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John HomrighausenBy John Homrighausen
First created
John HomrighausenBy John Homrighausen
First created
$1,901
pledged of $19,965pledged of $19,965 goal
36
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, November 1 2012 2:43 PM UTC +00:00

About

Bringing Ranch Bakery To The Masses.

Sausage Kolaches
Sausage Kolaches

THE PROJECT

Ranch Bakery is looking to purchase a delivery truck and turn it into The Bakery Bus.  We will use it for food sales, deliveries, fund raisers and marketing.  Costs include purchase, repairs, a flip up door, outfitting, insurance, & licensure.  Oh, and a giant pair of longhorns for the front & a horn that plays "The Eyes Of Texas"

Ranch Bakery Bus
Ranch Bakery Bus

WHO ARE WE?

Ranch Bakery is an awesome "scratch" bakery known for edgy items like the Sexy Beast, the Hot Mama, Black Velvet Cupcakes and Big John's King Kong Ding Dong.  Aside from our more over the top offerings we make the best authentic Texas Kolaches, Soft Pretzels (stuffed with everything from bratwurst to Cuban Pork), Cowboy Cupcakes, plus a ton of cool items you just can't find anywhere else. 

The only problem is we are saddled with a terrible location.  We decided to open the bakery at our catering kitchen because we had the storefront and equipment already in place.  It's a perfect site for our catering company to service West Houston, but an unfortunate one for a retail store.  We are located right in between 2 large suburbs of Houston, and while we have tons of fans that love our stuff, it's hard to get them to make the drive.  Since building another bakery is out of the question for us at this time, we have decided that we will bring the goodies closer to home.

We are already a successful bakery that has a strong following.  We have a small suburban storefront and have been in operation for over a year.  We have been featured in 2 TV news stories, written up in 3 local papers as well as a national baking industry magazine and taken first prize in a number of kolache contests.  What we make here is amazing, we just need to extend our reach to the surrounding areas and businesses.

WHY WILL THIS BE SUCCESSFUL?

We are not looking for speculative funds to start up a business that could get bogged down in local red tape, or unexpected expenses.  We have a vehicle picked out, modifications planned and can be up and running as fast as 8 weeks from funding.  EVEN BETTER, all rewards will be paid out within 2 weeks of funding except for the founders party, which will be in January.

Matty Loving Her St. Paddy's Day Cupcake
Matty Loving Her St. Paddy's Day Cupcake

NOT YOUR AVERAGE FOOD TRUCK

While it's primary purpose is to extend the reach of our storefront, it will also serve as a platform for the many fundraisers we do.  Ranch Bakery has a program for non-profits to raise money through their purchases at the store called Raising Dough.  The Bakery Bus will allow us to bring the fundraiser directly to the non-profit and their events.

GIVE THIS MAN A JOB

World's Best Porter
World's Best Porter

By adding this vehicle to our bakery, we will be able to create 2 jobs, 1 full time in the bakery and one part time position as a driver.  They say small business is the engine of the economy and we are trying to do our part.  The guy pictured above moved from the East Coast to find a better life here in Houston and we'd like to give him a hand

WHAT  DO YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT KICKSTARTER?

The most important thing you need to know is that Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing model. That means that we have 30 days to reach our goal, and if we don’t reach it we won’t get anything (don’t worry, though—Kickstarter waits until a project reaches its goal before debiting any credit cards, so if we don’t reach goal you won’t lose any money). 

WHAT IF WE EXCEED OUR GOAL?

If we exceed the $20,000 goal, we will put the money directly into tricking out the vehicle.  We want this vehicle to stand out!

Risks and challenges

This is a relatively low/no risk project as we are already a successful business and are using this project to open a new market. The graphics are done, t-shirts are already designed, the truck is picked out & we are ready to go. Since we are not going to be producing product on the vehicle, only selling & delivering it, the health department requirement/restrictions on the vehicle are few. We will put a pull up door on the side, slap a generator on the back, put in a sink in and be pretty much good to go. T-shirts will be out in less than a month and the vehicle should be ready for roll out at the January Unveiling Party.

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    A handwritten note of thanks and your name in the founders logo on the bus.

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    Free cup of our awesome coffee at the bakery and your name in the founders logo on the bus.

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    Stop by the bakery for a kolache and a cup of coffee! Also your name in the founders logo on the bus.

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    1 Big John's King Kong Ding Dong & an "I Backed the Bakery Bus" T-Shirt. Also an invite to the Bakery Bus Unveiling party, as well as your name in the founders logo on the bus. You may also opt for any lesser reward.

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    Stop by the bakery and pick up a dozen kolaches or Bretzls. You are also entitled to 1 invite to the Bakery Bus Unveiling party, 1 "I Backed the Bakery Bus" T-Shirt, as well as your name in the founders logo on the bus. You may also opt for any lesser reward.

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    One of our famous food crates with a sampling of our most unique and requested items: 1 Big John's King Kong Dong Dong, 1 Sexy Beast, 12 mini Irish Car Bomb cupcakes, 6 Big Pig Cookies, Pie Fries, 3 Pop-Tart Sampler including Bacon Jam & Peanut Butter, Fluffernutter, and Bacon & fig jam with maple frosting. Also, 1 invite to the Bakery Bus Unveiling party, 1 "I Backed the Bakery Bus" T-Shirts, as well as your name in the founders logo on the bus. You may also opt for any lesser reward.

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    Generosity has it's rewards! We built our bakery on the sturdy backs of our authentic Texas kolaches and you will be rewarded with 12 months of kolaches. 1 dozen a month for 1 year will make you a hero at home, the office or church! Also, 2 invites to the Bakery Bus Unveiling party, 2 "I Backed the Bakery Bus" T-Shirts, as well as your name in the founders logo on the bus. You may also opt for any lesser reward.

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    This is the sweet spot! We will cater a brunch for up to 25 people at your location (locally.) Our brunches are famous for their creativity and delicious, unique menu items. You will definitely never forget this meal. Also, 2 invites to the Bakery Bus Unveiling party, 2 "I Backed the Bakery Bus" T-Shirts, as well as your name in the founders logo on the bus. You may also opt for any lesser reward.

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    You have just bought yourself a personal chef for a weekend. Two days of breakfast, lunch, dinner all prepared by nationally known chef, John Homrighausen. I will work with you and plan the menu ahead of time, you just buy the food. Only 2 restrictions: 1) If you aren't in the Houston area, you will need to provide travel & a bed to sleep on. 2) Not available between 11/23 & 12/31. Also, 2 invites to the Bakery Bus Unveiling party, 2 "I Backed the Bakery Bus" T-Shirts, as well as your name in the founders logo on the bus. You may also opt for any lesser reward.

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Funding period

- (30 days)