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Specialty coffee and hobby board games converge for a unique and fresh concept in central Indiana
Specialty coffee and hobby board games converge for a unique and fresh concept in central Indiana
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Hitherto Coffee & Gaming Parlour

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For more info about Hitherto, go to:

hithertocoffee.com

Thank you so much backers! Your support has ensured we can produce all of the amazing gear which we can't wait to get to you. Not only that, any extra funds will help us do even more amazing things to make Hitherto even better!

Being a backer has its perks. Not only do you get exclusive access, items, and bragging rights to say "I was there from the beginning", we want to say thank you by adding some stretch goals. Hitting these new milestones will add additional items, options, and upgrades.

Stretch Goals

$11,000 - Every backer at "The Hustler" level ($16) and above will get an ADDITIONAL complimentary drink with your pledge. UNLOCKED!

$12,000 -  If we hit this funding level, we will add another design option for T-shirts. UNLOCKED!

$13,000 - Every backer at "The Patron" level ($6) and above will get an ADDITIONAL decal sticker with your pledge. UNLOCKED!

$14,000 -  Hoodies! If we hit this level, we will print up hoodies. You will be able to upgrade your shirt to a hoodie in the pledge manager for an additional cost after the campaign, or simply add one to your pledge. Wearing Hitherto in layers has got to be an amazing experience...let's do it.

second design option for T-shirts

Hitherto Coffee & Gaming Parlour is a hybrid cafe, operating primarily as a full service specialty coffee and tea shop, but in addition, offering an extended retail selection dedicated to the wondrous world of tabletop board gaming. 

The vision of Hitherto revolves around an experience of building community and providing excellence in hospitality. A creative space where you can find refreshment, camaraderie, and engage in encouraging conversation and stimulation of the mind.

Founded by hospitality and specialty coffee industry veteran Chef Kevin Kerkhof, Hitherto is a culmination of 25 years of experience in culinary adventures from coast to coast that he is thrilled to bring back to his hometown of Greenfield, Indiana.  

The table is a special centerpiece to gathering. A place where we find nourishment and joy, relationship, thanksgiving, conversation, study, reflection, activity, and navigate life's journey.

It is a common place that involves significant importance in our lives, but also something that is easily forgotten and disregarded in our busy modern life.

At Hitherto, we want to provide a space that brings people together at the table to enrich each others' lives. This happens through the simple routine of food and drink, but we want to compliment this vision even further by bringing another tabletop enjoyment, hobby board gaming.

As a tabletop game purveyor, our goal is to bring others into a deeper experience of the hobby through events, selection, display, and conversation. Operating as a coffee shop creates a welcoming atmosphere, while the visibility of new games and people playing games will foster an active, fun, and engaging environment. Various events will be organized for social gatherings, as well as focus on teaching new games being released and familiar classics. Our gaming tables will also be able to be rented and reserved for a special personalized game time. 

MENU

Hitherto's menu will include an assortment of specialty sourced and prepared food and drink that will focus on:

  • Direct trade coffees and teas that can be traced to the farm of origin
  • A solid foundation of espresso based drinks prepared on one of the most sophisticated machines in the world
  • Selective manual brewing options to highlight coffees by origin, varietal, and processing method
  • House prepared syrups and sauces
  • Uniquely crafted tonics and elixirs utilizing in house infusions of herbs, spices, and aromatics
  • Freshly baked savory and sweet galettes (free-form pies)
  • Kosher artisan soft serve as a perfect compliment to your drink, galette, or to make your little one's day extra special
  • Selectively sourced ingredients, both locally and abroad, that will bring the best in culinary delights from around the world 
Hitherto's custom Slayer 3 group espresso machine - manufactured to specifications in Seattle, WA
Hitherto's custom Slayer 3 group espresso machine - manufactured to specifications in Seattle, WA

LOCATION

The cafe will be located at 1558 N State St in the Green Meadows Shopping Center. We looked for a location that was just the right size, central to Greenfield, accessible, with plenty of parking, and an easy, quick stop for your morning, afternoon, or evening commute!

