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Jameson YinglingBy Jameson Yingling
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Jameson YinglingBy Jameson Yingling
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$29,712
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, March 18 2019 11:59 PM UTC +00:00

About

Sugarshack Live Music Café: Music, Drinks, Eats, Community

Sugarshack Live Music Café (the "Sugarshack") is the latest step in our amazing journey. With your help, we will:

(1) open a café & live music venue in Bonita Springs, FL where you can experience the good vibes of the Sugarshack in person.  (2) Increase the quantity, quality, & types of content published on our YouTube channel. (3) Improve our business to make it sustainable in order to continue to keep this dream going and growing community through live music.

Here's what we need & here's what we will do.
Here's what we need & here's what we will do.

Speaking of that journey, this is a great opportunity for us to tell you more about the Sugarshack story & how all of this came to be...

Sugarshack Sessions was a YouTube series started by five friends (Eddie Kopp, Alex Casement, Arian Antonucci, Justin Kaczmarek, & Spencer Paterson) as a passion project in a backyard in Bonita Springs in 2014. We featured bands performing raw & intimate live acoustic performances. The idea: to do something we loved with people we cared about to create something positive for others. We filmed local bands to provide them high quality video & audio content to promote themselves. We did it for free while we continued to work our day jobs. The seed was planted, and we tended to it. And it sprouted…

2014: Humble Beginnings
2014: Humble Beginnings

Sugarshack Inc. became our startup business founded by the five original Sugarshack Sessions partners and Jameson W. Yingling, who joined as 6th partner in April 2016. The vision was to create a multimedia company offering creative services, including audio & video production, photography, graphic design, & creative consultation, while continuing to grow the acoustic sessions series into a digital music channel. After two years of grinding with full time jobs while keeping our dream project going, we made the leap. We quit our other jobs and went for it.

The partners (L to R): Arian, Justin, Eddie, Jameson, Alex, Spencer
The partners (L to R): Arian, Justin, Eddie, Jameson, Alex, Spencer

Sugarshack Music Channel has grown from that backyard hobby into an online community of more than 100,000 subscribers from all across the world serving local, emerging, and national artists. It was built from scratch, starting with nothing but cameras/audio equipment, a backyard, and a whole lot of love, blood, sweat, & tears. And we still provide the channel content free of charge to the bands! 

Filming Acoustic Session w/ Rebelution in St. Petersburg, FL - 2018
Filming Acoustic Session w/ Rebelution in St. Petersburg, FL - 2018

In order to take the next steps and keep this dream alive, we need to raise at least $100K. So we are asking our supporters and subscribers to help us raise our first round of capital fundraising. With these funds, we will invest in new equipment to keep producing content for our digital community and make renovations, stocking, & staffing preparations to open the café. 

Music has the potential to connect, inspire, uplift, and transform individuals and communities. We believe the Sugarshack Café will be a realization of those highest possibilities. It’s been an incredible journey to this point. Now we need your help to take the next steps. Please support us by donating. Thank you for supporting the Shack!

Risks and challenges

Starting up a restaurant/live music based concept is always a risk. This is especially true for us, as it's our first venture of this kind. These include:
-Location
We have identified at least one suitable space to lease and are searching for alternatives. Identifying, negotiating terms, renovating, & opening a space can be a time consuming process. But, we have a our real estate team working on finding the perfect space for us and are confident we will find a great solution.
-Learning Curve
Starting any new business includes much to learn and execute. Thankfully, we have a team of advisors that includes restauranteurs, lawyers, real estate, & entrepreneurs who are collaborating with us to help us develop this vision, a robust business plan, & assist in its execution.
-Competition
The redeveloping downtown corridor is currently with few competitors for this market. By acting now, we can capitalize on this lack of supply. There are some major housing projects currently in construction that will bring a significant population increase into this area with projected increase in demand in the next five years.
-Cost of Starting & Operating
This capital is absolutely essential to this project. Without these kickstarter funds, we will not be able to afford to take this next step.
-Bandwidth
How will we be able to run two full-time businesses? Well, the majority of our multimedia company is only assisting the cafe during the fundraising efforts. A General Manager & staff will be hired to manage daily operations of the cafe while our existing multimedia staff continues to crush it at creating high quality digital content! Additionally, we have secured sub-tenants (Narrative & Wally's) to operate the coffee & food components of the cafe.

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    Pledge $2 or more About $2.00

    Keep it up! I'm just here for the ride!

