Funded! This project was successfully funded on September 15, 2011.

Update #8

"Final" Update from Kickstarter

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Happy Leap Day Kickstarter funders and fans!

We have been busy prepping to launch our first permanently placed store this summer in Seattle. It's been exciting to take this time to go even deeper into our planning and development, and build stronger relationships with community groups, City officials, and partners.  While we haven't yet selected a location, we are hard at work in several communities including South Park, Delridge, Skyway, Seatac, and SE Seattle.  

If you are not already following us on our social media outlets, please consider following us on:

After this update, we will no longer send updates to you via our kickstarter account - so those sites will be your resources for staying up-to-date on what we're doing and where we're going.

As always, thank you for your unbelievable support - we couldn't have done it without you.

Thank you,
Carrie and Jacqueline


Update #7

A new year, A new Stockbox

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Dear Stockbox Supporters,

As you might imagine, we have made a lot of exciting New Year's resolutions for Stockbox in 2012, to ensure that we deliver on our mission of bringing good food to more people.  But, first, we wanted to give you a quick update on your thank you gifts!

Thank You's
By now, you should have received your official Stockbox kickstarter thank you gifts in the mail.  If you have not, please contact Jacqueline (jacqueline@stockboxgrocers.com): we may not have received your address or may need to re-send your gift.  For those of you who pledged over $100, we will be following up with you shortly to make arrangements for the more detailed gifts: your photo over the register; your likeness on the side of the first store; and the $1000 level donor dinner.

Next Steps
Our goal is to open 2 stores in 2012, starting this Spring. We are working closely with our partners, suppliers, designers, and advisors to make sure these stores build on the lessons learned during the prototype and fulfill our commitment to the community.  Please stay tuned to our website, Facebook page, and Twitter account for updates on where these stores will be and when they will open.  

Thank you again for your support for Stockbox Grocers through kickstarter - we really could not have done it without you!  We hope you will continue to join us in supporting our work in opening stores in 2012.

Thank you again,
The team at Stockbox Grocers 

 

 


Update #6

Update on Stockbox store and thank you's

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Hello Stockbox supporters!

We are well into week 6 of our pop-up store in Delridge, with less than 2 weeks to go before we close up shop (no worries....it's only temporary!), so we figured this was a good time to give you an update on what we've been doing....

The store
Our little store has only been open for 6 weeks, so it's a little sad to start prepping to close it down, but we honestly can't think of a better way to start this business. The prototype has provided us with invaluable information on how we need to design our store; our inventory/supply options; and our marketing and outreach needs.  It has also enabled us to build stronger relationships with our customers who have been blown away by the inventory selection and pricing - and the fact that there's a grocery store in their parking lot!

Press
Good Magazine, Fast Company, Komo TV, Q13 Fox, Grist, Real Change, city and community papers, countless national blogs, and even a few international sites covered the launch of Stockbox Grocers. We also have some more press coming out in the next few weeks (and months) in the New York Times, Seattle Magazine, Seattle Business Magazine, and the Seattle Metropolitan Magazine.  And, to top it off, Stockbox hit the road in October, in order to present in the Entrepreneurship Showcase at the Slow Money national gathering, in San Francisco.  

You officially are a part of something very big. 

Next steps
We have really enjoyed our time in the store and have met some pretty amazing people along the way.  This experience has made us even more excited to move forward with our next steps. While it will be difficult to close down the store next week, this will allow us to rebuild our plans and launch something even bigger and stronger next spring. We are currently scouting locations for stores in Delridge, South Park, and Skyway, with the goal of opening 2-4 stores next year.

This means that we will need to secure some more financing and build more partnerships, but we feel confident that we are on the right track!

Thank you's
One of our biggest priorities post-prototype, is to prepare all of our thank you notes and thank you gifts to our Kickstarter donors. We really could not have done this without you and we have been actually anxious to sit down and write those notes! Thank you for your patience and for all of your continued support. 

Still some time to shop!
If you haven't stopped by Stockbox yet, our last week might be a good time to do.  We will be clearing out the inventory, with a big sale that starts this Sunday and goes until our last day on November 6th.  Everything will be 25-75% off, including 7th Generation, Method, Newman's Own, Campbell's, Hunts, Western Family, Annie's, and more.  This is definitely a good time to stock up for the rainy season!

