About this project
San Diego has an extremely successful existing natural food cooperative grocery store but its right on the coast and has limited parking. San Diego needs a more centrally located co-op with ample parking to serve the growing needs of the community and you can Kickstart it into being right now!
San Diego Vegan Co-op
WHO: You might think that San Diego, a city of almost 4 million, would have plenty of resources to establish a 2nd co-op. But we're going to have to do it ourselves. Mitch Wallis has been creating San Diego start-up vegan business's for years. Mitch lives in San Diego’s food world and he starts and manages restaurants and production kitchens. You know him and his team from Evolution Fast Food and Evo ready to eat food products.
Teagen and Rose McClain are dedicated to bring San Diego the co-op it deserves. You, your friends and families can help us make this a reality!
Rose McClain is a personal chef in San Diego. She has years of experience teaching whole foods and macrobiotic cooking. She looks forward to bringing a variety of cooking classes to San Diego’s Vegan Co-op!
Teagen McClain has organized events such as World Fest and San Diego Veg Week. She can’t wait to start filling the calendar with community events at San Diego’s Vegan Co-op!
WHAT: We’ve found an 8,000 square foot property right in the middle of town with super easy access from the main freeway. Our building has a huge underground parking garage and a fully loaded theater/auditorium for community lectures, movie nights and special events. We are transforming this large empty building into a spacious grocery store featuring fresh organic local produce, a homeopathic/herbal pharmacy, and an upstairs cafe/bakery/deli/juice bar featuring gourmet homemade organic soups, salads, entrees, desserts and all around family cooking. You can look forward to free cooking classes as well!Bio-Fuel Workshops
Seeing as how we are right next door to California's only alternative fuel station which sells bio-diesel made from 100% recycled cooking oil, propane, natural gas, and more. We will offer hands-on workshops to assist with the conversion of automobiles to run on these clean burning fuels as well as on how to produce bio-diesel and ethynol at home. We have a huge flat roof that we will transform into a garden to grow our own herbs and veggies!
WHEN: Progress is underway. We’re putting together our initial staff and planning our menus and the store lay-out and product mix. Construction of the 2nd floor restaurant will take about 6 months so we will be able to open in the Spring of 2013.
I don't have to tell you that a hundred and fifty grand is a lot of money. To get this project off the ground it is going to take that and possibly more. I believe it takes courage and commitment to make something like this happen, especially in this economic atmosphere.
Between Kickstarter and PayPal we have raised over $11,000 so far thanks to all that have pledged and believe in our vision.
Sometimes nothing in life comes easy. In trying to achieve anything worthwhile, there are hurdles and obstacles to overcome. Thomas Edison spoke about never giving up. He said, "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." Maybe he did not invent the light bulb, but he perfected it trying 6,000 different types of plant growth before settling on carbonized paper.
That is the key, never giving up. We will try and try again until we can make San Diego Vegan Co-op a reality. The name may change once we are funded, the goal and mission will stay the same And we truly need your help..
What can you do?
Do you know how to contact a celebrity who can endorse us or provide a nice quote that we can use in our flyers and website? and/or appear at a fundraising event?
Do you know how we can access a large e-mail list? For example, The Human Society, the Sierra Club, a religious/spiritual group, yoga studios, natural healers, etc. We need to ask these organizations/individuals to send an announcement (the link to our kickstarter page) about our co-op to their list, we need a contact at the organization to work with on this.
Do you have contacts at any type of lending organization, social investment groups, individual investors, etc; that we can present our business plan to?
Let us know if you can help at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org!
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