    A $2 gift to the cause just to help us keep the Sugarshack channel going & growing. Every little bit counts! We're stoked to have you in our community & helping us along on this journey.

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    Support the Shack Video Download

    Exclusive thank you video from the Sugarshack team & some of your favorite artists! Download it & post to your social media account showing off your love & support of the Sugarshack.

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    Support the Shack Limited Edition Poster

    A poster designed & created by the Sugarshack team exclusively for this kickstarter.

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    • Exclusive Sugarshack Poster
    • 3-Pack of Sugarshack Stickers
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    Support the Shack Tee

    A T-Shirt exclusive for backers of this kickstarter. Wear your support of the Sugarshack loud & proud.

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    Sugarshack Coffee: Good Morning!

    The very first Sugarshack roast, a small batch locally roasted whole bean coffee brought to you by our friends at Narrative Coffee Roasters AND the very first Sugarshack coffee mug. Start your day off right with Narrative & Sugarshack: caffeinated good vibes.

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    • Sugarshack Roast Small-Batch Whole Bean Coffee (12 oz. Bag)
    • Sugarshack Coffee Mug
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    Support the Shack Swag Combo Pack

    Can't decide on just one option? Get the combo pack & fill up on sweet swaggy goodness!

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    • Exclusive Sugarshack T-Shirt
    • Exclusive Sugarshack Poster
    • 3-Pack of Sugarshack Stickers
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    Attend a Sugarshack Live Show!

    Ever want to experience the Sugarshack vibe in person? This is the incentive for you! We will be hosting at least 12 of our Live & Direct shows with various bands. This incentive gets you one ticket to one of the shows where you will be a part of our live studio audience and get to experience the intimate, raw, & real energy of a Sugarshack Session in the form of a live show. Location, artist, and time to be determined.

    How this will work:
    Opting into this package entitles you to one ticket to be redeemed by December 2020. Starting in January 2020, we will be hosting the Sugarshack Live & Direct shows. The date, time, location, & artists will be announced at a later date, prior to the shows and a limited number of slots will be released to the Kickstarters who funded at this level and those slots for each show will be filled first come, first serve. This will continue until all eligible supporters have redeemed their tickets.

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    Attend a Sugarshack Live Show! (VIP)

    Ever want to experience the Sugarshack vibe in person & meet the band?! This is the incentive for you! We will be hosting at least 12 of our Live & Direct shows with various bands. This incentive gets you one ticket to one of the shows where you will be a part of our live studio audience and get to experience the intimate, raw, & real energy of a Sugarshack Session in the form of a live show. Location, artist, and time to be determined.

    How this will work:
    Opting into this package entitles you to one ticket to be redeemed by December 2020. Starting in Jan. 2020, we will be hosting the Sugarshack Live & Direct shows. The date, time, location, & artists will be announced at a later date, prior to the shows and a limited number of slots will be released to the Kickstarters who funded at this level and those slots for each show will be filled first come, first serve. Meet & Greets will occur on the day of show. This will continue until all eligible supporters have redeemed their tickets.

    Includes:
    • 1 Ticket to a Sugarshack Live & Direct Show
    • 1 VIP Wristband with Meet & Greet Access
    • 1 Signed Sugarshack Poster (by Band TBA)
    • Thank You Video
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    Visit the Original Sugarshack

    Want to see where it all started? This level gets you a personal invite to be a guest at the private Sugarshack Backyard Recording Compound and experience a Sugarshack Session in person. This extremely limited experience allows you to:
    -Receive a personal tour of the original Sugarshack
    -Watch the filming/recording of a session from the green room deck
    -Meet the band
    -Receive a personalized behind-the-scenes photo album from your Sugarshack visit

    How this works:
    We provide you a list of possible dates to attend a private acoustic session at the Sugarshack Backyard Recording Compound in Bonita Springs, FL. Band/artist is to be announced and subject to change. You show up on your scheduled date and provide valid photo ID to gain admittance. Then you hang with us at the Shack and witness how a Sugarshack Session recording/filming. You are responsible for all travel, lodging, and any & all related costs.

    Includes:
    • 1 All-Access Pass to Sugarshack Backyard Recording Compound
    • 1 Personalized Photo Album of Your Visit
    • 1 Personalized Signed Sugarshack Poster (by band TBA)
    • Exclusive Sugarshack T-Shirt
    • Sugarshack Coffee Mug
    • 3-Pack of Sugarshack Stickers
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Funding period

- (41 days)