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We have outgrown our Airstream Cake Shop and now have the awesome opportunity to move into the historic Carleton Market!
352 backers pledged $37,519 to help bring this project to life.

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Hi!  My name is Charlie Dunmire and I am the owner of Deep Sea Sugar & Salt, a cake company in Seattle, Wa. 

I started baking 13 years ago at The Edmonds Bakery.  In the first half of my career I proofed croissants, scooped muffins, piped eclairs, plated fancy desserts and fried donuts. And then, I found cakes. 

Carrot Pineapple Brown Butter
Carrot Pineapple Brown Butter

For me, cake is the perfect combination of food, art and design. The structure of a cake recipe and the wild freedom that comes with matching flavors and decorating, it's the perfect fit. I instantly fell in love.

I worked as a cake decorator for a couple of years, honing my skills and developing recipes. Then spent a few summers in Alaska cooking on a ship (and testing cake recipes on the crew). In the winter, I picked up work as a contracted pastry chef. Scooting around to different kitchens in  South Seattle, I would bake what they could call "in house" desserts. I worked three seasons in Alaska and absolutely loved it.  That's where the name Deep Sea Sugar & Salt comes from! Anyway, I came home.  Word got around that I was in Seattle for good and the special orders started coming in from friends and family. Then friends of friends. About a year and a half ago I was making so many cakes that I had to cut my hours at my "real job."  Only weeks later, I received an email from The Georgetown Trailer Park Mall asking was I interested in opening a cake shop in the park?  Yes? I think so? Should I? I did! Friends and I started renovating the old Airstream, I quit my job and jumped in! 

The Airstream Cake Shop!
The Airstream Cake Shop!

 

Saturday cake spread inside the shop
Saturday cake spread inside the shop

The Airstream Cake Shop opened November 5th 2016 selling cake by the slice and cupcakes every Saturday and Sunday. So exciting!  Star Brass Lounge graciously lends me their kitchen for baking, and walk in beer cooler for storage.  I wash all my dishes there in the mornings. The set up is ideal for a small, weekend market business, but Deep Sea Sugar & Salt is no longer a small weekend business. 

Originally I thought: Cool, if I can manage just 5-7 cakes a week, I can get by. In 10 months time I am now producing an average of 40 cakes a week. Oh DANG! 

So I'm baking away, watching my little trailer cake shop grow, in the meantime I move into a new house, directly behind the Carleton Market. Shortly after, I learn that they are looking for someone to take over the space. How fantastic is that?! I couldn't say no. 

And here we are. About to open a cake shop in the Carleton Market! 

The Carleton Market, Georgetown
The Carleton Market, Georgetown

Our new shop will include: Cakes by the slice, cupcakes, whole cakes on hand, coffee, beer & wine, fresh flowers and a small selection of essential grocery items. (This is the only grocery store in the neighborhood. As a key component of the community, I will be sure to continue to provide those every day essentials. Such as: Milk, butter, sugar, flour, laundry soap, toiletries etc.)

Deep Sea Sugar & Salt is currently booked for special order cakes two months out. With this new space, we will have the capacity to bake many more cakes for all of your special occasions, wholesale to local restaurants and coffee shops, and provide cakes on hand for you to grab last minute. 

The new Deep Sea Sugar & Salt cake shop will also provide a new social center for the neighborhood. A beautiful bakery right in the middle of all the action. A place to meet your neighbors, enjoy a slice of cake, relax after work and grab a beer. Bring the kiddos in for a cupcake treat or pack a special flavor box to take home for after dinner.  There will be something for everyone to enjoy. 

How will I use the kickstarter funds? 

Currently, the Carleton Market is a grocery store with a small residential kitchen in the back.  The money raised through Kickstarter will fund:

- A full kitchen remodel

- Equipment such as ovens, mixers, a dishwasher, butcher block tables

- All permits required by the city of Seattle

-Tables, seating and shelving

-Grocery and ingredient inventory

- A start on our monthly rent and utilities

Local Press:

 

http://www.seattlemag.com/eat-and-drink/weekend-only-airstream-cake-shop-makes-some-seattles-prettiest-desserts
http://www.seattlemag.com/eat-and-drink/georgetowns-getting-new-cake-shop-and-grocery-store
http://seattlerefined.com/eat-drink/just-a-gal-a-trailer-and-some-crazy-amazing-cakes
http://www.seattleite.com/in-the-know-new-cake-biz-to-hold-first-pop-up-at-west-seattles-parliament-tavern-this-thursday/

Check out some of our awesome rewards!

