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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, July 22 2019 12:09 PM UTC +00:00.

About

12 piece bonbon box
12 piece bonbon box

What we are raising the funds to do:

We are raising the funds to fix up the building we are renting to make it an inviting storefront/tasting room/event space. We already produce our confections here and have been for almost 3 years. The space needs new flooring, light fixtures, a counter/display case, an ice cream cooler (we will be serving Millie's Homemade Ice Cream), some renovations to the restroom, and signage/beautification for the facade. 

Sea salt caramels & toffee
Sea salt caramels & toffee

Why we care about it:

Having a storefront will allow us to create more unique items to sell, to interact more with our customers, and to host events, classes, and workshops. We will be able to hire more people, and put on fundraisers to help local non-profits. We want to make it a place where people come from all over the world to visit. Being in business for six years without a storefront, it feels like it's the one thing missing from LUX Artisan Chocolates.

Our future retail space
Our future retail space

How we plan to make it happen:

We already have the space and great products to sell, we just need some help fixing up the place. We have great contractors that are ready to go when we are. Here is how we plan to allocate the funds:

$6750 - rewards

$1250 - kickstarter fees

$2000 - lighting

$4000 - flooring

$4000 - counter/display cases

$1000 - built-in shelving displays

$2000 - facade

$1000 - restroom upgrades

$1000 - plumbing for hand sinks

$2000 - tables and chairs and decor

any extra money raised above our goal of $25,000 will go towards purchasing bean to bar equipment and renovating the space in our facility to house our bean to bar production.

Ginger & sesame brittle bar
Ginger & sesame brittle bar

Who we are:

For the most part, LUX Artisan Chocolates is me, Shelby Ortz, pastry chef and mom. I started this company for a few reasons. I loved my career as pastry chef for Eleven Contemporary Kitchen, but I needed a more flexible schedule after having a child. I discovered the art of high end confectionery, and realized that there were no places making high quality confections in the Pittsburgh area. I made some bonbons and decided to test the market to see if any shops were interested in carrying my products. Mon Aimee Chocolat, an upscale chocolate shop in the Strip District of Pittsburgh, was my first visit and became my first wholesale account. Today, I have more than twenty accounts, and an online store (luxartisanchocolates.com). The business continues to grow and improve every year, as do as my talents and passion as a chocolatier and businessperson.

The product line has evolved over the years to include an ever-changing assortment of beautifully hand-painted, uniquely flavored bonbons, 11 bars - including the peanut butter & sea salt bar, which won an international chocolate award in 2017, sea salt caramels, toffee, peanut brittle, and bite-size squares. I hope to add more products this year, including, but not limited to, pretzels, truffles, and ice cream bonbons.

These past six years have been the most challenging, demanding, and rewarding years of my life. My first year in business, I was pregnant with my second child, so that means I had a toddler and an infant for my second year in business. At the beginning, it was really difficult because my kids were always with me, child care was out of our budget. I wasn't sure if the business would last past the first couple of years, but I was determined because I knew I was making some of the best chocolate in the world. I just had to figure out how to make it work, and I did. My husband has helped out tremendously with social media marketing, and building a fresh, new website this past year. I went from making everything in my home for the first three years to building out the space I am currently working in for chocolate production. It was a big expense, but worth it. This past year I was able to get my first business loan to purchase bigger, better equipment that has allowed me to quadruple my production, and also hire a full time employee, but not enough to renovate the space for a storefront. Now that I know that I can train people to do what I do, having a storefront for people to see and taste LUX Artisan Chocolates is my most important goal.

Painted bonbon molds
Painted bonbon molds

Risks and challenges

The potential risks and challenges of this project are completing the renovations on time and having a big enough audience to raise the money needed. In order to overcome these obstacles, I have good contractors on hand, but I also plan on helping out with the renovations as much as possible, and getting my family and friends involved if necessary. It will be completed by the end of this year or earlier. As for the audience, I will treat this project as my main priority and advertise on social media, as well as reach out to local magazines and newspapers, ask friends and family for help spreading the word, and attend local events where I can sell my chocolate and advertise the kickstarter.

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    Thank You

    Personalized thank you email plus a shout-out on our Thank You, Donors! page on our website. And a LUX Artisan Chocolates sticker.

