Thanks for checking out our Kickstarter. We're Snoice - and we aim to create an entrepreneurial, cultural, and social space in Southeast San Diego started by, and featuring, local talent.
Snoice began as a dream of Jayrell and Dianne Ringpis, who grew up in Southeast San Diego. They wanted to provide the Paradise Hills community with its first Asian-inspired dessert cafe. They began by serving traditional Filipino "halo-halo," a refreshing blend of shaved ice and various sweet toppings including ube (taro), egg custard, and toasted rice, as well as shaved snow, a light and fluffy dessert originating in Taiwan. Since then, Snoice has been featured in Zagat (twice, actually!), Eater San Diego, and various blogs.
Check out some of our dessert offerings below, and our full menu on our website.
On our 1-year anniversary, we hosted a block party called Made in Paradise Hills.
Made in Paradise Hills was a movement sparked by an event hosted by us in 2016 to spotlight talent from the tiny neighborhood of Paradise Hills (in San Diego, California). The simple goal was to bring together the community that proudly identifies with Paradise Hills for one night.
So what exactly happened?
About a dozen of the best artists and entrepreneurs, all of whom grew up in the area, teamed up to give back to the community. Hundreds of attendees celebrated with free entertainment, great food, and tons of giveaways. A whole parking lot proudly made noise and showed unprecedented community spirit.
Check out the recap video below:
The resounding sentiment heard that evening was: "This is what the community needs."
In 2017, our next project is to give Snoice’s entire storefront a facelift and upgrade the dining area into a more versatile community space. Our goal is for the revamped Snoice to serve as a cornerstone for the future community. The revamp will allow us to comfortably host meet-ups, student workshops, movie nights, and art/music shows.
We recently requested support from the city’s storefront improvement program, which would have granted us up to $16,000! Unfortunately, we were declined because we’re a couple blocks outside of San Diego City limits. Boo!
So, we need your help. We want to be able to do more, to provide not only great desserts, but a place where family, friends, and community can gather.
- Double the capacity of the cafe
- Provide outdoor seating
- Beautify the storefront with a new sign and landscaping
- Increase wall space inside the cafe to serve as an art gallery
- Install a digital community board for announcements
- Provide sound system for community events and meetings
Check out the renderings here:
- Storefront, updated with new benches, planters, and outside dining area.
- Interior with new lights, decorative planters, to-go window, and a television that will serve as a community board
- View from behind the front counter showing new partition at entrance/exit for utensils, napkins, and trash
- Improved seating arrangement, professional signage, and decorative indoor planters
Check out all the rewards offerings we have for each donation level!
Keep an eye on our early bird prices (noted in the right column)! They'll be gone before you know it.
Thanks so much for reading until the end and for your support. Together, we can create a space that the community can continue to be proud of.
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Risks and challenges
As easy it is to dream and put concept to paper, the same cannot be said about actually purchasing and building to perfection based on the design specs we laid out.
We've done as accurate a job of budgeting and costing as we can and included a little cushion to account for unforeseen expenses of design, furniture, equipment, installation, contractor fees, etc.
To reduce risk of non-completion, we've set two levels of budgets and designs. Our plan A accounts for what our ideal community design would be, while plan B completely satisfies a set of modest, high-priority, community-approved storefront improvements.
We have full confidence that our updates will keep the donors and community informed with each step we take in applying the funds.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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