{A fun fact about this endeavor is Kevin's very first job was working as a pie boy in high school at the Noble Roman's Pizza in Green Meadows. Hitherto will be opening just 3 doors down in the same center where it used to reside!} 

Our outdoor sign installed and lit up!

LAYOUT

Hitherto will have seating for over 60 people. The front of the house will have a general seating area, front service counter, waiting bench, a retail area for board games and cafe related merchandise, and a section of 4 Jasper gaming tables from boardgametables.com that can be rented for game time, utilized for events, or used as general seating. The counter area will have plenty of space to converse and hang out while your delicious items are being prepared. 

Front counter elevation concept (design subject to change)
Front counter elevation concept (design subject to change)
Front of the house
Front of the house
Board game table area elevation - reserve a table for your game night or it's general seating as well!
Board game table area elevation - reserve a table for your game night or it's general seating as well!

HOBBY BOARD GAMES

Hitherto will carry an expanded retail selection with a focus on hobby board games. Channeling more attention to this category of hobby games is a distinctive effort that allows us to provide better education, accessibility, and consistent events. We will carry some classics and many popular evergreen titles, but will also be devoted to curating and teaching the best of modern games being released.

In an age where thousands of games are being released every year, we will be active in sourcing the best of those games and hosting social events to educate and help bring the right games to you.

Pledging for a certain level will get you a different combination of rewards that we will mail to you when everything is ready and produced after the campaign. Please note that shipping charges are separate and will be collected when you confirm your address and product selections after the campaign is over.

A LOCAL PICKUP OPTION WILL BE AVAILABLE! Coordination will be communicated after the campaign and opening. There will be no additional charge for local pickup.

$1 The Observer

Ever wondered what it would be like to open up a coffee shop or new business? Grab some popcorn and get ready! This level will send you updates of the project. You will still get updates if you pledge at any level, so why not jump in a little further and get some spoils from the adventure we are about to embark!

$6 The Patron

Grab a drink of your choice when we open and decorate your car, laptop, or travel mug with a sticker! This also includes updates along the way as mentioned in "The Observer" pledge.

$16 The Hustler

The 52 card deck - So many games. So many options. Get the first edition playing card deck from Hitherto. Surely a collectors item! This level also includes everything in "The Patron"

$25 The Contender

Here you get a limited edition first player token/shelf ornament of Ebenezer, the Hitherto Owl, made by our friends at Meeple Realty! They make amazing game inserts and have come up with a special piece for our project. Not only that, you'll get a sweet bag to put everything in! This level also includes everything in "The Hustler" pledge level.

$35 The Enthusiast

Getting excited? We can tell. You're probably lucky too, which is why in this level you will get some custom Hitherto dice - because you are on a roll! This level also includes everything in "The Contender" pledge level. 

$55 The Promoter

You're beautiful. Especially in one of our soft and luxurious T-shirts! Choose from a unisex crew cut or a girl cut V neck style. Size and color will be selected in the pledge manager after the campaign. Sizes available are SM-2XL (girls cut V neck) and SM-3XL  (crew cut). 2XL V neck and 3XL size add +$2.00. We are looking at having youth sizes available in the pledge manager in select colors. This level also includes everything in "The Enthusiast" pledge level. Face it, you are enthusiastic too. You can keep that title moving forward and become more enthusiastic with every level up!

$75 The Aficionado

You know what is good, and you'll find it right here in this level. Getting all this swag, you want to bring the Hitherto experience right into your home. Good idea. A specialty sourced and fresh roasted 12 oz bag of our premium coffee. All the feels. This level also includes everything in "The Promoter" pledge level.

