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After 4 successful years in Waterbury, we are opening a second wine bar and retail store in the heart of Stowe Village.
203 backers pledged $30,303 to help bring this project to life.

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What is this project?

I am bringing the Cork Wine Bar experience to an historical building the heart of Stowe Village. 

What is Cork Wine Bar? 

I founded Cork Wine Bar & Market in Waterbury four years ago. My goal was to create a welcoming environment for friends to gather and learn about wine. I believe wine should be approachable, affordable and bring people together. Our mission extends to the wines we feature; family-owned, small production wines that are not only value driven but naturally made. 

Why Stowe Village? 

Stowe is a very special community-It's where I grew up, and now where I am raising my own family. Owning and restoring a historic building in the village is incredibly exciting. Some have said that Stowe Village today isn’t what it used to be. The last few decades have seen dramatic and, for the most part, positive changes to the Village. But it is widely acknowledged that there is substantial room for improvement, and I am excited to contribute to my home town. A vibrant village is the heart of a community.

Why do we need your help opening a second location?

Cork-Stowe will be opening in the historic building that was most recently Blue Moon Cafe. The building was constructed in 1871 which makes it almost 150 years old. This makes for great character, and incredibly expensive repairs and updates. We have the funding we need to get the doors open, but I am hoping to offset the overhead to make sure I can open at the level of quality that everyone has come to expect from Cork. I know how important the details are in a successful business and I am not willing to compromise my customer’s experience. 

Yikes.
Yikes.

How will the budget be used?

We are hoping to raise $30,000. Owning and restoring an historical building comes with a lot of expensive, and not very sexy surprises-like crumbling foundations and really, really, rough plumbing. Aside from getting the building up to code, we are planning some killer interior construction that will modernize the building but retain and respect its history. With your help, I promise to bring a whole, new Cork experience to the Stowe Village. Residents and visitors alike will not be disappointed. It will be different from anything you have ever seen in Stowe, and it’s going to be fabulous. 

How awesome is Cork Stowe going to be?

Great question. It's going to be as awesome as this picture of my daughter is cute. 

C'mon...so cute, right?
C'mon...so cute, right?

Risks and challenges

I'm so proud of what I've created in Waterbury, and beyond excited to expand that offering in Stowe. My biggest risk is having to compromise on my vision for Cork Stowe due to the financial challenges of restoring and maintaining an historical building in Stowe Village.

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    VIRTUAL CHEERS. Thanks for your support. We will raise a glass in your name and drink some good wine in your honor.

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    WINE TOTE. Custom Cork 2-bottle wine tote. Very useful, plus, two bottles is always better than one.

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    CHEESEPLATE FOR TWO & WINE TOTE.
    Come on in and enjoy a complimentary cheese & charcuterie* plate for two, plus take home our Custom Cork 2-bottle wine tote.
    (*Wine not included, kickstarters rules not ours!)

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    THE DIRTY DOZEN.
    Twelve oysters shucked to order, just for you. The perfect way to round out your Cork experience. $30 value.

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    THE ULTIMATE APRES.
    Poutine, Vermont Salumi Board, & dessert of your choice. Cozy up by the fire & be happy after a day in the elements. A $30 value.

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    DESSERT FOR TWO & WINE TOTE.
    Come on in and enjoy dessert* for two, plus take home our Custom Cork 2-bottle wine tote.
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    DANIELLE'S DINNER FOR TWO.
    Enjoy four of Danielle's favorite small plates at Cork Stowe: Aunt Dan's Meatballs, Mushroom Compote, Frito Misto, & Potato Croquettes (or menu items of similar value). Retail value $38.

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    2 CORK STEMLESS WINEGLASSES & WINE TOTE.
    You will receive two custom Cork stemless wine glasses so you don't need to drink alone. Plus take home our Custom Cork 2-bottle wine tote, because two bottles is better than one.

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    THE FULL MONTY.
    The bomber board: all five cheeses & all five charcuterie plus accoutrements & Elmore Mountain Bread. $50 value.

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    CUSTOM KNIT POM-POM BEANIE & WINE TOTE. We'll send your our exclusive Cork knit beanie with pom-pom (only available through Kickstarter and destined to be the next Stowe fashion trend) so you look good while you are carrying around wine in your 2-bottle tote.

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    A DOZEN OYSTERS, CUSTOM KNIT POM-POM BEANIE & WINE TOTE. Share a dozen oysters* at the new Cork, while modeling your exclusive knit beanie with pom-pom so you look good while you take home some wine in your 2-bottle tote. (*Wine not included, kickstarters rules not ours!)

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    TWO STEMLESS WINEGLASSES
    CUSTOM KNIT POM-POM BEANIE
    & WINE TOTE.
    You'll totally look like you've got your act together when you receive two custom Cork stemless wine glasses, plus our exclusive Cork knit beanie with pom-pom and our 2-bottle tote.

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    CUSTOM MOLESKIN WINE JOURNAL &
    TWO STEMLESS WINEGLASSES.
    You'll receive a limited edition Cork moleskin wine journal and 2 stemless wineglasses, so you can remember all that awesome new wine you tried at Cork.

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    INVITE TO VIP LAUNCH PARTY
    CUSTOM MOLESKIN WINE JOURNAL &
    TWO STEMLESS WINEGLASSES.
    Your pledge gets you a coveted invitation for two to the exclusive Kickstarter VIP Launch Party in October. You'll also receive a Cork moleskin wine journal and 2 stemless wineglasses...basically making you pretty hot stuff.

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    PERSONALIZED WINE CONSULTATION, PLUS MORE.
    Experience the best of Cork with a 1 hour Personal wine consultation, including a cheeseplate for two, (*wine not included, Kickstarter's rules, not ours!) Plus, an Exclusive Invite to the VIP Launch Party in October, and a custom moleskin Wine Journal

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    ALL THE GOODS & 3 COURSE TASTING MENU
    Get it all- wine tote, knit beanie, 2 stemless wineglasses, cork wine opener, moleskin wine journal. 3 course tasting menu for two (*wine not included) And an exclusive invite to the VIP Launch Party in October

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    SLASH THE FOOD MENU.
    Half off everything on the food menu until you reach $500. This is a no-brainer way to enjoy our scrumptious small plates when you come in to Cork Stowe. Not available for wine purchases.

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    SPACE RENTAL FOR PRIVATE PARTY.
    Get "All the Goods", plus your pledge gets you the brand new Cork space for free for your own Private Party. (Wine and Food not included. Some restrictions and minimum purchase required. Space holds 30-50 people and is available Sunday-Thursday, non-holidays. Reward to be used by June 30, 2016.

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    SLASH THE MENU.
    Half off everything on the menu until you reach $500. This is a no-brainer way to enjoy our scrumptious small plates when you come in to Cork Stowe.

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Funding period

- (30 days)