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$9,070
pledged of $55,000pledged of $55,000 goal
57
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, June 21 2019 2:43 PM UTC +00:00

About

Improved Initiative Cafe will be a nerd culture space, which will provide a welcoming environment for anyone seeking a place to relax and be themselves.   

 We want to provide a Safe Space to nurture the nerdy, LGBT+, academic, and artistic pursuits of those in the phoenix communities.  

Our goal is to open a coffee shop, yes, but more than that we want an arena where creative endeavors can blossom, individuality can be expressed, scholars can gather, business can be done, and everybody leaves feeling better than they did when they entered.  

Coffee/espresso based drinks and other beverages as well as baked goods will be available at first open, with many other items being added to the menu when we are able.  

Gaming is one of our main focuses, and we want to encompass all types of gaming. In addition to table-top and card games we want to incorporate console and PC gaming as well.  

Some of the things we're looking to accommodate include:

        Gaming- At least a couple of bigger tables to accommodate campaign maps and games that just need more space. We hope to have some areas for console gaming as well, and ALL of our space will have adequate outlets and surge protectors. 

        Studying- A quiet space where you can spread out your books and laptop, with an unending caffeine supply? Finals never seemed easier! 

        Meetings- Whether you are meeting with clients at a centralized location, having an impromptu board meeting, or gathering The Evil Minds Collective and plotting how to vanquish local heroes, we will have the space for you.

        Fan Films- It is hard to find decent set locations and even harder to find a gathering of like-minded individuals who won't question why you are dressed like a 6ft bird. 

        Escape- Sometimes you just need to get away from it all, but can't afford Tahiti (it's a magical place), so why not come here, fall into a good book with a great cup of coffee? 

       Crafting- A "crafting corner" just isn't enough space at times, especially if you are working on a big project. Sturdy tables, good lighting, and plenty of room await your quilting, knitting, sculpting, or Cosplay needs. 

 We love gaming and coffee, but not just because games are fun and coffee is delicious. We love these things for the social aspect, as well. In the spirit of socializing, we want to implement a flag system. We will have one flag you can put on your table if you want other people to join your game and another if you are looking to discover a new game with new friends. 

 The BIGGEST ideal that we want to see come to fruition is to truly have a space where everyone is comfortable being themselves (or being a level 14 BloodMage) and nobody is judged.

All jokes (and references) aside, we recognize that this is a serious undertaking. We know that, for a time, we will be spending all of our  energy (and then some) making this cafe successful. We are all seriously hard workers and prepared to dive into this, head first. We   are passionate people with a big dream. We know that this cafe will consume our lives and are prepared to make that commitment. We have wanted a  place like this for a very long time and we know we are not alone! We want to provide a place for our community to feel welcome  and comfortable. We are tired of having to worry about looking like fools when we're just being ourselves and we don't want you to have to feel that way, either.   

 It is our turn to step up to the plate and make it happen. We have the dream and you can help make it a reality. 

Risks and challenges

Problem: Location

Solution: Don't pick a bad one. We want to find a centralized location to facilitate our destination crowd, while choosing a busy intersection to incorporate daily business.

Problem: Lack of Brand Recognition

Solution: While we may not be as popular as a certain Siren, we do plan a Social Media Blitz to alert the Phoenix communities to our arrival, as well as a neighborhood canvas to let locals know that we are coming.

Problem: Lack of Preparedness/not meeting customer desires:

Solution: A part of our social media campaign will be asking people what they want specifically. While we know that we cant carry every product on the market, we will do our best to at least have a comparable substitution.

Problem: Demanding Workload

Solution: Being prepared to work with no days off is our reality. We also are prepared to hire outside help if the amount of customers facilitates it.

Problem: The Spiky Vampire Club insists on having their meetings at the cafe.

Solution: While we are currently unaware of any club charters in our area, should this problem arise, we have the scooby gang on speed-dial.

Problem: The Zombie apocalypse

Solution: We have been prepping for the zombie apocalypse for a long time. With the addition of the cafe, we will be able to have a better food stock, a bigger water collection system and, lets be real, in a post-apocalyptic world coffee is money. Plus, y'know, all those bottle caps.

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    No Need to Quest for this Holy Grail

    So you should totally get this one! It does more than hold coffee, it can be used to roll up to 25 dice, germinate seeds, and it will probably even tolerate being filled with tea. Furthermore, it is emblazoned with our RAD logo.

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    We will have a glorious wooden bar in the cafe! This is your only opportunity to become a part of Improved Initiative history. We will wood-burn your (longest played character, your gamer-tag, etc.*) name into our bar for all of eternity.

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    Its over 9000!!!!!!!!!

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