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EmmaBy Emma
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EmmaBy Emma
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£2,324
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, March 11 2018 11:03 AM UTC +00:00

About

Who am I?

 Food Without A Face began when I started the vegan transition 2 years ago.  I realised there was a definite lack of help for people who were looking to become plant based and so I started to develop an idea for an app that would give people directions to the nearest vegan friendly business no matter where they were in the world.

I've always loved food and I'm not a salad eating kind of person, so what really appeals to me are the foods that vegans would normally miss - scrambled "eggs", meat free bacon and burgers, chunky wraps and, most importantly, good coffee and cake!

With that in mind, having sampled a lot of what the area has to offer, I've noticed a distinct lack of vegan friendly businesses near where I live and along the coast of the North East of Scotland.

What is the money for?

Recently I came across an absolutely beautiful old building called Collie Lodge in the coastal town of Banff, Aberdeenshire.  This would be my absolute dream location - close to the sea, excellent parking, very reasonable rent and a whole lot of potential to make this the best vegan cafe around!

This building goes to a closing date on the 28th February.  If this building slips away, there will be others and the money will be used to find one of those instead.  But this is just too perfect not to aim for!

So with this building in mind the money will go towards:

  • Decorating!  The building has been used as a Tourist Information office for years and currently looks a lot like an old school classroom.  Out with the purple gloss paint and library shelves!
  • Refit!  The food prep area and counter will be created from recycled materials
  • Equipment! Coffee machines, panini makers, storage units and fridges are all needed to keep food in good shape
  • Stock! All of the tasty vegan ingredients need to be bought in 
  • Rent!  For the first month or two the place will resemble a building site and won't be much use as a cafe so the money will go towards paying rent until the cafe can make it's own income

What makes your cafe so special?

Aside from being the only vegan cafe for miles, FWAF will have several special features:

  • Eco Friendly Practices: electricity will be supplied by renewable energy companies; food will be served in recycled packaging that is also compostable; we will push for an electric car charging point in the car park and discount will be available to those driving electric vehicles; recycled plastic coffee cups will be sold that will discourage the use of disposable cups; recycling bins will be available in store
  • Vegan Comfort Food:  yes, there will be healthy options.  But my goal is to encourage EVERYONE to eat here, not just vegans!  In order to attract omnivores and show them just how great our food can be, there will be all sorts of tasty stuff available - maybe even some Cullen Skink!
  • Dog Friendly:  as a crazy dog lady, I absolutely 100% will encourage you ALL to bring your dog friends after your walks along Banff beach.  There will be snacks and water waiting for them!
  • Bird Friendly Coffee: as a place that promotes kindness to all living creatures, it would be wrong to ignore the impact that coffee farming has on our feathered friends.  With that in mind, all of our coffee will aim to come from companies that are certified Bird Friendly - coffee is grown in the shade, meaning that the combination of foliage cover, tree height and animal diversity provides suitable migratory bird habitat while maintaining productive farms. Producers must be recertified every three years to ensure they continue to meet these requirements and can truly call themselves Bird Friendly.
  • Creative Space For Hire: whether you run a camera club, an art group or even just want to meet here before heading out with your running group, the space will be available for people to hire for a small charge.  

What will it be like?

The aim for this coffee shop is to be unlike anything else in the area.  The interior will be relaxing and warm with upcycled furniture, comfy seating and lots of cool artwork by local artists.

There will be shelves of vegan friendly products that you can purchase to take home and we will also be running community events every now and again.

20% RAISED: UPDATE

I can't believe I'm typing this, but after only 4 days we have raised £1008 - that's 1/5th of the total amount, which is AMAZING!!

With all of this excitement happening, now is the time to start sharing some of the ideas I have in mind for the products and decor.

The goal with this coffee shop is to make it warm, cosy, classy and somewhere people want to hang out for a little while and relax. I'm a huge fan of comfy seats, dark walls and selective lighting. The counter and any wooden tables will be made from recycled wooden pallets and scaffolding boards. Walls will feature a lot of grey and accessories will be copper and wood to keep the warm theme going.

The floor underneath the carpets is uneven and desperately needs sanded so once that's done it will get a coat of stain to allow some of the natural beauty of the wood to shine through. Seating will be around the edge where the windows are so customers can sit and enjoy the views. There will be a socket with USB ports at each table so customers can charge their phones and make use of the free wifi.

There will be artwork from local artists adorning the walls and this will all be for sale if anything takes your fancy.

Products will be on display on shelves around the cafe and if there's anything you would like to request we order in, just let us know. Things like dried soya, nutritional yeast, plant milks and other vegan staples will always be available.

I've been gathering some images to get a mood board going and you can see these if you click on UPDATES in the section above. Any suggestions? Get in touch! I love hearing other people's ideas for the place!

 

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk is that the building may go to someone else - the closing date is the 28th February and there are several noted interests. This money will allow me to bid higher than I would otherwise have managed and may secure the lease.

If the building is unavailable, I will keep pushing on and find somewhere else equally as suitable!

Another risk is the financial risk that comes with all businesses. A cafe can only make money if people visit! But luckily I have a lot of great contacts in the press and also the vegan community of Scotland are a supportive bunch. People have assured me they will travel from miles around if it means getting themselves a decent latte!

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    Amazing vegan hamper!

    A hamper full of awesome vegan items - to eat, drink, and do stuff with.

    Examples of items: a box of peanut butter chocolate protein balls, a jar of vegan lemon curd, banana bread granola, a pack of vegan stickers... and more.

    To be collected if you're in Banff or around, or delivery can be arranged.

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    Weekend Breakfast or Lunch for 6 weeks

    Visit every weekend for 6 weeks in a row and you can have breakfast or lunch on us

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    Pay It Forward!!

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    A year of coffee PLUS goodies!

    Pledge £200 or more and you can drink all the coffee you can manage for 365 days. It will come in your own FWAF cup and there's no limit on refills each day

    You will also receive a FWAF T Shirt, tote bag, coffee mug AND a personalised thank you video of me signing your name on the supporters wall!

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