Howard’s is a membership grocery that is focused on local food. It’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and based on the honor system. As well as a grocery store, Howard’s also does catering and grows veggies in urban gardens around Kansas City which produce food for the store. We opened in the City Ice building on June 1st 2012, and the past two and a half years have been great but our lease has been cut short. The City Ice building has been purchased and slated for demolition this fall. We had to move out. This is a great chance for Howard’s to grow into a new space. The new model will still have the 24/7 grocery, but I will be adding a cafe and rooftop garden.
The new space we are planning on moving into is located at 1708 Oak in the Crossroads. The addition of the kitchen will open up a lot of doors and will allow us to support local farmers in new ways that weren’t possible before. The café will feature food grown by us and other local farmers, highlighting what is available seasonally. The new Howard’s will be open four days a week, providing a fast local lunch for residents of the area and people working downtown. The kitchen will also allow us to have more options in the grocery such as sandwiches, fresh pasta, pizzas, salads and other grab and go meals. All of the items in the café and grocery are focused on offering the best ingredients our area has to offer.
For the expansion, I could really use your help. As you can imagine, building out a new space with a commercial kitchen can get pretty pricey! We want to make sure we don’t have to cut corners and have the ability to open according to plan. The money raised will be used to support a portion of the expenses associated with building a commercial kitchen as well as creating a rooftop garden and edible landscape on top of the building. The owners of the building, Julia Cole and Leigh Rosser, will be collaborating with Howard’s to make this garden happen. Any support you can provide will be greatly appreciated and will help provide a resource for our community for years to come. Thank you.
Risks and challenges
Of course, every project with new construction will come with some challenges. This winter will be a busy (and fun!) time getting the space built out according to city codes. There are a lot of details that need to be checked off but the city has done a good job answering any questions along the way. Since this is not the first iteration of Howard's I have been through the process of getting health department permits in the past. I will rely on what I learned from these experiences to complete the project as planned and on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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