Plume Bake Shop started as a home business about a year ago. Since then, we have grown faster than we could have imagined. We have a couple of local businesses who believe in us enough to sell our pastries exclusively, and we make some pretty awesome wedding cakes, too.
We think we're so popular because we are lucky enough to live around lots of farms, which supply us with fresh products all year long. We are also very devoted to staying as seasonal, and sustainable, as possible.
The other great part about Plume is that we are creative. We started completely from the ground, up with zero cash in our pockets. It was challenging, to say the least. Now that we are able to build a facility, we are still finding new ways to achieve our goals. We will work with local elementary schools to cultivate our on-site garden, which supplies some of our produce. We plan to rent kitchen space local artisans who don't otherwise have access to commercial equipment. We have already created amazing partnerships with some local businesses who show us a ton of support. The only thing we're missing is the kitchen sink. Literally. We don't have a kitchen sink...or ovens, for that matter.
Now that we have a space, we need new(ish) commercial equipment to keep up with our orders. To sell our pastries at farmers' markets, to local businesses, and to cater weddings, we need to bring our space up to code (tear down a wall and add in a ventilation system), get all of the right permits and licenses, and purchase some sinks, prep tables, ovens and coolers, supplies, and a commercial mixer that can mix a batch of dough the size of a labradoodle. It adds up to about 20,000 big ones.
That's where you come in. If you help us fill our kitchen, even with just a few bucks, we will show you some gratitude by giving you some free stuff. Everybody's a winner! (Check out our list of rewards for more information.)
By supporting our Kickstarter campaign, you are helping make our dreams come true, but you are also contributing to something greater: the revitalization of a community and the growth of a healthier, more sustainable food system.
Thanks for your support,
Risks and challenges
Of course, there are always risks in the restaurant industry. The biggest challenge for Plume will be meeting demand. Because we are the only production bakery in the area, as well as the only wedding cakery, we already have orders waiting to be filled. We think this is the BEST kind of challenge to have, and we have lots of supporters who will help us work those long nights.
Also, we are relying on funds from our Kickstarter campaign to hire a contractor for renovations. This means that there is a chance that we will come across some unanticipated structural issues once we start tearing things down. However, the property owner has been very supportive of Plume and is willing to prorate our lease if we do run across any fun surprises.
Plus, Kickstarter is a pretty safe bet for you because it's all or nothing. Either we reach our goal, or we don't get a dime.
Good news! Kickstarter projects are not about collecting tons of money from broke friends. If that were the case, nobody would be using the site. It is more helpful to have 50 people contribute $1 than one person contribute $5,000. If lots of people show interest in this project by pitching in what they can afford, then larger backers will be more likely to get on board. Every little dollar counts!
Nope. Plume Community Kitchen is a relatively new concept that has started to pop up around the country in recent years. (For a great example, check out Forage Kitchen's Kickstarter project.) We believe that we can run a profitable business while contributing to our community in lots of ways.
Thanks, friend! We know you want something tangible in return for your kindness. That's why we're posting your name on our website AND sending you a sweet "thank you" card. We'll even spring for the stamps! Plus, you get to munch on a package of our Northwest Berry Jellies (wild blackberry, salmonberry, and cranberry-pomegranate). Mmmmmm...
We should make you a bona fide partner at this point...but we can't do that, so instead we're making you famous! You are getting all of the things mentioned above: the website, the card, the jellies, the sticker and t-shirt, PLUS we will design and name one of our signature breads after you. That's right! You tell us what you want in it, and it's on the menu for a whole month. You can't beat that!
Triple digits! WOW! How can we make it up to you? Let's start with the whole kit and caboodle mentioned for smaller backers, and throw in a FREE day pass when we open. This gets you unlimited kitchen time on all of our commercial equipment for an entire day. (Great for baking parties, the home cook who wants to turn out a giant batch, or small businesses looking to try us out.)
(value: $100 USD).
We're getting a little misty here. For your extreme generosity, we are going to give you everything: the swag bag, the day pass, and a gift box filled with items from our community kitchen: raw vegan truffles by Infinite Confections: Community Supported Chocolate, a jar of honey by Cat's Paw Bees, a 12 oz. bag of coffee beans supplied by Shipwreck Coffee, and a jar of wild jam by Shambala Farms.
We know there is no amount of free stuff that will equal your generous gift...but you're getting it anyway! EVERYTHING mentioned above, PLUS an exclusive invitation to our launch party, catered by Plume Bake Shop.
You've shown us a whole lot of love. We want to love you back by making you a valued member. That means we will supply you with five day passes (Value: $500 USD), a year's supply of coffee beans, supplied by Shiwreck Coffee, and your name included on our "partners plaque". Oh, and you're also invited to our launch party so we can give you a big ole' hug.
We should be handing you the keys! We can't thank you enough! But we will try by offering you the swag bag, Five day passes (Value: $500 USD), invite to the launch, and your name on our "partners plaque", PLUS (drum roll, please...)
a fully catered, private dinner party for you and up to 50 guests. This package includes a five course meal including handcrafted elements from all of the local artisans mentioned above, and produce, cheeses and meats sourced right here in the Skagit Valley. (this offer valid within 100 miles of Camano Island)