$100 The Connoisseur

What better way to drink your coffee than with your own custom branded Hitherto mug! The word on the street is that it tastes even better. You should back at this level to make sure! How about another complimentary drink? Done. This level also includes everything in "The Aficianado" pledge level

$200 The VIP

Want to be like the cool kids? Well become a VIP and join us for a special event where you and a guest can enjoy an evening of food, drink, games, and socializing! You'll also get a special goodie bag from attending the event, and we'll complete your fashion wardrobe with your choice of a Hitherto beanie or cap. This pledge level also includes everything in "The Connoisseur" pledge level. VIP event day and time will be determined as we get closer to opening. If you are unable to attend the event (or one of the events pending on demand), we'll make sure to take care of you another time you drop by the cafe. 

$275 The Champion VIP

You are going to leave an impactful mark, and a mighty one for that! Why do we say "Champion"? Well, because you are one! Travel safely with your coffee and keep it hot (or cold!) with our MiiR travel cup, plus fill that mug up with a complimentary drink a month for the whole year! Your goodie bag just got bigger too! This level will get you everything available in the campaign, and bragging rights for years to come. You are a true Champion! 

$1300 The Sponsor

The ultimate of all levels! Limited to four backers, you will get to immortalize one of our Jasper gaming tables with your name, company name, or a name of your choice [name is subject to approval - nothing divisive, controversial, and must be family friendly]. We will produce a placard with the name for all to see! Also get a personal gaming session with Kevin "chefarista" with up to 4 additional guests for a night of fun at your newly named table! This level includes everything in the Champion VIP level as well. 

Do you want to add an item that isn't included in your pledge, or do you want multiple items of the same? Not a problem! After the Kickstarter campaign is over, all backers will be sent a survey link to what is called a "PLEDGE MANAGER", where you will confirm your address and items you pledged for on Kickstarter. The link will take you to what looks like an online store, where you can add items to what you ordered and pick the details for your swag (sizes, styles, and colors of items). This makes it easy for you to confirm you have everything you like, update your shipping address, and also not have to pledge through multiple accounts to get everything you want. 

To add on items to your pledge, click on the green "manage my pledge" button at the top of the project page. Click on the blue button that says "change your pledge". Here you can change your pledge level or change the dollar amount you are pledging. Add up the item(s) you would like to get and add this to your pledge amount. If you have trouble please don't hesitate to reach out! 

Shipping will be collected AFTER the Kickstarter campaign is over in the pledge manager. This will help get you the most accurate and best shipping prices based on where you are located and what you would like to add to your pledge.

THERE WILL BE A LOCAL PICKUP OPTION! More info to follow after the campaign. 

These prices are estimated ranges for the pledge levels and subject to change. For the USA, shipping prices start to go up at the Promoter level, and for Canada and the rest of the world it starts going up at the Contender level. Connoisseur is the upper tier. VIP and Champion VIP are limited to the USA only. If you are from outside the USA and would like to pledge for a VIP level, please contact us. Any add ons will cause shipping charges to increase beyond these estimates. If you are unsure of add ons based on shipping charges, you can wait for the pledge manager to see the actual rate.

Rewards will be shipped from the USA. If you live outside the USA, please be aware you may be liable for taxes imposed by your country for import. Check with your local postal authority for rates.

Kickstarter is a platform that creators can use to help "kickstart" their project or idea through a means called "crowdfunding". Starting a small business takes a tremendous amount of time, work, and in most cases, capital. By presenting our idea ahead of opening, this gives an opportunity for the community to be directly involved in the success of getting started and make Hitherto even better. Whether you are near or far, you can play an integral part in that process.

Even though we are not open yet, your pledge for various treats, merchandise, and events in advance will help us add additional amenities, features, retail selection, and equipment that we currently would not be able to have when opening Hitherto. 

Besides simply feeling amazing while drinking our coffee in your new swag and a pat on the back for supporting a small local business, you will also get a front row seat to see this place come to life. Kevin will personally provide updates on the progress along the way. Ever want to know what it's like to open a cafe? Well, grab some popcorn and get ready!