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    All The Squares

    Two of each flavor of our 0.5 oz chocolate squares - five total - peanut butter & sea salt (64% dark chocolate), pistachio, toffee, & sea salt (41% single origin milk chocolate), black fig & pistachio (72% dark chocolate), plain 41% single origin milk chocolate, plain 72% dark chocolate, plus a LUX Artisan Chocolates sticker, a personalized thank you email, and a special mention on our Thank You, Donors! page on our website. Plus free shipping.

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    Bonbons & A Bar

    One 6 piece assorted seasonal bonbon box and one 4 oz artisanal chocolate bar of your choice, plus a personalized thank you email, a special mention on our Thank You, Donors! page of our website, and a LUX Artisan Chocolates sticker

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    Bonbons, Toffee, & a Bar

    One 12 piece seasonal bonbon assortment, One 4 oz bag of toffee, One 4 oz artisanal chocolate bar of your choice, free shipping, plus a personalized thank you email, plus a special mention on our Thank You, Donors! page of our website, plus a LUX Artisan Chocolates sticker.

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    Chocolate and Tea Tasting

    Chocolate & Tea Tasting for two at our shop where we will pair three unique chocolates with three unique teas, plus a 12 piece bonbon, one 4 oz chocolate bar of your choice, and a 4 oz bag of toffee to take home. You can also choose to opt out of the tea and chocolate tasting, and have everything shipped to you, including a tea sampler. Also, a personalized thank you email, a special mention on our Thank You, Donors! page of our website, and a LUX sticker.

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    Chocolate Gift Box + Pre-Opening Party

    Two tickets to our pre-opening party, plus a gift box of chocolate including a 12 piece bonbon box, a 6 piece sea salt caramel box, 2 bars of your choice, and a 4 oz toffee. Party will have music, chocolate, small bites, and local drinks. This reward also includes a personalized thank you email, a special mention on our website, and a LUX sticker.

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    One 4 oz chocolate bar shipped to you every month for 12 months, plus free shipping, 2 tickets to pre-opening party, personalized thank you email, special mention on our website, and a LUX sticker.

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    All the Chocolate & Tea

    One 12 piece bonbon box, one 12 piece sea salt caramel box, Eleven 4 oz chocolate bars (one of each of our existing bars), One 8 oz toffee, One 8 oz peanut brittle, One 30 piece box of assorted squares, One seasonal tea sampler box, plus two tickets to our pre-opening party, plus a personalized thank you email, a special mention on our website, and a LUX sticker.

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    A gift box of chocolates worth at least $50 shipped to you every other month for a total of 4 times. We plan on shipping in October, December, February, and April. You may also choose to receive all four gift boxes at once. Boxes will include an assortment of our products - bonbons, caramels, bars, toffee, and brittle, plus any specialty holiday items. With this pledge, you also get two tickets to our pre-opening party, free shipping, a personalized thank you email, a special mention on our website, and a LUX sticker.

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    Six Month Gift Box subscription - $50 or more shipped to you every month for 6 months (Oct-March) - an assortment of products included in every box (free shipping). Two tickets to pre-opening party. A confection-making class for 4 in which you will learn to make bonbons, caramels, toffee, brittle or bars - your choice. And a personalized thank you email, a special mention on our website, and a LUX sticker

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    Six Month Gift Box Subscription - $50 or more of our chocolate shipped to you every month for 6 months (Oct-March) - an assortment of our products plus holiday items included (free shipping). Private Party at our facility after hours complete with small bites, chocolate tasting, tea, and BYOB for up to 10 people. Plus, two tickets to pre-opening party, a personalized thank you email, a special mention on our website, and a LUX sticker.

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    Private Party for 18

    Private party for up to 18 people at our facility after hours complete with local small plates, local libations, music, tea, coffee, and of course chocolate. Every guest will leave with a box of chocolate. Plus, you will get two tickets to the pre-opening party, a personalized thank you email, a special mention on our website, and a LUX sticker.

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    Culmination of All

    Private party at our facility for up to 18 people - includes small bites, local libations, coffee, tea, and of course chocolate tasting and goodie bags, One year-long chocolate club membership ($35 worth of chocolate every month for a year), One - Chocolate and Tea Tastings for Two, One - Confection-Making Class for 4, One of all of the chocolate products we make, Two tickets to Pre-opening party, personalized thank you email, special mention on our website, a LUX sticker.

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