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This project was successfully funded on November 22, 2012.
About this project
Join us! The Flow of Energy is taking off!
Energy? Everyone wants it, needs it, craves it. One delicious solution to enhance the internal flow of internal energy (prana) is Sushumna Chocolat.
Did someone say chocolate? YES! Sushumna Chocolat is a new, artfully crafted, artisanal collection created by two great friends who met on a spiritual quest to India. Co-founders Amity Cooper and Sally Belk combined their knowledge of food, fashion, design, and yoga by turning their passions into culinary creations that are sweet, unique and delicious.
The word Sushumna is Indian in origin and refers to the "super highway" of energy (prana) that flows up and down the spine. There are seven doorways along this highway called chakras. It is said that the body comes into balance and energy flows easily as each chakra is opened. Sushumna Chocolat co-founders Amity Cooper and Sally Belk spent well over a year carefully examining the nature of each chakra. The result? Seven uniquely flavored chocolates, each representing one of the sushumna doorways.
Each of these seven foundational flavors were developed to represent each chakra's characteristic. These medleys combine spices and exotic, natural flavors with dark, white and milk chocolate. And while they make no medical claims, Amity and Sally want you to pause and ponder each doorway--each bridge--each chakra--as your tongue moves over the Sushumna Chocolat of your choice. Savor the aroma, texture and taste as you mindfully enjoy the journey of energizing the sushumna.
Let our chocolates take you on a culinary journey, whether you're a yogi or simply need time to leave the busyness of the everyday world to find peace,solitude and internal energy.
The Company Vision:
In the near future, the co-founders plan to expand their collection to include a broad scope of products that nourish, satiate and tantalize the senses. For now, they are proud to present their debut chocolate and scent collection to you, our supporters, fans, backers, and other like-minded people and businesses who have a keen sense of style, a discerning palate, and a burning desire to keep up with trends. Not a day goes by where chocolate or yoga isn't in the news!
We have already introduced ourselves to the media at large. We've sent 200 gift-boxed sets to national and international editors, writers, and the best culinary and style bloggers. The press has been talking about Sushumna Chocolat and spreading the word.
You can help spread the word, too: take a look at the incredible rewards we're offering. Join us here--at Kickstarter!
If you choose to pledge, we will be thrilled. Go ahead: Pledge! Check out our website www.sushumnachocolat.com. Friend us on Facebook (we're there!), hook up with us on Twitter (we're there, too!), Pin us, Ping us, Google us! We believe in the saying, "Life is short; eat dessert first!"
Our primary goals from this initial launch campaign are to:
1. Bring awareness to the Sushumna Brand.
2. Raise $20,000 for our first production run. Our clients? We plan to sell to the luxury, high-end end-consumer, yoga studio, spa and specialty stores around the country.
3. Develop and produce a top notch on-line catalog,integrated e-commerce solution and social media hub.
4. Let us help those whose lives are filled with busyness by enjoying our delicacies. We want our consumers to enjoy the present moment. Unlike the famous line in the film, Forrest Gump ("Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you're going to get!") with Sushumna Chocolat you know what you're going to get.
We're thrilled to offer these incredible gifts to you in exchange for your support. At every pledge level, you will be receiving our library boxed set of seven foundational flavors and our Sushumna note card set (10) designed by Denver local fine artist, Andy Berg, (Valued at $22 MSRP)
Our sample scent collection created especially for us by Florida candle maker, Amy of Bath Time Emporium is unique. You'll receive (2) 1 oz. candles, a 2 oz. bath bar and a special body balm stick in our Sushumna Signature Scent. Candles and soap are Paraben and BPA free. The set is valued at MSRP $30.
If you decide to commit at the elite level of $1000, you'll receive all of products in a beautifully designed gift basket but it doesn't end there. At this level, you'll be ready for the upcoming holiday season because we're on schedule to ship you our artist series gift boxed sets of chocolate for three months. Never fear, you're chakras will be humming and singing all the way into 2013.
We believe that our chocolates can connect with the very thing that truly nurtures us all: food. Our collection is meant to be eaten with intention: swoon over our carefully crafted luxury chocolates. Whether you are at your desk or enjoying dinner with friends, we know our chocolates will result in a sensuous, tasty experience. We can't promise that your chakras will start humming but we're sure you'll be saying, "OM! That's good!"
Amity and Sally
Risks and challenges
Our Top Three Challenges:
2. Website development
3. Press and Publicity
As a product developer and food writer, respectively, we have had our share of stops and starts--even stall-outs. Some of the toughest challenges are coordinating our production with the presumed levels of demand. To meet the demand, we have a fantastic relationship with our chocolate factory. Over these next 60 days, we will be working diligently on production schedules, quality control and fulfillment processes--to you, our wonderful and fabulous backers.
Since my background is in manufacturing and production, I am comfortable with these goals. Sally comes from a food background and is very familiar with coordinating with the R & D department of our factory to ensure that what we have developed actually gets delivered to your doorstep.
Our next task will be to broaden and complete our website shop site. This is a huge endeavor that has and continues to take many hours of planning and execution. We have an amazing creative team and expect to produce a unique, online shopping experience that reflects our brand aesthetic with clarity.
Sushumna Chocolat is our creation. From its inception to now, it has been over two years in the making. We're pleased and thrilled to have made it this far. Now, its up to the public to determine if our idea is worth its weight in chocolate. We believe it is and we hope that you do too.
However, it takes more than a kickstarter project to launch a company. That's where our fabulous publicist comes into play. She and our sales team have and continue to put in numerous hours towards building awareness, buzz and our public persona. It is a huge job to produce and sponsor tasting events, push our product through various social media sites and promote our product throughout the busiest season of the confection year---The Holidays.
These are our biggest challenges to date. We will continue to keep you up to date on all our plans and events. Again, thank you for your support and we look forward to bringing Sushumna Chocolat to life.
Amity and Sally
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
Pledge $25 or more
Budget Level: To pledge at this level, you will receive a complimentary media boxed set of chocolates. Especially during these tough economic times, any pledge amount is welcome. We thank you for your support.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $50 or more
GROUNDED: Entry Level
Our Debut Boxed Set of seven (7) 3.5 oz. chocolate bars, in all seven flavors. Your choice of our signed greeting card set by Denver artist, Andy Berg www.andyberg.net or our Signature Sushumna T-Shirt.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $100 or more
Boxed set of 3.5 oz. chocolates, our sample boxed scent set, (2 tea lights, one 2 oz. soap and body balm stick) and signed greeting card set by Denver artist, Andy Berg. www.andyberg.net. In addition, you will receive a complimentary Sushumna T-shirt.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $500 or more
Heart: Upper Tier
At this level, we are pleased to share with you a total of eight (8) boxed sets of chocolates to host your own private pairing event in the comfort of your own home. Included with this package, you'll be emailed a link to our guide, "How to Host your own Chocolate-Wine Pairing Event" and individual chocolate/wine pairing tips in our custom produced brochure.
In addition, you will also receive a complimentary set of greeting cards, signed by Andy Berg and (8) boxed scent sets: 2 tea lights, one 2 oz. soap and body balm fragrance as a token of our appreciation. You and your friends won't be dissappointedEstimated delivery:
Pledge $1,000 or more
We can't wait to share all of our products with you--through this holiday season. At this level, you will receive all of the products listed above plus some other surprises.
All of our products will be shipped to you a gorgeous gift basket. Then, expect to receive our artist series boxed set of products for the next three months to carry your chocolate habit into 2013.
We are indebted to you. Thank you for your support and belief in our vision.
Amity and SallyEstimated delivery:
- (60 days)