Any and all funds raised from this campaign will have a significant impact, and we appreciate your consideration in supporting this project! 

There are various pledge levels in boxes on the right side of the screen of the project page (or under the main page on your mobile device). Find the one you like, and click the green "select this reward" button. It will take you through a series of prompts where you will confirm your pledge and enter your credit/debit card info.

Kickstarter allows you to either set up an account where you can pledge for other projects or pledge as a guest. You will not be charged until the campaign ends and ONLY if we hit our funding goal.

If you have any questions on backing, please check out the FAQ page on Kickstarter HERE. Likewise, please feel free to message Kevin directly through the creator profile. 

We are incredibly thankful to have these organizations' expertise, contributions, and talents in helping bring Hitherto to life! 

Our Kickstarter project will be utilizing CrowdOx for managing backer selections for their pledge. CrowdOx creates a streamlined backer interface where you can easily update/change your address and add additional rewards to your pledge. Check out their website for more info.

Risks and challenges

This is my fourth Kickstarter project, and I have successfully delivered rewards to well over 4,000 individuals prior to this campaign, all over the world, with Quiver Gaming Gear. I am familiar with logistics, communication, and expectations as a backer, and have backed well over 100 projects personally. I look forward to delivering an exceptional experience through your partnership in this campaign.

While I do not anticipate any issues, there are risks and challenges that may occur along the way. Production could encounter equipment, material, and labor issues, delaying the project. Building out a cafe has many moving parts that can cause a delay opening. Shipping can experience issues as well. Acts of God are always a possibility.

I have everything in place to ensure this project's successful fulfillment and opening of Hitherto Coffee & Gaming Parlour. I am confident and prepared to deliver your rewards to you and open as soon as everything is in place.

By backing this project, you will need to respond to a survey sent after the campaign is over to fulfill your rewards. Not filling out this survey will cause significant delay and/or possible forfeiture of what you had pledged for. If you do not respond within 8 weeks of your survey being sent, your pledge will be considered donation and complete. You may write and request your reward after this time period, however there is no guarantee of availability. We rely on your survey to know how much of an item to produce and get both size and type. We want to get your pledge to you in its entirety and as soon as possible. Please be responsible and fill it out right away! It is in everyone's best interest.

REFUND POLICY

Our promise is to deliver an exceptional experience as a backer of this project with rewards you are going to absolutely love. Due to the scope of this project and the reliance and commitment of these funds to produce your rewards and open the cafe, there is no refund policy.

Please do not pledge to back this project if you do not agree to these terms.

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    The Observer

    Follow along as we bring Hitherto to life! Get project updates and behind the scenes footage.

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    The Patron

    Grab a drink of your choice when we open and decorate your car, laptop, or cup with a decal sticker! Free shipping in the US. Shipping outside of the US will be collected after the campaign in the backer survey.

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    The Hustler

    Get one of our custom branded decks of playing cards! Perfect for an evening of any of your favorite card games. Poker, Texas Hold 'em, Blackjack, Hearts, and of course the midwest and Indiana favorite - Euchre! Shipping will be collected after the campaign in the backer survey, see shipping section for details.

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    • complimentary drink
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    The Contender

    A limited edition first player Hitherto owl token from Meeple Realty and a tote to hold your swag! Plus everything in "The Hustler". Shipping will be collected after the campaign in the backer survey, see shipping section for details.

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    • Hitherto first player token
    • tote
    • Hitherto playing card deck
    • complimentary drink
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    The Enthusiast

    Get 6 custom Hitherto owl eye dice! Plus get everything in "The Contender". Shipping will be collected after the campaign in the backer survey, see shipping section for details.

    Includes:
    • 6 custom Hitherto dice
    • Hitherto first player token
    • tote
    • Hitherto playing card deck
    • complimentary drink
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    The Promoter

    A Hitherto T-shirt! Choose your size and type after the campaign is over. Plus this includes everything in "The Enthusiast" pledge level. Shipping will be collected after the campaign in the backer survey, see shipping section for details.

