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You've may have seen us on our mobile bikeCOFFEE! Help us Kickstart a brick & mortar on the corner of Geer & Foster Streets in Durham!
609 backers pledged $32,325 to help bring this project to life.

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We'll soon be launching a Community Sourced Capital campaign for our new location!


Hi Everyone,

We’re making amazing progress on opening our second location at 2625 Hillsborough Road in Durham and have had lots of people telling us that they would love to take part again. So we’ll soon be running a Community Sourced Capital (CSC) campaign.

With CSC, instead of just giving, you can make a small loan to us that we repay within 3 years, probably sooner.

Photo by Susie Zadeh.
Photo by Susie Zadeh.

Cocoa Cinnamon has excellent cash flow and will be paying for most of the project through our own business funds. Instead of just borrowing from a bank we wanted to let you all be in on it with us. We love being a community based shop and it feels better to do this together.

Here's where our new bar will go. Image by Linton Architects.
Here's where our new bar will go. Image by Linton Architects.

Like last time there is no pressure; when the campaign launches in the next week or so, check out the campaign and consider becoming a “square holder,” by making a small loan starting at $50. Every “Square” has a huge impact.

In addition to becoming a Square Holder there are lots of other ways to participate.

Help us spread the word and ensure the success of the campaign --

  • by sharing the link to our campaign. 
  • telling your friends if you know you’ll lend, you could let us know in advance so we can coordinate it as part of the amazing fireworks crescendo that crowdfunding is. 
  • talk to us if you would advocate for us on your listserv, or in another group. 
  • share on social media. 
  • or if you don’t know but would like to do more, let us know.

By helping us pay the cost of hiring local artists to make CC2 a one of a kind place, purchase key equipment and outdoor seating, you’ll help create: 

  • the capacity for CC to create career track positions and up to 19 new living wage jobs. 
  • an amazing work place, more local buying, more creation of opportunity in Durham through our giving program.
Early February meeting with some amazing Durham artists who will help make CC2 one of a kind.
Early February meeting with some amazing Durham artists who will help make CC2 one of a kind.

You’ll get: 

  • early news as we build out the shop an invite to our contributor only soft opening 
  • the satisfaction of having a direct impact by creating jobs, a thriving place in Durham and supporting the local economy 
  • paid all of your money back
Current status. Linton Architects, our landlord and co-tenant is doing a beautiful building renovation. We will then customize our space.
Current status. Linton Architects, our landlord and co-tenant is doing a beautiful building renovation. We will then customize our space.

To end, we wanted to leave you with an inspiring post that our friend and daring entrepreneur Avani Parekh posted on Facebook yesterday.

Here's the post:

“When you are in your full power it feels like your heart is buzzing and everything around you picks up on the vibration. Soon, everything is buzzing around you and living feels like the best rap song with the thumpingest bass line. You know when bees do that butt wiggling dance when they find a flower patch to direct other bees to the source of the treasure? Full power bees. Wiggling, jiggling, dancing bees. Happy bees."

In short, will you be our happy bees? Our full power bees? And help make Cocoa Cinnamon 2 a beautiful hive in this beautiful Bull City!

Thank you for all of your support! 

Leon and Areli

Cocoa Cinnamon

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We've got some updates for you!!!

First, we are ready to take the photographs that we owe you from the rewards. We finally got the bike fixed and it is ride-able again!! You'll soon be getting a message in your inbox on two dates to choose from. Be sure to open that if you'd like your photo!

We've continued to believe in the huge impact of the Little Waves of crowdfunding can have on a community.

Right now there are three projects that we are supporting and if you can, we hope you will too!

1. Blue Coffee Cafe has only 6 hours left in their campaign with just over 6K to go. Sounds like a lot. I'm betting they can make it. Remember it's all or nothing on Kickstarter, so if you are so inclined, now is the time.

