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A unique vegetarian-kosher-artisan pizza bakery unlike anything else around! Read more

Skokie, IL Food
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Funding Canceled

Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on December 1, 2012.

A unique vegetarian-kosher-artisan pizza bakery unlike anything else around!

Skokie, IL Food
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Debra

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Hi Everyone,

My name is Debra and this is my project.  At Soul Surfing Pizza we are creating a place where everyone feels welcome at the table. Until now, there hasn't been a venue where vegetarians and meat lovers can enjoy sharing the same meal with little or no awareness of each other’s dietary choices but there soon will be!  We will be the place where people can follow their heart, answer their desires, and simply enjoy themselves without any feelings of guilt or misgivings.  This is the venue we have created.  This is the reality we are about to bring to fruition.  Just knowing how close we are to succeeding in our efforts fills us with a certain feeling of “WOW” inside. 

Each item on our menu has been created in response to the requests or suggestions of current meat lovers, former meat lovers, vegetarians, vegans, those who keep kosher, those requiring gluten-free or those who simply want really great artisan pizza and other treats.  Our hours allow us to answer the community’s need for a place open late that invites the under twenty-one crowd in. Our location is designed so that our seating can accommodate the cozy couple or the larger after-event crowd, all in a fun environment with an outdoorsy feel and a great sound system. 

We are proud of what we have created.  The place we are opening is so unique and market ready a major Chicago magazine is already showing interest in us.  In fact, they are waiting for our go-ahead to include us in their "Places To Look For" as well as noting our opening on their website.  But to take this final step we need you.  So, please join us in creating an environment where all can eat and where good taste is the rule in a fun, friendly, healthy, attractive atmosphere, knowing your soul surfing experience began right now!!

Risks and challenges

The challenges we now face are twofold. The first is that one of our primary backers has disappeared. This investment was the final share and with it she took the start-up capital we were relying on for our first six months of operation. This has led to a delay of our grand opening, and the loss of the ever-profitable summer foot traffic. Nevertheless, our location near the Northwestern University campus has us just as excited to feed the many hungry students and families throughout the metropolitan area.

Our second issue is that the village unexpectedly did not enforcement of an adopted building code. This ordinance now limits our dine-in seating to less than the occupancy we had been originally relying upon. In order to make up for the smaller capacity, we have prepared a second cafe menu of items specially designed to allow faster turn over of our tables.

Soul Surfing is ready! Our staff is trained and enthusiastically awaits our opening; our exciting venue is ready to welcome a hungry community; and we have completed all the requirements to open our doors. Best of all, thanks to our loyal investors, everything needed to accomplish these goals has been paid for in full - we are now simply looking to fill the operational void left by our “Houdini”.

So create a little magic and with your help allow us to begin serving up the best artisan pizza Chicago will ever see.

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    A 5" x 7" black and white print of our wall mural (shown above) with a note of gratitude.

    Our mural is painted by C.B. Yampol, a local artist whose work graces the homes and offices of collectors nationwide.

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    A full color Postcard of our wall mural seen posted above stating our ever lasting gratitude, which you are welcome to present for a free gourmet hot chocolate specialty drink (you even get to keep the postcard)

    Please Note: Our Mural is painted by C.B. Yampol, a local artist whose work graces the homes and offices of multiple collectors)

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    An 8" x 16" full color print of our Soul Surfing mural and an invitation to join us for a free gourmet hot chocolate specialty drink (shipping included)

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    Your choice of either A 12" x 24" full color reproduction of our wall mural seen posted above and our unending gratitude, as well as a business card you can present for a free gourmet hot chocolate specialty drink (By the way, this time we'll let you keep the business card and pay the cost of shipping the artwork, as long as you are in the contiguous United States).

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    You can choose to receive a Gift Card (with our Mural depicted on its face) to our restaurant for a meal for four people (not to exceed $100.00, tip excluded. Best yet, you get to leave with the souvenir mural, depicted on the face of the gift card, intact)

    Please Note: Our Mural is painted by C.B. Yampol, a local artist whose work graces the homes and offices of multiple collectors)

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    A 14" x 28" full color print of our Soul Surfing mural and an invitation to join us for two gourmet hot chocolate specialty drink

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    A $125.00 gift card to be used toward a meal for six or more (tip not included)

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    A 14" x 28" full color print of our Soul Surfing mural, and an invitation to join us for a specialty pizza of your choice

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    A $200.00 gift card to be used toward a meal for ten or more (tip not included)

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    An artist signed 14" x 28" full color print of our Soul Surfing mural, and an invitation to join us for a specialty pizza of your choice OR: A $250.00 gift card toward an exclusive lunch opening for ten or more (tip not included)

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    An artist-signed Soul Surfing reproduction, and an invitation to enjoy one of our heart shaped specialty pizzas

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    A $325.00 gift card toward an exclusive lunch opening for fifteen or more (tip not included)

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    An artist-signed Soul Surfing reproduction, a $325.00 gift card toward an exclusive lunch opening for fifteen or more, and an invitation to a private benefactor's opening event/meet-and-greet with C. B. Yampol

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Funding period

- (24 days)