We hope to see you in the store and don't forget to stay posted to Facebook, Twitter and our website for more updates on our next steps!

Thank you,

Stockbox Grocers


Update #5

You did it!

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Dear Stockbox Supporters,

Thank you so much for putting us over the $20,000 mark on our kickstarter campaign! This financing will be available to us in a couple weeks and we are already putting it to good use in funding the Delridge prototype store that launched this week.

Only 5 weeks ago, the Stockbox team was anxious about hitting $12,500, let alone $15,000. We had set it as a stretch goal and were soon blown away by the amount of support we received from each and every one of our 195 funders.  We don't know all of you. And, for those of you who we do know, we haven't been able to reach out to all of you to thank you personally for making a contribution to our business.  Regardless....please know that each donation to the kickstarter campaign meant the world to us.  We are truly inspired by your generosity and excitement - we will work hard to make you proud.

We expect that the next couple months will be an amazing flurry of activity: following up on press calls, approaching potential permanent parking lot partners, innovating on our model, building relationships in the community, and transforming Stockbox from a concept to a living, breathing reality.  And, while we've said it a thousand times before, it has never been more true: that we invite you to join us in launching this good food revolution, based out of a reclaimed shipping container, in a parking lot near you!

Please stop by the store, drop us a note, stay posted to the Facebook page, and follow us in the press - Stockbox is going places and you are officially along for the ride.

If you ever have any questions, please feel free to contact us at: carrie@stockboxgrocers.com and jacqueline@stockboxgrocers.com

Thank you again for your support - we couldn't do what we do without you!

The team at Stockbox Grocers: Carrie, Jacqueline, Eliza, and Michael


Update #4

Prototype Opens on Monday

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Good afternoon Stockbox supporters!

We wanted to check in with you to give you an update on our fundraising and on our busy, busy, busy week. To start: we have 4 days to go and are striving to close in on $20,000 on our kickstarter campaign, which means that we have around $2800 to go!  Keep up the good work on spreading the word.

We are also excited to share that our temporary store is coming together!  The very first Stockbox landed into its 3 parking spaces at the West Haven Apartments on Tuesday; inventory and refrigeration soon followed; the electricians arrived to set up our temporary pole; and then the access ramp moved in. And that was just Day 1.  

By Friday, we had stocked most of our inventory, secured our final land-use permit inspection, hooked up the electricity, arranged our facade signage, and coordinated some interior details such as curtains, community boards, and a register area.  We have our final health department inspection on Monday and plan on opening for business at 2pm!

If all goes according to plan, we will have opened our first store in less than a week's time.

The most exciting part of the work thus far has not been the store (although that has been pretty exciting, but the people.  Every day groups of neighbors stop in to check out what we're doing and see what's on the shelves.  Their response has been absolutely inspiring: we've heard stories of how hard it is to get groceries in the neighborhood; requests on what they'd like to see in the store; and exclamations when they discover that we have just what they're looking for.  On top of that, we have heard time and time again that we've clearly done our homework on the inventory (way to go Jacqueline!) and that the store is actually bigger than they realized (who knew that 160 square feet could feel big?).

The West Haven Apartments are on 24th and SW Holden in Delridge. Stockbox will be open from 2-8 on weekdays and 8-8 on weekends - stop by and visit us any day!

The Stockbox Grocers Team: Carrie, Jacqueline, Eliza, and Michael


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    An official Stockbox thank you note – because, hey, you rock and we know it!

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    an "I Heart Stockbox" bumper sticker, so that you can officially ride (or bike) in good food style....in addition to previous rewards.

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    Your picture posted over the register in our prototype store, which is a great way to promote your personal brand and your Stockbox pride.....in addition to previous rewards.

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    A Stockbox Grocers reusable grocery bag, because everybody likes to save the planet one bag at a time....in addition to previous rewards.

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    Limited edition print, designed by Seattle artist Flynn Bickley, which celebrates Good Food, Community, and Shipping Container Design! You get to support good food and own some seriously cool art.....in addition to previous rewards.

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    Your likeness or business name drawn into the mural on the side of our first permanent store (coming Spring 2012) – we’re talking permanent fame.....in addition to previous rewards.

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    Invitation to an exclusive dinner with the Stockbox founders....in addition to our undying love and adoration, and all previous rewards. (dinner located in Seattle, WA)

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