2. Harm Free Zone, a community based project for making healthier neighborhoods, is at the shop collecting funds for their fundraiser. If they raise $800 today, it will be matched dollar for dollar. Info and donate at:

3. Tootie's is opening a bar and restaurant in what was recently Lloyd's lounge just up the street on Rigsbee. They are fine folks, a real DIY project and a welcome addition to the neighborhood. They just started a campaign:

I know campaigns can get a bit overwhelming, but even $5 makes a huge impact. Trust us, we know. And it really does transform lives and our communities in a lasting way.

Cocoa Cinnamon NEWS: 

  • We just got word from Linton Architects that Demolition for the renovation of our new shop will begin in December! It will still be up to a year before we open, but we're super excited that the work will be started! We will work at it deliberately as the creative part is fun for us - again working with a handful of amazing local artists. David Solow Art + Design will head up the design. We are hoping to create between 15 and 20 more living wage jobs, plus 4 to 6 career paths!
  • Speaking of Living Wages. Durham now has an official Living Wage program that is just getting going. Cocoa Cinnamon has officially been certified and we are helping spread the word and involve other local businesses. Website in process:
  • Living wage is part of a process of building CC as a sustainable system that is actually much more fun than it sounds. In recognition of our efforts, Green Plus recognized CC as the Sustainable Enterprise of the year.
  • Help us spread the word, our planters out front are a community garden. You can harvest anything available. PLEASE pick so it grows back! The planters are co-sponsored by CC and Bountiful Backyards a locally run edible landscape company.
  • We're super excited to represent Durham with a brick at the Tesla Museum! And through your patronage, we contributed to Turkeys for DURM for the second year.
  • We are also happy to announce that our friends Vanessa and Yoni of The Parlour who won Outstanding Entrepreneur of the year from Downtown Durham Inc.

Thanks y'all and be sure to join our email list on our website to stay current!

The Art of Cool Fest and CC Shop Updates

Dear Kickstarterland local project lovers!  Take this update as a call to arms to keep supporting amazing life in the Bull City!!

Here's it goes:

Who wants the The Art of Cool Project Fest back again? Pre-buy tix and help it reach the fest goal and it will. If you don't act, we might not have the festival!

Think of what Fullframe does to the city. Doesn't it feel great in Durham during that week? AOC did last year too. Cicely and Al are working like crazy to put on the Fest for us....They are so professional, you might not realize how important our vote of confidence is; pre-buying tickets through Kickstarter will be the difference to get it going for the next round. SPREAD THE WORD!

Here's the link - go ahead, take a look:

We went last year and it was amazing. Imagine if it was as big as the Montreal Jazz Festival but in our own Durham kind of way?? No, Don't imagine, be part of making it happen!

Cocoa Cinnamon updates:

--We have been able to create 19 regular Living Wage Jobs.  As a side note we are participating in creating a Living Wage certification for Durham.  Join our email list for updates on that and about CC in General.

--We are growing!!  Mid to late next year we will be opening a second Cocoa Cinnamon location!  We have several reasons to do this in line with our goals for sustainable growth.  

We have drawn some extraordinary crew members who are thinking long term with us. Opening the second shop will help us turn many of the jobs we have into careers.

Check out a visualization of the shop here:

--We would also like to acknowledge the dedication, service and striving toward excellence of our crew.  As a team we have gained recognition, which we humbly work to support every day.

-best Durham Coffee Shop in Indyweek Reader's Poll and Durham Magazine 2014

-best place for a blind date Indy Week 2014

-we're also super proud of Ravyne for winning one of the recent latte art throwdowns

We greatly appreciate all of your support and want you to know that it drives us to continue to hone our skills and be a place to give you and all of the community the best possible experience.

As part of this we aim toward contributing to being a sustainable community:

Check out our 2013 giving stats here:

We do have some photos to take and distribute as part of rewards.  If you are part of a tier that has a photo, please keep an eye out for contact from us!

Thanks everyone!

Leon, Areli and the Cocoa Cinnamon Crew