Deep Sea Sugar & Salt Hoodie
Deep Sea Sugar & Salt Hoodie

 

Deep Sea Tote
Deep Sea Tote

 

PNW Camper Mug
PNW Camper Mug

 

Risks and challenges

This project is so exciting and completely terrifying! For the last year I have been troubleshooting and succeeding at the Airstream Cake Shop. Making cakes in larger and larger quantities. Learning the ins and outs of being a small business owner and preparing myself for something bigger. Well, this is it! With 13 years experience in baking and restaurants, a strong customer base and all the passion and drive, I'm ready to take on the next big step.

There will be plenty of bumps in the road and I still have a great deal to learn. To help me with these bumps I have pulled together a fantastic team of folks, each of which brings important skills to the table. Long time small business owners, lawyers, pastry chefs, restaurant owners, contractors, and architects are all available to answer any questions I'll have along the way. We are prepared and in it for the long haul!

I am so excited to build this bakery! Thank you all for the support and for taking the time to check out my Kickstarter!

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    Stuck on you!

    Thank you so much! You get a sticker printed with our awesome new logo!

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    You are so sweet!

    We want to see your face! Swing by our new shop after we have opened and enjoy and slice of cake and a cup of coffee.

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    The PNW life

    These camp style mugs with our new logo are the best! Enjoy a cup of coffee at home or throw it in your pack to sip around the campfire. You also get a sticker and one cupcake from our new shop!

    *Cupcake must be picked up at our new shop, shipping unavailable.

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    Totes!

    Need a bag to carry home all your cake slices? We have you covered! You get a tote with our awesome new logo and a sticker. AND enjoy a cupcake at our new shop once we have opened!

    *Cupcake must be picked up at our new shop, shipping unavailable.

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    Who doesn't love a hoodie?

    Stay cozy this winter with one of our locally screen printed hoodies! Blue on grey, zip up. Also comes with a sticker and a cupcake from our new shop!

    *Cupcake must be picked up at our new shop, shipping unavailable.

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    Cake Punch Card

    13 slices of cake! OR Use it all at once and pre order 1 dozen cupcakes!

    Available at either location.

    Limit one punch per visit.

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    The hook up!

    The ultimate swag package: Sticker + mug + tote + punch card!

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    Hook up AND a Hoodie

    So many folks have asked for the option of The Hook up reward as well as a Hoodie. Here it is! Sticker + mug + tote + punch card + hoodie!
    Oh DANG!

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    Private Cake Decorating Class

    Want to learn the tricks? How about a private cake decorating class with Charlie at the new cake shop? This 2 hour class will teach you the basics and send you home with the 6" cake that you decorated! FUN!

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    Slices ALL YEAR!

    Already a frequent visitor at our Airstream Cake Shop? Why not cover all of your slices in 2018 now? This is your golden ticket! Keep this card with you and all your slices from the Airstream Cake Shop will be covered for the entire YEAR!

    *Limit one slice a day
    *Only valid at our Airstream Cake Shop

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    2018 Cake Club Member

    So you want to be a 2018 Cake Club member? This gets you in, automatically! you don't have to wait around for next year, sign up now! Starting in May 2018, every other month you will get a 6" cake with a fresh floral design delivered right to your door! The flavors will always be a surprise and you will never get the same cake twice. We will also throw in one of our awesome hoodies!

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    Cupcake Club!

    A little bit different from our regular cake club. Cupcake Club! Enjoy 1 dozen cupcakes the first Saturday of the month for 1 year. Pick up only, at our new Carleton location May 2018 - May 2019. YUM!

    *Vegan cupcakes available upon request

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    Group Cake Decorating Class

    Grab 5 of your friends and learn all the secrets and tricks to decorating a cake! Each of you will leave with a 6" cake and a tote to carry it in!

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    You are tops!

    Oh, Dang! You must really love Deep Sea! You get it all!

    Cake decorating class for you and 5 friends + punch card + mug + tote + hoodie + an invite for you and a guest to our Grand Opening Party! We will be best friends by the end, I know it.

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