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The Grinder on Main community has spoken, and it demands that we make more food! Help us build our new kitchen and meet the demand!
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James and Trish - photo by Tessa Buchan (that's her, reflected in the window!)
James and Trish - photo by Tessa Buchan (that's her, reflected in the window!)
 

Grinder on Main isn't just a coffee shop, it's our community. A slightly odd, extremely welcoming hub at Main and Gerrard in Toronto's east end. It's helmed by James and Trish, along with a solid crew of amazing people and we all love it very much, thank you. We love our customers, and they love us. We call them the MainGerr. They call us the G Spot. Most of Toronto doesn't know we're here, and we're ok with that.

Main Street. Photo by Trish Feistner
Main Street. Photo by Trish Feistner
Weekends belong to BCC on Main Street. Photo by Tessa Buchan
Weekends belong to BCC on Main Street. Photo by Tessa Buchan

If you want to know a little bit about us, well, we love our community. We live, work, go to school and play in the same postal code. We love local artists and musicians. We love food made in small batches with local ingredients whenever possible, and served to the amazing people who walk in the door of our shop. We are happiest when surrounded by our neighbours, serving food and coffee, hearing the stories of their lives. We're always happy to donate coffee and food to just about anyone who asks - supporting our community is our favourite thing. 

Trish and Franki selling bags of Kimberley PS Holiday Blend, created for our local school's annual holiday fundraiser. Photo by James Feistner
Trish and Franki selling bags of Kimberley PS Holiday Blend, created for our local school's annual holiday fundraiser. Photo by James Feistner

It's a big challenge for us to toot our own horn, and to be here asking for your backing, but we really do need your support to make this kitchen happen!

What's the plan?

Grinder on Main was born out of necessity, and has been moulded by our neighbourhood into the hub it was meant to be. We currently have a small menu of simple, delicious soups, chili, stews, sandwiches and salads. It's seasonal, and although the menu has its constants, there is always something new to try! James has managed to create this tasty, diverse menu in what must be the smallest kitchen in the city of Toronto. Seriously! The kitchen 3'x3' with a slanted ceiling and he still manages to make magic in there! Magic, despite pots falling on his head!

This guy! Kitchen magic maker since 2004.
This guy! Kitchen magic maker since 2004.

Anyone who knows our shop knows that the back seating area as it currently exists is awkward at worst, cozy and hidden at best. If you're not familiar with our shop, the back seating space was originally designed as an office and storage room. Yet again, in 2010 necessity intervened, and we tore down walls! We're willing to do that for our community, dear reader. Tear down walls!

Our plan is to build a modest 10'x12' commercial kitchen, transforming the awkward seating area into a beautiful, functional place for James and our amazing crew to create food glory! 

Food magic, despite the lack of space! Photo by James Feistner
Food magic, despite the lack of space! Photo by James Feistner

The redesign will require us to reconfigure the whole place, and will make room for us to include a glass-front pastry case, for display of all our many new menu options. The changes to the floor plan will increase the seating area by almost double. The wall space devoted to display of local artist's work would also be expanded to almost 500 square feet, and if we play our cards right, there will still be room for the piano! More food! More art! More music! 

Extra seating and an expanded menu, you say? All that for $5000? Yes, yes indeed! The bulk of our purchases will be a new stove and ventilation, a refrigerated pastry case, materials and labour to build a new front counter (though we plan to reuse and recycle as many components as possible), and additional furniture for the new bar. It's a tight budget, but we've done more with less! 

Thank you for taking the time to get to know us, and for considering making a contribution. Our life is our neighbourhood, and we want to continue to give them what they ask for! 

We are sincerely grateful to: Adam Veroni for creating a video on a very tight timeline; Aaron Comeau for composing the soundtrack; Jeffrey R Smith for production help; Tessa Buchan for her documentation of life at Grinder on Main; Joan Wyatt for your true blue editing and wisdom; Lynda Felton for your Kickstarter expertise; and finally Elizaveta Yankelovich for your magic!

