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Help SweetStory preserve a historic part of Old Town and bring more Sweetness to our community.
Help SweetStory preserve a historic part of Old Town and bring more Sweetness to our community.
195 backers pledged $28,170 to help bring this project to life.

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At SweetStory, we’ve been perfecting our recipes and baking up sweet treats out of our 550 square foot bakery for the past three years.Located in historic Old Town Sherwood, Oregon, our delicious bars have graced countless dessert tables.Our decorated sugar cookies have brought smiles to the faces of Sherwood’s youngest residents.And our custom cakes have helped so many celebrate birthdays, baby showers, weddings and more throughout the area.

SweetStory Marbled Cheesecake Bars
SweetStory Marbled Cheesecake Bars

Now, we have an opportunity to bring a little sweetness to a beloved and historic home in Old Town.

The “tea house”, a turn of the century Victorian turned commercial building needs a new family.At over 1800 square feet, the new SweetStory will not only preserve this beautiful home, but help it continue its tradition of providing a wonderful gathering place in Old Town.And, of course, allow SweetStory to expand and serve the community it so loves.

Over the years, SweetStory has taken great joy in partnering with so many wonderful organizations in and around Sherwood.Cupcakes for the Harvest Festival Cake Walk, Oregon themed cakes for the elementary school, themed cookies for Voices for the Performing Arts, snacks and treats for Sherwood Foundation for the Arts, treats for Ladies Night Out and so much more.

"Cookie Factory" Fundraiser @ Elementary School
"Cookie Factory" Fundraiser @ Elementary School

Our new location will allow our guests to enjoy a sweet treat and a cup of coffee in our dining room.Open up space for more custom cakes.  Allocate additional space for our wholesale business.  And, enhance your overall SweetStory experience.

Your Kickstarter pledge will truly help make the  tea house Sweet.  Funds will be used for a "SweetStory makeover"...updating the interior, moving and enhancing equipment, wiring and plumbing, purchasing furnishings, etc.  Our design is in place, now we just need your help to bring it to life.

So, who are you supporting when you pledge on Kickstarter?  

SweetStory isn't just about who owns the business, but ALL the faces you see when you pop in for a treat.  We have a talented team of culinary professionals and guest service folks that help keep SweetStory running and support the local economy everyday.

As for the owners, Michele and Daron Howard.  Well, we're local Sherwood residents thru and thru.  We live right here in Sherwood along with our two boys.  Michele has been baking and making candy from the time she was old enough to reach the counter top.  And, Daron has been in marketing with several large, Oregon companies for the last 20 years (we let him get creative in the bakery, but keep him away from the ovens).

Now it's your turn...

  • Check out our fantastic rewards.  We have something for everyone at just about every level.
  • Pledge.  You'll be prompted to give your information so we know how to contact you (It's sort of like starting an account with Kickstarter).  All you have to do is enter your email and create a password.
  • Your pledge will be sent to Amazon for processing.  And, you'll only be charged if we reach our goal of $27,500.
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Thanks for Helping us make the tea house SWEET!

Risks and challenges

SweetStory has been successfully baking treats and partnering with the community for 2-1/2 years. Michele and her team continually create fantastic, new culinary experiences destined to keep thing fresh and bring in new customers. Daron has maintained a professional marketing career in Portland with a focus on retail marketing providing a wealth of ideas to continually promote SweetStory and keep it top of mind with its customer base.

While risks always exist when growing a young business, the tea house location also opens up many new opportunities for expansion. A larger kitchen, seating and enhanced retail space provide the perfect ingredients for baking up the next wonderful chapter in this sweet story.

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  • No, by becoming a backer, you are saying that you will support our project if we reach our goal. At the end of the project, if it has funded, then you will be charged whatever your pledge amount was! If we do not make our goal, then you will not be charged anything at all. Thank you for helping!

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    Every little bit counts! No matter what you give, let SweetStory say “Thank You” with one of our best selling cookies. Come on in to our new location and we’ll hook you up.

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    Sweeten your day with a sampler pack of three SweetStory cookies. You’ll get three of our best selling cookies, packaged up with a little ribbon and lots of our thanks! Local folks come on by our new location for this reward. Out of towners, we're happy to ship it to you.

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    Pop in to SweetStory and claim one dozen of our fantastic cupcakes. Our flavors change daily and include everything from Animal Cookie to Red Velvet. You’ll definitely find a favorite…or a new favorite. Plus, we’ll reserve a cookie and Cookie Sampler Pack for you too. For out of towners, we’ll package up a small sampler box of our favorite bars instead of cupcakes.

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    Betty, Peanut Butter, S’mores, and Lemon bars are just a start to SweetStory’s amazing selection of delicious bars. At the $150 level, you’ll receive a 12 Piece Sampler Box of our best selling bars. For local guests, pop on in and take your pick. Out of town guests, we’ll pack a box with our personal favorites that do best shipping around the country. If this weren’t encouragement enough, you’ll also receive all the rewards at the previous levels.

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    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    Make Mother's Day a SweetStory this year with our Kickstarter only Mother's Day Brunch! Your pledge reserves up to four seats for Sunday, May 11 at either 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.. Brunch includes both a savory and sweet menu with many of your favorites. Plus special treats just for Mom!

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    Our new space brings many wonderful opportunities. Commit $250 and we’ll reserve a spot for you and a friend for a Cupcake Topper Making or Cookie Decorating class. Plus, you get everything at the previous levels. For our out of town guests, we’ll craft up one dozen custom cupcake toppers (we’ll work with you to pick a theme) to add to your own cupcakes or treats.

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    Pledge $550 or more About $550

    We're Sweetening up this reward!! Let SweetStory create five wonderful treat baskets full of bars, fresh baked scones, cookies and pastries of your choice. Use them all at once or one at a time as a way to thank clients or as special gifts during the holidays. Our most popular baskets are Sunrise Sweets (scones, sweet breads and more) and Holiday Sweets (fun, Christmas themed baskets full of deliciousness). We're happy to mail this reward in the US.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Wow. Wow! And WOW! SweetStory wants to thank you with a private celebration at our new location. We’ll reward you and nine of your friends/family with One Sweet Night…a private tour of SweetStory, a glimpse into our future plans, and of course, dessert and cocoa service for all. Additionally, you’ll receive all other levels of rewards.

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