For the past year, two New Yorkers have been acting on a dream to build a luxury bed-and-breakfast. We have the house, in a beautiful residential community on the north coast of Jamaica, tucked away from the tourist scene. We have the brilliant designer and the key relationships in our community. We have the chef, hosts, and business gurus (us!) to make this happen. We have everything we need to welcome you, except the last round of funds to finalize design with renovations and hand-crafted furnishings. Help us open our doors!
BOOK YOUR STAY NOW, PAY AFTER THE CAMPAIGN!
First and foremost, The Runaway won’t just stop at breakfast: delicious lunches and dinners will also be available, with a changing seasonal menu of local, organic offerings. That’s why we like to think of The Runaway as a “Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner,” or BLD for short.
There is nothing more essential to good living (and a good vacation!) than great food. Kalisa's obsession with food will guarantee unforgettable dining experiences for guests at The Runaway. Not only will you have the chance to taste the freshest, most local ingredients, you can even learn how to prepare them by joining her in the kitchen. Plus, you can visit our rooftop garden, where we'll be growing as much as our own produce as possible. We’re making food a big part of this campaign, too! Check out the rewards to see how you can get in on the food at The Runaway, even if you’re far away from us.
We are doing this campaign so that you – YOU! – can come share our home and have amazing, affordable, luxurious experiences with us. So you should really know more about us.
KALISA • Chef and Operations
I received my chef training at the French Culinary Institute, and I earned my undergrad education in food science and nutrition. My career has been focused in food media operations and management, and I was a community garden member when living in Brooklyn, NY. Literally my whole life has revolved around food and sharing it with others! The Runaway is the perfect application of my skills: I’ll be designing the menu and preparing the food, while running the day-to-day operations of the business. I have been itching for the opportunity to cook for others full time and bring that passion totally to the forefront, and I am so excited that time is finally here!
JEFF • Marketing and Business Development
I own and operate a digital media agency, and for years I’ve used my branding and marketing expertise for exciting projects in fashion, entertainment, and technology. Throughout my career, I’ve traveled extensively and been exposed to amazing hospitality experiences. And as a digital nomad, I understand the value of leveraging technology to get work done, regardless of where I am in the world. I'll be responsible for overseeing the execution of brand marketing initiatives for The Runaway, as well as the PR, content marketing, partnerships and events.
The last two winters in New York turned the city into a frozen wasteland of slush and salt. Enough was enough! Both of us had dreamed, even before we met each other, of opening up a spot in the Caribbean. During last year's dreary winter, we escaped to Jamaica together and had two major epiphanies:
We are located in a beautiful, well-constructed four-bedroom home that will blow you away – if you help us furnish it, that is! Here's a look at our design plans, a taste of what's involved when you stay at The Runaway, and the values that drive us.
We have done an immense amount of work preparing to open this business, from building our skills over our entire careers to now having all the pieces in place to start hosting guests. The money we raise now will let us realize our design vision immediately and open our doors to you.
With your support, we can begin hosting guests this year. And best of all, the rewards will give Kickstarter backers some unique opportunities to experience what The Runaway has to offer, from packages that will let you experience Jamaica wherever you are to some of the lowest prices on stays that we will ever be able to offer.
SEPT 2015 – SEPT 2016
Subject to availability.
HOLIDAY BLACKOUT DATES
2015: 9/4 - 9/7; 10/9 - 10/12; 11/24 - 11/29; 12/19 - 1/3
2016: 1/15 - 1/18; 2/12 - 2/15; 3/24 - 3/28; 5/27 - 5/30; 7/1 - 7/4; 9/2 - 9/5
All packages include all amenities listed above, all meals, and the option to add on other activities. An upgrade to the Master Suite is also available for an additional fee. For “buyout” packages, please note that the Runaway sleeps up to eight, with six beds in four bedrooms. Bookings must be confirmed at least 30 days in advance.
Risks and challenges
Any new enterprise comes with risk, but we are well-prepared to open this business on schedule. We already have the house, so the biggest challenge is out of the way! In fact, we’ve been living at the site since October 2014, building the community connections needed to offer amazing, curated cultural experiences.
We’ve been building the necessary skills long before we started planning for this enterprise - Jeff has been running his own business, and Kalisa has years of professional training and experience in the culinary arts and business operations. In so many ways, building The Runaway is a culmination of many streams in our lives. The Runaway is something that no one else could build, and we will overcome whatever challenges we face to realize our dream.
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