    Includes:
    • Hitherto T-shirt
    • 6 custom Hitherto dice
    • Hitherto first player token
    • tote
    • Hitherto playing card deck
    • complimentary drink
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    The Aficianado

    Time for a cup of heaven! This level includes a 12 oz bag of one of our delicious specialty coffees. This level also includes everything in "The Promoter". Shipping will be collected after the campaign in the backer survey, see shipping section for details.

    Includes:
    • 12 oz bag of Hitherto coffee
    • Hitherto T-shirt
    • 6 custom Hitherto dice
    • Hitherto first player token
    • tote
    • Hitherto playing card deck
    • complimentary drink
    • sticker
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    The Connoisseur

    An amazing level of greatness! Not only will you look amazing in one of our shirts, taking selfies with our mug is even better! Plus you'll get an extra complimentary drink to fill it up. It also includes everything in "The Aficionado". Shipping will be collected after the campaign in the backer survey, see shipping section for details.

    Includes:
    • Hitherto ceramic mug
    • 12 oz bag of Hitherto coffee
    • Hitherto T-shirt
    • 6 custom Hitherto dice
    • Hitherto first player token
    • tote
    • Hitherto playing card deck
    • 2 complimentary drinks
    • sticker
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    The VIP

    You and a guest are invited to a special VIP event! We will set some special time aside either before or after opening for gaming, fun, and VIP treatment, plus get a special goodie bag! Cover that fine head of yours with either a trucker hat or beanie. This level also gets you everything in "The Champion". Date and time for VIP event will be determined when we get closer to opening. Shipping will be collected after the campaign in the backer survey, see shipping section for details.

    Includes:
    • VIP event for 2
    • Hitherto trucker hat or beanie
    • Hitherto goodie bag
    • Hitherto ceramic mug
    • 12 oz bag of Hitherto coffee
    • Hitherto T-shirt
    • 6 custom Hitherto dice
    • Hitherto first player token
    • tote
    • Hitherto playing card deck
    • 2 complimentary drinks
    • sticker
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    Champion VIP

    The best is yet to come. Travel safely with your coffee and keep it hot (or cold!) with our MiiR travel cup, plus fill that mug up with a complimentary drink a month for the whole year! This level will get you everything available in the campaign and bragging rights for years to come. You are a true Champion! Shipping will be collected after the campaign in the backer survey, see shipping section for details.

    Includes:
    • A complimentary drink a month for a year
    • Hitherto travel mug
    • VIP event for 2
    • Hitherto trucker hat or beanie
    • Hitherto goodie bag
    • Hitherto ceramic mug
    • 12 oz bag of Hitherto coffee
    • Hitherto T-shirt
    • 6 custom Hitherto dice
    • Hitherto first player token
    • tote
    • Hitherto playing card deck
    • 2 complimentary drinks
    • sticker
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    The Sponsor

    The ultimate of all levels! Limited to four backers, you will get to immortalize one of our gaming tables with your name, company name, or a name of your choice (subject to approval). Also get a personal gaming session with Kevin "chefarista" with up to 4 additional guests for a night of fun at your newly named table! This level includes everything in the Champion VIP level as well. Shipping will be collected after the campaign in the backer survey, see shipping section for details.

    Includes:
    • Name one of our gaming tables!
    • Personal gaming time with Kevin and up to 4 other guests
    • A complimentary drink a month for a year
    • Hitherto travel mug
    • VIP event for 2
    • Hitherto trucker hat or beanie
    • Hitherto goodie bag
    • Hitherto ceramic mug
    • 12 oz bag of Hitherto coffee
    • Hitherto T-shirt
    • 6 custom Hitherto dice
    • Hitherto first player token
    • tote
    • Hitherto playing card deck
    • sticker
    • 2 complimentary drinks
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Funding period

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