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We want to take over a vacant, rundown building to create an amazing new space, amazing new food and bring chocolate love to everyone.
We want to take over a vacant, rundown building to create an amazing new space, amazing new food and bring chocolate love to everyone.
223 backers pledged $37,555 to help bring this project to life.

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Ethereal On The Move!

Help us bring great food to the world! We were the first small batch bean to bar company in Illinois and we're ready to take the next step!

With your help, we can turn this:

Into this!

We want to take over and renovate an old, vacant 10,000 square foot building on the Woodstock Square to do more than we ever have before! 

We've already proven our chops with recent mentions in Martha Stewart, Men's Journal and also a 5 Star Award from the International Chocolate Salon for being one of the best chocolatiers in America. It just shows we can do some pretty awesome things here in the Midwest.

Through Kickstarter, you'll have an opportunity to participate in this exciting project and get some really great rewards in the process.

Here are the deets on what we want to create with your help—

  • Incubator Kitchen - rentable, dedicated commercial kitchen space for any food entrepreneur to create the next great craft food.
  • Community Nights - Poetry nights, knitting nights, art gallery openings, movie screenings, local musicians, swing dancing, and a lot of other cool things! This will be a space to share passions for arts, crafts, music and literature.
  • Speakeasy - An awesome 1920s throwback bar with period music and furniture (In a secret basement room. Don't worry, we'll give you the password if you back us.)
  • New Cafe - Our cafe will change and expand. We'll have more food and we'll make more great connections with the community to bring in more farm to table ingredients!
  • Event Room - Looking for a great space for your next party, business meeting or celebration? How about with some chocolate too? (hint hint)
  • More Pairings, Flights & Secret Food Occasions - We'll have more room to host new events and we also have some special (secret) ideas up our sleeves.
  • And More Chocolate! - We want to expand our chocolate production and get equipment to be able to sell to more places across the world!

We've grown a lot in the past 7 years but we have a lot more to do. Our business has brought a lot of creative passion to our community and to the partners we have all over the world. Help us take the next step! 

We need your help to make this a reality!

About Us

We met 12 years ago and created a business plan over Christmas in 2010. Before long we had a small space next to the movie theater in Woodstock and before long we got swept away in a chocolate river! Kidding (or are we?)

Now, reincarnated as chocolate monsters, we look to conquer all non-chocolate territories wherever they may lie in space or time.

Project Goals

This is going to be an expensive project, for sure more than $30,000. We wanted to create a goal we could reach on Kickstarter to start since they only fund when you reach the stated milestone. We think we can go a lot further, so we then created "stretch" goals to help us accomplish all of the amazing things we have in mind.

We'll keep this updated as we go along!

Help us make a full chocolate bar! #chocolatelove #eternalchocolatelove #allyouneedischocolate

Risks and challenges

We've proven we can take daring new ideas and make them a reality, but as with any big project, we may run into construction issues that require more money than we think. It also may take a while for people to discover and make use of our new facilities. All of these may be challenges that prevent us from fully building out our vision.

Let's do this thing! Chocolate love for all!

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Thanks! .. and a Sticker!

    Want to show your Ethereal Love? We'll drop a sticker right in the mail for you. Affix it to your car, your computer, your forehead or just transform it into a tattoo. No pressure...

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    Bar and truffle pairing (1 of each)

    We'll send you a bar and a truffle that were just meant to be together... In your stomach! Two of our most delicious items will be shipped right to your door for your devouring pleasure.

    Includes:
    • Bar and truffle pairing
    • Ethereal Sticker
    • Eternal Ethereal Love
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    Ethereal Water Bottle

    An awesome stainless steel water bottle with the Ethereal logo. It will hold both water and not water! We think it will even hold chili! I've never seen a chili bottle. You'll be the first to get one!

    Includes:
    • Ethereal Water Bottle
    • Ethereal Sticker
    • Eternal Ethereal Love
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    Ethereal Mug

    Get an exclusive ceramic mug with an Ethereal E etched into the side. High quality non-edible ceramic mug for putting yummy things inside of. May we suggest some Ethereal hot chocolate?

    Includes:
    • Ethereal Mug
    • Ethereal Sticker
    • Eternal Ethereal Love
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    Pledge $55 or more About $55

    3 Chocolate Bourbon Bars (limited ed.)

    (not alcoholic) We are going to create a limited edition bourbon flavored bar set for our fabulous backers. We will steep cocoa nibs in bourbon for days and days (and days). And then grind them into chocolate with sugar for just the right hint of flavor notes to compliment our chocolate. Be sure to guard the box!

    Includes:
    • 3 Chocolate Bourbon Bar Set
    • Ethereal Sticker
    • Eternal Ethereal Love
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    T-shirt & Cocoa Bag

    Nab an Ethereal T-shirt and a shoulder bag made out of our cool burlap sacks the beans come in. Look like a chocolate bean!

    Includes:
    • Ethereal Shirt
    • Shoulder bag
    • Ethereal Sticker
    • Eternal Ethereal Love
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    Breakfast

    Breakfast for 2 on us when the new space opens. This would include two dishes and two non-alcoholic drinks. The new menu is going to be amazing.

    Includes:
    • Breakfast for 2
    • Bar and truffle pairing
    • Ethereal Sticker
    • Eternal Ethereal Love
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    Brunch (Saturday/Sunday)

    We plan on offering some extra special brunch items on the weekend. Get brunch for two and two non-alcoholic drinks with our new menu.

    Meat eater, vegan, gluten-free, we'll have something amazing for you!

