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HELLO, WORLD!

Thank you for looking at our Kickstarter page!  Bananarchy is Austin's only frozen banana stand, founded in 2009 by us (Laura and Anna). Throughout the years, we've received many inquiries asking us to expand to a second location north of the river, but we can't do this without you. 

But First: Our Story

Originally inspired by an "Arrested Development" marathon, Bananarchy also pays tribute to the longstanding bananarchist movement, taking a banana stand against the evils of cakeism, the pastryarchy, and the Ice Cream Echelon.  We serve revolutionary desserts: a healthier alternative to the mainstream, rich in potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B-6, and which can be made vegan.  We strive to source our bananas ethically and compost our banana peels.

When we started, we were both 21 years old and had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. Now, six years later, we have served thousands and thousands of frozen bananas to the people of Austin, have catered for some really fantastic businesses and people, and have been honored to participate in some of our favorite Austin events, including Fun Fun Fun Fest and KGSR's Blues on the Green. We have a following of many incredible and kind people that make our job worth doing, and have also enjoyed some great press along the way.

You might have seen us: 

We dreamt of creating a new and delicious dessert. We tested and developed for months: freezing, slicing, melting, concocting, crushing, topping, tasting, etc.  We didn't just want to make a frozen banana; we wanted to make the best dessert that we had ever tasted.

Chocolate with Reese's Pieces
Chocolate with Reese's Pieces
Vanilla with sprinkles
Vanilla with sprinkles
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie (Vegan)
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie (Vegan)

Why open another banana stand?

Our current banana stand has served us well, but the people have demanded more Bananarchy, and more Bananarchy is what we want to give to them! A new stand will allow us to:

  1. Expand the movement. We love our south of the river location, but it is time that we expand our peels to cover more of the Austin area. A second location would allow us to be closer to some of our customers, who travel long distances to see us, as well as enable us to reach new people.

  2. Provide a more mobile venue for city events. We love to cater events throughout the city, but it is currently very difficult to move our weathered stand. Having another location that is easier to move will enable us to participate in Austin events. Can you imagine eating a frozen banana while listening to your favorite band perform live? So can we.

  3. More space = more bananas. We need more prep space to continue expanding our catering events. We also want to experiment with new menu options (including new vegan options), but we simply do not have enough space.

Where will the money go?

Our first choice is to purchase an empty truck ourselves and then use the Kickstarter funds to outfit it for our specific needs.  Here is the breakdown:

MATERIALS - Approx. $7179

  • Electrical components - approx. $599

  • Plumbing - approx. $820

  • Exterior modifications - approx. $3200

  • Interior construction - approx. $600

  • Equipment - approx. $1610

  • Dishes, containers, small supplies - approx. $350

PERMITS - approx. $510

LABOR - approx. $6000

ASSOC. COSTS  - approx. $2160

TAXES - approx. $1201

All rewards include sales tax in the reward pledge if applicable.

GRAND TOTAL: $17,050

In the unlikely event that we find an already-outfitted truck or trailer that meets our specific needs, we are open to purchasing it.  (In this scenario, we would still need to alter the outside, as well as purchase specific equipment for the inside.)  The end budget would be close to the same (after we contribute about $5000 ourselves that we would otherwise spend on buying the truck).  If you would like more budget information for this scenario, please contact us!

As always, we love you all.  Thank you for anything you can give, and for sharing.

Risks and challenges

The good news is that Bananarchy already has a 6 year-old, veteran frozen banana stand to offer a great business role model for the new, little sister stand.

Any new business venture, though, is inherently a risk. To make sure that there is enough awareness and forward motion to sustain a second location, we are budgeting some additional funds (outside of the Kickstarter funds) for advertising. We are highly motivated to do everything we can to ensure the success of the second location, since our livelihoods depend on it!

Thank you and welcome to the cause.

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Video credits:

WRITING AND ACTING: Anna Notario & Laura Anderson (Bananarchy.net)

CINEMATOGRAPHY AND EDITING: Robert Boler (rcboler.com)

MUSIC BY: “Hallon” by Christian Bjoerklund (http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Christian_Bjoerklund/Skapmat/christian_bjoerklund_-_skpmat_ep_-_01_-_hallon), "The Pirate And The Dancer” by Rolemusic (http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rolemusic/The_Pirate_And_The_Dancer/04_rolemusic_-_the_pirate_and_the_dancer)

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    A certificate good for any frozen banana of your choosing! Now's your golden opportunity to try to fit all of our toppings on one banana! Plus your name listed on our website as a contributor.

