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A warm space engaging in community activism, cultural awareness, relational business practices, a vehicle for advocacy, a place of rest
A warm space engaging in community activism, cultural awareness, relational business practices, a vehicle for advocacy, a place of rest
128 backers pledged $12,163 to help bring this project to life.

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Check out our website at FrannyLousPorch.org!

Named in honor of Frances E. W. Harper and Fannie Lou Hamer

Franny Lou’s Porch’s hope is to be a warm space engaging in community activism, cultural awareness, relational business practices, a vehicle for advocacy, and most importantly a place of rest. We desire to be intentional when connecting to our neighbors and our products. A place to encourage and foster those that want to live simple, healthy, and aware lives.

(We are really excited to build an actual porch and create a fun outdoor space in the lot next door- with plans of an edible garden and kids sandbox)

We have a place, a wonderful landlord, neighborhood support, and a great team ready to get started! Our progress so far:

  • Site Plans are submitted to the Philadelphia Health Dept.
  • Construction and remodeling in action, including beautiful windows!
  • Zoning adjustment
  • Gathering the Franny Lou Team, organizing and training a well delegated group of individuals by focusing on their strengths and hopes
  • Experimenting recipes for our new food & drink menu
  • Partnering with businesses, galleries, and festivals bringing coffee, tea, and biscuits
  • Our delivery service to homes and offices
  • Polishing up our business plan to look for grants and community loans to complete our stretching financial goal

Our Next Steps!

  • Funding and spreading the word about this Kickstarter!
  • Screen printing patches and aprons, as well as booming other areas of publicity to encourage the excitement of the new community space.
  • Go through the several basements and storage units across Philadelphia holding our equipment and supplies from the previous coffeehouse
  • Bar and Kitchen installation at the new place
  • Gather our community advisory board: neighborhood and business folk that help with decisions to keep a well-rounded community space

                               Check out whose talking about us!

Sepvivour.com "Kickerstarter Launched for Franny Lou’s Porch, and You Should Give Them Some Money"

Kicktrack.com "Franny Lou's Porch coffee - tea - community - rest"

Tekula's Facebook! "Please consider helping our friend Blew with her new space in Philadelphia!"

Fair Food Philly in their newsletter! and soon on FaceBook

Green Philly Blog! on their website!

Philadelphia City and Press!

NKCDC & Frankford Ave Arts!

We will be posting links to those that have agreed to post our Kickstarter on  their blog or website! If you are interested in participating,email us at frannylousporch@riseup.net

                                                 Photo Gallery

old friends re-uniting at the coffeehouse fundraiser in January
old friends re-uniting at the coffeehouse fundraiser in January
connecting more to the tea life
connecting more to the tea life
Blew & Aaron Kind. Selling tea and coffee at a First Friday art opening
Blew & Aaron Kind. Selling tea and coffee at a First Friday art opening
inspiration photo for Franny Lou's Porch
inspiration photo for Franny Lou's Porch
Inspiration African print. The visuals for the store will be wood, african print, and plants
Inspiration African print. The visuals for the store will be wood, african print, and plants
We ran Saturday Night Living Room for a few months for people to gather and remember their creativity..
We ran Saturday Night Living Room for a few months for people to gather and remember their creativity..

Risks and challenges

Not enough money by grant and community loans to reach the stretching goal: We will request 30-60 day invoices from vendors that act as a temporary loan to get income in. We will start small in regards to equipment needs with a smaller menu.

The approval of the city to use the basement as kitchen: The basement has been remodeled and dug out to be a finished kitchen. There is a lot of work required to build it up to code. If this gets pushed back, we will re-work the plans for the first floor and have less seating initially until everything gets worked out, e.g. on the first floor we can extend the bar out to fill more storage & kitchen space.

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    A custom stamped thank-you letter from our team! Every dollar is helpful:)

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    A thank-you letter and a Franny Lou patch--Either our logo or quote from a revolutionary hero of our past; printed on recycled fabric.

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    1 Pound of direct trade & organic coffee beans or local herbal tea sampler; as well as a thank-you letter and Franny Lou patch.

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    An album from a local musician!
    As well as some loose local herbal tea!

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    Make our neighborhood more green! We will plant a tree in East Kensington and place a plaque with your name on it!

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    Encourage the neighbors to relax... We will install a bench & flower pot on our block or in the neighborhood and adjoin a plaque with your name and a note of thanks.

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    Provide school supplies for Kensington High School! Schools around here run out of paper and supplies early due to lack of funding. We partner with the teachers to provide what is needed! You will also receive a thank-you letter and Franny Lou Patch.

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    Help beautify our neighborhood by funding a block clean up and beauty day! We will organize sweeping and clearing lots, repairing fences, planting flowers, and providing supplies for the clean up! We will send you a picture of the event with a note of thanks!

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    Help bring the neighbors together by funding a block party! Complimentary drinks & food, face painting, dancing, live music and pulling the city permits. Your name will be highlighted and thanked! We will send you a picture of the event with a note of thanks!

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    Your contribution will help make our neighborhood more colorful by funding a mural installation! We will partner with local professional artists and neighbors to illustrate the rich wisdom of our elders!

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    Have your own private night party at the coffee house! Invite friends and family and be treated with complimentary treats and drinks while enjoying a bonfire in the garden.

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Funding period

- (30 days)