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Please help us to rejuvenate a beautiful old pile of bricks and bring a new Coffee/Records/Yoga/Hair Salon to Cliftonville, Margate.
Please help us to rejuvenate a beautiful old pile of bricks and bring a new Coffee/Records/Yoga/Hair Salon to Cliftonville, Margate.
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Margate is undergoing a cultural and economic renaissance and almost immediately after visiting last year we decided to relocate. We were excited by the possibilities, energy and the architecture - particularly in Cliftonville, an area to the east of the town centre.

There seemed to us a big gap in the local market for a coffee shop and yoga studio, as this was something we looked for as residents we figured others would too. 

We started looking for vacant shops, viewed a few and found a lovely small space in the heart of Cliftonville, only for it to fall through. Then one day by chance we wandered into this magnificent place across the road and the Cliffs community spcae idea was born. 

As the space was generous we decided to include a secondhand record shop as this is another interest we have - and after chatting to a hair-stylist friend we realised we also had space for a salon!

Cliftonville as a community is changing fast - lots of new families and younger residents - and we think Cliffs could be a great addition to the area and provide useful amenities. 

The space we have found has incredible potential to offer so much more to the community than it currently does. Creating a few local jobs at Cliffs is also part of our long-term goal. We are sourcing local farmers for milk and local bakeries for cakes and pastries. Cliffs could become a true hub of local activity and enterprise.

Mobility-scooters not included.
Mobility-scooters not included.

We fell in love with this neglected building the first time we walked in - even though the work it needed was beyond our start-up budget. The space was ideal for our project plans and we saw huge potential if we could find some extra funds on top of our savings to afford the renovation costs...

This is where you come in! 

Back-facade horror-story.
Back-facade horror-story.

The three-storey, 420 sq metre/4,500 sq ft building needs some fundamental work - replacement windows, various repairs due to vandalism and general neglect - as well new heating/lighting/electrics/plumbing........ the list goes on.

Ground floor wonder room.
Ground floor wonder room.
Sorry summary of most areas.
Sorry summary of most areas.

On the ground floor we plan to house the coffee bar and seating areas with the secondhand record shop. There is an awning and space at the front for seasonal outdoor seating too.

Majestic first floor.
Majestic first floor.
Sunroof. Ideally should have glass in all panels..!
Sunroof. Ideally should have glass in all panels..!

On the upper floor the hair salon "Stirling" will be at the top of the stairs (once we open up the big bay windows and bring in the natural light). At the front there will be more of a lounge-feel with more records, listening stations and further seating, with potential for gallery/exhibition space.

The basement (approximately the full length and width of the building) is in the worst state of dilapidation. This is where the yoga will happen - as well as other community and commercial activities which need a nice big private space.  

A few snaps of the basement. Shabby chic?
A few snaps of the basement. Shabby chic?

We eventually plan to open a kitchen and serve food, and hopefully secure a licence for evening events - but we'll work up to this once we're off the ground. It's the initial overall work we need to finance, and we hope this is something you can help us with.

* work in progress graphic identity
* work in progress graphic identity
Proposed new facade design.
Proposed new facade design.
Stop resisting, everyone loves a tote bag.
Stop resisting, everyone loves a tote bag.

Risks and challenges

The shop needs to pass the usual local authority checks to be licensed as a new business, however it has been trading as a commercial retail space for years so there is no change of use. It is obviously in a bad state of repair so that is where our challenges lie - however we are a couple of designers with experience in commercial projects, with a lot of handy friends!

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    A hot drink for someone who cannot afford one. Add to the our tab of charitable drinks to be redeemed by those in need: http://www.coffeesharing.com/

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    A "breakfast blow-dry*" - speedy blow-dry inc. scalp/shoulder massage accompanied by a coffee and a pastry.

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    Coffees delivered to your workplace* and a handshake for all.

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    A yoga class and a coffee once a week for a month, a Cliffs big tote bag and a massive thank you.

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    A coffee, £200 value of records, a Cliffs record bag and a massive thank you.

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    A coffee a day for a year, a Cliffs big tote bag and an extra big thank you.

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    A coffee a day for LIFE*. And a huge thank you.

    *or 5 years. Whichever comes first.

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