addition a steel guard rail must be fabricated and installed on the outdoor upstairs porch. We also need to patch the existing lumber on the porch & cover with a high traffic non-slip coating: labor + materials = $3,000
-Lighting and Furnishings: just like our current cafe layout, we want to furnish the upstairs in way that allows for multiple uses, solo reading/studying, large group meetings and events like acoustic music or spoken word performances. We also plan to find just the right piece of furniture to act as a setting for coffee cuppings and other food demos/tastings. Budget = $9,000
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Since all of the building permits are in place I don't see any challenges in that arena, but anytime a construction project begins there are unforeseen obstacles which could arise. We are working with a great problem-solving contractor who I am confident will be able to work through any surprises we might encounter as we modify this old Victorian house.
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Mar 4, 2013 - Mar 29, 2013 (25 days)
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Screen Printed Pocket Moleskine Journal and a Foxy Loxy StickerEstimated delivery: May 2013Ships within the US only
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Custom Embroidered Foxy Loxy PatchEstimated delivery: Apr 2013Ships within the US only
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Hand Screen Printed Hot Coffee Tote and Foxy Mason Jar filled with our House Made GranolaEstimated delivery: Apr 2013Ships within the US only
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Hand Screen Printed Hot Coffee Tee, Foxy Mason Jar filled with our House Made Granola, and a Bag of PERC Foxy Blend Whole Bean Coffee (can be ground upon request)Estimated delivery: Apr 2013Ships within the US only
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Perctopus, a limited edition print by Elmer Ramos our Foxy printmaker extraordinaire.Estimated delivery: May 2013Ships within the US only
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Portrait #5 Angel, a limited edition, hand pulled etching by owner Jennifer Jenkins, 100% cotton rag paper 12" x 16"Estimated delivery: May 2013Ships within the US only
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A one of a kind throw size quilt made by owner Jennifer Jenkins, MFA Fibers, Savannah College of Art & Design. Snippets of our roaster's coffee bags will be included.Estimated delivery: Jun 2013Ships within the US only
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Private Catered Party in the Foxy Loxy Courtyard for up to 35 people. Hors d'oeuvres, our famous tacos, mini house made desserts, coffee + cash bar. Booking available Fridays and select Sundays.Estimated delivery: Apr 2013Ships within the US only