Let's Build a Permanent Home for Kettle Corn NYC

by Ken Nercessian

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      Creator Ken Nercessian on January 21

      Thanks for the feedback Danielle!

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      Creator Danielle Bohnik on January 20

      Ken I think it's a great idea! So many New Yorkers would love a store to be open year round to get some delicious Kettle Corn! I go to the shops at Bryant park just for your popcorn so I hope this store works out!

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Let's Build a Permanent Home for Kettle Corn NYC

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Let's Build a Permanent Home For Kettle Corn NYC, where fresh hand popped kettle corn will be available to you all year round!


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Why

My passion is making kettle corn the "old fashioned way", hand-stirred in a big kettle. Like everything great, there is an art to making kettle corn fresh by hand, anticipating when its just about to pop, releasing its delicious aroma as the kernels crackle with a fury and the caramelized flavors coat each kernel as it pops. Everything moves so fast these days but often the greatest joys come from the things we do slowly and passionately. I still can't believe that so many of you are willing to follow us around the city to get your kettle corn fresh daily. So that's why I know it's time to open up a store.



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Why We Are Different

Like no other, we make kettle corn by hand using a dual process method which infuses the flavor into the corn and coats each kernel as it pops. We use very large mushroom kernels and all of our flavors are gluten-free.

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How we are going to succeed

We are working closely with a NYC Business Solutions Center Account Manager who is guiding us through every step in the entire process of opening a store. We have years of experience and have developed a great kettle corn brand, a dedicated team and we have established a loyal following.

What is the funding used for

The start-up costs include:

  • The build-out: Constructing the inside of the store, designed and built to code, including ceiling, exhaust vents, all 4 walls and the floors.
  • The commercial lease and deposits for a location in centralized Manhattan, with high foot traffic.
  • Kettle corn equipment
  • Inventory and supplies
  • Advertising
  • Insurance
  • Licensing and permits
  • Professional fees

The approximate total startup cost is $300,000.

Our goal is to have the majority of these startup costs funded by capital investment, lenders and other sources, but we do not have enough to cover the entire startup cost of the project. This campaign will allow us to create the balance of completing the funding of this project, as well as demonstrating to our lenders that the support that we have is not just in our local community, but across the entire country as well by those that have come through here, fell in love with our kettle corn and had us ship directly to them back home. If I am successful with this campaign it will be enough to make me know that there are people behind me, and I will move mountains to make this happen.

What's in it for you


Many of you have been supporting us along our journey, we love you guys, so we want to share this exciting milestone with you by offering perks to you in exchange for your for contribution

For helping us, not only will you get our delicious kettle corn, but you can also receive some really cool goods and rewards, like a flavor named after you, a Kettle Corn making demonstration/participation or special recognition in our store, on our website and on our social media platforms. You can also be awarded V.I.P. status, which includes rolling out The Red Carpet, announcing your presence and ringing the bell as you enter the store, a front of the line pass, an invitation to 'The Launch Party' or 'The New Flavors Taste Test Event' and secret bonus perks to be offered throughout the campaign.

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Your contributions will make us available to everyone all year long, at the store as well as our online orders. For the past 10 years we have been limited to how we can be available to you. With your help we will be limited no more. 

We will have all of our flavors, plus many exciting new ones (some named after you). 

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Here is how you can help

1. Spread the word. The more people who know about the campaign the sooner we will reach our goal. Please Facebook, tweet, blog, email or text your friends, loved ones, clients, dog or plumber this link: http://supportkettlecornnyc.com/ and tell them Kettle Corn NYC needs Your Help to build a permanent home! If you'd like prewritten posts for Facebook or a prewritten email just reply back and I'll be happy to supply that for you!

2. Give money. Money is needed! Smaller amounts will secure my love and adoration, larger amounts will secure some pretty nice perks here: http://supportkettlecornnyc.com/

3. Leave a comment here: http://supportkettlecornnyc.com/
Please cheer me on! I know it may sound silly but it would help so much!


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Testimonials

Here's what our customers have to say about us:

On Yelp, Kettle Corn NYC fans give us a 4.5 Star Rating.

Kettle Corn NYC Facebook Page

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The biggest challenge that we face is getting all of the financing secured for this project. All of the other pieces are in place.

We have a commercial realtor who has shown us many spaces. We have some really great options available. We will be able to secure a location upon completion of the financing, to pay the first month and deposit.
We have a relationship with an architect, which upon securing a location, will come in and take measurements, create the drawings for his selected general contractors to place a bid on the build-out and design of the store. We will then choose the general contractor, give him a deposit and commence breaking ground for Kettle Corn NYC's permanent home. The money raised from all of your contributions will help us get this project launched. If we do not reach our goal, we do not get any of your contributions.

