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think about all of the packaging used in our food system.. we cannot wait to bring you all of your grocery needs minus the bottle.
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In August 2010, we opened a small environmentally friendly store in Holland, MI called Tree Huggers. We wanted to provide the community with a place to ask questions and get information on how to go green. We selected a wide variety of recycled, locally made and organic items for the store. We quickly grew into a second store in Grand Rapids at the corner of Wealthy and Diamond, and that's where I met Ryan.

Ryan started Bartertown, a vegan-vegetarian restaurant in GR. Because of his delicious food, we became good friends. Ryan, like many other vegans in the area, finds it hard to shop for locally sourced and responsibly grown "real" food and convinced me that Tree Huggers should incorporate groceries into our store. I agreed, but only if we could do it package free - meaning no plastic bottles or bags. We want to create a place that you can come in and get anything you need... minus the plastic. Vegan sandwiches and sides made in-house. Wholesome vegan-vegetarian food at your disposal, with the ability to purchase as much or as little as you would like. In this vision, many items will be made by Bartertown and sourced by local farms and businesses. Items will change as the seasons change and everything will be fresh and wholesome and REAL!

And that’s were YOU come in. We need you to help bring this idea to Grand Rapids, and eventually to Holland. A store where you can bring in your own jars and bottles and get tofu, nuts, pasta and hot sauce by the ounce. The sky is the limit on what we can bring in, but before we can offer these items we need coolers and, not just one sink, but four! We also need plumbing and have some minor construction to do. Your help is very much a part of our success.

We would never just ask for you to give us money (although we wont say no if you do) so we came up with some kick-ass incentives to inspire you to help with our cause. Vegan cooking classes, reusable limited edition goods, consulting services… all things you can really use.

Help us bring you Real Food by Real People... and without all the wasteful packaging.

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    We will call you opening day to say thank YOU for all of your help.

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    A special hand-crafted thank you postcard personalized just for you, plus an awesome locally made treehuggers magnet. We will also call you on opening day with a huge thank YOU!

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    Grand Reopening Thank YOU Party - One invite to our exclusive opening party featuring food made from our bulk items, drinks, music, a gift bag and a whole lot of fun.

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    Vegan Cookbook. Bartertown and Treehuggers will be issuing a limited edition online cookbook exculsive to kickstarters. Loaded with recipes, tips and tricks to help you become a vegan pro in the kitchen.

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    Favorite Things Gift Bag - Will will make a gift bag of our most popular Treehugger items. We will mail gift bag to you or as a gift to someone else for $5 extra (US only).

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    Vegan Cooking class - learn how to take our bulk offerings and turn them into delicious meals. small classes will ensure lots of opportunities for personal interactions. multiple classes are likely to be offered so feel free to purchase more than one. A meal and drinks will be provided.

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    Waste Free Package - Be the envy of all other shoppers with this package. Included are 3 assorted chico bags, a chico produce bag set, to-go ware utensils and a glass straw. Everything you need refill in style.

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    Bulk Assortment - We will give you four jars, seasonal produce and an additional bulk item all in reusable containers you can bring back to refill. Items will come in a resuable shopping bag. You also get the $10 gift.

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    Vegan Cooking Classes for Two - Save $10 off of the price when you sign up two people for the cooking class. We will be offering multiple classes, so this option is nice too if you want to attend more than one.

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    Rainbarrel - get a 55 gallon unpainted rainbarrel to help protect pollutants from entering our river and lakes. Rainbarrel is constructed with food grade recycled barrels.

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    Reusable Shopping Bag - Get a limited edition treehuggers reusable shopping bag fairly traded and made from recycled cotton. Bag will be locally screenprinted with waterbased inks with a custom pattern only treehuggers could offer. plus get the $10 and one of the $25 gift options just because we like you.

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    6 Month Bulk Kit - Just like reward number 7 but we will refill you each month for 6 months with a seasonal assortment of our most popular bulk items. The first month you get all of the reusable glass containers and a reusable shopping bag. You also get the $10 gift and an invite to our thank YOU party!

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    12 Month Bulk Kit - Just like reward number 7 but we will refill you each month for an entire year with a seasonal assortment of our most popular bulk items. The first month you get all of the reusable glass containers and an upgraded custom designed treehuggers tote. You also get the $10 gift and one of the $25 gifts.

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    2 BY 2 By 2- You let us know your likes and dislikes and we will customize a meal for two 2 times a week for 2 months. We will deliver groceries to your home or office (within 5 miles of the wealthy and diamond location) and include the recipe so you can make an amazing meal with our ingredients. You will also get the $10 gift and an invite to our Thank YOU Party.

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    Change your life package. We are pulling out the big guns on this one. This package includes a rain barrel, composting bin ( worm or barrel) with one hour consultation at your home or our shop, the 12 month bulk reward, 2 By 2 BY 2, reusable custom tote, the vegan cookbook and an invite to the Thank YOU party where we will personally offer many many thanks.

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    Favorite things Gift Bag - Will will make a gift bag of our most popular items within a half hour of receiving your kickstarter that includes our most popular gifts perfect for mom. You can pick up in the store on your way or we can mail for an additional $5.00 ****** Vaild today and tomorrow only******

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