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Athenaeum, IncBy Athenaeum, Inc
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Athenaeum, IncBy Athenaeum, Inc
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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Oct 5 2018

About

We're trying to open a bookstore, so we decided to write a book. Makes perfect sense, right?

Picture this:

Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves filled with novels of all genres, new and old. A beautiful two-level bar with all of your favorite bottles and bartenders who know how to make a great martini. Comfortable couches and end tables that make the space feel more like a living room than a retail store. A specially curated small-plate menu. A seat with your name on it near the fireplace and an app that directs the server which book to bring over. Welcome to Athenaeum.

Tired of the rat race?

We get it. So were we, that's why Athenaeum was created. Our owner was hanging out and people-watching downtown when it hit her: nobody seems to relax anymore.

We know you're busy, but it can't hurt to take a few moments to:

  • Peruse a plethora of books and magazines, from bestsellers to classics.
  • Have a glass of wine with fellow employees midday while discussing the latest office drama.
  • Enjoy tapas and a cocktail while reading your favorite author after a long day of work.

Athenaeum is here to encourage you to do all of those things and more! Our space is within walking distance of downtown Chicago and invites customers to take a load off in a relaxing environment. Use our app to preorder your favorite drink and request your book of choice. Come in and simply sit at our bar to enjoy conversation. Chill, for a few minutes (or hours). You've earned it!

So What Does All of This Have to Do with a Cocktail Book?

Glad you asked! Since we don't open until April of 2019, we wanted to offer a glimpse into Athenaeum's concept, especially as it relates to cocktails. Our team worked with awesome bartenders from Chicago to LA in order to put 'The Drunken Philosopher' together.

In the book, you'll find:

  • 52 cool and interesting cocktail recipes-a new one to try every week of the year! Some well-known, some brand new, all super tasty!
  • Quotes from philosophers, actors, and artists-because what's more enjoyable than drinking and reading fake-deep quotes about life as a drinker?
  • Tapas recipes in each section to make your gathering a hit! Besides, drinking on an empty stomach is a rookie mistake!

'The Drunken Philosopher' is a beautiful, hard-bound book that will look great on display at you bar, in between shaking up new cocktails. Try one, try all 52...just have a good time while doing it! Chill, for a few minutes (or hours). You've earned it!

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Our funding rewards range from the book itself, to the book as well as beautiful whiskey glasses and membership!

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'The Drunken Philosopher' will act as the catalyst to all that Chicago's newest bookstore concept has to offer, and the Athenaeum team looks forward to seeing our cocktails brought to fruition! Use hashtag #DrunkenPhilospher on social media to show the world when you make your cocktails. We'll choose one winner every week for a through the end of the year and offer them a free VIP membership to Athenaeum. 

Happy drinking!

Risks and challenges

Statistically, independent bookstores are currently thriving and doing better than corporate bookstores. That being said, we look forward to introducing a new type of bookstore to the market and hope that customers enjoy the experience.

Woman-owned and operated, Athenaeum looks to become a home that houses eccentric creatives as comfortably as book mice. Our space will serve as an equally welcome environment to artists, accountants, writers, entrepreneurs, and the entire spectrum of employees as well as employers.

10% of all book sales will be donated to Chicago-based literacy nonprofits like The Chicago Literacy Alliance, SitStayRead, and Open Books. Our owner and creator has always had a close relationship with libraries, and believes strongly in the necessity of literacy programs.

Millennial-minded, we pride ourselves on our membership model and use of technology to actively draw in our customer base and make it easy to have the books, drinks, food, and atmosphere that they want most, on-demand.

We look forward to helping you 'Rethink Your Relationship with Bookstores'! But until we open, we look forward to turning you all into Drunken Philosophers!

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