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Last updated June 6, 2018

Shanny's Frozen Bananas + Ice Cream and Coffee Shop

Shanny's is Opening Phoenix's First Frozen Banana, Ice Cream and Coffee Shop!

Shanny's Frozen Bananas + Ice Cream and Coffee Shop

Shanny's is Opening Phoenix's First Frozen Banana, Ice Cream and Coffee Shop!

$621
pledged of $20,000pledged of $20,000 goal
17
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, June 5 2018 5:24 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated June 6, 2018

About

Our Bananas!!
Our Bananas!!

Welcome friends! Here is your opportunity to have a hand in building what will be Phoenix's newest and coolest dessert shop!

We can all agree that there are lots of options out there when it comes to getting dessert. But where can you go when you get a jonesin' for an out of this world frozen banana? Even more so, where can you go to get a frozen banana, artisan ice cream, and coffee all in one spot? Well..... you'd be going to Shanny's!

About Me:

Hi everyone I'm Shannon and I'm the owner of Shanny's! I'm a mother of three wild and crazy boys and am a serious sweets fanatic! I can honestly say I would take dessert over a hearty meal any day. I guess that's why I can't see myself doing anything other than having my own dessert shop where I can create and serve yummy treats! I'm the type of person that when my mind is set on doing something I get it done (It's literally 3am as I type this)! But as they say, If there's a will there's a way! I've spent countless late nights working and making bananas and making major sacrifices investing in my brand and my dream. I truly love what I do and I hope you can take part in something I think everyone can enjoy! Read on!...

Background:

The idea of having the storefront began when I started making frozen bananas, because there's really nowhere you can get one! I decided to use real chocolate unlike the artificial coating you typically find, and use quality toppings in an array of options ranging from coconut, to nuts, candy, cookies and sprinkles of course! 

Everyone who tried them fell in love. I've had so many people rave how they've never had a frozen banana like mine before, and people were so excited to finally find frozen bananas in Arizona. 

I ventured out into the wholesale sector and currently supply McCormick-Stillman Railroad park in Scottsdale Arizona, and The Joybus Diner restaurant non-profit for cancer here in Phoenix.

After being asked by so many people where my storefront is, it became clear to me that opening a brick and mortar was the next step in order to serve my customers and supply the demand.

Our location on busy 7th Street and Missouri!!
Our location on busy 7th Street and Missouri!!

The Shop:

Recently, the universe smiled on me and to my surprise, the absolute perfect location became available. I've lived in the Central Phoenix corridor  my entire life and am knowledgeable of the city and it's demographics, and to find a charming small space with big time street visibility is pretty much impossible! And with a patio, no way! I knew this was meant to be the future Shanny's! So I locked in the lease and got to work on my dream.

The future Shanny's is going to be SO much more than a spot to get just yummy frozen bananas. I figured with a great location and my sweet tooth, why not offer artisan ice cream and have a coffee bar as well? 

So I've partnered up with the best of the best here in Phoenix to bring amazing artisan ice cream and premium coffee to the shop. The ice cream is all small batch, non-gmo and made with local ingredients when possible. The coffee we'll offer is a premium product that's sure to impress even the most scrutinizing coffee connoisseur, and we plan to offer other premium beverages like chai tea and matcha lattes.

Of course we'll have frozen bananas, and we'll offer a sort of banana bar feature where you can create your own banana by selecting the type of chocolate, toppings and drizzle. We also plan to offer a vegan chocolate banana as well. So what kind will you make? Dark chocolate with pistachios and white chocolate drizzle? Or maybe white chocolate Butterfinger with dark chocolate drizzle. The options are endless!

Happy Customers!!
Happy Customers!!

The shop will not only serve walk in customers, but it will function as our complete home base for filling our wholesale orders, UberEats deliveries, and catering orders. And we do plan to have a grab n' go merchandiser with pre-packaged bananas and pints of ice cream!

The aesthetic of the shop will be bright, clean, minimal and inviting! It will lend a nod to the 1960's era as the shop is located in a mid-century building. The goal is to create a space that is welcoming and ultimately become that charming neighborhood spot that everyone loves to visit.

I've been so fortunate thus far to have made so many great connections and have relationships with so many amazing talented people here in my community. I truly feel like I have a dream team behind me that's ready and waiting for this concept to become a reality. 

Me and my kiddo in the shop!!
Me and my kiddo in the shop!!

The Numbers:

So far I've completely self funded this venture. I've poured myself into my brand and my business, and strongly believe that this shop will make a great addition to the community and the local food scene. 

Like most small business ventures, the journey stops when it comes finances. I've come so far already and have overcome so many hurdles and obstacles I never thought I could, and I've surprised myself at what I have achieved, especially with three kids in tow! Yet I have many more mountains to climb and need the Kickstarter community behind me more than ever to assist in the funding of my dream.