Many brick and mortar projects are subject to unexpected costs, permitting issues, construction problems, as well as unexpected delays. New food retail shops are statistically risky, most fail within the first few years. With tremendous help from the NYC Business Solution Center, I have planned and budgeted this project with accuracy. I have been successfully growing the Kettle Corn NYC brand for almost 10 years. Kettle Corn is growing to be more and more popular each year. My commitment to quality, consistency and customer satisfaction have always been and will continue to remain paramount. I am dedicated and devoted to monitor this project closely and see it through to completion. This company is my baby.

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    Family Member! We will personally thank you and mention you on Facebook & Twitter. You will always have a special place in our hearts.

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    Come in and see what you helped us to build! Pick up 5 Large bags of any of our flavors or a 2 gallon gift tin with 3 flavors of your choice (add $10 for shipping). We will also personally thank you and mention you on Facebook & Twitter. You will always have a special place in our hearts. ($50 value)

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    Let's Party! You are invited to our Launch Party, where you will be treated like the rockstar you are! Come sample all of our flavors, served with soft drinks (but not alcohol—Kickstarter's rules, not ours) and you and your guest will walk away with party favor bags of your favorite flavors. We will also give you a big fat shout out on our website, Facebook & Twitter. You will have a special place in our hearts and we will admire you.

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    You are my Hero! So... you will be invited to attend our New Flavors Taste Testing event where you and your guest will each receive 5 Large bags of any of our flavors or a $55 gift tin with 3 flavors of your choice or to be added to an order you place on our website for delivery. We will also put your name on our wall in the store as well as personally thank you and mention you on Facebook & Twitter. You will not only always have a very special place in our hearts, but we will also absolutely adore you :)

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    Monthly Member: You are Fabulous! Each month for 1 year, pick up 3 Large bags of any of our flavors, at our store or to be added to an order placed for delivery. We will also put your name on our wall in the store as well as personally thank you and mention you on Facebook & Twitter.You will not only always have a very special place in our hearts, but we will love you tp pieces :)

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    Behind The Scenes! You are awesome!! We will give you a tour of our shop as well as a kettle corn making demonstration/participation where you can take home the whole batch that you pop. You will also receive a one year Monthly Membership where each month for 1 year, you can pick up 4 Large bags of any of our flavors, at our store or to be added to an order placed for delivery. We will also put your name on our wall in the store as well as personally thank you and mention you on Facebook & Twitter.

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    Sponsorship! You Rock!! We will display your personal and/or company name and website in our store for 1 year. Your office will also receive a shipment of 70 Mini Bags of Kettle Corn. To be shipped within the continental states. We will also personally thank you and mention you on our website, Facebook & Twitter.

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    Showered with Kettle Corn! You are amazing! We will hand pop and ship directly to you: 200 Mini Party Favor Bags of Kettle Corn for your shower, wedding, birthday or any special event that you are planning!. To be shipped within the continental states. We will also put your name on our wall in the store as well as personally thank you and mention you on our website, Facebook & Twitter.

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    Go Ahead, Cut The Line! You are amazing!!! We will literally roll out the red carpet, ring the bell, announce your presence and then give you and your guest a tour of our shop as well as a kettle corn making demonstration You will get a V.I.P. line cutting pass for one year, to be used at any of our locations. We will also name a flavor after you for 2 weeks. You will also receive a one year Monthly Membership where each month for 1 year, you can pick up 4 Large bags of any of our flavors, at our store or to be added to an order placed for delivery. We will also put your name on our wall in the store as well as personally thank you and mention you on our Facebook & Twitter.

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    The V.I.P.! You are the Bomb!! On your first visit, we will literally roll out the red carpet, ring the bell, announce your presence and then give you and your guest a tour of our shop as well as a kettle corn making demonstration. In addition, you will get a V.I.P. line cutting pass for one year, to be used at any of our locations. We will also name a flavor after you for 2 weeks. You will also receive a one year Monthly Membership where each month for 1 year, you can pick up 8 Large bags of any of our flavors, at our store or to be shipped for delivery. We will also put your name on our wall in the store as well as personally thank you and mention you on Facebook & Twitter.

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    House Call! Our well trained staff will attend your private outdoor event for up to 8 hours, providing one setup to make fresh hand popped kettle corn for your private event on premises within a 50 mile radius from NYC. We will also put your name on our wall in the store as well as personally thank you and mention you on our website, Facebook & Twitter.

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    Celebrity Catered Meal! Ken Nercessian and long time friend & celebrity Chef Boris, of the popular show "Hell's Kitchen", will prepare a Four-Course meal for you and 25 of your guests at your home (within a 50 radius of NYC). We'll do the clean up and you can just sit back and enjoy! We will also put your name on our wall in the store as well as personally thank you and mention you on our website, Facebook & Twitter.

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