We love ping pong. It brings us back to the good old days. Life was simple, and fun was easy. All it took was a table, paddles, and a ball to disconnect from stress and reconnect with friends. We're brothers who grew up hitting a little ball back and forth across a table in our basement rec room for countless hours of fun. Today, we're betting it all to spark a ping pong renaissance for Portland. Come join us!
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Ping pong is perfect. Anyone from 8 to 80 years old (and beyond!) can enjoy it for fun. It is also possible to break a serious sweat and even attain Olympic glory, if that's what you're into. There's no better way to break the ice and have an authentically good time with folks you've just met. It's also a fantastically fun way to spend quality time with old friends.
We miss ping pong. It's still every bit as much fun today as it was back then, but sadly there simply isn't a reliable and awesome place to play these days in Portland. Dim, tired bars don't do it justice. Competition-focused table tennis training halls simply miss the mark for most of us. And part-time ping pong places fail to fully satisfy an activity that is fun all of the time.
We've tried to fill the void. We've thrown pop-up ping pong parties as often as we could around town this past year, and we've been likened to a ping pong rave and described as the food truck of ping pong. It's been an absolute blast, and now we're ready to build upon this foundation.
Portland deserves a better place to play ping pong.
And ping pong deserves a better place in Portland.
We're going brick-and-mortar! Thanks to the amazing reception we've received from our growing legions of fans (check out our Facebook page), we've built up the courage to go all-in. Michael is emptying his bank accounts, investing his nest egg, and deciding which kidney to sell to finance this project. Eugene is quitting his job, moving across the country, and deciding which of his brother's couches to call home for the next few months. We're moving mountains and parting seas to build the ping pong place that Portland deserves - that you deserve!
Help us make awesome happen! After a year of searching high and low, we have fallen in love with and signed a lease for a great spot at the corner of SE 9th and Belmont, in the historic Grand Central Building. Your Kickstarter pledges will help us transform this vacant street front into a ping pong playground, complete with:
- A dozen high-quality ping pong tables ($1000+ apiece!)
- Fourscore and more paddles ($50+ each!)
- Billions and billions of balls (literally!)
- A private event room (1500 sq ft with four courts, dedicated bar/kitchenette, and an exclusive loft!)
- A full bar and excellent food ($50,000+ of equipment, to quench your thirsts and satisfy your appetites!)
- Great music ($5000+ for a sweet A/V system and DJ station to help you get your groove on!)
- Swank seating and decadent decor ($$$$ - just imagine if Ron Burgundy hired Wes Anderson to design his rec room…)
With your help, we're going to build the retro-basement-rec-room-chic-ping-pong-lounge that you might not realize you never had, but that you will immediately recognize as the one you always wanted!
Thank you for taking this moment to consider joining in our cause. With your support, we can bring to life the awesome ping pong place that Portland deserves. We can't wait to welcome you to Pips & Bounce!
Because ping pong. Because Portland.
Here's how our new t-shirts will look:
And here's a very rough mock-up of what our paddle might look like:
Risks and challenges
We understand that there are risks and challenges in starting up what would be Portland's best (a.k.a., "only") full-time, totally-dedicated ping pong social club. Maybe we're off our rockers and completely oblivious to the fundamental reason that no one else has done it yet.
Or maybe we're on to something, after all…
(Also, please note that the rewards are all mutually exclusive. That is, despite the confusing "…or more" wording, each reward is a standalone item and does not include the benefits associated with lower tier rewards.)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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