Tonight 7 to 9 at W Geer, Beats N Bars Fest is doing a free popup show in support of their Kickstarter! The have a local anonymous contributor who will match all contributions up to 5 day in these last couple days! Will you join us in supporting them? If you contribute $45 or more during the popup you can get a free drink from our menu while you're there.
A little context on why these kinds of events are so important to us:
December 14th, 2010 Areli and I started Cocoa Cinnamon LLC.
By late summer 2011 bikeCOFFEE was coming to life. Via bikeCOFFEE many of you got to know us and participated in helping make Cocoa Cinnamon real...you know this story as you took part in it.
During our 6 1/2 years in business, thousands of folks have taken part some in small ways and some in large.
Tomorrow we'll be getting our health inspection at Cacao Canela (Cocoa Cinnamon) at 2013 Chapel Hill Road! There we'll add the final piece to our puzzle. The Lakewood location will have a slimmed down, true to our spirit, espresso, filter coffee and drinking chocolate menu with fresh churros served hot for dipping in coffee and chocolate for breakfast or dessert. We don't yet have an opening date, but we anticipate it to be in July. When we open, we'll have about 40 total living wage employees who represent a beautiful diversity of the Bull City. We also currently have 13 fluent bi-lingual English/Spanish speakers, with several other languages in the mix and more to come with the opening.
None of this would have been possible without you.
There is a lot of talk among all of us on the way that our city is growing. In many ways, lots of exciting and beautiful things are happening. There are also trends that many of us have serious concerns about the city becoming too one dimensional and all that goes with that. We believe that participating in local and diverse projects based on creating opportunity and arts across our city can help. Really if you give an artist a dime the community gets a dollar's worth in return.
A couple of our friends, folks who do good work that helps make our city the way we hope it to be are running Kickstarter campaigns right now. If you would like to keep our city diverse, one of a kind and awesome, please take a look at their pages and contribute if you can.
The two projects are:
1. Beats N Bars Festival -- this one is co-run by John Laww aka The Real Laww (yes he has a cc drink named after him). He has been part of CC starting with volunteering to knock walls out with a sledge and his huge biceps at the W Geer shop in 2012. He recently helped us again at the Lakewood location.
2. Nadjib Adebola Assani is a kind and incredibly talented illustrator, 3D modeler and artist who just hit his minimum goal and is going for a stretch goal to turn his book into an animated film. Check it out...you'll be happy you did.
Some heartfelt thoughts on why this kind of participation is so important!
Here's what our close friend Brandon Hoe of Helium Cine (another awesome Bull City project that started via Kickstarter) said in support --
"Durham has an incredible sense of place. It's a smorgasbord of different races and cultural influences, all contributing to make this city diverse and interesting. I decided to stay here after graduating from grad school at Duke, primarily because of the richness of the city's inhabitants and its scrappy, rough-around-the-edges feel. I felt that it reflected me at the time - it had raw potential, but was extremely unpolished - an unhewn gem. Diamonds, in their natural state, are bland looking minerals. They gain their aesthetic beauty through the meticulous cutting and polishing they undergo. In the hands of the best gemologists, each of the resulting facets reflects light with perfect geometry - sending the beams to other facets to enrich them, and to cast light back onto itself. It is symbiosis and self-adulation, all at once, but ultimately all facets gain, and the whole becomes infinitely more beautiful. We have the opportunity to help shape this diamond we call Durham and make it richer and even more brilliant. We can do so by helping to polish those facets that are sometimes overlooked. The Beats N Bars Festival is one of those facets. On the surface, it's a local hip hop music festival, but it represents far more than that. It's an opportunity to celebrate and invest in Durham's diversity, a chance to add another cool event to the growing list of fun stuff to do in Durham, an opportunity for rising musicians and more established ones to gain a larger audience for their craft, and an economic engine that will allow the local business community to benefit from increased patronage. At a microscopic level, it's about two people busting their asses to create something much bigger than themselves, not for themselves, but to put this beautiful city on the map. I know anyone can dig the story of the underdog, so if all the other Durham-pride stuff doesn't resonate with you, then maybe that will. I love this place I call home. I love people who have the gumption to imagine and pursue something larger than themselves. I love helping others achieve their dreams. I've contributed, and I hope you'll consider doing the same. Even a couple of dollars moves them closer to making this real. ��"