As a family-owned business serving authentic Mexican food, Villa Mexico would like to get a new home and keep the business alive!
Hi my friends!
My name is Julie and this is the story of my family business-Villa México Café. We are currently located in Beacon Hill, inside a gas station (you read that right) across Mass General Hospital. After serving homemade food here for 5 years, we will need to leave by the end of 2011.
The land owner wants to construct an office building and we need to be out of our loved little spot. Although we considered getting a food truck, since the City of Boston has decided to allow more across town, we need a storefront where to cook and continue serving our loyal customers.
Ideally we'd love to get a truck to expose our food to more Bostonians, and maintain us near the area where all our friends, our customers, are. However, this is an opportunity to make a move into a new, independent, location.
After running essential figures, the cost of the location set-up will be between $20,000 to $50,000. This does not account for legal, health, permit or marketing fees associated with the new business. We know that the costs are high, but hopefully with your help we can make the load lighter.
What we would like to raise, with the help of the KickStarter community, is the start up money to pay permit and legal fees, and start marketing efforts for the launch of our little take-out joint.
Although we have in business in Boston for years, we are not equipped with all the savings necessary to pay for the relocation. We have also grown in time and would not like to loose all that we have worked for because of issues with location. We are willing to keep serving the best, homemade, authentic Mexican food and we hope we can.
The money you help us raise not only ensures we keep our little business running. It would also help us, Julie and Bessie (my daughter), maintain our livelihood. It would ensure that our dream of having a family-for-families business survives, and our legacy continues.
I started this business because I missed the food of my country. But, I never imagined this business would take a life of it's own. Introducing me to so many wonderful people, putting my child through college, and allowing me to survive as a widow mom and sole provider. We don't want to give up on our Villa Mexico, because it has given us an extended family.
So please, become a part of the family and give a lot or a little. Everything is something for us. Thank you!
To legal fees, changing the permits is lengthy and costly. If any funds are left we will use them for new menu boards or outside store signage. The use of funds will be open so that everyone knows where their money is going :)
YES! In fact we are encouraging families, friends, offices, teams, student clubs and anyone with a group to rally together and get a rewards for all to share. Specially with the $300 or $500 rewards so that all your names are on our wall or you can come up with a creative menu item name!
Because unfortunately we do not have all the money needed for our relocation. We were planning our move for another year or so, but the plans with our landlords changed. In these economically tough couple of years, we have remained stable but have not raised prices or cut staff. Therefore, our savings have also gone to paying higher costs of supplies, rent and utilities and our living expenses. For this reason, we are asking for help to be able to keep our business running.
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Pledge $5 or moreYou selected
Every little bit helps! To thank you for your efforts we'll be sending you a personalized, hand-made, Villa Mexico postcard!Estimated delivery:
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Share this with a friend, our friends! You'll be getting a personalized, hand-made, thank you card and a 12 ounce jar of our unique house salsa!Estimated delivery:
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Get ready for your personalized Twitter and Facebook shout out! Also receive Julie's first cookbook with a 12 ounce jar of house salsa to try some of her personal recipes at home!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $60 or moreYou selected
Straight from our kitchen get a one hour "learn to make burritos" session for you and a friend- eat what you make and see the photos on our Facebook page! For our friends outside Boston, you'll be getting a personalized shout-out online, a hand-made thank you card and a gift bag of our homemade Mexican candies, Julie's first cookbook and a 20 ounce jar of our house salsa!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $150 or moreYou selected
Thank you for your generosity! Let's get you and two friends cooking for the night at our new home. Go home with a full belly and one gift bag with our handmade treats, cookbook and house salsa, then see the photos on our website and Facebook page! For our friends outside Boston, you'll be getting a personalized shout-out on our website and online profiles, a hand-made thank you card, a gift bag of our homemade Mexican candies, Julie's first cookbook, 20 ounce jar of our house salsa and a "piece" of our new place-choosing a decoration item that has been in our past locations to keep at your home!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $300 or moreYou selected
Join in with your friends and family for this reward and become a part of our new home, literally! Your name (or names) will be painted or engraved in our "Friends Wall" of the business for everyone to see! You'll also be getting a personalized shout-out online, a hand-made thank you card, a gift bag of our homemade Mexican candies, Julie's first cookbook, a 20 ounce jar of our house salsa!Estimated delivery:
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Are you ready to be mentioned every day? Because that's what's going to happen when we name one menu item after you! We'll work together to figure out if your name or nickname is best but you'll be up there amongst the favorites. You will also get your name on the Friends Wall and receive the delicious gift bag with Julie's cookbook and salsa that our other supporters have received :)Estimated delivery:
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