Risks and challenges

Our risks are simple - not being done on time. Losing sales due to extended closure. We've lived this reality while building Grinder on Main, and it's not pretty!

Paying for labour, which is included in the budget, should help us to stay on track. We have been given the incredible gift of many hours of design support, labour for building and painting by many friends and neighbours. However, this is often the more time-costly way to approach a project, as many schedules must be accommodated. By hiring one person to do the building on a tight schedule, we hope to be finished within our timeline, and back open to serve our neighbourhood!

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    It goes without saying that all our backers are our super-friends! Any backer, in any amount, will get a shout-out of gratitude on twitter each day!

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    Pledge CA$ 30 or more About $23

    A week of coffee in your own custom "G spot" mug. Your regular order, every day for seven days, taken care of. The added bonus? Watching James in his brand-spanking new kitchen every morning! Not a regular? Never been? You can be a weekend warrior in the MainGerr and still benefit! Seven drinks, your way, and we'll look forward to making your acquaintance!

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    Pledge CA$ 40 or more About $31

    Prefer to stay at home in your jammies? Don't live in the MainGerr, but really love good coffee? Stay home with your custom G Spot mug, and make yer own damn coffee! A pound of our custom Grinder on Main blend (for espresso machine or press, you choose), delivered to your door! You can Instagram us your bad self! #grinderonmain

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    Pledge CA$ 50 or more About $38

    Your very own G Spot T-shirt. Limited edition, saucy and only to be produced for this campaign. If you don't contribute to the campaign, you can't get a shirt! Strut your neighbourhood in this reward!

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    Pledge CA$ 60 or more About $46

    Lunch is on us! For five days straight, James will pack you a custom lunch, fresh from the new menu, ready for you to take to work or school! Buy an extra twenty minutes in the morning, and eat lunch made with love!
    **updated: This reward does NOT have to be claimed in five straight days! MainGerr weekend warriors CAN apply! That includes you, BCCers!

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    Pledge CA$ 70 or more About $53

    This reward is by neighbourhood demand! For all you ladies and gents who want an hour of undivided attention from James, this is your chance! Learn to make a delicious vegan soup, and bask in our brand new kitchen!

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    Pledge CA$ 100 or more About $76

    An amazing reward from one of the original best East end brunch restos: Morning Glory! This reward level gets you and your brunch plus one a glimpse at the place where James' kitchen dreams came true, courtesy of Hannah, MG's new ringmaster! Lunch or brunch, any day of the week! Only two available!

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    Pledge CA$ 125 or more About $95

    Five whole days living like Kanye. We give you everything! Your morning coffee made and paid in our fancy mug. Lunch custom-made for you by James from our new menu. A sweet treat for afternoon snacky time. All of this, and our love for you, packed in your very own G-spot bag and ready to go. The bad attitude is up to you!

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    Pledge CA$ 250 or more About $189

    Have 10 friends or co-workers to impress? We'll make breakfast and coffee for all of you, deliver it to the location of your choice in Toronto, and treat you like the backing superstar you are!

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    Pledge CA$ 500 or more About $378

    Have a favourite seat in the shop? Reserve that s*$t! Your spot, complete with a little bragging rights plaque, reserved for your preferred time slot each day, every day for a year.

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    Pledge CA$ 1,000 or more About $755

    You're already a Grinder on Main regular. You know what you want, and so do we. This reward means you're covered for your morning libation, every day for a year. Swagger up to the bar, and we'll take care of the rest! If you drink a latte each day, this is the deal of the decade!

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    Pledge CA$ 250 or more About $189

    You don't know us, but you want to! Or you know who these two weirdos are, and what all the fuss is about, and you want more! Come have dinner with James and Trish, in our brand new Grinder Kitchen. We'll make dinner, you bring your favourite dinner buddy and the conversation!

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