    Includes:
    • Brunch for 2
    • Bar and truffle pairing
    • Ethereal Sticker
    • Eternal Ethereal Love
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    Pledge $175 or more About $175

    Inaugural Mystery Pairing

    2 tickets to our inaugural pairing in our new space. We'll have a very special guest to help present our chocolates paired with something from another small batch, craft maker. You'll be glad you have a ticket when you find out what we have in store!

    Includes:
    • 2 Pairing Tickets
    • Ethereal Sticker
    • Eternal Ethereal Love
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    Secret Speakeasy Launch Party

    2 tickets to our pre-opening night launch party exclusive for our backers at this level. You'll be the first to be with us in what is sure to be a destination experience!

    Includes:
    • 2 Secret Speakeasy Launch Tickets
    • Ethereal Sticker
    • Eternal Ethereal Love
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    All you can drink coffee for a month

    So like, you like coffee? Is there ever too much of a good thing? No? Get this! Now!

    (limited to what one person can actually drink in a month, not that we don't like your friends, but we like you better)

    Includes:
    • All you can drink coffee for a month!
    • Bar and truffle pairing
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    Pre-opening Party / All Access Tour

    2 tickets to attend an exclusive all access party and tour before anyone else gets to see inside! We will have copiuos refreshments and personally show you around what's in store!

    Includes:
    • 2 Pre-opening Party Tickets
    • Bar and truffle pairing
    • Ethereal Sticker
    • Eternal Ethereal Love
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    (Ethereal) Painting or Piano Composition

    Get an original painting from Gabriel Karagianis or a piano composition from Michael Ervin (Mary's brother) created especially for this Kickstarter and for you!

    Gabe does a lot of our artwork and Michael writes piano music (and will perform in our new space!)

    Painting: http://www.gkartwork.com/
    Music: https://goo.gl/7254bt

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    • An Amazing Original Work of Art
    • Eternal Ethereal Love
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    All. The. Chocolate. Things.

    Get 1 each—
    3 kinds of single origin bars
    6 kinds of inclusions bars
    3 kinds of meltaway bars
    2 kinds of sugar free bars
    18 kinds of truffles and meltaways
    3 bourbon bar set
    1 chocolate groundhog
    1 chocolate bunny
    1 chocolate robot
    1 chocolate dinosaur

    Includes:
    • All the chocolate things in one box!
    • Ethereal Shirt
    • Ethereal Water Bottle
    • Ethereal Sticker
    • Eternal Ethereal Love
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    Be a member of Ethereal for a day

    You will be escorted through a day at Ethereal by Mary and Sara. We will put you to work cleaning the oven, scraping hard chocolate off the floooor! Kidding!

    You will do only the fun things. We'll show you the bean to bar process. We'll help you make truffles and bars. We'll brainstorm a new chocolate concoction. We'll ride up and down the new elevator. We promise it will be great!

    You will go home with more chocolate than the kids on Willy Wonka with golden tickets. Wait, they got sucked into machines? And the kid that escaped didn't get to keep any chocolate? Well a lot more then! You'll have arms full! (and you won't get sucked into a machine) Take that, Wonka!

    Includes:
    • 2 All Access Passes
    • Ethereal Mug
    • Ethereal Water Bottle
    • 2 T-shirts
    • Ethereal Sticker
    • Eternal Ethereal Love
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    Cocktail Naming Rights!

    We will name a cocktail after you for a year! If you don't like your name, you can make one up.

    Boaty McBoatface Moonshine, here we come!

    (then again, we already have a "run, run as fast as you can, you can't catch me i'm the gingerbread man Cake" so you'll have to top that!)

    Includes:
    • Ethereal Mug
    • Ethereal Shirt
    • 3 Chocolate Bourbon Bar Set
    • Ethereal Sticker
    • Eternal Ethereal Love
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    Chocolate making party

    We'll put on a private event for you and ten friends in our current or new space (your choice). We'll cover bean to bar chocolate making and then we'll roll truffles, make bars and mold a variety of fun chocolates. We'll provide all the refreshments and fun. You'll come away with a bag full of more chocolate that you can handle.

    Includes:
    • Amazing Chocolate Making Party
    • Eternal Ethereal Love
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    Private Dinner at Sopra

    A private dinner for 2 with the Ethereal team at Sopra in Lake Geneva. We'll fill you in on chocolate making, our new plans, visits to cocoa farms, and all the random/crazy stories that happen in running a business.

    It'll be great to get to know you and you can get the inside scoop on what's coming up.

    We'll also bring a lot of chocolate for you to bring home. We will also include all the tangible items at the lower levels (2 each): t-shirts, mugs, stickers, 3 bourbon bars and, of course, an invitation to our Pre-opening Party

    (dinner location can be swapped out if this doesn't work for you)

    Includes:
    • Amazing dinner with the Ethereal team
    • 2 T-shirts
    • Ethereal Mug
    • Ethereal Sticker
    • 3 Chocolate Bourbon Bar Set
    • 2 Pre-opening Party Tickets
    • Eternal Ethereal Love
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    Host Your Own Event (event space)

    Be the first to host your event in our new event space on a date of your choice (October or later)! It will be located on the second floor of the building with great views of the Square and surrounding area.

    After we're open to the general public, space will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.

    Includes:
    • First Access to our amazing new space
    • Eternal Ethereal Love
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    1 coffee/tea/chocolate per day forever!

    Live long and prosper (caffeinated!)

    (in store only)

    Includes:
    • Um, lots of coffee and tea and chocolate
    • 1 coffee drink or tea and 1 chocolate bar per day for life
    • Eternal Ethereal Love
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Funding period

- (32 days)