$17,738 pledged of $25,000 goal
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By The Little Bird Bakeshop
$17,738 pledged of $25,000 goal
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About this project

At Little Bird we LOVE what we do, and we think it shows! Each day we wake up long before the sun and work hard to create the best scratch made pastries, food, and drinks that your money can buy!

We're so grateful to be a part of downtown Fort Collins, and we've watched SO much change and growth happen just outside our front doors in the past 6 years; we're excited to see what the future holds!

As thankful as we are for the new beautiful Old Town Square right outside our doors, we (along with many of our downtown neighbors) endured significant financial hardship and customer losses during its renovation in the summer of 2015 (our 5th year in business) and the following 12 months, We have since worked tirelessly to gain back the business we lost and maintain the business we have so that we can continue to thrive and provide our community with the things we hold so dear, for many years to come. Our recovery has been slow, the cost of doing business in Old Town continues to increase as it becomes a more and more popular destination, and frankly we're struggling to make up for the losses we incurred. We have every reason to believe that with a little help we will make it through this hiccup, as our business was on a steady growth trajectory every year leading up to 2015. (Fun Fact: It takes an average of 7 years for a business in the food industry to get established!!!) ***Update*** We've been presented with a unique opportunity to expand the seating area of our cafe in the coming months, which we truly believe will be an incredible asset to our business and our customers!

We are proud to support our local economy by providing employment to 10 Fort Collins residents, keeping many of our hard earned dollars in this community by purchasing as many local ingredients as we can, including local produce, dairy, and eggs  from folks like Native Hill Farm, Morning Fresh Dairy, Jodar Farm and Happy Acres Farm, and many more! We hear from many of you that we've created a space that feeds the soul of this community, where people gather to meet a friend, read a book, sit and knit, or just people watch. So we're here, seeking like-minded folks who value small, local, handmade, unique businesses and products that make our town what it is today, to invest in our passion, this place, and ultimately the future of our unique downtown.

We are grateful for each of you who walk through our doors each day, and choose include our shop and our labors of love in your lives. And we are grateful to you for your time and consideration of our fundraising project!

Risks and challenges

The only risk involved in this fundraising project is that of failing to meet our financial goal. We have an established business, a solid customer base who love us and our products, and a history of 6 years of overcoming obstacles and doing whatever is necessary to survive, backing us here at the Little Bird. If we are unable to complete this fundraising project we will be faced with some financial obstacles that we may not be able to resolve in a timely manner, thus potentially jeopardizing the future of a successful Little Bird.

Over the past year we've worked hard to make up for what we lost in 2015-2016. Along with pouring our hearts and souls into what we produce at the shop, we borrowed more working capital, and opened a stand at the Larimer County Farmer's market in an effort to right our business financially, and broaden our customer base.These things have helped, and now we just need a little more support so that we have the time for these investments to truly blossom.

We are at a crossroads of needing to pay off our past debts in order to build a successful future, and try as we might, we've realized we can't do it alone. All we can do is hope to start with a clean slate, and move forward. With your help, that is what we want more than anything!

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    Hummingbird

    We'll treat you to a bag of our delicious homemade pecan sandies!

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    Sparrow

    Warm up with a batch of our homemade hot cocoa mix, topped with a fluffy homemade vanilla marshmallow.
    (Includes 4 servings of cocoa and 4 marshmallows!)

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    Robin

    Ever wanted to know how to make Little Bird scones? We'll share our favorite recipe with you, along with mix for a batch of cranberry orange scones to get you started!

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    Penguin

    Learn to make our delicious financier with our pastry chef Amy Marsh. Enjoy a behind the scenes peek at the Little Bird kitchen, savor a tasty beverage, and take home a new treat. Recipe included!

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    Flamingo

    Let us cater your business meeting or family gathering for up to 20 people! We'll provide a freshly baked quiche of the day, along with assorted breakfast pastries for 20. What a great way to spread some Little Bird Love!

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    Peacock

    Treat yourself and up to 4 friends to an after hours baking class with our talented ladies in the kitchen at Little Bird. Sip on a tasty beverage while you learn the tricks of the trade behind one of our delicious layer cakes. Each person will create a 6" cake to take home and share! Recipes included.

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