Huckleberry Roasters is growing and we need your help to make the final push! From our early days, Huckleberry Roasters has always wanted to have a coffee shop, a place of our own. We believe in the coffee shop experience; we believe that sharing a cup of coffee in a social atmosphere can lead to very meaningful experiences. Since 2011, our desire to create and share that experience with Denver has driven us in our search for a brick-and-mortar location.
We sought out a building that was tucked away, surrounded by lots of houses and stories of yet-to-be uncovered Denver history. Mostly though, we wanted a building that would fill a need for a gathering place; a place to discuss, interact and engage with neighbors over an excellent cup of coffee. Throughout the search, the Sunnyside neighborhood was always high on our list and we're thrilled about making our long term home at 4301 Pecos Street. Help us open the doors and come enjoy the experience!
Risks and challenges
We have a lot on our plate at the moment and it's all super exciting, but it's a full plate for sure! While our rewards are interesting, unique and awesome, they are also designed for easy fulfillment on our part because we don't want them to hold us up. We want our focus to be on the build out, the finishing touches, and all the other elements of putting together a memorable experience for our customers. That being said, some of these rewards are contingent on us opening our doors. While this Kickstarter campaign won't hinder our timeline for opening, the city inspectors might. We'll do all we can to keep you up to date but that element is out of our hands.
The installation for our 15k Giesen roaster along with the mechanical, structural and electrical work required to finish the space will be the most difficult tasks in this project. We're well prepared for any issues that may arise during the install, and have a team of excellent engineers and contractors guiding us through the remaining build out.
Owner, Mark Mann, was involved in another Kickstarter campaign this summer. It was fully funded and he is currently wrapping up reward fulfillment on that campaign. This shouldn't hinder us at all but wanted to be especially transparent.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Our buildout of 4301 Pecos ended up being a much larger and more involved project than we had initially anticipated. 4301 Pecos is an old filling station, so we were prepared to do an extensive remodel, but the more layers we peeled back, the more major problems that popped up.
Other than the original brick walls (and even those have required many days of work), everything else has been brought up to date, to code and to our liking. Framing? It was barely holding itself up, but it's been entirely replaced. Roof? It was old, leaky and inefficient, but it's been replaced. Electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems? All were illegal or out-of-date before, but have now brought up to code. Floor? Was mostly rotted through from years of disrepair, but it's been replaced. Bathrooms? They were also illegal, but are now ADA accessible with proper ventilation.
The list goes on and on, which means our budget has also grown significantly....and we're not even done yet! This is why we started the Kickstarter. While we're really excited about basically getting a custom building that will have our stamp on it, we really do need your help to push these doors open and start making some coffee! We still need to buy/pay for everything from doors, exterior/aesthetic upgrades, furniture, lighting, coffee equipment and much more in order to create an experience for you guys that we're proud of!
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