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After a year+ of popping up ping pong parties all over town, we're finally building the awesome ping pong place that Portland deserves!
After a year+ of popping up ping pong parties all over town, we're finally building the awesome ping pong place that Portland deserves!
138 backers pledged $51,059 to help bring this project to life.

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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. 

Everyone loves ping pong, says the Oregonian! (http://bit.ly/1qAcuvV)
Everyone loves ping pong, says the Oregonian! (http://bit.ly/1qAcuvV)

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!

Note: Actual objects may not look as shiny as they appear.
Note: Actual objects may not look as shiny as they appear.
Without your help (sniff, sniff)...
Without your help (sniff, sniff)...
…with your support (woohoo!)!!!
…with your support (woohoo!)!!!

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.

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Here's how our new t-shirts will look:

 And here's a very rough mock-up of what our paddle might look like:

Don't worry, the final products will be way cooler than this hasty mock-up I had to do on my friggin' phone while backpacking through the woods! We just wanted to give you an idea of what we were thinking for now...
Don't worry, the final products will be way cooler than this hasty mock-up I had to do on my friggin' phone while backpacking through the woods! We just wanted to give you an idea of what we were thinking for now...

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.)

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    YOU'RE AWESOME! Not everyone can dig up a vintage ping pong pic of themselves or Photoshop one together, but that shouldn't stop you from being awesome and helping us realize our dream of giving Portland the ping pong paradise it deserves. Every little bit helps!

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    SELFIES! Send us a picture of you playing ping pong back in the Good Old Days, and we'll put it up on our walls for you to point out and for all to admire. Photoshopped images are welcomed - the funnier, the better!

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    SNEAK PEEK! Earn an invitation to our private preview party to catch a glimpse of the glory before we open our doors to mere mortals!

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    ALL DRESSED UP! Rock your wardrobe with a brand new Pips & Bounce t-shirt. 100% cotton. 200% awesome!

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    BLAZING PADDLES! How could we launch a ping pong Kickstarter without issuing custom Uberpong paddles? Show your style - ping your pong!

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    FOREPLAY! Receive ten walk-in table passes (first-come, first-served, 30 min slots), normally valued at $80 (e.g., $8 per table for 30min, as many players as you like).

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    GET REGULAR! Obtain six months membership at Pips & Bounce, normally valued at $174, unlocking the following superpowers:

    A) FREE walk-in play (first-come, first-served, 30 min slots);
    B) ability to reserve one table for an hour, up to a week in advance (@$16 per table for 60min, as many players as you like); and C) every fifth reservation is FREE.

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    CLAIM YOUR SEAT! We'll engrave your name into one of our bar stools or benches, so that you may live on forever in ping pong infamy! (Plus, one VIP invitation to our private preview party, including drinks and VIP zone)

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    PARTY TIME! Invite your friends, coworkers, or clients for a night of ping pong, music, food and fun. You'll have our dedicated event room all to yourself for two hours, with 4-5 ping pong tables, an exclusive loft, and a private bar/server. Drink, food, music, and pro packages available at additional cost. (Plus, two VIP invitations to our private preview party, including drinks and VIP zone)

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    NAME THAT TABLE! We will engrave your name (or whoever's name you tell us to, for that matter!) onto a plaque adorning one of our illustrious ping pong tables. May your name bask evermore in ping pong glory! (Plus, four VIP invitations to our private preview party, including drinks and VIP zone)

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    CLUB TO CLUB: A unique reciprocal arrangement between ping pong/table tennis clubs. You'll get to name a pair of bar stools, one bench, and a table, and we'll offer six months of reciprocal membership. The more, the merrier!

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    ALL YOURS! Book ALL of Pips & Bounce for an afternoon or evening (4 hours) for your friends, family, colleagues, or clients! This is a rare treat that we will limit to only a handful of opportunities per year. For your special occasion, the ENTIRE Pips & Bounce facility and team will be at your beck and call! (Plus, eight VIP invitations to our private preview party, including drinks and VIP zone)

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    ROYALTY FOR A DAY! For a FULL DAY, Pips & Bounce is all yours (or your organization's). All twelve courts. All our staff. All 4,500 square feet of ping pong joy. Shoot a commercial. Record a music video. Host a tournament. Invite the entire neighborhood, family tree, or company. It's all up to you! (Plus, twelve VIP invitations to our private preview party, including drinks and VIP zone)

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