Hey Heather, what is Landsmith?
Located in Malden, MA, Landsmith is a cafe and outdoor adventure club; an inspiring meeting place for locals, commuters, runners, cyclists, and adventurers alike. Whether you're stopping in on the way to work or for a run on the trail, we’ll offer you great food, coffee, community and connection to the outdoors.
Inside, you’ll find a welcoming environment meant to fuel the body and spirit for adventure. Our 20-seat cafe will serve fine coffee, delicious food for breakfast or lunch, and a grab-n-go case stocked with snacks and fuel for the road.
We’ll share our love of the outdoors by offering extensive programming to educate and inspire, no matter the skill level. With in-store and local clinics like Mountain Biking 101, Trail Running for Beginners, and Bike Packing Basics, we strive to expand our customer’s worldview of what they can achieve outside. We'll foster our community with weekly group runs and rides; strengthening our community and breaking down any barriers that are intimidating.
We believe the outdoors connects us with ourselves and that everyone is entitled to experience it.
We exist to make the outdoors attainable for our customers by giving them the tools for self-guided adventure.
We aim to create a community space to gather, share, and recap the day over the perfect cup of coffee and nourishing food.
We pursue the creation of simple yet delicious food to fuel the body, and believe coffee should be an approachable, accessible luxury.
THE NUTS AND BOLTS
We are raising funds to purchase equipment - it's amazing how expensive a good espresso machine can be! Landsmith is all about creating an environment that feels like a warm hug when you walk through the door (cheesy, I know!). We'll need funds to create this gorgeous space and to help cover buildout costs. A chef friend of mine once told me that it will cost double what you project and take 3 months longer to build. He wasn't all that wrong! Unexpected expenses pop up all the time and we want to make sure this project is up and running for you as soon as possible.
This isn't my first rodeo! I founded and ran a successful bakery business in the Boston area, so I know what lies ahead. Along with the hard work, blood, sweat and tears comes an incredible satisfaction of bringing your dream to life and sharing it with your community. I feel grateful to be able to start this adventure and hope you all love it - I am already humbled by the outpouring of support I have received so far.
Our rewards have been carefully thought out, and we didn't skimp on the quality! Our t-shirts are made using 100% organic cotton, so soft and fit just right. Our camp mugs are perfect for those brisk mornings sitting around the campfire with coffee (or hot chocolate!) The bandanas are hand dyed here in the USA, durable and soft for the toughest road ride, coffee spill, or cold(!)
We have also collaborated with Forestbound - a handmade bag company based here in Massachusetts, using found and salvaged textiles to create their unique line of tote bags and carryalls, Forestbound Originals. They have generously created for us this Landsmith Canvas Utility Bag; it's quickly becoming our favorite weekend adventure bag!
Risks and challenges
Risks and challenges that come up with starting your own cafe can vary. I know from experience that timelines are always pushed back - I aim to be open by the fall of 2019, but with construction and permitting, this timeline may change. I have done my due diligence with projections for startup costs, but unexpected expenses pop up all the time, and I want to make sure our startup doesn't stall due to money. I have done my homework and am working with a very talented and efficient architect and builder, and am doing a lot of pre-planning so we can hit the ground running!
Thank you. Thank you for taking the time to look at this project. Any donation, large or small, makes a big difference. If you can't afford to donate, spreading the word would be greatly appreciated! Thank you for being a part of something special.
- (27 days)