Bell and Whistle, a small bakery, wants to turn a vintage camping trailer into a traveling gluten free commercial kitchen.
Started in the spring of 2010, Bell and Whistle is a woman-owned operation in State College, Pennsylvania making artisanal baked goods and ice cream to sell at local farmer's markets and through local businesses. Over the summer of 2010, we gained a reputation for delicious food with a local twist, using seasonal local produce to enhance our flavors, and for our gluten free and vegan options- not to mention our colorful macarons. Until now, I have operated out of rented space in a friend's cafe. Soon, however, that restaurant will close and leave Bell and Whistle homeless. Rather than find space in another kitchen, I'd like to become independent!
At the end of the last market season, owner Louisa Smith (that's me) bought a vintage camping trailer: a 10 foot long, 1961 Ionia-a-Home, a brand so tiny it's virtually unknown. That seemed appropriate! At first it was intended to be a mobile farmer's market stall to maximize appeal and minimize setup time, with an eye toward turning it into a kitchen in the future. Now, though, it is Bell and Whistle's best option for independence. Best of all, it will be a dedicated gluten free space, something that will keep my customers with allergies safer and offer me entry into a growing market.
What the trailer needs is simple: it needs equipment, workspaces, and a little sprucing up. That's where you come in. Pledge today and help me get the kitchen up on its wheels! And for those of you outside of central PA, you'll still be able to enjoy the fruits of the kitchen. Once I have unlimited access to my own kitchen, I'll be opening an online store to ship gluten free goodies all over the country!
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pledged of $6,500 goal
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Mar 1, 2011 - Apr 2, 2011 (30 days)
Pledge $1 or more
My eternal gratitude and a mention on the Bell and Whistle website as a sponsor!
Pledge $5 or more
A printable coupon for one free single item (muffin, whoopie pie, ice cream whoopie pie, macaron, ice cream cup, drink), redeemable at the Bell and Whistle trailer.
Pledge $10 or more
One free single item at the Bell and Whistle trailer, plus a limited edition handmade thank you card.
Pledge $25 or more
Handmade thank you card, plus one dozen cookies of your choice, either shipped or picked up at the Bell and Whistle trailer, along with a limited edition "Gluten Free is Good For Me!" wartime propaganda-style poster.
Pledge $50 or more
The Bell and Whistle gift box: Handmade thank you card, one dozen assorted macarons, two dozen cookies of your choice, and six whoopie pies of your choice, packed in a box hand-stamped with the Bell and Whistle logo. Also: a poster.
Pledge $100 or more
The Bell and Whistle gift bag: two dozen cookies, six whoopie pies, and two dozen macarons of your choice, packed in a handmade Bell and Whistle tote bag, perfect for taking to the farmers' market with you. Also includes a poster.
Pledge $250 or more
The Bell and Whistle gift bag (see $100 reward for details), a poster, a coupon good for $25 at the Bell and Whistle trailer or online store, and a hand silk-screened Bell and Whistle t-shirt made of organic cotton.
Pledge $500 or more
All rewards from the $250 level, plus have a unique ice cream flavor created and named in your honor!
Pledge $1,000 or more
All rewards from the $500 level, including the creation of an ice cream flavor in your honor! Plus, one full year of free goods from the Bell and Whistle trailer or online store.
Pledge $5,000 or more
Bell and Whistle comes to you. All rewards from the $1000 level, plus the trailer comes to YOU, or the charity of your choice, for a free catered dessert party anywhere within a 200 mile radius of State College, PA.