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Steve & Cheryl Kraus hope to raise $43,500 to open a second store location in the Pendleton Arts District of West Greenville.

  We are Steve and Cheryl Kraus, co-owners of Upcountry Provisions Bakery and Bistro in Travelers Rest SC. Recently we had an awesome opportunity to be part of an urban revitalization effort, right in the heart of West Greenville. And even though we love what we are doing, and love serving the community of Travelers Rest, we jumped at the opportunity and are looking forward to grow in this new location, right here in the west end, at the intersection of Pendleton and Perry Streets. It’s a huge endeavor for us, we have to build a kitchen from the ground up and we are going to need some help with that. So that’s why we are making this Kickstarter video.

  This second location in the Village of West Greenville is going to be an extension of what we are already doing. We will still make breakfast lunch and dinner in Travelers Rest, but now we will be able to participate in another community and hopefully pick up where Hosea’s left off in serving the Brandon Mill community and celebrating the children of the Shriners hospital. We have already started bringing birthday cupcakes to the Shriners kids and the William Hosea family is in the process of digging out some recipes from their attic, so that we can offer an original Hosea’s menu item... hopefully one of his famous doughnut recipes. We also want to have a place you can come, with your friends and eat or meet your friends for coffee and pastries, bring your kids. It’s just going to be a casual fun place to hang out and eat. We can’t wait to see what the future holds and what the new restaurant looks like, so please help us out. And we have lots of fun rewards, we are planning a big grand opening party, and we have lots of other stuff planned, so we hope you get on board!

What we need from investors:

  This project is a two phase project. First, we have met with the City of Greenville and Dept of Health (Dhec) about this project and have plans to build a skeleton kitchen in West Greenville to reduce the start up costs by at least half. We are able to use our kitchen in Travelers Rest as a commissary kitchen where we produce all of our breads and baked goods, until we complete phase two of the Pendleton St location, which will include a full bakery with a baker’s oven and refrigerated display cases.In order to complete phase one of our project, we are asking for $43,500. It breaks down to $30,200 for equipment such as water heaters, a mixer, a sandwich line, a conveyor belt toaster oven, etc..., and $13,300 for building upfitting and operations such as adding higher voltage electrical and bringing a gas line into the building. Any additional funds that are raised in this campaign will be used for the second phase of this project.

  At Furman Cheryl studied Business Admin, concentrating  as much as possible in Social Entrepreneurship, which along with the time she spent volunteering in the Prescott community of West Oakland, has helped her understand how food (such as the Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland) can remind a once thriving community how to emerge and even thrive.

   Here is our restaurant concept (essentially the same as our current restaurant in Travelers Rest): We would offer fresh soups, sandwiches and salads for lunch Tuesdays through Saturdays and First Fridays. To appeal to locals, we would also have a monthly cookbook club, a recipe sharing library, computer internet cafe, Wi-Fi, hopefully offer SNAP meals.

  I really appreciate being able to share our vision with you and hope that you become a part of this community too, by participating in our campaign. 

  Thank you so much for reading about our kickstarter campaign. Every donation goes such a long way for us! Every little bit helps our dream of opening a restaurant in this community in West Greenville’s Pendleton Arts District come true.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Starting a restaurant is shockingly expensive and difficult. The past two years have been a whirlwind for us, and with their accompanying expenditures. There is always risk in the restaurant business, especially when expanding to new location in an emerging market. However, while there are always new tricks of the trade to learn, this new location isn’t our first rodeo, and after doing much diligence about opening a second location, we believe that we have an understanding of the scope and expense of this new project.

Because there are uncertainties involved in building a kitchen, we ask for your patience and hope that you will enjoy our updates along the way. Your support will make the difference between this endeavor thriving and progressing at a healthy pace or moving along glacially due to an ongoing thirst for working capital.

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    A big ol' THANK YOU on our Facebook page and a pdf of our Bread 101 serving and storing tips!

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    An Upcountry Provisions “UP” durable logo sticker, perfect for tagging all your gear with, to show your Upcountry Provisions love. Also, a big ol' THANK YOU on our Facebook page and a pdf of our Bread 101 serving and storing tips!

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    8 Seasons of homemade soup and fresh bread. Each season you'll take home a quart of our delicious homemade soup and a fresh baked loaf of bread. Think Roasted Eggplant for Fall, Split Pea & Ham for Winter, and Tomato Chickpea for Summer. Plus an Upcountry Provisions logo sticker and chef coat. *Vegan and gluten-free options.

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    Event space rental for up to 25 people. Live music included! Food, beverages and gratuity NOT included. Available for breakfast, lunch or dinner, Tuesday through Saturday. Outside food and beverage NOT allowed. Location may be our Travelers Rest bakery.

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    We will add your name to our wall of fame, by commissioning an artist to create a piece in your honor. Its the perfect way to have a permanent presence in the Pendleton Arts District. Plus, tickets for 4 to attend our private pre-opening event.

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    Private Baking lessons by Steve, Cheryl and/or Kelli. We will offer a three hour private baking lesson either in your home or at our bakery in Travelers Rest for you and one friend. You pick your area of study, such as: yeasted bread 101, flat bread, bagels, cake decorating, fresh soups, sandwich making, student’s choice. Recipes and techniques will be included.

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    CSA 15 weeks of mixed veggies from our vegetable garden starting June and monthly loaf of fresh baked bread. Weekly basket of veggies will include at least 2 pounds of produce. CSA can be picked up Thursdays after 11am.

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    CSA 15 weeks of fresh bread from our bakery starting June. Bread can be picked up Thursdays after 11am. Bread offerings will include a variety of breads from our daily and weekekly bread schedule.

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    Private Baking lessons by Steve, Cheryl and/or Kelli. We will offer a four hour private baking lesson either in your home or at our bakery in Travelers Rest for you and up to four friends. You pick your area of study, such as: croissants, brioche, flat bread, bagels, baguettes, cake decorating, fresh soups, sandwich making, student’s choice. Recipes and techniques will be included.

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