The funds raised will solely be used for my plumbing and buildout expenses.   Anything that is raised over my $20k goal will go towards interior improvements.

Fortunately my overall layout and schematic of the shop is quite simple, and I've already had some friends in the business volunteer their expertise in the planning process. I'm a frugal and savvy individual so much of my equipment so far has already been purchased used. 

My Current Status:

Until the shop opens, I'm continuing to supply all my wholesale accounts and bananas are available for order on a delivery basis only. We've also partnered up with UberEats outsourcing some of our deliveries which has been great. Everyday I receive emails and phone calls from people asking when our shop is going to be open. I wish I knew! 

Your Role and Rewards:

This is an opportunity where you can truly play vital role in making this storefront a reality. I see it as pre-establishing our future customer base, and in return, I'm offering some enticing rewards like Shanny's tote bags and dessert of course! We also plan to have a stupendous grand opening party featuring ShutterLove mobile photo booth! We hope everyone can join us in celebrating this huge achievement! 

Our Awesome Cotton Tote Bags!
Our Awesome Cotton Tote Bags!
Gift Certificates! (no cash value)
Gift Certificates! (no cash value)

Thank you so much for your consideration and we hope to see you at Shanny's! 

*Also, big shout out to Jeff over at Rapid Productions for doing my video! I'm so grateful and literally could not have done it without you!! *

Love,

Shannon

Risks and challenges

As with anything in life, I've learned to expect the unexpected. Nothing ever goes as planned, and the key to succeeding is finding a way to navigate around those unexpected obstacles. This I exercise in my daily life, and am no stranger to things 'going wrong'.

I originally approached opening the storefront with extreme caution and calculated risk factors. Before I even signed the lease, I had multiple trades people come in and give me quotes and professional assessments of the space for the most costly factors I was concerned about which are the plumbing and buildouts. Luckily, that all came back positive, but as we know when it comes to building, sometimes it's a can of worms. I feel fortunate enough that I know a handful of people that could assist in an unexpected situation like this. I've learned that sometimes you need to speak up and ask for help to get the job done.

Other than that, I don't foresee any major issues. We've spoken with our local health department on what will be required to obtain proper permits and we are on our way obtaining those.

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    Thank You, Sticker + Treat!

    You'll receive a personal thank you card, Shanny's sticker, and a voucher for your choice for a FREE frozen banana, single scoop of ice cream, or craft beverage! *Everything will be mailed to you, but treats are local pick up only at our shop.*

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    Thank You, Sticker, + Treat + Gift Card

    You'll receive a personal thank you card, Shanny's sticker, and voucher for your choice for a FREE frozen banana, OR single scoop of ice cream OR craft beverage, plus a $5.00 gift certificate! (no cash value) *All items will be mailed, but treats are Local pickup at our shop only.

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    Shanny's Tote Bag!!

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    Tote Bag and Ice Cream Pints!

    Receive everything included in previous reward levels (thank you card, Sticker, free treat voucher, and $5 gift certificate), plus Shanny's tote bag, and two pints of ice cream! Tote bag and Ice cream are Local pick up only, all other items will be mailed.

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    Shippable! Shanny's Tote Bag

    Out of state? No problem! Pledge $65 and you'll receive a thank you card, Shanny's sticker, and our cotton tote bag! We'll even send you the $5 gift certificate and free treat voucher to use if you're ever in town! (Good for one year).

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    Shanny's Sweet Society Membership

    Congrats! You've joined our Sweet Society! You have earned your choice for one free scoop of ice cream, frozen banana, or beverage each month for a year! You'll also get a thank you card, Shanny's sticker, $10 gift certificate (no cash value), and Shanny's Tote bag! All items will be mailed except for tote bag which is local pick up only. Sweet Society card will be mailed and must be brought in store to redeem your treat!

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    Grand Opening Party

    Come party with us at our grand opening party featuring Shutter Love photobooth! You and a guest will each receive a swag bag full of goodies and surprises, and dessert on us for the night! You'll also get our Shanny's Tote bag and Sweet Society Membership! Invitation will be mailed. Swag bag and tote local pick up only.

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    Private Party!

    Everyone will want to be your guest for this party! You and 5 guests will receive a two hour party at our shop, Shanny's style! You'll get dessert on us of course, and each guest will receive a Shanny's tote swag bag full of goodies including our Sweet Society Membership and $15 Gift Certificate! Local only.

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    Shanny's VIP

    For the ultimate Shanny's supporter, what better than to receive lots and lots of treats?! You'll receive an invite for you and a guest to our grand opening party featuring Shutter Love photo booth, plus Shanny's swag bags that include $100 gift certificate, Sweet Society Membership and voucher for a six count box of frozen bananas or two pints of ice cream each month for a year! Local only.

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