I'm a 30 year old Chicagoan chasing my dream of creating the next big beverage brand from the ground up. It sounds crazy doesn't it? Crazy it is! Fueled solely by passion and a supportive family I've been valet parking cars until the wee hours of the night to keep my dream alive. LÉMONESSE™ is more than just an organic lemon water. It's a proven fact that you can do whatever you put your mind to. I have poured the last 5 years of my life into developing everything that you see from the logo, labels, and website, all the way to the formulation and the actual bottling of the product myself. I have been able to land some of Chicago's finest restaurants and now it's time to expand. I have a major distribution deal on the table which would take LÉMONESSE™ to all 50 states. In order to keep up with the demand and prevent my hands from falling off I need to upgrade my bottling line to make the bottling process automated and less reliable on me to do the work. Help me take LÉMONESSE™ to all 50 states and to fine dining restaurants and fine grocers in your city!
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The idea of LÉMONESSE™ came to me after a promising athletic career was tragically ended due to car accident. I was hit head-on by a drunk driver (ford f-150 pick-up truck). This car accident was a big turning point in my life and forced me to chase dreams other than a professional sports career. It helped motivate me to create a luxury non-alcoholic beverage for fine-dining restaurants and fine grocers. Often when dining out we sometimes feel obligated to order a glass of wine or a cocktail because of the ambiance and feel of having to have a beverage that isn't just plain water. With LÉMONESSE™ I've developed a beverage product that fulfills all of these needs without the alcohol.
Another reason to choose LÉMONESSE™
Since my car accident I spent years frequenting fine-dining restaurants and continually watched servers and bartenders touch my lemon with their bare hands before putting them into my water. I knew there had to be a better way, a safer way, and certainly a more convenient way. Especially for those that drink lemon water at home.
What is LÉMONESSE?™
LÉMONESSE™ is the first ever organic bottled lemon water to actually taste like a fresh squeezed lemon in your water. We are able to achieve this by using the freshest hand-picked organic lemons and highest quality natural spring water. LÉMONESSE™ contains no sweeteners, no calories, and no chemicals. It's as fresh as the fruit it comes from. You will even see traces of real lemon pulp and peel oils.
- "To be able to get a fresh lemon taste without having to go and buy a lemon speaks volumes to someone with my lifestyle." Azeeza Kahn Designer/Founder of AZEEZA.
- "It's interesting, we come across things in the world of beverage that are super unique and delicious. Taste and profile alone were fantastic." Dan Pilkey Sommelier 16 Restaurant 2 Star Michelin Rated.
- "100% of the people we've given this to, they drink the whole bottle or they want to take it with them." Aaron Comes Designer/Founder Frederick Lynn
Don't believe us? Take a look at our label.
We use hand-picked USDA certified organic California lemons. These lemons are of the highest quality with no pesticides or GMO's.
Our water is a natural spring water that flows to the earth's surface collecting minerals along the way. This is NOT a filtered tap water or reverse osmosis water. We stand by quality and that's why you will find nothing but the best inside our bottle.
Why do we need the money?
We have a major distribution deal on the table which would open up a massive distribution channel to all 50 states. This is an opportunity we all dream of as entrepreneurs. In order for us to keep up with the demand and fulfill our 1st order we need to upgrade our bottling line.
The current equipment that we have will not be able to produce the volume of product we need.
Currently I am bottling each bottle by hand and it's just not efficient. Plus, it gets really annoying having to put on hundreds of these capsules a day one by one.
We would be able to get rid of these ugly brown boxes and design beautiful new graphically rich white boxes.
I would be able to buy a new capper so I don't have to use this thing. Most of the time I screw the cap on by hand because it's quicker. I use the capper when my hands start to blister (I'm not exaggerating either).
We have some pretty cool rewards for you guys. Take a look.
This is the ultimate reward. We will fly you and a guest to Chicago to stay in one of the top hotels in Chicago, looking over the Chicago river, for two nights. We will treat you to a dinner at Chicago Cut Steakhouse, voted the best steakhouse in Chicago. Plus we will send you down the Chicago river on the famous architecture boat tour.
*A special thank you goes out to...
Jon Prapuolenis for all of his help throughout the creation of this project.
Aaron Comes of Frederick Lynn.
Azzeza Kahn of Azeeza
Dan Pilkey of Trump Tower 16 Restaurant.
My amazing wife who has supported me through this amazing journey and has stood by my side though it all.
And all of my friends and family who have watched me create this project and provided necessary support and feedback. Thank you! You know who you are if you're reading this.
Risks and challenges
Some of the risks we potentially face is not being able to fulfill orders due to the high production capacity needed based on our small scale equipment. This all depends on how quickly we can order the new equipment once our project is funded :) We assure you that we will do whatever we can to support our backers and fulfill their orders 1st because, let's face it, we wouldn't be able to do it without you!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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