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    TWO certificates for bananas for two with anything on them, plus a tealight for perfect date or friend-date ambiance! This way you can have two separate (friend-)dates or a double (friend-)date! With a tealight for each couple! Plus your name listed on our website as a contributor!

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    An exclusive awesome Bananarchy t-shirt, limited edition, made only for this Kickstarter campaign! Plus bananas for two, with a tealight for ambiance, plus recognition on our website!

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    A six-banana punch card, plus a Bananarchy bumper sticker, plus the awesome exclusive t-shirt, plus recognition on the website!

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    ULTIMATE FAN KIT! A personalized thank you card made in MS Paint by one of the owners of Bananarchy, plus exclusive awesome t-shirt, plus Bananarchy temporary tattoos, plus Bananarchy bumper sticker, plus a punchcard for six frozen bananas, plus recognition on the website!

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    One dozen halfsies delivered by one of the owners of Bananarchy, along with a singing telegram! Send to yourself or to someone else! Austin only.

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    A DATE with one of the owners of Bananarchy (the Anna one). This reward gets you one hour complete with a picnic lunch, witty banter and a karaoke rendition of "Afternoon Delight" (The song, not the action).*

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    You get one of our weekly specials named after you (or a name of your choosing - subject to approval) in 2015.

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    A subscription for all of Bananarchy's weekly specials for one year (during banana season). Year starts when first banana is redeemed. You receive a punch card for each special. Plus the Ultimate Fan Kit!

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    CATERING PACKAGE for 100! We'll set up a banana bar at your business, wedding, sorority, community gathering, etc. and dip bananas to order for your guests! This includes halfsies only, with two dippings options, three topping options, and two hours of serve time. Serving is done at tables, not with a truck. Please inquire first if you are outside the Austin area.

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    A year's supply of frozen bananas. Basically, you get a free banana anytime you come over the space of a year! Non-transferable. Plus the Ultimate Fan Kit!

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    Four hour workshop with one of the owners of Bananarchy on starting a food trailer. Subjects discussed include legal aspects, branding, marketing, employees, etc.

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    CATERING PACKAGE for 400! We'll set up a banana bar at your business, wedding, sorority, community gathering, etc. and dip bananas to order for your guests! This includes halfsies only, with two dippings options, three topping options, and two hours of serve time. Serving is done at tables, not with a truck. Please inquire first if you are outside the Austin area.

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    Free frozen bananas for you (and up to two guests you bring with you), for as long as we both exist. This is an honor that up until now has only been bestowed (in a moment of musically-inspired impulsivity) on Sufjan Stevens, who is unaware of it. And the Ultimate Fan Kit!

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    We'll dedicate the new location to you! The dedication will go on part of the back of the truck or trailer so that it can be seen by everyone when it is in movement! And you'll get to cut the ribbon at a special ribbon-cutting ceremony at the opening of a new location! You'll receive a certificate noting the dedication of the new location to you! Plus the Ultimate Fan Kit!

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    A 1994 Chevy G20 with a Bananarchy bumper sticker on it. Complete with TV, VCR, and track lighting. Used to tow the banana stand on several memorable occasions. May have minor or major issues. Includes several cans of used spray paint, an unused trailer dolly, and a cassette tape of the Pocahontas soundtrack. USA only.

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    An Austin food truck tour with the owners of Bananarchy! We'll take you and a guest out on the town to three of our favorite Austin food trucks or trailers, suggest items, treat you to food, and share a meal with you! Plus the Ultimate Fan Kit!

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    Collaborate with us to create a banana special that will be on our menu for an entire year. Name it, subject to approval. Then get it for free anytime until the end of the season.

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    We'll create a children's book in which you are a bananarchist hero! The protagonist, of course! We'll give you a copy of the book and may choose to sell it in the future, forever immortalizing you in the hearts and minds of all banana-loving peoples! And you get the Ultimate Fan Kit!

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