*Last night we got some great news that one of our donors is offering to match all pledges dollar for dollar up to $5,000 for the next 5 days. This means your pledge is now worth twice as much! It also means we will reach $30,000 and have the project funded if we can meet our donor's challenge!*
Help us raise $30,000 in the next 30 days to bring the community powered Potter's House back to DC!
The Potter’s House is a not-for-profit café, bookstore, and event space in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of DC. Since opening its doors in 1960 it has been a key place for deeper conversation, creative expression, and community transformation. After closing last year for major renovations, The Potter’s House will re-open in early 2015 with a new space and exciting offerings.
Washington is a rapidly changing city, one in which development often means displacement. DC needs deeply-rooted spaces where we can build relationships across our differences, envision hopeful alternatives, and grow the movements that will make them possible. The Potter’s House will serve as a hive for this work, a ‘future lab’ for the just and joyful city our shared values call us towards.
Here is some of what's in store for you when our doors open:
We are serious about offering excellent food and drink that’s exciting and a little bit different. Our chef Christopher Roberson is crafting a menu that draws from the diverse cultural and culinary streams that make this city great. Changing seasonally, and sourced from local farms when possible, the simple menu will be plant-centric while including something for everyone. Our daily pay-what-you-can soup and bread will ensure that all who enter our doors can enjoy a delicious meal.
Paired with the food will be a third wave coffee and tea program that harkens back to our earliest days as a bohemian coffeehouse. You will be able to stop in for a single origin espresso from Counter Culture Coffee or a heritage herbal tea from Rishi Tea. Want something sweet with that? We’ve got you covered – housemade pies, cookies, tarts and more are all in the works.
Independent bookstores form a vibrant part of any community, fostering imagination and stretching the intellect. Keeping with our larger mission, ours will specialize in progressive spirituality, social issues, and cultural studies. And we’ll offer a curated selection of fiction and poetry, alongside great books for children and youth. Regular author talks and reading groups will help to spread the ideas beyond the book.
Did we forget to mention the gifts? We’re putting the pottery back into The Potter’s House with unique handmade ceramics from regional artisans. We’ll have prints and journals from artist cooperatives like Just Seeds and Buy Olympia. And you’ll find letterpress cards from local printmakers on our shelves.
Community is at the heart of this entire project. We want to be a catalyst for justice and healing in DC through our programs and gatherings. Our discussion tables, issue forums, and film screenings will amplify efforts for social justice and explore the spiritual practices and cultural traditions that sustain them. Our live music, spoken word and storytelling nights, and rotating gallery will highlight the diversity of the city and celebrate its creativity.
With seating for up to sixty and a full audio/video setup, our event space will quickly become a key neighborhood asset. In addition to our own events, we’ll provide affordable meeting space to grassroots groups, nonprofits, and faith communities.
WHY WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT
As you might imagine, our first major renovation in over fifty years is quite an expensive undertaking. The generosity of longtime friends and a pro bono design from Gensler enabled us to update The Potter’s House building. Now we need your help to make it a home.
Your support will stock our bookshelves, fill our kitchen, and put the finishing touches on the space. It will provide for the comfy lounge chairs to read in and the patio furniture we’ll all enjoy come spring. And it will enable us to train our staff well so we can come out strong.
We are working to ensure that our community-rooted café and bookstore will be sustainable for the long haul. Your standing with us at this key time will help make that possible.
We can’t wait to open early in the New Year. Thank you for joining with us to renew The Potter’s House!
Risks and challenges
Like any start up (or re-start), it will take some time to find our feet and fully realize our potential. And the cold winter months can be financially challenging for just about any cafe or retail operation. But your support through this campaign will provide us with the coverage we need to get up and running on the path towards sustainability. Together we can nurture the next fifty years of The Potter's House!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (30 days)