Thanks for visiting my Kickstarter page. In the last couple of years I've realized that downtown Rochester didn't have a destination, independent coffee shop. One where people could sit down and relax, have a place to catch up with friends or colleagues, find inspiration for a work or school project, or listen to live music and enjoy art from local artists. So I decided to do something about it and open just such a place.
So why are you telling me?
So I have secured the location, at 315 S. Broadway in Rochester. It's a great old building built in 1880. The perfect location for a coffee shop. Tons of character. I have secured some funding and have put in some of my own money as well. This has allowed me to sign a lease, purchase some of the equipment and get started on the project. But there are many, many more things to do...and I need your help to make sure they happen.
Makes sense, so what will my donation be used for?
Pretty much everything. There is still some equipment to be purchased. City permits and regulations have to be complied with (I'm sure many of you can relate to that). Any of you who have seen the inside of this space (if you haven't, see the video) know that it needs a fresh coat of, well everything. Fortunately yours truly can do the painting and refinish the floors. And it'll need to be furnished and decorated.
So do I get anything for my money?
Yes! While Kickstarter is a great tool to be able to help fund creative projects like this, they don't allow loans or equity as part of this website. However, they do allow me to give away really cool things. You can scroll through the different donor levels on the right side of this page. There are some great Press Coffee & Tea logo items as well as great deals on some of the coffee and tea. Whatever level you're able to contribute will be greatly appreciated, and your name will appear on the Founder or Benefactor wall.
So how do I find out more about Press and keep updated on the progress?
I have created a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PressCoffeeandTea?ref=hl and a Twitter account: https://twitter.com/PressCoffeeTea. I'll be using these to stay in touch with people about how Kickstarter is going and how the build out is progressing. And I'll have a website up soon. Another question people have been asking..."what does Press Coffee & Tea Lounge mean anyway?" Well, I wanted something unique and catchy, but I'm not very creative at times. So I enlisted the help of some of my creative friends (yes, there are a lot of them in Rochester). We brainstormed, and this is the name I liked. Pretty simple.
I think I'm ready to contribute, so how does this work?
1) On the right side of the page, click the reward level you’d like to donate at.
2) When the box pops up click "Continue to Next Step"
3) Click on "Continue to Amazon"
4) If you have an Amazon account, put in your info now please. If you don’t, type in your email and select "I am a new customer." then click "Sign in using our secure server."
5) Fill in the secure Amazon information. Doesn't take long at all.
6) If the project raises at least $15,000, your card will be charged when the Kickstarter campaign is complete. If it doesn't raise at least $15,000, you won’t be charged anything and it won't receive anything.
Risks and challenges
Building and Health Department permits can be challenging, but I have already met with both departments in order to foresee any issues.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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